Five on Friday

With it finally being summer it doesn't seem right to say High Five for Friday. If anything it's more of a "Please go by as slow as possible summer!" 


1. The first week of summer has been the perfect blend of busy, yet not actually busy. Our Sunday School class had a little get together last Saturday for Memorial Day. BBQ and good friends always make for a great afternoon.

2. I had a fun pedi/lunch date with my teacher friends. They're more like friends who just so happen to be teachers, so we celebrated the end of the year together. None of us actually work together. We had lunch at Zoe's and then hit up Indulge in Lafayette. Let me just tell you, their cupcake milkshakes are a whole new way to describe amazing. Best milkshake I've ever had for sure.

3. Two of my pics actually come from out little outing Wednesday. The guys actually didn't want us to go to town, the weather was awful and there was flooding everywhere. Well the direction we drove wasn't bad at all and it was completely blue skies the whole afternoon. Good thing we didn't chicken out and stay in New Iberia.

4. One of the meals I made this week was deemed a keeper by Jeremy, and if you've been reading here long you know he doesn't deem much to be a keeper. The biggest difference between the two of us is my need for healthy and his need to not eat how I do. I'm a whole wheat, chia seed, kombucha kind of gal while he tends more towards the mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and country cooking realm. I'm just accepting my place as the crunchy person in the family and plan to raise a house full of crunchy kids too. Here's the recipe we both loved... click here.

5. Last night I made another batch of my Pearl St. Salad Dressing. It got me thinking, mainly because I recently had a comment that it wasn't their exact recipe, and I was slightly irritated. I've had this recipe since high school, and I actually quit eating at Pearl St. since the house dressing was the only reason I ever went. The recipe I was given was that close to the real thing, as in tastes exactly like it to me. If you worked there and know the real thing why not say what's different. That's mainly why I doubt the comment, people just love to say whatever when guarded by the internet. Kind of like the people on Pinterest who freak out of something isn't from scratch. I almost want to comment and tell people to get over themselves... but don't. Then again I guess I just did.

Then again if I've learned anything from blogging it's that if a post has a ton of comments people are complaining about something. All the comments might not be fussing, but I promise there will be one or two snarky people in there. 

Nanny's Recipes: Lasagna Rolls

Today's another My Grandmother's Recipes days, and Jeremy even loved this one... even though I snuck a few ingredients in on him. 

Particularly the whole wheat lasagna, had he seen me add it in there would have been anarchy. 

My Grandmother's Recipes - Lasagna Rolls via @labride

This lasagna recipe is different from any one I've ever made. It's filled with your traditional ricotta mixture, with spinach added in. Which happens to be something I like and do on rare occasion when I actually make traditional lasagna and not my spaghetti squash version

The main ingredients that sets it apart from what I am use to is the bechamel sauce that you cover the bottom of the pan with. It give the dish a richness I don't normally associate with lasagna. 

Like a hybrid of the best macaroni with lasagna added in. 

My Grandmother's Recipes - Lasagna Rolls via @labride

Nanny's Lasagna Rolls

Sauce::
2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tsp all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg (I didn't have any on hand and left it out. 

Lasagna::
1 15oz container part skim ricotta cheese (Nanny used whole milk)
1 10oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
3 oz prosciutto, chopped
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 tsp salt, plus more for salting water
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 - 2 tsp olive oil
12 uncooked lasagna noodles 
2 cups marinara sauce (make your own or use store bought)
1 cup shredded mozzarella 

Directions::
To make the sauce - Melt the butter in a heavy medium sauce pan over med-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to med-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce. 


My Grandmother's Recipes - Lasagna Rolls via @labride


For the lasagna rolls - Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 

Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, & pepper in a medium bowl to blend. 

Add a tbsp or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite (al-dente). Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking. 

Butter a 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the buttered dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tbsp of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at one end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll. Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamel sauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture. Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tbsp of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside. 

My Grandmother's Recipes - Lasagna Rolls via @labride

In the recipe I made I did change a few things as usual. I browned 1 lb of ground beef and placed it on top of the lasagna rolls before adding the cheese. 

