Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Monday – Happy Winner (announced)


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Well it’s Monday folks. I don’t particularly care for Monday’s but I don’t entirely hate them either.

It is just the beginning of another work week but that also means I have future weekend to look forward to.

The days go by so quickly lately that I kind of like to see everyone of them – even the ever doomed Monday.

For one lucky person though today is an especially great day because one of you won my first ever giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered! This was really fun and I hope I will have more in the future!

Without further wasting your time……..

The winner is ~

16. ShellyMom February 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

PW Stuffed shells, duh!

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Congratulations!! Email me to claim your prize!

Happy Monday y’all! Come back later for some sure fire food recipes!

Monday, February 18, 2013

I made Muffins y’all…


Banana Oatmeal muffins (with chocolate chips) to be exact!

I don’t bake which is why this is a big deal.

I like to bake but it never turns out good, which is why this is a big deal.

I like to eat baked goods, which is why this is a big deal!

There was something about this baked goods recipe that grabbed me and said

“You will bake me tonight and it will turn out good”

I was kinda scared when I heard a muffin recipe speak to me, kinda like those creepy Pier One commercials that have things talk to you in the store


I was afraid that if I didn’t make these I would have creepy nightmares….. wooo hahahaha.

I’m probably creeping y’all out with this creepy post.


Sorry, here they are.

Ok first of all. These are healthy, not in I wanna throw them in the trash healthy, but as in no flour, sugar or butter healthy :)

Second of all, my teenager had seconds :)

And third of all, my first attempt at a recipe of this type and score :)

Make a batch for your bunch and see if they reach for seconds.

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It makes 12 muffins.

You will need:

  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup of Semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped nuts if you prefer those instead)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with muffin liners and spray them so the muffins will not stick.
  2. Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients to the food processor. (Now I don’t have a food processor so I used my small chopper to grind the oats and then mixed it all in a large bowl with the mixer and it worked fine. The processor would’ve probably given me a smoother texture but mine were just fine.)
  3. Process until everything is mixed together and oats are smooth.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips. (or nuts or whatever you want to add really.)
  5. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let them cool on a wire rack for just a few minutes and then dig in. They are amazing when they are warm!

All I can say is yum! My second batch is coming up soon!

Recipe adapted from here.

Happy Monday to you!

OH and don’t forget to enter in my first ever giveaway here!! You still have time to enter and win!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Okra ~ Two ways

