Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken with a Soy Sauce HACK!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  This recipe isn’t green, but that’s a good thing.  Right?  Who’d want green chicken? When I looked at recipes on-line for sesame chicken, I wondered… Which is healthier?  Teriyaki or Soy Sauce? The recipes I found called for soy sauce, which I’ve heard is unhealthy due to high sodium (salt).  I […]

Chicken Pasta Pitch-In

Chicken Pasta Pitch-In

When I made chicken pasta one night last month, I wanted to jump onto Facebook Live and demonstrate how quick and easy this dish is to put together. You can make it in many different ways – to the point of not thinking you’ve made it with the same process.  See the lighter version  at […]

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

Fiesta Potato Taco Bake

When one of you commented last week that you’d like to see inexpensive dishes to feed a crowd, I thought of this one right away.  I don’t normally publish two recipe posts in one week, but this is your lucky week!  🙂 I actually made this for supper last night because I didn’t have proper […]

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

I’ve never had success with making mac and cheese.  What is wrong  with me?  Can it really be so hard? It always was hard…until I made mac and cheese with a slow cooker. Recently, we ate the mac and cheese with Millie’s Hamburger Steaks and My Favorite, Fabulous, Fast and Fool-Proof Slaw (and French bread […]

Millie’s Hamburger Steaks

Millie's Hamburger Steaks

Ding, ding, ding.  It’s a winner! PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave me her friend Millie’s recipe a few years ago.  She told me how delicious it is.  And, then I forgot about it and didn’t make it…until recently. HH loved it, and so did his cousin who was visiting us. HH said the sauce is […]

Homemade Cream Cheese Butter Mints

Powder Pink Butter Mints

Mom Two gave me her recipe for the best butter mints many years ago.  I’ve made these cream cheese butter mints for baby showers, wedding showers, and sometimes for birthday fun. Their buttery minty melt-in-your-mouth-ness is amazing! Start by mixing all ingredients except food coloring with beaters.  The dough is too stiff for beaters to […]

Decadent Mississippi Mud Cookies

Mississippi Mud Cookies

Yes, that’s the word…decadent.  Seriously.  I don’t throw that word around lightly. As we southerners say (and as quoted in the cookbook, Gimme Some Sugar, Darlin’): Lord a’Mercy! These Mississippi Mud Cake copy-cat cookies are worthy of another southern sayin’: Well, won’t that just frost your cookies! Except, we have no frosting for these Mississippi […]

How to Make Tasty, Healthy Popcorn – Happy National Popcorn Day!

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

Yes, this is the big Travel Case reveal! In the Dinner on the Train Tablescape post the other day, I promised to share what’s inside the travel case.  Are you ready? After reading today’s post title, I’m sure you already know what it is.  Ha! Happy National Popcorn Day! 🙂 Of course, we want popcorn […]

Chocolate Almond Phylo Cups

Topped with Toasted Slivered Almonds

Pre-cooked frozen Phylo shells are so quick and easy to pull out of the freezer, fill, and serve.  They’re pricey, though. If you find them on sale, like I did just before Christmas, it’s a great time to stock up and save for later. There are many things you can do with the dainty little […]

Why I’m Designating January as CHOCOLATE MONTH

Chocolate Understands

National Chocolate Day isn’t until sometime in October.  Who did that? Don’t they know we need the month of January to gather and practice our recipes for Valentine’s Day?  Who doesn’t plan chocolate molten for dessert on Valentines Day…or a healthy chocolate syrup for strawberry dipping…or my grandmother’s Mississippi Mud Slide?  At the very least, […]

Orange Slice Fruit(less) Cake

Orange Slice Cake

Do you like fruitcake?  I don’t like purchased fruitcake.  At all.  But, I love home-made versions.  How about you? Mom 2 gave me her Lemon Extract Cake recipe many years ago, and it’s basically home-made fruitcake.  She made a large loaf “fruitcake” for our family every Christmas.  Her regular recipe is delicious with all the […]

White Trash Snack Mix

White Trash Snack Mix

You saw my list of Snacks for Christmas Family Fun Time last week.  I must confess.  I made a little substitution to the list. Rather than the Holiday Peppermint Pretzels, I made this white trash. I’ve found that you can melt a package of white almond bark and stir most anything into it for your […]

Snacks for Christmas Family Fun Time

Snack for Christmas Family Fun Time @CurtainQueenCreates.com

Do you make loads of snacks for family each Christmas?  Their favorites, at least? As I bake and prepare, I thought I’d share what we’ll be having in the way of snacks this Christmas.  Our regulars are a sure thing. Click pictures when you’d like to see the post and grab the printable recipe. Regular […]

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy December!  Can you believe it’s here already?  With this recipe today, I’m an entire year behind.  What the what? Yes!  When Thanksgiving rolled around last year, I realized I had no time to share this sweet potato casserole recipe with you before our big turkey day. I’d intended to share it before Christmas last […]

Our Favorite Black Bean Dip

Serve with Your Favorite Tortilla Chips.

