I’m a Florida native. Most of y’all already know that. But, in case not, now you do. I live a short drive from the cane fields, where as far as the eye can see, there is sugar cane. There are days, when I just need to escape the madness of tourists and traffic, I simply head west to the vastness of fields , and embrace the infinity of land around me. Of course, I don’t do it as often as I’d like; and I dare not venture there when the fields are burning…. but; I try to take a drive […]
I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. As a kid, honey buns were one of my favorite breakfast treats… a cross between a donut and cinnamon roll- engulfed in a sweet glaze… To celebrate the start of the upcoming school year, I created a homemade version of this sweet treat. I took some shortcuts, too. Because not many people have time to knead dough… everyone is busy getting hand sanitizer and teams of paper, right? So: I used my trusty bread machine to make quick […]
Welcome to the final day of summer desert week ! Today, I have a twist on the traditional chocolate crunch bar, Where the chocolate is replaced with white chocolate and orange cream flavored candy melts are swirled in with it . I had some crisp rice cereal and voila! you have a summertime twist on a classic candy ! Orange Creamsicle crunch bars #SummerDesertWeek July 13, 2019 by mamakeith Category Uncategorized Ingredients 1 bag Wilton orange cream candy melts 12 ounces white chocolate 1 cup crisp rice cereal Instructions in a microwave at 50% power, melt wafers and chocolate in 1 […]
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! Happy Friday! Today, I have a special treat for you… lemonade cupcakes! And, there’s a few time saving secrets I’m going to share as well: baking cupcakes doesn’t have to be an all day process- I used to be very “anti-boxed cake mix” but: in a pinch , I have been known to use some of the cleaner ones- (without anything artificial ) you can doctor them up very easily to give him a homemade taste by replacing oil with melted butter […]
disclaimer: I received product samples for my participation in Summer Dessert week, however, the recipes and opinions are my own Y’all…. ohmygoodness. These are SO GOOD. Seriously. Like, talk with your mouth full kind of good. So good you forget your manners. You know what I’m talking about…. These are a creation I made just for #summerdessertweek, but- lemme tell you… I’ll be making them more often. They are going to be a new summertime tradition.
Disclaimer: I was sent product for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however the recipes and opinions are my own. Welcome to day three of #summerdessertweek. I don’t know about y’all but for me, Key Lime Pie is that quintessential summer dessert. It’s tart and cool, and reminds me of holidays spent fishing in the ocean all day and cooling off in the pool in the afternoon. But: Summertime also means picnics … and, let’s face it: Pies are not for picnics. But: what happens when a key lime pie and a shortbread cookie meet, fall in love, get married […]
Today…. Is day two of #summerdessertweek!And, today I have one of the prettiest candies out there. They are like the gemstone of sweets: shimmery, shiny crystals of pure sugar. And, when you’re a homeschool mom like myself- they are the perfect way to incorporate some science into life. (shhhh…. it’s undercover school in summer)The best part about these candies is that they also serve an adult purpose: sweetening your drinks. And, if you’re clever- you’ll add flavoring to compliment your drink… mint sweet tea, anyone? These are sooooo easy to make. And, chances are you have everything you need. I […]
Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own. Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this week from yours truly. In my participation for this event, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Wilton. In it, there was a “DIY-licous” kit for mermaid cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE how mermaids and unicorns have made a “comeback”. As a […]
Remember my posts about enlarging our tent? No, we don’t actually live in a tent. It’s an expression of expansion. Although, tent living is fine with me as long as there is mosquito repellent… and food. And fire to cook the food. A soap to clean up. And toilet paper. Got it? Okay, we’re good. So: if you caught up on the links above you’ll know that we began fostering, which also grew our family by adopting two little girls. But: we have one tiny problem… our bathroom. You see, there’s just one. And, a family of six with one […]
A few months ago, I told y’all about these fantastic wood watches, in this post . What happened? Where are y’all? So far there is less than THREE entries! This means: that your chances of winning are HUGE. So: head over to this site , and place your entry . It only takes a second, and…. you just might be the lucky winner of a $100 Jord Wood Watch gift card! Woo-hoo! Now: I’m not going to leave you with just that. Today I have some inspiration for your Easter brunch: This week is our Spring Break, our home is […]
Think fast: you are having a party, and you want to serve something intriguing and exotic, but not too over the top… you still want to spend time with your guests…. I really you’d like something that can be made in advance, with short preparation time to serve. I’ve got a solution for you. Grilled marinated chicken skewers with a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce. Tender chicken breasts soaked in a soy/lemon ginger garlic marinade and grilled to perfection. With a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce that is amazing… my kids have now requested it for their french fries (!!!!!) […]
And this is another entry into the #StashTeaRecipeChallenge. Using the tea as a flavor base for my dressing, made this simple salad stand out. The complex flavors behind the pomegranate and raspberry married perfectly with a light splash of vinegar and oil and creamy sour cream . The slight sweetness off set the salty bacon and the crisp crostini was the perfect thing to accompany the delicate salad greens. I added some hard boiled egg, so technically this salad could count as breakfast. hahaha! A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be […]
I created this recipe for the “Not your usual tea” category in the #stash tearecipechallenge. Personally, I love Earl Grey . What gives earl gray it’s unique flavor and aroma is the addition of Bergamot; a relative of the lime plant, it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma that is unsurpassed, in my opinion. Another favorite drink of mine is the Mojito: a mint and rum infused concoction that is refreshing and light, like a vacation in a glass. I decided to marry my two favorite beverages for this challenge: my morning beverage and my favorite adult/weekend beverage. I decided […]
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be sure to check them out on social media for recipes,and delicious teas! AND: be sure to use this code for a special deal: THEVILLAGECOOK-SC Be sure to follow on social media for more recipes, promotions and teas: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stashtea Twitter: https://twitter.com/stashtea Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stashtea/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stashtea/ Note: I was sent samples to participate in contest, however opinions expressed are my own.
Imagine this: buttery avocado, luscious plump shrimp, all smothered in a creamy lemony ginger and dill sauce, and stuffed into an avocado shell. And: the key to creating this one of a kind flavor explosion? Tea. Yep, it’s time to think of tea in a whole new light. Of course, I love a nice spot of Earl Grey, or a tall glass of refreshing sweet tea. But: what if: we captured the essences and flavors of some of the most exotic teas and incorporated them into something new? A savory snack, or a satisfying supper? With all the thousands of […]