Jeremy wouldn't exactly be happy with a recipe that didn't have more meat than the 3 oz of prosciutto that was already in it. 

I also put the entire 2 cups of marinara over the lasagna rolls after adding the ground beef. I didn't want to serve it alongside like the recipe called for. 

Oh, and as far as the noodles were concerned. I used 16 noodles and I did have them touch. I did 4 rows of 4. 

Other than that and the nutmeg I talked about earlier in the post, I did everything else the same as Nanny. 

My Grandmother's Recipes - Lasagna Rolls via @labride

Have you made lasagna rolls before, or do you go the more traditional route? 

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

It's been thundering and raining here for hours, which for any other weenie dog owner knows it can only mean some needy fur ball has been crying for hours.

Too bad Pinterest can't fix that. 

It can apparently fix everything else though. 


When I saw this one I immediately knew of a four year old that would have this on his wrist the entire time we're in Puerto Rico. We've never done any major traveling with a small child, so this is the test to not lose him.


I'm going to be trying this on my feet very soon, the bottoms are very orange/yellow. I blame it on my yellowish skin tone, it's just concentrated there. 


How perfect is this nook? I'm almost hoping the house we move into has a computer nook of some sort, or somewhere to recreate this! 


Who couldn't use a basic yellow cake mix recipe? 


Y'all know how much I love my contouring, I swear I need to do a vlog about it. A lot of the tutorials are all for cream or liquid makeup, I use all powder. 


I mentally put this diy on my summer to do list last year and never did it, this year I'm putting it back. Which probably means I'll never do it yet again. Slacker!


I love when I see this particular pin pop up on Pinterest. This is from a late 2008 or early 2009 Rachel Ray magazine for party decorating ideas. Way before Pinterest I had this clipped out and shoved into my wedding binder so we knew what to do for our rehearsal dinner decorating. It looks great and is a wonderful centerpiece for many different occasions. 


This would make the perfect kitchen backsplash. I love subway tiles, but this color is a nice pop. I tend to go all white except for minor color details. 


Jeremy, in case you read this post... add this to the things you're eventually going to have to make. 



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Meal Pinning Monday

It's finally summer, and I couldn't be happier! Whoo hoo for getting to eat when you want to, and not packing lunch every day. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Nanny's Lasagna Rolls (recipe to come Thursday)

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Roast with carrots, onions, and sweet potato

Thursday - Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Friday - Bacon Chicken Acocado Salad

Saturday - Buffalo Wings

Sunday - Spicy Grilled Chicken with Brussel Sprouts


What's everyone else cooking this week?

Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce

I'm a little more than behind this week due to an unwanted blogging break. Needless to say within hours of Jeremy graduating I started showing symptoms of the flu.

Sunday morning my mother forced me to go to Urgent Care after my fever kept on inching up. Monday it nearly hit 102, which had me in a utter panic that it would go to 103 and I'd have to go to the hospital. Too many people have died from flu complications this year to play with it, and luckily after covering myself in frozen wash clothes it finally went back down.

It's kind of discouraging to take medicine and watch your fever just keep going up, and good gracious the pain that does with a fever. I'm a huge baby though, Jeremy on the other hand is so use to not feeling well due to his ear problems that he never seems phased.

After being babied half to death by Jeremy and Mom I'm finally on the mend and got around to photographing Nanny's recipe I made Friday.

Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce.

Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce via @labride

There are many foods I associate with Nanny, but this one is all Pop. 

Growing up Pop would always have ice cream on hand for when Laura and I came over, which was several times a week. If I was lucky enough to get sick and checkout, Nanny always brought me home and babied me. After Pop retired it meant that much more time with him. 

When we weren't sick though, it was always ice cream after dinner. Most Friday nights were spent with Nanny & Pop eating pizza and then finishing off the night with ice cream... which we would then let my grandparents cocker-poo Beaux lick the bowls. 

One thing Pop always liked putting on his ice cream was peanut butter. He'd just warm some up and drizzle it over this big ole bowl. 

