Sunday, December 18, 2016

How do you Pop? Pop Pop Shoppe


One of life's best and most tasty treats.  What is it that's so tantalizing, so addicting, so amazing about that simple snack.  Little kernels of fluffy, light and crunchy corn puffed up and doused with butter and sprinkled with salt is absolute perfection!  Is there anything better?

Well, until last night I would have said no.  But, I had the opportunity to go to a fun little shop that  that specializes in that popular little treat and they are doing all sorts of crazy, tasty. amazing things with that simple little kernel.  My friends, my world is forever changed with the plethora of flavors the Pop Pop Shoppe has to offer.
The Pop Pop Shoppe is the cutest little shop that has recently opened here in Little Rock.  They are based out of Texarkana, Tx with one shop there as well as their production facility.  So to say that I'm excited that they chose Little Rock to open their second store front is an understatement!  Finally a store that shares my excitement for this classic movie treat!

Monday, November 21, 2016

SRC: Savory Granola

One of my favorite breakfasts and snacks is granola.  Over the years I've become quite fond of making my own granola and experimenting with various recipes.  But, in all the granola recipes I've made, I can't recall a time I made a savory granola. 

So, when I came across this recipe from Simple and Savory for this month's Secret Recipe Club I knew exactly what I was going to make!  That' didn't, however, keep me from browsing through Anne's delicious recipes and reading a few stories here and there.  Oh, my goodness, does she have a blog full of mouthwatering recipes: baked pasta with kale and sausage, slow cooker southwestern chicken soup, banana chocolate and walnut overnight oats, DIY sauerkraut, kale salad, and healthy almond joy bites just to name a few. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

SRC: Banana Blueberry Muffins

I can't remember the last time I made muffins.  And you know what, that is just a shame!

Muffins are one of my favorite breakfast treats and afternoon snacks.  During the fall I adore pouring a hot cup of coffee, grabbing a muffin and sitting on the back porch listening to the birds chirp and feeling the crisp fall air.  It's my own little quiet retreat before I face the chaos the day has to throw at me.

Now that the weather will finally be cooling off this week here in Arkansas, I couldn't think of a better item to choose for my secret recipe club assignment. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Southern Style Chicken and Rice

Oh my gosh y'all, I am sooooo excited to share this recipe today! 

I think it's safe to say that chicken and rice is a staple  in everyone's recipe stash.  But, this particular recipe is like no other that you've experienced before.  This is even true for me, before I came across this recipe I had never tasted, let alone made a chicken and rice dish like this.  And after the first bite I wondered where the heck it had been my whole life!

This ain't your typical chicken and rice.  It's not loaded with cream of _______ and cream of _______.  I'm not downing the "cream of" soups because I use them in my fare share of recipes, but this recipe doesn't call for them, and they truly are not missed.  It's not topped with gobs of bubbly, gooey cheese.  Again, nothing wrong with that, but this isn't that type of recipe.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Roasted Marshmallow Coffee

Happy, official, first day of fall!

Even though it doesn't quite feel like fall outside, I couldn't keep myself  from whipping up a fun, fall-inspired coffee to sip on this morning.  While pumpkins definitely SCREAM fall, I didn't go there...yet.  (Trust me, there is plenty of time for some yummy pumpkin recipes, and I promise I have some to share!)

Instead I went for roasted marshmallows.  Channeling the goodness of cool air, bonfires and holding marshmallows over an open fire allowing them to get all brown, slightly charred and crispy on the outside while being melty and creamy on the inside!  Oh, my mouth is watering just thinking about all that goodness!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Taco Ranch Pasta Salad

Y'all, it is officially the last day of summer!  Can you believe it?  Tomorrow, at 9:21 a.m. to be exact, we can start wooing that crisp, fall air to come our way.  Break out the boots, sweaters and indulge in as many pumpkin spice lattes as possible!

But, it's not officially fall.  Yet. 

So today, let's focus on the season at hand.  Summer.  Steamy, hot, toasty summer.  And yes, here in The Natural State it still feels like 100% summer.  And I've got the perfect recipe to enjoy on this warm day.

Pasta salad is one of my favorites.  It's easy, quick and so very versatile.  It's can be customized to suite your tastes and you can use whatever you have on hand to create a delicious side or meal in a matter of minutes. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

SRC: Basundi (Thickened Milk Dessert)

Some of my favorite things about The Secret Recipe Club is getting to discover new food blogs, getting to know new people who share some of the same interests as myself, and perhaps my most favorite is being introduced to new foods from other cultures. 

This month I was assigned to The Big Sweet Tooth blog.  The brainchild behind the food, recipes and writing is Rafeeda.  Rafeeda is a wife, a mother of 2 sweet and feisty girls, who pours her heart and soul into the food she prepares for her family.  She features a plethora of recipes on her blog from some desserts featuring the all-time favorite Nutella, to recipes that pull from her cultural background.  I perused several interesting and delicious recipes before I finally settled on what I wanted to make this month.
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