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Pumpkin Bread

So…I have looked for a while for the perfect Pumpkin Bread recipe…

They were all too dry…not sweet enough…Not bakery quality bread…

Well the search ended a few weeks ago with this recipe…

http://www.food.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-bread-71732

I L.O.V.E  recipes from food.com….

And this one is seriously perfect.

Please try it soon!!!!!! You will enjoy!!!

I hope you are doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving week!!!

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So this pasta dinner is so incredible, I wish I could even have the words…but I don’t…it’s that good…

It’s so summer-y and flavorful and creamy and basil-y and lemon-y and divine…

I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman…who by the way is getting her own show on the food network…and like anyone who reads her blog, I was so excited when I found that out because I feel like she is a friend…that’s how she makes you feel…like you are cooking in the kitchen right beside her…so yes I am weird and think the Pioneer Woman is my friend and yes, I will loyally watch her show and laugh histerically when she is so brilliantly sarcastic…

Please make this dish…it is perfect!

The Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta recipe you can find here
Have a great weekend!!

Love to you!

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So, there are very few recipes of mine that are absolutely perfect. Very few.  I am really wanting to perfect some basics…like pot roast which I have absolutely ruined the past two times (but I am blaming it on the 3 ton roaster oven that I want to take out back and kill with a sledge hammer 🙂 )…and the heavenly white sawmill gravy…chocolate chip cookies…lasagna…ect…

Because, you see, something can be “alright” and “good”…but not absolutely perfect…to where there is nothing else that can be done to make that dish or recipe better…

Well, dear ones, I think this potato soup may fit that description…

The original recipe came from someone I don’t know on Food.com…and after making it a few times and adding some ingredients and taking some away…I think it might be….drumroll please……………Perfect!

I hope you will try it! It is very easy and makes a lot…so you can eat on it for quite a few meals…

So, with love…Here is the Perfect Potato Soup…

Ingredients:

6-8 medium potatoes

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all purpose flour

10 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1-2 cups chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

cheddar cheese

one pack of bacon

2 small-medium yellow onions

green onions

-peel, cut, and boil potatoes to the consistency you like.drain. pour 10 cups of milk, 2 cups of cream, and cup or so of broth in big pot or jug. In a separate large pot, melt the stick of butter on med- high. add in flour and stir for a minute or so. pour in half of milk, cream, broth mixture and stir into flour on medium-high heat until lumps of flour are gone. then pour in rest of liquid and stir on med- high CONTINUOUSLY until it comes to a boil. it will scorch if you leave it alone. once it boils, turn on low. add potatoes, salt and pepper and a few handfuls of cheddar cheese. in a separate pan fry you up a pack of bacon until very crispy. remove bacon and drain most of grease..not all. chop up onions and saute them in bacon grease. once they are good and golden, add them to soup. you are done! put in a bowl…sprinkle with bits of bacon, shredded cheddar, and chopped green onions. enjoy!!

And for another treat today… go watch Coldplay’s new video to their Christmas single…”Christmas Lights”…it is artsy and fun and mellow and a lot reminiscent of Moulin Rouge… Darla, do you remember those days of singing that soundtrack in the car???? Good times best friend! I miss singing with you in the car and making up really weird dance moves 🙂

Love to You!!!!

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Oh, Banana Pudding…

There are very few recipes I know by heart…

This is one of them…

I really really really love Banana Pudding…and there are several ways to make it…

But this way…oh…this way…is my very most beloved favorite…

It is simple and super easy…I don’t cook much from boxes…You know this…I am a home made food snob…But, alas, this does involve using the boxed Jello Vanilla Pudding…

But it doesn’t really matter when it tastes this good, does it?

And the photo of it above is a DOUBLED recipe…I made it for a meeting…the recipe is half the size of the pic…

With Love!!………

Macy’s Banana Pudding

6 to 7 ripe (spotted) bananas

5 cups milk

3 (3.5 oz) boxes Jello vanilla pudding

8 oz sour cream

12 oz cool whip

1 box nilla wafers

-Beat the 5 cups of milk into the boxes of vanilla pudding until thick. Then beat in the sour cream. Fold in cool whip. Layer mixture with bananas and wafers.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Oh, Apple Pie…

Apple Pie…..

What I love almost more than eating it is making it…

About a year or so ago, I decided to take on pie world…I wanted to make every kind of pie imaginable…Not just because I am a sugar fanatic…but because I wanted to be able to make really, really, really good crust…

I became a home-made, hand-made, home-cooked food snob…

No more of this buying it ready to go from the store…

So, I set out to make the perfect pie crust for a perfect apple pie.  It didnt go well.  It took me about 45 minutes to make my first crust. Waaaaaaaaaaay too long.  I was so careful and so scared I was going to mess up…and the first one did.  It fell apart because I was taking so darn long. But, then I kept trying…kept at it…and now…

I make it like the pros…ok maybe not that well…but its pretty darn good! Just ask our boys and my husband who devoured this one in 10.5 seconds…along with a big ole tub of vanilla ice cream…

If you’d like to make your own…and I highly recommend doing that over Mrs. Smith’s anyday…I use The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pie Crust recipe and Southern Living’s Apple Pie recipe for the filling.

It’s magnificent!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!

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I am so in love with fall… mainly because of the food.  I think food just tastes better, smells better, and looks better in fall.  For lunch today we had turnip greens and cornbread…one of my fav’s.  I am trying to decide when to make the first batch of pumpkin bread and the first pumpkin pie.  I think early September may be a little to soon…after all…it is still around 80 degrees here most days.

I am really passionate about food and cooking and I think I am too harsh in my head toward people who arent.  Cooking, for a lot of people, is quite the unbearable chore and is best left to Marie Calendar’s or something really easy and simple.  Cooking is just not their thing and ya know what…thats ok!  If everyone loved to cook and bake we’d probably get used to it and wouldnt appreciate it anyway.

I just love doing things the ole fashioned way.  I think there is something romantic and magical about making things authentically…making them from scratch…getting your hands dirty in the kitchen.  When people come over for dinner or when I get to make a dessert I want it to not only be very good…but I want it to show that I really cared about serving something wonderful…not just slapping something together because I have to.  I would even say that it is a kind of ministry for me. 

I often times think about what the food will be like in Heaven.  I know the Bible says it will be a feast with the best wine, the best meats ( the Washhouse or Ruth Chris will have nothing on a Filet in Heaven), the best cheese, and I’m sure….I’m positive….the best Pumpkin Pie. 

I hope your days will be  filled with the aroma’s, sights, and tastes of a truly magical autumn.  If not, you can come over to my house…I’ll be baking and cooking up a storm!

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