Temp-tations – Peach Cobbler Using Cake Mix {Giveaway}

Peach Cobbler Using Cake Mix

Peach cobbler, pumpkin pie, fudgy brownies, all weaknesses of mine y'all.  With Christmas around the corner, there will be potlucks at church, get-togethers at friends, and Christmas dinner with family.  This year, I'll be bringing my dessert all gussied up in Temp-tations, and, I have a discount code & giveaway just for you! My mom is a big … [Read more...]

Le Creuset Pan with Extras! {Giveaway} #KtchnConvo


I recently had  some kitchen conversations (via web chat) about food trends with Land O'Lakes and some lovely fellow food bloggers.  It was a diverse group of foodies and so interesting to see their food trend picks for 2013.   I have never been trendy in any sense but it always fascinates me to see all the trends of today, especially in … [Read more...]

Big Boss Oil-less Fryer Review

big boss oilless fryer

The Big Boss Oil-less Fryer is a healthy alternative to frying.  I hadn't ever seen anything like this but love the concept. You can cook one thing or multiple items in at at the same time. It comes will all sorts of trays, books, , spray bottle, and even a nifty 'grabber' to pull out your tray easily, while avoiding the heat. Here's a quick … [Read more...]

2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off Million Dollar Winner, Oprah Announces


The million dollar winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been announced live on the Oprah show.  I had the pleasure of watching 100 finalists compete in Orlando for the million dollar prize and out of those, it was narrowed down to these 4 finalists; (see my previous wrap up of the event) Breakfast & Brunches – Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in … [Read more...]

Entertaining with Southern Living at HOME Decor


Have you noticed some of the platters I've been using in my photos? They are from Southern Living at HOME.  I have to say, I was quite surprised by the beauty and quality of these pieces.  I've never had much for entertaining purposes and while these can be used anytime, I enjoy bringing them out for my photos or when company is over. You'll be … [Read more...]

The Best Dinner Rolls – Soft, Sweet Bread!


These dinner rolls are one of the easiest and most delicious bread recipes I have.  I first learned how to make dinner rolls from one of our previous employer's wife, on the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch.  She was a great cook and made many things from scratch but boy could she make a bread recipe now!  She always had to make double because each cowboy … [Read more...]

Beef, It's What's for Dinner

the healthy beef cookbook

What a week huh!  I shared three beef recipes with you; Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro, Steaks with Mushrooms, Blue Cheese & Frizzled Shallots, and Asian Beef & Broccoli With Noodles.  All three were fantastic and even though I hit a couple of bumps with ingredients (cause of my very small town), it all turned out good and they … [Read more...]

Taste of Home Talks Casseroles and Includes My Shrimp Stroganoff Dish!


Remember my Shrimp Stroganoff Casserole? Well, it's in the April issue of Taste of Home! I found out a while back that it was going to be in there and was so excited! I was told it had been made in several of the Taste of Home testing kitchens and they were giving it thumbs up all around, which made me feel very good. Casseroles really are … [Read more...]

Learning Tower Giving Toddlers a Way to Help in Kitchen Safely


My little guy loves to help in the kitchen as I'm sure most toddlers and preschoolers do so when I was introduced to this Learning Tower, I was excited!  Finally a safe way for my little man to help me in the kitchen but in a safe manner.  Normally my little guy is on a chair or sitting on the counter, with me right there of course, which is a risk … [Read more...]

Smokey Grilled Wild Hog

smokey grilled wild hog

I'll never forget our wedding.  I didn't know what they had planned for us back at the ranch so you might say I was extremely surprised to show up with a big ol' lamb turning over a fire, which was our supper.  Since then, we have eaten goat, beef head, tripas, wild hog, and so much more.  Wait, did I say 'we'?  Cause I really meant 'they'.  The … [Read more...]

Soft, Chewy Ginger Cookies


I love any cookies that have molasses in them and these soft, chew ginger cookies are no exception!  I don't know why but I have been craving sweets here lately and what I love about cookies, is that you can just one or two to satisfy that craving instead of a huge piece of cake.  Hey, baby steps you know! INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cup all purpose … [Read more...]

The Perfect Sweet Potato Fries


Please welcome my guest poster Sarah, a 33-year-old Don't-Stay-at-Home Mom of 3 beautiful girls, who blogs at Real Life, teaches piano lessons and has found 'real life' in Jesus Christ. My favorite local restaurant serves the most incredible sweet potato fries! Since my husband and I have a hobby of trying to recreate our favorite restaurant … [Read more...]

The Easiest Bacon Pork Tenderloin EVER


You can't make a pork tenderloin much easier than this folks!  If y'all thought I was some gourmet cook, you have now learned the truth!  lol So obviously this is just bacon, a pork tenderloin, and a little time! In the oven at 325 for a few hours! Enjoy y'all and don't forget to visit my gal Amy, who got to test drive a Mercedes for 2 weeks, and … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Party Appetizer & Drink Recipes


The Super Bowl is right around the corner so if you're looking for some quick and easy recipes to make your party delicious, look no more!  Also, tonight at 10:30pm CST, I'll be hosting a radio talk show on Super Bowl Party Ideas for a fabulous party!  Join me and listen, chat or even call in! DIPS The Ultimate Cheese Dip 5-Minute TexMex Dip (be … [Read more...]

