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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart - 3 Ways

I'm giving you three ways to make beautiful, delicious Strawberry Mascarpone Tarts. You will not believe how easy it is to create these delicious treats!

Have you been reluctant to try using puff pastry or felt intimidated by what might happen? I was too before I tried it and found out how easy it can be. Puff pastry is great and you can use it to do so many things. Besides if you don't like the way something turns out, do it over! We all have cooking fails, EVERYONE does.

The three options are : 1) Mini Tart Shells 2) Puff Pastry Shells 3) Puff Pastry Sheets. Three different looks with the same ingredients. Each one will wow your family or guests.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Easy No Bake Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Season is in full swing now so that means wonderful treats. Strawberry Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, Ice Cream and just eating the strawberries by themselves! Life is good.

This is a super easy No Bake Strawberry Pie . A friend gave me some farm fresh picked strawberries and this is what I made with them. It is yummylicious! Yep that's a word....well it is to me.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Baked Saucy Chops

This recipe is so easy you could do it with your eyes closed. Okay....maybe you want to keep one eye open. Although I love cooking by the time I've worked all week and cooked every day, I like to do something simple on a Friday night. I want to relax too you know! This is simple enough for the busy week and you'll have time to do other stuff while dinner makes itself, well pretty much.


  • 2-4 Bone In or Boneless Pork Chops

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day April 22 - Earth Week

Make Every Day Earth Day! #EarthWeek  #EarthWeek2016 #EarthDay2016 #EarthDayEveryDay

Keep our world beautiful and clean. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

National Garlic Day - April 19th

April 19th is National Garlic Day . Did you know that garlic has been around over 7000 years? Needless to say it's been a big part of everyday life from cooking to medicinal purposes. I've even heard it keeps vampires away! HA!

I recently read that "garlic breath" can be neutralized by sipping milk or eating parsley. I've never tried this, have you? Did it work?

I don't mind the smell of garlic at all and I love using it for recipes.

Here are some of my garlic inspired recipe picks for you:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Honey Garlic Shrimp

The entire family will love these flavorful shrimp. This is an easy recipe and would work great during the busy week for quick meals. Make this dish in the skillet or on the grill!


  • 1 lb Shrimp, shelled and deveined (tails on work too)

Dinner Party Tip #2

Here's the second installment of our Dinner Party Tips Series .

  • Plan a menu and stick to it! There's nothing worse than getting overwhelmed as hostess. Plan your menu even before you invite your guest and stay with the plan. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ham & Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is a perfect make ahead recipe. No worries, it doesn't take long to put together in case you miss making it the night before. So simple and delicious.

I had some leftover baked ham from last night's dinner that I wanted to use, so this casserole was our dinner tonight........and it will be breakfast tomorrow. All I have to do is enjoy my coffee in the morning while the casserole re-heats in the oven.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gator Nuggets

Gator Nuggets or fried alligator chunks if you prefer are delicious! You'll find the most tender meat from the alligator comes from the tail. If you're wondering, yes it taste like chicken.


  • 1 lb Alligator Meat (can substitute chicken if you prefer)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Baked Spaghetti

I love baked spaghetti! I actually prefer it to the traditional way of serving it, noodles topped with the sauce.

To make things easier, I used Pronto Pasta , so there was no need to boil the pasta in a separate pot. That just made cleanup easier too!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Italian Style Pork Chops

These Italian Style Pork Chops are so easy to make and bake in the oven while you make your sides for dinner. Perfect for quick weeknight meals.


  • 1 lb Boneless Pork Chops
  • 3/4 c Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c Parmesan Reggiano Cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c Milk  
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, beat one egg and add milk and mix to combine.

In another bowl, add bread crumbs, grated cheese, and seasonings and mix together.

Dip each pork chop into the wet mixture and then dredge in the dry mixture and place in the baking pan.

Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 25-30 minutes.

Pimento Cheese Mac & Cheese

Inspired by The Masters going on this week, this creamy Pimento Cheese Mac & Cheese is a hole in one winner!


  • 16 oz Large Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 c Pimento Cheese, click here for recipe
  • 2/3 c Heavy Cream
  • Cracked Black Pepper 
Fill a medium pot with water, enough to boil pasta. Bring water to a boil and salt water. Add pasta and cook for 10 minutes.

Drain pasta well and add back to cooking pot. Add pimento cheese and heavy cream. Mix well to combine. Add cracked black pepper and combine.

Creamy and delicious!

Easy Variation: If you don't have homemade pimento cheese on hand or need a quick weeknight meal, I recommend Palmetto Cheese Pimento Cheese

See this recipe at The Weekend Potluck

Featured on Meal Plan Monday

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tuna Noodle Salad

Y'all, this is such an easy recipe. Perfect for a luncheon, potluck, or an easy dinner. I remember as a child my mother making Tuna Noodle Casserole and I wanted nothing to do with it, even though I liked all the ingredients. It's funny how we change and our taste for foods change.


  • 8 oz Chunk Light Tuna (in water), drained well
  • 16 oz Cooked Elbow Macaroni 
  • 1 to 1 1/4 c Mayonnaise
  • 6 tsp Dill Pickle Cubes
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • pinch of Dried Thyme, crushed between your fingers
  • 1 tbs Dried Parsley, fresh is good too
Empty tuna into a mesh strainer and drain well.

Cook Pasta. Bring water to a boil, add some salt to water then add pasta and boil for 10 minutes.

While pasta cooks, in a medium mixing bowl add mayonnaise, pickles, lemon juice, and seasonings and combine.

Add drained tuna to wet mixture and combine.

When the cook time is done for the pasta, drain well. Add pasta to tuna wet mixture and combine.

I like the tuna noodle salad once it's chilled in the refrigerator but it's good warm too.

Easy and Simple!

Optional: add diced onions or diced red pepper to suit your taste. 

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