Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pumpkin Fluff Party Dip

I've got a super easy dip you can put together for your fall gatherings. Great for Halloween or Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #84

I hope you're hungry because we've got a delicious table set for you this week on Meal Plan Monday! Grab a fork and pull up a chair...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #83

Our weather has been a little back and forth around these parts! Some days it feels like summer and some days it feels like fall!🍁 No matter what type of weather you're having were you are, we know you'll find some refreshing and comforting recipes below to whip up in your kitchen this week!
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It's time for another week of free recipes with Meal Plan Monday! If you missed last week’s addition, don’t fret, you can find it HERE. Ready to see the most popular recipes from last weeks Meal Plan Monday? Let's check them out!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #82

Hey Y'all! We hope you've enjoyed your first week of fall. It hasn't been very fall like in our neck of the woods with the hot temperatures.

Welcome back to another week of recipe inspiration at Meal Plan Monday! We've got an all new line up of great recipes to share with you in addition to the featured recipes. Have a look around and share, print, & pin your faves. If you missed last week's addition, don't fret, you can find it HERE.

Lots of folks had a sweet tooth last week, making these cookies our most popular recipe.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #81

Hey friends! Welcome back to another delicious Meal Plan Monday! You know, there's just nothing quite like a home cooked meal. It gives families an opportunity to gather, connect, and share - no matter what's on the table. This week's recipes are perfect for that. So many of them are quick and easy and will help you get a home cooked meal on the table in no time flat! Let's dive right into all of this week's yumminess...

 This Chicken 'n' Dressin' Casserole from Southern with a Twist is the perfect comfort food for those of you looking for some stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Country Apple Butter

A touch of fall is in the air. In the South, that means apple season. The stifling humidity has lessened a great deal, so a trip to the apple orchard is really pleasant. You can't beat fresh local apples this time of year!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner is a delicious and easy meal, ready in just 20 minutes.

I had not intended on posting a recipe for this dish originally. After posting a photo on Facebook, I received a lot of questions about preparing salmon. Fish can be an intimidating menu item if you've never made it, even for myself. The first time I am experimenting with a new ingredient there is that sense of uncertainty, of "what will happen". I'm here to tell you that preparing a fresh salmon filet is about as easy as you can get.

Meal Plan Monday #80

Good food, plus people you love and enjoy loving on is what Meal Plan Monday is all about. We are so happy that you are back for another week of sharing. In the blink of an eye the week has passed but that's okay, because we've gathered up some of the BEST posts from last weeks Meal Plan Monday and you are gonna LOVE each of these recipes.

  Meal Plan Monday #80

From all of us at Meal Plan Monday, thank you for sharing your recipes, for reading, sharing and cooking all these wonderful dishes. In case you didn't know, or maybe forgot...here's who we are -
We love having y'all hang out with us! When you post one of your recipes, it shows up on all 5 of our blogs. Plus we SHARE, TWEET, PIN and promote all week long on our social media channels so, make sure you join in on the fun!

Your FAVORITE, most clicked on recipes last week was...

Friday, September 8, 2017

Southern Skillet Fried Apples

Fall is not all about the pumpkin y'all! Apples orchards are full of ripe fruit just waiting to be picked. There are apple festivals going on this time of year. The air has a hint of coolness to it after a long hot summer. As the old saying goes "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Well nobody specified how those apples could be prepared before you eat them and there are countless ways. The intoxicating aromas of cinnamon and spices filling the air.

Meal Plan Monday #79

Welcome back friends who like to cook, friends who like to eat, and friends who just read the blogs and live vicariously through us but still have clean kitchens! No matter where you fit in, we're tickled to have you here! This week's edition of Meal Plan Monday begins to bring warmer flavors into our kitchens as Fall approaches. We know you'll find recipes to inspire you and at least a few new favorites to add to your regular rotation. We would like to add that if you are in the areas of the wildfires, flooding, or hurricanes, our hearts and prayers are with you. Stay safe and take care of your families. 

We have some wonderful recipes for you this week so lets start with some popular ones from last week:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #78

Who's ready for some new recipes and dinner ideas for the week? Meal Plan Monday 78 is live!
Hey Y'all! It's once again that time of the week where we gather together some tasty recipes for y'all to try out on the dinner table. If you're a food blogger, we invite you to share your favorite recipes with us by linking them up below! If you're not a blogger, we can't wait for you to find some new and fantastic recipes below! We always have so many great ideas come in during Meal Plan Monday! We just know you'll find a new favorite below! However, before we look at this week's recipes, let's take a look at our features from last week!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Beefy Noodle Soup

Beefy Noodle Soup is a homemade classic comfort food. Simple ingredients with the addition of herbs and seasonings make a flavorful meal. Leftovers are great too!

