Wonder Clementine Bar with Chantilly Vanilla Cream

Recipe was submitted into February’s Food Challenge (2011) by Merry G. INGREDIENTS Crust Ingredients: 1 cup salted butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 cups all-purpose flour Filling Ingredients: 3/4 cup slated butter, softened 6 large eggs 4 tangerines, quartered, seeds removed 2 teaspoons vanilla ... Continue Reading


Country Collard Greens

Recipe was submitted into February’s Food Challenge (2011) by Sherri W. INGREDIENTS 1 lg. bunch of fresh collards (wash, cut and trimmed) 3 lg. country cured hocks (smoked hocks, smoked turkey wings) 1 lg. chopped onion 6 minced garlic cloves 1-1 1/2 cups of dry white wine 3 tbsp. lard 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes seasoning salt to taste 1 ... Continue Reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spaghetti Martini

Recipe was submitted into February’s Food Challenge (2011) by Barbara M. INGREDIENTS ¾ pound thin spaghetti 2 tablespoons butter 6 oz. good dark chocolate chopped ¼ can sweet condensed milk 2 tablespoons raw sugar 1/3 cup Frangelico liqueur ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts chopped 3 tablespoons candied orange peel Garnish 1 oz. Frangelico ... Continue Reading


Orange-Olive Oil Bundt Cake

Recipe was submitted into February's Food Challenge (2011) by Mary L. INGREDIENTS Nonstick baking spray with flour 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt 5 large eggs 3 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil Zest of three oranges 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed orange ... Continue Reading


Wrangling Hummingbirds!

Okay, I'm not really wrangling them but I am hoping to attract them with our new hummingbird feeder!  This, in my opinion, is one of the best hummingbird feeders because it's budget-friendly, super easy to use with the wide mouth top, has a cute little place for the birds to sit on while they drink, and it's easy to clean. It looks a lot like my ... Continue Reading

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Mr. Attitude in Daddy’s Hands

I have to admit, he is freakin' cute but boy can he give me some attitude.  At three years old mind you!  Notice how he didn't look away from the camera though, instead he made his little face with those squenched up lips.  He loves the camera so there's no way he'd turn away.  I wanted him to smile so I said, "If you're gonna act like a turd, go ... Continue Reading

dutch apple breakfast bake

100 Recipes, 1-Million Dollar Winner

I absolutely love challenges, cook-offs, and bake-offs which is why I'm constantly watching shows like Challenge, Chopped, and Iron Chef but have you ever considered entering a food challenge (<--which btw, the winner will be announced soon)?  As much as I love challenges, I don't know if I'd enter.  I'm just not that creative but seeing others ... Continue Reading

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Smoked Short Ribs

I'm actually not a big fan of ribs but you can bet they are very popular around the cowboys.  I've one set of ribs in my life that were to die for and that was at Sticky Fingers in the Carolina's, right Mom?  Man they were good but they were all meat and dry rubbed which is quite the opposite of what my man enjoys. I recently bought my guy a ... Continue Reading


Regulating Our Bottom and Our Heart

Oh man, I crack myself up!!! You know that title makes you giggle, admit it! My weight loss goals have a lot to do with vanity I’ll admit but it’s not the only reason.  Heart disease isn’t something that I think about until I’m lying in bed feeling my heart pounding like it’s gonna come out of my chest and all the blood rushing to my head.  ... Continue Reading


San Angelo’s PRCA Rodeo – My Faves

What a lovely weekend this was. No twitter, no emails, and no blogging. Nothing but family and a good time. Every year, the owner of the ranch gives us tickets to the PRCA Rodeo in San Angelo, TX. We've gone both years we've lived here because they put on a heck of show. The rodeo announcer, Boyd Polhamus,  and the comedy clown, Lecile Harris ... Continue Reading