Mama’s New Years Black eyed Peas Recipe

Mama's New Years Black Eyed Peas is a family tradition for us. Every New Years Day, she would make this and serve it over rice. Now, we make it and take it to her house:) Keeping the family tradition going! Mama's New Years Black eyed Peas! Every New Years Day, we all go to Mama's house for her New Year's Black eyed peas. You know the old wives tale: You have to eat black eyed peas to have money in the new year. Some of us (not me!) struggle with that concept! My two nieces, Amber and Cara, I think ate about three or four of the peas each. All I can say is . . . they obviously don't know what is good! Anyway, I ate a healthy portion of Mama's black-eyed peas and even brought more home to eat again for supper. . . along with some of her … [Read more...]

Green Bean Bundles: A Thanksgiving Side

Green Bean Bundles are delicious and make a nice presentation for special dinners. The bacon plus the sweet and savory sauce are mouth-watering for sure! Yum!!! Green Bean Bundles! Several years ago, my daughter, Candace, found a recipe for Green Bean Bundles. She gave the recipe to my daughter-in-law who made them for my son, Jason. He absolutely LOVED THEM! The "absolutely LOVED THEM" is really an understatement! She made them every chance she got, and he enjoyed them each time. As I thought about our Thanksgiving menu, these Green Bean Bundles came to my mind. Green beans are always a good choice as a side dish, but when you bake them in bacon . . .  OH MY! . . . you can't beat that! The Green Bean Bundles Recipe . . . The 5 … [Read more...]

Mama’s Squash Casserole, a fall family favorite!

Mama's Squash Casserole is one of our family's favorite side dishes for fall. The tender squash is baked in a cheesy sauce, with chopped jalapeno peppers for a little "heat" in every bite. It is then topped with a buttery cracker crumb and cheese topping. Delish! Mama's Squash Casserole for our Dinner! Candace has recently been making dinner for us on Sunday nights. This week, she asked me what I thought about making  Mama's Squash Casserole, because everyone in our family loves it. Since it is fall, fresh squash is in plentiful supply in the grocery store. (It is all the time, but seems better in the summer and fall.) I told her I thought Mama's Squash Casserole would be a great addition to the meal. So, it was added to the menu! I … [Read more...]

Hazel’s Southern Green Beans, a Family Favorite!

Hazel's Southern Green Beans are seasoned with bacon, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Hazel also put sliced onion on top of her green beans. Then the "pot of green beans" cooked on the stove for hours. These delicious green beans are always on the menu at our family dinners. Hazel's Southern Green Beans . . . a favorite from my childhood! Hazel's Southern Green Beans are a family favorite! They date back to my childhood, when Hazel Wade would make them for Grandmama Hall's family holiday dinners . . . Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can remember what they looked like, what they smelled like, and what they tasted like. They were one of my FAVORITE vegetables at our family dinners. Back in those days, Grandmama and Grandaddy Hall, … [Read more...]

Mama’s Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Mama's Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. . ."Comfort Food" at it's finest! Mama's Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. . . there's none better! It is the epitome of southern comfort food! Mama told me that when we were little, she made this recipe all the time. Funny, I barely remember it, because when Kraft came out with their box version, she began to make for the grandchildren. But I can tell you without reservation, her recipe is FAR superior to any boxed macaroni and cheese! One night, I made Mama's Macaroni and Cheese when my daughter, Candace, and her family ate dinner with us. Candace loved it, and remarked, "I can't believe I have looked for two years trying to find a macaroni and cheese recipe I liked. Who would have thought it was right … [Read more...]