Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy fall y'all!

Yesterday was the first day of fall and that means my favorite time of year has officially begun!
I chose pumpkin oat muffins to make this morning to go along with the
pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin spice creamer I picked up yesterday after work.

It was a yummy way to start the day!

Don't you?

Here are some other fall inspirations from years past -

Saturday, September 16, 2017

~pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting~

for the cake -

2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can pumpkin puree

Mix sugar, oil, and eggs until well combined.
Combine flour, spices, soda and salt. 
Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with canned pumpkin and mix well.
Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

for the frosting -

1/2 cup butter
4 oz. cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Alternately add powdered sugar and milk.  
Beat until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla.

Frost when cake is completely cool.
Store in the fridge until serving. 


pumpkin spice
and everything nice...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
September 16th - 22nd

steak, baked potatoes, salad, pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting

breakfast for supper

bbq sandwiches, potato salad, corn on the cob

grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, fresh green beans, biscuits, dutch apple pie, peach cobbler, vanilla ice cream

cheese enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans, tortilla chips and salsa

spinach and ricotta pasta bake, focaccia bread, caesar salad, frosty strawberry squares


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall is in the air...

We have been having the nicest cool mornings and evenings lately
and it sure seems like fall is in the air.

I put out all my fall decor on Sunday
and was so pleased to find the 
pumpkin nutmeg nature's wick candle 
from last season in my box of decorations.

I always go by Hobby Lobby in September each year 
and get one new fall decoration.

This year I picked out a set of four pumpkin napkin holders. :-)

Our first meal at the fall decorated table on Monday night was homemade fried chicken tenders,
mashed potatoes (with the skin on 'cause they're so easy that way, just call them "rustic"!),
fresh green beans and biscuits.

And this evening we had leftovers,
so I took some time to bake up my first batch of pumpkin scones of the season.

Fall is definitely in the air at my house!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

~Early Fall Morning~

A chill in the air this morning 
made the picnic table the prefect setting
to enjoy some yummy pumpkin waffles.

A super simple recipe -

1 cup baking mix
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup canned pumpkin

makes 2 waffles

Here comes fall!

"Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness,
year's end and day's beginnings."

~Terri Guillemets

Friday, September 8, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
September 9th - 15th

take out wings

breakfast for supper

fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, biscuits

hamburgers, potato chips, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip cookies, Oreo trifle


kung pao chicken


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Baby Bee Diaper Cake

I love to make a diaper cake!
This momma to "bee" registered for Burt's Bees toiletries for the baby.

I used size 1 diapers, and I had a few left over...
so I made "cupcakes!" :-)

You can find directions on how to make a diaper cake here.

The possibilities are endless!

They are so fun!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Menu Plann

Suppe Menus
August 19th - 25th

take out pizza

breakfast for supper

grilled sausage links, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob

spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, garlic bread

out for supper

soft tacos, spanish rice, refried beans


Friday, August 11, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
August 12th - 18th

out for supper

breakfast for supper

spicy romano chicken, garlic breadsticks, olive garden salad

orange chicken

summer sub sandwich, potato chips

grilled chicken and pineapple, kings Hawaiian rolls, caribbean confetti rice, spinach, key lime pie


Friday, August 4, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
August 5th - 11th

homemade pizza

supper at parent's house

meatballs, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, dinner rolls, strawberry shortcake


out for supper

soft tacos, spanish rice, refried beans

school party

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake

I can't seem to get enough strawberries these days.
I don't know if it is because they are just so beautiful and plentiful right now,
or if it has something to do with summer coming swiftly to an end 
and I'm trying to catch hold of the last lovely bits of it.

Whatever it is,
I know I will making this delicious strawberry shortcake at least once every summer
from. now. on. :-) 

You will need -

1 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package directions
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups water
1 3 ounce package strawberry jello
2 lbs strawberries, chopped (save a few whole for garnish)
8 ounces whipped cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 ounce carton of cool whip

First, bake your cake and allow to cool completely.

Slice into cubes.

Next, prepare the strawberry sauce.

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and water in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
When boiling, add jello and turn off heat.
Continue to stir until thickened.
Let cool completely, and then add chopped strawberries.

Then, prepare the cream.
 Mix softened whipped cream cheese with condensed milk until smooth and creamy.
Then add cool whip and mix until combined throughly.

Finally, assemble the trifle.

Layer cake, strawberries and cream three times.
Top with cream and whole berries.
Refrigerate until serving.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
July 29th - August 5th

supper - grilled steaks, grilled corn, peppers, and zucchini, mashed new potatoes, sliced tomatoes

breakfast - breakfast ring
dinner - church potluck, taking spiral pasta salad, strawberry shortcake trifle
supper - breakfast for supper

breakfast - chocolate chip muffins
supper - chicken spaghetti, garlic knots

supper - mexican lasagna, chips and salsa

supper - black bean burgers, french fries


homemade pizza

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

There's just nothing like summer, strawberries, and cake and ice cream!

Prepare a white box cake mix according to package directions
Let cool completely.

Soften a carton of Blue Bell Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla 
for a few minutes on the counter.

Slice up a pound of strawberries

and leave a few whole for garnish.

Slice your cake into four layers and place one inside a spring form pan.

Spread a few scoops of ice cream onto the cake

and layer strawberries around the outside.

Repeat layers three times,

spreading strawberries over the top on the last layer.
Cover and place cake in freezer for 12 -24 hours. 

Remove cake from spring form pan and decorate with whipped cream and whole strawberries.


Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

I am forever trying to make the 
lightest, fluffiest, flakiest 
buttermilk biscuits. :-)

Here are some tips I have gathered over the years -

everything must be cold!
cold bowl, cold fork, cold ingredients, cold biscuit cutter
never use your warm hands

freeze your stick of butter and then grate it into your flour

real buttermilk, no substitutes

cut and stack your dough (this makes layers!)

press and lift to cut the biscuits, don't twist your cutter

bake biscuits touching to help them rise

Any other tips you'd like to share with me?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
July 22nd - 28th

supper at wedding reception

breakfast for supper

out of town

spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, garlic knots

grilled chicken, squash and corn casserole, southern style green beans and new potatoes, fresh sliced tomatoes, southern buttermilk biscuits, strawberry ice cream cake

jalapeno chicken enchiladas, refried beans, spanish rice


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Simple Make-Ahead Italian Picnic

on the menu -

italian pressed sandwiches
kettle potato chips
seasonal fruit
individual tiramisu cheesecakes
sparkling water

We have a beautiful 5 mile greenway trail in our town
that Mr. H. and I love to walk.  
It ends in a lovely park with 2 more miles of trails.

We recently walked the entire trail and then through the park to have a picnic. 
I prepared the picnic the night before.

We had pressed italian sandwiches and potato chips.

I brought a long a jar of strawberries and blueberries.

And, we had no bake tiramisu cheesecakes for dessert. 

Find a pretty spot to spread your picnic blanket. 

Don't forget to pack a mason jar of water to put a few fresh picked flowers in. :-) 

Relax and enjoy!

"There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort."  
~ W. Somerset Maugham