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Been a rough go…

So….back a few weeks ago, I posted that things have been a little rough around here. I haven’t really wanted to post a lot of information about it, because it is a personal matter. I will say though, my mother has heart issues and we were in the hospital a while. Luckily, I had some things I could still post. I was worried that I’d have lost followers, or that ya’ll would think that I left you high and dry. Obviously, mom was/is really important, but I really have worked really hard on this blog. I know my photos are a little to be desired, but honestly….. when I go to blogs, I want real. I get so frustrated because there’s some blogs that are more commercial feeling. I don’t even read their words, because I doubt it even applies to me…so hopefully others agree and feel the same way I do. I’m glad ya’ll stuck it out with me and I really hope you enjoy the recipes I post about!

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Spoon Bread with Ham and Cheese

I grew up with a big love of cornbread. We had cornbread any time of day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can remember waking up in the morning and eating some cornbread and milk. When we’d go eat at my grandparents house cornbread was part of our meal. As I grew up I liked to experiment with different kinds of “cornbread”. There are endless possibilities. One of the things I recently explored was spoon bread. It almost has a grits like texture. I really enjoyed this recipe. It really took me back home.

4 cups whole milk

1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup yellow cornmeal

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup diced cooked ham

1/2 cup thin sliced scallions

salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs, separated

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 2 Qt baking dish with butter. Heat milk, mustard, and cayenne in a large saucepan over medium heat to simmer. Stir frequently. Slowly whisk in cornmeal. Stir constantly until thickened. Takes 4 to 5 minutes. Off heat whisk in butter until melted. Stir in ham and scallions. Season with salt and pepper.  Cool mixture for 5 minutes. Then whisk in egg yolks and 1 1/2 cups cheddar. Whip egg whites in a bowl with a hand mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cornmeal. Transfer mixture into a prepared dish. Bake until golden on top and the center is set. Top with remaining cheese and scallion greens and serve.

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Review: Dixie Stampede Ya’ll

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I don’t always get the chance to make completely from scratch recipes (hence the reviews!!)…The pasta is my creamy garlic noodles recipe. Sometimes I like to just make them with some kind of chicken or something and eat it like you would alfredo. Last April, we went to Pigeon Forge, TN. We ended up going to Dixie Stampede. Everyone loved their food. Especially their chicken and soup. We ended up buying the seasoning for the chicken rub and we bought the soup mix. You CAN purchase them both online. I love this rub. It’s really great. I can use it on any kind of chicken. It’s what was for dinner ya’ll~

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Classico Review

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Where to begin? As a kid, my cousin Mandy and I used to cook every Friday night for ourselves when we spent the night with my grandparents. We used to buy stuff like this. You know the thoughts, easy to make, teenager made easy type meals. We’d get the precooked chicken and make some mean pasta. Back then we thought we were the best cooks ever. I decided to buy this sauce, which is not the same sauce I used to buy. Normally, the sauce I buy is in the refrigerated section. This sauce wasn’t horrible, but it was definitely not cheesey tasting. It was like gravy. The plus is the kid liked it. However, I probably wont buy this product again. I was pretty unhappy with it. I guess there was a reason why I stopped purchasing it…What’s your experiences?

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Texas BBQ Chicken Sandwich

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I LOVE this recipe. However, I didn’t have any Texas Toast. Instead I used hamburger buns that I had left over from some cheeseburgers. My husband asks for this recipe from time to time. I think it’s pretty good myself. It has a lot of good flavor. Of course you can’t go wrong with bacon!

Lately, I’ve been pretty emotional. Probably because of hormone’s. A lot of people recently are learning I have autoimmune diseases. Not just one, but THREE of them. It deeply impacts my life. I have a hard time remembering to do things unless I write myself notes. It causes me to have anxiety, to lose myself, to lose my self esteem, I push people away, and I’m definitely hard on myself about all of these things. I am also very sensitive. Things really hurt my feelings, very easily. With that being said I’m also very hard headed, stubborn, you name it…it’s probably a description of me.

I figure life is what we make it to be. I can choose to be happy with the way things turn out, or I can resent it and be miserable. I’m learning now that I need to take up for myself more. I tend to just pull away from problems and not address them, because I’m just avoiding them. You can’t do this, because you’ll miss out on greatness. However, I still expect to be treated with respect and even care. I hope that things will get better. I feel like Cooper misses out on a lot of things with family because of unresolved issues. Ultimately, I love our family. While not all are reliable, most of them are.

I’ll tell you after all that emotional stuff, I’m going to go eat this sandwich. I need some good comfort food now.

