This #socialdistancing is really getting to me! I know for most of us, it is a real challenge. I work for a General Contractor who specializes in building restaurants all over the Mid-South. That is my full-time job, for the most part. I am the Computer Systems Administrator, as well as, the Administrator of the office, benefits, contracts, and day to day functions.
This pandemic has really put a halt to the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry. It has created a domino effect on most of us. Please pray for our World. This goes way past our Country. My daughter is a trauma nurse who also works with donor patients. Our Healthcare Industry is at maximum capacity. The stress level is off the charts for all of them. We pray for the continued health and safety, as well as, all persons. This pandemic effects every single person in the entire World!
I received a nice surprise this morning. My breakfast pizza made AY Magazine. I was so thrilled. I absolutely love this magazine. They do a fantastic job on keeping us informed, sharing recipes, events, etc.
I am thrilled to be part of such a great magazine. Thanks to Lisa Fischer and Heather Baker for the support of local bloggers.
Be sure and check out the article for the recipe here
I had the honor of attending the VIP Party of the new Cheba Hut in Little Rock. This Restaurant has a unique & fun vibe.
Cheba Hut is a 'toasted" sub concept that started in 1998. Founder Scott Jennings decided to match up great food with a specific counter culture. Their menu offers over 30 signature sub sandwiches, a variety of "munchies" to include delicious brownies and Rice Krispy treats. The also have a variety of salads ad appetizers to choose from.
Hunter & Darcie Fletcher opened up the first franchise for Arkansas in Little Rock. The restaurant is located at: 10825 Kanis Rd Ste 100, Little Rock, AR 72211 in the "strip" shopping center where you can find Kanis Dental. Basically, at the corner of Shackleford & Kanis.
"I wanted to bring the "first" to Little Rock, says Hunter Fletcher. He wanted to have Arkansas and Little Rock to have the first of the laid back restaurant chain. Hunter, majored in Entrepreneurship in Alabama. Darcie is from Arkansas. The couple are fun and energetic! That is what I loved the most about meeting them and checking out the restaurant during the VIP Party.
I had the best time having Hunter explain to me his vision for the two murals in the restaurant. These murals are amazing. They are full of History to Arkansas, and the vibe Cheba Hut wants to bring. You really need to go pay a visit and really look at the amazing detail work up close.
Greg and I both loved our subs. They have a large selection of choices, and you can build it like you want. The portions are large and delicious! We had brownies for our "munchie" dessert. Darcie also packed Greg and myself up a doggie bag full of the "munchie" treats to take home. The sugar cookies and the peanut butter Rice Krispy treats were also excellent. All the "munchies" are baked fresh daily at the Restaurant.
I know the timing of the opening really isn't great with all this Corona virus mess. However, it will blow over soon. Be sure and check them out and show this couple some love for bringing a great new "vibe" to Little Rock. The couple plans to expand and open a couple of other locations to our great state as well.
Check them out at https://chebahut.com/little-rock or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ChebaHutLittleRock/
LITTLE ROCK FRIENDS IT IS TIME TO VOTE --- WE ARE ENTERING THE BOJANGLES BRACKET CHALLENGE:
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Bojangles has the best "Southern Fried Chicken." It is loaded with Bold Spices that brings out the rich bold flavor that us "Southerner's" like best. Their made from scratch biscuits are made by an in-house biscuit maker. Yes, that is correct. Each location has an in-house master biscuit maker. Their biscuits are a 48 step process that are made fresh throughout the day. Bojangles offers breakfast, lunch & dinner. You can have those delicious southern biscuits all day long!
Bojangles Restaurants began as the dream of Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas, two veteran restaurant operators who predicted rising consumer demand for good food served in a quick-service environment. They based their concept on three attributes: distinctive flavor, high-quality products made-from-scratch, and a festive restaurant design with friendly service. And in 1977, their dream became a reality in the form of the first Bojangles restaurant in Charlotte, NC.
Bojangles currently has restaurants in 12 states, as well as an international location in Honduras, and each of them has something in common—a deep appreciation for the communities they serve. If there is a Bojangles around, it's always "Bo-Time."
