Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Sweet Potato Pie (Pssst, it's better than Patti's!)

If you haven't heard the latest craze about the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie, then you need to get out more! It seems she has her own Sweet Potato Pie available at the local Wally World (aka Wal-Mart for those who didn't know) Well, my mother in law gave me her recipe( which I tweeked a little bit) and it is really good!! You can try it for yourself tho. And Patti, let me know how YOU like it!

2 Cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
2 Cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup buttermilk* (can also use regular whole milk)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 unbaked pie shell (You can make your own! So much better!!)

*Pie Crust*

1 & 1/3 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Oil
3 Tablespoons milk

Mix this up with a fork and roll out between 2 layers of wax paper. This is really easy and so flaky!! I haven't tried using coconut oil but I bet it would be off the chain good!!

*How to make the pie filling*

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Prepare the pie crusts and set aside. It's a good idea to have those ready and waiting.
Mix all ingredients well and pour into pie crust.
It's best to use a deep dish pie pan. I used a standard size pie dish for mine.
Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes. If the edges get too brown, place aluminum foil around the top during last few minutes of baking.

*For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance* ~Mignon McLaughlin

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Georgia Peach Mango Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies!! Not all smoothies are the same. This smoothie was one of the best ones I've made.
Having fresh mangoes and some fresh Georgia peaches make things so much better. We love yellow mangoes better. They don't seem as "stringy" as the big red ones. Hubby bought a case for $8.00 at the Hispanic market. (Yay!!)

A local grocery store usually sells big bags of bruised up bananas for ONE DOLLAR!! You can't beat that!! They look bad but they are good ones for sure. That goes to show you that we should not judge others by the color of our skin. We all have bumps and bruises. Deep down inside we can be good people. 
Peel them and throw them in the freezer. If you don't peel 'em, you might as well forget about those bananas!

Who wants a smoothie? I do! I do!! Here's what you'll need:

A blender (duh!)
1 frozen banana
1/4 Cup frozen blueberries
1 peeled and cut up Georgia Peach
1 peeled fresh mango
1 Cup Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt (any flavor you like)
1 handful of quick oats
1 cup Almond milk 

Blend this all together and enjoy!! Garnish with a slice of fresh peach. YUMMY!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Swirly Pan Adventure

Hey y'all! Here are some pictures of the cakes I had the pleasure of baking in The Traveling Swirly Pan!! My favorite is the Swirl It To Me Cake - I really LOVE cinnamon swirly things!! This recipe was adapted from 's - "Sock It To Me Cake". I used Yoplait Apple Pie yogurt since I rarely have sour cream on hand. Talk about YUMMY!!!

Make sure you grease & flour the pan REAL good! I figured a swirly pan deserved a swirly cake.
The next cake I made was something my hubby LOVED! (It's all about keeping daddy happy! wink wink)

This is a Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake - also found on . Christy Jordan has some really good recipes!!! FYI - All of the batter did not fit in the pan. I made 6 cupcakes. Please don't over-fill the pan. I wouldn't want you to have a mess in your oven! (Smile!)
For the frosting I used butter, cream cheese, fresh lime juice and powdered sugar. What makes it so good is the fresh pulp from the lime. (Shhhhhh! That's a little secret )

I was so excited to be a part of The Traveling Swirly Pan. Next I hand it over to Renee Dobbs with Magnolia Days  Enjoy Dorothy & Toto!!

Thank you for reading! Make this a great day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Italian Ravioli Lasagna

I grew up on spaghetti. My mom made the best lasagna with her special sauce that would simmer for hours. Man, I would love to have a big helping of her lasagna right now!! Since that can't happen, I searched online for many recipes using ingredients that I already had, so I could make my own version of lasagna.

 Leftovers worked out GREAT for this dish! Earlier this week I cooked some Italian sausages that we had in the refrigerator. There was some spinach/ricotta stuffed ravioli that I wanted to do something with, but didn't know exactly if my hubby would approve. I had some cooked ground turkey also. Hmmmm, the wheels were turning. Some store bought spaghetti sauce and more cheese is all I needed to compile this masterpiece.

Ok, This is all you need to create this filling, satisfying Italian Ravioli Lasagna:

Kroger Spinach Florentine Ravioli -

1 Jar of your favorite brand spaghetti sauce -

Your favorite brand of shredded Italian cheese (medium sized bag)

3 Italian sausages (cooked & sliced) ... I used Kroger Brand

1 to 2 Cups cooked ground turkey (Season it to your liking)

Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To assemble:
Cook ravioli in boiling water for 6-8 minutes. Drain and set them on a paper towel or parchment paper.
Open the jar of sauce and lightly spread over the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.
Place ravioli over the sauce. Add the sliced Italian sausage, ground turkey, and cheese.
Cover each ravioli with a spoonful of spaghetti sauce. You should have enough ravioli to layer one more time,
Add more cheese if desired.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly.

I was nervous since I had never made this before. Hubby LOVED it!! And it was super easy to fix. The hardest thing was opening the jar of sauce!!

Add a few slices of garlic bread and you've got dinner!!
If you have any questions about the preparation of this dish, please let me know!

Enjoy your day today folks!