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Pinterest Challenge: Blueberry French Toast Casserole

18 Mar

Sherri over at Young House love has posted the latest edition of the “Pinterest Challenge,” and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-read. Sherri’s project, a pouf chair, is great, but what’s really amazing is the wealth of great ideas in the link-up. I haven’t even begun to read them all–there’s already more than 600 posted–but I am so impressed by all the talent and creativity.

My entry in the Pinterest Challenge is a project I completed some time ago, but never got around to posting on the blog. I was looking for a special meal to serve on Christmas morning, and I remembered this tasty-looking pin for overnight blueberry french toast from my recipes board on Pinterest.

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Pinterest Challenge: Franken-Cookies

5 Nov

I’m not much of a chef, but I love browsing for recipes on Pinterest. One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that, due to its visual nature, many of the recipes pinned are really beautiful or interesting to look at. Even better, there seems to be a wealth of recipes that are interesting to look at and easy to make, like my last Pinterest Challenge entry, Antipasto Skewers. Today’s recipe also fits the bill, and I am lovingly nicknaming it the Franken-Cookie.

**talking in spooky announcer voice** It’s an Oreo. It’s a chocolate chip cookie. It’s both. It’s the Franken-Cookie!!! **insert cheesy sound effects scream here … or the sound of everyone drooling!**

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Antipasto Skewers (aka Pinterest Saves the Potluck)

2 Aug

I blogged about Pinterest not too long after I first joined the site, and at that time, I could see a lot of potential but figured only time would tell if I actually would use it or not. I can say now, about two months later, that it is, indeed, a darn useful tool.

Case in point: I recently was invited to participate in an Italian-themed potluck at work. I’m not the world’s greatest cook, so choosing something potluck-friendly, matching the theme and easy enough for me to make myself is no small feat. Luckily, it was Pinterest to the rescue. All I had to do was type in “Italian Potluck” and in five minutes I had pinned almost half a dozen recipe options.

I’ve been really enamored with all the cute skewer recipes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, so I ended up deciding to make these fun antipasto skewers. The recipe I found on Pinterest was from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, and it was inspired by the Hungry Housewife. I decided to make a vegetarian version, so mine is even a little different, so I’ll include my version of the recipe below.

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Summer Blueberries

22 Jul

I’m usually pretty frugal when it comes to buying produce. I tend to buy whatever fruit is on special and avoid anything delicate that tends to spoil quickly. That includes berries.

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Travel Review: Gulf Shores, Ala. (Part 2 of 3 – The Eats)

15 Jul

The Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar - Bon Secour, Ala.

In this second installment of my vacation review, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite subjects–food!

Since we were staying in a house with a full kitchen, home-cooking was a big highlight of our stay. We had a hot breakfast every morning with grits or biscuits, eggs, bacon or sausage and more. Heaven! We ate well at dinner too, enjoying everything from homemade gumbo and fried shrimp to fresh-grilled steaks and corn on the cob, to homemade spaghetti sauce.

Despite the amazing food at home, we did venture out for a couple of meals. Here are our reviews of the places we tried.

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Home-Cooked on the Go: Overnight Oats

26 May

There’s nothing like a warm home-cooked breakfast to get your day started right, but what if your morning routine is a whirlwind and you’re more likely to find yourself eating your breakfast on the go? Enter my new favorite weekday breakfast, overnight oats.

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Pinterest Review

13 May

I’ve just discovered a new addictive time-suck inspiring creative tool, called Pinterest. If you spend a lot of time on the web, you may have already heard of it. (I know it’s been sweeping the blogs and message boards I frequent faster than you can say “viral.”)

But if you haven’t heard of it–or you’re just waiting to hear what all the fuss is really about–I’ll give you a quick review of my initial impressions.

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Passing You the Black-Eyed Peas for a Happy New Year

1 Jan

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

When it comes to celebrating the arrival of a new year, New Year’s Eve tends to get all the glory. However, in recent years, I’ve found that New Year’s Day has actually become one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. In contrast to the expensive, crowded, over-indulgent celebrations of New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day is an opportunity for a quieter, more personal form of celebration, a time to gather with family and reflect on the close of the holiday season, as well as the new year ahead. And, then, of course, there’s all the good food…that just might have something to do with why I like New Year’s Day.

In the southern United States, there’s a tradition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring prosperity in the coming year. The origins of the custom are somewhat unclear. Some trace the practice to ancient celebrations of Rosh Hashana, and others trace the custom to the Civil War, following Sherman’s invasion. Regardless of why we do it, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is the foundation of one of my favorite holiday meals.

Where there are black-eyed peas, you must also have collard greens. Corn bread is a natural accompaniment, as well. Some southern families enjoy ham or pork with their New Year’s dinner, but in our house, we’re all about seafood. Our usual meal is fried catfish or tilapia, but this year, we’re tinkering with tradition a little and having shrimp and cheese grits. Either way, the meal shapes up to be a sampler of traditional southern comfort food perfect for the family to gather around,

While the internet may be bigger than my dining room table, in my heart, I wish you all a heaping helping of black-eyed peas and, with it, joy and prosperity in the new year. 2010 was an exciting year for our little family, and it’s been a joy to share it with you. I look forward to even more fun and more blogging in the year to come, and I hope you’ll stick around for what’s to come.

Happy New Year, y’all!

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