Thursday, September 29, 2016

Farmer's Pork Chops

This Farmer's Pork Chop recipe from Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook is one I've had forever and a day is and old family favorite. The flavor of the pork chops baked on top of the potatoes and onions....mmmmm! mmmmm! It is simply Comfort Food at its best.  Now mind you, I haven't fixed it in a long time as we have been modifying our diet to eat a lot healthier. I'm proud to say Andy is totally out of the woods and I've added some good recipes back into the menu with a few stipulations. Regardless of how good it tastes, we do not eat the whole pan and back off on the quantity of potatoes, rice, etc. Offset the "bad" by adding more broccoli or green beans for example, as a side.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

For the majority of my adult life, I have been scared to death of using a pressure cooker/canner. A few years ago I let that fear go and bought a pressure canner to put up green beans Andy raised in our garden and haven't looked back.

I've gotten in the habit of living with Andy's extremely early work schedule since I've been off this summer. So what is on TV before four in the morning? A little news but mostly infomercials. Normally we ignore that type of thing unless it has something to do with cooking. Then we change the channel before we can get the offered doubled for just the cost of shipping and handling and a 30-day no questions asked guarantee.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ending My Summer Vacation In Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska. My sister can see part of the glacier from her living room. What a view!
This summer has been absolutely incredible! I spent a few months enjoying time off from a public job. This was the first time in my adult life I have ever done something like this. During that period I marked so much off of my to-do list, Andy was wondering when I was going to take a day off from working and just enjoy myself. Let me assure you, getting things done around the house I've put off for YEARS; spending time with Alli and Aydan, canning, blogging and more allowed me ample time to think and put things in perspective and didn't feel like work. In addition, that time allowed me to start enjoying life again. Never again will I let a job control my life. I've got my priorities straight.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Old Fashioned Shepherd's Pie

My northern roots will show through on this family favorite. I'm not saying it isn't fixed in the South; but in forty-one years, I've yet to see it on the menu anywhere. Momma used to fix this dish for us growing up and I loved it. It is very easy to fix and you can spice it up however you want. Momma ALWAYS used the early baby peas in the silver label can. Like she fondly says, "I'm not going to eat golf balls." I agree with her on this one. Even when baby peas were very expensive, this was one thing she didn't compromise on. You can now buy other less expensive versions. I finally let her know I didn't buy the silver labels anymore and she couldn't tell the difference. The simplicity is what I like the best. Shepherd's Pie is truly comfort food. The only draw back I forsee is if you have some folks in your household who can't deal with their food touching each other. I fixed this for Momma a few Wednesday nights ago and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

The summer garden is a figment of our imagination at this point. We were blessed with more yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers than we've ever had in spite of the deer feasting all summer long. They devoured ALL of the spaghetti squash and were kind enough to leave us a little zucchini.

This side utilizing the few zucchini spared was one we enjoyed and didn't feel guilty about eating. And have I mentioned it was easy to fix?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Online Pampered Chef Party

 If you've been attending my Online Pampered Chef Party on Facebook this week with Pampered Chef Consultant Maggie Lee Morris; you've been getting great recipes, tips, introductions to new products and playing some great games. I've shared some of my favorites. A lot of them you see when I post photos of the food prep (I've shared a couple below). Andy and I love the quality of Pampered Chef products. And, they last!!! If you love to cook; they're worth the investment.

Today Maggie will be covering KIDS BAKING DAY and COLLEGE STUDENT FAVS!! My granddaughters are awesome helpers in the kitchen. I've got my eyes on a few new products for their Christmas stockings.

The online party is a perfect way to shop. You don't have to show up but don't forget the show will end on Sunday, September 18th at noon.

Use this direct link to browse the secure website and place your order:

I think I'll be adding this one to make fixing our "Beer Can Chicken" aka "Drunk Chicken" a little easier!

This little gadget was a life saver when I discovered it at a PC party years ago! If you've checked out our recipe for home made cherry wine, you know what's involved in stoning (pitting) all those cherries!
Here is our absolute favorite....the mandoline slicer. It's a must have when making Andy's Taters and Onions. We've had this one for years and it still functions perfectly!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Are You Doing Your Part?

May I ask you a personal question: Do you recycle?

Okay, you most likely don't know me on a personal level. If you did, you would find me to be a common sense kind of person. I do my best to keep my personal opinions off this blog unless they deal directly with food because I respect all opinions even if I may not agree with them. However, here is one topic I want to ramble on about.

Years ago when my kids were babies, I recycled baby food jars and cans. With two boys a little over two years apart, it was unbelievable how much I was hauling off.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Slaw

If you are sick of the same old, same old slaw... Just kidding! Who gets tired of eating cole slaw? Sometimes Andy will get on a cole slaw kick and I really believe he'd just about eat it with breakfast. Again, just kidding. Last year I saw an ad or article in a magazine for this slaw while I was waiting in the doctor's or dentist's office. I can't remember if it was for Ken's Steak House Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing, the recipe or what. Needless to say, we bought a bottle of the dressing that weekend. The dressing was substituted the Hellman's mayo and we were pretty satisfied with it. Since then I have fixed it several times and was surprised to not find it on the blog.

Online Pampered Chef Party

Hi all! I'm hosting Denise Gaudette Grisham's Online Pampered Chef Party on Facebook with Pampered Chef Consultant Maggie Lee Morris this week. This is the perfect way to shop, print out new recipes, gather kitchen tips that you might not have known, and of course help Denise get all the PC products on her wish-list! This is easy and at your leisure, but don't wait too long, the show will end on Sunday, September 18th. PM me for an invite to see all of Maggie's recipes and tips.


Use this direct link to browse the secure website and place your order:

We hope you have fun and come back daily to see what I will post, but if you would rather not be here, you can click on the word "joined" in the upper right of this page and leave the Group.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Creamy Cajun Pasta

If you enjoy a big bowl of spicy food every now and then, be sure to add this one to your SAVED recipes. I found the original recipe for Cajun Angel Hair on It was really good but we added additional heavy cream than their recipe. We like a sauce that's a little less thick and we tend to fix ahead and eat later.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Peach Whisky and Wine Chicken

One Sunday morning I was watching Ree Drummond make her Peach Whisky Barbecue Chicken and my mouth watered the whole time. I was mentally going through all the ingredients and thought we had just about everything to make it in the pantry and freezer. Her recipe can be found here.  This dish was one of the best ones I've made and will be served again and again.

Do you know what I loved the most? I was able to use my Reduced Sugar Peach Jam, fresh peaches off the tree and substituted part of the whisky with some of my brother-in-law's homemade wine.