Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lisa's Mexican Caviar

I celebration of Cinco De Mayo...I am reposting this amazing dip. Perfect anytime, but with the holiday coming up next week, I thought this was perfect to share!!

A sister story....first I met Regina (on the end in the white shirt) and we became the best of friends. She and her sweet husband Jim introduced me to my husband Scott and even sang at our wedding. She can always make me laugh and has a heart as big as Texas. We have shared many laughs and tears over the years. We will always be friends!!
 She then  introduced me to her sister Theresa (in the middle)...ohhh how she makes me laugh. She is such a nut and so very creative. She now sells her beautiful jewelry at the store I manage.

Then I met Lisa, (left end in the green) what a kind hearted and funny lady she is. We share a love of cooking and blogging!! Did you notice a theme with these sisters. They are so kind and loving and are a riot to be around!

Regina also introduced me to this recipe, but told me she got it from Lisa. So today we will be spotlighting Lisa.

and her wonderful Mexican Caviar!

Now don't let the picture scare you. I am a much better cook than I am a photographer. This dip is AMAZING!!! It is good anytime but with the holidays coming up and all the parties and family get togethers you will be involved in believe me you will want to make this. And buy at least 2 bags of the "Frito Scoops" or Tortilla chips because you will become as addicted as I did and won't be able to stop...LOL

"Mama Lisa's Mexican Caviar"

10 roma tomatoes chopped small

1 can whole kernel corn drained

1 can black eye peas drained

1 can black beans drained

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 small red onion chopped

1 bunch cilantro chopped (leaves only)

2 limes (juice only)

2 ripe haas avocados

1/3 bottle of light Wishbone Italian salad dressing

1 large bag of Frito's scoops (for dipping)

Put it all in a large bowl, scoop with Frito's and enjoy!

Thanks Lisa for providing this wonderful recipe.

I am linking to:
Little Brick Ranch
I Heart Naptime
Picket Fence

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Meat and Potato Men

Would the men in your family be totally satisfied with meat and potatoes...mine would....or at least my husband would. My 17 year old son decided  a little over a month ago that he was no longer going to eat meat. Ladies...this was a BIG shock!! Up until then my son could wolf down a steak before I could even get it on his plate.He always called himself a mean, meat eating machine. This did make my life easy because as long as I had some kind of meat in the house and a bag of potatoes they were happy.

Now I am always looking for recipes I think my 6'4 280 pound,size 13 shoe wearing son will eat. He is actually becoming a pretty good cook himself now that he can't pop a frozen meat lovers pizza in the oven!

Here is one of our favorite potato side dishes. It is quick, easy and seems we always have all the ingredients in the house. We really like it with eggs on a lazy Saturday morning, or with chicken, fish, grilled pork chops, and of course my husbands favorite meat loaf. We always make them when we are camping. I bet your men will like it too!!

6 large potatoes or 3 baking potatoes ( I just usually cook one potato per person and if there are leftovers that's great too).
1 Large onion
4 tablespoons butter (yes I know....and you may need a bit more depending on the amount of potatos you use. But the flavor is amazing)
Salt and Pepper or Season salt...I like that better myself.

Wash and poke a few holes in your potato's.
Put them in the microwave and cook until fork tender.
While potatoes are cooking, cut your onions into rings and then cut in half.

Once potato's are done, cut them into bite size pieces.

In a large skillet put your butter, potato's and onions in. Salt and pepper or pepper and season salt to taste. Cover (or not...sometimes my potatoes are not soft enough when I take them out of the microwave) and let cook until onions and potatoes are tender.

I am linking to:
Not So Homemade
Little Brick Ranch-Foodie Friday
At The Picket Fence
I Heart Naptime

Thursday, April 21, 2011

5 minute Pineapple Pie

This is an old post but thought it was worth reposting for Easter. This pie is light and ooooh so yummy. It's easy to make and would be a great dessert for your Easter dinner. Sorry no photo...but here is one of Lis instead. She is my step children's mom. She is the one that gave me the recipe. The only think I do differently is I add a  little cool whip to the top for a little garnish or I add a bit to the top of each slice as I serve it.

5 minute Pineapple Pie

2 graham cracker crusts
1 large cool whip
1 15oz crushed pineapple
1 8oz tidbits pineapple
1 can sweet condensed milk
14-16 squirts of lemon juice

Drain all the juice out of both cans of pineapple really good

Mix cool whip and milk together add pineapple lightly toss together
add the lemon juice squirts as you are stirring it will get stiffer pour into the two crusts can be eaten right away but better if put into the fridge for at an hour.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring-Easter Cake

I am sure most of you have seen the Kit Kat cake. The one with Kit Kat candy bars all around it and the top filled with some other kind of yummy candy like M & M's or chocolate eggs right??? Well I have wanted to make one for awhile now and decided today was the day. There is a family in the neighborhood with the most adorable kids...well all the kids in my neighborhood are adorable but the Klingler kids as I call them just happen to love my chocolate cake. Today was their lucky day. When it was done I took it to them. Hope they enjoy it.

I love to use the colors Lime Green and Hot Pink for my Easter table so I thought I would use it for my cake as well. All I did was make my favorite chocolate cake, frost it, trim the Kit Kat's to size and tie a ribbon around it. It was soooooo easy!!

I decided to change the top decoration a few times to see which one I liked the are the results!

Spring Flowers

Peep Love Birds

Seeeee I told you they were love birds...
Look at the cute eggs they left behind!

I am sure there are so many ways to decorate a cake like this but my skills in this area are limited to and my talents...LOL. This worked for me.

I am linking to:

Little Brick Ranch
At The Picket Fence
Jam Hands
Dittle Dattle
All Thingz Related
Debbie Doos
Blessed With Grace
Savvy Southern Style