If you’re ready for some outstanding recipes along with cooking inspiration, well, look no further than Meal Plan Monday! Last week, we had over 100 recipes shared and several caught our eye as super stars. We’ve got an ooey, gooey mac and cheese, beefy smothered burritos and sweet cupcakes on the line up. Who could ask for more, right? We are so thankful each week for everyone who links up with us. If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured recipes, there’s just one thing to remember…give us a link back, that’s it.
Hey friends! Today I’m bringing you a delicious Southern style hush puppy recipe, studded with sweet corn kernels, that can easily make a meal in and of itself. Okay, that isn’t the best course of action. I mean, of course you should add in some Dutch Oven Smokehouse Chicken and Miss Millie’s Best Coleslaw. But I don’t know of any Southerner who hasn’t been to a good bbq restaurant, had a basket of hush puppies put in front of them, and chowed down until they were about to bust at the seams – before their actual meal even made it to the table. These crunchy balls of cornbread deliciousness are made even more so with the addition of corn and chopped green onions. Better still, you don’t even need an egg or milk to make this recipe!
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It was the day before Mother’s day but also a few hours before my daughter’s play at a local theater and so I found myself in the floral section of our local “fancy” grocery store. As I looked for the perfect bouquet, I heard a tiny voice to my right “Dis one! She’ll wuv dis!”. I looked up with a smile to see a precious little girl, around the age of three, holding her daddy’s hand as he pulled out the flowers his daughter had chosen.
“Perfect. Okay now, what else should we get her? Can you think of something else Mama would like?” She beamed up at him with the biggest grin and wide eyes as she replied “YES! Mac and Cheese!”. I chuckled silently, as a mom, knowing full well that she had thought of her favorite thing and therefore wanted to gift it to her mother. My heart smiled as the daddy had the good sense to see this as well and immediately agreed to head to the Mac and cheese aisle for this “perfect” addition to her Mama’s gift.
I imagine that Mama is about as tired of Mac and cheese as we all are by the time they reach that age – but at the same time I know she will see right through it to her daughter’s big loving heart and enjoy every blessed bite like never before.
So often it’s like that with the people we love. We have a way that we feel loved and it differs from the way someone shows love and we end up with a wounded heart where no wound was intentionally inflicted. Maybe they don’t hug, hold hands, or say those three words. Maybe to them doing little things to care for a person is showing love – and carries more weight than words. Maybe they didn’t have a lot of physical affection as a child and it feels foreign to them. Many of us, each of us I’d venture, have gone through a lot of hurt and feeling unloved in our lives because we didn’t understand that people can’t always love us how we want to be loved, but they sometimes love us the best way they can.
Maybe our favorite meal is filet mignon but they bring us mac and cheese because that is what they love and they want us to have the joy they feel.
And therein lies the lesson. Often, people don’t love us in the love language we speak – but in their own love language. The heart that loves in return learns to translate.
Place corn meal mix, flour, onion powder, and black pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add entire can of corn, milk, and onions. Stir until well combined.
In medium sauce pot, heat two inches of oil over medium high heat. When you drop a pinch of flour in the oil and it sizzles you'll know oil is ready.
Carefully drop spoonfuls of hushpuppy batter into the oil and allow to cook, turning as needed, until fully browned on both sides. Remove to paper towel lined plate and repeat until all batter is used.
Note: This post is not about abusive relationships but healthy relationships where two people simply have different ways of communicating their feelings.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Hey y’all! Welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday! As usual, we’re showing off last week’s popular recipes, a recipe from our host, and a ton more delicious recipes from bloggers across the blogosphere! We just know y’all are going to find a ton of deliciousness this week!
We are in the home stretch of having our first child fly the coop. Brady graduates in less than two weeks and will be going off to college (not too far though) this fall. I’m also working on a graduation ceremony for area homeschoolers so right know I’m surrounded by parents who are all at the same place I am. We are a wide range of emotions, to be sure. I think I feel all of them but what remains at the forefront of my mind is one thought “He’s ready for this.” Beneath that thought is excitement for him. He’s worked hard for this and the opportunity to go away to a four year university is one I used to dream of – so to see my son getting to do that is even more thrilling.
