My Family Recipe for Potato Casserole

My Family Recipe for Potato Casserole

I had the great pleasure of being raised by my grandmother. This woman is incredible – she was raised on a tobacco farm in the 1940s-1950s. She drove a school bus for her high school at the age of 16 and came home every day to tend to the tobacco and the animals (specifically chickens and pigs). She helped my great-grandmother CHURN THEIR OWN BUTTER and can make the best cornbread. She married my grandfather and the two remained happily in love until he passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 1997.

Being raised by a strong-willed, Southern grandmother means we were in the kitchen together everyday cooking all of our meals. We made everything from Breakfast Casserole (Southern women love casseroles) to Gingerbread Cookies. I can remember being four years old, standing on a step stool and helping her cut out the little gingerbread men. My current boyfriend is just astounded by the number of meals I can create from memory. What really drives him crazy is that neither myself or my grandmother MEASURE ANYTHING. Our conversations often go like this:

Him: ‘Well how much are you adding?’

Me: ‘I dunno, a little bit’

Him: ‘How do you know that’s enough?’

Me: ‘I just add until it looks right’

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Gardening for the Brown Thumb

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Recently, I have been trying to teach my daughter how to grow food and flowers as she is learning so much while in her preschool class. They have been going over how flowers grow, why leaves change, and where food comes from. However, I will be the first to admit that I have NO gardening experience whatsoever. I was raised by my Southern grandmother and while she grew up on a farm and had a garden of her own, the green thumb did not pass down.

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Honey Creams for the Holiday Season

Honey Creams make Perfect Holiday Gifts

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The Holidays are fast approaching and I am gearing up by pulling out my decorations and favorite Holiday recipes. Every year, for Christmas, I make gifts for ‘my boys’ and put them under the tree. Granted, my boys aren’t exactly boys anymore (my dad and younger brothers) but they still love opening those bags and seeing their favorite goodies wrapped in Christmas treat bags.

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Cinnamon Apple Chips Are Is A Must Try Fall Recipe

Cinnamon Apples Chips Are A Must Try Fall Recipe

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It is finally the season where apple picking is in full swing. Hayrides, petting zoos, apple cider, apple picking, and pumpkin picking make for a spectacular afternoon out with the family. However, if you are anything like me, when its all said and done I am left wondering what am I supposed to do with all these apples? What recipe can I find to meet the taste buds of my family so they will demolish all of these apples before they rot?

Don’t get me wrong, my kids LOVE apples but not to the extent to match the number of apples we picked on our weekend trip to the Apple Orchard. There is only so much applesauce I can make. So I did what anyone else does, and started googling away.

The biggest problem I found was that it seemed like there was only one component I liked from recipes which left me to continue on my search. I gave my Grandmother a call and she gave me the perfect idea of what to do with the apples. I do not take full credit for this recipe as there are so many variations on the internet, cookbooks, etc. I am just sharing the recipe that I have gone by and worked best for my needs.

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Playful Ideas for Snacks with Picky Toddlers

Do you have a picky eater? We share our playful ideas for snacks for toddlers and beyond!

Playful Ideas for Snacks with Picky Toddlers

If you’re anything like me, you have at least one, if not more, picky toddlers, at home. They turn their nose up and are onto your clever tricks to sneak in fruits and vegetables. Some days you give in and let them eat macaroni and cheese three days in a row just to get some food in those bellies.

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Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities for Families

Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities for Families

Happy Fall, Ya’ll

 

I mean, I know we’re in the dog days of summer and it’s about ten degrees shy of Satan’s kitchen out here in the South. Can you really be too prepared for those great, breezy fall days though? I have Facebook friends sharing some great fall crafts and it got my wheels turning for some low cost fall themed ideas and activities to work up for myself and my four year old daughter. I came up with a handful of things and I just had to share. I can’t be the only one anxiously waiting for the moment it’s appropriate to don my holiday gear and binge eat some Candy Corn.

Here’s the list of my top 10 favorite Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities to keep your family busy during the fall season:

Fall is the best season of the year!

 

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Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy

Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy with Asobu

Cold Brew Coffee Made Easy

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Since moving back home to California, most of my stuff is still packed away. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying iced coffees and frappes from a fast food place that is nearby. I don’t always need my caffeine fix but when I do, I prefer iced coffee!

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My Favorite Summer Essentials

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I love summer. I hate the unbearable heat and humidity that sometimes comes with it but having some stylish fashion accessories, sunscreen, some delicious food and beverage treats, and a good book or knit/crochet project on hand definitely makes dealing with the heat so much easier and more enjoyable! Here are a few items that are helping me pass the longer, hotter days of summer this year. [read more]

Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

 

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The latest trend in healthy living is adding as much nutrition to our diets as possible, but with minimal fuss — because really, who has time for complicated recipes, right? But for someone with finicky diet standards this can be easier said than done. My sister-in-law introduced me to smoothie bowls from a local establishment and I instantly became obsessed with this quick and easy food option! I love this delicious healthy snack.

I am partial to certain textures and so for me, eating a lot of healthy foods is just out of the question. Smoothie bowls are an option that allows me to customize to include foods with textures that I enjoy AND it almost feels as though I’m treating myself to a sweet dessert. Here is a recipe to get you started but you can change this up in so many different ways to fit your own personal needs.

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The Guilt-Free Hazelnut Spread

The Guilt-Free Hazelnut Spread

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I love the name brand hazelnut spreads but I rarely partake in them because I know they aren’t the healthiest. There are rare occasions that I like to indulge, so I tend to buy a jar to enjoy with fruit. However, did you know there is a better option?

I am so excited to share the guilt-free hazelnut spread with you! Yes, a product does exist! You can still enjoy a sweet treat!

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