Potato Bar

This was a fun thing I created to entice my children to try something new….. Yes a potato.  I know you parents out there feel our pain.  There was a short time there where our children were fickle about what they ate.  So one day we decided to make some baked potatoes and lay out…

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

It is no secret, Mexican food is so good!  I am always trying to find my own variation to recipes.  This one I just winged and it turned out great! 1lb Ground or shredded Chicken 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed 1 can of Rotel drained 1ts Taco seasoning 1 small container of…

Happy New Years!!!!

Our family likes to do the traditional meal for New Years.    Black eyed peas, corn bread, ham, and greens. “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”  I love our tradition.  We make everything from scratch and it is always wonderful… I love sitting at a table with my children while they…

Merry Christmas

This Christmas was great.  10 years ago if you would have told us by the time we were in our 30’s we would have 3 children we would have told you that you were crazy.  Well we have 3 kids and we are in our 30’s. The holidays have become so special and magical since…

Tailgate Spicy Cheese dip

I grew up in a family that lived for football and nascar weekends.  So that means I was taught about tailgating food early in life.  This is a BIG staple for a casual social get together. You can always throw this in a crock pot and take it with you. Ingredients: 1 Can of Rotel (I…

Pecan Pie

Oh boy, do we love pecan pie in this house!  I love how easy this pie is to bake.  Not to mention it is just sooooo tasty.  I live in the south and this is one of the few southern staples that is liked by pretty much everyone.  My husband loves to put a scoop…

Green Bean Casserole

This is one of those dishes that is on almost everyone’s table on pretty much every holiday where we live.  When I first learned to cook this dish I would always use canned green beans.  That is perfectly fine but, I prefer fresh green beans now.  I love to have that slight “crunch” left in…

Mushroom and Onion Red Wine Sauce

I have been toying with sauces and I am so happy I have finally gotten this one exactly how I want it.  I was going for an easy savory sauce and this hits the nail on the head!  It can be paired with any red meat. The kids see the onion and run but it…

Fingerling Potatoes

My husband and I used to go to this wonderful restaurant when we first started dating.  It has since closed but we still enjoy recreating some of their dishes.  The restaurant would always pair fingerling potatoes with their lamb, so yummy!  I have become a huge fan of this particular potato. Marinade: 3tbsp Dijon Mustard…

Cold Corn Bean Salad

This is a very easy and good side dish!  It pairs well with almost any meal.  We usually have it when we grill meals or with tacos.   Ingredients: 1 Can of Great Northern Beans 1 Can of White Hominy 1 Can of Light Red Kidney beans. 1 Can of Black Beans 1 Can of…

Big J’s Smoked Ribs

Ribs are the first smoked meat that my husband perfected.  He loves the process of smoking food.  It is an all day affair and a great way for us to spend time together as a family. **There is a membrane on the back on the ribs that you can pull off.  It makes for a…

Peach Pie

I have developed a love to bake.  I have started to try mixing up recipes and using fruit that I normally would not and it has been an exciting endeavor.  I usually use the already prepped pie crust.  You will need to cover the edges with foil before baking. 7-9 medium Peaches (Skin Off) 1/4-1/2…