Scouting the Scouts

boat racing at the BSA regatta

I get to do some really neat things with my kids because of this blog of mine; and getting to scout out a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America with Monkey was a BLAST!  Thank you,Boy Scouts of America for this fun opportunity with my little man. I received an invitation this summer… 

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Quick and Easy Sopapilla Beignets

honey soaked beignet

This deliciously easy sopapilla-beignet-hybrid-cheater recipe is inspired by my kids, our love of cooking with each other, their desire to contribute their own dessert to Thanksgiving, and Pillsbury Grands!®, in conjunction with Tap Influence Growing up in Texas means a familiarity with a delicious puffy, light, fried dough dessert by the name of Sopapilla; growing… 

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Mixed Conference 2015

Picture with KiKi and Kelley from Mixed Conference

On October 2nd, my boots and I went to the Mixed Conference  at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center . I love when conferences are within driving distance! I can bring multiple pair of boots! This was my first Mixed Conference, and I was excited to finally meet Paula and Susan in person, get to hang out… 

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Out of The Kitchen: Experiencing New Things

Our Carnival Cruise Ship Table

Several years ago, our family went on our first cruise together.  Nathan and I were excited, and a little apprehensive about the formal sit-down dining experience. The kids were 7 and 4, at the time, and while they’re used to sitting around our family table, and occasionally eating at restaurants that didn’t prominently feature a playground; a formal sit… 

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Lunchbox Love

lunchbox notes and love with good food

 How do you master the lunchbox?  Do you pack lunches a week at a time, do you include notes, sandwiches cut in fun shapes? One of my lunchbox traditions is to write a note on a napkin or paper towel and put it into the kids’ lunch boxes every day.  Some days it’s a drawing,… 

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Oh Honey!

Honey glistening in the sun: The Story of Honey | A Southern Fairytale

I love honey.  It’s one of my favorite natural sweeteners, and it’s just naturally gorgeous, too. One of my favorite pics that I’ve ever snapped is of a honeycomb and a pool of honey on a cutting board in Michigan. Seriously, y’all. How could you not fall in love with something so gorgeous, and tasty?… 

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Can It Forward Day and a Giveaway

freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner and Multi Cooker

Can I tell you a secret? Lean in close. I’ve never canned anything PHEW – it feels good to get that off my chest. Please don’t take away my Southern card!  It’s on my bucket list, but it seems like there’s so much involved, and truthfully, I’m intimidated; so when I was contacted about participating… 

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The Triple ‘B’ Avocado Tomato Summer Salad

The Bacon, Blue Cheese, Basil, Avocado, Tomato Summer Salad

The Triple ‘B’ Avocado Tomato Summer Salad just might be my new favorite summer salad; it combines some of my favorite summer ingredients, comes together quickly, and is a delightful complement to any grilled main dish.  Basil, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Avocado, Tomato Summer Salad  Fresh basil leaves, ripe California Avocados and juicy tomatoes are one of my… 

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Butterscotch Pecan Monkey Bread

Caramel butterscotch pecan monkey bread

Caramelized Sugars, crunchy pecans, hot baked bread dripping with butterscotch and served piping hot – for breakfast. Are you intrigued? This is Monkey Bread‘s decadent southern grandmother – Sassy, Classy, and Irresistible …  

Easy Funnel Cake Recipe

powdered sugar and funnel cakes | A Southern Fairytale

Whenever we go to the rodeo, the fair, the boardwalk – my kids want funnel cakes. Fluffy, crispy, chewy, sweet, powdered sugar dusted fried swirls of awesomeness. I had no clue that funnel cakes were so simple to make, or so much fun to make… let’s just say that now that I know, there will be lots… 

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Easy Spicy Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry

delicious spicy ginger beef and broccoli stir fry

I adore stir fry.  I have a passion for tossing veggies, spices, and meat in my wok until the steamy, spicy, fragrant aroma has taken over my kitchen and the veggies are bright and crisp, the meat savory, tender, and spicy.   I could eat stir fry every single day – especially when it’s packed with chili… 

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Rodeo Style Smoked Turkey Legs

Delicious smoked turkey leg recipe from A Southern Fairytale

March means it’s Rodeo Season in Houston! Bring on the boots, the food, the music, the food….. When Nathan and I think about rodeo foods, we immediately think of smoked turkey legs. Juicy, fall off the bone tender, crispy, crackling skin, melt in your mouth delicious smoked turkey legs. Have you ever smoked a turkey leg?… 

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