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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
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