Summer is on it’s way in Florida. The humidity and heat are starting to make their presence known. We still have a tease of spring in the air, but slowly and surely, that combination of heat/humidity is creeping into town. I wanted to start making the transition from spring to summer decor in the house. Summer decor to me is celebrating our gorgeous beach. Eric and I could not have raised our family in a more beautiful place.
I have shared with you before how much my crew loves appetizers. When I have all of my punks home, appetizers are in full swing. This is one of our favs. Creamy barbecue sauce, black beans, corn, cheeses, and sour cream all come together in the most delicious way. Plan on having a lot, I mean a lot, of chips because they won’t stop dipping until it is all gone!
I love enchiladas, love them. I love pasta. Combine the two and I am one happy girl. I had a craving for enchiladas but didn’t want to go through the whole process of making them. Mainly because I didn’t want to clean up the mess required to make enchiladas. I did have a box of jumbo shells in the pantry and I can make any meal with those babies.
Today I have another Crock-pot, or Slow Cooker, recipe for you. Every year, Sir Streusel and I rent a lake house in the Georgia Mountains and do nothing, seriously, nothing. Eric fishes from sun up until sun down. We don’t even go out to eat except for one night. I take the Crock-pot and of course my cast iron skillet and do easy meals for us. It is all about slowing down, resting and refreshing. Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches is on the menu every year.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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….
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.
It’s been a dark, cloudy, rainy day. This is the level of activity in the house today….as little as possible.
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!