4 pieces of chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/4 inch thickness

8 pieces of bacon, cooked, grease and dirty frying pan reserved

BBQ sauce

Salt and pepper

Bread for sandwich (texas toast is best!)

In the same pan you’ve fried your bacon in, put your chicken that you’ve seasoned with salt and pepper in. Brown both sides of the chicken. Once you are finished, put the chicken on a foil lined cookie sheet. Put bbq sauce on both sides of the chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked through. Once finished, slice the chicken into strips. Place on  the bread and into another pan. Put cheese and bacon on the bread and put into oven until bubbling. Serve.

NOTE: Try adding sautéed onions. YUM.

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Sweet baby goodness!!! Hashbrown Casserole

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I’ve mentioned off and on that it’s been a crazy few months and today proved to be one of those days. I’ve learned a few things today! First off, cooking and frazzled doesn’t go hand in hand. I was so confused and so lost. Ya’ll just don’t even know….I had invited my mom over for dinner and Cooper kept on and on and on about hashbrown casserole, so I sent my husband out to get the ingredients. I forgot some of the ingredients while I was throwing it together…so I learned another thing. The other thing is, if you forget some of the ingredients, it still tastes good….but it is better with all the ingredients….UGH…I never do that!

I had gotten this recipe from a lady at cub scouts. She’s a nice lady. As was her husband. I really loved their child. He’s such a sweet and bright boy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant for us to be friends. I really did try to show my best southern hospitality. Unfortunately, they were convinced that we did something we didn’t do….I still don’t understand that. Looking back, I know they thought I was guilty because I asked what was wrong on several occasions over the course of a week. Yes I knew where they lived, but that doesn’t automatically make a person guilty of something. I only asked because the older kid had already told me what was wrong, because their older kid had told him, and they were upset and it was very clear they were upset…All it really was, is I wanted to help. I should have just said yep, I already know. If I can help, then let me know.

It’s really impacted the younger kid. Their younger kid and my child are in school together. My kid says that after it happened the boy would point at him and talk about him. It really upset me, but I told him to let it go. No since in crying over spilled milk. However, the day came when we eventually just wanted to fix the issue, so that our kid could feel comfortable. Yeah that was a NIGHTMARE. I’ve realized now that no matter what you do you can’t change someone’s opinion of you. I hate that this person doesn’t like me, because I thought we could be great friends…however, I’m grateful that it’s done, because I didn’t then and don’t now deserve to have someone treat me horribly. Drama isn’t something I’m interested in, but I’m also not interested in being alone. In all my life and all my married life, and motherhood life, I’ve never had anyone accuse me of such crazy things. I still don’t understand why this particular family felt they were so special. Just crazy…However, in the end, I’m grateful for the lessons and the other things I left this friendship with…especially for hashbrown casserole. So to this woman, I call A….Thank you for everything you’ve given me. Ya’ll enjoy this recipe, it’s truly the best! A was amazing for giving me this!

 

1 bag frozen hashbrowns

2 cups sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup fine chopped onion

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup cornflake crumbs

Mix all the ingredients except the butter and cornflakes. Spread the mixture into a glass baking dish.  Mix the cornflake crumbs and butter together and spread over the mixture. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes on 350 degrees.

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Review: Sam’s Choice Fettuccine Alfredo

I’ve seen things like this several times throughout making my way through the aisles. This is in the frozen food section. They have all sorts of stuff! I decided to grab this skillet meal, just to give it a try. I will say it isn’t a lot of food, but for the price, it’s a good deal. For 4 people, I need 2 bags, if the boys are all really hungry I might even consider doing 3. While it’s about the same cost to make it from scratch with some good sales, if you’re in a hurry and time is against you, this is worth it. I have a weird thing about chicken. It seems like a lot of the frozen food chicken has a weird texture or is fatty or fake feeling in my mouth. Nope, not the case with this stuff. I actually really liked it. I liked that the pasta tasted really fresh and homemade. I really, really like the texture and flavor of the pasta. It’s actually better than the dried pasta you buy. I’ve bought this particular item at least 3 times now. I am not compensated for reviewing these products and even if I was, I’d give my honest review. With that being said, maybe one day I can get compensated. That’d be pretty cool….but moving on, before I get myself side tracked….I review these products for a few reasons. First, I think a lot of times these random little products get overlooked and they’re not exactly popular because people get scared to try them. I’m always looking for inexpensive, easy meals. Mostly because my husband is home for lunch and I like to provide a meal that isn’t sandwich food. This is definitely a meal that I add to my list of lunch food. It actually gets added to my Monday night madness meals. Monday equals no time to cook..

Ya’ll keep an eye out for this meal kid. If you buy it, tell me how you like it!