Happy Thanksgiving yesterday!  We’re actually having our Thanksgiving meal today.  The final stragglers are finally making it here this morning. 🙂 Does your neighborhood have a Bunko group?  It seems that most neighborhoods form Bunko groups at some point. Even during apartment life days, I was asked to join a group among the women at […]

How to Dress Up Owl Cake Mix Cupcakes

Owl Cupcakes

I needed something for a bake sale at church last Sunday.  We were raising money for the shipping cost for the Operation Christmas Child boxes the women’s ministry are putting together at an event coming soon. I had no inclination for what to take.  Don’t you hate it when you have no motivation?  No ideas?  […]

Ruby Tuesday HACK! Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

While on our family reunion trip over Labor Day weekend, several of us ate out together after arriving that first night.  The fact that Ruby Tuesday was beside our motel made our dinner there a no-brainer. Have you ever eaten their cheddar biscuits?  I’ve eaten at a lot of Ruby Tuesday restaurants over the years […]

Why You’ll Want to Dive Into This Butternut Squash Soup

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

It’s true.  You’ll want to put your face in it.  Drink down its creamy, smooth texture and sweetness. Remember how I roasted the squash with brown sugar and butter and spices last week?  I’m sure using the roasted squash leftovers for this recipe had something to do with it.  But, there’s more… Isn’t everything better […]

True Food Confessions: Crazy for Caramel Brownies

My Favorite Caramel Brownies

Well, we’ve finally arrived at my final confession this week.  I am  crazy for caramel – especially with chocolate.  And, I’m not the only one! These brownies are my go-to whenever I need to take something easy for sharing with a crowd.  They’re great for all age groups, every occasion, and delicious in any season. […]

Savory Fig and Feta Surprise!

FETA AND FIGS

You know how I was nearly stung by a wasp while picking an over-ripe fig a couple of weeks ago?  (I mentioned it in my fruit harvest post.) I’ve been very careful since then.  While figs ripen only a few at a time, I’ve found ways to use just a few each day.  This “recipe” […]

Quick and Easy PINEAPPLE Cutting 101

Pineapple Cutting 101

Pineapple has such a rough coating to remove, doesn’t it?  And, once you get the coating off, the fruit is very slippery!  If you don’t create flat surfaces to cut against, it’s nearly impossible to hang onto. Just as with cutting watermelon (see that video here), I’m sure you have a technique you’ve used for […]

What’s for Dinner? Easy-Tasty Tex-Mex Ravioli

Easy-Tasty Tex-Mex Ravioli

Do your taste buds get confused when mixing Italian and Mexican foods?  I understand.  My mind was twisted and confused when my friend Ginger first told me about this recipe. But with the first bite, all confusion is gone.  What is left behind is delicious flavor and a happy dance inside your mouth. Stir together […]

Banana Pudding Especialle

Banana Pudding Especialle

Do you have a favorite banana pudding recipe?  Until my early 40’s, I never ate the stuff…hated the banana texture when they went to mush inside the pudding.  Do you have texture issues, too? I may be the only one, but now that I make my own banana pudding (and it’s eaten really fast), I […]

My Grandmother’s Buttermilk Pound Cake Heirloom Recipe

Mammau's Buttermilk Pound Cake

A few weeks ago, I bought fresh peaches and vegetables at our local vegetable market.  A few days later, I noticed the peaches were ripening quicker than we were eating them.   As good as those peaches were, HH and I needed a little incentive! I quickly mixed my grandmother’s pound cake together for a simple […]

Dairy-Free Ice Dream and Dreamsicle: Peaches and Coconut Cream

Making Healthy Peach Ice-Cream

Have you been dreaming of new concoctions made from the canned coconut milk I whipped last week?  I had one can left in my refrigerator from making the whipped coconut milk recipe. While making real peach home-made ice-cream for our family on July 4th, I decided to treat myself to a healthier version. I mentioned last […]

Green Olive Spread Extraordinaire

Green Olive Spread Extraordinaire @CurtainQueenCreates.com

Olive spread was a sure hit in the leader snack area at our church’s Vacation Bible School earlier this month.  The lady who made the spread shared her recipe with me. The cream cheese was sort of an odd amount, so I changed the recipe to accommodate an 8-ounce block.  I adjusted the pecans, too, […]

Blueberry Syrup in a Hurry, Healthy, and Home-Made

Healthy Home-Made Blueberry Syrup in a Hurry @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Do you like blueberries?  It occurred to me last week that you might need ways to use the berries you may have in your freezer from last year.  You know…to clean out before adding fresh this year. 😉 Make this recipe with fresh blueberries if you have them.  Either way, it is good! As I […]

Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies

After setting our dining room table with my friend’s luscious pink and gold fabric (Magnolias on Pink and Gold) for the table-cloth, my brain was in a complete think pink mode.  I had a pink velvet cake mix in my pantry that I bought to use at Easter but never got to it. So…these equally-luscious […]

Chipotle Barbecue Meatloaf

Chipotle Barbecue Meatloaf

Have you ever tasted chipotle barbecue sauce? I love anything flavored with roasted chipotle peppers, so when I noticed chipotle barbecue sauce on my grocer’s shelf, I snatched it up and brought it home.  I knew I could find something  to do with it! I have a recipe for chipotle barbecue sauce in one of […]

Parmesan Fish Filet

Fast and Easy PARMESAN FISH FILET

If you’re a regular reader, you know how I get on a kick at times (and wear something out?!!). You’ve seen this past couple of weeks how I’m on a lemon and lime and fish kick…the tablescape last week, the Ceviche recipe, and now this …my favorite fish dish of all time!  (And, I normally […]