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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken

This will be your next favorite dinner!! We got so tired of buying those expensive already cooked chickens from the grocery store. Try this and let me know how it turns out! I use potatoes instead of just balling up some foil. The potatoes taste SO good baked in the chicken broth. You might think you're using too much season salt, but you're not.

Time 360 minutes

  • Serves 5


  • 1 - whole hen chicken...thawed, rinsed & patted dry
  • Lawry's Season Salt
  • 1 Medium Onion - cut up
  • aluminum foil 
  • 4 Baking potatoes
  • Large crock pot
  • Crock pot liners (make for easy clean up)
  • How to make it

    • Season the chicken inside & out with Lawry's Season Salt.
    • Place 1 liner in the crock pot
    • Wrap potatoes in aluminum fol.
    • Set seasoned chicken on top of potatoes (this keeps juice away from the chicken.
    • Scatter the onion around the chicken
    • Put the lid on the crock pot and let this cook for 4 - 6 hours on HIGH
    • You will have a tender, moist chicken that you'll wonder why you didn't do this a long time ago!
    • Mmmmm yummy! Enjoy :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Unbelievable Dump Cake

My mama made this for YEARS but she never did what I do to it now. Years ago my mama made this "Dump Cake" for some nuns that came over to visit. They thought my mama was not being truthful when she mixed up some cherry pie filling and boxed cake mix! Why would my mother LIE to a nun? ... Anyway, my mom told them how tasty it was and it was so EASY too! They loved it!!
All of this happened back in the 60's. The NEW generation Dump Cake has evolved!

Any boxed flavor cake mix will do. I usually buy what is on sale. Crushed pineapple in the small can should be a staple in your pantry. There's so much you can do with pineapple! And your favorite canned pie filling. Mine just happens to be cherry. And please don't forget nuts!!! Any type of nut works but I love to use walnuts. Don't laugh at my clothes pin holding that package together!! It works doesn't it?
I didn't get the stick of butter in that picture. Paula Deen would be so upset with me ... hehe.
My daughter had purchased some really nice Pyrex bakeware so I used it. She has great taste! I poured the cherries into the dish with the can of crushed pineapple and mixed it up good. Some recipes even call for some added almond extract with the cherries. I don't add it because first of all, I didn't have any.

Top the cherries and pineapple with the cake mix. Smooth it out and add the chopped nuts. I used a stick of real butter and distributed evenly over the top.
This cake brings back so many memories for me. When I was in elementary school, we had 4-H. I got in front of the judges and made the old version that my mama made. Sadly, I did not come home with a blue ribbon but the experience was something I'll never forget.

This dessert is really so easy and delicious! It is best with some ice cream on top!

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

1 Box Cake Mix
1 Can Cherry Pie Filling
1 Small Can Crushed Pineapple
1 Cup Chopped Nuts (Walnuts)
1 stick real butter

Pour the cherries in the baking dish (8x8 works best) along with the crushed pineapple. Open the cake mix and spread evenly over the mixture. Spread nuts over the top and top with slices of the butter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes.

This is a quick and easy dessert that will get a blue ribbon for sure!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Seven Ups and a 7Up Pound Cake Recipe

    The 7-Ups  of Life

Wake Up - Decide to have a good day. "Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice & be glad in it" Psalms 118:24
Dress Up - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.  A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.  "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at outward  appearance but the Lord looks at the heart"  I Sam 16:7
Shut Up - Say nice things & learn to listen.  God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul"  Proverbs 13:3  "Gossip betrays confidence avoid men who talk too much" Proverbs 20:19  "Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise"  Proverbs 19:20
Stand Up - For what you believe in.  Stand for something or you will fall for anything.  "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10
Look Up - To the Lord.  "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13
Reach Up - For something higher. As Jiminy Cricket sings "High Hopes" Always try to better yourself.  “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Colossians 1:27
Lift Up - Your Prayers.  "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING" Philippians 4:6

NOW - here's something else to be happy about .... A 7Up Pound Cake recipe!!

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 7 UP
For the Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup 7 UP
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Combine butter, shortening, sugar, vanilla and almond extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt, and add to butter/sugar mixture alternately with 1 cup 7 UP, beating well after each addition.

Spoon batter into prepared 10-inch tube pan, and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert on serving plate and remove pan.

While cake is cooling, make the glaze by stirring together the 1/4 cup 7 UP and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Punch holes in top of warm cake with a toothpick. Spoon glaze over cake, and cool completely before serving.

Makes one 10-inch cake. 

One of my favorite cakes EVERRRRRRRR! Make it and let me know how it turns out!

Love ya,