• Mexican Tuna Salad
  • Pimiento Mac n’ Cheese
  • Vegetable Beef Barley Soup
  • Ceramic Port Candleholder | How to Make Flowers Last Longer Trick
  • We Have a Winner!

Mexican Tuna Salad

I have to admit I wasn’t always a big tuna fish fan, but prepared as below, it has become a favorite. This recipe is great-tasting and easy to prepare. It all goes back to my childhood as a student in 5th grade. This time in my life was truly a treat because my family was stationed in the magnificent city of Anchorage, Alaska. My Dad was serving in the Air-Force at the time and we resided on base.  We braved the bitter cold and a few nerve-racking earthquakes now and then but living in the “Last Frontier” for one year was magical. Trudging my way to school in my colossal blue snowsuit with a shiny X slapped on my back was a bit awkward but it was the only way drivers could see me in the blinding white snow.  Skating on a glassy pond directly behind my school was any kids dream.  Imagine skating during recess. Cool, right? Also, gazing in awe as the Northern Lights would appear across the night sky. Then the time of year arrived when the stubborn Sun would never go to bed commanding us to tear off sheets of aluminum foil and then proceed to tape all the windows in order to block the glorious rays keeping us from getting any shut-eye.  Oh wait! No fun there. Seriously, if you ever have the opportunity to travel to Alaska, do it!

MEXICAN TUNA SALAD

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Let’s move on to the recipe.  It was during my time in Alaska, Mom stumbled upon a small packet of seasonings for tuna salad. I was apprehensive to even taste a tiny morsel fearing the God awful taste. I was pleasantly surprised it was actually quite enjoyable.  Bravely, I accepted a bigger bite.  Well, my contempt for tuna was altered forever.  Grocery stores here don’t stock it and my tuna days have practically been non-existent.  Possibly, it is a northern specialty or since I haven’t eaten it since the Ice Age, it may have been discontinued.  Whatever the case may be, I was determined to develop it on my own. Nothing earth-shattering but just a simple tuna recipe pretty darn close to the unknown spice packet.

 

Ingredients

2 small cans tuna StarKist (in water)

4 celery stalks diced

4 green onions chopped

2 tablespoons organic taco seasoning

2 tablespoons Mayonnaise

small container heirloom tomatoes seeded and diced

salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

Drain tuna. Mix first 5 ingredients. Top with tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. You can always add more seasoning if you prefer a little more kick.

 

Kellie

Pimiento Mac n’ Cheese

Pimiento Mac n' Cheese

Are you enjoying this cooler weather? I am loving every minute!  October came and went so fast, my head is spinning. We enjoyed this Mac n’ Cheese the night before Halloween. The best word to describe this dish is “Comforting.”

Creamy pasta with yummy cheese! You just can’t go wrong. Pimientos and bread crumbs add a flavorful twist to an already family favorite.

Pimento "Mac n Cheese"

What You’ll Need

1 Tbs. unsalted Butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 to 2 cups of milk ( I prefer mine more creamier)

2 cups elbow macaroni cooked and drained

2 jars (2 0z.) pimientos

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 cup plain bread crumbs combined with 2

tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

What  You’ll Do

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 2 quart casserole with cooking spray.

Whisk flour, salt and pepper into milk. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and when melted add the macaroni, pimientos and mayonnaise.

Add remaining cheese and bread crumb topping.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

Kellie

 

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

I am waiting for you Fall! Cooler days, cozy fires and the comfort of a warm bowl of soup is just around the corner.  Grandmother’s Kitchen is sharing this mouthwatering recipe with us all. Find the link at the bottom of this post to find more amazing recipes.

What You Will Need

2 pounds beef stew meat, diced into small pieces
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 can chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup crushed tomatoes
4 small red potatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cup barley

What You Will Do

Season beef stew chunks with salt and pepper to taste. Place seasoned beef in a large soup pot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and saute for 5 minutes on high heat. Remove meat.
Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to pot and add onions, celery and carrots. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and thyme to pot and saute for 3 more minutes.
Add the chicken broth, water and crushed tomatoes to pot. Add potatoes and barley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir all together and bring to a boil.
Add frozen peas last.
Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Click here for recipe

Ceramic Port Candleholder | How to Make Flowers Last Longer Trick

Ceramic Port Candleholder

Decorating is a passion I have had since I can remember, especially during the holiday season.  The thought of Halloween right around the corner is throwing me into a tail spin! So much to do and so little time. Summer has come and gone and I am busy preparing for the school year.  My son is in his final year of Middle School and my daughter is mournfully starting 6th. I don’t blame her. Each school day consists of rushing around and fighting Atlanta rush hour traffic praying we arrive to school on time.  My son is bored and willing to make the drive to get out of the house, poor guy. I have to admit our Summer was rather humdrum due the ongoing issues with our home.

