Recipes For My Boys

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Black Bean Salsa

Who doesn't love snacking?  I know we do and we do it often!  There is just something about eating with hands. Hand reaches to chip, to salsa and dip, to veggies (a least one son's hand does) to hungry mouths that await anxiously.  Snack, snack, smack!  Yes, that was my boys! They tend to get a little overzealous with chips and snacks and anything they can make a loud, mouthy sound with.  I love my boys..but let's keep it quiet, okay?  This lip smacking Black Bean Salsa was just another noise in the bowl app, awaiting my hungry boys.  I adapted the recipe from a can of Bush's Best Black Beans!


Friday, January 31, 2014

7 UP Buttery Pan Biscuits

A take on an old recipe that proves to be even better than your grandma's.  Well, maybe not, because y'all know your grandma makes the best, right?  Of course she does!  I bet ya these 7 UP Buttery Pan Biscuits could rank right up there with hers.  And oh,  there are only 4 ingredients!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pecan Crusted Cobbler for One

As much as I love making my own dough, I also love the convenience of having Rhodes Bake-N-Serv rolls and loaves of frozen dough in my freezer.   Rhodes Bake N Serv White Dinner Rolls make a wonderful, easy topping for this Pecan Crusted Cobbler for One. Take out as many rolls as needed and keep the rest for another amazing dish like Apple Cider Bubble Bread or Baked Chicken and Dumplings.  



Friday, January 24, 2014

Alfredo Cauliflower

Have you tried Alfredo Sauce on cauliflower?  If you haven't, you really need to do so.   It is wonderful! The sauce is easily made while the cauliflower cooks.   Broken apart in pieces, or mashed, this could easily be a new comfort dish!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cream of Broccoli and Mushroom Soup

Two of my oldest son's favorite soup!  He loves broccoli and mushrooms and soup made from both.  I combined the two this morning and he has all but devoured it!  Keeping the bellies full and bodies warm as the temperature drops here in Florida.  Stay safe and warm, my friends!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Homemade Velveeta Cheese

I was so excited to see Michael Symon's alternative recipe for Velveeta Cheese on "The Chew" yesterday. It seems there is a shortage of Velveeta in the east. Most certainly due to the polar vortex that has disrupted the realm of living recently, with unspeakably COLD temperatures.  Thankfully, we live in Florida,  We fuss and complain when the weather gets below 50.  BRRR!  I know...I know!  We have a heat wave compared to most.  Stay warm and safe, dear friends.   If you are out of the smooth and velvety orange cheese...here is a fix for your Velveeta Cheese cravings.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Starting the New Year with steel cut oats for breakfast.  This bowl of Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats will fill you up and make you smile.   It's hearty, sweet and has the lovely spice of cinnamon to start your day.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Confetti Stuffed Cookies

Aren't these just the most amazing cookies to celebrate with?  They would be perfect for New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day (little hearts), St. Patty's Day (green clovers), Halloween (with little spider sprinkles), Christmas (trees and holly) and even a baby shower reveal with colored gems!  So many possibilities!

#celebration #holidaybaking #confetti #cookies

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cinnamon Ornaments

My boys and I love to make these Cinnamon Ornaments each year.  Hanging from the Christmas Tree or attached to homemade gifts, they will be treasured by all who receive.


  Please do not eat the decorations.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Peppermint Chocolate Graham Bark

Looking for an easy gift to make and take for the holidays?  Try these Peppermint Chocolate Grahams..they are the best!  A lite bark that is bursting with flavor! Each little bite is like eating a thin chocolate mint cookie!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nine Of My Favorite Cakes and Homemade Cake Release

I've put together 9 of my favorite cakes along with Homemade Cake Release!  A variety of cakes some made from scratch and others with a mix as the base.  If you like the convenience of this post, please let me know and I'll have more round up posts.  I'd love to know what cake you want to make also.  Enjoy! 