If you happen to be planning ahead and making freezer meals to use later, follow the recipe without adding the noodles. You can freeze the soup base and add the noodles when you plan to eat the soup later. Noodles don't hold up well once cooked and frozen.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Blackberry Grits

Blackberry Grits! Before you go thinking this Southern girl has gone crazy, just hear me out. I am always happy to find places I enjoy for the occasional breakfast or brunch out. This dish was inspired from such an outing to a great place called Another Broken Egg Cafe. The restaurant seems to be quite popular and has locations all over the US.

My first visit here, I was reading over the menu and came across Blackberry Grits. My first thought was "Why would anyone do that to grits?" but I was intrigued. Don't get me wrong, I'm never giving up my traditional grits with salt, pepper and butter. I call those my everyday grits. Blackberry grits however are something I now enjoy on occasion. My intrigue for this dish grew stronger as a server at the restaurant went walking by, with you guessed it, blackberry grits. They looked wonderful! I like blackberries and I like grits. So, why not together? My mind was settled, I was going to order it and give it a try!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #77

Hey Y'all! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #77, full of delicious recipes to inspire your week ahead. Each week, food bloggers come together to share their recipes here for all to enjoy. Visit your favorite recipes to print, pin, share and bring your family to the table for a home cooked meal.

Let's take a look at our featured recipes that caught your attention last week as well as the new line up. Ready? Here we go!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stewed Beef Tips and Rice

Stewed Beef Tips, served over rice or buttered noodles, is a time tested favorite recipe. The method of stewing meats has been around since people started cooking. It remains popular today because it is easy and delicious. Back in ancient times it was probably much easier to prepare meats this way since they were cooking in a pot over open fire. The old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" pops into mind.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #76

Schools are heading back in session and we're all looking for those quick and easy ideas to help us get a home-cooked supper on the table without a lot of hassle on a busy weeknight. Meal Plan Monday to the rescue! We've got another week filled with absolutely amazing recipes to help you do just that. From some this Insanely Delicious Cream Cheese Frosting to easy Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Chicken to a quick Chicken Parmesan Casserole, we've got you covered!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lemon Poppyseed Bread with Lemon Glaze

Poppy seeds, the slate blue goodies used in baking pastries and breads that we've come to love. They add a slight crunch to each bite of your baked goods. Poppy seeds are used in other areas of cooking, such as making dressings. My favorite by far is the combination with lemon, in a Lemon Poppyseed Bread with a lemon glaze. It's so easy to prepare and bake. This scratch made bread is great served at breakfast, for snacks or a dessert.

The batter in this recipe takes just a couple of minutes to prepare and can also be used to make muffins if preferred. After baking and the glaze is mixed, then drizzled over the bread loaves, the cook gets first slice and gets to dab each bite into the leftover glaze. AHHH, the perks of being the cook in the family!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #75

Hey Friends! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #75

Anybody hungry? If you're not now, you will be soon because Meal Plan Monday is here with loads of scrumptious recipes to get your taste buds fired up!

Last week, there was one amazing recipe that stood out from the rest and for good reason! Diner-style peach pie from Cooking With Kay has the most clicks and I'm sure it's on many a supper table this week. You also loved "It's a Wrap" from Come Home for Comfort and Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Salad from Served Up with Love. Thank you, friends for sharing your recipes with us!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Baked Ham and Egg Cups

Baked Ham and Egg Cups are an easy to prepare breakfast. Add some cheese if you please 😉
Breakfast cups bake in the oven, so they're perfect for back to school mornings or when you have guests to feed. You can make one, or up to a dozen at a time, with minimal ingredients.

We all have those mornings where it's busy and just don't have time to stand over a stove, right? You still want to have a healthy breakfast. The oven does all of the work for you. With a muffin pan to add your ingredients to, you're good to go!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #74

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Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #74!

Hey friends! We live in a crazy world full of division, hidden fees, mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, and various other politicians. But each week we escape all of that to join together over a common thread : We all gotta eat! With that in mind, pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea, and let's dive into this week's Meal Plan Monday!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #73


It's a great time to start planning your meals out for the week, let us help with Meal Plan Monday #73!

 Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #73, y'all! We're so glad that you've swung by for a bit to take a look at the recipes we have this week. Not only will you find the recipes that have been shared by some wonderful bloggers this week but you can also take a look at our features from last week. Looking for a little inspiration for the dinner table? Well, you've come to the right place!

