Three Meat Cassoulet

Do you start craving soups and stews when the weather starts cooling off?  I admit that I don’t think it’s ever too hot for soup, but my husband disagrees.  Fortunately for me, the weather has been gloomy and cool and it’s a perfect time for this Three Meat Cassoulet! This recipe comes from my sweet Momma.  She got it from a friend who was taking a cooking class years ago and she just played around with it.  Momma actually shared {Read More}

Cranberry Pineapple Pork Roast

Cranberry Pineapple Pork Roast Sometimes you just want something different.  And sometimes you have to use whatever ingredients you have on hand!  That’s actually how I came up with this recipe for Cranberry Pineapple Pork Roast. I tend to buy a lot of pork butt roasts, because they are usually inexpensive and I like to use them for pulled pork BBQ.  Sometimes I get tired of BBQ though.  (I know this is shocking!!  *gasp*) I’ve made a Caribbean-style pork roast {Read More}

Lemon Drumsticks

Lemon Drumsticks I seriously love citrus fruit.  Although I can’t say I love lemons as a stand-alone dish, they are absolutely fabulous when you mix them with other things…water and sugar, pepper, soy sauce…lemon just adds a little zest to everything.  ; ) This Lemon Drumstick recipe can actually be used on any kind of chicken–legs are just less expensive and I always seem to have some in the freezer!  This is also one of those recipes that you can {Read More}

Cider Brined Turkey & A Thanksgiving Menu!

Cider Brined Turkey & A Thanksgiving Menu! A couple of years ago, I watched an episode of Rachael Ray that changed my life!  That might be a bit of an exaggeration.  It didn’t change my life, but it did change the way I cook turkey…that could maybe count as life-changing. Previous to that year, I had only cooked turkey a couple of times and it was a little bit, well, lacking.  Most of the time, I left the turkey cooking {Read More}

Christmas Round-Up: Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas!

Christmas Round-Up: Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas! I’m not sure how things go down in your household, but until a year or two ago, my Christmas morning consisted of hearing voices and waking up to faces that were a half-inch from mine (not my husband) wanting to know if we could get up and open presents…sometimes before 5am.  God love their little hearts, they never opened any without us though.  I walked in more than once to see a little sitting in {Read More}

Mexican Vegetable Soup

For many years, I worked with a wonderful lady named Brenda who enjoyed cooking AND eating as much as I do!  Brenda sometimes brought treats to share with our co-workers and I always looked forward to cold weather, because I knew she would bring her Mexican Vegetable Soup. Although it’s not necessarily a “Christmas” dish, Mexican Vegetable Soup is warm and hearty.  It’s also very easy to make and recipes like that are invaluable when the busy holiday season hits! {Read More}

Apple Pecan Pork Loin

Sometimes, I use recipes that I find in books or online.  Sometimes,  I use recipes that one of my incredibly talented family members shares with me.  And sometimes, I just throw a bunch of stuff together and hope upon hope that it doesn’t taste like slop!!  My Apple Pecan Pork Loin is one of those throw-it-all-together-and-see-what-happens dishes. My kids can be picky eaters sometimes–especially my oldest and my youngest–but they all like apples and they all like pork chops and {Read More}

Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

    I have been on a kick of trying to fill my freezer for the past week.  I started out making extra and sticking the leftovers in the deep freeze, but I’ve since graduated to pre-made meals!  I currently have enough to get me through the rest of February and part of March without having to buy much more than what few staples we might run out of.  Woooooohooooo!!!! I’m also trying to use what I already have in {Read More}

That One Mom Favorites From 2013

  As the year draws to a close, I thought I would share some of my own favorite posts with you! I know as a blogger you are supposed to find your niche.  And I know you are supposed to be constantly striving to come up with new things to draw attention.  Personally, I love to craft and cook and decorate, but most of my favorite posts are really just about my life and how I feel about it on {Read More}

Everybody’s Favorite Bacon Potato Soup

Even though the weather wasn’t exactly fall-like today, I have been craving fall foods like soups and stews and casseroles.  I really wanted to make potato soup for supper.  Well, what I really, really wanted was to have a space-age kitchen in which I could push random buttons and my “order” would pop out just like in the cartoons.  But alas, it was not meant to be. So I cooked it myself.  And it was as wonderful as I knew {Read More}