Wednesday, May 4, 2016

French Toast Biscuits / #FoodieExtravaganza


Today is Foodie Extravaganza day, and we are showcasing buttermilk biscuits today. I made these French Toast Biscuits after my husband told me about a television show he saw where the chef at a cafe made french toast using cake instead of bread. He said it looked incredible and all the customers raved about the taste, so I thought it would be a great idea to see if biscuits would look and taste just as amazing. I was surprised at how great they were. There was a little trial and error because the biscuits don't soak up the egg mix as quickly as bread, but after a little adjustment from the traditional method of french toast preparation, they were awesome! They tasted a little less sweet, they were full of flavor and looked incredible! I hope you think so too!

French Toast Biscuits

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tres Leches Cake

Welcome to the Cinco de Mayo Progressive Dinner Party!

I am glad you stopped by! To follow this Progressive Dinner Party, read my post about the Tres Leches Cake, and then scroll down to find all of the other dinner recipes, and click on their links! It's easy and fun!

I made individual Tres Leches Cakes as the dessert for this fun party! Tres Leches means "three milks" in spanish. The three milks are mixed together and poured over the baked cakes to create an incredible taste that you will love!
Tres Leches Personal Cake

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich / #SundaySupper

Today for Sunday Supper we are sharing Mom's Favorite Recipes, and just in time for Mother's Day! So, I made a recipe that was a favorite of my husbands mom, her famous Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich. This recipe is a lot like my mother in law, unassuming and fantastic! It is loaded with hard boiled eggs, shredded chicken, crispy bacon, and topped with creamy avocado. There is nothing fancy about this sandwich, except that it is full of flavor, freshness and lots of wonderful memories!

chicken, egg salad, avocado,
Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's Time For Celebrate It!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meal at Home~A New Series

I have an exciting new series starting today, "How to Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meals at Home"! In this monthly series, I will be using a meal from the menu of a different restaurant each month. I will show you how I cooked it, and how much I spent, comparing it to the price on the menu.
As much as I enjoy dining out, I don't always feel that the price I pay is justified. And when I feel like that, it takes all the fun out of it! Throughout my restaurant career, I worked in several restaurants, and owned a couple, so I am more than familiar with the daily stresses and expenses of making it run. It is very expensive! But as a consumer, my money only goes so far, making it important to carefully choose how I spend.
The menu item I chose is from Outback Steakhouse. I made the Outback Sirloin, 12 ounce cut, with a side of Fresh Steamed Broccoli, and a Hot Baked Potato. The cost of this meal at Outback is $18.99.


$18.99 meal
    3.49 soda
    1.81 8% tax
    4.00 tip
$ 28.29  Total per meal cost


I bought a 2.5 pound Certified Angus Beef from the grocery. It was on sale for $4.99 a pound. It gave me 40 ounces of meat. That's a little more than I needed for 3-12ounce steaks, so I had a little extra and some gets lost in the cooking. I also bought 3 potatoes, and broccoli.


$3.73  Beef
    .43  1/4# broccoli
    .25  potatoes
    .25  soda
  4.66  Total per meal cost



Of course, I know that there are advantages to eating out. You don't have to clean up and do dishes, you get to get away, enjoy yourself, and have someone wait on you. You also get certain things extra. At Outback, it's that special, yummy bread they serve you. The purpose of this new series is not to talk you out of eating out, but to show you how you can eat at home like you can eat out, but for a lot less!
 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies / #SundaySupper

This North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies is one of my favorite meals, and I am excited to share it with you! Today for #SundaySupper we are making our favorite regional specialties, and I hope you will try this. This BBQ and sauce is a favorite of many people in the eastern part of the state! There is a huge rivalry between which BBQ is better, eastern or western. But, I have to tell you, they are both amazing!
This is not a quick meal, but it is a meal worth taking the time to prepare. You can smoke the pork if you have a smoker, or you can cook it in the oven. Either way, it is wonderful! The cole slaw is best if made ahead of time so the dressing has time to permeate the cabbage, and the hush puppies, with the minced onions are just amazing! There are few tastes that compare to the yumminess of fresh fried hush puppies!
This meal is perfect anytime, for lunch or dinner, family meals or parties. You and your guests will not be disappointed!

North Carolina BBQ w/ Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's time for Celebrate It!


Hummingbird Bundt Cake / #BundtBakers

Today for  #BundtBakers we are talking about Retro Bundts. The old fashioned cake recipes that have been around for awhile, are all gussied up and looking spectacular as bundt cakes! I made a Hummingbird Bundt Cake because it is one of my very favorite cakes! The aroma coming from these cakes as they bake is amazing, and the cinnamon, the pineapple, the bananas~omg, incredible! And then there is the taste of this cake. Moist and full of flavor! I used the recipe below, which is the original Hummingbird Cake recipe, written by L.H. Wiggin, which first appeared in the February 1978 issue of Southern Living magazine.
 Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Cookie Bouquet / #SundaySupper

Today I am welcoming spring with this colorful Spring Cookie Bouquet! I wanted the bouquet to be colorful and kind of wonky, with a silly and fun design that makes you smile when you see it! There is nothing serious about this Spring Cookie Bouquet!


Spring Cookie Bouquet  

Friday, April 15, 2016

Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars

When I first thought about making this recipe, I was making simple Banana Cheesecake Bars.  So how did I end up with Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars? It started with the sauce I made for the bananas. It is made with brown sugar, lemon juice, and bananas. So I added some cinnamon, but skipped the rum, and made it Bananas Foster. Then I saw some big, beautiful strawberries at the store, and thought about what a great combo they make with bananas, so I added them. Then I opened the pantry and found the milk chocolate bar I bought at Trader Joe's and I thought about how great chocolate goes with strawberries and bananas, so I swirled the chocolate in and ended up with Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars! It's a treat with a big name, and a big flavor to match!

Chocolate Marbled Strawberry Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars