Friday, August 26, 2016

Meal Plan Monday #26

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Hey Friends! I'm back with another great Meal Plan Monday! Some of your favorite food bloggers from around the web contribute their best recipes to help you plan out meals for your family – while keeping it lively and delicious! Ready to see which two recipes we're featuring two recipes today? These two recipes very popular on our last edition of Meal Plan Monday! This week’s featured recipes are: Oven Baked Burrito 'Chiladas from Julia's Simply Southern
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Apple Fritter Bites from Cooking with K
Featured Host Recipe this week is:
You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make this sweet dessert! This No Churn Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is swirled with a blueberry cheesecake filling and crushed graham crackers!

Friday, August 19, 2016

SkinnyPop & Wine|A Guide to Great Snacking

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Whether you are settling down for movie night, binging on your favorite TV show or having friends over for a little fun, you've got to have snacks and wine, right?
Skinny POP & Wine parings
Well, I've got the best "no guilt" snack - SkinnyPop popcorn. This yummy popcorn comes in 6 flavors and most are under 39 calories per cup. To help you pick just the right wine to go with your crunchy treat, SkinnyPop provided me with with lots of ideas on which flavors might go together best.
My two favorite SkinnyPop flavors are the original and the white cheddar. Of course, me, being me, I veered off the chart a little and decided my on a cool, summer Rose to go along with my snack. Whatever flavors you choose, just remember…there are no rules here, just guilt free snacking and lots of fun.

Meal Plan Monday | Back to School

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We're switching gears a little this week to bring you a host of amazing recipes for those busy weeknight meals and that early morning lunch box packing. Hopefully these recipes will help you get back in the swing of things and make it easy fill those little tummies!
This week's featured recipes are:
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This week's featured host recipe is:
Back to School Breakfast Pizza
This week's links are below! Simply browse and when you see a photo you'd like the recipe for, click that to go directly to that blog post.
Food Bloggers: We’d love to have you take part! Simply leave a link directly to the recipe you’d like featured (not to your home page, but to the recipe post) below. Leave it here or on my co-host’s blog and it will show up on both blogs. This post is emailed out to over 200k subscribers and promoted on all of our social media channels. Optional: Go back to that post on your blog and link to this one, saying that you are featured. Bloggers who do this are eligible to be pinned to our Meal Plan Monday Board and featured here and on our social media channels. Meal Plan Monday is proudly hosted by Southern Plate, Southern Bite, A Southern Soul, and Big Bear's Wife.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pigs in a Blanket

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Ok y'all, as you can see, this is not your average pigs in a blanket recipe! It's kind of an adult version using smoked kielbasa, mustard and puffed pastry with a poppy seed topping. This yummy snack is great for game day, an afternoon snack, a cocktail party or tailgating. 
Pigs in a Blanket
I know that whenever someone says they are bringing "pigs in a blanket" to a party, it conjures up fond memories of a childhood favorite dish. Cute little pieces of hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls and baked to perfection. Don't get me wrong, I still love those tasty bites but it was time to put a new twist on this classic recipe. My version comes together so quickly and is much easier to make ~ no wrapping each little piece, just slice and bake. You can change up this recipe by adding spicy or honey mustard then using sesame seeds instead of poppy. Really though, and I'm speaking the truth here…what's not to love about a hot dog wrapped in warm bread!
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
1 sheet of puffed pastry - thawed
1 link of polish kielbasa ( I used smoked turkey)
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 large egg - beaten
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment. Set aside
  • On a lightly floured service, roll out puffed pastry, removing all fold lines. Cut in half on lengthwise.
  • Mix together mustard and mayonnaise. Brush both pieces of pasty with mixture.
  • Cut sausage into 2 pieces and place in the middle of puffed pastry. Gently roll pastry around sausage and pinch end to seal. Brush puffed pastry with egg and sprinkle on poppy seeds. Cut roll on a slight diagonal into 1.5 inch pieces. Place on parchment and bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown on outside.
  • Remove from oven and serve with mustard or ketchup.
A Southern Soul | Pigs in a Blanket
Need more ideas for tailgating? Try these great recipes…
Salad For A Crowd
Pizza Rolls
Oven Fried Chicken
Crock Pot Little Smokies

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lemon Bars

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There's nothing quite like sharing something special with a friend. It might be a tender memory, a fun time with lots of laughter or even the experience of dealing with one of life's struggles. I find it wonderful how you can never predict what will bond you to another person. So, here's one of those unexpected treasures in my life. I have a dear friend that I love whole heartily. He's a great husband, father, singer, writer, coach and is an inspiration to many young people in our community. He's funny, talented and has a deep faith that shows in everything he does. Now comes the interesting part of our friendship…it's theses lemon bars. 
Lemon Bars | A Southern Soul
About twice a year, I get a phone call or text message from my friend asking if I could make some of these lemon bars for a co-worker of his. He gives me lots of  lovely compliments about how she just loves 'em and asks how much I'll charge. Every time he reaches out, I tell him the same thing - yes, I'll make them and no, I don't want any money. Then we go back and forth deciding on the pickup date and time. 
Lemon Bars | A Southern Soul
Now, understand this, I have never met his co-worker and my son and I joke about what her initials are!  So this morning, after I put the finishing touches on my sweet treats, I packed them up in a box with pretty tissue paper and gave my friend a call…it was pick-up time. He was at my back door within 20 minutes. We exchanged a hug, smiles and started catching up. We munched on the extra lemon bars I set aside for a "taste test" while talking about our families, how much we missed seeing each other and promised to get together more often. Then again, if too many days get away from us, I know for sure, I have these lemon bars to bring us back together.
Lemon Bars | A Southern Soul

Lemon Bars

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces and at room temperature {plus more for the dish}
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for dusting
Pinch of salt

4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice - about 2 lemons
zest of one lemon
Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and butter the foil.
  • Whisk flour, confectioners' sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with fork or use your fingers to make a crumbly dough.
  • Press into the prepared baking dish.  Bake 20 minutes, then transfer to a rack and let cool slightly.

Filling

  • Mix eggs, sugar and flour in a bowl with a fork. 
  • Mix in the lemon juice and zest. Pour filling over crust and bake 25 minutes.
  • Transfer to a rack and let cool completely. Using parchment paper, life from baking pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into squares.
Lemon Bars | A Southern Soul

Meal Plan Monday #24

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Help is on the way friends with another great Meal Plan Monday! Don't fret about what to cook for your family & friends, because we've got your back.

This week's featured recipes are:

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This week's featured host recipe is:
This week's links are below! Simply browse and when you see a photo you'd like the recipe for, click that to go directly to that blog post.
Food Bloggers: We’d love to have you take part! Simply leave a link directly to the recipe you’d like featured (not to your home page, but to the recipe post) below. Leave it here or on my co-host’s blog and it will show up on both blogs. This post is emailed out to over 200k subscribers and promoted on all of our social media channels. Optional: Go back to that post on your blog and link to this one, saying that you are featured. Bloggers who do this are eligible to be pinned to our Meal Plan Monday Board and featured here and on our social media channels. Meal Plan Monday is proudly hosted by Southern Plate, Southern Bite, A Southern Soul, and Big Bear's Wife.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meal Plan Monday #23

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Friends, I am so thrilled to be part of a very talented group of folks who've teamed up to bring you Meal Plan Monday every week. You already know my friends, Christy from Christy Jordan's Southern Plate and Stacey from Southern Bite. Now, let me introduce you to Angie of Big Bear's Wife - she's awesome.
Each week, we will share our own recipes plus those of other bloggers who are great cooks and meal planners. I hope you'll be a part of the fun we are going to have each week! 
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We are thrilled to welcome two new hosts to Meal Plan Monday! Please join me in welcoming Angie of Big Bear's Wife and Donya from A Southern Soul to our regular host group of Christy from Southern Plate and Stacey from Southern Bite.

This week's featured recipes are:

beef empanadas
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Moms Potato Salad 2
Featured Host Recipe this week is:
best meatloaf ever
This week's links are below! Simply browse and when you see a photo you'd like the recipe for, click that to go directly to that blog post.
Food Bloggers: We'd love to have you take part! Simply leave a link directly to the recipe you'd like featured (not to your home page, but to the recipe post) below. Leave it here or on my co-host's blog and it will show up on both blogs. This post is emailed out to over 200k subscribers and promoted on all of our social media channels.
Optional: Go back to that post on your blog and link to this one, saying that you are featured. Bloggers who do this are eligible to be pinned to our Meal Plan Monday Board and featured here and on our social media channels.