An Anniversary, Chicken Salad, and Cute Corgis!

We just passed our 8th wedding anniversary, and we decided to spend it lounging outdoors at a local park with Dexter and Dewey.  It was a warm, sunny day, and since it was a weekday we had the park almost completely to ourselves.  We packed up a picnic, a blanket, our camp chairs, and our corgis, and hit the road for a day of schmoozing!

wine and corgisWe started things off with some chilled pinot grigio in our cute plastic picnic wine glasses!

pretzel crisps original flavorI found these Pretzel Crisps® at our grocery store and thought I’d give them a try.  Fat free and only 10 calories each, and they ended up being very yummy!

salty pretzel crispsIt’s a pretzel, it’s a cracker, it’s a chip!

pretzel crisps dipped  They were delicious, and dipping them into some garlic & herb boursin dip created the perfect picnic snack!

honey pecan chicken saladOur main course was a delicious sweet and fruity chicken salad that I threw together earlier that morning.

croissant with honey pecan cranberry chicken salad Served with lettuce on a buttery,flaky croissant and oh my heavens it was delicious!

You know I’m gonna share the recipe with you guys, right?  C’mon, you know me better than that.

A little note about this recipe.. the amounts listed for each ingredient are starting amounts only.  I highly suggest starting with smaller amounts of mayo, dijon, and honey, and then mix and taste to see if you’d like more.  We tend to like our chicken salads light on the mayo and heavier on the dijon, but you may prefer it a different way!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
5.0 from 1 reviews
Serves: 3-4
  • 1lb chicken breast
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBS honey
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 TBS dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS mayonnaise
  1. Boil chicken in salted water until cooked through (10-12 minutes)
  2. Remove from water, let cool, and chop into small pieces.
  3. Transfer chopped chicken into large bowl and add chopped pecans and dried cranberries.
  4. Add honey, dijon, and mayonnaise, adjusting for taste and texture.
  5. Add freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt.
  6. Serve in sandwiches, with crackers, or by itself!


matt browne sitting in the sunWe spent most of the time in the shade, but we did venture out to soak up a little Vitamin D.

erin browne twirling in the sunMatt asked me to twirl, so… I twirled.

corgis in the grass When we take the boys to the park, we screw a ground stake into the ground and tether them with long leashes so that they have room to play without worry that they’ll go chasing after any passersby.  These boys must say hello to absolutely everyone they meet!

corgis playing outsideNeedless to say, they had a pretty awesome day.

corgis playing outsideYou totally can’t tell, because they look completely unhappy.

anniversary-with-cranberry-chicken-salad-pretzel-crisps-and-cute-corgis-12Totally bored and unhappy.  Yep.


anniversary-with-cranberry-chicken-salad-pretzel-crisps-and-cute-corgis-14They were happy.  Let’s just leave it at that.

corgis playing fetch outsideWe did let them off leash for a little fetch.  One ball, two corgis!

anniversary-with-cranberry-chicken-salad-pretzel-crisps-and-cute-corgis-16Dexter never, ever takes his eyes off the ball.

corgi trying to catch a ballN-E-V-E-R

corgi catching a tennis ballThey play fetch with such conviction it’s a wonder they haven’t swallowed a ball yet.

It was a hot day and they tired out pretty quickly, so after drinking about a gallon of water each, they collapsed in the shade and Dewey busted out…

corgi with big tongue…The Tongue

corgi with a really long tongueWassaaapp?

corgi with a long tongueSeriously, I don’t know where he puts that thing.  I think he’s got some kind of Timelord technology going on.  That’s the only explanation I have for how that tongue fits in his mouth.

anniversary-with-cranberry-chicken-salad-pretzel-crisps-and-cute-corgis-22Dexter also has his own version of The Tongue.

corgi resting in the shadeThe tongue of a truly exhausted Dexter will show signs of curling at the end.

anniversary-with-cranberry-chicken-salad-pretzel-crisps-and-cute-corgis-24I call this one… Dewey Derpin’ on Daddy

bruster's cake batter ice cream with strawberriesThen this happened.  Oops.  We had a gift card leftover from last summer, so we decided to end our anniversary on a high note with some Bruster’s ice cream!  This is cake batter with strawberry topping.

bruster's cookie dough ice cream with fudgeMatt got cookie dough ice cream with fudge topping.  Oh mama.

I’d say we had a pretty successful anniversary!


  1. Lizzie says

    Hi Erin: 
    Thanks for a chicken salad recipe that doesn’t contain all sorts of “oddities” (sprouts, pods, seeds, peels, etc.) — we’re having a lil’ get-together this weekend that will include a 7-year old and a 70-year old whose tastes I do not know. So how good would a chicken salad be? Very. Who, after all, doesn’t like chicken? Loved your day in the park pix and The Boys. 

  2. says

    Hello, I just happened upon your site and saw the picture of the delicious chicken picnic sandwich and I actually really want to try this! I am usually picky about eating chicken cold or in a sandwich, but I shall buy some nuts and cranberries… and mustard…. and yummy croissant-like buns and make this!
    As it’s my first time here I just want to say that your pictures are really and truly inspiring and you and your husband are wonderful. I’m glad you enjoyed your anniversary.
    Your dogs are adorbs ^^
    Good luck~

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