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Shortcut Lasagna Recipe

Shortcut lasagna, lazy lasagna, cheater's lasagna; whatever you want to call it. I have toddler and need at the time savers I can get! This dish tasted much better than I thought it would and with only 7 minutes of prep work is perfect for busy nights when you just don't have time to make dinner. Ingredients 1 cup frozen loose cut leaf … [Read More...]

Who knew you couldn’t microwave metal??

Every person in America over the age of three, myself included. But... pride goes before a fall. I was working on a recipe to post later in the week and I didn't want ya'll seeing my stained-up Tupperware. Anytime I work on a recipe that's going on this blog I pull out my Wolfgang Puck stainless steel bowls  so it appears that I'm a "real" cook. … [Read More...]

Vera Bradley Review

To me the name Vera Bradley is synonymous with ultra-feminine purses, but I had no idea they also have a line of luggage. This is ironic considering a lack of feminine-looking luggage was the motivation for the formation of the company in 1982. I was given the opportunity to review the Grand Traveler in "Plum Petals" and I'll never bring my beat up … [Read More...]

Crochet Amigurumi Horse

It's been a while since I've posted any crochet projects because it's been a while since I've had any! During our May trip to Florida I used some of the time to work on this crochet horse. He comes from the pattern book  Super Cute: 25 Amigurumi Animals. For the body, I used some type of leftover yarn my mother-in-law had that she tells me isn't … [Read More...]

Mini Nutella Fried Pies

Fried pies (or hand pies) are a tradition here in the South. My personal favorite was always apricot until I made these Nutella fried pies. Traditional fried pies are usually 6" in diameter, but I made these 4" so they are more like little snacks instead of a full-fledged dessert. Means you can eat double the amount, right?  Nutella Fried … [Read More...]

The Ironman and Vegacal

In our rural Alabama community there is an Ironman Road, Ironman grocery, and an Ironman Baptist church all named after this iron statue. He is believed to have been created in Birmingham, AL around 1900 as an advertisement for Vegacal Liver Tonic which was manufactured in New Jersey at the time. The front of the iron man reads "Vegecal for the … [Read More...]

Green Beans and Taters

This is my favorite way to eat green beans. We have an abundance in our garden right now so I thought I'd share. The cool thing about this recipe is that you can make it with very few green beans if you have to. Just use extra potatoes and onions to make up for it. That's what I do at the beginning of the season when I can only harvest a … [Read More...]

How to Make a Towel Animal: Monkey

Mr. Monkey is a little more challenging than the towel animal elephant, but if I can do it then so can you. You will need: 1 Bath sheet (I used a regular bath towel, but my monkey isn't as long as he needs to be because of it) 1 Hand towel safety pins Lay the bath sheet (regular towel if you are cheating like me) out horizontally and roll … [Read More...]

No Bake Healthy Banana Split “Cake”

Now that you've stuffed yourself silly over the holiday weekend, here's a healthy way to get back on the wagon while still indulging. Ingredients: 16 graham cracker squares 1-2 bananas, sliced (soak them briefly in the pineapple juice if you like to maintain color) 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup canned pineapple pieces 2 sugarfree vanilla … [Read More...]

Miniature Reese’s Cheescakes with Peanut Butter Glaze

Ingredients Crust: 1/4c butter, melted 1/2 pack of vanilla wafers OR 3 sleeves graham crackers Filling: 12 miniature peanut butter cups 8oz cream cheese, softened 4oz peanut butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1t vanilla extract Optional glaze: 1T peanut butter 1T powdered sugar water Crush up vanilla wafers or graham crackers using a … [Read More...]

This quick and easy meatloaf made with Stove Top stuffing is one of my go-to dinner ideas for busy nights

Quick and Easy Meatloaf Made with Stuffing

Hubs is a HUGE Stove Top Stuffing fan. One of his favorite dinners when he was single was a package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix served straight out of the pot in which he prepared it! Being a Southern gal, I'm more of a cornbread dressing eater so it was Hubs who introduced me to what a great dish Stove Top stuffing can be (I do at least make him eat … [Read More...]

Mexican Cornbread Salad

This is another of my Aunt Katy's original recipes that she gave me permission to share with ya'll. Mexican Cornbread Salad is a huge hit at church potlucks and our family gatherings. I'm told that it doesn't keep well for leftovers, but I don't know how anyone can know that since there's never any leftover! While this layered salad looks fabulous … [Read More...]

Three Unique Ways to Demonstrate Gratitude

  It's well and good to have an "attitude of gratitude," but how about actually putting it into practice to those around you? Here are three simple things you can do today to show your appreciation and make someone's day. 1. Leave a treat for your mail carrier - If your mail runs about the same time each day, you can leave a chilled bottled … [Read More...]

Hurry Up and Wait Coconut Cake

Hurry up and Wait Coconut Cake My mom has been making this cake for 15 years and it's as big a hit today as it was the first time she ever made it. She's nicknamed it "hurry up and wait" Coconut Cake since it has to "rest" in the refrigerator for three days after making. Waiting that length of time before indulging is the most difficult part of … [Read More...]