Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Recap

We enjoyed a low key weekend around these parts. I have grown to appreciate the weekends at home even when the hubs has to work. Saturday after he got off work we had a late lunch date to the Irondale Cafe. The Alabama Department of Tourism created a list of the "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die." They originally did it years ago and then revamped the list for 2012. We thought it would be fun to try to eat at all the local places, and maybe even venture out to some of the others on the list. So this weekend we went to try the Fried Green Tomatoes at the Irondale Cafe. It was a cute little restaurant in "downtown" Irondale right next to the train tracks.
You go through a buffet line and choose your meat and veggies. You know the good veggies...mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, black eyed peas, etc. And of course the famous fried green tomatoes...

We enjoyed every.single.bite. This place was delicious! And of course the sweet tea was the best.

We decided that we had to find some room for dessert, and I'm glad we did! Blackberry cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream.

I give this place a 10 out of 10! I think we will find ourselves at the Irondale Cafe again before too long! The quaint atmosphere and the good country cooking can't be beat. We spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the beautiful weather and catching up on things around the house. And like always, monday came too soon!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chicken Spaghetti

One of my "go-to" meals is Chicken Spaghetti. It is easy, cheap, makes a lot, and it is one of Fletcher's favorites. I know whenever I make it that it will supply multiple dinners and a few lunches too. This week noodles and chicken were on sale, so I double the recipe and froze half of it. I've made it so many times that now I just toss everything in the pan and don't measure, I don't think the specific measurements matter too much. I originally found the recipe here.

I doubled what I usually make and ended up with one 9x13 and 4 of these 7" pans. So two dinners for this week and then 4 for later!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Catching Up

I can't believe February is half way over. The month has flown by so far and the blog has been somewhat neglected in the busyness. We had to go out of town unexpectledly and the pup got to go spend some time at my sister's house. As sweet as LuLu is she is quite the handful. My sister acted like she was great, but Fletch and I were skeptical. Either way we were so appreciative that my sister and brother in law took care of Lu at the last minute. This is a side note about LuLu that cracks me up. LuLu and Fletcher are two peas in a pod. On Fletcher's off days they go EVERYWHERE together. Every errand Fletcher runs, LuLu goes too.

After we got back in town our nephew came & spent the night so his parents could have a night out to celebrate my brother in law's birthday. It was SO FUN. We love having him come to our house! LuLu always wanted to be right where he was. He cried a little when we put him to bed and she sat outside his door until he quit crying. (Please ignore the disaster in the background of the next picture, our living room is mid-project).

Moving on to Valentine's Day. I decided Married Valentine's Days are the best. Not as much pressure but a fun excuse to have a nice night together. I tend to get caught up in everything that needs to be done when I'm at home, but yesterday I knew that I wasn't going to do anything but spend time with Fletcher, and it was perfect!

I decided last night that I needed to surrender the blog to the husband. He probably wouldn't ever post but that boy can cook! Every time he cooks it is delicious! He made steak, pimento cheese pasta, and salad. And he makes up his own recipes! I saw the pimento cheese pasta recipe and then saw tons of other ingredients on the counter. He starts with a recipe then takes creative liberty after that to make it his own. I am such a rule follower that I pretty much stick to the recipe. But his creations always end up way yummier!

Dinner was so delicious I barely had room for dessert. But when I saw dessert come to the table I knew I had to make some room. He baked brownies in a ramekin, then topped it with vanilla ice cream and a red wine chocolate sauce with strawberries. I would have never just made a sauce up like that on a whim. I was making chocolate covered strawberries and he kept coming over and taking strawberries and chocolate, then before I knew it he had created a delicious sauce for the ice cream!

Valentine's may be a little bit of a silly holiday but I still like it! I am thankful to have such a sweet boy to love and am increasingly grateful for how well he loves me. Hope to be back soon with some of our home projects. We have two sets of visitors coming in the next few days, so the house projects might take a back seat but we will be back before too long!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pimento Cheese Biscuits

We love pimento cheese around here! I saw these pimento cheese biscuits featured in the most recent Southern Living and made them over the weekend. All you need is a bag of frozen biscuits and some pimento cheese.

Lay out the frozen biscuits (on lightly floured surface) and let them thaw. Once they are thawed press them them together to form a rectangle. Then spread with Pimento Cheese.

Roll up, starting at one long end. Then cut into 12 (about 1 inch thick) slices. Place each slice into each muffin cup of a lightly greased muffin pan.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then serve.

They would be great for breakfast or as an appetizer!

Pimento Cheese Biscuits
1 (25 oz) package frozen Southern-Style Biscuits
All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Pimento Cheese

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Where did January go? I've clearly neglected this blog for the last few weeks. Good thing I didn't make it a New Year's resolution to be a more consistent blogger...I would have already failed at that! I'll try to do better. Tonight I tried a new super easy recipe! I was drawn to it because it had such a short list of ingredients, plus I always love a recipe with bacon! Here we go...

Cut chicken breasts in half and pound to 1/2" thickness. Spread cream cheese over chicken breasts. Dot with butter and season with salt. Wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Baked at 400 for 35-40. Then turn on the broiler and broil for up to 5 minutes, until the bacon is crispy.

Easy & Delish!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
8 oz. chive and onion cream cheese
6 pieces of bacon
Tablespoon Butter

recipe found here (I cut it in half)