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Two Key Tools

Two Key Tools

This series ends tomorrow, and I haven’t shared my two key tools in my kitchen!

First up is my Breville Hemisphere Control Blender. I had an okay-ish blender for years. I decided to upgrade a few years ago, and I eyed the Vitamix but decided I didn’t want to spend that much money. I bought my Breville instead and have been incredibly pleased with it. It passes the big test, blending smooth, icy drinks easily and consistently.

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The Red Eyed Mule

The Red Eyed Mule

Some days you just HAVE to get out of the kitchen!  Am I right?  Of course right!  Today we ALL get a kitchen pass (in the sweet sense of the word, not a “you’ll pay for this later” sense)!

Today we’re heading to The Red Eyed Mule in Marietta, Georgia.  Squeeze in tight!  This building is an old gas station, and there are only 9 tables!

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Favorite Cookbooks, Part 2

Favorite Cookbooks, Part 2

Yesterday I showed you some of the first cookbooks I used.  One of them was the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.  That is STILL my go-to cookbook, even after all these years!  Mama has–and still uses–the 1965 edition.  I bought a copy before I got married, and then later I upgraded to the 1996 edition.

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Even if you have never cooked in your whole life, you could pick up this book and cook successfully.  The directions for the recipes are clearly explained, and the recipes run the gamut from scrambled eggs to sugar cookies to broiled lobster, and everything in between!

I go to my Fannie Farmer Cookbook when I need really solid, helpful information about food/cooking and when I need recipes for normal, everyday food.  Some of my favorite recipes are Chicken Tetrazzini, Cornbread, and Old-Fashioned Beef Stew.

Bonus Information:  Fannie Merrit Farmer, known as the mother of level measurements, first published her cookbook in 1896 as The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook.

For more trendy recipes–and olden goldies too–I go to Southern Living magazine.  My goodness, can these people cook!  This is the only magazine I subscribe to right now, and I look forward to getting it every month.  I grab a glass of tea and snuggle onto the sofa for a nice, long read!

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I shared my most favorite Southern Living recipe with you here.  I’m having a blast with their fall baking recipes, and I just got the November issue which is chock full of Thanksgiving recipes!  The Thanksgiving recipes aren’t on their website yet, so get thee to the supermarket and buy a print copy of this issue, pronto!

Bonus Information:  Rick Bragg’s article, the last thing in every issue, is just the BEST!  It’s funny and heartwarming and just a really satisfying read.  I make myself wait and save it for last!

What are YOUR favorite cookbooks or sources for recipes?  Please share in the comments below!  I love follow-up conversations after a blog post!

This is Day 19 of the Write 31 Days blogging challenge and Michael Ann’s Kitchen!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Plan to Eat

Plan to Eat

Today I want to tell you about a tool I use in the kitchen ALL the time!  It’s Plan to Eat, an online recipe organizer/meal planner/grocery list generator.

I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of recipes online these days.  Plan to Eat allows me to capture those recipes with ONE simple click and save them to my online recipe book so I can easily find them later.  I like this a lot!  No more printouts of recipes crammed into a notebook with hundreds of other printouts of recipes.

THEN Plan to Eat lets you access those already-sorted-into-categories recipes and drag them onto a meal plan.  Seriously!  It’s that easy! Click here to take a tour of Plan to Eat, and then read on to see how I’ve used it today.

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Read::Watch::Listen::Follow – October

Read::Watch::Listen::Follow – October

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It’s time for the Read::Watch::Listen::Follow link up!  And since I’m in the middle of the Write 31 Days Challenge, Michael Ann’s Kitchen, I’m going to swing this one in a kitchen-y direction!

READ: I like to read while I eat, and sometimes I eat at the island in the kitchen.  (Subtle, right?)  I was trying to read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, but I had to put it aside.  I think Liane’s stuff is just not going to be my favorite.  With all the emotional drain that Hurricane Matthew brought, I wanted something more gentle.  And that’s when I remembered Karla’s recommendation of a book by Grace Livingston Hill.  I purchased this Grace Livingston Hill Collection after I read Karla’s post, and right now I’m reading Exit Betty, one of the books in that collection.  It’s been a lovely, gentle read.  Just right for my tired heart!