I’ll miss him, of course, but as I have moved from the hand holding position to the spectator stands throughout the years I’ve grown accustomed to rooting for him and watching from my special place in his life. He’s ready for this.
And I’m just gonna keep cheering him on from the stands. Some might jokingly call them the cheap seats, but when your heart has grown into a fine young man and you get to watch him go out into the world, it’s the best seats in the house.
Go take the bull by the horns, Brady. I’ll have shepherd’s pie and banana pudding waiting for you whenever you need it. I’m so proud for and of you!
This is a recipe that uses one of my favorite shortcut rice mixes. We usually have rice a few times a week in our house. It’s just a great compliment to any dish. I specifically use Zatarain’s because they are always perfectly seasoned and you can make a quick meal by adding a protein.
To begin with you’ll need: chopped onion Zatarain’s Jambalaya mix, a can of diced tomatoes, and frozen mixed veggie blend of your choice.
Now don’t blink because this is super simple to make, which makes it a great side since you can just put it on and go about preparing the rest of the meal.
Place water and tomatoes (with juice) in a large sauce pot and bring this to a boil over medium high heat.
Stir in rice mix and onion and return to a boil. Once it gets back to boiling, reduce heat to just simmering and cover.
Allow this to cook for about 15 minutes, then stir in frozen veggies and cook about ten minutes longer, or until the rice and veggies are tender.
This is a quick side to any meal but if you want to keep it simple, you can just pick up a rotisserie chicken and serve this alongside and call supper a done deal!
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? My favorite, hands down, is the Samoa. I just love everything about it. So a few weeks ago I was playing around with the thought of coming up with a homemade version of the cookie and my mind somehow shifted into brownie mode instead, my stomach was quick to egg on the idea. A little experimentation (along with two pans of brownies going to school with my son) and here we are, Brownie Samoa Heaven!
Of course, when it comes to being a Samoa expert, I am only one from a consumer standpoint. Despite my best efforts, I never got to be a Girl Scout. I was, a Cub Scout, though! During my younger years (before I was even old enough to go to school), Mama was the den leader of my brother’s cup scout group. Since Mama was in charge and we didn’t have things like babysitters back in the day, my sister and I went to every single meeting. To keep us occupied, we did all of the same things the Cub Scouts did, too. So many fun crafts and adventures! We loved it.
I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to be a Girl Scout. So as soon as that day came, Mama signed me up. We bought the handbook, ordered the uniform, the whole nine yards. But before the first meeting even took place, our troop leader resigned. So I put all of that away and anxiously waited until next year when we dusted it all off and signed up again. That time, there was a first meeting but we missed it because we were out of town. Still, I anxiously awaited the second one when I would get to attend. Well that year, the troop leader resigned after the first meeting. lol. I took the hint and found other interests. However, I can honestly say that my kids are the only ones we know who can say their mother was once a Cub Scout.
To make these, you’ll need: Brownie Mix (the size to make a 13×9), evaporated milk, Dulce De Leche*, Chocolate Chips, and sweetened (or unsweetened) flake coconut.
*Dulce De Leche is getting easier and easier to come across. Used to, I could only find it next to the Mexican foods and such. Wal Mart still has it there but my Krogers has it right next to the Sweetened Condensed Milk.
It is basically Sweetened Condensed Milk that has been caramelized. I know that you can do this with Sweetened Condensed milk in the can by boiling it but that is extremely dangerous and I don’t recommend it. If you have to use sweetened condensed milk, the best way to caramelize it is to take it out of the can and cook it in a heavy bottomed sauce pot or bowl in the microwave, stirring often in the microwave and constantly on the stovetop, until it caramelizes. It will take a bit longer but you won’t have to deal with the potential aftermath of a can exploding in your face with molten hot liquid spraying you. Trust me, it ain’t pretty and it has happened to many people. BETTER YET, save all that trouble and just go buy a can of Dulce De Leche! See? I save you time, third degree burns, and permanent scarring. Just another one of the services that I offer :). Tune in next week when I will teach you how to prevent squirrels from carting you off by giving them your entire pecan harvest.
