Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte

My husband and I visited the Midwood Smokehouse today and we were so so so happy.  So happy.  This is huge.  Because I’m not crazy about barbecue.  I was trying to be nice when I agreed to go.  But lord-have-mercy…it was good. Inside is pretty hip.  Lots of metal pig memorabilia, waitresses wearing “Bacon” socks … Continue reading

Cool Treats for Summer

I am so punished behind how hot it is outside.  We have been having temps in the high 80’s lately and it’s just a little too much for this former Florida girl to handle.  I choose to cool off with some refreshing treats, of course. I whipped up a batch of Cherry Limeade I found … Continue reading

The Back Porch in Destin, FL

The Back Porch has been become somewhat of an icon for most people visiting the beach.  Each night throngs of people stroll up from the beach to get a picture in the oversized beach chair and let their children play on the sand while they wait for a table.  And it won’t take long, not … Continue reading

Buttermilk: Ways to use up your quart

Are you like me and eagerly buy the ingredients for a recipe and soon have a fridge full of jars and jugs that have been opened once?  Drives me crazy!  Buttermilk is one of those things.  As a southern girl, I should be able to rattle off a dozen different ways to use up a … Continue reading

Pan-Fried Shrimp With Creole Mayonnaise

These fried shrimp are so yummy!  They remind me of some I’ve had at Carabba’s.  They have an Italian flavor that would also be yummy on Shrimp Parmesan as well.   Pan-Fried Shrimp With Creole Mayonnaise Ingredients 2 1/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup) 1 1/4 teaspoons salt-free creole seasoning, divided 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup … Continue reading

Splat! Coffee n’ such

My sister introduced me to Splat! when she brought me some delicious wedding cupcakes for my birthday. They were heavenly! Almond cake with a yummy fluffy white icing and pearl dragees. Honestly, I am not a fan of the crunchy dragees, but they were so pretty, I forgave the garnish. Even though I admittedly went … Continue reading

Melt in Your Mouth Lemon Bars

My daughter Mary Ashley loves to cook with me, but she prefers baking sweets over dinner every night.  So, because I am a wonderful parent, I bribe her to help me make dinner by agreeing to bake a dessert at the same time.  One night we pulled up this recipe as we were making dinner and … Continue reading