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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Honey, Walnut, and Bacon Topped Baked Brie

Honey Walnut Bacon topped Brie ready to go into the oven

I’m all about delicious, and easy foods – and this baked brie topped with walnuts, bacon, and honey is extremely easy to make and super delicious, too!  Thank you Fisher Nuts for sponsoring this scrumptious appetizer! Have you ever had baked brie?  It’s rich and creamy, and lends itself to a number of toppings and… 

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Rachel’s Texas Bloody Mary Recipe

spicy bloody mary with bacon and spicy green beans

Do you want to build a snowman? No? How about a Bloody Mary? Yes? I knew you were my kinda people. Huge Thank you to Absolut for sending me an incredible complete bar set up, that scrumptious bottle of Absolut Peppar (my favorite) and a gift card to have a Bloody Mary brunch in celebration… 

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