Friday, July 25, 2014

Strawberry Eclair Cake

I tried a twist on a favorite summer dessert

Instead of making a chocolate eclair cake I made a strawberry one!
I just switched out strawberry pudding for the vanilla in the original recipe, 
used strawberry frosting instead of the chocolate, and added some fresh strawberries on top.

It was a yummy change.  We thought strawberry pudding with chocolate frosting would be good, too.
The pudding/frosting combinations are really endless. :-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 21st-27th

enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans

chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, biscuits

homemade pizza

soft tacos, pinto beans, tortilla chips and guacamole

leftovers, maybe out to eat? 

bar-b-q chicken, new potatoes, sautéed vegetables, salad, blueberry pie

hamburgers, french fries, baked beans, jalapeño poppers, watermelon

Linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet Luna

My daughter's new parakeet. :-)

Daisy had to meet her of course.

It looks like Daisy's thinking, "But, I thought I was the only animal that got to come inside!" :-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

~In N Out Burger~

In N Out Burgers  have been around since 1948, 
but our family did not discover them until our 

I recently discovered a copycat version that you can make at home!

The secret sauce is the key ingredient.
You combine the following -

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons pickle relish
2 teaspoons onion, finely minced
2 teaspoons sugar

While Mr. H. grilled the burgers,
I baked some french fries.

Use some good buns
and be sure to butter and toast them!

and assemble your burger In N Out style.

Spread some sauce over the bottom bun.
Add your lettuce and tomato.

Then your patty,
cheese if you wish,
a slice of onion,
and more sauce.

Dig in!

If you are able to visit an In N Out Burger restaurant,

might come in handy! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Skillet Corn

Summer southern comfort food at it's finest…skillet corn.  :-)

You'll need -

5 ears of corn
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups water

Remove husk and silk from corn.
Using a knife slice kernels off of corn; set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, salt and pepper.
Add water and whisk until smooth.
Melt butter in pan.
Add corn and flour mixture to pan.
Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until corn is tender 
and sauce is thickened.

Makes 8 servings.

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 14th-20th

bbq chicken, skillet corn, fried okra, ranch style beans, biscuits

copycat in-n-out burgers, french fries

crockpot mexican chicken, guacamole, tortilla chips

philly cheesesteak sandwiches, potato chips

roasted red peper pasta, green salad, garlic breadsticks

grilled steaks, fresh green beans and new potatoes, corn on the cob, lettuce and tomato salad, texas toast

dinner - pot roast, lettuce and tomato salad, dinner rolls
supper - hamburgers, potato chips, strawberry eclair cake

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
July 7th-13th


blackened tilapia, rice, sautéed vegetables

soft tacos, spanish rice, pinto beans


gnocchi with pesto, garlic breadsticks, olive garden salad

grilled steaks and corn on the cob, sautéed broccoli, buttered new potatoes, lettuce and tomato salad, bakery asiago cheese bread

out for supper

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I love the 4th of July! :-)

The 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays to celebrate.

I've always wanted to make one of these fruit flags - so this year I did!

I've been enjoying these red, white and blue daisies all week long.

Ready to BBQ!

Mr. H. manned the grill.

Just couldn't resist these little salt and pepper shakers when I saw them at the store.

Could. Not. :-)

These were fun. :-)

Don't forget the nanner puddin'! 

We had fireworks pops...

and a fireworks show. :-)

Happy birthday America!

Monday, June 30, 2014

We went a little Hawaiian at supper tonight...

I used a fresh mango in the rice, instead of the dried that the recipe called for.  
The rice was also tossed with
 coconut oil, macadamia nuts, pineapple juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. 
And it was delicious! 

We had some more grilled pineapple, too.
Because it's just so good and easy. :-)


Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
June 30th - July 6th

out for supper

creamy ceasar chicken lasagna, green salad

cheese enchiladas, spanish rice, pinto beans

4th of July cookout



Linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake

Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake from Better Homes and Gardens 
made for a yummy Sunday dinner today.
I made it last night and then popped it in the oven as soon as we got home 
from worship this morning.

My family was preoccupied watching a world cup game,
and didn't mind waiting a bit for this dish to get warm and bubbly in the oven. :-)

It is a wonderful recipe to use up any chicken and vegetables you have leftover at the end of the week.
I used the rest of the grilled chicken from Friday's meal, and the vegetables that the recipe called for
plus a half of an onion I had.

The sauce is really simple, but very tasty. 

And, of course, this is technically a casserole.
But Mr. H. doesn't eat casseroles.
So we don't call it a casserole... ;-)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summertime = new recipes!

I really enjoy having extra time during the summer
to try out new recipes. 
I'll tell you while I was making supper tonight,
Mr. H. kept saying the kitchen had never smelled so good. :-)

to go over the chicken he was grilling.

The recipe calls for fresh tomatillos, which I had never cooked with before.

After you husk them,
they look like little green tomatoes. :-)

To make the sauce you broil a poblano pepper, a jalapeño pepper, some garlic and onion,
and the tomatillos.

This is what was smelling so good!
You combine the broiled vegetables with some lime juice,
greek yogurt, cilantro, and avocado.

It was really good with the grilled chicken.

We also had grilled pineapple and quinoa and black bean salad.
(With fresh corn cooked in the microwave of course!)

It was all super yummy.  
I sure do love to cook new things during the summertime!