"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born - it's an idea, a state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, high school football, country music, and acoustic guitars. It's being hospitable, being devoted to front porches, magnolias, the good Lord, and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way."


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Philly Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of the Philly Cooking Creme giveaway!

The winner was chosen by Royal Princess prize services.

She put all the names in a Florida Gator cap.....

....shook it up, and then pulled out the name of the lucky winner.

And the winner is...........

Debby @ Just Breathe!

Congrats Debby, send me your info and I'll get your prize to you ASAP!

Thanks to everyone who entered & subscribed.
Look for more giveaways to come in the near future!


Salmon Patties

I'm not sure if salmon patties are a Southern thang or not. We had them often growing up, and I LOVE them. They're a comfort food for me.

I hadn't made them in forever, and yesterday when I was reading my friend April's blog,
Straight from the Heart, I saw that she had posted about them. I went out today and bought all the fixings I needed, and tonight, we are having salmon patties for dinner! In fact, I'm having the exact meal April posted.

So check it out, and if you have never had salmon patties - give them a try!

1. You need one can of Pink Salmon.
2. Dump the entire can into a mixing bowl and remove the scales (that's just what I prefer).
3. Add one egg to the salmon and mix well.
4. To that mixture, add about 10-15 crushed saltine crackers; mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Form the mixture into about 6 hamburger size patties. Add a small amount of cooking oil to a frying pan (I use Canola oil) and fry the patties on each side until golden brown.

Note from Cyndy: My kids love these too. I use olive oil, and I don't take out the scales/bones/any of that stuff. They're actually soft cartilage and once it's all mixed in, you don't taste or feel them, and they're very healthy. But I know they creep a lot of people out! =D


Tater Tot Casserole

I came across this recipe a few years ago, and it's one of my husband's favorite meals.
There is nothing nutritious about this, so if you're looking for a healthy meal, skip on by this one!
But it's yummy comfort food.

It's also easy to add things you like or omit things you don't. It's one of those recipes that you can make your own. Some people add vegetables in, but I serve mine on the side.

Here's my version!

TTC (as we call it)

one large bag of frozen tater tots
1 to 2 lbs. of ground beef
one small onion, chopped
one can cheddar cheese soup
one can french onion soup OR one packet of Lipton onion soup mix
one can of evaporated milk
2 cups of shredded cheese (I use mild cheddar)

Prepare your tater tots according to directions while you're doing the rest. Brown ground beef & onions. (that's one of my favorite smells in the world! Mmmm.) Drain grease. Add soups & evaporated milk, mix well. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese.

Put cooked tater tots in a 9x13 casserole dish. Pour meat mixture over them. Cook @ 350 for about 15 minutes. Pour remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese over top. Stick it in the oven just until it melts.

Serve & enjoy! This one is definitely off the chain.

Another Great Winn Dixie Deal

I love the deal Winn Dixie is doing now!

Buy three boxes of Kellogg's cereal (you can choose from Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, & Corn Pops).

For FREE, you get:

  • One gallon of milk
  • One 48 oz. jug of apple juice
  • one box of 10 Pop Tarts
  • two 7 oz. Del Monte fruit cups
Also, when you check out, a coupon prints for a FREE Gallon of milk.

This is a great one for my family!


Philly Cooking Creme Giveaway!

Have you tried the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme?

I have, and it's great stuff! They have four flavors: Original, Savory Garlic, Italian Cheese & Herb, and Santa Fe Blend.

I made a recipe called Creamy Artichoke Pasta from the Cooking Creme's recipe booklet, and it was delicious!

And you can try it too.

I am giving away a little Philly Cooking Creme package. It includes:

three Philadelphia Cooking Creme wooden spoons
three Philly Cooking Creme magnets
three Philly Cooking Creme note pads
three coupons for $1 off Philly Cooking Creme
three coupons for $10 off your next HSN purchase of $50 or more
three Philadelphia Cooking Creme recipe booklets, each including a coupon to save $10 on your next Todd English HSN purchase.

To win this fun package, you MUST be a follower of this blog!
To follow, just click the "Follow" button in the right sidebar.
Then, leave me a comment telling me which flavor of Cooking Creme you would like to try.
(Original, Santa Fe Blend, Savory Garlic, or Italian Cheese & Herb)

You may get extra entries by doing any of the following things:

  • Post the giveaway on Facebook (leave your FB user name in the comments)
  • Blog about the giveaway (leave the link in your comment)
  • Tweet the giveaway (then come back and leave me a link to your tweet)

Leave me a separate comment for each thing you do for an extra entry!

