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!
Meal Plan Monday 68  
 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chicken & Asparagus Spaghetti Bake

Chicken and Asparagus Spaghetti Bake is wonderful for family meals. Chicken, asparagus, pasta and a creamy rich Alfredo sauce......sounds heavenly to me. Alfredo is one of my personal favorites. It is one of those sauces that is so versatile and can be used with any pasta, with or without a variety of meats and veggie combinations, and is liked by most people. Plus it has cheese in it and I'm always in for anything cheesy!!

Asparagus is highly nutritious. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most nutritionally balanced plant-derived foods. Asparagus has even been used for medicinal purposes. We can thank the pilgrims for bringing this vegetable to America.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Eggs Sunny-Side Up

Prepare perfect sunny-side up eggs with the whites cooked all of the way through leaving a beautiful runny yolk.

Meal Plan Monday #63

Welcome to Meal Plan Monday 63! It's time for another great week of fantastic recipes from bloggers around the internet! We hope that you're going to love all of these awesome recipes this week! We've had so many great recipes linked up each week and we absolutely love all of them! So Thank You all for sharing your favorite recipes with us!

**Bloggers - Don't forget to link back to us if you want to be featured! We can't feature you if you don't link back to Meal Plan Monday**

Ready to see our most popular recipes from last week? Let's take a look!

The favorite recipe with the most clicks last week was…

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak is quick and easy. Make it a complete meal when served with rice. This is a great dish to prepare during a busy week. You can have supper on the table in less than half an hour. How can you go wrong with delicious slices of beef with peppers and onions in a tasty gravy sauce?


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fruit Dip

This classic fruit dip is a favorite appetizer or dessert. You can make it with as little as two ingredients. I use three, with the addition of some food coloring for a touch of color. I've been making this easy recipe for at least twenty years. Did I really just tell y'all that?? HA!

Serve this at your next gathering with a platter of fresh fruit, berries and melon and watch it disappear!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad is divine! I absolutely love it. It's a bit of a splurge with the ingredients involved but can easily be made budget friendly too. I will typically make this for gatherings or special occasions. Everyone loves it! If you love seafood that is and we sure do! Fresh and delicious.


  • 1 lb Medium Shell Pasta, cooked
  • 2 tbs Butter

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #62

Hey, y'all! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #62! Our food blogger friends have been sharing the most wonderful recipes each week. We sure hope you've been enjoying them as much as we have. We've got some great meal plan inspiration to share this week too!

Before we get started, we would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day!

Okay Y'all, let's dig in to check out some of your favorites from last week and explore all the new delicious recipes shared this week!

The favorite recipe with the most clicks last week was...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nanny's Old Fashioned Blackberries and Biscuits

Y'all I have something special to share with you. This old fashioned blackberries and biscuits is a dish my grandmother (Nanny) would make for breakfast during blackberry season. Back in those days, you couldn't find berries in the store year round like you do now. Honestly, I don't even know if berries were sold in stores back then. You had to go out and pick them yourself. That's why this was a special treat because it only came around once a year. When the blackberries ripened we would be out picking. Oh how I remember those briar bushes scratching my hands and arms.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

How about a glass of refreshing fresh squeezed lemonade? It's delicious and a great thirst quencher on warm days. Next to iced tea it's one of my favorite beverages. Making fresh squeezed lemonade is easy and takes only minutes. I always love seeing child entrepreneurs with their pop up stands selling lemonade in summer. Life's lessons can come from something so simple as selling a glass of cold lemonade to thirsty patrons.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Perfect Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Y'all know I love to share easy to follow recipes with you. Sometimes I realize that I've missed sharing something basic, that everyone loves......like comforting mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are always a favorite for most people. I'm going to share how I make the perfect creamy mashed potatoes every time. I'm not kidding when people are always asking how I make them because they are so good....and there's a little secret ingredient in there. A friend of mine, Kandy, of nearly 20 years now shared this trick and I've been doing it ever since. Remember, it's a secret, shhhhhh....don't' tell.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #61

Hey, y’all! Welcome to another Meal Plan Monday! We’ve got some great meal plan inspiration for this week. Our blogger friends really outdid themselves with these recipes. We’re so excited to share another amazing collection of recipes with you. Let’s get started…

Our Featured Recipes
  First up is this amazingly delicious looking Crock Pot Country Steak with Gravy from SoulfullyMade.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #60

I am so excited about Meal Plan Monday this week! Barbecue Meatloaf from Cooking with Mary and Friends was our most popular recipe last week and stirs great memories of family times around the supper table. Other chart topping recipes are Teriyaki Beef Stirfry from Southern With A Twist, Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers from Call Me PMc, and a Southern Cornbread Salad from Cooking with K. We're also sharing our host feature, Grilled Chicken Pineapple Skewers from A Southern Soul.

If you are new to Meal Plan Monday, just scroll down and click on the links to take you to the full recipe. We are so glad you stopped by and hope you'll make us part of your week. 

Our featured recipe with the most clicks last week ~

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blueberry Pie

Delicious Blueberry Pie! You can't beat it. In general, a fruit pie is pretty easy to make, even if you don't consider yourself a baker. The sweet and slight tart of the berries are divine in this classic dessert.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Country Style Steak

We are rolling through the month of April Y'all and the weather is beautiful! I've got the windows open and those wonderful spring breezes are flowing through. Life is so good.

Today, it's Country Style Steak for dinner. Country Style Steak is like Country Fried Steak & Gravy cooked in a similar method as you would Smothered Pork Chops. So basically, it's country fried steak and gravy that you cook in the oven on a lower temperature for a couple hours. What you get is.....yummy, delicious, incredible melt in your mouth goodness! The beef just falls apart - in a good tender way. Great served over rice. This is classic southern cooking the whole family will love!