While I love it Pop's way, this recipe of Nanny's takes Pop's way to a whole new level. 

Plus it's pretty darn divine on ice cream, scones, toast, or anything that'll hold still. 

Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce via @labride

Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce

Ingredients::
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup half & half
1 tbsp honey
3/4 cup peanut butter

Directions::
In a heavy 1 quart sauce pan over medium heat, heat sugar, half and half, and honey until boiling. Stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Stir until blended and smooth. Serve warm. 

Serving suggestions:: waffles, ice cream, scones, biscuits, frozen yogurt, pancakes, or toast. 


Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce via @labride

What's your favorite ice cream topping? 

Mustard-Glazed Ribs & Potato Salad

It's another My Grandmother's Recipes day around here. 

I made this last week and put a slight spin on the recipes in her recipe folder, mainly because that's what I had in my pantry. I'm a bit of a believer in not buying a ton of random ingredients you don't typically use. 

They just go bad. 

Mustard-Glazed Ribs

The original recipe was from Better Homes & Gardens, one of Nanny's favorite places to find recipes. At least out of the newer ones, the rest are hand written on old index cards or photocopied in the library where she worked. 

There are even a few written on the back of old gas receipts. 

Mustard-Glazed Ribs

Mustard-Glazed Ribs

adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
Ingredients::
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1.5 lbs of country style pork ribs

Directions::
Saute onion in a small sauce pan until translucent. Reduce heat to low and add mustard, honey, vinegar, and lemon. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Stir in thyme. Preheat grill to high, reducing to medium/low before placing ribs on the grill. This will give them nice grill marks and a bit of char. Cook ribs on a medium/low heat basting with mustard-glaze until they have completed cooking. Be sure to reserve a bit before glazing the ribs to serve alongside them. 

Mustard-Glazed Ribs

Based on the printer date on both of these recipes, she didn't start making them until shortly before Jeremy and I were married. Although it seems I remember seeing both of these around Memorial or Labor Day one year. 

Like the ribs, the potato salad recipe was taken for another favorite recipe spot of her's... Food Network. I also changed it up a bit so it fit more of what I like to cook and eat, it's a Sandra Lee recipe and I feel like she sometimes using prepackaged things when they don't need to be used. 

Texas Potato Salad

Does anyone else remember way back in the day when you had to write to Food Network for the recipe you wanted and they'd mail it to you? 

I wish I remembered who that Chocolate Taco recipe I requested was from, I still remember getting it in the snail mail. 

Texas Potato Salad

Nanny's Texas Potato Salad

adapted from Food Network's Sandra Lee
Ingredients::
5lb bag of small red potatoes (the crawfish boil bag around here)
2 hard boiled eggs (optional, I left them out)
1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise (or sub part of it for sour cream or greek yogurt)
3/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp dill pickle relish
salt & pepper
Paprika and green onion for garnish

Directions::
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. When potatoes are cooked through, drain them and place back into the pot. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes into a chunky consistency, or smooth if you prefer it. Toss in all other ingredients and stir to combine. Garnish with paprika and green onions. 

I also used a little garlic salt, I can't stand to not use garlic! 

Texas Potato Salad

With Memorial Day coming up, how do you plan on celebrating? 

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

We have finally hit the single digits people, officially 8 days of work left. That's totally bearable, because for the next two months I get to wake up when I want, eat when I want, and workout twice a day without feeling exhausted.

I typically only make it once a day during the school year at best.

This summer I'm looking forward to another marathon of working out like I did with some friends a few years ago. Those girls had me biking, swimming, and walking a ton of miles every day.

I have a gym membership here, but the treadmill just doesn't compare to walking in the dim light and freezing temps of the Civic Center in Thibodaux. Hands down my favorite thing to do is walk my 10,000 steps for the day there listening to random podcasts!

Now on to the pinning.


I feel like I'm quite the queen of DIY projects that never get completed... hence that leather from two years ago sitting in my sewing kit. Don't even ask. Also, don't ask about this sewing kit, or the sewing machine that quit working and is now being used to hold my Kitchenaid mixer. I'm a hot mess most days! 

