Chocolicious Butterfinger Krispy Treats

Butterfinger chocolate krispy treats

I don’t know about y’all but it is so hot here in Austin. They started counting the number of days we’ve already hit 100 degrees. And they emphasized that we haven’t even gotten to August yet. With the sweltering heat and humidity I’ve retired my oven for the remainder of the summer. I can’t wait to start baking in the fall but until then I’m making treats that don’t require the oven. Continue reading

Picky Husband Approved Baked Beans (in the Instant Pot)

Picky Husband Approved Baked Beans (in the Instant Pot)

They say the third time’s a charm but in my baked bean pursuit it would be more like the ninth or tenth time.  I knew I had a winner when my picky husband told me to not change a thing with this recipe. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and spicy with a just a hint of mustard. I pretty much won his heart by including three of my husband’s favorite things: jalapeno peppers, mustard, and BACON. Continue reading

Patriotic Krispy Treats

Patriotic Krispy Treats

Where has the summer gone? After an email reminder, I bought my daughter’s school supplies online yesterday so I can avoid the crazy crowds next month at Target. I remember when the days would drag during the summer and now they zip on by. Oh the perils of getting old. Regardless of your age rice krispy treats are ageless.  Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Squares

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Square

I apologize for my absence. I can’t believe how much time flies. I was on a roll cooking, baking, and posting and then summer swim season came along and I lost my Saturday mornings. I work full time during the week so early Saturday mornings, while my husband and daughter sleep in, I dedicate 3 or 4 hours to writing one or two posts and then scheduling them for the following week.  I ran into a friend at one of the swim meets and she asked why I wasn’t posting anymore (thanks for the reminder Kirsten!). Now that swim season ended and my friends are holding me accountable I will to be back in the swing of things and will bring you more delicious recipes.  Continue reading

German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies

German chocolate cakes remind me of my late father. Growing up we would rarely go out for dinner but when we did he would order German chocolate cake for dessert. My mom wasn’t much of a baker so the only time he could get his fix was eating out. It’s been fourteen years since my dad passed away and not a day goes by without me thinking of him. I love to share memories of my dad with my daughter and I can’t think of a better way to share a memory than with a cookie.

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Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen


Francine Bryson’s Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen is a fun introduction to southern cooking. Each recipe has entertaining and endearing stories about how she was introduced to each recipe. Her first chapter named Redneck Whatnots is for times when guests pop in to say hi. We share the same philosophy of making sure our guests feel at home when then stop by for a visit. For me, it’s always important to make your guests feel welcome and leave with a happy belly. Continue reading

Spicy Baked Beans (in the Instant Pot)

Spicy Baked Beans in the Instant Pot

I don’t usually make blanket declarations of anything being the BEST however, these are the BEST spicy beans I’ve tasted EVER. If you’ve been following my blog the last few months then you know we love our food spicy. Continue reading