Our Favorites and a Visit to the Southern Plate Kitchen!


I’m thrilled to be visiting the Southern Plate kitchen today! I grew up on potato chip cookies. Didn’t realize they weren’t your normal variety until I was much older and got the questionable look from others. This special recipe is from my grandmother, Mama Ann and it is a great use for those bottom of the bag, left-over, nobody wants to eat potato chips. Just try it!

Back to School Big Cook


I always like to have a few favorites socked away for back to school time. This past Saturday turned into an impromptu back to school big cook. What is a big cook? Simply a deliberate attempt to make several batches of family-favorite recipes and freeze them for future meals. It sorta went like this… Because Middle Girl had requested black-eyed peas, I thought I’d go

A Month of Cooking Fun


Keeping up the Friday habit of sharing a helpful habit. Today, Cooking Fun! What is cooking fun? It’s simply the habit of letting the children have fun making something easy in the kitchen. We keep a Cook Box stocked with simple cake mixes and ingredients to make it even easier. Since we are eating out of the pantry and freezer again, rather than share a

Frugal Living: Beans and Rice


A very simple way we’ve been cutting expenses around here is this. In a two week meal plan, we have each of these at least twice: Breakfast for supper x 2 Veggie plate x 2 (Batch cooked beans from the freezer plus cornbread or biscuits) (Southern Plate’s Hoe Cake pictured above, is like a giant biscuit cooked in your iron skillet. Easy and quick!) Plus,

Meal Plan: Slow, Southern and Sunny

crock pot lasagna

Slow because I love my slow cooker. Southern because I am and that’s the finest kind of frugal, comfort food. Sunny, simply because it’s spring time! I’ve been browsing my Southern Living magazines and their site for a fresh, two weeks worth of meal ideas. With a few Hodgepodge favorites thrown in for good measure. First, Cooking Fun. Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies (made with