To begin with, spread your coconut out on a rimmed baking sheet and place it in a 350 oven to toast. This will take about ten minutes or so and you’ll need to keep an eye on it and stir it a time or two.
If you have the patience of a caffeinated gnat, like I do, you can put it in the oven and put the oven on low broil, stirring very often, and have it done in just a few minutes. Be careful though because it burns really quickly.
While that is going on place your caramel and 1/4 cup of evaporated milk in a bowl. Heat this in the microwave at 45 second intervals, stirring in between each, until it is just warm enough to blend together really well.
You’re going to have some leftover evaporated milk even if you use the small can. What do you do with this? Well, it makes excellent coffee creamer. Me though, I just drink it. From the can. Because I’m all classy like that.
This is our smooth and creamy caramel after we have thinned it a little bit with the evaporated milk.
Now stir in your coconut until it is all covered in caramel.
Oh mercy. My mouth is watering just typing that….
Spread that on your cooled brownies.
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave at 45 second intervals, stirring in between each, until smooth. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then put that in a zipper seal bag. Cut the tip off and zig zag it across the top of your iced brownies. Allow to cool completely for chocolate to set.
1 package brownie mix of your choice (the size for a 9x13 pan), with ingredients called for on box
2 cups sweet or unsweet flaked coconut
12 ounce can Dulce De Leche*
¼ cup evaporated milk
Topping: 1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Prepare brownies in a 9x13 pan according to package directions. Let cool.
On large, rimmed baking sheet, spread out coconut and place in a 350 degree oven until toasted lightly golden, stirring often, about ten minutes.**
While coconut is toasting, place caramel and evaporated milk in a microwave safe bowl or small sauce pot (if melting on stovetop). Heat at 45 second intervals, stirring after each, until just soft enough to blend well.
Stir toasted coconut into caramel mixture until well combined. Place dollops of this all over top of cooled brownies and then spread to ice.
Melt Chocolate Chips in microwave the same way you did the caramel. Once fully melted, allow to cool five minutes before spooning into a large zipper seal bag. Cut just the tip off and make zig zags all over top of coconut mixture. Allow brownies to sit until chocolate is set again and they are completely cool.
Cut, serve, and enjoy!
*See post for tips on where to find this ** If you're feeling adventurous see post for faster way to do this
Hey Y’all! Ready to work on that meal planning for the week? Meal Plan Monday 112 is live and ready to help you plan out your lunch and dinner menus for the week while inspiring you with some new and wonderful recipe!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it seems like the weather is finally going to be kind to us as it warms up around here! It’s finally starting to feel like spring (and sometimes summer) around here and we couldn’t be happier!
It’s time to start planning your meals for the week and I know you’re here because you’re looking for some new recipes to add to that plan! I’m so excited for you to see what’s being linked up this week. These recipes are going to be a hit with your family!
Before we see this week’s recipes, let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones from last week’s Meal Plan Monday!
This is one of those recipes where we really need Smell-o-vision, and Taste-o-vision, and maybe a little door in your computers that you could open right now and I could hand you a warm piece of this amazing bread. Pictures cannot tell you how delicious it tastes and smells – warm cinnamon and vanilla mixed with mama’s hugs. So I’m going to have to hope that you have faith in me and try to make this as soon as possible so that you can taste this tender bread for yourself.
The original recipe for this bread is legendary. It was wildly popular when I was a child and Mama kept the starter carefully nursed in the fridge, dutifully baking loaves of bread each week and passing on the extra starter to a friend so that she, too, could make the delicious, moist, cinnamon flavored concoction known as Amish friendship bread. I never met a single person who didn’t fall in love at first bite.
