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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Bars are a simple no bake candy dessert. They are a perfect homemade holiday gift option.

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas" ~ Peg Bracken

There is no special equipment needed for this candy. With just a few simple ingredients you will have a delicious treat. You may have seen similar recipes. The star ingredient of this confection is powdered sugar. It's one of the easiest recipes ever. I've been making it for years now and everyone loves it. I also happen to be a huge lover of peanut butter and have always preferred peanut butter fudge. Taste testing is complete bliss for me!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #92

Hey Y'all! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Meal Plan Monday. We're sure glad to have you. Each week at Meal Plan Monday, food bloggers come together to share some of their best dishes with you. New recipes are added daily so check back with us and enjoy all of the wonderful eats. We have a few featured recipes along with an all new line up. Feel free to share those that catch your eye and be inspired in your week ahead with tasty recipe options. So let's get started.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy is an easy homemade treat, perfect for giving during the holiday season. The season of giving! Christmas is approaching and I began a tradition years ago of making homemade gifts rather than shopping for commercial items people may not want or need. These homemade gifts have a special part of me, my time and love in making them. I think that adds a special touch. By making my own gifts I have plenty to share with family, friends, and neighbors.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Southern Breeze Cold Brew & Peach Turkey Meatball Appetizers

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!

The holidays are upon us. A time that friends and families gather together.

We've recently moved to a new house and a new town. It's time to meet new friends and chat over a glass of iced tea. I decided to host a very small "meet the neighbors" get together. I served a few appetizers, Including Peach Turkey Meatballs, along with 4 delicious flavor options of Southern Breeze Cold Brew Sweet Tea. A sweet tea bar if you will.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #91 - Candy Edition

Hey, friends! Welcome to another special edition of Meal Plan Monday! The holidays have us feeling all festive so we wanted to share another list of recipes geared toward this special time of year! Nothing says the holidays quite like all the delicious homemade candy that comes out of kitchens each December. So we've dedicated this week to all things candy! Y'all enjoy! Our hosts are sharing some amazing sweets this week...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Prime Rib

Prime Rib or Beef Rib Roast, as you'll likely find it labeled at the market, certainly falls under the special occasion meal. It's a pricey cut of beef. You'll find this delicious prime cut of beef gracing the Christmas table of many homes for holiday gatherings. After all it has been just a month ago that we were stuffing our faces with turkey and you may want something different.  If you're lucky enough to catch it on sale, as I did, a prime rib makes for a great special dinner for a loved one's birthday too and perfect for dinner parties. While it may be a more expensive beef product, you'll be able to feed six or more people for the price you would pay for a prime rib dinner for two at a restaurant.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

Do you have dessert recipes that have been a long tradition in your family? For me, it's this Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake. I cannot recall one holiday throughout my childhood and into my 20's that this cake was not a part of our holidays. It was my grandmother's signature cake. She had mastered this vintage recipe and never used a recipe card to bake it. She had it all locked away to memory. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas she would bake this cake in the same flute pan year after year and we all very much looked forward to our share. I remember helping to gather the pecans that had fallen during season, helping to shell them,  that would eventually be used in this cake. In my mind I can still smell the crisp fall air and see my little hands search through fallen leaves to find the pecans.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #90 - Christmas Cookies

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Welcome friends, to a special holiday edition of Meal Plan Monday! This week we are all about cookies and are just tickled that you'll be joining us. We are starting things off with a cookie recipe from each of our host...enjoy sweeties.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

After a day or so of re-heating those Thanksgiving leftovers for meals, you may want to find something new to prepare with them. None of us want to eat the exact same thing day after day after day. Most of us don't like the idea of wasting a lot of food if we can help it either. Here are a few recipes ideas to help you reinvent those holiday leftovers for something new to put on the dinner table.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Meal Plan Monday 89 - Thanksgiving Desserts

      Hello friends! Come on in and pull up a chair as we prepare for Thanksgiving by sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts from around the web!

  1. Holiday Fruit Salad from Southern Plate
  2. Cream Cheese Pecan Pie from Southern Bite
  3. Chocolate Pie from Big Bear's Wife
  4. No Bake Pumpkin Pie from Julia's Simply Southern
  5. Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake from A Southern Soul

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Aunt Betty's Famous Ham Dressing

This is not your ordinary recipe for dressing. This is my Aunt Betty's Famous Ham Dressing! It's my first "NEW" recipe post from our new home. The thing is, it's not really a new recipe. It's an old family recipe, shared with me, and is probably older than I am. It was the traditional signature dish that my aunt would bring to family holiday gatherings. This was back when there were over 20 of us gathered at my grandparents home. I still have the memories of those holiday meals. Everyone would bring a dish to contribute. It was a true feast. Eventually the large gatherings faded away as older cousins left home and had families of their own. We still made a point to go around and visit relatives close by during holidays however. One stop was always to my Aunt Betty's house.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #88

Welcome to a special Thanksgiving Sides edition of Meal Plan Monday! In this week's link up you'll find some of the most loved Thanksgiving side dishes of your favorite food bloggers! Make sure you come back next week when we'll feature Thanksgiving Desserts!

There were over 150 amazing recipes linked up to last week's Meal Plan Monday and I know that the recipes everyone links up this week are going to be just as wonderful. The holidays are coming up fast y'all! Are you ready to check out some great inspiration for dinner as well as the holidays? This week we are featuring some Thanksgiving Side Dishes from our hosts and then using the rest of the space to feature more recipes from our wonderful blogger partners! Host's Side Dish Picks for Thanksgiving:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #87

We've just rolled into November and on our way to the holidays! Each week at Meal Plan Monday, you'll find tasty recipes to inspire your week, as well as some great holiday recipes. So let's kick off this week with some featured recipes.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Breaded Turkey Breast Cutlets

Breaded Turkey Cutlets are a great way to enjoy turkey anytime of the year. They are also a budget friendly and perfect for intimate holiday meals.

I'm the first to admit, I love playing hostess during the holidays. I am one of those people who enjoy cooking a feast for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Big meals like that can easily cost a couple of hundred dollars. Yikes!

Cooking is not everyone's cup of tea, I get that. Life happens too! It's a fact. Maybe there's just you, or two of you to cook for. Perhaps you're a young family living on a tight budget. People lose spouses. Parents become empty nesters and you're sharing the kids with other families at holidays or the family just can't make it together. Turkey cutlets are a great alternative to roasting a big bird. You can make a small scale dinner in less than 30 minutes. That means you're not spending the day in the kitchen and you could have this meal any night of the year.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #86

Pull up a chair and grab a big ol' glass of sweet tea, we've got a another delicious Meal Plan Monday for you right here!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Meal Plan Monday #85

Welcome, friends to Meal Plan Monday! If you've been ready for cooler temperatures and eager to make some comfort food, well, we are going to make you happy for sure. This week's line up if full of great dishes that are full of rich flavors using delicious, seasonal ingredients.

Thank you everyone for sharing your awesome recipes with us! To get the full recipe for our featured dishes, just click on the photo or link. Don't forget, if you'd like to be considered as one of our "rock star" features, please link back to us. Now...get ready for some good cooking!

Our featured recipe with the most clicks ~

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.

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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!

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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.
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