Up until now, no repairs have been accomplished since the wicked ice storm hit in January.  It’s hard to believe we have lived this way 7 months.  At times, it can be debilitating when your entire home is a horrible mess and everything you own is shoved in the basement.  Finding a contractor has been an issue and to even have a returned phone call is a blessing. After all this time, we have finally hired a company and surely our home will be good as new by Fall. God willing! Right? Anyone who knows me, knows I love  Autumn and all it’s glory.   I decorate to the hilt at Halloween and I will not be a “Happy Camper,” if I am unable to bring out my Halloween decorations and have this darn house “Spooky!”  Stay tuned…

Okay, let’s get down to business on this candleholder. I think you’re going to love it! Wisteria is one of my on-line websites I frequent often to find decor of all types.  While shopping on the clearance section, I came across this sweet little jewel.  Different sized ports to put candles, flowers or anything you fancy.  The candleholder is ceramic and rests on a slate base. Perfect for my bathroom, I decided to place a few tiny yellow roses, baby’s breath and candles.  Who doesn’t have a smile on their face while soaking in bubble bath heaven with flickering candles soothing the day’s cares away? I’m heading there after this post! A little tip, to keep those flowers gorgeous and fresh, is to add a little soda. Sugar in the soda helps the blossoms last longer.

Friends, here is the exciting news.  I purchased this months ago but while on their website today, this product is still available at 82 percent off the original price!  Alright, Alright, Alright!

You best be heading over there before it’s gone!

Kellie

Ceramic Port Candleholder

We Have a Winner!


The Winner is

Kaye Hermann 

 

Thank you all so much for entering the $100.00 Visa Card Give-A-Away.

You’re comments touched my heart. My daughter had the pleasure of hand picking the name of the lucky winner from our “Dream” bowl. Stay tuned! Another exciting contest is coming soon.

Congratulations Kaye! 

I will contact you via e-mail to gather your information.

 

 

Crispy Chicken Bake and $100.00 Visa Card Give-A-Way

Crispy Chicken Bake

When it comes to chicken in the South, we know dipped, battered and fried gets all the attention.

But here’s an attention getter on it’s own. Lighter than being fried, this chicken chirps with flavor and zest, and will be a feather in any chef’s hat.

Crispy Chicken Bake and $100.00 Visa Card Give-A-Way

Pair with a good ole’ fashioned cornbread recipe and you’re out of the kitchen in no time flat! If you need one, take a peek at my “Cornbread” board on Pinterest.

And while you are here, take advantage of the $100.00 Visa Card Give-A-way Contest. Look under recents posts for all the details!

Christmas In July Contest and Southern Crispy Bake Recipe

 Have a fabulous Day!

Kellie

 

 

 

Here’s What You’ll Need

4 Skinless Chicken Breasts

4 Swiss Cheese Slices

4 Tomato Slices (thin)

1 10 3/4  Can Cream of Chicken Soup

1 tbs Melted Butter

1/2 Cup Seasoned Stuffing

 

Here’s What You’ll Do

Place Chicken in (13x9x2) Pan

Top with Cheese Slices

Pour Soup over Chicken

Place Tomato Slices on Each Piece of Chicken

Combine Melted Butter and Stuffing in a Bowl. Mix Well

Sprinkle Mixture on Tomatoes

Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes or until no longer pink

Serve over Rice

Yields 4 Servings

“Christmas in July” $100.00 Visa Card Give-A-Way

Christmas In July Contest

It’s the middle of July! The weather in the ATL has been gorgeous. Usually, I am praying this month magically disappears.

It’s this time of year, I already see the change coming in my thoughts such as big yellow school buses headed to school, pre-season football, Fall fashions and crisp cool evenings.

