It is finally getting a little cooler in Pensacola, for a couple of days at least. We are always pretty much at the end of our rope with the heat and humidity at this point and treasure a few ‘cooler’ October days. We are very aware that the heat is always lurking around the corner ready to pounce! We spent the weekend outside enjoying the ‘no humidity’ for a few hours. I definitely didn’t want to spend my time inside cooking. I had no plans for meals this weekend which is rare for me. I have meals planned for weeks in advance. I went to my pantry to see what I could pull together. My pantry pulled through with a winner…Easy Ziti…Quick and Easy Ziti…Ziti in a Flash…Minute Ziti…ZIPPY ZITI!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, it is no secret that I love Saturday morning breakfast. It is my favorite meal to prepare. Everything on Saturday morning moves in a slower pace in our home. I can take my time doing prep work and we definitely take our time eating the meal. It’s that ‘easy morning feeling’ that I love so much. This Strata is a perfect Saturday morning meal.
Well, it is officially fall. In Pensacola, we are still hitting 90 degrees with over the top humidity. We wear shorts and flip flops all year long. As I matter of fact, I wore a pair of flip flops to church Sunday. They were sparkly flip flops, but flip flops non the less. You can buy a bathing year round in our stores. You can find water floats, sunscreen, coolers, and anything you want with a flamingo on it. As much as I love my Florida life, I need a little fall! I need to pretend that there are pretty fall leaves on the ground. I need to wear boots and a sweater. I want a fire in the fireplace. So instead of having these wonderful fall transitions actually happen, I light an apple caramel candle, make myself a pumpkin spice latte and get a pot of soup simmering on the stove!
All you have to do is step inside any store and you will immediately find that it is Pumpkin Spice season everywhere! Now don’t get me wrong, I am a full blow Pumpkin Spice Latte addict. I get one almost, almost, everyday. My day revolves around getting my Pumpkin Spice fix. But, Pumpkin Spice cough drops….uhm….not today….not ever.
I don’t cook Mexican food often. When I do, my kitchen looks like it has been run over by a semi-truck. But oh my, it is worth every bit of messiness I created! Everytime I make Enchiladas, Eric says, “I don’t know why we ever go out for Mexican food. The best enchiladas in town are made in your kitchen.”
I felt so good to be back in my kitchen this weekend with my beloved oven, Edna. I missed her and she missed me! I wanted to treat Sir Streusel to his favorite Bread Pudding, but with a twist. You can find his favorite Bread Pudding here. I wanted to add a little chocolate to it, for me!
I baked this for us to eat later in the day for dessert, but we dove straight in for breakfast! Continue reading Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding
These past few weeks have been hit or miss on preparing meals in our home. I was spending virtually every waking moment with Viv. When I did get home to prepare a meal, it had to quick and easy or get the crockpot going first thing in the morning. If you have never tried Crockpot Lasagne, get you crock pot out now!
This past weekend we celebrated the homecoming of my 93 year old Mother-in-Law. She was two weeks shy of turning 94. Eric and I were with her when she drew her last breath on earth and stepped immediately into the presence of our Lord. Eric looked at me and smiled and said, “She is with Jesus.”
I am late jumping on the “Instant Pot” bandwagon. Mainly because pressure cookers have scared me to death! I have never cooked with one before. This is the main reason why….
Yea, that’s why I have a fear of pressure cooking. Last week, both of my boys called me telling me I HAVE to get an Instant Pot. I replied, “No I don’t. Those things are dangerous and I want to live!” After much coaxing, they assured me the “Instant Pot” was safe and foolproof. They also could not stop talking about how delicious and tender everything was that they cooked in the Instant Pot. Continue reading Pork Tacos with the Instant Pot
Today is all about the blueberry! Blueberries are Sir Streusel’s favorite summer fruit. Strawberries run a close second, but I believe the blueberry wins being his favorite by a nose. I am sharing a few of his very favorite blueberry recipes that I bake for him so that you can use up all those blueberries you have picked this summer. I am nice that way!