Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marvelous Muffaletta Dip!

Hey Ya'll! Today I am linking up to Boomama's DipTacular. I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never...Right?!?! So I'm sharing a recipe for Muffaletta dip with y'all.

You know the saying, "Don't Knock It Until You Try It"? Well I should have thought about that saying when my Mother told me she was making this dip for a get together. Instead, I completely stuck my nose in the air and decided that I would not be trying this at all!! I'm not a huge fan of the Muffaletta as a sandwich, so the thought of it as a dip was unappealing to me! Well after everyone else at the party raved about it I decided to give it a whirl! Then I ate a huge slice of Humble Pie and admitted that it was in fact Delicious!! So here is the recipe. I suggest you make it for your tailgate party( I just might!). I promise it will be a hit! Woooo Pig Sooooie!

Muffaletta Dip


  • 1 cup Italian olive salad, drained
  • 1 cup diced salami (about 4 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncini salad peppers
  • 1 (2 1/4-oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, diced
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Serve with: French bread crostini


  • Stir together first 9 ingredients. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours before serving. Stir in parsley just before serving. Serve with French bread crostini. Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 5 days.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy moments,praise God.

Difficult moments,seek God.

Quiet moments,worship God.

Painful moments,trust God.

Every moment,Thank God!

I just love this quote!!!! I must say that I feel thankful for alot of things, but today I am extremely thankful for the rain we are getting here in Little Rock! We sure did need it!

Happy Wednesday everybody! I may be back later with a recipe so stay tuned......

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Morning Glory Muffins

I have always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But when you like to sleep until the last minute possible, (which causes your morning to be a chaotic rush to get ready) then you don't always  have time to enjoy a good breakfast. So this week I decided to make these little gems for a delicious breakfast on the go.  I thoroughly enjoyed them! Give em a try!

Morning Glory Muffins
1-1/4 cups sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
3/4 cup raisins, light or dark
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1) Position a rack in lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin pans with paper liners. Set aside.
2) Whisk together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add coconut, raisins, apple, pineapple, carrots, and nuts, and stir to combine.
3) In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with the oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
4) Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling to top of each cup. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a rack to finish cooling.

Lots of Love,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fry It Up Baby!

I spent Saturday morning doing what I do best RELAXING!!! It was soooooo nice! I slept in and my sweet hubby brought me coffee and breakfast in bed ( I think he's a keeper!). I had planned to extend my lazy morning into a lazy afternoon by laying out by the pool and working on my non existent tan. That was until I was informed by my husband that we would be having a fish fry for lunch. Apparently while I was snoozing the morning away he decided to take Baby Boy down to the pond for some early morning fishing. Let me just say that the fish were a bitin!!! So instead of getting the tan I dream of some day having, I spent my afternoon cooking! Which was actually fine by me. I love to cook and my husband was so excited about his fish that I just couldn't say no! I mean what kind of wife would I be if I didn't clap, cheer, and cook a big meal when my husband brings me home dead fish....Flowers are so overrated!!

So we had a little Saturday afternoon fish fry. The Hubs was in charge of the fish because he makes the best darn fried fish around!

Here is a piece of fish ready to take a swim in the grease.

Fry It Up Baby!

So while my husbands job was to fry up the fish, I was in charge of the hushpuppies and french fries! For the hushpuppies I used Dusty's Mamaw's recipe which I have been itching to try.
My hushpuppies in all of their glory!
For the french fries I cut up a few potatoes and seasoned them with olive oil and whatever spices seemed to tickle my fancy at the moment.

Then it all came together as a heart attack on a plate and we enjoyed every bite!!

Recipe for Mamaw Johnson's Hushpuppies

1 cup Self-rising corn meal mix
One egg
1/2 cup Buttermilk- use more if not moist enough
One medium onion- chopped
One large jalapeno pepper- chopped
1/2 cup grated cheese (use more if desired) * I desired more! :)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
(optional- 1/2 can cream style corn instead of buttermilk).
Mix together, form into balls and deep fry.
* This recipe is fabulous as is, but I have to be honest- I made a few changes. Because I like buttery hushpuppies I added about a half tablespoon of melted butter. I also added a little more cornmeal and added more of each of the spices.

Try these! They are GREAT!!!

Lot's of Love!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My Blah-og!

My Blog or BLAH-og needs a little TLC! The poor thing has been looking blah/boring for far to long and I'm tired of it! So over the next few weeks I'm going to be working on a new look to jazz this place up a bit ( if I can figure out how). I have already changed the background and I'm LOOOVING IT!!! What do you think? Do you like the new look so far? What about all of the cute pictures of my hubs....isn't he a doll?!?! Well I'm getting sleepy so off to bed I go! Sweet Dreams!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Morning Grump!

Well Hello Monday.....We meet again! Ugh!

I am NOT a fan of Monday morning! Well... let's be honest! I'm not a fan of any morning that I have to wake up before 8:30. I'm just not a morning person! I'm sure my poor husband well attest to that! Any who, I have an extreme dislike for Monday mornings for many reasons! Reason # 1- the glorious weekend is officially over! That right there is reason enough to hate Monday, but then there's more! Reason # 2- The work week has officially begun and you have 5 WHOLE days until you greet the glorious weekend again. That sometimes feels like an eternity to me!! Don't get me wrong I love, love, love my job, but I look forward to the weekend when I have the time to do what I want, when I want! Ya, feel me? OK, back to my list Reason # 3- Traffic is always the Worst on Monday mornings. I can't stand being stuck in traffic. I have a hard enough time getting to places on time without the traffic. I mean really.... I have somewhere to be GET OUT OF MY WAY!!! Well I could probably sit here and think of a million more reasons why I don't like Monday, but I think I have proved my point!

Well this little Curmudgeon is heading to Starbucks (because that always makes things better). I hope everyone has a Wonderful day even if it is Monday! :)