Viva Vidalia

Hey Kids, how about some soup? 🙂

“Oh c’mon, Crystal, Are you crazy?

With the summer we’ve been having, soup is the last thing we’re thinking about!”

I know. It’s certainly been a scorcher of a season so far,

and I haven’t lost all of my marbles . . . yet! 😉

It’s just that Sir Beads and I have really been enjoying the bumper crop of Vidalia onions currently available at our local grocery store. They’re so deliciously sweet and having them in salads and omelets, lately, has reminded me of a good recipe – one I usually make during “soup weather”.

It’s soooo good that, heat or no heat, I’m going to grab a few more Vidalias and make it this week! 😀

Click here for the recipe.



For info on Vidalia onions, click here and here.

Friday Favorites – Lasagna!

I‘ve never met any kind of pasta that I didn’t like, but lasagna has always been a particular favorite.

One of our sweet commenters here, Kelly, mentioned that yesterday was National Lasagna Day.

I never knew there was a special day for it . . .

but great idea! 😀

I think I’ll celebrate this weekend. If you’d like to join the fun but aren’t in the mood for the prep time required for traditional lasagna, I have two quickie recipes for you!

Click here to read my post with my fave “go-to” recipe for a busy day.

And check the recipe box on the right for Kelly’s!


Happy Weekend, Kids!

See ya Monday with the new giveaway for August and, of course, a new question. 😉



Friday Favorites – Easy Recipe

Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that are easy to make… and call for ingredients that I already have on hand.

For many years, hubby’s family lived in the midwest, and every summer we would drive 800 miles (from the east coast) to spend a couple of weeks with them.

My mother-in-law was a wonderful cook. She truly made every meal special during our visits. Here’s her recipe for coffee cake, which she loved to serve as a special addition to breakfast.


Maybe you’ll surprise your family or friends by making it before the summer heat sets in!

As soon as it cools, slice it into small pieces, and put it on your prettiest serving dish. They’ll think they’re at a fancy bed and breakfast! 😉

Sir Beads’ Mom’s Coffee Cake

2-1/3 c. flour
3-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/8 c. butter, melted
1 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten slightly

Mix all dry ingredients together.
Mix all wet ingredients and add to the dry ingredients.
Pour mixture into a greased 10” by 6” baking pan or a 10” pie pan.

Sprinkle over the top:
¼ c. sugar
¾ tsp. cinnamon

Bake @375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Well, Kids, this has been a great week! Thank you for your terrific comments – I enjoyed them so much!!!

Please be careful this holiday weekend. I hope you’re planning a little bit of fun and lots of relaxation.

Since Monday’s a holiday, let’s all meet back here on Tuesday, ok? 😉


Not That Kind of Hermit ;-)

You may remember that I like to collect those little “fundraiser” cookbooks that are published by church groups and other charitable organizations.

It’s fun to help the various charities, but in addition, I love the fact that the recipes are usually the tried and true favorites of the ladies who submitted them. It’s nice to imagine that these meals have been served and enjoyed by families and friends over many, many years.

Sometimes it’s quite interesting to read the detailed instructions that are included in a particular recipe. If you read between the lines, you can just tell that the “cook” truly wants you to have the same luck that she does when you make her special dish.

Alas kids! Summer’s coming and soon the days we feel like standing near a hot stove to bake will be few and far between! In the meantime, though, I have a recipe from a 1980’s cookbook. It’s for “hermits” and if you like spices and raisins – I think you’d enjoy them.

The directions make me smile. The author is very conscientious in her wording, as you’ll see. 😉


3/4 c. butter
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten in a cup with fork
1/4 c. molasses
2 Tbs. water
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. raisins

Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs minus 1 tablespoon.
Add water and molasses; mix well.
Sift flour, soda, and spices together
Then add to the mixture and stir well.
Mix raisins throughout the batter.
Lay out dough on 2 greased jellyroll pans used lengthwise, each pan having 2 strips of dough, 3 inches wide. Brush dough with remaining beaten egg.
Bake at 350º for exactly 20 minutes.
Cut each strip for exactly 6 Hermits while still warm.
Transfer to rack.
Before entirely cool, place Hermits in a tight, wax paper-lined tin to ensure chewy quality.
Makes 2 dozen.


Hugs and sweet spices!