Walnut Raspberry Chocolate Tartlets


Sooo simple, yet pretty and delicious, these 'tartlets' take minutes to make.  Perfect for any holiday or special days because they can be shaped into rounds, squares or hearts.  Make sure that you only use the very best chocolate. This recipe is part of the California Walnut Board’s Smart Menus Program.  A program geared towards … [Read more...]

FREE Eat Better in America Coupons!

Just thought I'd share these coupons, $10 worth to help you eat better in America! It also has healthy eating tips and healthy recipes!  Just trying to be frugal ya know! And if you know of any coupons or anything, check out my personal blog for a frugal idea/tip roundup! You can link your own post or just a link to a great steal or coupon! … [Read more...]

Thalia in New York City

I was in NYC the last few days and had the chance to eat at a much fancier restaurant, that is normally available to me, called Thalia. Now many of you have probably eaten at places like this many times but I have not so even ordering the food was an issue for me.  I didn't know what this was or that but with the help of my blogging friends, I was … [Read more...]

The Best Orange Pound Cake Ever


Last week I made Lemon Bread, this week is Orange Pound Cake.  I'm sucker for pound cake anyways but wanted to try adding a little flavor to one. This was a hit to say the least and gone in about 30 seconds.  Would have been sooner but they had to pause and drink some milk with it. p.s. I would love to see you join the new foodie community.  I … [Read more...]

A Look Back at My Wooden Spoon’s 2008 Journey


This blog has come a really long ways and I am so proud of it.  I've worked really hard on improving things with the content, readership, and photos.  2008 has been a great ride and I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store! JANUARY Flour Tortillas Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Pineapple Upside Down Cake FEBRUARY Bacon Wrapped … [Read more...]

A Fruity Family Tradition with Health Benefits

Fruit Basket

Along with the holidays comes an abundance of sugary sweets and I don't know about you but I've had enough.  I'm sure I gained a whopping 10lbs at the least after this Holiday's feast and will be glad to get back to normal food. One foodie family tradition I do welcome is the basket full of fruit courtesy of my parents.  They do this every year … [Read more...]

Reindeer Cookies


I make these every Christmas. They are a big hit with the kids. I believe the recipe came form Pillsbury originally, but you can use any sugar cookie dough. INGREDIENTS 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookies 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup vanilla ready-to-spread frosting (or make your own) 64 small pretzel twists 64 semisweet chocolate chips (about … [Read more...]

Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar Icing for Sugar Cookies


Here's an excellent recipe for sugar icing for sugar cookies!  Since so many are asking what "icing sugar" is on this Shortbread Cookies recipe, I thought I would also let you know that it's really just powdered (confectioners) sugar!!  Most people in Canada & England use the term Icing Sugar where as most other countries use powdered or … [Read more...]

Winter Holiday Fun from White Trash Mom – Gingerbread Double Wide


This guest post is from a dear friend of mine, Michelle aka White Trash Mom!  She's one of the most funniest, real people ever and I love her.  If you haven't read The White Trash Mom Handbook: Embrace Your Inner Trailerpark, Forget Perfection, Resist Assimilation into the PTA, Stay Sane, and Keep Your Sense of Humor, you need to.  I had the … [Read more...]

Mario Batali Can Cook Me Hold My Lunch Anytime!

Update: Giveaway is over. Have you seen the Mario Batali Lunchbags line? OMG, they are THE most stylish, functional lunch bags ever! I recently received the Mario Batali Lunch Bag (The Crew Tote) in this expresso color and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!  Not only is it THE most stylish lunch bag I've had, it's also the most functional one. Some quick … [Read more...]

Basil Garlic Pasta with Meaty Sauce


INGREDIENTS 3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cups semolina flour (can use all-purpose flour - will taste slightly different) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1/4 cup finely chopped basil 1 to 2 tablespoons water, if needed STEPS * In a small skillet, cook garlic in oil over low heat, stirring constantly for … [Read more...]

Then Next Food Network Star Season 4

WOOHOO!  Who's ready for another season of The Next Food Network Star???!!  I know I am.  You know, I sorta knew Rory (the runnerup) from Season 3.  She was also in another reality show filmed in Vega, TX and we lived at the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch at the time.  She fell in love with a cowboy!  Anyways, there are some new faces and new challenges … [Read more...]

Sales from Cooking dot com

I've been really busy lately but I wanted to share some deals with from cooking.com. I get these via email all the time and figured I'd let you in on them! Oh, the cookbook was claimed and sent of but don't get down, I've got some other giveaways planned! And now with the sales! Free Shipping on Orders over $99 with Coupon Code C93842 (exp. … [Read more...]