Slow Cooker Barbecue Shredded Chicken with Homemade Sauce

By July 3, 2014 Slow Cooker, Uncategorized

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken with Homemade Sauce

I’m a born & raised Texan, so barbecue is in my blood. And in Texas, barbecue generally means brisket. It’s beef that’s been slow-smoked to give it a delicious outer coating called a “bark”, and if you’ve never had it then you better come on down for a visit right now and I’ll take you around to a few of my favorite barbecue joints (we’ve got at least 15 – no joke! – in my small city).

Brisket takes a long time to make, though. Brian and a friend made a brisket once and it involved them setting timers to get up throughout the night to tend to it.

Basically, it’s like taking care of a newborn.

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Ten Tasty S’mores Recipes

By July 1, 2014 Desserts, Tasty Ten Tuesday


I love s’mores. Don’t you? I mean, they have the rare distinction of being both a quintessential summer dessert (who hasn’t made s’mores while sitting around a bonfire?) and a must-have winter treat (we couldn’t wait to use our fireplace in the new house for making them this past winter!). I loved watching our kids enjoy their first s’mores, the chocolate and marshmallow all over their little faces. Food traditions are sweet in more ways than one, and s’mores will always have a place near & dear to my heart.

Plus, there’s chocolate.

So, in light of my love for the treat, I thought I’d pay homage to the classic s’more by highlighting ten delicious recipes that provide a new twist on the original, while still giving you the oh-so-scrumptious chocolate and gooey marshmallow flavors, including:

  •  S’mores brownies from Portuguese Girl Cooks – this is a genius recipe, and this will definitely be the recipe I use for my next batch of brownies.
  • S’mores fudge bars that look SO decadent and rich that I almost think they might beat out the original s’more… Handle the Heat’s photo is gorgeous, too, isn’t it?
  • S’mores dip from Bakeaholic Mama – this is the one on the round-up that most closely resembles the classic s’more, just in dip form, and I can totally see my family sitting around and digging in to this wonderful treat.

For each photo, click the recipe title below it and you’ll be taken to the original recipe post. You can also find all of these recipes pinned on my Pinterest account for easy repinning. As always, I hope you’ll discover some great recipes to try and some amazing food bloggers to follow.


S’mores Pie from Two Peas and Their Pod


S’mores Brownies from Portuguese Girl Cooks


S’mores Cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Fresh Fruit & Whipped Cream

By June 26, 2014 Cakes, Desserts, Fruits


Part of the reason I love cooking and baking so much is that it’s an easy, fun thing to share with others. It’s a lesson I learned from my Mema as a child – not from anything she ever said, but from watching how she showed love by feeding others. And so, when a sweet friend’s birthday was approaching last week, I knew I wanted to make a dessert to celebrate her special day.

As soon as I heard that my friend loves pound cake I knew immediately that I wanted to make her a creamy pound cake decorated with fresh whipped cream and fruit. This is a tradition my mom and I started together over a decade ago, using angel food cakes as our base to place fruit in pretty patterns.  It’s beautiful and delicious, and it’s a unique look to dessert that will be the hit of any party.

You can have a lot of fun with the fruit; I used kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries, but we’ve used raspberries and blackberries before, too. You can use the fruit to create an initial, for instance, or go with a more graphic pattern like I did:



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Red White & Blue Veggie Kabobs

By June 25, 2014 Grilling, Holiday, Veggies


The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and if you’re like us you’ll probably spend part of Independence Day grilling out. We usually have burgers and hot dogs for the Fourth, but like I mentioned in yesterday’s Tasty Ten Grilling Recipes post, I’m looking to shake up our grilling menu. I think these red white & blue veggie kabobs will be the perfect addition, don’t you?

I was inspired by Gimme Some Oven’s beautiful rainbow veggie skewers to start thinking about taking advantage of colors in ingredients – I noticed that the purple potatoes in her skewers had a blue tone to them, and I decided to make those the blue contribution alongside the red peppers and white onions.

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Ten Tasty Grilling Recipes

By June 24, 2014 Tasty Ten Tuesday


I love summer for many reasons, but grilling out is right up there with my favorites. Burgers and hot dogs are the kids’ top choice for grilling, but I love grilled chicken fajitas best of all. Brian’s a pro at grilling the chicken so it’s incredibly tender and full of flavor, and the meat is perfect to use for all sorts of leftovers in the following days.

I’ve got to admit that when I think of grilling I tend to fall into a rut (a delicious rut, but a rut nonetheless); we tend to grill with the same 4-5 recipes. While scoping out Pinterest, though, I’ve discovered SO many amazing recipes to spice up our routine. So, of course, I had  to share these finds with you, because I love you so. And because now I’ve got an easy reference for new grilling recipes to try. But mainly because I love you. Promise.

Among the offerings today, you’ll find:

  • Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus – yes, please! I was late to the asparagus-loving game, but now I’m a fan, and this rendition from MomSpotted looks incredibly flavorful.
  • Grilled zucchini rolls from Menu Musings – a lovely presentation for an all-star grilling veggie. I can’t wait to make these as an appetizer for the next time we have company.
  • Grilled banana dessert bar – I had NO clue you could grill bananas (with any success, anyway) but now I can’t wait to try it – I’ve just got to figure out what toppings to try first! Thanks to Home Cooking Memories for this fun summer party dessert idea.
  • Rainbow veggie skewers – if these don’t make your kids clamor to eat their veggies, I  don’t know what will. I love the burst of color (and flavor) this creative recipe from Gimme Some Oven offers up.

For each photo, click the recipe title below it and you’ll be taken to the original recipe post. You can also find all of these recipes pinned on my Pinterest account for easy repinning. As always, I hope you’ll discover some great recipes to try and some amazing food bloggers to follow.


Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus from MomSpotted


Grilled Pound Cake a la Mode from Nutmeg Nanny

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