Thursday, January 26, 2012

Key Lime Pie Yummy!

I love Key Lime Pie and this recipe is excellent. I have tried it and love it I hope 
you will too. You can make it with either home made crust or use one already 
made from the store. :) 
Key Lime Pie
1/3 c. butter
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. finely crushed graham cracker

4 large egg yolks
1  14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 lime
1/4 cup key lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
Whipped topping to garnish

For the crust: 
Melt butter in Microwave in a glass pie dish, then take out and immediately add sugar
 and then add crushed graham crackers. Push it up the sides a little as desired.
Chill it for an hour until firm or you can bake at 375-degrees for 5 min 
but cool before filling.

For the filling:
first pre-heat oven to 350-degrees. With beat the egg yolks until they are mixed well
and look a lighter yellow.  Then add the condensed milk mix on low speed. 
try your hand at Zesting the lime, then juice it. Pour fresh lime juice into a 
1/2 cup measuring cup, fill the cup with the Key Lime juice to make a full
1/2 cup of juice.  Next slowly add the lime juice and zest and continue to 
mix until blended slowly. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake 15 
minutes.  Remove quickly and let cool.  Serve with whipped topping and 
you can also add a slice of lime.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

2 Minute Brownie in a Cup Fun!

This is the easiest way to curb your sweet tooth that I have ever seen! Its a "Brownie in a Cup" recipe....I found it over on CompulsiveCraftiness  she calls it "2 Minute Microwave Brownie in a MugIts so easy and only 227 calories and 5 grams of fat. She eliminated the oil, and the eggs. By just substituting applesauce for oil, she was able to shaved off 120 calories and more than 16 grams of fat! By the way, try using to make the calculations. 
You have got to try this "@ minute" wonder of a recipe to curb that 
sweet tooth without guilt for 2012!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This recipe was sent to me by a friend and she said she got it from Purple Kitty. It looks like it will make a Purrr-fect score at a "Superbowl Party"

 What do you think? Make yours the perfect party.

Football tailgating and holiday parties are around the corner. You’ll want to prepare some party appetizer recipes for your guests.
An always popular choice are these Grape-BBQ Little Smokies.
2 cans Coca-Cola (or other similar soda)
4 cups BBQ sauce (or chili sauce)
2 cups grape jelly
2 (3 lb) packages lil’ smokies or cocktail wieners
Note: If you plan to cook these quickly on a stove, you may want to use one can of coke (or eliminate them entirely) as it takes several hours of cooking for the liquid to reduce to a thick sauce.
Directions: In your crock pot add the grape jelly and coke. Next add the BBQ sauce. Using a whisk, mix until the jelly breaks into small chunks. Add cocktail wieners or little smokies. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or until wieners are hot and sauce has thickened. Stir well and serve immediately with toothpicks. To keep them warm for serving, leave the crockpot on the lowest setting.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year to all....2012!! Wow seems strange to what are your new year's recipe resolutions??? Allrecipes has the below recipe for that traditional "Black Eye Peas" Now I have not had these since I was a little girl but I remember mom making them on New Year's Day....and not the hip hop group....

The "Black Eye Pea" a traditional New Year's recipe has history....
It has been a major staple in the South for over 300 years, black-eyed peas were considered to give you good luck. A dish of peas is a New Year's tradition in most areas of the South, thought to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. According to Jessica Harris, author of the "Welcome Table," some add a dime to the peas for an extra "boost" of luck to the recipient. Greens, thought to symbolize folding money, are often eaten eaten with the peas. Hoppin' John, a dish made with black-eyed peas and rice, is one of the more popular ways of serving them, but many serve them in salads or simply cooked as a side dish.
Whether you're serving a full meal, appetizers, or gathering around the TV for the "RoseBowl Parade" or a football game, one of these recipes is a great way to ring in the New Year of 2012!!!
George Washington Carver was known for the promotion of the black-eyed pea.  Carver encouraged the propagation of black-eyed peas not only for their auspicious effects on the soil, but also for their nutritional benefits for mankind.  Black-eyes peas are a good sources of calcium, folate, iron, potassium and fiber.  Their namesake derives from the black spot which conspicuously rests on the one end of their beige colored body. 

Some love to eat the "Hoppin John" dish with cornbread to soak up the juices, mess o'greens. Hoppin John is a mixture of rice and field peas and Black Eyed peas. There were a lot of pork fat mixed in with onions a real southern dish.

Black Eyed peas are in the same species as cowpeas in other-words, legumes, plants with pods. Hoppin John is very popular with families and traditions because many believe that eating this dish on NEw Year's Day will bring a bright future of good luck!    

Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
Note that many things may affect the cooking times of the peas. They could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to cook to tenderness, depending on their age, where they were grown, the water you are using.


  • 1/3 pound bacon, or 1 ham hock plus 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, about 2 cups
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Salt
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • Scallions or green onions for garnish


1 If you are using bacon, cut it into small pieces and cook it slowly in a medium pot over medium-low heat. If you are using a ham hock, heat the oil in the pot. Once the bacon is crispy (or the oil is hot), increase the heat to medium-high and add the celery, onion, and green pepper and sauté until they begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir well and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
2 Add the black-eyed peas, bay leaf, thyme and Cajun seasoning and cover with 4 cups of water. If you are using the ham hock, add it to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes to an hour, or longer if needed, until the peas are tender (not mushy).
3 While the black-eyed peas are cooking, cook the rice separately according to package instructions.
4 When the peas are tender, strain out the remaining cooking water. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste the peas for salt and add more if needed. If using a ham hock, remove it from the pot, pull off the meat, and return the meat to the pot.
Serve the dish either by placing a ladle-full of black-eyed peas over steamed rice, or by mixing the two together in a large bowl. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve with collard greens, kale, beet or turnip greens.
Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish


  • 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole tomatoes


  1. Place black-eyed peas in 8 quart pot. Add enough water to fill pot 3/4 full. Stir in ham and diced onions, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor, and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied. Add tomatoes to pot. Bring all ingredients to boil. Cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the peas are tender.