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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hummingbird Cake

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I have two sweet little wooden boxes sitting here on my desk in my home office/prop room/cookbook library. They are each filled with recipes that belonged to our grandmothers.

One box use to sit in my grandmother's kitchen and it holds handwritten and newspaper clipped recipes from my Ma (my dad's mother) the other is on "temporary loan" from my husband's Aunt and it belonged to his grandmother, Grandma Mary (who was my husband's Dad's Mom). Like Ma's recipe box, Grandma Mary's small wooden box of recipes holds little index cards with typed recipes, hand scribbled recipes that she jotted down and recipes that she had clipped from various places.

Hummingbird Cake

Out of all the cookbooks that I have the recipes in these two little boxes are by far the most important.

These are recipes that at some point, stood out to our grandmothers! Our grandmothers held these in their hands and used them in their kitchens while making meals for their/our families.

Hummingbird Cake

I had already planned on making Hummingbird Cake for the blog but I knew that this was the perfect time to do it when I pulled out this "Humming Bird Cake" index card from Grandma Mary's recipe box.

Grandma Mary's Recipe for Humming Bird Cake
Grandma Mary's Recipe for Humming Bird Cake -- Mine is slightly adapted from this one and another
You see I've been working on scanning and copying down all of Grandma Mary's recipes so that everyone in the family can have copies of them.

Some are written out on scrapes of papers, some of the recipes are clipped from magazines, some are typed out on little index cards like the one above and she even had some of mine from my blog printed out and stuck in a recipe binder.

Slice of Hummingbird Cake



This Hummingbird cake recipe that I'm sharing today though, is just a little different from the one Grandma Mary had slipped down into her recipe box. I added brown sugar to mine and roasted the bananas too. I also replaced the oil with butter & milk and cut the baking time down to 35 minutes per a little advice from Paula Dean's recipe for Hummingbird Cake.

Slice of Hummingbird Cake


So let's take a look at this cake! Y'all have no idea how excited I am about the layers of this cake. It's by far the best layered cake that I've ever made. I am not normally an "oh my gosh I need cake" kinda person, but I am now, well I am with this cake anyways!

Hummingbird Cake

I normally turn down birthday cake (and cake in general) but I do have a love for cupcakes as long as they're not dry. I am the pickiest person ever when it comes to cake. It has to be fantastic cake for me to want to keep eating it. I can not stand a dry cake and this cake is FAR from being dry. It's not in the least bit even close to being dry. It's amazing and so full of flavor.

Slice of Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is a cake that's pretty popular here in the South but while most people have heard of it not a lot of people I talked to knew what was in it. I'll even admit that I'd only had it once in my life before I started making it myself. 

Slice of Hummingbird Cake

So either, we're not far enough south for this cake to be a part of every day life or our generation is just behind haha. I'm kind of thinking that it's a mixture of both. I mean not a lot of mothers or grandmothers are in the kitchens passing down their favorite recipes anymore, well I mean not like they use to.

Hummingbird Cake


So, what is Hummingbird Cake? It's basically a spice cake loaded with pineapples, bananas and pecans. It's also layered and frosted with a thick cream cheese icing!

PSSSTTTT If you're allergic to nuts just leave the pecans out of this recipe! It'll still be exceptional cake!

Hope you love it as much as I do! 

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Hummingbird Cake 
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
5/22/15                                                                          (Click to Print)
Adapted from Grandma Mary's & Paula Dean's Recipes for Hummingbird Cake                 
               


What You'll Need:

3 cups flour (all-purpose flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 sticks butter,  temperature  (1 cup)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4  eggs
2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 4 medium bananas)
8 oz crushed pineapple (with the juices)
1/3 cup milk
2 cups pecans, chopped (I roasted mine)
Nonstick baking spray


Frosting recipe:
2 sticks butter, room temperature  (1 cup)
16 oz cream cheese,  temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350F. 

Place the bananas (with the peels on) on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Let cool. Peel and mash the bananas, set aside. 

