I am a Tupelo native, although I lived in Mesquite, Tx., briefly, in the mid-80's.
I began as a part-timer on KZ103 in 1987, at the age of 18. Boy - it seems like a lifetime ago! I've spent my entire 24 year radio career with KZ103! I've worked just about every shift on the station. I started out on overnights, progressed to nights, afternoons, mornings (running kidd Kraddick) and now, I do middays (10am until 3pm).
I married my husband, Johnny, in Oct. of 2005.
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Okay, so I talked about this on the air recently. I said I would post this recipe for Creamy Chicken & Tomato Soup if it was good. My hubby and I discovered that we do NOT care for coconut milk, which is one of the ingredients in it. So, I decided to take this soup to work after I made it. My co-workers raved about it, so here is the recipe! Just click below!
(I made a few adjustments. Used rotisserie chicken & instead of using crock pot, just cooked it on the stove about 20 min).
Back To the Future cast: then and now! Who do you think has aged well?
Best. Dressing. Ever.
I'm trying to get a few healthy bites of food down every now and then, so I brought some broccoli and cauliflower to work today, along with this fabulous dressing! I could drink this stuff from the bottle!
Here's a tasty dish I made last night. I've seen it in several different forms on Pinterest. The recipe for the way I made it is below, along with my recipe for the salsa in the photo!
Chicken Taco Casserole
1 (10 oz) bag tortilla chips, crushed
2 (10.75 oz) cans cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 (14 oz) Ro-tel tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning ( I didn't have taco seasoning, so I used chili seasoning and it worked just fine)
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken from Kroger)
2 cups cheddar cheese (I used Colby/Jack. It was fab!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan. Mix both cans of chicken soup, sour cream, Ro-Tel, black beans, taco seasoning and chicken.
Spread half of the crushed chips on the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the chicken mixture over the chips. Top with 1 cup of cheese. Repeat layers. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.
Here's the recipe for the salsa you see above:
2 (10 oz) cans Ro-tel tomatoes
1 (14 1/2 oz) can whole tomatoes, most of juice drained
1/4 cup minced yellow onion
3/4 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp sugar
I use my food processor to mince the onion, rotel & whole tomatoes and mix in spices. I don't use Cilantro in my salsa because I don't care for it. But you can always add some!
This is even better after it sits in fridge a couple of days!
Here's a recipe that is really good, especially considering it's SUPER easy to make! Chicken Enchilada Skillet!
(I bought a larger can of enchilada sauce and had extra cheese. I add some of both to the leftovers whenever I reheat! Yum!)
I MUST share this recipe with you! It comes from "Hungry Girl," who shares great recipes and tips to eat healthier on her site! I tried this recipe a few days ago and I was really expecting it to be bland. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is FULL of flavor! It's quite delicious, in fact! I feel like I'm eating a lot healthier when I eat this soup, too! Click below to get the recipe for Hungry Chick Chunky Soup!
(I made a few adjstments. I didn't use the crock pot for mine, and I used shredded rotisserie chicken. )
Okay, I know I just posted that I'm trying to eat healthier food. BUT - every now and then, a person needs some bacon! I have a recipe to share with you that was passed down from my mother-in-law. This stuff is SO good! I had to make some this week. It's even better the next day!
Fried Cabbage with Bacon
1 small head of cabbage, chopped (okay, I am lazy, so I just use a 10 oz. bag of shredded cabbage)
1 medium green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 or 5 pieces of bacon
1 can of Rotel Tomatoes (undrained)
1/4 cup of vinegar
Fry bacon in skillet. When cooked, remove just the bacon from the skillet. Add cabbage, pepper and onion to bacon grease. Fry until just slightly wilted (maybe 4 or 5 minutes). Add Rotel Tomatoes and Vinegar, mix and cook, uncovered, until it’s the texture you like. For me, it's usually about 25 to 30 minutes. Then, crumble the pieces of cooked bacon and add to the mix. It's even better the next day when re-heated!
