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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Celebrating Out! Top Hog BBQ!

We recently traveled to Tennessee to help our daughter and her husband move to Utah.  So happy to have them closer to us!  Happy Happy!   While we were there, we celebrated her birthday by going to dinner at their favorite BBQ place, Top Hog BBQ in Gallatin, TN.  It was a delightful, homey place and the food was plentiful and delicious!  Our server welcomed us with southern charm.  We were obviously not the only ones to love this place as even though we were seated right away at 11:30 am on a Saturday, before we left there was a fair bunch waiting to be seated.  Our daughter said there is often a 30 -60 minute wait on a weekend evening.  SO worth the wait!    

Barbecue there seems a little different than here in Idaho.  The sauce is much thinner.   The sides were different as well!  So much fun to try different foods!   I enjoyed BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork, Hoe Cakes, and Onion Rings, and I tasted Keeley's coleslaw that was close to the best I've ever had!  I sampled my daughters Deep Fried Catfish - so moist and delicious! It would have been fun to try the turnip greens, baked beans, mac and cheese, potato salad, white beans, deviled eggs, - but a girl can only eat so much!   Drinks were served in wide mouth quart jars.  Fun!   

One of these days I'd love to go on a food-tour.  In the meantime - I'll enjoy sampling delicious food in the area's we do get to travel.   If you're near Gallatin, TN near meal-time, a stop at Top Hog BBQ should be top on your list!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Puffy German Pancakes

It's been a lazy Saturday morning and my girls requested Puffy German Pancakes.  They are quick to mix up and take about 25 minutes to bake which gives me time to make home made maple flavored syrup to go with them.  (You can find that delicious home made syrup HERE. Just scroll down past the buttermilk pancake recipe.)

With a large family, I've doubled this recipe and baked it in a 11x15 pan.  Today we fed 5 of us with a nice sized piece left for the girls to take to Grandpa when they went to work in his yard this afternoon.

It is fun to see what shape each pancake takes as sometimes it will puff more in the middle and less on the edges and sometimes it will puff right over the edges of the pan making an odd shape.  It's always fun to open the oven when the timer goes off to see how creatively it shaped its self!

Puffy German Pancakes

1 C. milk
6 eggs
1 C. sifted flour
1/4 tsp. salt
6 T. butter or margarine

With hand beater or whisk blend milk, eggs, flour and salt.  In 9x13 baking pan, melt butter in oven until hot and 

Pour batter into the hot, buttery pan and bake immediately at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and light brown.

Cut into pieces and serve at once with powdered sugar, applesauce or maple syrup.   Serves 4.

Joy's Notes:   If you choose to double this recipe be sure your pan is large enough!  Otherwise use 2 9x13 pans.   My girls' favorite topping is maple syrup sprinkled with powdered sugar.  I suppose one cannot have too much sweet. :)   Also, if you double the recipe and just use a larger pan, there is no need to double the butter you melt in it.  I might use a couple of extra tablespoons, but not the entire 6.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy Peach Dessert

This fun little dessert is so simple, easy, and tasty we should have it more often!  Mom always bought bushels of fresh peaches and canned them in quarts at home and they were in the most beautiful little halves.  Just lovely!  They were good all by themselves, but once in a while, especially if the milk cow was giving a lot of cream that needed used, Mom would make these for dessert.

I just had cool whip when I made these this time, but to do it justice, you should have freshly whipped, sweetened cream that smothers the whole thing.  YUM!  

Easy Peach Dessert

Per person:

1 full graham cracker broken in half so you have 2 squares
1 peach half
syrup from canned peaches
whipped cream

In each individual bowl place one graham cracker half, then the peach half with the cut side down, then top with the second graham cracker half.  Spoon a few spoonfuls of the peach syrup (from the can/bottle of peaches) over the top and then generously top with whipped cream!

If you let it set a minute the graham cracker softens nicely and the whole thing is delicious!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools Day 2015!

I love a good, innocent prank now and then.   Nothing mean or particularly wasteful, just all in good fun!  April 1st is a great day to surprise your family with a chuckle or two!  Here is what we did this year:  

This morning when Wesley got the milk for his cereal, it was BLUE!  He swears it tastes like Easter Eggs.

A few googly eyes made for fun looking lunches for the kids!

A little tablet of egg dye tucked in the water faucet was a surprise as well! 
(It does only last a minute before the tablet dissolves and you're back to clear water)

Dinner tonight will be breakfast:   pancakes, bacon, and hot chocolate.  (You would LOVE my favorite Buttermilk Pancake recipe!)

Happy April Fools Day!

You can see a couple of our other April Fools Celebrations through the links below:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Fools Fun!

A few years ago I had fun tricking my family with this fun April Fool's Dinner.   The recipes aren't critical, you can use any meatloaf recipe and any mashed potatoes/gravy mix.   It was so much fun to prepare and the kids had fun eating this silly dinner!

April Fools 2013 Dinner

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

Mashed Potato Sundaes

Jello "KoolAid"

Wormy Dirt Pudding

Meatloaf Cupcakes:  Bake regular meatloaf recipe in large muffin tin and pipe mashed potatoes on for frosting.  Place in a cupcake liner.

Mashed Potato Sundaes:   Layer mashed potatoes and a caramel colored gravy (chicken works good) in Sundae glasses.

KoolAid:   Mix KoolAid colored Jello and pour into glasses.  Set straw in and put in refrigerator to set.

Dirt Pudding:   Mix 1 package chocolate pudding as directed.  Add a cup of whipped topping if desired.   Fill individual bowls or cups with pudding.  Crush Oreo's and sprinkle on top.  Add a gummy worm or two.