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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Banana Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Turn those extra bananas into this delicious banana sheet cake. The soft and caramelly creamy cheese frosting takes it to the next level! Perfect for potlucks and parties, this is sure to be a winner!

   I know, I know... always with the banana recipes.  You guys, I can't help it!  I am not sure if you are thanking me or cursing me, so I choose to think you are loving this crazy banana baked good roller coaster.  Here's what happened:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

      I just love a party!  Any excuse to get everyone together and have a good meal is a perfect one for me.  This time of year it is especially fun to have all of our friends and family over.  We love playing yard games and chasing little ones around outside.  We are able to invite so many more people and still have plenty of elbow room.  Plus, I love the casual nature of a good outdoor BBQ.  So I can't wait to see what everyone is sharing this week for Sunday Supper.  What a fun theme, picked by T.R. Crumbley from Gluten Free Crumbley.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Vanilla Ice Cream - The Grand Finale of MiMi's Cook the Book Dinner

    For the grand finale of our Christy Jordan's Southern Plate meal I made homemade ice cream.  Christy says her grandmama and granddaddy made homemade ice cream when their strawberries started coming in, and there was nothing like it.  That's as far as I had to read before I knew that I had to try this recipe.  It calls for six pasteurized eggs. I get eggs from my hens and don't worry about eating them raw.  I went online and found that there are recipes that you can pasteurize eggs your self if you cannot find pasteurized eggs at the store.  I tried one of them and liked the way it works.  This is a quick and easy recipe for a very tasty vanilla ice cream. 


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tea Cake Cookies - A Good Family Dinner Needs a Dessert!

     It has been fun sharing our Southern Plate inspired meal with you.  All of our family dinners end up with some kind of dessert.  There were two recipes I wanted to try in the spring chapter of Christy Jordan's cookbook.  Mama Reed's tea cakes sounded like something we should definitely try.  She describes them as tender little cake that is soft and pillowy with just a touch of sweetness.  I chose to add the simple icing that is offered as an option and am glad that I did.  Without the icing these would not have been sweet enough for our liking.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thousand Island Dressing - Part 3 in MiMi's Cook the Book Series

   When I saw this recipe for Thousand Island Dressing I knew I had to try it.  I grew up making this dressing with mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and ketchup.  That was always my favorite salad dressing.  Well, that changed with this recipe.  We really enjoyed this salad dressing. I cut Christy Jordan's recipe in half and we still had too much.  Pops was happy about that because he got to enjoy it several more times. We have also made it again already, he really likes this!
    I served it over lettuce wedges with tomatoes, bacon and radish slices for a fun wedge salad.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Daddy's Rise-and-Shine Biscuits - Part Two of MiMi's Cook the Book Series

     In my mind, every good southern meal should either have biscuits or cornbread.  Christy Jordan included her dad's recipe for biscuits so I chose to make them as part of our meal.  I have a favorite biscuit recipe so it is hard for me to try a different one.  I'm glad I did.  This is made differently than I am sued to which made it a lot of fun to prepare.  It seems most biscuit recipes call for very cold butter.  This one uses a softened butter which made it very easy to incorporate the flour into it.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Kathy's Country Casserole - Mondays With MiMi

     I had so much fun creating our family meal all out of the Loveless Cafe cookbook shortly after I purchased it that I decided I would make cookbook inspired meals more often.  I did this for a recent family dinner and had a lot of fun again.  I was surprised when I looked back to find out when Carlee posted the first cookbook meal that it took place last June. I can't believe it has taken me almost a year to do it again.  Hopefully it won't take me this long with my 3rd cookbook inspired meal.  My cookbooks are very special to me and I love having a reason to go through them over and over again.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Grilled Cantaloupe Salad with Queso Fresco and Herbs

     Woohoo, good weather is finally here.  We have had a really interesting spring, but it seems like grilling season is in full swing!  I love grilling this time of year.  It is warm enough to have fun while you are out doing it.  There is plenty to be done in the garden and little man is having the best time spending as much time as he can outdoors.  There gets to be that point in the summer where it is so hot that standing over the grill sounds a bit tortourous and then grilling season comes back around in the fall.  Don't get me wrong, we have been known to grill year round and in all sorts of weather.  But there are a few choice months each spring and fall when it is so much more enjoyable than the rest of the year.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Marmalade Gingerbread Loaf

     It finally happened!  I made a cake for The Cake Slice Bakers that was just... meh.  I mean, it was bound to happen eventually, right?  The worst part is that it is probably mostly my own darn fault.  But such is life.  I was REALLY tempted to make one of the other cakes, or even make this one again so I could give you a more glowing review today.  Then I got busy with Jax's Pirate Party and just life in general and I decided that in real life not everything knocks your socks off anyway and it is ok to post that I didn't love something every once in a while.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

    MiMi made a lot of cute birthday cakes for us over the years.  Of course most of the cute ones she made for me I only remember through pictures.  But as the oldest of 6 kids, there were plenty of little ones around to make cute cakes for throughout a good portion of my life.