Starting this week, I've been trying to make healthier food choices and cut back on the junk food and sweets. I've done pretty well, so far. Got the house stocked with fruits & veggies, string cheese, skim milk, nuts and all that good stuff. I have gotten some really great tips and recipes from Hungry Girl. I encourage you to get on her emailing list if you want to get those tips!
Here's a simple but delicious recipe I came up with after reading some of her tips. I take 1-2 cups skim milk (I also just bought light Almond Milk to use, which has fewer calories), about 7 or 8 pieces of ice, several big spoonfuls of frozen cherries (I would say it equals about 20 frozen cherries), and a packet of sugar-free hot cocoa mix. I blend all these with my hand mixer to make what I call "Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shake." And believe me, it's REALLY good! I have also done this shake with unsweetened whole frozen strawberries, but I had to add some Splend for sweetness. Today, I am going to try this recipe with a banana, instead!
Black Bean Burgers!
Here's something we added to our meal rotation a few years ago. Healthier, yet still delicious -Black Bean Burgers! We eat them just like regular burgers - on a bun, loaded with lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard & ketchup. Yum!
Ingredients: 1 (16 oz) can of black beans, drained
1/2 green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tsp hot sauce
1 cup oats
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Mash beans until thick and pasty (I use food processor) . Finely chop bell pepper, onion and garlic (I use the food processor for this, as well). Next, stir pepper, onion and garlic into the mashed beans, along with the rest of the ingredients. Put mixture into fridge for about an hour so patties will be easier to shape.
Divide mixture into 4 patties. (I did flatter patties and ended up with 5, as you can see). Place patties on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes on each side.
I've come across some great websites for pet owners and I thought I would share these with everyone!
This site has info for both cat and dog owners! There's a symptom checker, great articles, news (like pet food recalls) and more!
On this site, you can meet other pet parents, ask questions on the message boards and more!
For cat lovers, this is a fun and informative site!
Here's a recipe I came across on Pinterest recently. I made it last week and have to give it a big thumbs up! It was super simple to make and since I had everything on hand but the beans, required buying very little. Click on the photo below for the recipe for Black Bean Soup!
Once again, I made my new go-to dessert and brought it to work. It was gone in NO time! I got this recipe for Graham Cracker Brownies from the Daily Journal. This stuff is rich but addictive! I can't stop eating them! And they are SO easy!
Graham Cracker Brownies 2 cup crushed graham crackers
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3⁄4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased 8x8-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
(I add chopped pecans to mine)
We made some wonderful food over the wknd and I just had to share the recipes! We stopped by the Farmer's Market Sat. morning and picked up some of those gorgeous tomatoes from St Bethany Fresh along with some beautiful blackberries, and I hit the internet to search for some recipes that would do them justice. We already knew we were having Salmon, so it was just a matter of finding the right recipe, and this is the one! Sooo good!
Next up, I wanted some kind of tomato pie, and what I ended up making was a Cheese and Tomato Tart. It's the first time I have ever used puff pastry and I am hooked now. This tart was fabulous! I will most definitely be making this again! Click on the picture of my tart, below, to get the recipe.
Next up, a dish that required a little extra work, but was well worth it: Green Bean & Bacon Bundles. My husband said these were the best green beans he'd ever had. He never oohs and aahs over food like I do, but he sure did when he tried these beans!
For dessert, I put the rest of that puff pastry to good use by making homemade Blackberry Turnovers. Click on my photo below for the recipe I used as a guideline. I just changed the filling by mixing blackberries with sugar and letting them sit overnight. That's all it took, and they were delicious!
Here's what I'm planning to make this wknd. Got this recipe for a Chicken Broccoli Braid from a Pampered Chef party that a friend had years ago. I have only made it once, but it was excellent! Can't wait to make it again. The only difference in this recipe is that I throw in a little onion powder.
