Saturday, February 16, 2013

mY PiNteRest PrOjEcTs #5

I can hardly believe it's February 16 and I actually wrote this on Jan. 12, but never published it.  I love Pinterest and how it keeps my projects and ideas organized.  Perhaps my favorite part of it is trying many new recipes.  If you try any of the following recipes,  let me know what you think.  Just click on recipe title or link under each picture.  I'd love to hear from you.

Neiman Marcus Dip

Neiman Marcus Dip was so delicious and so simple to make.  I did use regular bacon not the bacon crumbles, mainly because of the extra preservatives in the packaged variety.

Hubby and I both loved this.  It would be great to take to a party.
***** Highly recommend.  Will be making this again.

Marlboro Man's favorite sandwich

This is from the Ree Drummond's blog-The Pioneer Woman.  She has some great recipes and I also love to watch her cooking show on Food network.  This has become our favorite go to steak sandwich.  I do add sweet red peppers with the onions to her recipe which I think makes it even better.  We cannot get enough of this.  Did you know the secret of cooking steak is frying it in butter?  YuMmY!!! and oh so delicious!!  I actually had a good friend tell me he loved me after eating this meal.  It was greatness!!!
*****This is a tried and true recipe.  LOVE IT!

Corn, Cucumber, Tomato Salad

I first had a salad like this at a TCU football game from The Big Purple Truck.  It was love at first bite and a taste explosion in my mouth.  I couldn't believe I had never tried anything like it before.  So shortly after the game I began an internet search and found this recipe.  I add red peppers, cilantro, pepper, and use rice vinegar and a little lemon juice in mine. 
*****DeLIGHTfully delicious, a favorite

Thanks to Debbie and Dakota at Just a Spoonful of...... for the Neiman Marcus dip recipe, Ree Drummond for Marlboro Man's Sandwich, and Molly Watson from for the Corn, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad. You have made many meals for my family and friends better.  I think a perfect meal would be to have all 3 of these recipes. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!! It's 2013!! Being Grateful!

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone.  Last year was a good one, but in retrospect I can't remember something about each day and that's a shame.  So this year I resolve to write down  what I am grateful for each day.  I did not come up with this idea on my own; I first read about gratitude jars on one of my favorite online fabric store blogs, Strawberry Patches.

Suzanne's Gratitude Jar

Here is a link to a gallery of different gratitude jars.  I haven't decided whether to do a jar or a little journal or even an app for my phone yet.  It's not so much how I do it though; the important thing is I do it.  I invite you to join me because.......

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's what's cooking.....

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  At my home we enjoyed lunch with my sister, niece and her family, my friend and her family, and my daughter Sarah.  We were able to see Jordan and Kristeen before and after Thanksgiving this year and that was a special treat.  It was the most relaxed Thanksgiving I've ever had.  I had all the  food (except the gravy) ready to be baked or cooked by late Wednesday afternoon.  Juggling oven time is always a little dicey, but it turned out successfully.  Here's what I made with links to the recipes:

Cornbread dressing with sausage
(without mushrooms and apples)

Spiral sliced Ham with brown sugar glaze

Roasted turkey breast
 (did not add pumpkin to the gravy)

This my tried and true mashed potato recipe.  I made them on Wednesday and refrigerated before baking.  After they bake, they are light and fluffy. 

I served this warm and it goes great with ham, too!

Almond joy pie

Chocolate pie
This has a basic recipe and variations for chocolate, coconut, etc.  PERFECT recipe!!  I always top with meringue instead of whipped topping. 

Other foods on menu brought by friends and family:
Macaroni and cheese
Southern sweet potato casserole
Green bean casserole
Strawberry Fluff Fruit salad
Pineapple Mandarin orange fruit salad
Pecan pie

We had way too much food, but it was oh so yummy!  I love Thanksgiving and the time I get to spend with family and friends.  It's also a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.  My family has been blessed beyond measure and I thank God for this. 

We had leftovers for a couple of days and after all that cooking it was wonderful to just reheat in the microwave.  

Fast forward to today and it's a little chilly outside so here's what is cooking for hubby tonight:

I've never made tomato soup before and this is yummy!!

Grilled cheese croutons
I just made regular grilled cheese sandwiches with sharp cheese slices along with some grated sharp and a touch of jalapeno jack slices.  After they are grilled and cooled, I slice them into cubes and bake at 250 degrees until they dry out and crisp up more.

Tossed Salad

I have sampled everything and I'm hoping it will be a hit with hubby. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

All things perfectly PuMpkiN!!!

I love fall--the colors, the weather, football, and pumpkins. This year I found the following:

My favorites are the pumpkin spice waffles and the pumpkin spice cream cheese spread.  The Jell-O pumpkin spice pudding is good especially with a little whipped cream on top.  I've heard Pepperidge Farms has pumpkin cheesecake cookies, but sadly I can't find them anywhere.  Maybe that's a good thing though cause I might eat too many of them.

I also love pumpkin dump cake and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.  Speaking of lattes, does anyone have a copycat recipe for pumpkin spice lattes that is good?   I've tried 2 different ones and didn't like either one and I can't indulge myself too many times with Starbucks.  Warm pumpkin bread with butter is one of my favorite breakfasts or snacks;  I didn't like pumpkin bread made in the crockpot though.  Last year my friend Morgan gave me some homemade pumpkin butter and it was delicious. 

If you like cheesecake, may I recommend Cheesecake Factory's Pumpkin Pecan cheesecake?   It was quite the taste sensation.  It's like the best of two of my favorite pies put together in a cheesecake.  They also have pumpkin cheesecake.  Maybe I'll try this recipe for the pecan pie part and this recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake part.

If you have any other pumpkin favorites that I need to try, let me know.  I'm game!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

mY PiNteRest projects #4

Retirement is good great.  I'm finding time to sew, cook, read, relax, do yoga, clean more (but only if I want to), relax, and just simply enjoy my free time.  I've been really enjoying the no deadlines and less hectic lifestyle.  I still don't particularly enjoy the cleaning up after cooking, but it's getting done.  My husband actually told me I was cooking too much!!  Maybe I'm spoiling him, but after 33 years of marriage, he probably deserves it.  I love you hubby!

Recap from week 1:
I've decided that one of my retirement projects will be to post about projects and recipes I have tried on Pinterest. What I post will strictly be my opinion. I hope that giving my opinion does not offend anyone.  Just click on recipe title to get the actual recipe..  Thanks for reading!!

Weekend Brunch Casserole
This was an evening meal for us and it was delicious.  It took a little longer to prepare because I had to scramble the sausage and I also don't mind it having some crispy bits.  I used spicy sausage (YUM!) and added red peppers and onions.  I used 7 eggs because I thought it needed more eggs and I also used sharp cheddar instead of mozzarella.  This was a great dinner so I know it would be wonderful at breakfast.  We had some to eat the next morning and I froze some to eat at a later date.
*****Very good, will definitely make again.
This chicken was very easy to prepare.  I like delicious food and if it can be cooked in a crockpot, I say YEAH!!  Fix it and forget it.  We did eat it without the rice but I'm sure it would be even more delicious with it. 

*****Yes, very good!!!! Will make again.

Caramel apple crisp

OH MY GOODNESS!!!  This was utterly delicious.  Yummy for my tummy, but not so much for my waistline!   Is it low cal if I didn't serve it with ice cream?!??!
I believe moderation is probably the key when it comes to eating this dessert, but that is a lesson I still need to learn.

*****DELICIOUS!!  Will make this over and over.

Thanks to Lauren, Brenda, and Dana for the pin recommendations this week and, Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen, and Hil's blog for the great recipes.