Pop Rocks Firecracker Cookies


Pop Rocks Firecracker Cookies

Here is a fun treat for the kiddos in celebration of Independence Day- Pop Rocks Fire Cracker Cookies. Do you remember these popping candies from your childhood? My kids thought these Firecracker Cookies were so fun!  Lots of giggles!


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Mamaw Betty’s Pineapple Pie Recipe

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This is my Mamaw Betty’s Pineapple Pie recipe. After years of enjoying this pie and family gatherings,  I was finally able to get her recipe.

This pie is SO good that our friends and coworkers can’t wait for us to bring back Mamaw’s Betty pies and cakes. (She ALWAYS sends us home with plenty of food to share.)

This is my lovely Mamaw Betty and Yours Truly….


Mamaw Betty is my Mamaw (Southern speak for Grandmother.) I say she is the Paula Deen of Tennessee. She is an amazing cook and does a lot of things from scratch….but this pie is actually pretty easy and is only semi-homemade.

This recipe makes 2 pies !As far as pies are concerned, these are fairly inexpensive to make. I have about $10 invested in two pies or $5 per pie. (You can check for coupons here) Plus, these pies are quick and easy to make too.


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Fried Pickles


Here is a super easy recipe for Fried Pickles! It is one of my favorite appetizers. If you want great fried pickles the key is to start with a great pickle. So be sure to use a dill pickle you like. I find some dill pickle chips to be too strong.

Fried Pickles Ingredients:

2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper or Black Pepper  (More or Less to Taste)

2 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Ranch or Hot Sauce for Dipping

pickle ingredients

pickles coat 1

pickles coat 2

pickles coat 3

pickles plated


Drain pickles and blot with paper towel to remove excess moisture.

In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. I use cayenne pepper, but if you prefer things less spicy I would substitute black pepper.  Separate mix into two bowls.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs and milk. Mix well.

Dip each pickle chip in flour, the egg, the flour mixture.

In a skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees.  Depending on your skillet size, add a few pickles at a time. Fry approximately 3 minutes turning once. Fry until a light golden brown.

Drain fried pickles on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve with Ranch and Hot Sauce.

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Potato Chip Cookies

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Three words- POTATO CHIP COOKIES.  Don’t mind if I do.  This is a Southern recipe!  These are super simple to make and require only a handful of ingredients.  These cookies are not hardy and robust, but rather buttery and delicate.

tater cookie ingredients

Potato Chip Cookies Ingredients:

2 Sticks of Butter

1/3 Cup of Sugar

1 2/3 cup of All-Purpose Flour

1 Cup of Crushed Potato Chips (Plain with Ridges)

1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

tater butter sugar

tater dough

tater cookie sheet

tater add sugar

tater cookies wire rack


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whip the sugar and butter with an electric mixer until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the flour and mix well. Add Vanilla and mix.

Add the the potato chips and mix by hand.

Drop rounded spoons of the dough onto lined cookie sheets approximately 2 inches apart.

Bake approximately 15 minutes (give or take) or until the cookies are light golden brown around the edges.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets and then carefully transfer to a wire rack for cooling.

Sift powdered sugar onto the cookies. (Don’t be stingy)

potato chip cookies

These are so light, buttery and delicious!

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Sunday Morning Breakfast Casserole

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My family loves this recipe- Sunday Morning Breakfast Casserole. I also recently made this for our Mother’s Day Breakfast at Church and it was a hit. This is my go-to breakfast dish because it is so so so easy and yummy. You only need 4 ingredients. I like to fry up the sausage the night before that way I can assemble and go in the morning!

Sunday Morning Breakfast Casserole Ingredients:

1 Can of Crescent Rolls (8 roll size)

1 Pound of Breakfast Sausage (I use mild)

6 Eggs (Beaten)

2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I use mild)

fry sausage

dough crust

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add eggs

add cheese

 Sunday Morning Breakfast Casserole Directions:

Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the crescent rolls and arrange them so they cover the bottom of the pan.

Brown Sausage in a skillet and drain well. (I always do this the evening prior so I can just assemble and go in the morning) Sprinkle the sausage over the dough.

Beat 6 large eggs in a bowl and then pour over the sausage.

Top with cheese.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

finished casserole

Slice into squares and serve. It is easy and yummy!

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Homemade Rosemary & Lemon Dressing


Here is a SUPER FAST & SIMPLE dressing recipe for you- Homemade Rosemary & Lemon Dressing. This is perfect for Summertime!


Homemade Rosemary & Lemon Dressing Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Fresh Rosemary (1 sprig)

Pinch of Salt

Stevia (optional)

Black Pepper (optional)

*3 parts oil to 1 part lemon juice



In a jar, combine olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice.  A good ratio is 3 parts oil to 1 part lemon juice. Chop 1-2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary and add to the mixture. (I also placed the remainder of the spring inside the jar.)

You can also forgo the Rosemary and just make “lemon dressing” if you prefer. Add a pinch of salt. Place the lid on top and shake, shake, shake.

If you want a sweeter dressing add a bit of Stevia.If you want more of a bite, then add some fresh ground black pepper. Season to taste. Store in the refrigerator.

Please keep in mind this dressing will probably taste a bit on the acidic side on it’s own, but should balance out once you add it to the salad.

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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash


I typically don’t eat carbs ( I know…boo!)…well I don’t eat bread or pasta. I try to keep my total daily card intake low low low.

Of course, I totally miss bread and pasta and I was so excited when my friend Slim made roasted spaghetti squash at one of our little get togethers. In case you have not heard Spaghetti Squash is very low carb! (You can see the nutritional information here)

I had always been curious, but was too intimidated to try to prepare it myself. Once I tasted it I knew I had to give it a try. You know what? Turns out it is actually super easy to prepare.

There are a few different methods of preparing Spaghetti Squash, but I am going with the roasting method.



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash the squash and dry. Carefully take a small knife and pierce the squash all over.


Then place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 1 hour 30 minutes (give or take). You will want to turn the squash halfway through. (You will cook until tender when pierced with knife.)


When the squash is cool enough to handle, cut in halve lengthwise.

Scoop out seeds and discard and then scrape squash with a fork. The squash will easily come out in long strands.

You are ready to enjoy!

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