Showing posts from July, 2012

Overnight French Toast and Warm Honey Syrup {Celebrating A Birthday Breakfast!}

Overnight French Toast is a delicious rich breakfast or brunch dish that is prepared the night before and placed in the refrigerator and then baked the next morning.  I have been searching for the perfect recipe for some time.  I could not find one that wasn't like a bread pudding in texture.  This recipe is just as perfect as I wanted it to be.  Texture wise, it is creamy delicate on the inside and tender on the outside-- being able to cut through with ease similar to the perfect French Toast. Taste wise, it is absolutely scrumptious! Birthday breakfasts are another way to celebrate a person's special day.  The first of July, my Grandsons, Luke turned 14 and Gabriel turned 11, wanted to celebrate their birthday breakfast  at my house with their other cousins who were in town for the week. I asked Luke what he would like me to make.  He said "just surprise me Grandma"!  I made him this Overnight French Toast   dish with Honey Syrup , and a favorite

Old Fashioned Peach Butter {Granny's Recipe}

Growing up in the '60s, all I remember was homemade jams and jellies on Mother's breakfast table.  It was a traditional event each summer to make Peach Butter from fresh peaches.  We would  wash all the peaches and peeled each one, leaving a little of the peach with the skin, because that is what she would make her Peach Butter from.  Then she would slice up the peaches and put them in a pot on the stove and make peach preserves.  I rarely see them any more, but she would also make Pickled Peaches that graced our table at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  When it was all said and done, the only thing we threw a way was the seed.   In June, it has become a tradition at our house to go to a Peach Orchard that is close to us.  While we are there, we enjoy some delicious peach ice cream while we decide on the peaches that we are getting.  This year I bought more than I usually do, so I decided to make a batch of Peach Butter .   Since our garden is in full production, I

Cream Cheese Biscuits

Who would of thought a cookbook solely about biscuits would grab such an interest in me.  Nathalie Depree's Southern Biscuits cookbook did just that.  You can find every biscuit imaginable.  From the traditional ones all the way to the outlandish ones.  She goes in great detail on all the ins and outs to making the perfect biscuit.  I have always been a big fan of her in her television days on PBS in the 80's not to mention all of her many cookbooks.  You could say, she is my all time favorite Southern cook.  Nothing says Southern better than a good old Southern biscuit recipe.  I am a traditional Buttermilk Biscuit girl myself, but these Cream Cheese Biscuits are close behind being my favorite.  They are light and fluffy enough to spread with your favorite jams or jellies.  This recipe maybe more labor intensive than regular biscuits, because of the mixture of the cream cheese.  I found that you just need to take your time and use the wonderful directions in t

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes {Birthday Celebration}

Celebrating birthdays is one of my favorite things to do with my grandchildren.  I am always listening and looking for the recipes to make for their birthdays.  One day my Grandson, Gabriel was sitting next to me while I was on Pinterest and spotted these Chocolate Malt Cupcakes pinned from  Your Cup of Cake .  He remarked that he wanted these for his birthday and he would come back months later and say "remember those cupcakes we saw, I still want them for my birthday". Needless to say, he was thrilled when he saw them on the table for his birthday this past week. We celebrated Gabriel's 11th birthday at a State Park in Daingerfield next to where we live.  We cut a watermelon and had these cute cupcakes that were the star attraction.  There is a nice swimming area and picnic tables under a lot of shady Pine Trees. 

Mrs. Little's Pickled Figs Recipe {A Family Favorite}

These Pickled Figs are a wonderful addition to any relish tray or you can serve them as an appetizer with cheese. You will find that they are rich in flavor and will change all your thoughts about how unappealing figs can be.   They have become one of the recipes we so look forward to making every year.  Jim's Mother has the fig tree, and as soon as the figs are ready to be picked,  we get 3 quarts to go into a big pot.  You cook them with vinegar, sugar and pickling spice for 10 minutes three consecutive days. My children cannot wait for the third day when we put them in the canning jars.  I have to get them sealed up really fast because when they start eating them, they can't stop and now the grandchildren are following right in with them!