Thursday, December 29, 2016

Featuring: From Jennifer's Kitchen

I was delighted to be gifted with a sampling of pepper jelly from Jennifer Lee of From Jennifer's Kitchen a few weeks back.  When southern hosts start thinking of a festive holiday appetizer, most immediately think of pepper jelly.  I for one cannot

Friday, December 16, 2016

Peppermint Champagne Cocktail


It doesn't take much for me to want to throw a party but when a sweet friend celebrates another trip around the sun, well, that's just a must in my book!

December birthdays

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pimento Cheese Fritters

I am back with another segment on great tailgate food.  This week I am happy to introduce you to Pimento Cheese Fritters.  These bad boys were inspired by Chef Daniel Doyle at Poogan's Porch in Charleston, SC.  Serving them with Red Pepper Jelly takes them to a whole different level of deliciousness........seriously, y'all - they are amazing.

You can click here for Chef Doyle's recipe. But you know me, when it comes to tailgate food, I like to make things easy peasy lemon squeasy.  So here's how I made them:

Container of Palmetto Cheese
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup flour (seasoned with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup panko bread crumbs seasoned with a dash of salt and pepper

Spoon palmetto cheese into 1-inch balls.
Dip balls into flour, then milk and then roll in panko bread crumbs.  Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for at least an hour.

Pour 3 inches of oil into a pan and bring to 350 degrees over medium heat.  Working in batches, fry fritters until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.  Serve with Red Pepper Jelly.

And speaking of Pepper Jelly, be sure to try Jennifer's Kitchen Pepper Jelly if you haven't already.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!  Next week I'll be lightening up your tailgate so check back soon!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Chicken Bog

Brian:  "Honey, what's for dinner?"
Me:  "Chicken Bog"
Brian:  "What?"
Me:  "Chicken Bog"
Brian:  blank stare........"what in the world is a chicken bog?"

Unless you grew up in the low country of South Carolina, you may have had the same reaction.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Coca Cola Glazed Wings

I am excited to share another favorite in our house for tailgates, Chef Virginia Willis' Coca Glazed Wings.  They are lick smackin' good!

A few years ago, my husband bought me Chef Willis' cookbook, Bon Appetit, Y'all for my birthday.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Baked Beans

It's football season in the south - and if there is one thing southerners love, it's a good tailgate!

I made these yummy baked beans last weekend for a Labor Day

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Back To School Fun

This has been an exciting couple of days in our house.  My baby started Kindergarten on Monday!!!  Our school does a staggered start for kinders, meaning 1/3 of the class went Monday, 1/3 went Tuesday and the final 1/3 went Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kids and Saving

Lately, Harrison's conversations seem to revolve around how he can earn money.  Which got me to thinking about an allowance.  He wants money because he is tired of my response to "can I get a new toy?" (no, but I'll take you to get a new book or we can go to the library) or "can I have a new Lego set" (is it a special occasion I am not aware of?).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Crawfish Cornbread

We hosted family for a low country boil over the weekend and I promised to share the recipe for my crawfish cornbread.  I figured while I was at it, I would share my recipe for low country boil too.  

For me, summer can't pass without serving up this dish once or twice.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Coq Au Vin

I love our local farmer's market.  We can walk to it from our house and I love coming home with fresh fruit, veggies, meats, cheeses and flowers.

This past weekend I went on a hunt

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries, Feta and Pine Nuts

I had the pleasure of taking dinner to a sweet couple on our street that are the proud new parents to an adorable three week old baby boy.  Seeing as it is too hot to eat, I went the non-traditional route for their dinner.

My old standby for "Take Them A Meal" is

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Disney's Hilton Head Resort

Ever since we announced to friends that we were heading down to Hilton Head to stay at the Disney Resort I have been amazed by the response, "Disney has a resort in Hilton Head?"  Yes, yes they do.  And it is fabulous. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Disney's Hilton Head Accommodations

Photo cred:  Disney's Hilton Head Website

We are back from a long weekend at Disney's Hilton Head Resort.  Due to several family happenings this year, we were unable to all meet up in Ocean Isle Beach this summer.  So, after a very short discussion, we opted to splurge on this wonderful vacation for the littles (and the hubby and I had just as much fun).

I have been discussing taking the kiddos

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Creek House

We had the pleasure of being guests at our friend's family creek house that is really is an amazing compound.  Over the years, her parents have acquired the adjacent properties that comprise a private drive along the banks of the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina.  So with two other families in the caravan, we overtook

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eight Is Great!

We celebrated Harrison's eighth birthday a few weeks back.  It was a small family affair as he opted

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fourth of July Fun

What a ball we had celebrating the 4th of July with friends!  The holiday came on the heels of a very hectic week so it was nice to slow down and have some fun.

We kicked off the celebrations with our local parade that our library hosts every year.  Harrison refused to go (sniffle, sniffle) but luckily Spencer still wanted in on the fun.  I am going to have a hard time when they get "too old for this stuff"......

My star spangled cutie

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Harrison's Birthday Memories

I am having such a hard time believing today is my big boy's 8th birthday.  We are having a blast going through old Facebook photo's of birthday's past so I thought I would document them here to be  all in one place.  It is fun to see how this sweet boy is growing from stepping on my toes to on my heart.  Happy Birthday, Doodlebug!!!

 One Year Old Family BBQ

Two Year Old Low Country Boil and Fish Fry (announced he would be a big brother)

Three Year Old Carnival Party with Face Painting

Four Year Old Party at the Airplane Museum

5 Year Old Camp Theme Party

Sweet Six trip to Legoland in Atlanta

We had a few friends over to play on the day of his 7th birthday and evidently, I didn't take pictures (highly unlikely but just can't locate).  Looking to celebrate this fun guy again in a few weeks when buddies are back in town from the 4th.

Time flies when you are having fun!