This Week’s Features…

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #72

Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #72! We have an amazing selection of features that were favorites from last week.  There's also an all new lineup of recipes shared by bloggers that will surely inspire your week ahead. So let's get started Y'all!

This Week's Features...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #71


Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #71 and thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers who are here to share recipes!

Meal Plan Monday is growing by leaps and bounds! Last week we ended up with well over 100 new recipes so y'all make sure you check back throughout the week because wonderful recipes continue to be added daily and we just know your family's next favorite is among them.
Let's start fixing our plates!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cucumber Salad

We are in the midst of the growing season in the South so the cucumbers are plentiful. What do you do with all those cucumbers? Top salads, make pickles, slice them and sprinkle with a touch of salt for snacks. Yes to all of those, and of course, make the classic old fashioned Cucumber Salad. It's likely you remember your grandmother making this cool summer side dish. When it's hot, cool refreshing side dishes are always welcome.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Smothered Chicken

Smothered Chicken, a delicious homemade meal of fall off the bone tender chicken in gravy. We love our fried foods in the South and we love gravy too. Marrying these two into a dish is surely something special. Just imagine how a piece or two of this smothered chicken served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes or fluffy rice will be......AMAZING! Best of all, it's a simple recipe and most of the work is done in the oven.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #70

New recipes from new friends is what's happening on Meal Plan Monday! Every week, we have the pleasure of meeting new bloggers who post their recipes and we get to meet new readers who love to cook. Get ready for a great line up of features, y'all. We've got a fresh salad, super savory side dish, a flavor packed main dish and a retro recipe appetizer. Let's go see who cooked what...

The recipe with the most clicks last week ~

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Old School Pineapple Salad

Pineapple Salad , a classic old school recipe. It's such a simple recipe and quite tasty! This salad follows the same basic concept of Southern Pear Salad.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Natural Bridge - Keowee Toxaway State Park

The air was thick and humid after the morning rain as we began our hike on the trail. The Natural Bridge Trail in Keowee Toxaway State Park. A trail described as moderately strenuous. Starting out, so far so good. I did notice however we were walking downhill. That's when I realized at some point there was going to be an uphill climb. The trail is 1.3 miles long and should take about an hour. 

My husband walked along at a faster pace being more experienced outdoors than myself and I'll admit it, more physically fit. I was making a point to participate in more outdoor activities, exploring and enjoying nature, while getting exercise. If I am going to exercise I would much rather have beautiful nature to enjoy than some gym wall. 

I was careful of my footing, looking down quite a bit to where I was stepping, because of all of the

Friday, June 30, 2017

Southern Fried Chicken Livers

Southern Fried Chicken Livers! Love them or hate them? I happen to love them and have since I was a child. I wasn't even tricked into eating them. I knew exactly what they were and have liked them ever since my first crunchy bite. That being said, I'm not a fan of all liver dishes. My mother has fond memories of my grandmother's beef liver and onions recipe. Well, I can tell you that I don't want anything to do with beef liver. I know that sounds contradictory but beef liver is just not my thing. Fried chicken livers and their crunchy goodness, are!

Whenever I think of chicken livers, I can't help but remember a spoiled rotten dog we had when I was

Meal Plan Monday #69

Oh my goodness, we're so glad you're here because we have some delicious food to serve up in this week's Meal Plan Monday!

 Let's start with a glass of Southern Peach Tea from our friend Stacy over at Game and Garden!
peach tea

And you know we're gonna need us a little something sweet, this Southern Pineapple Cake from Cooking With Mary and Friends  looks so good that you know we'd hate to pass up a bite...or two.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole is one of those dishes that makes it's appearance at holiday meals and other gatherings. It's always a favorite and disappears fast!

If you're like me, I almost forgot about this classic Southern dish. I was reminded of it recently when I ate lunch at a restaurant, one of those "meat and three" kind of places while I was out of town. I couldn't believe I forgot about how great pineapple casserole is.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Table Rock State Park

On my most recent weekend adventure, we made a visit to Table Rock State Park. The park is a beautiful natural area located in the mountain region of South Carolina in Pickens County.

