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Friday, July 31, 2015

Back from Wilmington, NC ....{again} + Where life is taking us!

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So I'm back from Wilmington, NC once again. I went down with my friend Nikki, her husband David and their two girls for a few days! Yep, I went down with them on their family vacation haha, I've been going on their family trips to Wilmington for the past 10 years.

Kendra and I at Breakfast! 
We enjoyed time at the beach, I spent one morning pouring over the farmer's market, we looked for shells and found shark teeth, and even visited the carnival on the boardwalk!

Down at the Farmer's Market on the Riverfront in Wilmington

While I did get a few days of beach relaxation while we were there, I had another objective for this trip. I was out to find us an apartment! Yep!

The cat is out of the bag, we've been making plans to move to Wilmington, NC!! I've wanted to move there since I was 18 or 19 but my plans fell through. Since then, I met BigBear, got married, moved to Camp Lejeune, moved back to VA and bounced around to a few houses.

It's been a whirlwind these past 11 or so years but BigBear finally agreed to move!


He's always been totally against moving back to NC but the night before my 30th birthday after I went to bed, he sent me a little e-mail that said:

"You are the most important thing in my life.  There are no words or phrases to describe how proud I am of you; you give until it hurts and keep giving to others. The promise I make to you today is to be the best husband I can be and to offer you the life you want. So with that being said Happy Birthday now lets talk about Wilmington....."

<3 So the planning began!

While we were giving ourselves about a year or two to save up money and look for a place, we received a bit of bad news the Monday before last. Due to unfortunate circumstances (and no fault of our own) we would be loosing our current home (it's a rental) in about 2 months. Well yeah, so a major wrench was thrown in our plans!

We're trying to work something out so that we can can stay in the house for a bit longer (keeping those details hush hush for now) but our moving plans may have just jumped up quite a bit!  Scared to Death & Excited about the Future are two phrases that sum up my feelings right now.

Fort Fisher! Found shark teeth here!

I was super excited to look for apartments until I actually started looking! It was totally over whelming and I really wish that Big Bear could have been there with me.

So many things to consider!

Rent, Water fees, pet rules, pet fees, school districts (you know for whenever we have kids!), area, location, space, square footage........I mean all normal things to consider but it all got to me! My brain is still spinning.

*BREATH ANGIE BREATH* I've got this.......right?

Oh and of course it's always fun to return from the beach and visit the doctor to find out that you've been coughing so much because you (at some point without realizing it) had an asthma attack (how does one have an attack and not know it!?!), have the start of bronchitis, as well as a bit of a sinus infection and drainage. What the hell body, get it together! I'm out to get myself! Haha

My diet is going to consist of cough drops, ice pops and cough syrup for a while.

North End Pier, we use to be able to sit under here! There was a storm right before we got down there that pulled the tide up haha. 




So can we chat for a bit? I KNOW this is mainly a food blog but I have a feeling that I'm going to be chatting about more than food in the future! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to cook and share recipes with y'all but I know I've said it 1000 times, it's hard sometimes to come up with things to talk about when it comes to food. I've got so much to write about and sometimes it just doesn't "mesh well" with recipes and food.

I don't have the time to start a new/separate blog, so when I'm in the mood to jibber jabber about other topics, those will probably just end up here on BigBearsWife.com :) Hope you're cool with that. But don't worry! Recipes will totally be popping up all the time! <3


Just working on letting my true voice shine while I'm on my way to becoming a permanent beach bum! <3




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Thursday, July 23, 2015

15 Refreshing Summer Popsicle Recipes

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15 Refreshing Summer Popsicle Recipes

I was trying to decide between these Summer Popsicles and Moon Pie Brownies for today's post but since I know a lot of y'all are not interested in turning on the oven right now, I figured that cold ice pops might be the better of the two!

I'm all for making my own popsicles at home and I'm totally in love with all of these flavors below!

I've been using my Zoku Quick Pop maker at home lately to make my favorite Pink Lemonade Strawberry Pops and Pink and Green Summer Pops but after looking through all of these pops below I promptly jumped over to amazon to buy a new popsicle mold so that I could make popsicles with that classic popsicle look!


Sunshine and Popsicles go hand in hand don't they?....well hand in sticky, melty hand. haha

Psst. I'm headed back to Carolina Beach tomorrow! I'll be posting my adventures on my instagram if you're bored and want to follow along! ;)



Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles from Floating Kitchen







Grape-Lime-Strawberry Pops  from Hola Jalapeno



Mimosa Popsicles from Noshing with the Nolands



Mocha Cookies and Cream Pops from Joanne Eats Well with Others



Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Popsicles from Joanne Eats Well with Others












Vanilla Pineapple Popsicles   from An Edible Mosaic



Stone Fruit Yogurt Pops from Melanie Makes




Brownie Brittle Popsicles  from Food Faith and Fitness


Strawberry Jam Yogurt Pops  from Very Culinary



Banana Creme Popsicles  from A Girl Worth Saving







15 Refreshing Summer Popsicle Recipes





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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

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How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

What do you do when a friend posts on Facebook that they've got a ton of home grown tomatoes that are "Free to good home"? You jump on that opportunity and then sneak in a little question to see if they have any green tomatoes that you could take off of their hands. :)

A photo posted by Angie Barrett | Big Bears Wife (@bigbearswife) on


I have yet to see any green tomatoes at our grocery stores haha ;) and to be honest it's a little difficult to find them at the farmers market unless you ask a farmer to bring you the green ones.