But goodness, that bread is high maintenance! My version doesn’t require a starter or any forethought beyond “Hey, I think I’ll go make some Shortcut Amish Friendship Bread!” but it still has that wonderfully moist flavor that is perfect for an after school snack or coffee time treat. It’s so simple, you can just make a loaf for a friend rather than saddling them with a starter that they have to remember to feed each day. Low maintenance deliciousness is just another reason to love this version.
Begin by placing all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stirring them together by hand.
Add remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until fully blended, about two minutes.
Divide evenly among two loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 325 for about an hour.
Note: If you remember the old Amish Friendship Bread you are probably looking at this and wanting to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. However, doing this will cause the tops to cave in while it bakes and it won’t be pretty. As an alternative, I’ve made sure to include lots of cinnamon flavor in the bread itself.
I know these loaves look a bit plain on screen but they are one of the most amazing air fresheners to hit kitchens since chocolate chip cookies!
Give a loaf to a friend – or keep them both for yourself. I won’t judge.
Holler back if you make this! It is killing me that I can’t let you taste it right now!
Preheat oven to 325. Liberally spray the inside of two 9x5 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
Place flour, sugar, pudding mix, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Stir together with a wooden spoon until well blended. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed, scraping down sides as needed, until smooth and fully blended, about two minutes.
Divide batter evenly among the two loaf pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about one hour. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan before turning out and allowing to cool completely. Okay, confession: I always eat at least one slice warm! Enjoy!
It’s not happy people who are thankful – it’s thankful people who are happy.
Hey Y’all! Welcome to Meal Plan Monday #111. Each week your favorite food bloggers are sharing their best recipes to help you put a home cooked meal on the table.
This week we have a few features to share with you along with all of the NEW recipes. The most popular recipe from last week was Mini Brownie Bundts from Nancy C. Our other features include a one pot Rush Hour Supper from Cooking With K, Southern Style Chunky Chicken Salad from The Speedy Spatula, and our host recipe of the week Ground Beef Casserole from Julia’s Simply Southern.
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Today I’m pleased to announce a limited run of the special bracelet I designed – this time plated in gold. This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! I wear mine in honor of my grandparents. Although they are gone, their sweetness remains.
Her children rise up and call her blessed~ Proverbs 31:28
Oh Mothers.. you are the royalty that wear no crowns. The best advice givers, and greatest confidants. You are your kids cheerleaders, teachers, friends, role models, medical attention, spiritual warriors and oh so much more. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do to make your little ones smile, and no matter how old they get, there’s no one in the world who can replace you. Because mothers are created blessings from God, and at the end of the day, you’ve helped each of your people become who they are and who they will continue to be.
So, without a doubt, we rise up and call you BLESSED. Blessed for choosing to be goodness and compassion to your children. Blessed for nurturing hope in a dark world.
Did you know that over 80% of the women we serve at Fashion & Compassion are Mothers?
We know that women take on many roles. This Mother’s Day F&C would like to take the time to thank the mothers that have helped each of us become who we are, and the seeds of love and compassion they have sown in to our lives. We would like to celebrate the many artisans we serve who take on the role of a Mother and wear the title so proudly.
From our mothers in Uganda who work day to day to send their children to school, to our Burmese mothers who have overcome refugee situations to be in the United States to support their children, to our mothers who have overcome addiction in hopes to be reunited with their families, Mothers have beautiful hearts and are some of the strongest women we know. We have seen mothers step out of abusive situations to protect their children, or mothers who have hidden from oppressive governments to give their children a chance at a fair life.
“I would do anything for my kids. I just want them to be happy and have a good life. When they are happy, I am happy”- Norma (refugee from Mexico).
Norma is one of the many mothers we work with who have fought through adversity to give her kids the best. She has risked her life to make sure her children have access to good education and safe housing. The heart of a Mother is just like Norma’s- willing to give everything for the sake of her children.
You go, Mommas, we love you, and we celebrate you!
If you have a great Mom, Mum, Mother, Grandma, Mammie, or Momma, tell her how much you love her and appreciate her by gifting her the beautifully handcrafted “The Sweetness Remains” cuffs or one of our many other gorgeous handcrafted pieces.