Aunt Ann’s Homemade Fried Pies!

Aunt Ann and her Fried Pies! My Aunt Ann is renown for her Fried Pies. Her daughter, Annette (my cousin), calls them her "signature fried pies". She has made them for special occasions, holidays, and for family events for years. Annette told me that Aunt Ann always took them to family reunions, and continues to make them for Annette's husband, Joe, when they come to visit. Aunt Ann in her favorite chair with her "Granddog", Holly:) Aunt Ann, as I posted earlier, is my Daddy's last surviving sibling. There were seven children in their family, and Aunt Ann was the "baby". She is now 90 years old:) She and Mama were good friends before Mama met Daddy . . . I think she actually introduced Mama to Daddy. A little Family History … [Read more...]

3 Ingredient Vegetable Beef Soup!

3 Ingredient Vegetable Beef Soup . . . a quick and easy meal! School is getting ready to start. In fact, next week children will be back in school. So, from my years of being a public school music teacher, I know that "Back to School" means  a need for "Quick and Easy" meals. This 3 Ingredient Vegetable Beef Soup is definitely Quick and Easy! And simple, but delicious! Making the 3 Ingredient Vegetable Beef Soup . . . I found this recipe back in the spring when I was looking for some really good 3 ingredient recipes. It looked good, so I decided to give this one a try. The three ingredients are: Ground round (I only buy ground round because of the much lower fat content.) V-8 juice (This is the FIRST time I bought or used V-8 … [Read more...]

Mama’s Zucchini Pineapple Bread for a summer treat!

What can I do with too much zucchini? Is that a question you ask yourself in the summer? If you have a garden, you probably have LOTS of zucchini that you need ideas for using. Well, you can be a good neighbor and bag up some of your extra zucchini to give to others. Or, you can bake up some goodies for yourself and anyone you think might enjoy it. That's where Mama's Zucchini Pineapple Bread comes in:) A family gathering at Chef Candace, and Mama's Zucchini Pineapple Bread! Last Friday, Mama and I met my 90-year old Aunt Ann and cousin, Annette, at Candace's shop in Cabot. Aunt Ann is Daddy's only surviving sibling from a family of seven children, and we had not seen them since Aunt Ann's 90th birthday party in March. We had such a … [Read more...]

Chicken Bacon Tomato Ranch Wrap! Another favorite!

Another Day, Another Wrap! Yes! Another wrap for an easy lunch! And, once again, one of my favorites! There's something really delightfully delicious about a tender piece of chicken topped with a salty piece of crisp chicken. As you probably guessed in another post, one of my favorite salads is the Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad. In fact, I eat it just about every day that I work at Candace's shop. I LOVE it!!! And I have to tell you . . . this wrap sandwich is equally delicious! But, I also have to tell you . . . this Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap is not the same as hers:) Disclaimer! Making the Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap . . . This recipe calls for a spinach wrap instead of the more common wheat variety. I like the spinach wrap because it is … [Read more...]

14 Cool Desserts for Summer!

Cool desserts for hot summer days! It's been really hot here until the last couple of days of last week. But, we still have some weeks left that will probably be hot before the cooler days of fall arrive. I've compiled some of our favorite Cool Desserts for Summer. These include easy, no-bake desserts that will provide you with a delicious, cool treat when it's too hot to bake something. Most are no-bake pies, plus some other "cool" desserts. Enjoy!!! NO-BAKE PIES . . . These pies use a graham cracker crust, so there's no making and baking a pie crust. The fillings are generally cream cheese with fruit, cookies, or other ingredients. All are refrigerator pies that keep well and are really good choices for summer months--even Mama's Easy … [Read more...]