So hurry on over to their website and enter the contest. Help #LittleRock have some "Bo-Time" and taste the bold rich flavored Southern Fried Chicken and Biscuits for ourselves! We want that food truck to come to #Little Rock! Go vote ------ https://bringhomebojangles.com Make this a SLAM DUNK!
Sunday's are for baking. I don't know why, but for some reason when I wait until Sunday to bake, my cakes, cookies, pies and breads seem to come out better. Maybe because I am a little more relaxed on Sunday.
I'm doing my March Segment on The Vine tomorrow morning. I want to mix in all things March. March is for celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and it is the beginning of Spring. It is also the basketball lover's March Madness.
I thought I would mix in the segments with some Irish green colors, as well as, some traditional Irish Soda Bread. This wonderful bread comes together in about 10-15 minutes mixing time. The whole bread is done within the hour. The aroma's of the bread make your kitchen smell amazing. What is the key to this bread? Buttermilk! The buttermilk and the soda form together to make a nice light bread without all that heavy yeast.
Another key ingredient is the cold Irish butter. In fact, I love this Kerry Gold Irish butter so much, I also used it to make my mashed potatoes. This butter isn't as sweet/salty as normal butter. I absolutely love it. Using cold butter will guarantee you a lovely flaky texture to your bread.
The steps to making this bread is fairly easy. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Having said that, be sure and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you knead the dough.
You also don't want to over-work your dough. It is suppose to look a little messy. If you cut a "X" in the top of the dough before baking, it will help the center bake through. You can use a cast iron skillet. I couldn't find mine so, I lined a baking sheet and placed my dough in the center of it. It came out just perfect.
You can cover and store bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week..
I I love to bake cookies. I am always eager to come up with a different type of cookie. We have out small group (House Church) meetings every other Sunday. This is a gathering of about 12-14 people who come together to share a meal, fellowship, devotion and prayer. Ashley of AP Monograms, and her husband Scott are the leaders. Ashley loves to cook, bake and host.
She decided to do a breakfast Sunday Supper night. I think that is always my favorite. I love breakfast food, especially at #SundaySupper. I always like to contribute. I also love to cook, bake and host. We both have the "gift of gab."
I loved the Divine Peanut Butter cookies that I made a few months back. I love a good peanut butter cookie. I spotted some of my favorite 100% organic cacao nibs when I was in #TJMAXX on Saturday. I also picked up some of the organic peanut butter from The Fresh Market. They make it fresh from peanuts at the store. It is usually kept close to the apples at the store. It is delicious and really makes a great cookie.
I used the base for the cookie the same as the Divine Peanut Butter cookies under the Recipe/Desserts tab on the Blog. I'm sharing it again. However, this time I topped them with some of that delicious Follian Fig preserves. OMG! Let's just say...............................best Darn Peanut Butter cookie I have ever eaten. I guess you could call these a Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Chiip!
So here's the scoop on the cookies:
P.S. The dough to these cookies are so darn good, I admit I hate probably 2-3 cookies worth. I know. I know.
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I have been making and experimenting lately with a variety of pastries. From cutting them out into the shape of pop-tarts, to making gigantic turnovers. These pastries were so good, I made three huge batches in one week at the office. I think we all probably gained 3-5 pounds last week.
The nice thing about turn-overs or pop-tarts, you can make them in a ton of varieties. I made a batch of apple and peach. However, our favorite ones were the fig pastries I made using the Follian Fig Preserves. It was like tasting a bite of Heaven.
The base of the pastry is quite simple. You use the Pillsbury Pie Crust rolls. Roll one out on a flat service and spread Egg Wash on it gently. What is egg wash? Crack one egg in a bowl and beat it until it is really liquid. Then using a brush or a spoon and lightly spread it on the bottom of your pastry. You also will spread it on the top of the pastry as well. By using the egg wash, your end result will in a flaky delicious crust!
On top of my egg wash pastry, I sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon. Top the cinnamon with sugar. Next, add what ever filling you like (peach, apple fig, cherry) and add a tad more cinnamon and sugar. Then simply roll the dough over on top until the edges meet. Then fold in your edges so your filling want fall out. I use a fork to give it some design and it looks like a pop-tart. That is optional! Put your egg wash on top, more cinnamon & sugar and pop in oven.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes until golden brown and you are done. Then slice them up and serve. We topped with some delicious Arkansas' own Yarnell's Ice-Cream.