Here's a great summer dish that I plan to make again this year. It's wonderful with fresh tomatoes, but you can make it year-round with canned tomatoes as well! I've made this for several friends and everyone really seemed to enjoy it! It's also super easy to throw together!
Tomato Basil Pasta
*3 1/2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped OR 4 cans Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic And Oregano, drained
*16 oz. Whole Wheat Pasta (I use Angel Hair)
*1/2 lb fresh Mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (can also use shredded Mozarella)
*1/4 cup Olive Oil
*4 cloves minced garlic
*1/4 cup chopped fresh Basil (I use dehydrated, which I found refrigerated in the produce section of Koger; same with the Parsely below)
*1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
*1/4 cup Italian Dressing
Cook pasta, drain and toss with all of the other ingredients while hot. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and Parsley on top to garnish! Enjoy!
Choc Eclair Cake- ooh!!!!
Another easy dessert for Valentine's...or any day! I have never had the chance to try this one, myself, but I have heard so many others rave about it that it MUST be wonderful! And look how easy it is to make!
Click below for the Chocolate Eclair Cake recipe!
Here's a recipe I've had for ages, but have never gotten around to making. Look at what's in it... how could it possibly be anything but wonderful? This would be a great, quick Valentine's Day Dessert! Click below for the Hazelnut Crescent Rolls recipe!
(The chocolate hazelnut spread in the recipe is Nutella, which you can find near the peanut butter at your grocery store!)
Oh my.... what a great idea for Valentine's Day! I have made these Cinnamon chips before and they are super easy...and super delicious! Add some strawberries & chocolate? What's not to like?
How about a couple of Valentine's Day dessert ideas? I love these because they are so simple, and I'm ALL about food that is simple to make!
I made these for my hubby on Valentine's Day a few years ago. So cute, and SO good!
I was inspired by my co-worker, Michelle Lockhart, to make a big pot of soup this afternoon. She made a big pot of Chicken Noodle Soup a few days ago, and it sounded so good that I had to make some, too! I found this recipe online for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. I made a few adjustments and came out with a wonderful pot of soup! Yum!
In the treat-making category, I had one success and one failure this holiday season. I made divinity for my co-workers and it turned out pretty well. It wasn't perfect, as it came out a little bit dry and crumbly, but it was still quite good. Click on the picture below for the recipe I used (the only difference is that I used 1/2 tsp. of Cream of Tartar in my egg whites when I beat them).
I tried to make Oreo Balls for family this wknd & it was a total disaster. The oreo/cream cheese mix was mush and didn't get as thick as it should have in the fridge, then the almond bark was so thick that the dipping process didn't work too well. It all ended up in the garbage. That is my last attempt at making Oreo Balls!
Creamy, pasta goodness!
Most of the time, I try to only pass along recipes I have actually tried and liked. This one is definitely a keeper! I made this Sunday aftn for my hubby & I loved it so much that I made it again last night! It's fabulous the next day, too! Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta! Yum!
All things pumpkin!!!!!!!!!
Fall is here and I find myself, once again, in a pumpkin-kind-of-mood! I've come across a lot of pumpkin desserts I would like to make and thought I would share some of them with you!
But to start, here is one I did make 2 years ago for Thanksgiving. It was fabulous and didn't last long in our house! Four Layer Pumpkin Cake!
At the very top of my list of pumpkin recipes to try is this one for Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle by Paula Deen. I came across this recipe a couple of years ago, and have never had the chance to try it. I am determined to make time for it this season!
I had never heard of Pumpkin Fudge before coming across this recipe. Sounds pretty darn good!
Oh my... these sound incredible How can Pumpkin Pie Bars not be good?
Since Whoopie Pies are all that rage right now, I just had to throw in this recipe for Pumpkin-Spiced Whoopie Pies!
I have a great recipe for Cinnamon Bread that I use every Christmas. This year, however, I'm ready to try Pumpkin Bread and this recipe apparently got rave reviews!
This Pumpkin Dip looks divine!! Great idea for a holiday party!