Back to the point, I'm adding these to my "never going to be completed" diy list.


I love the colors of this dining room, it would also work great in a living room. 


 I have no plans of living in a house with carpet ever again, but just in case that happens this would come in handy. Wish I would have known this when I had that first townhouse and Ellie was potty training. 


Need to make, need to make, need to make!


I'm making this as soon as I have a free weekend or a few hours after work that I don't feel like I was running from a tornado for the entire day. I think I want to take the 3 pieces of beadboard from the tutorial and hinge them on the back so I can store it easy. 


I am in love with these sleep shorts, Jeremy's remark was that they weren't sexy enough. Sorry dude, but you know I ain't sleeping in sexy. I thought I made that clear years ago ha! If ever I could hypnotize him to believe anything it would be my taste in night wear.


This is going to be on next week's menu. I have't made anything that took much work lately and this seems interesting enough to make! Then again, I'm saying all of this before my marathon baking this weekend. 


I've said for a year I was going to get a media kit together and haven't done it. This summer it's on my blog to do list for sure. 


This needs to be filed under "things my mother said" and hung on my classroom wall. 


Did you see the recipe for Mexican Cornbread last week? You should:)



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On the Eve, Eve, Eve of Graduation

This might not make any sense, it's just me spilling my brain out about Jeremy, graduation, and life.

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I talked about Jeremy graduating a few weeks ago, as an end to the Graduate Wife Journey, but the past day or so it's really hit me that we've come to the end of the tunnel.

It was quite a tunnel. One that seemed so long, that as we stood in the kitchen at our house on Duval opening the letter that said Jeremy had finally been accepted to NSU for the Specialist program, now seems like it was even longer. That time in Monroe feels like it was ages away, when in reality it was only three years.

But a lot happens in three years.

We felt like kids then, granted I felt like an adult, but looking back that feeling was definitely that of a kid. We've aged, but that comes with the territory. We no longer live that carefree young 20's life on our motorcycle, keeping up with what concerts were coming close to us. These days I would look at Jeremy like he's lost his mind if he suggested I leave work to go to a concert in Little Rock (which was much closer then) to get home crazy late and go to work the next day.

That fact alone shows we aren't the same people.

Not being the same isn't always bad though. Jeremy seems to get better with age, I hope he would say the same about me. While he is always very rational and calm, his views on life have broadened and I've seen his knowledge of the bible and faith in God rapidly expand.

I attribute that to having the friends he had in Thibodaux, those guys were way over my head. They still are, but that's what I admired about my girlfriends and their husbands. They're great people, with a great sense of humor, and a ridiculous knowledge that I wish I could take an ounce of.

In a few days I get to see him graduate for a second time. He might feel like it's long overdue, but he couldn't help being forced to start college late. I personally admire the heck out of him and what he overcame. I highly doubt I would have had the same outcome.

Had he taken my path to college, the slightly easier one, he wouldn't have half the stories he has. He wouldn't have traveled with some missionary, which is a whole host of funny stories. None of which make any sense when I try to put them on a timeline in my head. No sense at all.

Something about him just draws adventure. I seem to draw crazy stories filled with drama and ridiculousness. Not Jeremy, his stories, which I can rarely get him to speak of to other people because he is much more humble than I am are about walking from village to village in Africa. Baptizing a 99 year old witch doctor who had held onto a bible to years because she felt like someone was coming to explain it to her, and that person was my husband.

He named two men in a field in Africa, because they accepted Christ and wanted new names. In their previous religion you were named according to something, and their mother felt that they were a curse and the English translation of their names was Trouble and Trouble Too. He even named some woman's baby, who he said was covered in flies.

The things he's seen and done are sometimes past what I can imagine in my life.

Which might be why I get so giddy and emotional thinking about watching him walk across the stage this weekend and actually get hooded.

