Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top 10 Posts of 2020

    Here are the top posts from my blog for the year 2020.  I did not blog as much due to my health but some of the most popular were posts from this year and others are ones from years past.  The most popular post of 2020 that had over 4,000 unique views was my recipe for Homemade Au Jus.  


1.  Homemade Au Jus.


    Our family loves Au Jus but it is not always easy to make when I'm in a time crunch.  I decided to come up with a homemade mix that would be similar (but superior) to the store-bought envelopes of the mix.  This turned out even better than I dreamed.  There is so much flavor that comes from the mix and you can have the homemade taste in a matter of minutes!


2.  Chicken and Rice Soup Mix-in-a-Jar.

   I like having many kinds of "mix-in-a-jar" meals around.  My goal is to have 365 of them made up, one for every day of the year.  They are great on days you feel lazy or anything like that and perfect for any type of emergency.  Most of them you just toss into a pot of boiling water and in a bit the meal is done.  Some meals require adding a few more ingredients but the beauty of these is most of the prep work is done for you.


3.  Cooking turkey breast in the Crock-Pot.



 4.  Frugal Living.  


    This is my most popular post ever.  It has been viewed over 1,000 times this year but over 100,000 times total.  Lots of frugal tips that everyone finds useful.

5. The Perfect Wacky Cake Recipe (no eggs, no milk, no butter)

    This cake is perfect for the things we are all going through right now.  This calls for no eggs, no milk, and no butter!  How wonderful is that?!  This cake actually dates back to the depression era when things were scarce.  But don't let that deter you about the taste.  This cake bakes up super moist and stills tastes good.  This is absolutely my husband's favorite cake!


6.  Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread.


    The BEST cornbread in the world is made in a cast iron skillet.  It makes all the difference in the world.  We try to make this a few times a week and there is never any left over.  We eat it all.  It is great with meals and we often eat it as a snack.


7.   Cooking a Roast in a Cast Iron Skillet.

    Pot roast is a favorite of most families.  It is the most flavorful, comfort meal that is a staple evening meal for so many of us in America!  It takes a bit of work to make this but it is TOTALLY worth the effort.  Quick and easy is not always best and this is one recipe that proves the fact!

8.  Homemade Dog Treats Recipe



9.  How to Cook the Perfect Porterhouse Steak


      A porterhouse steak is a true thing of beauty.  It is a large cut that has both the New York Strip and a Filet Mignon; which is separated by a T-bone.  With a porterhouse steak, you truly get the best of both worlds.  A perfect marriage cooked beautifully in a cast iron pan.  It will be juicy, flavorful and have the perfect crust on the outside!


10.  True Southern Pimento Cheese Spread.


    People are always asking for my Pimento Cheese recipe.  It is so good and creamy. 

    Which one of these is your favorite?


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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

    I love fluff salads and up until today, my husband's favorite fluff salad was my Rocky Road Fluff Salad, while the boys' favorite was Oreo Fluff.  Today I made up this Strawberry Fluff Salad and Ron fell in love with it.  He ate 2 large bowls full and declared it his new favorite. 

    Fluff salads are easy to make and are perfect as a side dish or dessert.  It turns out light, fluffy and delicious.  And with the walnuts added to it, the extra crunch and texture is an absolute delight.  

Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

1 c. mini marshmallows

 1/2 c. walnuts

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. water

1- 3 oz. pkg. strawberry Jell-O

1- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

8 oz. homemade whipped topping or Cool Whip


    Mix the pineapple, sugar and water together over low heat in a small saucepan.  Cook until the sugar is just dissolved.  Pour in the jell-o powder and mix to combine.

    Pour the mixture into a bowl and place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour, or just until the mixture starts to congeal.

    Once it has started to congeal, stir in the walnuts and fold in the Cool Whip and mini marshmallows.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving. 


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