Easy Chicken Gyros

1:57 PM

When it comes to dinner for my kids, most times we keep things very simple and light. I am always thinking of foods that I see on television or online and it is so refreshing to take a break from traditional heavy Southern meals and try something from the Mediterranean area.

One of our favorites are chicken gyros. I must admit, I am an absolute sucker for tzatziki sauce. I can eat it by the spoonfuls. 

I use this recipe here for the sauce but I add in a tablespoon of pickle juice to it as well. I really like dill. Like, dude....seriously.

Chicken Gyros

1 chicken breast per person, cut into cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive Oil
Thinly sliced cucumbers
Tomato slices
Soft Greek Style Pita bread

Preheat oven to 350.

Place cubed chicken on skewer. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over skewers.

Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Remove chicken from skewers and place on top of soft pita. Add lettuce, tomato and tzatziki sauce. serve with extra sauce.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Wraps

5:18 PM

This super easy wrap idea is a perfect  lunch idea!

You will need
Burrito sized flour tortillas
Sliced turkey meat
Sweet potatoes
Heavy whipping cream
Brown sugar
Fresh Baby Spinach

For the sweet potato, I sliced it and placed them on the griddle to cook. I sprinkled the brown sugar on top of each one and cooked until they became tender. Once done, I placed them in a bowl with 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream. You will need more, depending on the amount of sweet potatoes you prepared.  I blended it until it had the consistency of mashed potatoes.  At this point you can taste it and add in more brown sugar if you want.

Spread potatoes over the tortilla, top with turkey and spinach.  Fold by taking one side over and tucking tightly, roll, cut in half and enjoy!

Very light but filling lunch idea which is super quick and easy to make.

Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

5:24 PM

I love anything potatoes....except potato salad...that in itself is right up there in the yuck factor with eggplant. But other than that, potatoes--baked, fried, mashed....bring it on!

I love twice baked potatoes. Most may be intimidated by them because they take a wee bit more time, but life is all about slowing down, savoring the moments and the few extra minutes it takes to make these is worth it.

You will need:

4 potatoes
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
sliced/diced ham

Bake your potatoes for about an hour at 350 degrees. Allow to cool and slice each potato in half. Carefully scoop out the inside of each half...placing the inside of the potato into a large bowl.

 Place the hollow potato halves onto a baking sheet. In bowl, mix sour cream, ham, seasoning and sour cream with the potato insides. 

Scoop back into the hollow potato halves. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. 

Cover with shredded cheese.

 Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.

And there ya go! I like to top mine with a dollop of sour cream and crumbled bacon slices. 

bloody mary

Delicious and Easy Bloody Mary

9:14 PM


Yeah, here I am old as all get out and whowouldathunk that I have never had a bloody mary. To me, the idea of tomatoes and alcohol was a bit of a turn off. I mean, really? And I won't mention that one time my friend bought me a bottle of black pepper vodka so that I could try bloody marys and it sat and sat and sat in the cabinet until I finally threw it out 3 years later. It was just not something I could imagine drinking.

So one day, I was walking in my favorite store ever, Kroger (swoon), and they always have amazing samples at the cheese counter. This particular day, there was not the usual gourmet cracker paired with some delicate and stinky delicious cheese, it was a small cup with some tomato looking juice in it and a green bean. Yeah. A green bean. It was that green bean that caught my eye. I grab a cup and take a  bite of the green bean. Ohhhhhh, a pickled green bean! Then I took a swig. Oh some deliciously dill tomato-y concoction that was sorta spicy. It was delicious. One of the best things I have tasted.

It was McClure's Bloody Mary mix and  a Rick's Mean Green Bean (at 13 bucks a jar locally, they are online much cheaper).  Yes, lawd. Yes. I was so good.

I bought two jars of the mix, a jar of the green beans.

I chose not to add alcohol to my Bloody Mary because still, the thought kind of does not sit well with me but if it is your thing, you have got to try this mix.

I topped mine with a slab of beef jerky, pickled okra (Talk O'Texas), olive, celery, lime and the rim is covered in Tajin seasoning. Yes. I even made some super mini two sip ones for my kids and the Mormon Missionaries who had stopped by...because hey, I like to have my kids try different stuff and it was a super tasty non-alcoholic drink.

Just might serve these at the murder mystery dinner party I am having for friends and family in two weeks.


Food Photography and a Magazine Feature

10:56 PM

I don't claim to know all the ins and outs of food photography but I do know what I like. Through trial and error, I have learned what works for me and what I am satisfied with.

I do not have any do overs. What you see photographed here on this blog is what we actually eat and it is usually my plate. My kids are not about to wait for a photoshoot, they want their dinner when it is ready. I have usually about ten minutes tops to shoot the food and get it to them while it is hot and ready.

My photos are real life, what you see, is how I give it to my kids and family. The table is set, the food is arranged, I try to treat them to that four star experience. While, not every night is a picture perfect, blog worthy food dish, I do try to capture some things we try, I come up with so I can share.

I am so thankful to have been interviewed by a Mississippi magazine, Desoto Magazine. I was truly thankful that they contacted me about my food photography. It is just the motivation this mama of a growing up four needed. Nothing like that to help me to keep pushing forward.

Food has always been important to me, a way of showing my children that they are loved and worth it. And you can have anything, in moderation. I love what I do.

Thanks to all who support me, it does not go unnoticed.

*The magazine is available in Memphis, Olive Branch and northern Mississippi, even in Jackson, Mississippi and a few places in Louisiana and Arkansas. Check their website for where you can find it in print or online.

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