Where I graduated from at least, you are only hooded for a Specialist or Doctorate. When Jeremy told me he had to make sure he turned his hood into Dr. B I nearly fell out with excitement. I wanted so badly to be hooded, but we had to come in wearing ours. Now, I'm mentally freaking out that my camera lens won't be good enough to get a nice shot.

We rushed through my first graduation, but managed to get a picture together for my Master's and Jeremy's Bachelors. I'm telling y'all, and I'm not kidding, I want a great picture of us after his graduation with that hood on so I can frame it.

There will be a copy in my classroom, and a copy in the house. I might even put a copy on the mailbox and make personalized stamps with that picture on it.

So be prepared to have a social media overload from me Saturday.

I'm just short of decorating the house for graduation just to show my excitement, lucky for Jeremy I don't have time to get to Target before then. 

Meal Pinning Monday

It's hard to believe, but this week is finally graduation. I know Jeremy feels like it's been a long time coming. I on the other hand haven't been able to imagine what life would be like without graduate school. 

Guess we will see what it's like to not spend the majority of our money on college classes, or maybe not since I had the bright idea to add on Sped certification ha! 


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Grilled Pork Chops & Cabbage

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken & Brussel Sprouts (these were so good last week I had to make them again)

Wednesday - Grilled Chicken & Roasted Broccoli
Same chicken as above, for the broccoli I roast them at 425, drizzle olive oil over them and season with garlic salt and pepper. 

Thursday - Steak & No Fry Fries

Friday - Spinach Dip, Grilled Chicken, Chipotle Sweet Potatoes (minus the chicken), Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ice Cream & Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce (recipe to come next week)

Saturday - Rice Krispies Macaroons & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake

Sunday - Probably eating out after all that cooking while company is here. 

High Five for Friday

This has been a long week, almost as if I lived it twice already. 

Something tells me next week between school ending soon and Jeremy graduating will be just as long and drawn out. Kids are just manic this close to the end. 

1. Ellie has been cracking me up lately with her little perch. Jeremy felt bad that she liked looking out the window so much and did have that luxury in this townhouse. She typically has a low to the ground window to sit in, or like our house in Monroe, she sat either at the glass door or on the window seat. So he pulled up what is apparently blinds in this house, pushed out ottoman to the window, and then shoved her stool up to it so she could get up there. She hasn't gotten down except to eat and potty since.

2. I am obsessed with Quest Protein Bars! It's how I get my chocolate fix in the afternoons. The only down side is that the guy at GNC now knows who I am and what I'm up to every week. Brings me back to those high school and college days when we lived close to good BBQ places. I always ate BBQ on Friday and it got to the point at both places, whether I was back home or in Monroe, that when I walked in the girl at the counter would quote my order to me and then pass it right on over. I tend to get stuck in food obsessions if you haven't noticed.

3. Who all watches Call the Midwife? I've been catching up on my iPad here lately. I've only gotten to episode 3 on the new season and it was so sad. I never cry and it took everything in me to not sob through the entire episode.

4. As part of preparing for our absurd outdoor field trip this week I took my old denim jacket and cut the sleeves off to make a vest. Super easy if you want to do it, just flip it inside out and cut as close as you can get away with to remove the sleeve. After that I frayed the material that was left behind, and I'm happy to tell you the look was 4th grader approved. They tend to think they work on Fashion Police, but as long as I'm getting good reviews I'm good to go. Then again I typically wear khakis, so if I do anything outside the norm the girls think it's pretty.

5. Our trip... it was to a ride through safari park near New Orleans. It was a little annoying to sit on a bus for nearly 6 hours and not get home until 6 that day, but the single hour we were at the park was fun. My students never fail to make me laugh about something and they got a good laugh out of me that day. I was busy watching them and some large animal came right up and stuck it nose to the back of my head, I immediately jumped up squealing. The kids thought it was a riot! The only problem was one of mine wasn't paying any attention and as our wagon pulled forward, the animal didn't move, and it went nose to nose with my student who was hanging over the side of the wagon happily feeding the deer who couldn't reach him. The look of shock and excitement on his face was probably the funniest moment of the entire day!