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the white and brown sugar with the butter. Add in the vanilla. 

Mix in the eggs, bananas and pineapples. Mix in the milk. 

Mix in 1 cup of chopped pecans. 

Divide batter evenly into 3 three prepared cake pans. (I sprayed mine with non-stick cooking spray and places a parchment circle in the bottom of each pan before filling)

Bake for 35 minutes. Test the cake by sticking the toothpick into the center of the cake, toothpick should be clean when you remove it if the cake is done.

Remove cakes from oven and let them cool completely. 

Once cooled, carefully level the tops of the cakes with a serrated knife. 


For the frosting:

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Carefully mix in 2 cups powdered sugar. Add in the vanilla and mix well. 


To assemble the cake:

Stack the cakes on top of each other with a layer of frosting in between each layer. Frost the entire cake. Top with 1 cup chopped pecans.




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    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Chocolate Pie

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    Chocolate Pie

    My father in law is a great cook and when I think of other "foodies" and great cooks in the family he's one of the first people that pop into my mind! While he is fantastic at making all types of dishes, he has 3 great recipes that I call his "3 Signature Dishes", those would be:


    • Homemade Chocolate Fudge (which I'm still trying to master)
    • Sausage and Gravy Biscuits  (which BigBear has gotten really good at making)
    • Chocolate Pie (which I have gotten pretty good at making haha)


    Chocolate Pie

    My father in law still makes these home cooked dishes but I wanted to learn how to make them too so that I can pass them onto our future children and their children. These are the types of recipes that I love to make, recipes with family history haha.

    I first had this chocolate pie about 9 years ago, back when Thomas and I were dating and I've been in love ever since, it probably helped seal the deal when he asked me to marry him. haha just kidding, just kidding! ;)

    Chocolate Pie


    A few years ago, My father in law, Robin, taught me how to make it and offered a few tips last year when I decided to give it a try on my own for Thanksgiving.

    I was so excited that I was finally going to make Robin's Chocolate Pie for Thanksgiving. I followed every step and carefully added EXACTLY the right ingredients amounts. I worked on it, poured it into the pie shell, wrapped it up and stuck it into the fridge.

    It sat there for about 6 hours until it was time to pack it up and take it over to Mom and Dad's for Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Chocolate Pie


    When dessert time came, I was so excited. I cut a slice, tasted it and .....well this is really good but this isn't Robin's Chocolate Pie, it's really good but it's not right. What the heck! I did everything I was suppose to do, I had taken my time, I had made it exactly like he taught me too.

    I wrapped up the left overs and took them home with my head hung in shame.

    The next evening, I took some of the pie out of the fridge and decided to have another slice to see if I could pin point where I had gone wrong.

    One Bite.... Oh, My, Gosh... it's perfect. What in the world...it's the exact same pie as yesterday, but now it was amazing and tasted just like my father in laws famous chocolate pie!

    It needed to sit in the fridge for over 24 hours to really make it rich and perfect! FACEPALM

    Chocolate Pie

    Haha, so if you make this, PLEASE take the time to let it sit for about 24 hours in the fridge or at least overnight! I know it'll be hard to wait that long but it's 100% worth the wait!

    A few other tips for making this pie:
    • If you're using a store bought pie crust, make sure to get a "deep dish" pie crust. Pre-bake it according to the package directions before filling.
    • Use ARGO Cornstarch for a smoother pie
    • Make sure to heat the milk beforehand to cut down on the whisking and cook time.
    • Don't want to keep the pie in the foil pie pan with the store bought crusts? While it's still super cold, trim the edges of the pie dish and pop it out of the foil pan, press it down into your own pie pan! :)
    Also I only changed one thing from my father in law's recipe, I upped the amount of extract and I used 1 teaspoon of Vanilla and 1 teaspoon of Chocolate extract! I know right....Chocolate Extract? Oh my gosh if you can get it, GET IT.

    Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you're feeling "fancy" haha.

