Monday, September 19, 2011

Just add a little butter y'all!

What a great weekend!! Friday evening, my parents came in and we met them at Russo's for some yummy pizza before heading back to our house. My current fave from there is the Chicken Rustica.
Saturday morning, I got up fairly early for a 9 mile run. I misread my map though and ended up running 10.5 miles. That's okay though, because it was one of the best runs that I've had in a long time. That morning time made ALL the difference.
Afterwards, Cody's parents arrived and we all enjoyed waffles before the ladies headed down to the Metropolitan Cooking Show to see Paula Deen.
Paula did not seem all that interested in cooking. She told us that we could catch her at least three times a day on Food Network, so instead she shared stories and answered questions while her husband and another chef cooked.
It was not quite what I was expecting, but she was hilarious and very entertaining. We walked around the show for a few hours after that and found quite a few goodies before heading back up to the boys.
That night we had a good southern meal. Smoked ribs, baked potato salad, coleslaw and beans with fresh apple pie with Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Baked Potato Salad



    • 3 large baked potatoes, cooled, peeled and cubed
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled ( I use the precooked kind)
    • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, divided
    • 2 green onions, sliced and then chopped ( green part only)
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1 dash celery salt or 1 dash seasoning salt
    • 1 dash garlic powder
    • 1 dash paprika
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Gently stir together all the ingredients in a large bowl using a large spoon, reserving a little cheddar, green onion and bacon for garnish.
  2. Transfer to a serving dish.
  3. Top with reserved shredded cheddar, green onion slices and bacon crumbles. I like to refrigerate it so that I can serve it cold.

Easy Cole Slaw


    • 1 (16 ounce) bags coleslaw mix
    • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 2 tablespoons vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients except cole slaw mix in a large bowl and combine well.
  2. Add the cole slaw mix and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Apple Pie
from All Recipes


1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust

pie (we used one for the base and sliced the other to make the lattice top)

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored

and sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Sunday, we got up and enjoyed these breakfast treats from the Little Kitchen that could. I made the inside part on Saturday night, so it made our Sunday breakfast super easy to make. I subbed breakfast sausage and jalapenos in the recipe.
Southwestern Breakfast Cups
from The Little Kitchen that Could


2 to 3 cans buttermilk biscuits

1 small can diced green chilies, drained

1 small can diced black olives, drained

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 cups finely chopped ham

1/2 cup diced onion

3 to 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix everything, except biscuits, in large bowl, set aside.
3. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.
4. Put 1 biscuit into each cup spreading it up the sides of the cup.
5. Put about 1 heaping tbs of ham mixture on top of each biscuit.
6. Bake 20 minutes or until biscuits begin to brown.

7. Serve immediately.

Then we went to church and Ikea before hitting up Beck's Prime for a quick lunch. A perfect weekend and lots of yummy food!

** I've passed my 3-year blogaversary! Look at this first post right after Hurricane Ike!! I had A LOT of time off of school with very little to do in our apartment, so I started a blog. Who knew I'd still be blogging!

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