Growing up, I had the pleasure of having my Great Grandmother and Grandmother in my life daily. I didn’t realize how much I would grow to love and respect this relationship until I was much, much older.
Much older….. (With age you gain wisdom, they say)
My Great Grandma was the one that taught me how to make my her famous Chicken and Dumplins. Oh how I wish she was still here to call and have long conversations with on days when I miss her tremendously. She was our afterschool care taker, our sickday care provider and our make every wish come true maker. I loved her, I love her and miss her still and its been 12 years. Her house was ground zero for our family. Every Sunday was dinner at her house, every birthday was shared there, and every holiday that had a reason to cook was spent around her kitchen bar or at the dinner table. Her house was even the place of a few weddings in our family and a few fancy family portraits. It has a lot of history and if the walls could talk I’m sure a lot of stories.
Every year my Great Grandma would always ask “Honey what would you like me to cook for your birthday?” She already knew the answer before I gave it to her because every year it was the same thing ~ “Grandma I want you to make fried chicken, fried potatoes, fried okra, macaroni and cheese and banana pudding!” EVA RE YEAR!
When something is good, why mess with it.
I also have the pleasure of almost sharing my birthday (short by 2 hours and 45 minutes to be exact) with my Grandma (Great Grandmas only child and daughter). Her birthday is one day before mine =)
So not only did I get my favorite meal on my birthday, I got to spend it with my favorite person, My Nana. I love that woman. We are so much alike without even knowing, that it is scary at times.
So every year, I got my favorite meal and shared a cake with my favorite lady. Best of both worlds, BEST!
I decided to add that same best of both words flare to one of my most favorite veggies – okra. Love me some okra!
Try okra two ways and see if you can choose a favorite, I can’t!
We have the roasted version.
Then we have the old fashioned southern fried but ah ha baked version.
Roasted Okra:
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You will need:
  • 18 fresh okra pods, cut off ends but leave the tips (not frozen it doesn’t work right with frozen, just trust me on this one)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in oven for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Original recipe found here.
Southern Baked “fried” Okra – Not that frozen stuff
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You will need:
  • 18 fresh okra pods, cut in about 1 inch pieces. (not frozen it doesn’t work right with frozen, just trust me on this one)
  • 1 Cup plain corn meal
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Spray a baking pan with non stick spray and add the olive oil to the pan.
  3. After you've cut up the okra, add your corn meal, salt and pepper to a plastic zip lock bag or a bowl with a lid that can be used for shaking. Add the okra to that corn meal and shake shake shake. Making sure that the okra is coated well.
  4. Add the coated okra to the baking pan and spread out evenly so there is no clumps.
  5. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
And there you have your Southern fried okra. Just like my grandma used to make but without actually frying it in the oil in a cast iron skillet on the top of her stove in the kitchen in January on my birthday or any day I needed good ole southern comfort.  I can smell it now……..
Ahhhh, okay distraction sorry.
I made ours with Eggplant Parmesan and Baked “fried” mushrooms, mmmmm. (We’ll talk about this later)
okra eggplant
Enjoy your Monday!
Oh and don’t forget to enter into my very first giveaway ever here! Good luck!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday and a Giveaway! Italian Days at Publix and a $25 gift card giveaway….

My giveaway is now closed. I will announce a winner soon! Excited!! Thanks for all who entered!

Today is Friday!

Today is Friday!
I live for the weekend! Well really I live for shopping for shoes but for now I’ll take the weekend :)
It also is my very first giveaway ever! I am so excited about this one because I love, Love I tell ya, to shop at Publix.
Life just doesn’t get any better than shopping at Publix. Ok I’m weird I know. I’ve learned to accept this fact.
It’s the small things that make my day, the small things that add up to make the day grand!
So what could be better -  I love Italian, I love Publix I couldn’t be more excited!
Ok on to the reason you are here.
There is this grand prize below followed by my mini Prize so stick around to the end, you just might win something!
Italian food is always a huge crowd pleaser. Whether you’re feeding your hungry family or hosting a household of friends, everybody loves the taste of al dente pasta, a rich sauce or a delicious pizza.
At the Italian Days – Taste the Tradition event at Publix® from February 11th through March 1st, you can get great prices and coupon savings* on some of your favorite General Mills brands like Green Giant and Progresso. Plus, get great savings on many ingredients for great Italian recipes like Alfredo pizza and stuffed chicken manicotti.
And that’s not all! During the event shoppers will be able to enter for a chance to be 1 of the 500 shoppers that will win a $100 Publix® gift card! To enter for a chance to win and to download great coupon savings and delicious recipes, look in-store or visit (Coupons are valid from February 11th through March 1st, 2013.) (No purchase necessary to enter. Open only to legal residents of AL, FL, GA, SC and TN. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules and how to enter go to
For my first giveaway ever –
One reader is going to win a $25 Publix Gift Card!
You will have three chances to enter!
  1. Required Entry – Leave a comment giving a shout out of your favorite pasta dish? You can even share the recipe if you’d like! **This first entry is required to participate in the giveaway.**
  2. Bonus Entry #1 - Go like my page on facebook and come back leaving me a comment that you did.
  3. Bonus Entry #2 – Follow me on twitter and come back leaving me a comment that you did.
I will end the giveaway on Friday, February 22nd at 5pm EST!
Disclosure: "The information, products and General Mills gift pack were provided by General Mills and Publix® through MyBlogSpark."