Table Rock is known for the famous mountain face, shown above. There are lots of activities to enjoy within the park that include an old fashioned swimming hole and hiking trails. There are also cabins available for rent within the park and camping areas.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #68

Welcome to this week's Meal Plan Monday! Meal Plan Monday 68 is live and we're ready to see all of the amazing recipes that y'all are going to link up this week. Who's ready to grab some great recipes this week? I know I am!
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 There are so many great recipes to pick from! Which one will be your new favorite?
Let’s take a look at this week’s features

Classic Stuffed Peppers

Classic Stuffed Peppers are a favorite meal of mine. I think anyone who is a fan of bell peppers has a love for stuffed peppers. Beautiful pepper shells filled with a meat and rice mixture, then baked to perfection.

The only question is whether to cheese or not cheese. I like cheese!

Check out how easy it is to create this classic dish.....

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Visit to Poinsett Bridge in Upstate South Carolina

I have wanted to visit the Poinsett Bridge in upstate South Carolina for a while now. Sometimes we miss landmarks such as this and they are right in our own backyard, so to speak. We've passed the road leading to this landmark the past few weekends traveling back and forth between home and our

Friday, June 16, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #67

Hey Y'all! Welcome to another Meal Plan Monday! We're sure happy you've stopped by to visit with us. There is a whole lot of goodness going on each week with delicious recipes shared by favorite food bloggers. Inspiration for the week ahead!

Let's get started by taking a look at this week's features 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Southern Skillet Fried Okra

OKRY!! Many people do call okra....okry. Regardless of what you call it, okra is a southern favorite. It's an essential ingredient in gumbo and soups. My personal favorites are pickled okra and Fried Okra.

Okra is the edible seed pod from the okra plant. I once asked a question on the Julia's Simply Southern Facebook Page - "What is one food you do not like?" - and was surprised that a lot of people do not like okra. It's one of those, you either love it or hate it kind of things. So this recipe is for all the okra lovers out there!!

  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #66

Welcome, welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday! We had so much amazing food linked up last week! Our blogging friends are always gathering up the best of the best so that we can help you get inspired to make a plan for this week's menu! I don't know about you, but just seeing all this great food in one place gets me excited about supper!

 Let's start by showing you some of your favorite recipe from last week...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea - Makeover Edition

This post was sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you Southern Breeze, you're a real sweetie!

Summer is in full swing and there's nothing like a refreshing cool beverage on a hot day! June happens to be National Iced Tea Month so why not celebrate the month (and year) with a glass of sweet tea? Let's make it Southern Breeze Sweet Tea the #GuiltFreeSweetTea! It's no secret we love our sweet tea in the South. You can enjoy the house wine of the south with *Zero Calories* because Southern Breeze has already added the sweetener in the tea bags. Did you catch that, Sugar? There's no need to add sugar.

Pull up a rocking chair and let's brew a fresh pitcher of tea. It's as easy as boiling water!

Lemon Pepper - Flat Roasted Chicken

This is a very easy method for roasting a delicious and moist chicken. To cut the backbone out of the chicken enables you to flatten the chicken for cooking is referred to as spatchcock. Roasting a chicken flattened out also saves a few minutes of cooking time, so you can have roast chicken any day of the week! I find it handy to keep a few recipes on hand for roasting chicken so you have a few different flavor variations to enjoy. Lemon pepper is always a favorite. Choosing simple sides that can be added to the skillet during cooking will also allow you to create a true one skillet meal.


  • 1 3-4 lb Whole Chicken

Friday, June 2, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #65

Get ready to send your taste buds reeling, friends! Last week's Meal Plan Monday was absolutely LOADED with recipes packed with flavor. You all loved the fiesta salad from A Reinvented Mom, the super flavorful sheet pan meal from Shockingly Delicious and an old school dessert from Call Me PMc.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BBQ Chicken Meatloaf

A simple meatloaf made with ground chicken and topped with barbecue sauce is a delicious variation to your standard meatloaf. A comfort food for many, this BBQ Chicken Meatloaf will not disappoint. If you're a fan of the meatloaf sandwich, you'll love this recipe!

Milk Boiled Corn

How do you prefer boiling corn on the cob? For me, it's always Milk Boiled Corn. It really does add a rich and delicious sweetness to your corn. It is considered by many to be the best way to prepare corn on the cob.


  • 2-6 Ears of Corn, depending on amount needed to serve

Friday, May 26, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #64

Hey, howdy, hey! Welcome back to another edition of Meal Plan Monday. We sure do appreciate you joining us. We're coming in on our 64th week of delicious meal inspiration and boy have we got some mouthwatering recipes for you this week! Let's dive right in and see some of our most popular recipes from last week.

  sausage and greek potatoes
I don't know about y'all but this made my stomach growl.
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