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust Roll
Follian Fig, Apple, Peach or Cherry pie filling (or whatever you like)
1 egg (beaten until liquid for egg wash)
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? I remember as a young child, this probably was one of my very favorite days. I have loved crafting since I was a young child. I loved making that shoe box into my own Valentine's box. It was so fun to swap Valentine's with your friends.
When my kids were small, I loved helping them with their Valentine's. We would add in suckers, cookies & other candies to the cards. David always liked the Superhero Valentine cards. Lauren liked the pet valentines.
Valentine's should be celebrated by the whole family. After you have been married as long as I have, there isn't any reason to go expensive. I mean most of us are still trying to recover from the cash explosion on Christmas gifts.
I have an easy creme brulee for you. This doesn't require any fancy blow torch or you don't even have to broil the sugar on the top at the end. This is a lighter version and it really is delicious! It does take some time for it to bake and chill. These type of desserts are perfect to make the day ahead.
For some extra fun for Valentine parties, we are serving the finished product up in a martini glass. These don't have to be expensive either. Be sure and check out your local Dollar store. They usually have plenty of glasses to choose from.
Southern Lite Creme Brulee
Serve in a Martina Glass for Valentine's
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
P.S. I put a touch of whip creme and then chocolate shavings on top for an extra garnish. This dish is scrumptious and you really don't need either. I like to add a tiny spoonful of raspberry jam to the top of mine.
BTW, you can also put all the ingredients in a pie crust and bake in lieu of the baking dish. It makes an excellent chocolate creme pie!
You can watch our live TV Segment on The Vine by clicking here
For the Main Course -- It's a delicious Herb Roasted Chicken Salad
What makes this chicken salad unique? It is made with a light lemon fused olive oil and salsa. Yes, salsa! I wanted a lighter version. I used infused lemon oil to give it that lighter taste. I also used 1 tablespoon of mild salsa, green onions, one hard boiled egg, 1 small tomato sliced, Lowry's garlic pepper, and topped with thin sliced almonds.
I bought my roasted chicken from The Fresh Market. You can make your own or pick one up at your local deli. I light to use the roasted chicken in a variety of recipes.
Herb Roasted Almond Chicken Salad
1 Roasted Chicken - shredded (I used the breast)
1 tablespoon of the Lemon infused Olive Oil
1 whole green onion fresh diced
1 Tablespoon of Mild Salsa (I bought mine at Fresh Market)
1 Hard Boiled Egg
1 Small Tomato
1 Teaspoon of Lowry's garlic pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds (thin sliced)
You can watch our live TV Segment on The Vine by clicking here
Check out Part 1 of the 2 part segment here - with Ashley King - an overview of our entire table
In large bowl, pull apart roasted chicken and shred using fork. Add in your oil and mix. Dice in hard boiled egg, tomato, green onion, garlic pepper, salsa and mix together. Top with thin sliced almonds. Cover and let chill for one hour. Serve.1:51 PM (23 minutes ago)
Would you like a lemon for your water?
I admit, I am not much on lemons in my water. I sure don't want them in my Southern Sweet Tea. However, after doing some research regarding lemon water, I think I will start saying yes when the server asks this question from now on.
Did you know?
That lemon water may aid digestion and boost immunity. Research has shown that lemon water will not only help with digestive issues, but will also help boost your immunity. That good ole' Vitamin C that is found in lemons is the key.
My husband recently had a bad spout with some kidney stones. Did you know that drinking lemon water will help reduce the risk of these bad boys. Research shows that drinking just half a cup of lemon water (juice of just two lemons) every day can increase urinary citrate excretion and cut the risk of kidney stones.
Lemon water is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. A cup (244 grams) of lemon water (juice) contains 94.4 milligrams of vitamin C, which is more than the recommended daily dose. Vitamin C intake has also been linked to a lower risk of respiratory and systemic infections. Your grandmother was correct in telling you to drink some warm lemon water for your colds & coughs.