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    Chocolate Pie          
    By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
    5/20/15                                                                          (Click to Print)
    Makes 1 nine-inch deep dish pie                   
    From my father in law Robin,slightly adapted from the 1979's Hershey's Cocoa Cookbook                  
                   


    What You'll Need:

    9 inch deep dish pie crust (homemade or store bought), cooked and ready for filling
    1/2 cup cocoa powder ( I used Hershey's)
    1¼ cups sugar ( I used Dixie Crystals)

    1/3 cup cornstarch, ( I used ARGO Cornstarch)
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    3 cups whole milk
    3 tablespoons butter
    2 teaspoons vanilla*
    *(OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract AND 1 teaspoon chocolate extract**, which I love!
    **I used Nielsen-Massey Chocolate Extract
    Plastic Wrap

    Directions 

    Heat the milk in the microwave until hot.

    In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt.

    Add in the milk and whisk until smooth.

    Cook and whisk over medium heat until it starts to boil. As soon as it startsto boil, start a timer for 3 minutes. Whisk for 3 minutes.

    Remove from the heat and let cool for just a minute. Whisk in the butter and extract.

    Pour into the prepared pie crust. Cover the pie with plastic wrap, letting it touch and cover the top of the pie. (It'll stick to the top of the pie and prevent it from forming a film)

    Refrigerate at least 4 hours but preferably 24 hour, TRUST ME, it will be 10000 times better after 24 hours in the fridge.

    **BigBearsWife Tips:

    • If you're using a store bought pie crust, make sure to get a "deep dish" pie crust. Pre-bake it according to the package directions before filling.
    • Use ARGO Cornstarch for a smoother pie
    • Make sure to heat the milk beforehand to cut down on the whisking and cook time.


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    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

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    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

    There are two types of people out there when it comes to banana pudding, those that like hot banana pudding and those that like cold banana pudding. I belong to the second group, I want my banana pudding ice cold. My mom and Big Bear also love their banana puddings cold but I've known a few people that want their banana pudding pipping hot, straight from the oven.

    This recipe will please both types of banana pudding lovers! You can have it hot and fresh right from the oven or let it cool for a nice chilly dessert! (Please tell me you're going with the second option so that we can still be friends) :) haha

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding


    I seriously don't know one person that doesn't love banana pudding, I'm sure BigBear's grandmother probably didn't care for it because she disliked bananas up until a few months before she passed away. This probably wasn't 1st on her list haha, but other than sweet Grandma Mary, I can't think of one single person that wouldn't love Homemade Southern Banana Pudding!

    We went to a cookout yesterday and what was for dessert? Homemade Banana Pudding!

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

    My brother's girlfriend's brother graduates from high school this year and his dad made a huge (amazing) homemade banana pudding for the BBQ! It was so good...it was also quickly devoured by almost everyone at the party.

    Of course I always talk food when I'm out and about, so William and I spent a little time talking about banana pudding today and comparing notes haha. I may be 100% in love with this Homemade Southern Banana Pudding here that I'm sharing on the blog today but that doesn't mean I don't want tips and ideas from other people! If someone is willing to share a recipe with me I'm all ears!

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

    Down here, not only are there two types of people that love homemade banana pudding there are also two versions of banana pudding that you'll find oat potlucks and on church luncheon tables!

    You'll find a baked one like this one and you'll also find the "totally cold, semi-homemade" version!

    I love BOTH!

    The other version is the kind that my mom use to make when we were growing up! That type of banana pudding was made up of vanilla wafers, boxed banana pudding (or vanilla pudding), sliced bananas and cool whip!

    Believe me when I say that both versions are absolutely delicious!

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding



    Since this week's blog theme is all about "Southern Desserts", I felt it was best to bring the true "Homemade Southern Banana Pudding" to you and perhaps sometime in the future I'll put up a post about the other version!

    I can totally see my grandmothers or great grandmothers pulling this Homemade Southern Banana Pudding out of the oven! It screams home to me!

    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

    Who's ready to dig in?