WATCH:  I’m a big fan of the Great British Baking Show.  Right now PBS is between seasons, but they ARE showing the Masterclass episodes, and I’m enjoying watching those.  The judges from the regular season demonstrate how to properly bake the challenges from the previous season.  And recipes are posted online!

LISTEN:  I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m working in the kitchen, and two of my podcast worlds collided this week!  Annie from The Bookshelf bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia and the From the Front Porch podcast was interviewed by Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy on HER podcast, What Should I Read Next?  (Did you follow all that?)  This episode was lots of fun, and you can listen to it here.  Check it out!  These are two nice, fun ladies talking about books!

FOLLOW:  The Write 31 Days blogging challenge has been a fun way to scope out new-to-me blogs.  One I’m following more closely these days is *not* new to me, but I’m especially enjoying its 31-day focus right now.  It’s 31 Days in my Italian Kitchen by my friend Sheila!  I’m learning a LOT!  She’s making me want to get in my kitchen and cook up a storm!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog/kitchen today!  Please come back again soon!  This is Day 14 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen and the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  Stop by Making the Most of Every Day to see what others are reading, watching, listening to, and following!

Ice Cream!

Ice Cream!

Welcome back to Michael Ann’s Kitchen where this is Day 10 of the Write 31 Days blogging challenge!   Come on in!  We’re talking all things kitchen.  So far we’ve discussed all these things.

Another of my favorite things in my kitchen is Halo Top brand ice cream!  Y’all, it’s high protein, made with real ingredients, sweetened primarily with stevia…the list goes on and on!

And TODAY they released 10 new flavors!  Behold!!!

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Photo copied from Halo Top Creamery on Facebook.

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Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Last weekend was extra awesome!  Here are five amazing things from that awesomeness!

(1) Friday night The Chief and I headed down to Jacksonville, Florida for the evening, and we ate at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub.  We do love a good pub!  We liked the atmosphere, the service, AND the food!   Their bread pudding was something special, I tell you.  It’s house-made of danish and doughnuts, covered with buttered pecans and chocolate chips, and topped with a bourbon glaze!  OH, MAN!

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(2) Special bonus:  The Jacksonville Fire Department Pipes and Drums (Highland Bagpipe Band) was playing outside the restaurant! 

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Get Your Pretty On!

Get Your Pretty On!

It’s the most wonderful FASHION time of the year!  Am I right, or am I right?!?  If you’re wanting to update your wardrobe and (A) need some help doing it or (B) want to have a lot of fun while doing it, I happily recommend the Get Your Pretty On Fall Style Challenge!

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Click here to read all about it!

I’ve done several of these challenges, and I absolutely love them.  They taught me how to:

  • put together outfits that are trendy AND appropriate for my age
  • shop wisely.  (If I can’t style a piece of clothing at least 3 ways, I don’t buy it.)
  • accessorize confidently with a few, fun, affordable pieces.

PLUS I made a lot of great fashion friends with whom I’m still in touch!  (From all over the place, y’all!)

This challenge works well for all ages and body types.  You can spend as much or as little as you like on the clothes.

Click the link above to see how it all works!  Here are a few photos of my outfits from a previous fall challenge.

Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below!  Happy shopping!

(The link above IS an affiliate link, just FYI!)

A New Kayaking Adventure!

A New Kayaking Adventure!

You know how you hear about a place, and you scope it out online, and you wonder if the real thing looks anywhere near as gorgeous as it does online?  Yeah?  Well, THIS place delivered!imageWe recently heard about George L. Smith State Park and decided to check it out this weekend.  On Sunday we loaded up the kayaks and a picnic, went to the early service at church, and then headed out on our adventure.

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