Start drinking lemon water and give up those sugary and diet sodas. This will help in the aid of weight loss. I am not big on drinking water. However, I am beginning to love it with a little lemon and some fresh mint. Replacing high-calorie beverages with lemon water could be a good idea to boost your health and even keep away from additional calories. The lemon and mint together will help keep your breath smelling great as well!
Vitamin C intake has also been linked to a lower risk of respiratory and systemic infections. Lemon juice also will help combat stress. Vitamin C has been shown to provide benefits to the skin. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your complexion. So keep drinking all the HZO you can and add the lemon (filled with Vitamin C) will give you that extra boost to hydrating your skin.
Yes ladies, lemon water will help to increase your urine production.This will help get rid of the extra bloating, as well as, help flush out toxins in your body, cleanse the liver, and improve your digestion. Increasing water content inside the gut can help soften stools and stimulate bowel movements. Thus, getting rid of the bloating. Mild dehydration can cause constipation. Increasing water intake may help relieve constipation. Drinking a mixture of lemon and water helps relieve constipation in most people.
Too much of anything is a bad thing, even when it comes to lemon water. Too much of it can upset your stomach. Also, if you are experiencing problems with GERD, or have ulcers, you need to consult with your physician. More information can be found https://www.insider.com/can-you-drink-too-much-lemon-water-2018-7.
Would you like lemon with your water? The answer..............Yes, please! In moderation!
Zero Waste Gifts for Sustainable Living
I am thrilled to bring this post to you by one of my fellow bloggers that I have partnered with on bringing awareness to living a more sustainable life. Thank you Jenny Mae!
Read the full article at: www.zerowastelifestylesystem.com/zero-waste-gift-guide/
In 2018 report, 62% of the Americans bought their gifts a week before Christmas. In United Kingdom and United States combined, over $2 trillion dollars were spent on the same year for the said holidays. A larger portion of the expenditure are bought for presents, while the remaining are spent for Christmas decorations, food, and travels.
The holiday season kindles our passion to give. After all, the whole occasion is filled with the spirit of love and giving. For many, it is not just a chore they do to fulfill a routine. It is more of their heart’s desire to express sincerity. This is one of the reasons why many allot budget for buying gifts. However, in spite of having the passion, many still find it hard to choose the best present, especially if going zero waste.
Zero Waste Gifts: Are They Possible? For the growing number of zero waste lifestyle advocates, Christmas is both a challenge and an opportunity to give back to nature. After all, Mother Earth did pretty amazing job of stretching its hands of sharing its bounty to its settlers. She gave move than enough of what we needed. There is a dilemma, though. Going zero waste is already tacky on its own. Adding concerns on gift ideas to the equation, it makes the whole task even more complicated. The good news is, complicated does not necessarily mean impossible.
To shed some light, the goal of zero waste is to lessen, if not eliminate, unnecessary trash. That includes use of too much wrappers, plastics, and products with one-time use. It is a little inconvenient to pull off since majority of the industries do not practice zero waste, but it is always doable.
This is also true in looking for zero waste gifts ideas. Zero waste gifts, as defined, are “handmade, homemade, secondhand or items that help someone refuse and reduce disposable or plastic waste.” So when you upcycle things from your old stuff into something new and beautiful to give it to someone, you already have a zero waste gift. If not create your own, you may buy items for someone from a zero waste store, which is basically just the same thing.
So, may it be an item crafted from your hands or bought to serve many purposes without necessarily having too much packaging, that is a zero waste gift.
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ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE'S MissionZero Waste Lifestyle System aims to guide people into a zero waste lifestyle. They will provide content that will enable people to make informed choices about everyday life. Most importantly, the blog seeks to awaken minds towards pressing environmental issues such as climate change.
This is very close to my heart! We need to protect our environment. Look all around you, climate change is real people! It is important for us to learn from each other to help our beautiful Earth for our grandchildren's grandchildren!
The name of my Blog is Sweet Yellow Cornbread. I love me some sweet yellow cornbread, as does my family. However, I am a fan of buttermilk cornbread. My family and co-worker's love the jalapeno cornbread muffins. I added cheese to this mix to give it a cheesy flavor.
I used these for my Ultimate Table Runner for the KTHV11 Vine Morning Show. Ashley loved them and I promised to share the recipe. So here it is:
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