    My littlest sister, Chloe had some cute ones that I can remember.  But the favorite cake my mom made was a treasure chest cake.  She found the idea in a Family Fun magazine, and if I remember correctly it made an appearance at more than one birthday.  It was always a hit.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting and How to Make Easy Monkey Cupcakes

How do you make chocolate frosting even better? Add sweetened condensed milk! Come get the recipe and learn how to make these cute monkey cupcakes while you're at it! 

     My little monkey had a birthday!  He had a monkey lovie that he needed to sleep for the longest time.  He accidentally left it at MiMi and Pops once and it caused dad to make a panicked late night run to track him down.  Then we went through a phase where it even had to go to daycare with him.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Banana Cupcakes

     It's time to clue you in on my new favorite time of year.... birthday time!  The little man has always been fun to plan parties for.  Starting with the gender reveal and going through his last birthday, they have all been great.  This birthday was even more fun than normal though because he was so excited about it.  All of the anticipation and watching him get excited about each little thing made it that much better.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cap'n Jax Turns 3!

 What a fun couple of days!  Our little pirate has had one heck of a birthday weekend.  It is late and I am tired, so I will keep it brief for now.  I am sure I'll come back in a couple of days and clean up some pictures and tell you more about the festivities.  In the mean time, I know there are far flung friends and family who want to know how little man's birthday went.

Friday, May 13, 2016

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

    We have a very fun weekend planned here and I can't wait to share everything with you.  All of the party planning has me thinking of so many fun things this $100 gift card could buy.  I can't win, so I hope you do!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Quick Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins

These muffins are a delicious and nutritious way to start your day! They are quick, easy and full of oatmeal and whole wheat goodness yet they are soft and yummy. So good!

     Can you tell how famously Bertha and I have been getting along?  We have been having the best time.  We loved the Oatmeal Raisin Sourdough Muffins so much, that I couldn't help but to switch them up and make a new version.  I gave away half of that first batch, but Jax and I had the rest of them gone in a couple of days.  We each had one for breakfast and shared another for snack two days in a row.  Then he wanted more muffins, more muffins it was!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

    Ever since MiMi had a taste of my first sourdough boule, she has been begging for some of my starter.  Bertha and I were off to such a great start and MiMi wanted in on the friendship.  But sometimes good things come to those who wait.  I wanted to get a good feel for how to take care of Bertha before I gave some of her away.  That way when MiMi had questions, I had a little bit of an idea how to answer.  Plus the waiting just made her want it more!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Italian Lemon Bundt Cake - Mondays With MiMi

    We recently made  Maw-Maw's Italian Braciole for our family dinner. Since we had an Italian inspired dinner I felt we should have Italian all of the way through dessert.  I found a recipe for lemon Italian ice that I decided to make, but felt like baking too.  That's when I found Lemon Pound Cake on My Recipe Confessions. I changed it up just a little bit and the results were wonderful.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cajun Shrimp Dip

Creamy dip with just a bit of kick, the cajun shrimp dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!

     This creamy dip is the stuff snacking dreams are made if. It has just the right amount of spice, plenty of shrimp and gooey melty cheese.  It is hard to stop eating it once you start. Make some for your next party or for game day, you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Croque Madame Pizza

The flavors of the classic French sandwich make an excellent pizza. Croque madame has never been so fun to eat!

    All of this brunch week talk has really made my mind swirl with possibilities.  We are a family of egg eaters.  I almost never go to the grocery store without picking some up.  We also buy a couple dozen fresh eggs at a time from my cousin.  Add to that a delivery of eggs every so often from my father-in-law and we are always well stocked.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Maw-Maw's Italian Braciole - Mondays with MiMi

   Carlee and I were talking about the roulade that her aunt Linda used to make. This made me think of the steak rolls that my mother used to make when I was a child. They were one of my favorite meals.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Take those ripe bananas and turn them into breakfast! This baked oatmeal takes the flavors of banana bread and bakes them into oatmeal goodness. 

     Good morning, everyone!  I made you some oatmeal to start your day off on the right foot. Today I am writing on the prompt mom's favorite recipe.  I know it seems a bit odd to choose oatmeal for that prompt, but the funny thing is it is my baked oatmeal recipes that MiMi makes most from the blog.