    How do you like your banana pudding? Hot or Cold?

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    Homemade Southern Banana Pudding           
    By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
    5/18/15                                                                          (Click to Print)
    Fills an 8x8 pan                      
                      
                   


    What You'll Need:

    4 large eggs
    3/4 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup cornstarch, ( I use ARGO Cornstarch)
    1/2 teaspoon salt plus a pinch of salt
    3 cups whole milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    About  50 vanilla wafers
    5 medium bananas


    Directions 

    Preheat the oven to 350F.

    Place unpeeled banana on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let cool.

    Once cool, slice the bananas.

    Bump oven temperature up to 425F.

    In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, the flour, cornstarch and salt. Mix together.

    Take 3 of the eggs and separate the yolks from the whites.  Set the white aside.

    Add the remaining whole egg to the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks to the sugar mixture and mix well.

    Stir in 1/2 cup milk.

    Heat 2½ cups of milk in a medium sauce pan, when the milk is warm whisk in the sugar and egg mixture.

    Cook on medium heat, uncovered until thick. This should take about 10 minutes. Mine normally doesn't thicken up until it reaches 9 minutes and 30 seconds. haha.

    Remove from heat and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

    Add half of the vanilla wafers to the bottom of a 8x8 pan.

    Cover the wafers with half of the banana slices.

    Cover the banana slices with half of the pudding mixture.

    Add another layer of vanilla wafers followed by a layer of banana slices and then finish off with a layer of pudding.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the egg whites and a pinch of salt. Mix on medium-high for about 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

    Add in 1/2 cup sugar and mix on high until super stiff peaks form and the meringue does not fall out of the bowl when it is turned upside down.

    Spread the meringue over the top of the pudding.

    Place into a preheated oven and cook at 425F for about 6 minutes or until the meringue has browned to your liking!

    Serve hot or cold. 



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    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

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    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

    The colors of these Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits make me want to eat them right away. I'm a total "visual person" when it comes to desserts. I need them to be super pretty because that's what makes me want to eat them.

    Something could have the best flavor in the whole world and if I don't think it's pretty I'm not interested in chowing down on it!

    Weird right?

    Oh and I don't really mean that all desserts need to be "fancy" with lots of details. I just want them to be pretty.

    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits


    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits are embarrassingly easy to make and I think they're mighty pretty too!

    So the cheesecake part of this dessert is kinda a "no bake" type of cheesecake. Back a while ago I made these No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake Shooters after Meghan brought a "No-Bake" cheesecake dip to a party at the house. She had mixed marshmallow creme with cream cheese for the cheesecake dip and I fell in love with it! 

    So that's what I did here for the cheesecake layer! Cream cheese and marshmallow fluff are whipped together until they form a smooth, silky "cheesecake" filling. 

    Oh my word, I'm off in my own world just day dreaming about that now......

    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

    Then of course we've got our chocolate cookie layer which is nothing more than crushed Oreo cookies and the cherry layer which is spoonfuls of thick, cherry pie filling!

    I just filled little half pint Mason jars with alternating layers of chocolate cookie crumbs, cheesecake and cherry pie filling! 

    Of course you don't have to make this in Mason Jar but why wouldn't you? 

    Oh and no....the whole "mason jar" thing is not overplayed. If you live in the South you know that mason jars are a part of life. It's the outside world that only loved mason jars as a fad....those are the people that now think that there are too many mason jar themed things in the world. 

    Y'all are crazy. 

    Mason Jars are the best things ever. You can use them to can food, you can make candles, they hold dang near everything, you can make whipped cream and butter in them and you can layer sweet little no bake cheesecake parfaits in them. haha

    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits

    If you're going to want to put the lids on these you may not want to fill it up to the very tip top. Stop right below the rim so that you can get the tops on without smashing everything (just make the layers thinner).

    I didn't use the tops but when I took these to the picnic I just wrapped plastic wrap over the tops and screwed on the top (without the circle medal top part).

