Sausage and Friends Game Day Dip


Celebrating SEC Championship Photo by Kent Gidley
Celebrating SEC Championship Photo by Kent Gidley

The summer heat is starting to simmer down. On the Gulf Coast, by the end of August a good rain is greatly appreciated to cool down the natives. It has already started in our little corner of the world, game day is almost here. The first Alabama game of the season is this weekend. The tail-gate parties are planned. The backyard football soiree’s are coming together. All the football decor is coming out of the closet.

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Spicy Chili with Chipotle


Chipotle Chile Powder
Chipotle Chile Powder

A decade ago or so, I found chipotle and fell in love. It’s smoky flavor  appeals to me, whether its chipotle in adobo sauce or chiptole chili powder. The chipotle chile powder should come with it’s own warning buzzer.  A small amount will increase the heat. In our house, we love spicy so chipotle is a perfect heat to add. It’s a sneaky heat but delicious.

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Potato’s, Leeks and flavor “oh my”

Leeks, random purchase of the week
Leeks, random purchase of the week

I love to create recipes out of the ingredients that I randomly purchase at the grocery store.  As a wander aimlessly through the produce, something always grabs my attention. I often have no idea how I will use. I only know that I really want to cook with it. It also helps to pair them with items that you randomly have at home. Of course, that creates the other problem, “OMG, What am I going to do with that?”. This may occur after a very busy week and often happens as you find the “random purchase” in the refrigerator.  Continue reading “Potato’s, Leeks and flavor “oh my””

Beach Day

It all started out sunny

A close friend and I drove her monster truck down to Pensacola to visit with friends at her spot on the beach. We were planning on a day spent in the sun, near the gulf, with our feet in the sand. We managed to make it to the beach, chairs in hand and with cooler. The wind and waves rolled in.  We popped a top. The summer heat cooled off, which felt just right.

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Peeps, chickens and Egg Pie



When the little peeps arrived at our house, they were a couple of days old. Being the non-farmers that we are, our peeps moved into first class real estate, the rabbit cage. Little peeps are too cute too watch. After watching a  clutch or two grow, I am still amazed how they develop. Before they  grow very big,  the male peeps stand out over the females. The male chicks will strut about like they “own the rabbit cage”.  The females learn to tolerate the males. Just about the time that  there is not enough space to do so, they are ready to move to the big house. Continue reading “Peeps, chickens and Egg Pie”