Years ago, I asked the question “When did you learn to cook?” Over 100 of you chimed in and it was truly inspiring to hear all the stories. My first pivotal baking memory was the summer of my 8th grade year when my mom put me in charge of baking Zucchini Bread (all summer long.)
I learned so much about baking that summer. I realized that baking is essentially a chemistry experiment. And while I am horrible at science, I can mix with the best of them. I understand that mixing together ingredients in a specific order will cause reactions that produce specific effects.
In our home, I hope those reactions are amazing because after all that work, I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor. After years of baking, there are still many things to learn and picking the brain of some of the top chefs was fascinating. Believe it or not, some of the simplest tips are the most critical when it comes to getting Southern Living quality results (more of that in a second.)
My blog has introduced me to so many neat experiences and visiting the Southern Living Headquarters as a special correspondent for Delta Faucet has been a highlight. Their campus is nestled amidst the woods and streams of Birmingham and it’s a breathtaking facility.
Having lived in the South for nearly 20 years, I truly appreciate the history of how Southern Living Magazine has helped shape the culture for the last 50 years. I was most excited to take a sneak peak behind the scenes of how their Test Kitchen works, as well as enjoy their food photography set up.
Let’s just take a quick spin behind one of the country’s most loved magazines before I share my baking tips. [Read More...]
In the realm of all things food, there’s nothing I love more than breakfast food.
At any time of the day, breakfast is my mantra. It speaks comfort to me. My Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole?
ALL. DAY. LONG!
But, school mornings are rough.
Typically, we have a hot breakfast, but it comes about an hour after our high school son has left home. He is the antithesis of a morning person. I’m fortunate to get a grunt, but grunts don’t give this momma a lot of motivation. Just sayin’.
So, I’ve been playing around with varying recipes that I can make up ahead of time and use throughout the week. These yummy Stuffed Breakfast Biscuit Muffins were a hit. [Read More...]
As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts.
We want our family to know they are loved beyond measure, yet everything around us during this season equates with BUY MORE PRESENTS!!
Over the next six weeks, 90% of people will buy things they can NOT afford.
Can we make a difference this year and avoid the deep regrets that occur once that January Credit Card statement comes through?
How do we balance this during the holidays? How do we respond to our children when their “Wish List” continues to grow exponentially? [Read More...]