 So my friends, to celebrate the soon arrival of the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” this is your chance to win a $100.00 Visa Card.

To be eligible for this drawing, please subscribe to my new blog (It’s at the top of my website) and comment on this post where you live and how would you spend the $100.00. This is not a sponsored event.

 That’s it!

Pretty darn easy way to cash in on a $100.00! I will announce the winner July 25th on my blog and Facebook page.

Good luck and enjoy your weekend~

 

 

Kellie

Patriotic Planter | DIY

Patriotic Planter | DIYPatriotic Planter | DIY

Memorial Day is a time we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Though we are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful nation, and owe so much to so many for our freedoms, it is often hard to show such gratitude.  Anything we can do to let our Veteran’s know how much we admire and appreciate them be it large or small, brings us all closer.  My daughter, Abby, and I decided to create a patriotic container garden and place it on top of our mailbox.

We shopped at our local garden store browsing for flowers and greenery.  There was quite a variety to choose from but after a long search, we chose Red New Guinea Impatiens, White Plumbago,  and Blue Salvia Farinacea.  For greenery, we loved Creeping Jenny and Sweet Potato Vine for their vibrant color.

Here’s What You Will Need

17 to 20 Inch Container

1  Small American Flag

2  1.6 Pint 4 inch Red New Guinea Impatiens

1  2.5 Quart White Plumbago

3  1.22 Pint Blue Salvia Farinacea

2  1.22 Pint Ipomoea Sweet Potato Vine

1  1 Pint Creeping Jenny

Potting Soil

Patriotic Planter | DIY

Here’s What You Will Do

Fill container with potting soil 3 inches from rim.

Remove White Plumbago from its container. Loosen roots with your fingers and place in center of container  using this as your guide for placement of other flowers and greenery.

Remove Red Impatiens and repeat process throughout with loosing roots. Place inside left corner pressing gently into soil.

Next, place the three Blue Salvia Farinacea on right side of Plumbago.

Add the Sweet Potato Vine in front and back of Plumbago.

Place Creeping Jenny wherever there might be a bare spot.

Add more soil to cover roots of flowers and greenery. Add water.

Finally, place a small flag in center.

 

Thank you to all our Veterans for your service.

 

Kellie

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Southern Fried Steak

Southern Fried Steak

When you are living on a budget, steaks can break the bank but this inexpensive meat can be quite delicious with just a little bit of help.  I’ve been making this steak for as long as I can remember.  When times were hard growing up, meals such as this were a “go to.” My family didn’t frequent fast food restaurants and my Mom and Granny could make something tasty from very few ingredients.  Times have changed and so have our cravings for everything quick and easy.  This is a Southern dish,  simple to prepare and simply mouthwatering!

Enjoy!

Kellie

 

You will Need

1 1/4 cup of flour ( I prefer King Arthur)

2 tablespoons corn starch

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Paprika

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon white pepper

4 ( 4 ounce) cube steaks

1/2 cup buttermilk

vegetable oil

Optional

fresh steamed green beans

mashed potatoes

Directions 

Flour | Combine flour, conrstarch, garlic powder, paprika,  salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.

Meat | Flatten meat, dip into flour mixture and cover with buttermilk. Heat a few inches of oil in a skillet and fry until no longer pink or cook for  3 to 5 minutes with a 350 degree temperature.

 

 

 

 

Mexi-Cali Dip

Mexi-Cali Dip

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Today, I have a Mexican recipe for you a friend shared with me.  It was the perfect appetizer right before dinner. We really enjoyed it so I’m sharing the love!

Enjoy!

Kellie 

Mexi-Cali Dip

Ingredients

1 can Black Beans

1 can Mexican Corn

1 Cup Daisy Light Sour Cream

5 Chopped Green Onions

5 Heaping Tablespoons (jarred) Mt. Olive Diced Jalapeños and 2 Tablespoons of Jalapeño Juice if you can handle the heat

1/2 Cup Pace Medium Picante Sauce

1/2 Teaspoon Cumin

1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne

2 1/2 Cups Kraft Shredded Mexican Cheese

 

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until chilled. Top with Jalapeños if desired and serve with your favorite Nacho Chips.