Homemade Vanilla Extract Made Simple

This is the time of year many folks, homemaking vanilla kinda-folks, start thinking about putting vanilla beans in jars with vodka or rum, storing them away in a cool dark place for a few months, then having a delicious, much sought after Christmas gift on hand for their friends and loved ones. Are you homemaking […]

Break Out the Iron Skillet for Peach Crumble Coffee Cake

I love the smell of ripe peaches, don’t you? The last batch I brought home, I held up to my nose, greedily inhaled, smiled in sweet peachy happiness, then made Garry do the same. Nirvana. After the fruity smellathon, I got to bakin’ a peach crumb coffee cake in a cast iron skillet with those […]

How To Make a Hungry Crowd Happy and Keep Your Sanity

This post is sponsored by The Women Bloggers LLC, owner of Texas Women Bloggers and Megaphone Influence, on behalf of Riceland Foods. All opinions and recipes (yurm!) are mine. #ProntoPerfectRice You’ve got a crowd…they be hungry. What to do? WHAT. TO. DO? How about Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas over a bed of Riceland Boil-in-Bag Rice? […]

Super Easy Oven-Fried Chicken

I’m almost embarrassed to post this recipe, because it’s so easy. How easy? Toddler easy, except for the hot oven thingy. It’s also amazingly tasty and simple to tweak for your preferences, so I pushed aside my embarrassment in order that you, too, may enjoy my super easy oven-fried chicken. I should note, if you […]

Ready for Peach Cobbler Season?

Anyone else dreaming of peach cobbler season? Fine, it’s not an actual season, but in the summertime, when the peaches are ripe, it seems like all things peach cobbler season to me! This classic post will teach you how to peel peaches like a pro. Ready? Let’s peel! Peach cobbler made with fresh peaches = […]

Glazed Donut Muffin

Y’all. Baked goods done right. This. This recipe from Lil’ Luna’s (< click dat link for recipe!) is yummolicious. (I wrote about this recipe three years ago and knew I should share it again. Because…you!) She combines the happiness of a muffin with the crazy-lickability of a donut glaze and gives us Glazed Donut Muffins. […]

Easy Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

I love to cook impressive meals for family and friends that take time and attention, but, baby, sometimes you need a quick delicious meal in your bag of tricks. Consider this one of them. Pork Chops and Sauerkraut Ingredients: 5 bone-in 1-inch thick pork chops 32 ounce jar of sauerkraut (or 32 ounces in cans) […]

Homemade Roasted Garlic Butter

Sometimes it’s the simple things that makes us the happiest. Homemade roasted garlic butter is high on my makes-me-crazy-happy list. (Sure sure, some of that crazy was there prior to the butter) You know I love a simple recipe. This one is muy simple. OMT! likey! Homemade Roasted Garlic Butter Ingredients: 4 heads (not cloves) […]

Best, Yes, BEST, Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Eat

We love a great cake in our house.  Hell, let’s be completely honest, we simply love c-a-k-e in this house, sometimes the crazier, the better. But, we’re madly, deeply, crazily in love with this chocolate cake.  Yep, I’m willing to put this baby up against any other chocolate cake you’ve fallen in love with.  It’s […]

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

My favorite cookies are…oh, who am I kidding? I love them all. I love cookies! Yet, if I was forced to pick one, it would probably be these oatmeal cookies with dried apricots. There is something about the juxtaposition of hearty oats and zingy apricots that make it hard to stop after a few bites. […]