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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Here and Back Again


Those many years ago, I loaded my car and moved to the west. The call of those majestic mountains, travel, new territory. The Lord pointed me to a job I always dreamed of, and, after a while, the man I always dreamed of. Plus some really great in-laws. Married ten months, back to the south […]

I’m Writing My Own Cookbook – A Scrapbook of Recipes


I’m making it a habit to publish at least one recipe from this red and white checked cookbook each week. Today, an updated post from the archives that tells the story of the Hodgepodge Cookbook… It’s a recipe book that spans a century. It’s a snapshot of celebrations past. In this cookbook my mother writes: […]

Hodgepodge Recipes 2008-2010


A quick reference list of recipes from 2008-2010. Apple Pie by Nana Asparagus Casserole by Grandpa Aunt Joy’s Fudge Artichoke Dip Banana Pudding, guest post by Nana Beans and rice Beans, Garden fresh in microwave Beef Barley Soup Bread, Homemade in 10 minutes Breakfast Casserole w/ Crock Pot Grits Brittney’s Biscuits Butter Rolls, by Southern […]

The Cook Box: Mixing Up Fun With Children


Join me on $5 Dinners, where I’m sharing about our Cook Box… The Cook Box led to a Cooking Fun habit. Following is a compiled list of posts on cooking fun with children. Kids in the kitchen. All those easy things we whipped up through 2010: Each week in my meal plan I intentionally include […]