Spinach Artichoke Dip

Dips.  Is there anything better than a good hot, cheesy dip for your party?  Easy to whip up, and slap out on your sideboard with a sliced load of some yummy French bread from the bakery.  This one will make you friends. Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients 2 cups parmesan cheese 1 (10 ounce) boxes frozen … Continue reading

Garlic Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin

This recipe is dedicated to my precious grandfather, Newt Strength.  He loved pork more than anyone I know, except for maybe my father.  He came to visit me once in North Carolina before he passed away and I made him this pork loin.  He loved it.  It’s one of the last things I was able … Continue reading

Garlic Shrimp

Seafood is my passion.  I love it, LOVE IT.  I need to cook it more often, but it does intimidate me at times.  This recipe is simple and delicious.  Not low calorie, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Garlic Shrimp Ingredients 8 fresh Texas toast thick bread, slices 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 1/2 … Continue reading

Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes you just need a big bowl of pasta to get you through.  Tomorrow we are supposed to be experiencing a “Snowpacalypse” in the Carolinas, and I am seriously nervous.  I hate being closed up in the house for too long, and I HATE the thought of losing power and sitting in the dark and … Continue reading

Jia Asian Fusion in Gastonia, NC

Jia is one of my favorite restaurants in Gastonia.  The only problem is it is nearly in Cramerton, so if I’m out shopping on the main drag (read that Franklin Blvd.) then it is kind of a haul.  But, lucky me, my sister is in Cramerton, so I usually stop by pretty often :) The restaurant … Continue reading

Super Soups

As fall weasles its way into the Carolinas, it’s time to start thinking about soup.  Here are a few of my very favorites: Paula Deen’s French Onion Soup INGREDIENTS 8 onions, sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 8 cups beef stock 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading

Christmas Craft Round-up

I did try a few Pinterest crafts with the kids this year for Christmas.  Cute enough, but not the best I’ve ever done.  The children had fun, though, so worthwhile.  Here’s how my versions stack up to the Pinterest versions: First up is the Christmas Tree Cone.  Here is where the idea came from and … Continue reading

Specialty Chicken

Back in the day, you used to get recipe cards with your bank statements!  At least at the little bank we used in our town of Crestview, Florida.  First Bank of Crestview still sends them out to this day!  Most of us get our statements online to save a tree, I guess, but lucky for … Continue reading