Well, I can't do a blog on pumpkin recipes and not include some form of pumpkin pie. I like this one because it looks delish and super easy!!!
Okay...another recipe for ya. I made this dessert over the wknd & almost made myself sick on it, it was SO good! I can't keep this stuff in the house, it's too dangerous!
Honey Bun Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
(note: I doubled this, and had to add more milk to get the right consistency.)
Preheat oven to 300*.
Mix cake mix, sugar, buttermilk, oil and eggs together.
Pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch dish.
Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
Sprinkle on top of cake batter, swirl into mixture, and bake for 1 hour.
For icing, mix together powered sugar, milk and vanilla.
While cake is hot, pour icing over cake.
Today, my mind drifted to childhood toys for some reason. One of the wonderful things about the internet is that you can find photos of just about any item that has existed (which can also be a bad thing, but that is another story for another time)! So I hunted down some photos of my favorite childhood toys. These toys sure do bring back some great memories!
Okay, gotta start off with the Easy Bake Oven. I can tell you that my baked creations these days don't turn out much better than these did back in the 70's! Never have been good at baking! But I really did love to try my hand at it with my Easy Bake Oven. Seemed so magical when I was a kid!
The year that I received my Lite-Brite set from Santa Claus was a big one! I don't think I ever finished any of the projects I began on it, however, I used to love to pretend to be a switchboard operator when putting the pegs in!
The Lemon Twist was always one of my faves! My Mom worried I would break my ankle. I never did, but I am so clumsy and uncoordinated that I can understand her concern! I never was very good at slinging that thing around without my ankle taking a pounding!
Weebles!!! I loved these things! Would play with my Weeble marina and boat for hours on end! This was another gift from Santa! (Yes, Santa was VERY good to us!)
Here I am with my own Weebles in 1972! And, apparently carrying on a very important fake-phone conversation!
The grandaddy of all toys for me, always, was Barbie! Oh, I loved her so!! In fact, my cousin and I, who were big Barbie-playing buddies, collected quite a few barbies, along with assorted inflatable furniture, wicker furniture, clothes and jewelry. We would use album covers as walls, and make our own barbie houses!
Oh - and how could I forget my beloved Barbie Camper! Here I am with mine in 1972! (And don't you just love that sylish 70's tv tray in the background!)
So, do you think, at age 42, that I am too old to ask Santa for another Easy Bake Oven & Lite Brite Set? Maybe I could be 4 years old all over again! Of course my husband might argue that I act that age sometimes anyway! :)
So, does anything get a bad rap during the holidays like fruit cakes?
So many jokes are made about this poor, misunderstood dessert. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a GOOD fruitcake. Hey - I'll even go a step further and say it's GREAT! Click on the photo above to find out more about them. They're made by a company in Texas and their client list each holiday season even includes the rich and famous. Now, they are a little pricey, so if you wanna make a cheaper alternative, check out my recipe below for Fruit Cake Balls. If you like sweets, you gotta give these a try. They are SO good! I can't stop eating them and nearly make myself sick on them!
Fruit Cake Balls
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (reserve extra for coating)
1 cup chopped maraschino cherries (use a mixture of red & green for extra color)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand or generic version)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine all above ingredients and mix well. I usually put in fridge for an hour or so to help the mixture firm up before rolling. Shape into balls and roll in graham cracker crumbs to coat. Keep in fridge.
(The neat thing about these treats is that you can roll them in whatever you prefer - chopped coconut, cocoa, crushed cookies, etc. We prefer them best with the graham cracker crumbs! Yum! )
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010
I tried Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the first time a few years ago with a recipe from my favorite site, All Recipes. It was soooo good! Now, I do admit, I love the canned stuff. In fact, I could eat it by itself right out of the can, and probably have! But it was kinda nice to do the real thing at least once. If you want to give it a shot, click below for the recipe I used. So simple it's ridiculous!
By the way, you can probably find a recipe for just about any dish that comes to mind on this site!