This explains a lot…

 

And here I thought you had to boil the eggs, cut them in half, scoop out the yolk, mix it with mayo and mustard and stuff, then put it back in the white half. Silly me…

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Fiestas, Jamborees, Roundups and Thumps

I love this blog! Hope you get as big a kick out of this post as I did!

Texana's Kitchen

One should not live anywhere in the south without seeing or experiencing some of the many agricultural events that celebrate their area’s farming bounty. Since the southern culture is so deeply rooted in its farming and agricultural history, just about every county has one or more fairs, festivals, or other community events designed to celebrate the seasonal harvest. And since these events were designed around farming communities and families, they present great opportunities for family friendly activities, good music, and old fashioned fun. And food. Lots and lots of food and other consumables centered around the local harvest.

The standard fair offerings are always available, such as corndogs, funnel cakes, and onion blossoms, but if you don’t want to un-eat your lunch when you ride the Gravitron, leave the super heavy, greasy fair food behind. Eat some of the fresh made foods that the locals are showcasing. You and the…

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Now THIS is Comfort Food!

Red beans and rice is kinda of like gumbo; everyone has a different recipe. Some like theirs soupy, some like it dry. Whatever your preference, it’s total comfort food. Now it’s even easier with a crockpot.

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Oh Baby, I Love Mexican Food!

My dinner a few nights ago.

OK, I admit it, I’m a Mexican food junkie. I love the stuff. Of course, having lived in Mexico for a while as a kid didn’t help my addiction later on. Oh the fast food places and Mexican restaurants are tolerable, but there’s nothing like fresh homemade refried beans, rice, enchiladas…you get my drift.

I use to love watching the ladies making tortillas, chewing on a freshly cut sugarcane stalk, and eating freshly picked coconuts from coconut palm trees. We ate a lot of seafood (being on the Gulf and all) and burritos consisted of whatever was on hand.

Over the years, I’ve kind of combined the traditional, original, and Te-Mex all together. What I come out with is total Mexican comfort food.

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If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made with meat?

bacon-god-bacon-demotivational-posters-1347382342This one of the many questions on my list of things to ask God when I get to heaven. I know, originally in the Garden of Eden, fruits and veggies were the order of the day, but that got all messed up. Then when the flood came, God had Noah not only save the animals, but made sure there would be lots of future animals. Why? Just so we could look at them? I don’t think so, otherwise, why make them taste so good?

Confession No. 58 — Confidential to my parents: Your curse is in full swing … and then some

This was great. I’m STILL laughing! Kid, gotta love ’em.

The Unorthodox Epicure

It’s happened. Again. For the fourth time.

That curse placed upon me that I would have children much like myself? It’s alive and well.

My parents had to hear about such incidents as the time(s) I was chastised at daycare for using profanity. The director, after once hearing me call someone a ‘shit damn,’ called me over and smeared hot salsa all over my tongue (true story), before reporting my behavior to Dad and Mom. I was about four and I don’t know that I deserved double punishment, but it happened and I was able to grow up without extensive therapy.

And then it all came back to haunt me … again … only a few months ago.

The family was eating Tex-Mex at one of our favorite area dives, when our four-year-old grandson (the fourth ‘child’) observed that we weren’t sitting in our regular spot.

“Those people are sitting…

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

This is a simple dessert to make, but it comes out yummy!

Ingredients

1 box yellow cake mix

2 boxes of instant banana pudding 5.9 oz

Vanilla Wafers

1 8 oz tub of whipped cream

Directions

Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Pour into a 9×13 pan and bake. When done, cool completely.

After cake has cooled, take a round wooden spoon handle (or something similar) and poke holes in the cake. Make sure you go all the way to the bottom.

Prepare pudding as directed. While the pudding is thickening but still pour-able, pour it on top of the cake making sure to get it into the holes.

Spread whipped topping over jello.

Immediately crumble vanilla wafers on top and gently push into pudding with back of spoon. Leave some of the cookies a bit chunky.

Put in refrigerator to finish setting . Cut and serve. You may garnish with sliced bananas if you like.

*Keep refrigerated

Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing like smelling cinnamon rolls baking and then enjoying them with a hot cup of coffee and your favorite creamer. They look hard to make but they’re not. Don’t let ’em scare ya!

This is my favorite cinnamon roll recipe. This one I didn’t create, but why mess with a good thing?  MyLitter.com

INGREDIENTS

1 quart whole milk
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 packages active dry yeast, 0.25 ounce packets
8 cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup
1 teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
1 teaspoon (scant) baking soda
1 tablespoon (heaping) salt
melted butter
2 cups brown Sugar
cinnamon

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Buttermilk biscuits like mom used to make

Biscuits can go with just about anything, especially sausage gravy. You can also add different things to them to go with any meal.

Ingredients

2 cups self-rising flour ( if you don’t have this flour, use all-purpose flour but add , 2 teaspoons baking powder, and a dash of salt)

1/4 cup shortening (yes, I said shortening)

1 cup buttermilk

melted butter

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Banana Nut Muffins

These are great with your coffee in the morning. I love to smell them baking. I use pecans, but you can use walnuts if you like. I had to figure out actual measurements on this because I didn’t know to explain “eyeballing” amounts. LOL

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I use only organic cane sugar. It gives a slightly different flavor than white sugar.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (toasted are best) or substitute walnuts

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