Baked Spinach Dip, a Green appetizer!

If you are looking for a delicious appetizer, this Baked Spinach Dip is truly one to consider. It is a family favorite! Plus, make it for St. Patrick's Day . . . GREEN! Baked Spinach Dip, perfect for St. Patrick's Day! As I was pondering "green" foods for St. Patrick's Day, I ran across this Baked Spinach Dip that I made for a gathering of friends a few months ago. I thought, "Why not? After all, it is GREEN!!!" While Spinach Dip is most likely NOT an Irish dish, it does fit into the "green" category. And, with Easter coming up, you might consider it as an appetizer for that holiday as well. It is one of our family favorite dips. Baked Spinach Dip and Benjamin . . . My grandson, Benjamin, came over the afternoon I made this Spinach … [Read more...]

Snowy Candy Surprise Brownies, for a winter and Valentine treat!

Whether you make these Snowy Candy Surprise Brownies for a wintery treat or Valentine's Day, you will find that they are a delightful change from traditional chocolate brownies. The surprise is in the brownies! One day, Randa and I made these Snowy Candy Surprise Brownies. It was winter, and at the time, I was working on my "Winter Wonderland of Sweets" e-book. I was on the "lookout" for "snowy" treats. I found a recipe for a chocolate candy brownie, so we decided to make a few adjustments and add a surprise! The surprise is in the chopped candies that is folded into the batter. We didn't, however, put nuts in these brownies because the recipe didn't call for them. But there are nuts in the Snickers candies. Randa is going to be a … [Read more...]

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with Randa

Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with Randa. . . I first shared this post when Randa was 8 years old. Now she is 10. Wow . . . I can't believe two years has past since we first made these delicious Chocolate Chip cookies! (Randa today) Grandchildren are such a blessing! And I am very blessed! Randa and I have since baked cookies many times . . . so much so that she now can make this recipe by herself! I say that is quite an accomplishment:) She is such a sweetheart! She is following in her mother's footsteps. (My daughter, Candace, is a chef and has a small restaurant in Cabot). When she was 8, she wanted to measure the flour, crack the egg, scoop the dough, and any other step that needed to be done. She also removed the baked … [Read more...]

French Toast for Breakfast! (Cooking with Grandkids)

One of my favorite things to do is cook with my grandkids. We made this French Toast one morning for breakfast. Yum!!! French Toast for Breakfast! While staying with Trey and Jennifer's children, we decided to make French Toast for Breakfast! This took me back to my childhood when I would stay with my Grandmama Hall. She would often make me French Toast for breakfast, served with powdered sugar. It reminded me . . . sort of . . . of the powdered sugar donuts. Just better! I haven't made French Toast in so many years, I can't remember. So, I looked at several recipes for French Toast, and decided we would make Robert Irvine's recipe on Food Network. After all, that recipe has to be good. Right??? And, I must say, the French Toast was … [Read more...]

Bethany’s Egg Custard Pie for her Daddy!

Bethany's Egg Custard Pie . . . Trey's last dessert! The day Trey came home from the hospital, Bethany and I made him his "favorite of all desserts", Egg Custard Pie. I have made it for him since he was a child, but Bethany, now 16, had never made it. So, it was time for her lesson on making my Grandmama Hall's Egg Custard Pie! This Egg Custard Pie became one of Grandmama Hall's signature desserts. She would make it for Grandaddy Hall as well as others, and often take it to church dinners and shut-ins. Grandmama was one of the best cooks in Prairie County, so they said:) Bethany with the cookbook I made her last summer. We will be adding the Egg Custard Pie to it, now that she has made it:) Making Bethany's Egg Custard Pie . . … [Read more...]