Left going clockwise:  Carrot Cake, Dark Chocolate Cake, Sour Cream Pound Cake, Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake, Homemade Cake Release, Cranberry Coconut Cream Poke Cake, Chocolate Ricotta Cake, Mayonnaise Cake, Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake and center .. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake

Hubby bought me a food processor a few weeks ago and I am just now getting around to figuring out how it operates.  At first, it was very frustrating not having it seal correctly.  Now, it is a breeze to use, I don't know what I did different other than read the directions ~wink~ and love using it!  Yesterday, I decided to make a Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake....using the food processor.  I wasn't happy with the outcome in the beginning since I ended up with a very wet egg and sugar mixture.  It was not at all what I envisioned, however, I decided to go forward with it anyway.  I'm so glad I did!  Though, I didn't know where I was going with it...pie or cake.  It turned out to be a little of both.  I have also made this cake using my stand mixer and it was tall, moist and wonderful.  My boys ate it all without icing!  Either way, you will love this!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BBQ Sauerkraut and Italian Sausage Bake

I have to admit, I am not a fan of sauerkraut.  Never have been and would shun the mere thought or mention of it.  I’ve changed my mind about it now..as long as it is Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauerkraut, I’m on it!  I added Kyvan’s Sweet BBQ Sauce to make this fantastic kraut dish.  A link for Kyvan Giveaway is below. 



Friday, December 6, 2013

Cranberry Coconut Cream Poke Cake

Holidays; music, laughter, togetherness and food!  That is what winter holidays bring to mind.  No matter the occasion, it is celebrated with food while people gather..laughter overheard while music fitting the day, plays softly in the background.  With our family, each person brings something. Grandma and her Chicken and Dumplings.  My other Grandma always made a Sour Cream Pound Cake. Mama and her Blueberry Cake.  Daddy always roasted the turkey.  Papa always manned the grill.  This Cranberry Coconut Cream Cake, if I had thought about it before, it would be my go to cake.  So easy..as most of my recipes are, and bursting with delightful flavors!  I know this would have been a favorite of my Daddy’s seeing how his favorite cake to eat was coconut.  Make this refrigerator cake to take with you on your holidays visits and be prepared to be asked to make it again and again.  Make this a day ahead as it gets better the longer the flavors have time to mingle.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

Winter holidays would not be the same without cranberries, oranges and pecans!  For many years growing up, we would go to "the farm" (my precious Daddy's parents farm, where he born) and pick up pecans that had fallen to the ground.  Hours were spent bending over or you may get lucky and find a gold mine, so to speak, and could sit while picking them up, checking them and dropping them in your bucket or sack.  Cranberries came from the farmers market and oranges usually came from a family member's trees or a trip to Florida. This Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread is all about spreading Holiday Cheer!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BBQ Bacon Dip and Kyvan Amazing #Giveaway

Kyvan products are made with soul and amazing ingredients that are from the heart.  Being a Southern girl, born and raised, I can relate to the love being poured into each bottle of Kyvan's products.  Into each recipe made and shared with family and friends, their is a comfort that says home. Kyvan is owned by Pro NFL player Reggie Kelly.  You can find out about Reggie, Kyan's products and how it all fits with faith, family, love of comforting food and community.  I tried Kyvan's wonderful Sweet BBQ Sauce and was truly delighted!  It is great on everything from classic BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork to Sheila's BBQ Crock Pot Spaghetti and all the dips and sides you can think of, in-between!  I decided to try it on bacon, among so many other recipes.  My oldest ate it by the handful, used it to top pizza, while I added it to bacon ranch potato salad and BBQ Bacon Ranch Dip. Anyway you use Kyvan's products, you will definitely #appreciatethegoodness!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Bark and $600 Holiday Cheer Visa Giftcard #Giveaway

The holidays are upon us and baking, making goodies and shopping has begun!  I've teamed up with some of my favorite foodie friends to give you multiple chances to win $600.00 in our Holiday Cheer Giveaway! How is that for Holiday Cheer?!  I could certainly do a lot of baking, making and buying with this fantastic #giveaway!  My lovely friends are listed below.  Please stop by and say "hello" as you follow them.  Don't forget to make the Christmas Bark while you dream a little dream of winning! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Skillet Buttermilk Cornbread

This is my go to cornbread recipe I make for my Chicken and Cornbread Dressing along with chili and soup.  It's so easy, very light and moist!  I always make cornbread in my cast iron skillet just like my precious Mama and Grandmas did.  It just tastes better!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cheesy Pepperoni Bubble Loaf

Who doesn't love soft, warm bread out of the oven?  Especially when it has bits of pepperoni and cheese here, there, over, under and in-between each pillowy bite of bread?!   I know we do!  I made this Sunday evening to munch on while we watched a movie.  Had I know the boys would devour this in record time, I would have made more! Easy to put together.  Delicious to eat!  Let's make it!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tomato and Cheese Bubble Bread

If you love Fresh Tomato Pie, you will love this!  Soft bubbles of bread covered with fresh tomatoes, bits of onions and cheese, cheese and more cheese!  Oh yes, this is definitely an addition to our pizza night.  I hope you will add this to your's also.  

We love all the freshness of this bread.
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