March

March

March 4, 2015

DR. PEPPER CAKE

Bring back a classic! 


Talk about good!
This is THE Dr. Pepper Cake...you've heard about it for years!
Did you ever bake one?


THE CAKE
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
2/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 12- ounce can or bottle of Dr. Pepper

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine the first three ingredients.
Add the eggs, one at a time and mix well with hand mixer.
Finally, add the vanilla and Dr. Pepper and blend.
Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.


The Frosting
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, room temp
1/4 cup cocoa
1 t. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, blend the softened cream cheese and softened butter.
Blend well with powdered sugar and add vanilla.
Frost the cooled cake! 

Hope y'all try this one!

Postscript~

Today marks the beginning of Spring Break in Atlanta!


Someone is going to be surprised when they
pick him up after school and are headed south!
Yippe-Kai-Yay!


March 3, 2015

THE READING CORNER....COTTON COUNTRY COLLECTION and BROWNIES Y'ALL!


The Cotton Country Collection is a classic among southern cookbooks. It has been listed by USA Today as one of the top five regional cookbooks in the United States. One of the most comprehensive cookbooks found anywhere, containing triple-tested recipes from Louisiana's  legendary kitchens. Inducted into the McIlhenny Hall of Fame, an award given for book sales that exceed 100,000 copies.


I LOVE my cookbook collection!
 I guess you can say collections have come and gone through the years,
 but I have never stopped collecting cookbooks!
 I try to use all of them at one time or another.
 It's funny, Miss Judy and I own several of the same ones, 
which is probably a natural thing for sisters to do. 
However, this particular cookbook, 
is one that I recently found on Amazon and
 am over the moon happy to add this classic to my collection!



The very first recipe I tried was the
Chewy Brownies!
The darling LOVES brownies,
 so this is most always the first recipe I try in any cookbook!
A-plus!
I added a tiny swirl of buttercream on top!


These are a few of the reviews on Amazon, just so you know it's a classic! 

"When it was time to cook a holiday dinner, my mother always pulled out this cook book. So many of the recipes in this book shape my childhood and the traditions I hold so dearly. When I was 23 years old, I was passed down my great grandmother's copy of this cook book (who was born in Monroe, Louisiana. Her favorite recipes are stained with little spots of oil or butter. I love flipping through the pages and seeing all the wonderful recipes. My personal favorite is the Corn Bread dressing and the Cowboy cookies."

"This is the best cookbook I own and I have hundreds. I have bought many copies to give as gifts to former students and can easily attest to the favorite recipes. I have never found a bad one and I have tried most of them."


"My Mother was given this book when it was first published in 1976. We have used it for our holiday meals since. The original is a little stained and looking worn after all these years so I ordered 2 copies for my nieces this Christmas. They will be able to carry on our traditional holiday meals for years to come. I was happy to see its still available. If you love southern food this is one of the best cook books you could ever own."


Now the cool thing about my copy is that it once belonged to a great cook!
I can tell.
It's worn and it's stained.
The original owner, wrote her own notes on several pages and 
noted her favorites throughout the book.


I love being southern...just love it. Southern food is made with such love and such history. It's all about entertaining and making your family feel like nothing but the best will do. From Soiree's to Cotillions, these recipes have been prepared and served with rave reviews! We have passed through Monroe for years, traveling from Dallas back to Jackson. Once you hit Shreveport, next stop is Monroe, then Vicksburg...and finally home to Jackson. 


I wish I had known the original owner. I wish I knew her name. But nonetheless. I think her copy landed in good hands. I treasure this....really I do! Hope y'all try these recipes! 



March 2, 2015

SMOTHERED CHICKEN AND GRAVY


I am going to begin March 2015 by featuring good Southern recipes that have been family favorites. We are always searching for "new" dinner ideas, but it's always nice to revisit some of my Mother's best of the best! 


Good-Bye Winter......




This recipe is a Southern favorite!  What's for dinner?........Savory browned chicken in an herb gravy sauce served over a bed of white rice with brown sugar glazed carrots!

1/2 cup butter
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped celery
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chopped carrots
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge in 3/4 cup flour, place in the skillet, and brown on all sides. Set chicken aside, and drain skillet, reserving about 1 tablespoon butter.
Reduce skillet heat to medium-low, and stir in onions, celery, garlic, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in the flour, and cook 5 minutes more. Pour in the chicken broth, season with cayenne pepper, and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
Return chicken to the skillet, cover, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until chicken juices run clear and gravy has thickened.

Bo got into trouble.......


Spring is on the horizon y'all!

February 28, 2015

NORTH TEXAS SNOW....WHAT'S GOING ON?



Yes, you are seeing this correctly. We have a good dusting of snow
in the great state of Texas!
This is a view near Ranger stadium in Arlington.


How about a blast of cold winter air Miss Mae?


A Winter Advisory 



Early morning, we were waiting for the flakes to begin. When snow is predicted, it's unlike living in the North or East. as the roads get icy and we have massive "mix masters" on the Interstates. Bridges and overpasses can be extremely dangerous with people connecting to either Dallas or Fort Worth for work. It can be crazy around here. 


There is something so serene about winter woodlands.


Mae was born in Maine and was a Maine kitty for three years.
 I think she rather enjoyed
feeling snowflakes on her whiskers and 
seeing the birds and squirrels scamper about.


I can remember hearing the snowplows come through our little New England village late at night and early morning when those Nor Easter's would blow through Maine. This is far from that, but people don't know how to maneuver here on snow and ice. I am fortunate to be retired and don't have to worry about making it to work, but the younger members of the family do, as well as the darling.



The glaze of ice begins to form.
It may be "old hat" to the Yankees, but since it happens so rarely down here,
we all capture the moments. 


We have so enjoyed the neighbor's potty training their new lab puppy. 
Oh my goodness. they are out there at least every two hours with this little guy. 


He seemed to be loving this weather.
He's also getting used to his leash.


She was spot on....a great photo op. 


Mae had spotted a bunny scampering across the patio.


Brrrrrr....


The snow begin to fall about 9:00 AM and lasted well past evening!


She is just fascinated.
I love her sweet little face looking up at the snow falling.


Sorry....I am obsessed.


I worry so about the children getting to and from work.
Greg and Jenn both work in Dallas, 
so I sent a text message to both of them to see if they were home safely yet. 
Jenn sent me this picture of the interstate and
 she was inching her way home. 
Took her about one and a half hours. 


I always am thankful to hear everyone is home safe and sound. 
Bo loved the snow as most dogs seem to. 


Isn't their backyard just gorgeous!
This is very unusual to find such property in Texas. 
I love this! 


We gave them this wind spinner as a gift for their garden.
I love this shot. They are all getting so good with their photography!



Snow fun!

It's going to be a great weekend to make some chili and cornbread.

February 27, 2015

SNOWFLAKES AND SLEDDING!


The last post of winter......

video

 River is enjoying the Atlanta snowfall this morning



Oh to be a kid again......




Sledding



Miss Olivia!
Priceless!


Aubrey and Luke....
make way.......
Aubrey...I want a pair of those red boots!


What a ride......



5:30 AM....
"Where have you been? My breakfast bowl is empty..."


Winter candlelight
Vanilla and Caramel.....


What's for breakfast?
Something warm I hope....
A hot Vanilla  Mocha!


Mmmmm....with cream and nutmeg....even better.....


My new guilty pleasure....
Heat and serve!


The perfect winter lunch



If Kisses were Snowflakes,
I’d Send you a Blizzard~

Have a lovely weekend
Y'all