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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hmmm . . . Tornados and Chicken Pasta Salad

When I was in Ohio recently we had a VERY interesting experience . . .

Just as we were sitting down for a lovely Sunday dinner . . .

The tornado sirens began to sound.

(not my photo - but this is what the skies looked like . . . trying to find my photo . . .)

You know . . . that is just a little bit disconcerting!  Especially since my son-in-law who is actually from Ohio shared the information that he hadn't actually heard the sirens go off except for a drill for many years.

Another interesting fact is that we had 9 of us (including two babies, 3 women and two LDS missionaries) in a cute little house, but no basement to take shelter in . . .

Hmmmm . . . what to do??  Instead of taking shelter (which sounded like a good idea to me . . . ) the guys all headed outside to keep a look out for tornados - go figure!!

The sky did look ominous, and I really couldn't resist standing out on the sidewalk myself taking photos.  We were fortunate that day that no tornados touched down in the neighborhood of my daughters home.  But it did lend itself to making us more prepared and actually making some preparations for the same type of event should it occur again in the future!

Maybe just maybe  . . . having a couple missionaries for dinner turned out to be our lucky day . . .

Now for the Chicken Pasta Salad . . .

My daughters good friend brought this amazing salad to contribute to our dinner!  Just had to share!

Chicken Pasta Salad (From Matt's aunt Kathy.)

Mix the following:
5 chicken breasts cooked, cubed
1 C red grapes sliced in 1/2
1 sm. can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bag craisins
1-1 1/2 can mandarin oranges, drained


1 pkg cooked, drained, and cooled bow-tie pasta.
1 pkg cooked, drained, cooled tri-colored spiral pasta
1 sm can sliced water chestnuts, chopped and drained.

1 16 oz. coleslaw dressing (Hidden Valley)
1/2 C. light mayonnaise

Mix and refrigerate.  Just before serving add 1 bag of cashews.  If salad is dry the next day you can add more dressing or mayo.

(Try adding honey roasted peanuts and some sunflower seeds - just a sprinkle on top!) 



Mandy said...

This looks super tasty! I'm obsessed with craisins in salads. And how scary with the tornado warnings - I'm glad you guys were safe!

Sue said...

Oh yeah, that looks tantalizing!


PS. Glad the tornadoes passed you by!!

tammy said...

Tornadoes freak me out! My 15 yr old was on a school trip last June in New England when tornadoes decided to hit that area. Then one was in Salt Lake a few years back right after my husband took off in his plane.

That salad looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

Oh, tornadoes are so scary! The salad looks awesome, though. :D

Joy For Your Journey said...

Wow!! That would be scary. I am glad everyone was alright. Thanks also for the salad recipe. Looks yummy!

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