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Friday, September 22, 2017

Kathy's Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Rich and creamy cheesecake, sweet and gooey caramel, and toasty pecan come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. Perfect for dinner parties, birthday parties or a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table! 



     Isn't it a great day for a party?  Come on in and make yourself at home.  Grab yourself a drink and get ready to have a good time.  It is Angie from Big Bear's Wife's virtual baby shower today and it's a surprise so shhhhh! She'll be here any minute.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Simple Key Lime Roasted Shrimp #FoodBloggers4FL

This roasted shrimp is kissed with the citrusy goodness of key lime juice. Dip them into lime butter for an extra special treat.  They are like taking a bite of Florida.



      After a few years of mild hurricane seasons  (I say typing a comfortable 12 hour drive from any hurricane zone,) this one came out of the gate with a vengeance. As my blogger friends and I were trying to figure out a way to show our support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the news of Irma started rolling in.

     While Irma may sound like a sweet old lady who might bake you cookies and pinch your cheeks, this storm seemed to have other things in mind. She was big. She was angry. She had her sights set on Florida.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

This Lemon Texas Sheet Cake is perfect for feeding a crowd.  It is so easy to make and has just the right amount of lemon flavor. Take it to your next BBQ, family reunion or potluck!


     Did you know that Texas Sheet Cakes can come in other flavors than chocolate? It's true! I know that chocolate is the traditional version everyone knows and loves, but the possibilities don't have to end there.

      In fact there are a ton of flavors you could make.  Now I do have a variety of jelly roll sheet cakes on the blog. There's the Elvis version with banana, peanut butter and bacon. There's the banana with salted caramel cream cheese frosting and both of those are amazing. But MiMi says they are NOT Texas sheet cakes.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Grandma's Oatmeal Pie - Post by MiMi

Recipes from grandmas just have to be good! This is a great recipe for oatmeal pie from a friend's grandma. It is loaded with oatmeal and coconut, but even coconut haters love it! You have to try it!

This post was written by MiMi just a few months after the blog was started. I recently remade it and took a few snapshots to update the pictures. We'll see if you can spot the old ones I left!



    I got this recipe from my friend Lynn.  She has baked a couple for her family and posted a picture of them on Facebook.  I saw it and just had to get the recipe from her.  Her daughter-in-law verified that it's awesome.  She doesn't even like coconut either.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brownie Baked Oatmeal

The taste of brownies is now an acceptable breakfast. It is really loaded with oatmeal and yogurt.  Go ahead and make some, I dare you!


     Sometimes in life you just need some chocolate? Am I right?  Of course I am! I'm always right, just ask my husband! 😉

     Sometimes that chocolate craving comes at breakfast time. Do you know what? You don't have to choose between suppressing the craving or feeling guilty for indulging it any more!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 36

Deciding what to make is usually the hardest part about making dinner. Luckily we've done the work for you! 5 yummy dinner recipes and a fun dessert will keep your family fed and happy this week!


     Hoooooray for another weekend!  After spending 4 nights this week working on making homemade applesauce from my brother's trees, we switched gears to press some into cider.  As I am writing this we haven't done it yet, but chances are by the time you read it we will have.  I will try to put some pictures up on instagram so you can check it out if you are interested.  You would think after all of the #appleweek prep, I'd be sick of apples but it hasn't happened yet!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pineapple Right Side Up Baked Oatmeal

Take a bite of the tropics with this fun breakfast! This baked oatmeal has a great creamy texture but is hearty enough to be cut into pieces. It is just sweet enough to taste like a treat but is a pretty healthy way to start the day!


       Have you ever had an idea in your head that just gets embedded and won't leave you alone? That was this baked oatmeal for me.  I thought of it months ago and even went so far as to buy the pineapple rings and cherries. Then life happened and I didn't get it made.

      Usually if something isn't made within the first week or so after I think of it, the ingredients end up being used for something else and I move on. Not with this oatmeal though. I just new I had to give it a try and see how it worked.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Avocado and Shrimp Bruschetta #FoodBloggers4TX

Delicious shrimp, creamy avocado, lime, cilantro and a hint of chili powder piled atop some delicious garlic bread. It is a one of a kind bruschetta appetizer that reminds me of our trip to the Houston shore.



      What a crazy start to hurricane season!  A couple of weeks ago we watched in horror as hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas.  As if the damage from the winds wasn't enough, Harvey continued to dump rain on an already damaged city. Then it rained and rained and rained some more.  It was heartbreaking to turn on the news each night and the images were almost unbelievable. Foot after foot of rainwater forced people to climb onto their roofs to escape the water.  Good Samaritans were rescuing people in their fishing boats and the world watched amazed.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 35

We have this week's menu put together for you! With 4 great dinner ideas, one of my favorite appetizers and a couple of breakfast treats we have everyone covered and it's going to be delicious!


      Woohoo for another weekend!  We are on to phase two of operation playset build.  The first floor decks are going on.  It is really starting to come together.  I am interested to see what phase three brings.  I have been operating on the execution phase but have been leaving the planning to my husband.  He's loving every minute of it!  I think he is building the jungle gym of his childhood dreams.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pepperoni Pizza Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is full of pepperoni pizza flavor but in a fun, spreadable appetizer form! It is sure to be a hit at your next party and would be great at a tailgate!


     How was your long weekend? I hope you all had a blast. Ours was a good mix of productive and fun. We got married on Labor Day weekend 7 years ago, so we got to celebrate our anniversary. It's amazing how fast seven years can come and go. It's also amazing how it feels like it's been this way forever. A lot has changed in those seven years and we are grateful that almost all of it has been good.