November 2, 2014

Bookmark me please!

I hope that in the past couple of months you have found your way over to check out my new home at Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies. Same great stuff, just my new home and permanent web location. Please stop by, and be sure to sign up for email updates so you catch all the latest and greatest!!

September 18, 2014

Rustic Italian Chicken and a Giveaway!

The awesome folks over at Red Gold Tomatoes sent some tomato products for me to try, and I have to honestly say I love them all. I am really fussy about tomatoes and have been pleased with everything I have tried. Even better, Truckin' Man has liked everything too!

 We tried out the Rustic Italian Chicken recipe. I had to make one change to the recipe. We can not buy boneless skinless chicken thighs in our little local stores. So, I bought regular chicken thighs, and removed the skins myself. I do NOT debone chicken, so I cooked the thighs with the bone in, and it turned out beautifully!  Delicious recipe, and amazing moist flavorful chicken. Try it, I bet you will love it too!

Right now, Red Gold is working to help us all out in the kitchen and make things easy with Slow Cookers!  They have some delicious recipes for us to try, AND...  they are giving away 44 custom Red Gold branded slow cookers beginning September 17 on their Facebook page!  2 winners will be chosen every day through October 8th, so you need to sign up for this ASAP!

Another great thing that Red Gold is doing is providing an apron for one of you!! To enter for a chance to win this apron, tell me what Red Gold Crock Pot recipe you would most like to try!  

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment with your email address the recipe you most liked. If you prefer, you can email me for your recipe choice at   Open to U.S. residents only.

Deadline:  Wednesday, October 8th 11:59 pm CST
Winner: I will randomly choose a winner and announce it at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email; if the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: Red Gold provided me with tomatoes and an apron for participating in the 
"2-a-Day Crock-Pot Giveaway", but all opinions are my own.

Rustic Italian Chicken
12 chicken thighs, skinless
2 large carrots, cut into large chunks
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper
1 - 14.5 ounce can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
2 - 15 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
3 cups pasta
Parmesan Cheese, grated (optional)

Spray Slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker, and top with remaining ingredients, except pasta.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Serve over your favorite pasta. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Enjoy :)

September 13, 2014

White Chicken Chili with Hatch Chile

Come on over and check out my latest recipe featuring Hatch Chile.

August 18, 2014

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Have you been over to the new Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies to see all that is going on?  
You can sign up in all the same ways you signed up before. 
There is email, bloglovin and Google Friend Connect!

Come on over and check out my Jamaican Jerk Chicken!!

July 31, 2014

Exciting News!

Sorry for being gone so long again, but this time it isn't that I have been away from blogging, I have actually been working on kicking off my new blog. I would love for you all to come on over and take a look. You can sign up for email updates on the new site as well so that you don't miss any new recipes, or any garden or chicken updates!

I haven't published any new posts there yet, so you haven't missed anything, just moving everything over so we don't lose anything!  The new blog is Big Rigs 'n Lil Cookies!! I do want to thank everyone who helped brain storm the new name with me, you are all wonderful friends and I thank you so much!

For any of you that are interested in crafting, Waldorf Schools, etc., my sister has started a blog also and you can find her at Bee and Ewe. Stop by and say hi, she is just getting things started over there :)

Here is the new link again for a quick reference!!!


July 20, 2014

Pecan Chewies and a Give Away!

Don't you love it when you find a recipe that you absolutely love? It can be the most simple recipe, with ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry, but it just knocks your socks off!

That is exactly what happened when I made Pecan Chewies from my newest cookbook "South Your Mouth", authored by one of my best blog buddies, Mandy Rivers, who blogs over at South Your Mouth! These bars knocked my socks off! My parents dropped by shortly after the bars had cooled, and pretty much knocked their socks off too! Being Mandy is from South Carolina, I thought it was appropriate to use my special stash of South Carolina pecans that my friend Missy has me supplied with! I honestly would not change one thing about this recipe, they were perfectly buttery, nutty, delicious!

The other super cool thing going on? I get to giveaway one of these cookbooks to one lucky reader! I am so excited to share this cookbook with you. I LOVE Mandy's recipes. Her name is so common in our house, you would think she was a neighbor.  Truckin' Man will ask what's for dinner... my answer "Potato Goulash". He will raise an eyebrow at that and I tell him not to worry, "It's one of Mandy's recipe's". Once he knows it's her recipes, he asks no further questions!

Mandy is a mom on the move, so she has lots of family friendly recipes. I have yet to find her use an ingredient that I can't easily find, and livin' where I live, shopping can sometimes be a challenge!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment with your email address. If you prefer, you can email me for your chance to win at

Deadline: Saturday, July 26 11:59 pm CST
Winner: I will randomly choose a winner and announce it at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email; if the winner does not respond within 72 hours, another winner will be selected.

Pecan Chewies     (Source: South Your Mouth)

1 cup Butter, melted
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan. Set aside.

In large bowl, cream together melted butter (cooled back to room temp), sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla with mixer until smooth and creamy.

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mixing until completely combined. Stir in pecans, mixing until they are evenly distributed through batter.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until set in the middle. Once cooled, cut into bars and store in airtight container. 


Sharing this recipe at:
Treasure Box Tuesday 
Weekend Potluck

July 15, 2014

Flowers on the Farm

The yard work and flowers around the farm have been a work in progress. This year is more about maintaining than anything else. With all the projects going on, we thought it was smarter to keep it that way! However, I couldn't resist the urge to buy a new color of an iris when I found one in the local garden center, for 60% off!

Here is a little bit of what is in bloom right now!

So many hosta's!

My favorite hosta.

I love my lilies!

 We have so many hollyhock. We never planted a single one, but in our weeding and cleaning up, we uncovered them from years ago! A lady that lived hear more than twenty years ago, remembers that the lady before her had hollyhocks! How cool is that?

 This is the newest mystery plant we have uncovered. We tore down a shed that was attached to the back of the house, and have since found about five of these growing. We both agreed that they did not look like a weed, so because of our curiosity we let them live! It looks like one is ready to bloom and I am so excited to see what it is! It is very much resembling a flower I know as "Moon Plant". 

What do you think it is?