Since I'm not a good gardener and I don't have any tomatoes growing in my yard, I've got to reply on awesome friends with green thumbs.

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

I had Fried Green Tomatoes at my grandparents house when I was younger and more recently I had them when we were down in Miami! I mean of all places! haha

And well, since I won't be able to get green tomatoes all year long, I thought this may be the perfect time to make some more and share them here with y'all!

I know a lot of people like them "as is" once they're fried but I have to admit that I love them dipped in ranch or french onion dip! YES! French Onion Dip and Fried Green Tomatoes are pretty much a match made  in heaven! Southern Heaven that is... ;)

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes



I'm still not to the point of having my own recipe for ranch or french onion dip but if you're looking for some good options let me point you in the right directions:

Homemade Ranch:

Homemade Ranch Dressing from The Pioneer Woman
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Simply Recipes
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing  from Just a Taste

Homemade French Onion Dip:

Best Ever French Onion Dip  from Iowa Girl Eats
French Onion Chip Dip from My Baking Addiction
Skinny Dipping: Lightened-Up French Onion Dip from Crumb Blog


How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

So if you're gonna serve these with dip, go head and get that made (or bought) haha and then get ready to make your fried green tomatoes!

You're going to need about 2-3 medium green tomatoes, a pinch of salt, some all purpose flour, paprika, dry mustard, yellow cornmeal, milk, 1 egg and Vegetable Oil for Frying!

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

I've got the full directions/recipe for you at the bottom of this post but for a quick run down, you're going to slice the green tomatoes, sprinkle them with salt, dredge them in the flour, milk and cornmeal before frying them to a beautiful golden brown!

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes


Serve them hot or at room temperature!

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes


Have  you ever made fried green tomatoes?

Have you seen the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes? haha I love it!


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Fried Green Tomatoes
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
7/20/15         
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Ingredients 


2-3 medium green tomatoes
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
1 egg
Vegetable Oil for Frying


Directions 

Pour about 1 inch of oil into a large skillet, like a large cast iron skillet.

Heat oil to 350F, I recommend using a cooking thermometer that clips onto the side of the skillet.

While the oil is heating, set out three bowls (or a breading tray set up)


Fill the first one with the flour, paprika and dry mustard. Whisk together.

In the second bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.

In the third bowl, add in 1 a cup of cornmeal.

Slice the green tomatoes into disc that are about 1/4 of an inch thick. Lay them flat on a plate and lightly sprinkle them with salt.

Taking one tomato at a time, dip the tomato slice into the flour mixture and coat each side. Set it back onto the plate. Once you've dipped them all into the flour, let them rest for about 2-3 minutes, this will let the juices from the tomatoes stick to the flour. Now, one at a time, dip them back into the flour to coat both sides, dip them in the milk mixture and then into the cornmeal, making to to coat both sides. Place the tomato slices on a place.

Line another place with a paper towel and set aside.

Once the oil reaches 350F, fry 2-3 tomato slices at a time. Fry for about 1-2 minutes or until each side is golden brown. Don't over fry :)

Remove them from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and lay them on the paper towel lined plate to drain and rest.

Serve them as is or serve with a dipping sauce like ranch or french onion dip!








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Sunday, July 19, 2015

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes

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20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Pizza and Beer! It's my mom's choice for dinner every year on her birthday. haha. You wouldn't even imagine that from meeting my mom. She doesn't drink beer...except on her birthday. It's the one day out of the entire year that you can find my mom with a beer in her hand.

Other than that, she's getting tipsy on virgin pina coladas. haha

Every year when I ask her what she wants to do for her birthday she says, "just dinner'.

Then I'll ask what she wants to have and she'll say "you don't know?", to which I reply,"Beer and Pizza" and that's all the planning we have to do. :)

Since today is my sweet momma's birthday I though that it would be the perfect day to share some Pizza and Beer inspired recipes with y'all!

Below you'll find 11 Pizza and Pizza Inspired Recipes, 8 Beer Inspired Recipes and 1 Beer AND Pizza inspired recipe.

Perfect theme to celebrate my perfect mom. Happy Birthday Mom!




11 Pizza (and pizza inspired) Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Bacon Ranch Chicken Pita Pizza from Yummy Healthy Easy

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes

Easy, Cheesy 5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake from Two Healthy Kitchens

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes

Pizza Pasta Salad from A Cedar Spoon

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Pesto Pizza from Aris Menu

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Turkey Zucchini Pizza Lasagna  from Food Faith Fitness

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Skinny Pizza Mac and Cheese  from Food Faith Fitness

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Pizza Pasta from Me (Big Bear's Wife)

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


        8 Beer Inspired Recipes


Peach Beermosas  from Growing up Gabel

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Beer Float from Aris Menu

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



Beer Battered Reuben Fish Tacos from What Jew Wanna Eat

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Beer Battered Zucchini with Lime Cilantro Aioli from The View from the Great Island

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


Homemade Beer Bread from Me (Big Bear's Wife)

20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes



  1 Beer AND Pizza Inspired Recipe!


20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes


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20 Pizza and Beer Inspired Recipes




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