May 25, 2016

Explore St. Louis

St Louis; Summer Road TripSt Louis; Summer Road TripI find myself standin' in the closet next to a step ladder. A worn leather pouch catches my attention. I hadn't realized how much I missed that leather pouch and it's owner. I grimace as I climb the step ladder tryin' to reach the pouch. If my Momma could see me now, I think. The leather is worn but familiar in my hands as I slowly unfasten the contents. Paper after paper spills onto the hardwood floor. My word. I can't believe the contents have lasted so long.

I smile thinkin' how Daddy always was the prepared one. Never one to be caught off card, the trusty leather always by his side. On long extended weekends and summer family road-trips through The South, the worn and frayed leather always came out and found its way into the glove compartment of Daddy's old  car. Filled with maps. life insurance polices and medical records that leather was always the highlight of summer. When the leather came out I knew adventure was right around the corner.

I find myself in a rabbit hole of sorts. A quest for more memories. I race through the house, my feet squuekin' as I go until I came upon the cabinet that hold its continents. I reach for a worn scrapbook and viciously flip through the pages. My eyes settle on a worn picture. There a baby faced me smiles with a group of friends as we stand next to the Missouri visitor center. My shirt reaches my knees and the smile, my eyes. We'd just crossed the state line on our quest through St. Louis I was woken for my nap so that pictures could ensue. I chuckled lookin' back. How baby faced me thought everythin' was grand as grand as the arches. I chuckled as I remembered that baby face me made a joke they they were grander then the fast food arches.

Summer adventure and road trips; always the highlight of summer.

I find even know lookin' back some of my fondest childhood memories were spent away from electronic and life distractions and just livin'. Daily strivin' to have a life where vacation is endless.

And while vacation may not be endless just yet, allow me to help y'all a little bit.

St. Louis is a perfect family fun destination from Six flags, to baseball to museum and botanical gardens.. St. Louis has it all. I highly recommend it all. This 25 in St. Louis is a great start.

But now to the goodies. I am partnerin' With St. Louis to offer:
2 night stat
Tickets to a few local attractions
AND a $50 VISA gift card.

to enter

Share a photo or video of your family bein' funny with the hashtah #funnestfamily to social media. Contest runs till 6/30/16 and you can all the serious details here

May 16, 2016

Mozzarella + Asparagus Pasta

Mozzarrella + Asparagus Pasta With Ragu Homestyle Saucemozzarella asparagus pasta
I  stand in the kitchen phone in hand. Hungrier than the devil is an understatement. Hungry for supper... hungry to whip somethin' up. Ten days was far to long to not be Barefoot in the kitchen. I was a proud Southerner after-all.  I smiled think back to the Three layer Caramel Cake I'd made that was devoured. My life revolved around my next meal. My next creation or ramblin' adventure. I quickly pulled up Facebook. Where was that casserole I had whipped up ages ago and then felt the need to plaster all over the book.

Mozzarrella + Asparagus Pasta Mozzarrella + Asparagus Pasta
I sat in my little ford at the entrance of the grocery store dreadin' fightin' the crazies. I pulled up Snapchat and began to ramble. Southern or not I was still a millennial. I quickly grabbed everythin' I needed and then made my way to the pasta aisle. I let out a little whoop when I saw we had the RAGU Homestyle Sauce. I quickly rushed my cart through the aisle tryin' to beat and older man to the only free self check-out. I smiled and thought, "Jesus is watchin", when the older man tells me he is late for work and shows me his one item of lip balm and ask if he can go ahead. I eventually make it home gnawin' on a piece of chocolate all the while.
Mozzarella and Asparagus Pasta Mozzarella and Asparagus Pasta

1 package of spiral noodles
2 bushels of Asparagus
2 cups of kidney beans 
3 bellpeppers

red, yellow & orange
1 jar of RAGU Homestyle Sauce

1. Cook the pasta accordin' to the package
2. Boil the bell pepper in water for about 20 mins are until they are soft. This helps them baker better and not be so crunchy.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 F
2. Optional but I like to sautee my asapagus for a few mins. All you need is a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Chop the bell pepper and the asparagus
5. Pour the cooked pasta in a bakin' dish. I used a cast iron.
6. Add the bell pepper, kidney beans and asparagus.
7. Pour in the jar of RAGU Homestyle Sauce
8. Stir
9. Layer with Mozzarell and bake for 20-30 mins are until the cheese is melted and the RAGU Homestyle Sauce is heated.
That simple y'all. I'll also be givin' away a $25 visa gift card. What the catch? All ya have to do is click one of those pretty pictures. It'll take you to the new Ragu website to show you all the new homestyle flavors. Come back and comment with which one if you favorite and that'll get ya an entry. That simple y'all. The giveaway will go to June 6th at 11:59 PM. Y'all get to gettin' now.

May 4, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper + Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Caper sandwich

Lox; Roasted Red Pepper + Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Caper sandwich Lox; Roasted Red Pepper + Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Caper sandwich

Y'all remember a few months back when my family headed over to Mississippi for our family reunion on my Paw Paw's side? Well, now y'all do. I promise I have a point and how it relates to the Southern Recipes I've been postin' lately. While I was there our breakfast was comped by the hotel each mornin'. I am a huge fan of Salmon and couldn't stop eatin' the fresh slices with capers they had each mornin'. About the second day one of my uncles laughed at me and told me he would show me how he ate it growin' up in Mississippi. My mind was blowin' y'all. Never had I had a breakfast sandwich like this.

Obviously I had to spice up an old but simple Southern recipe my family loves to eat. What I love most is how simple the recipe is. Think of this as a simple breakfast you could serve when the family comes over. It's also my go to brunch item when i'm in a pickle.
Lox; Roasted Red Pepper + Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Caper sandwich

Lox; Roasted Red Pepper + Sun Dried Tomato Salmon Caper sandwich

6 ounces cream cheese
tablespoons capers 
6 ounces of smoked salmon
3 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes
3tablespoons roasted red bell pepper
English Muffins/Bagel

1.Cut the English Muffins/ pr bagel in half and then toast them.
2. Once the cream cheese is room temperature spread it on the bagel. Top with the cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill and roasted red pepper and sun dried tomatoes.
3. Top with capers and enjoy.

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