What are your weekend plans? Did you do anything new and fun this week?

Nanny's Mexican Cornbread

I can still remember the night Nanny made me try her Mexican Cornbread. 

She bribed me into taking a bite and I didn't like it one bit, but I really don't like cornbread. I adore for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but other than that I can't stand the stuff. 

Yes, I'm cornbread picky. Blame it on school cafeteria's that serve it with spaghetti and watching kids crumble it into their food. Still grosses me out to this day. 

Mexican Cornbread from @labride

Today's recipe though, is luckily nothing like that. 

It's also my take on my grandmother's Mexican Cornbread. So I'll share her recipe as well as how I make her recipe with you. 

Consider it a two in one. 

Mexican Cornbread from @labride

Jeremy isn't actually a fan of Mexican Cornbread, but I've made this for out last two big meals to test it out and he loved both batches.

The man is quick to tell me he doesn't like something, and this was lucky for me, not one of those recipes. 

Mexican Cornbread from @labride

Nanny's Mexican Cornbread

Ingredients::
1 small pack of cornbread mix
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 can cream corn
1/4 cup onion
1/2 lb Velveeta Cheese
jalapeno pepper
1 lb hot sausage

Directions::
Brown sausage and diced onion, mix with other ingredients. Bake in  9x13 pan at 350 degrees for about an hour. 

Emily's Mexican Cornbread

Ingredients::
1 package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk (I usually use unsweetened almond because I have it on hand)
1/4 of a large red onion, diced
1/2 package of Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage
1/2 Jalapeno, diced
1 cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Directions::
Preheat oven to 400 with cast iron skillet in the oven. Brown sausage with diced onion and jalapeno. Combine corn muffin mix, egg, and milk, allow it to sit while the sausage mixture browns. When sausage it browned, mix it and the cheese into the corn muffin mixture. Remove skillet from oven, spray with nonstick spray, and pour cornbread mixture into the skillet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

Mexican Cornbread from @labride

You might have noticed I changed the cheese from what Nanny used to shredded. I just prefer the taste. I also didn't add the cream corn. 

Those are just my preferences. I also know the woman listed milk on this, but more than likely used buttermilk. When I say she used butter milk I don't intend for you to believe that she purchased it that way. 

Nope, Nanny was known for leaving just a little bit of milk in the fridge and letting it spoil. It's the old country girl way. Or as I like to think of it, you can take the woman out of Newellton, but you apparently can't remove Newellton from the woman. 

Poor thing had her ashes sprinkled in the cemetery there too. Pop and Nanny's best friend Katie joked that she was probably thinking "Now how the hell did I end up back here?" 

Excuse the language, but I am about positive she would have said that. There's just no reason to live in little ole Newellton! 

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and of course this far into the week Murphy's Law has taken over so much that I'd like to hurt Murphy down and beat him senseless. 

That about sums up this week so far. 

So let's talk about something more pleasant... what I've been pinning:)


First up, not only do I want this... I want two of these just in case the first one gets worn out. 


This needs to be changed to without Jesus and Ice Cream, because this two would sum me up in a shirt. 


Has anyone got a good cast iron skillet cleaning method? I feel like I've been searching for one for ages and have yet to be satisified. 


I really want to make this coffee table, in an honestly going to make it not drool over it kind of way. 


Churro Milkshakes sounds divine, absolutely divine! The recipe calls for coconut rum, and I'm not a big fan of alcohol in my milkshake so I'm assuming you could add some coconut extract and maybe rum extract to get the same flavor. Maybe even skip the rum extract. Random side note, but I love pina coladas, but I've learned they are not all made equal. I prefer them without alcohol and homemade. I need to post that recipe one day, I gained so much weight in college on those non alcoholic pina coladas. 


I am obsessed with sweet potatoes, other than in french fry form white potatoes just don't appeal to me. I think it's the fact that they only taste like what's put on them, while sweet potatoes have their own amazing flavor. This particular side dish sounds like it's right up my ally and ending up on our meal plan next week.