  • Cooking Oil 
  • 2-3 lbs Beef Cubed Steaks

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Bake up some homemade muffins with love! Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins are delicious as breakfast, a snack, or dessert.


  • 2 c All Purpose Flour

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #59

Hey, howdy, hey! Welcome to another edition of Meal Plan Monday, our weekly post where some of the best food blogs around the web share their favorite recipes to help liven up your meal planning. Let's dive right in and see what we have this week!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Potatoes & Green Beans in a Creamy Onion Sauce

This recipe is all about easy short cut side dishes. When you're having one of those busy days, which we all do, and need to get dinner on the table in a hurry without a lot of work. We all need a few recipes like that in our collection for such occasions. This dish is delicious and will please the entire family! Recipe serves 4-6 people. Serve alongside the rest of your meal.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Chocolate Banana Muffins

An easy and tasty way to use up ripe bananas ~ Chocolate Banana Muffins ~ makes a great snack or dessert treat!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

How to Make A Balsamic Glaze

A Balsamic Glaze is simple to make. It's a reduction of balsamic vinegar combined with sweetness to create a thick syrup type condiment. It's perfect drizzled on caprese salad, roasted vegetables, or meats adding wonderful flavor.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #58

Welcome back, Y'all! So glad to see y'all here for an awesome Meal Plan Monday #58! As always, we invite you to pull up a chair and look over all of the fabulous recipes and dinner ideas that we've got for you this week. However, before we get into this week's recipes, let's check out the most popular recipes from last week's Meal Plan Monday!

The recipe with the most clicks last week was...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fried Green Beans

Crispy Fried Green Beans are delicious when served as an appetizer or side dish. Make sure you have some remoulade sauce or ranch for dipping!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cajun Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice is a traditional Cajun and Creole dish from the deep south regions of Louisiana and Mississippi. It's a flavorful dish of seasonings combined with rice, vegetables and meat. Perfect for a meal itself or a side dish if you're feeding a big crowd.


  • 1 14 oz Box White Minute Rice, cooked
  • 2 tbs Bacon Fat 
  • 1 lb Breakfast Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #57

Hey, y'all! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #57! Thanks for stopping by. We've got some great meal plan inspiration to share this week. Let's dig in to check out some of your favorites from last week and explore all the new delicious recipes shared this week!

The favorite recipe with the most clicks last week was...

Here are a few other favorite features...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Southern Egg Salad For A Crowd

Make delicious Southern Egg Salad for parties and gatherings. It's always a favorite.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scalloped Tomatoes

Scalloped Tomatoes are a classic southern dish. I remember my grandmother making this when I was a child. It is known by other names that include stewed tomatoes, breaded tomatoes and tomato pudding with recipes that vary a little between each version. Basically they're pretty much the same concept of a tomato and bread casserole dish. The recipe is known to date back as far as the 1820's.

I am not an expert on the matter of how this dish came to be, but I would assume it came out of making the most of what you had and not being wasteful with food by using up old bread and a making use of a bountiful tomato harvest. My grandmother had no set recipe and would use old bread or biscuits that were on hand to make her recipe.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Chicken & Dressing Casserole

Chicken and Dressing Casserole is a wonderful meal. It takes a little bit of time to put together but is well worth the effort. You can save a little time by preparing the cornbread the day before. This recipe will easily feed 6-8 people, depending on appetite. Leftovers are great too! I serve the casserole as the entire meal but you can add a couple of side dishes if desired.


  • 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cake of Cornbread (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Italian Pasta Salad

Need a great recipe for a potluck or family meal? Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect and easy recipe. This salad is best served chilled or room temperature, making it a great make-ahead dish. Just give a quick stir before serving.


  • 1 lb Farfalle Pasta (Bow-Tie) , cooked according to directions
  • 4 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

Friday, March 31, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #56

Hey, y'all! Welcome to another Meal Plan Monday! We've got some great meal plan inspiration for this week. Our blogger friends really outdid themselves with these recipes. We're so excited to share another amazing collection of recipes with you. Let's get started...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Iron Skillet Strawberry Cornbread

Something AMAZING happens when you take Bona Fide Southern Cornbread , add some strawberries and a touch of sweetness! I had a slice of this Iron Skillet Strawberry Cornbread with a drizzle of honey on top and it was so good y'all. You could dress it up with whipped cream, a drizzle of strawberry syrup, or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - all would be great! You may have even had regular cornbread with milk or buttermilk at one time or another and I bet this would be good like that too.

I have to share a funny story with y'all. My first attempt at making this recipe didn't go so well. Lawd

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #55

We are so excited to share our top recipes from last week's Meal Plan Monday! Why? Well, you all shared your best and we've got something sweet, a yummy, savory breakfast dish, along with a delicious supper recipe for chicken and a side dish of Brussel sprouts. WOW! Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats, Call Me PMc and Cooking with K made sure they linked back to Meal Plan Monday, that's why their popular recipes are featured. Don't forget to take that little step when posting friends, we want to share the love and your post will show up on all five of the hosts sites!
Let's have some fun ~ just click on any of the featured links and it will take you to the full recipe. Then, scroll down to see the recipes bloggers are posting this week and click on your favorites. The recipes with the most clicks, who link back, will be featured next week.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Oven Baked BBQ Beef Ribs

Succulent beef ribs, cooked low and slow, sauced in barbecue are delicious. A side of potato salad, corn on the cob and you've got yourself a tasty meal for sure!

Beef ribs are much more flavorful in my opinion. It is important to cook them properly to ensure the fat and connective tissues "melt" so the meat is tender and flavorful. This can be achieved easily. Everyone has their favorite way to make barbecued meats but sometimes simple is best.
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