Category Archives: Recipes

Zippy Ziti

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!

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Anytime Strata

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.

 

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Black Bean, Chicken and Corn Soup

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!

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Pumpkin Mini Cakes

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.

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Enchiladas Verde

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.”  

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Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding

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!  

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Crockpot Lasagne

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!

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Pork Tacos with the Instant Pot

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….

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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

Summer Blueberry Roundup

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!

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Strawberry/Blueberry Pie

Is there anything better than biting into a fresh strawberry?  When our punks were little, every year Eric would take them to pick strawberries.  Our little Paige would eat as many as she picked right from the ground.  She had juice running out of the corners of her little mouth.  One day as they were picking berries, she picked one that was covered in dirt and was so excited when she showed her daddy her berry.  Her words exactly, “Look daddy, it already has sugar on it!”

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