I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: all items in this giveaway were provided by Philadelphia Cooking Creme for a House Party. These are items that I had leftover from that party. So, I'm passing them on to a lucky winner!


St Patty's Day

What are you cooking for St Patrick's Day?

We're not Irish, but I always like to make food from different cultures, and the holidays are the best time to do that.

So tonight, we're having corned beef & cabbage. I have a corned beef brisket in the crock pot, and when I get home I'll throw in cabbage, onions, and potatoes.

How about you? Are you Irish?

What are you making for St Patty's Day dinner?


Awesome Pendant Giveaway!

Shortmama has a great Etsy giveaway over at Family of Shorts.
The Etsy shop Once Upon a Sugar Tree has beautiful pendants & necklaces for a great cause, and the winner gets to choose one to receive for free!

Nutella Giveaway

Check out Mother of 1 Princess and 2 Princes for an awesome Nutella Giveaway!


Eating Healthy with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is my very favorite children's book. I absolutely love it.

So I was excited to learn that The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation have partnered with The Very Hungry Caterpillar to help families learn about healthy eating habits!

Just as The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats many different foods in his journey to become a butterfly, our children eat many different foods in their journey to adulthood. Help them learn how to make healthy choices. You can also download a growth chart to keep track of your child's journey to grow healthy and strong.

Check it all out HERE!

Free Chips & Queso at Chili's



Coffee Cozy Giveaway from Mamarazzi!


Every Monday, Mamarazzi does an Etsy giveaway. It's her way of "taking back Monday" and giving us something to look forward to!

This Monday she is giving away a TOTALLY adorable coffee cozy.
SO get over there and enter to win!

Southern Pride

I am proud to be from the South-

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter;

summer starts in April;

front porches are wide and words are long;

macaroni and cheese is a vegetable;

pecan pie is a staple;

Y’all is the only proper pronoun;

chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy;
everything is darlin' and someone is always getting their heart blessed.

Have a good day y'all!


Winn Dixie Deal

The current Winn Dixie "what-a-deal" is a good one.
You buy a 12 pack of Sparkle paper towels
and you get all of this for free:

50 ct. Solo Grips plastic cups
25 sq. ft. Winn-Dixie aluminum foil
250 ct. Winn-Dixie print napkins
20 ct. Dixie ultra strong paper plates

You just have to have your Winn Dixie Customer Reward card.

FREE Target Sample Bag

Get a free bag full of samples from Target....just for answering 5 beauty-product related questions.
Hurry, supplies are limited!


Relax & Surf Sunday

Relax & Surf Sunday

I'm joining the Relax & Surf Sunday Blog Hop!

If you're visiting for the first time, this is my food/recipe blog, and I'm also adding in household tips, living simply tips, and I'm beginning the process of moving all of my reviews & giveaways over here from my main blog, Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional.

Creamy Artichoke Pasta

I made this yummy dish tonight and wanted to share it with you.

It's made with the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme, but this is not a compensated or sponsored post. This was my first time using the new cooking creme and it was very good.

I added chicken to mine, but I think next time I won't; I'll just make it as a side dish and have the meat separately. It was delicious though!

What You Need:

1 lb. pasta, any variety
1 tbsp. butter
1 can (14 oz) small or medium artichoke hearts, drained & halved
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tub (1o oz.) Philadelphia Savory Garlic Cooking Creme
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

Make It:

Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package. Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan. Add artichokes; cook and stir 3-4 minutes, until heated through. Season to taste.
Drain pasta; return to pan. Add olive oil, toss to coat.
Add artichoke mixture and all remaining ingredients; cook and stir 2-3 minutes, until heated through.


Makes 4 servings.


WFD? Meatless Monday

*blowing away the dust*

I am totally neglecting this place lately!
I just have so much going on.
I thought I'd have so much more free time since I wasn't working....yeah, I was wrong!

Yesterday was Meatless Monday. Here's our menu:

In case you can't read it due to the glare, it says:

*Meatless Monday*
cheese tortellinis
green beans
garlic bread
yeast rolls

(also, the corner says "i love y'all", written by one of my teenager's BFFs)

I don't usually make two different types of bread, but Shelbie does not like garlic bread. How do you not like garlic bread?! I have to have garlic bread with Italian food, it just BEGS for it.

I just boiled the tortellinis and tossed them with olive oil & seasonings. Then I put a bowl of tomato sauce out for those who wanted it.
It was delish!

Do you ever participate in Meatless Monday?