{This is just a little "spin off" of my PoeFam blog that is a home for my domestic attempts...recipes, house stuff and more! It's named after my mom's mom, Miriam Elizabeth Davis...better known as "Gackey!" She was a lovely lady and oh so domestic. So, follow me as I try to fill her shoes...or, better yet, wear her apron!}

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Keeper

While we had company over a few weeks ago, I stepped out on a limb and made a new Southern Living dessert recipe! And, I was SO glad that it was a keeper! Everyone raved...and, I'll make it again, FOR SURE! Enjoy!
Banana Bread Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 medium-size ripe bananas, sliced
Streusel Topping
Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients just until blended; whisk in melted butter. Pour batter into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with banana slices, and sprinkle with Streusel Topping. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with ice cream.

Streusel Topping
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup uncooked regular oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stir together brown sugar, flour, and butter until crumbly, using a fork. Stir in oats and pecans.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dressing...with a KICK...

We recently went to some new church friend's house for dinner. Not only did we fall in love with their family, but we fell IN LOVE with their homemade dressing recipe! I seriously COULD NOT stop thinking about it after that evening. And, sweet Irline even made me some and brought it to church! :) Since it's something that she just makes according to her taste, she doesn't have a recipe, but she gave me a pretty good idea of how to make it. I haven't done it on my own yet...but I can't wait to try!

Here are the ingredients:
buttermilk ranch
fresh cilantro

And, she said...
Try 1 cup ranch, 1 cup of cilantro leaves (do not include the stem), half of jalapeno with some seeds (it's the seeds that gives the spice so it's up to you how spicy you want it) and about 2 tbs of honey. I use a magic bullet to blend all together. You can use a food processor, however a blender may be too big. And don't forget the lime!

And, even though I think it would be good on ANYTHING (especially a great chicken nugget dip), she served it over salad with cheese, tomato, beans and corn! It was GOOOOOODDD!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


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I recently used this recipe and made little chicken nuggets instead of strips! I took it to our church’s Mom’s group, served with BBQ sauce, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them was gone by the end! I must admit that I think I liked them better as little nuggets! … Thanks again, Meredith, for this great recipe!

I will NEVER make my kid’s birthday cakes!!!

I AM NOT…I REPEAT…AM NOT a cake decorator/baker/or anything of the like! It is SO hard to me. My cakes always stick, the icing is always too thick or too runny, and the finished product always looks like poo! Thankfully, they still taste good…and, if I’m making a cake, I know that the fact that I made it will overshadow how ugly it is.

So, for Mammer’s birthday, I made another attempt at a cake…and FAILED miserably! But, at least the strawberries were huge and pretty…and it tasted YUMMMMMMYYYY!!! And, if you’re aware of my preggo love for Strawberry Soda, you know that this was right up my alley! I Week, SOS and more 003Lowe's with M&S, 16 week belly, Mammers bday 059Strawberry Soda Cake
1 - package Strawberry Cake mix (any brand)
1 1/3 cups Strawberry Soda
(strawberry soda is substituted for the amount of water on the cake mix)
2 - 3 Eggs (if you want it lighter and fluffier use three eggs)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 – 2 lbs Fresh Strawberries (Sliced)

Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Add egg, oil and strawberry soda. Beat until smooth. Pour into two round cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake as directed on cake mix or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. When cake is done remove from oven and cool in pans for 15 minutes. Then remove to a wire rack and completely cool. Frost first layer with icing and arrange sliced strawberries on top. Add the second cake layer and frost top and sides with more icing and top with more sliced strawberries. Save one whole strawberry for the middle of the cake. Gently slice and fan the whole strawberry, Place on top in the middle of the cake.

Measurements vary depending on what brand of cake mix you use. Follow the directions on the back of the box substituting strawberry soda for the amount of water listed. Also add the amount of eggs and oil stated on the mix, I use Duncan Hines.


***For my icing, I made a typical cream cheese kind. Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar and Vanilla!


Here's another goodie that I got from a freind's recipe blog! And, after a F.I.T. from the little man because he didn't want to try it, he gave it a taste and then said, "I think I'm gunna need to use my fork!" In other words, he liked it! Little stinker! We'll make this again, for sure!
The Carrol Family's Fiesta Chicken
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breats, uncooked
1 can of Fiesta Corn
1 –1 1/2 cup{s} Salsa
Shredded Cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Tear pieces of foil for each piece of chicken. Place chicken breast in the center of the foil. Evenly divide the salsa and pour on top of the chicken. Divide the can of fiesta corn and pour on top of salsa/. Fold the foil over the top and close the edges tightly! Place foil packets on cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30+ minutes and remove. (Make sure your chicken is done...bake more if needed)

Open packets and top with shredded cheese. Place back in the oven for 2 mintues with foil packets open so the cheese can melt.

Serve over white rice and top with sour cream!