Cooking Palooza, Day 2

Day 2 of prepping and cooking for the freezer was a huge success.  It began about 8:00 a.m., with ground venison and ground chicken browning, chicken cooking in the crockpot, to be shredded, and potatoes baking in the microwave, for twice baked potatoes. Once the venison and ground chicken are browned, they will be used…

Cooking Palooza

School is almost out for the Summer!  With that comes the need for quick fix meals.  While many are on the river, or at the beach, I’m taking advantage of a 3 day weekend to prep and stock our very empty and neglected freezer.  Week day Summer lunches, quick evening dinners, and a few treats for…

Mountain Cookin’, cont’d

Hey!, from hot and muggy, North Florida!  Where do I begin?  It has been an action packed month.  I’ve had this blog on my mind for several of those weeks, essentially writing, and re-writing it in my head.  Finally, I’ve taken the time to stop, sit down, and click it out. If you remember in my…

Looking Forward to Summer

As we near the end of the school year, we anxiously await Summer!  Not for the scorching temperatures, high humidity, or late afternoon thunderstorms.  Summer is about a relaxed schedule. No homework, school projects, or strict routines. After a Saturday morning of studying for upcoming Middle School Finals, we decided to give our taste of…

Quick and Easy Burrito Bowls

The past month I’ve enjoyed spending a little more time in the kitchen. Tonight I needed something quick, with easy cleanup.  A stop at the grocery store during lunch, plus a few items on hand at home, and we had the makings for Chicken Burrito Bowls.  There’s no right or wrong way to make burrito…

Mountain Cookin’

Do you love fresh milled grits, biscuit mix, and corn meal as much as I do?  A few weeks ago we took a much needed family trip to the mountains. 4 fabulous days of family fun, snow (yes snow), and enjoyed God’s amazing scenery.  Hiking to waterfalls, following trails, picnics creekside. Pure relaxition.  But, no…

Bang Bang Shrimp

One of our favorite appetizers is Bang Bang Shrimp, from Bonefish. We’ve been known to just order the appetizer and make a meal out of it.  For a different Friday night menu item, I recreated this favorite, using a copycat recipe I found online, and tweaking it a bit to fit our taste.  Bang Bang…

Burger Bar

Happy Friday!  We are enjoying a much needed lazy Friday night, as a family, at home.  Burgers were the tasty menu choice for dinner. Not just any burgers, but cast iron skillet burgers, topped with all the fixin’s, served as a “Burger Bar”.  A Burger Bar is a fancy name for ‘self service’. Our Burger…

Wintery Comfort Food

Happy Tuesday!  Today has been a beautiful North Florida Winter day. The morning began with cool temperatures in the mid 30’s. (That’s about as cold as we get most of the time). By the late afternoon, the sun was shining and it was a warm low 70’s!  Cooling down again this evening, for a repeat…

Superhero Winter Formal

Our Church Youth Group’s Winter Formal is tomorrow night!  Superhero is the theme, and it has definitely taken some superhero’s behind the scenes, for many weeks, to organize this event.  It’s going to be a “Super” night! I don’t want to spoil it, but I wanted to share a sneak peek of what’s been cooking…

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s 2017!  As we reminisce 2016, we are constantly reminded how blessed our family is. Yes, we’ve experienced some challenges, and heartbreak. We’ve celebrated victories and accomplishments. We’ve cried in sadness, and held each other in comfort. We’ve laughed, cheered, encouraged, and had tons of fun!  And, we’ve done a LOT of…

Fun Filled Friday Night, Family Date Night

It’s the last Friday night of 2016!  We celebrated by using gift cards we received for Christmas, enjoying dinner, and shopping.  We began the evening with a leisurely ride south to Gainesville, where we had reservations at Bonefish Grill. We enjoyed Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos, some with a side of fries, some with a side…