    They were a huge hit! Eat to hold and eat, plus they traveled pretty well. I mean we kept them chilly with a few ice packs and only traveled about 15 minutes from home but they did well on the trip. :)


    Well y'all that wraps up this "BBQ/Summer Picnic Recipe" Week! That's three perfect picnic/BBQ recipes for ya.

    Roast Beef Grilled Cheeses  were served up on the blog last Tuesday, I shared my Jack Daniels Baked Beans with you Thursday and today I'm ending it with  sweet Black Forest / Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits!

    So what did you think about this week's theme? Are the themes going to work? What did you think? I really, REALLY want to know! :)

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    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits            
    By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
    5/10/15                                                                               (Click to Print)
    Makes 12 Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits                    
                      
                   

    What You'll Need:

    24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    26 oz Marshmallow Cream (I used Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme)
    30 Oreos, Crushed (Or your favorite chocolate cookie)
    60 oz Cherry Pie Filling (I used Duncan Hines Comstock Cherry Pie Filling)
    12 half pint Mason jars (or twelve 8oz containers)

    Directions 

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and Marshmallow Creme until smooth.

    In a half pint Mason jar, add 2 spoonfuls of crushed Oreos.

    Top that with 2 spoonfuls of marshmallow cheesecake cream.

    Top that with 2 spoonfuls of cherry pie filling.

    Top that layer with  2 spoonfuls of crushed Oreos.

    Top that with 2 spoonfuls of marshmallow cheesecake cream.

    Finish the parfaits off with some of the cherry pie filling.

    Refrigerate until ready to serve.




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    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

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     Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    Do y'all know that it took me almost 7 years of marriage to convince my husband to eat baked beans?!

    I mean really, why in the world is someone going to fight me over eating baked beans haha. He insisted that he hated them, which I just couldn't understand because they're delicious. He had no issues with eating refried beans at the Mexican place but if I tried to put baked beans in the grocery cart he curled his nose up at me.

    Then one day, we were just strolling the aisles at the grocery store and the throws a can of baked beans into the cart. "What the heck are you doing? You don't even like Baked Beans!" --- "I know but I have a craving for them so we should get them." --What tha....yeah that just got you the side eye buddy.

    After a moment of side eye staring I just shrugged my shoulders and we went on our way. Some times I wonder about that man of mine. haha

    But anywho, so now I finally have BigBear on the "baked beans are awesome" team and now we (thankfully) have baked beans stacked in the pantry to be used as fast side dishes for BBQ's and cookouts.

    So what would be my choice of baked beans?

     Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    I admit that sometimes I'm reaching for the cheapest can I can find. However, if I'm feeling "fancy" I normally just go for the BUSH'S baked beans but I've been known to throw some other brands in the cart. I don't really find too much of a different in the BUSH'S original baked beans and other brands but I will tell you that I love a good can of their Maple Cured Bacon baked beans and their Country Style Baked beans.

    It must be all of the extra bacon and brown sugar that pulls me in.

    But what's even better than Maple Bacon Baked Beans? Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans! muhahahaha

    These are the perfect side dish and you've got to have them for your next BBQ!

    The base baked beans for the Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    Baked beans with brown sugar, tons of bacon anTennessee whiskey....I mean really, can't that just my main meal, does it really need to be a side dish? I think I'd rather just have a huge bowl of these as my dinner. Shhhh I won't tell if you won't! 

    Why did I choose to make Jack Daniels Baked Beans? Well a few years ago I had a reader message me after we had talked back and forth in the comment section of one of my Facebook posts.

    She had a killer baked bean recipe and while she wouldn't share her exact recipe with me she did offer to share the ingredients.

    What you need for the Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    It was then my job to figure it out. Well these Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans are the result!

    What did I use in these Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans?

    (and NO, none of these companies know I'm writing about them but I wanted to let you know why I chose the brands that I did for these baked beans)

    BUSH'S Baked Beans -- So why did I decide to doctor up the tasty baked beans? Well, because I can't leave well enough alone. I've got to add a pinch of this and a dash of that to everything. Don't judge me! haha. I loved using these as my base flavors!

