Smothered Sweet Potato Tots

I made these tots as a side dish for these pork chops I prepared last week for dinner.  These tots were just too good not to share with you.  I want you to enjoy them as much as we did.  I mean really, who doesn’t love a good tot!!  They were the perfect accompaniment for the chops.

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A Little Cupcake Dress

I had the privilege of baking a ‘Cupcake Cake’ for a baby shower.  I LOVE baking these little cakes.  They are definitely my favorite to serve at a function because there is no serving!  Guests just walk up and grab a cupcake.  There is no cutting, serving individual slices, no plates, no forks…..just grab and go!  I had the best time baking and decorating this little beauty.  I was torn between adding a sash or leaving it plain.

No sash. Pretty little dress that I thought looked just fine.
No sash. Pretty little dress that I thought looked just fine.

Sir Streusel walked in the kitchen and I asked his opinion of sash or no sash.  We discuss important issues like this because problems need to be solved!


With the sash.
With the sash.

Sir Streusel immediately responded, “Sash”.  He was right, the sash brought it to an entirely new level of cuteness!  I really think this little Cupcake Cake would make a cute little dress.  I am so glad Sir Streusel and I discuss world issues together and solve all the major problems in our world today.  

This is the little Mamma-to-be with her Cupcake Cake.  She is a Jazzercise instructor that is still killing it in her classes.  She is just waaaaay to cute!


Congratulations Lauren!  I was honored to bake your Cupcake Dress.  I can’t wait to meet your little girl!

Love ya,

Jody and Edna


Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops

I opened my freezer and these lovelies were screaming to come out and play.  I made a very simple sweet and spicy rub, cooked them for a very short time on the stove top, and finished them in the oven.  There were five boneless chops in the package.  After our meal, there were no chops left.  I ate one.  Apparently Sir Streusel liked them a lot!

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Chocolate Shortbread Bars

When Sir Streusel returns home each week, this little girl, Stella, is ready to see her Daddy.  They have this ritual on his first night back home where they get eye to eye and play non stop for about 30 minutes.  Stella is quick, really quick, and she can jump around the bed like a cat.  I am worn out just watching them each week.

These two have a thing for each other.
These two have a thing for each other.

This past week my Sunday School class had its monthly Ladies Night Out.  It turned out to be the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Ladies Night Out.”  We decided that we would go downtown and eat outside with a view of our beautiful water.  As some of us arrived, and I am holding a container of delicious Chocolate Shortbread Bars to share, we were told it would be an hour and a half before they could seat us.  No problem, we will just take the party somewhere else.  We started frantically texting the ladies that we knew were coming  to tell them we were changing restaurants.  We arrived at restaurant number two, I am still carrying my container of Chocolate Shortbread Bars, and we are told yet again, one hour to one and a half hour wait.  We find out that James Taylor is in concert and that is why all the downtown restaurants are packed.  Now, I love my Ladies of the FOLD, but I would have ditched them in a second to hear JT  sing “Sweet Baby James.”  So we pull out our phones and text away telling the ladies we are moving to yet another restaurant.  We pull up to the third restaurant, which by the way is five minutes from my home so I have come full circle, walk in and have a great meal with wonderful fellowship.  This….this is what made it all worthwhile….


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Chicken Potpie

Saturday was this hunk’s birthday.

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I have a serious crush on him.  We just celebrated our 35th anniversary and my birthday, and now we get to celebrate his special day.  I rejoice daily that I was made just for him.  He treats me like a Queen, seriously, he does.  He lives his life to make mine a better one.  He is always respectful, kind, sweet, (so sweet), and funny.  The man makes me laugh, all the time.  I asked him what he wanted for his Birthday meal and he didn’t even stop to think. He responded quickly, “Baby love, all I want is your Chicken Potpie, roasted veggies, and Blackberry Cobbler.”  Well, when that man calls me ‘Baby Love’, I swoon and will cook whatever his heart desires.  


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Chicken Fried Rice

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Days like this are just meant to sit with my girls drinking a cup of tea and reading a book.  I don’t think little Stella has used enough energy today to even blink her eyes.  I love that girl.  As much as I love sitting and relaxing with the girls, Sir Streusel needs dinner.  That means I have to finish my tea, stop reading my book, disturb the girls by getting up to prepare dinner.  I’m exhausted already.  What is it about these days that zaps the energy right out you?!

I haven’t made Chicken Fried Rice in a couple of years.  I have no idea what made me think of it, but I am so happy that I did!

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A Birthday, An Anniversary and Smothered Chicken

This past weekend was my birthday.   I LOVE my birthday!  I never complain about my age, I am so grateful that the Lord blessed me with another year of great health.   Thirty-five years ago, I married a really cute guy on my birthday.  He was a  great birthday present.  We have been blessed with a great life, great punks (our kids), and great little dogs (the girls).  Now let me be the first to say that these thirty-five years haven’t been one big party, there have been ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My favorite part of our marriage is our laughter.  Hey, life it way too short to spend it angry and trying to find fault with someone.  If you aren’t laughing, there is something wrong.  


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Girl’s Weekend in the Big Easy

My girl and I spent a few days in the Big Easy with one goal in mind, eating our way through the French Quarter.  While we ate fabulous food, had great shopping, and saw all the ‘special’ street entertainers we could absorb, spending time with my girl was the highlight of the trip.

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Snicker + Doodle = Snickerdoodle

I love Snickerdoodle cookies.  I mean, really love them.  So I thought how wonderful it would be to make a bar out of this goodness so I could get a big thick bite all at one time.  It worked.  I killed it!!  All that sugar and cinnamon at one time….aaahhhh, heaven.  Sir Streusel ate 5, 6 maybe 8 bars.  I don’t know, I lost count.  But then again, he never has to worry about pulling out his ‘fat’ pants.  You know those pants.  The ones we all have tucked away in our closet that we pull on when we are getting in our serious eating groove?  I may or may not have two pair.  Did I mention that these bars have white chocolate in them?  Just another little bonus to enjoy and reason to possibly pull out those ‘special’ pants


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Mile High Quiche

Sometimes the best dinner is breakfast.  I don’t mean dinner at breakfast time, that would be crazy right? I mean breakfast food at dinner time!  It seems every time I serve breakfast for dinner we say, “Why don’t we do this more often?”  I mean, is there a law somewhere that says breakfast foods may not be served at any time other than breakfast??  Not in my world.  Seriously, this Quiche has bacon and cheese in it.  That alone qualifies it to be served at any meal during the day.  This Quiche can be prepared in a deep dish pie plate or a tart tin.  It fluffs up so pretty with the bacon and cheese peeking out.  

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