Inspirational Thoughts #9 The Road Home

A Delicious Dessert for July 4th! Easy Strawberry Dessert Pizza

Strawberry Dessert Pizza , strawberries, marshmallow cream cheese filling and refrigerated cookie dough make a delicious summer dessert. I have been admiring a Strawberry Dessert Pizza recipe over at Mommy's Kitchen for some time now. She has a lengthy recipe index of yummy quick and easy desserts that look absolutely delicious.  You need to stop by and check them out. I finally got around to making it this past Memorial Day weekend for my grandsons. They enjoyed it so much so that I went to the grocery store and bought enough ingredients to make another one. I didn't have my usual pizza pan to make the Easy Strawberry Dessert Pizza in, so I decided to use my cast iron round griddle.   Like Tina, I started off with a package of refrigerated cookie dough for the crust. After the cookie crust baked and was cooling, I made the first layer to the pizza out of a rich, creamy mixture of cream cheese and marshmallow cream. The next layer is a ready

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie is a delightful twist on a regular Italian dinner you serve your family.  As soon as I saw Lynn's recipe for Spaghetti Pie over at Southern With A Twist , I knew I had to make it.  She has a lot of people request her recipe, and for me, that tells me, it is a winner.  What drew me to this recipe is the ingredients.  They are as simple as mixing eggs, sour cream, mozzarella and parmesan cheese with spaghetti noodles, then spread in the bottom of a casserole dish. An easy meat sauce layered over the noodles, then topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  How easy it that? The recipe make a huge casserole--way too much for just my husband and I, so the next time I make it, and I will be making it often, I am dividing it up in two or three pans. This recipe would even be great to serve for a fundraiser meal since it makes such a huge casserole.  Love these kind of recipes! My daughter's family came by just as I  was taking it out of the ove

Inspirational Thoughts #8 God Bless America ~ Thankful For All Those Who Have Served and Are Serving Our United States!

Spicy! Crawfish Jambalaya {A Cajun dish that is sure to please your family and guest!}

Crawfish Jambalaya , a spicy Cajun dish full of vegetables and meat mixed with rice.  Traditionally, the meat includes sausage of some sort along with seafood like shrimp or crawfish. This weekend we had our yearly cemetery associate meeting aka family reunion which includes a potluck dinner afterwards.  I always try to take two or three things, and this year wasn't any different, along with the jambalaya, I brought Apple Dumpling Cobbler and a new recipe for Strawberry Pie Filling Salad .    There is always more food than anyone can eat, and the first thing I am looking for is new recipes from wonderful family cooks.  This year I came away with a wonderful recipe for Mexican Pot Roast . Jambalaya is a Cajun rice dish that may include a variety of meats and fish.  With Crawfish in season right now it was the perfect time for this recipe.   For the recipe, I used crawfish my Grandsons brought me that they had leftover from a Crawfish B

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken + the secret to getting the grill taste cooking it in the oven!

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken,  indoor barbeque chicken thighs made to taste like it is cooked outside on the grill.  The secret ingredient and method is one you will want to use every time you make baked barbecue chicken. I have been posting a lot of desserts lately, so I thought it was time for a main dish recipe.  This Oven Baked BBQ Chicken recipe is one that I adapted from the Oven Fried Chicken   recipe on the blog, except this time I didn't coat the chicken with flour.

Coconut Lime Chess Pie + a tip for flaky pie crust

The coconut and lime in this Coconut Lime Chess Pie add a crunchy and tangy twist to the classic southern chess pie. .   Chess pies have been around for ages.  Originally the recipe called for cornmeal, which sets the pie apart from other custard pies, and a small amount of vinegar was added to cut down on the sweetness of the pie.   That is why I added lime juice to this recipe.   My husband is a big fan of custard pies, but they tend to be too rich and sweet for him, so I usually cut down on the sugar. The crust in custard pies tends to be soft and soggy at times after they are baked.   Here is a tip ~ Bake your crust for fifteen minutes before pouring the filling in.  This keeps the crust from absorbing a lot of the liquid from the pie filling, causing it to be tough and wet.   I nstead, the crust will be tender and flakey! You cannot get more basic when it comes to baking a pie than chess pies.  Chess pies are made with four simple ingredients of eggs,  sugar, butter,