    Sweet Clover Honey -- You can totally use regular honey but if you can get your hands on some sweet clover honey, I highly suggest you use it. I got this honey from Sunny Honey Company. I always went along with the idea that Honey was honey until I had a honey tasting when I went to Asheville, NC the other year and I discovered that not all honey is created equal! haha. I'm officially in love with Sweet Clover honey and Blackberry Honey!

    Dixie Crystals -- it's just normal for me to grab a box of Dixie Crystals sugar. I've always loved the name haha, after all I do live in Dixie! ;) So, Dixie Crystals or store brand sugar are both normally found in my cart. If I'm just baking cakes I'm normally using store brands, if I'm making icings, baked beans or anything else that isn't going to just be baked up in a batter I'm using Dixie Crystals, plus the people behind Dixie Crystals are super sweet (pun intended haha).

    Oscar Mayer -- Also a brand that I'm drawn too because it's what we bought when I was growing up. But I also grabbed this pack of bacon because it was the best deal for the amount and these strips of bacon were nice thick cut strips! No one wants thin, flimsy bacon in these baked beans!

    The garlic is just regular heads of garlic and the onion powder is a brand called BADIA. I like this brand because I can get a huge bottle and it doesn't normal cost me very much.  I find the BADIA spices in the "Mexican" section of my local grocery store and their spices are fantastic but way cheaper than the ones in the baking/spice section. You can use a real onion for this if you want too but since Big Bear is allergic to onions, I have to use onion powder in our recipes! Yep, he can't eat onions but he can handle onion powder. :)

    Jack Daniels for the Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    Oooo and then there is the Tennessee whiskey.....Jack Daniels of course! Sorry, y'all I'm awful and I didn't go out and buy a new bottle for the photo session for these beans. Please forgive me. I pretty much finished off this bottle after taking these photos though, so I've got to make a stop to grab some more soon! :)

    Was there a reason that I picked Jack Daniels? Does one need a REASON to pick Jack Daniels? Yeah, I didn't think so! 

     Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans


    Annnd after going back and reading all of that stuff that I just wrote I think I've decided that it's time for me to shut my trap for now.

    Yep, I think I'm just excited about following my heart because these recipes just make me want to talk and talk and talk......

     Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans

    So that's the 2nd recipe for this week's "BBQ/Summer Picnic" theme! Saturday I'm finishing up with a sweet and simple dessert so come on back to grab one of those a little later! <3

    Did you miss the first recipe of this week's "BBQ/Summer Picnic" theme? You can grab that here.
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    Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans            
    By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
    5/10/15                                                                          (Click to Print)
    Fills an 8x8 pan                      
                      
                   

    What You'll Need:

    20 pieces of center cut bacon
    3 gloves garlic, minced
    3 (28 oz) cans of baked beans(I used BUSH'S Country Style & Maple Cured)
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    2 tablespoons honey
    1/2 cup brown sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
    1/4 cup Jack Daniels

    Directions 

    Pre-heat oven to 350F.

    Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook until crispy.

    Place cooked bacon on a paper towel to drain and remove all of the bacon grease EXCEPT about 2 tablespoons.

    Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant.

    Remove garlic and set aside.

    In a large bowl, mix together the beans, onion powder, honey and brown sugar.

    Mix in the Jack Daniels.

    Mix in the garlic and bacon. (I saved about 1/4 cup of bacon to out on the top before baking)

    Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of bacon on top.

    Bake for 1 hour.


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    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers

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    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers

    Is everyone back to the weekly grind by now? I'm sorely missing my weekend, I don't remember having one haha. I'd like a re-do please. ;)

    Well, I don't see that happening so let's just pick our heads up and move on shall we...

    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers

    Are we all super excited about the recipes that are getting ready to pop up on the blog?

    Southern Foods that we all love are coming atcha!

    I mean they may not ALL be "traditional southern" however a lot of those will be showing up to the party too!

    I've been throwing around a little idea and I'm going to work on "working it into" the blog. I've been taking a little more "me time" lately and catching up on some of my favorite cooking shows like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen on Saturday mornings and while I was watching Trisha's Southern Kitchen the other day, I thought to myself,"I love this show, I love it because I get to see her life, her family and her friends. I get to see her having fun and she makes me want to get into the kitchen and I also love the themes of her shows!"

    Themes! Cooking shows have them all the time. You know, "Bacon Breakfasts" or whatever and they'll share like 3 recipes with that theme or something. It pulls you in and makes you want to see what all they're whipping up!


    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers

    Well the other morning, Trisha did a "Steel Magnolias" themed show and I fell in love with every single recipe and thought "why don't I do that, why don't I have themes on the blog?"

    So that's what I'm going to work on. I'm going to work on giving the blog weekly themes and we'll see how long they last haha.

    This week is going to all about "Picnic Foods/Summer BBQ Dishes"....you know that in the south we can have BBQ's without actually eating BBQ right? haha ;)

    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers


    Today I'm kicking off this week of "Picnic Foods/Summer BBQ Dishes" with this Roast Beef Grilled Cheese! Later on in the week I'll be sharing my Easy Jack Daniels Baked Beans and Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Cheesecake Parfaits! All recipes that are great for picnics or BBQs!

    We had the Jack Daniels Baked Beans and the Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Cheesecake Parfaits yesterday during mom's Mother's Day Picnic so I KNOW they pack up well!

    Mother's Day Cookout


    These Roast Beef Grilled Cheeses are perfect for enjoying on the back patio but they're also great for packing up for a picnic at the park!


    Stubb's Smokey Mesquite

    For these, I picked up some sliced roast beef from the grocery store deli just because I wanted the slices to be a little thicker but the pre-packaged roast beef would work as well.

    I slathered them with the Stubb's Smokey Mesquite but if you can't find that just use your favorite BBQ sauce. I liked the Stubb's smokey mesquite flavor and to be honest they had the best ingredient list out of all of the BBQ sauces that the store had.

    I also decided to go with sesame seed buns for these grilled cheese sandwiches instead of plain white bread. I just wanted something a little different and the sesame seeds buns were totally the answer!

    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese #12Bloggers

    This month's  #12Bloggers theme is all about grilled cheeses! Grab the recipe here for these Roast Beef Grilled Cheeses and then skip to the bottom of this post and check out 11 more satisfying grilled cheese recipes!!
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    Roast Beef Grilled Cheese
    By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
    5/12/15                                                                                                 (Click to Print)
    4 Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwiches                     
                                

                        
    Ingredients 

    2 pounds sliced roast beef
    8 thin slices Swiss cheese
    4 tablespoons smokey BBQ Sauce (I used Stubb's Smokey Mesquite
    4 buns (tops and bottoms, I used Pepperidge Farm Sesame Topped Hamburger Buns)
    Butter


    Directions 

    Heat a skillet on medium heat. I use my cast iron skillets for grilled cheese making!

    Melt about a tablespoon (or half a tablespoon) of butter in the pan.

    Toast the inside sides of the buns.

    Assemble the roast beef sandwiches like this:

    Top Bun
    1/2 tablespoon BBQ sauce
    2 pieces of cheese
    1/2 pound sliced roast beef
    1/2 tablespoon BBQ sauce
    Bottom Bun

    Melt about a tablespoon (or half a tablespoon) of butter in the pan.

    Place 1 of the fully assembles sandwiches into the middle of the pan.

    Heat for about 1 minute, maybe 1 minute and 30 seconds. It should be toasty but not burnt.

    Flip the sandwich over so that the top bun it touching the pan.

    Press down with a spatula.

    Cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute, maybe 1 minute and 30 seconds.

    Top should be nice and toasty and cheese should be melted.

    Repeat with reaming sandwiches.

    Serve hot!


    12 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes!!!






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