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I'm Angel. I am a wife and Mom. I love photography. I love to read. I love cooking and collecting recipes. I love traveling. I love classic country music. I love to laugh. I love Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I love hot baths. I love the smell of fresh cut hay. I love chocolate. And most importantly I love my husband and daughter.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies

1 pkg German chocolate cake mix

¾ cup flour

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/3 cup water

1 tsp baking powder

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 egg

½ cup sugar

½ cup milk chocolate chips


Prepare cake mix as directed on box, plus add the flour, sugar,

egg, vegetable oil, water, and baking powder.

Pour batter into greased jelly roll pan.

 Mix remaining ingredients—cream cheese, egg, sugar, and

chocolate chips—and drop by tablespoon onto batter.

Cut through batter with knife several times for marbled effect.

Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and nuts (optional).

Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Cut when cool.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fried Chicken

Our friend Barry started pestering me to make fried chicken for him....I gave in a few months ago and made a batch.  It was good.  Then I found this method, invited Jen and Barry over again for fried chicken dinner, and I think it turned out much better.  I didn't hear Barry complain so I think the recipe is a keeper!

Fried Chicken

Chicken (I used breasts and drumstricks)
1/2 gallon Buttermilk
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Poultry Seasoning

Put chicken in a gallon sized ziplock bag and pour buttermilk all over it.  Let this sit in the fridge for several hours before you want to fry the chicken - turning the bag a few times throughout that time to make sure all sides of the chicken are coated with the yummy buttermilk.

In a large bowl mix about 4 cups of flour, and season with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.  And a little (don't over do it) of poultry seasoning. 

Take the chicken from ziplock back, roll in flour mixture, then place on a plate.

Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet.  When really hot add in the not overcrowd.  Cook until golden, flip then cook until chicken is done.  (I use a meat thermometer to make sure it's cooked enough.)

Drain it on a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet (line the cookie sheet with paper towels to make clean up easier.)  Sprinkle with salt as soon as you put on the wire rack.

And of course serve with mashed taters and gravy.


Drain the grease from the cast iron skillet, reserving about 1/8 cup oil (I don't measure, I just eyeball it) and the crunchies from frying chicken.  (I call that flavor!)  Add about 1/4 cup flour (add more if that doesn't absorb up all of the oil) and cook until flour lightly browns, then pour in some milk, again I don't measure it.  Stir constantly over med-hi heat, making sure all the lumps are gone.  This will start to thicken up, if its too thick you may need to add more milk.  Season with salt and pepper.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Crock Pot Pork Loin Roast

Crock Pot Pork Loin Roast
1 pork loin roast
4-6 small red potatoes
4-6 mini corn cobbettes
1 onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 can beef broth
1 package McCormick Roast Seasoning
Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning (I used very little, I didn’t want ours to be too spicy)

1.      Put a crock pot liner in your crock pot (do it – you will thank me later.) 
2.      Place the roast in the middle. 
3.      Arrange the corn, potatoes and onion wedges around the sides.
4.      Sprinkle the diced cloves all over.
5.      Pour the McCormick Roast Seasoning in with the beef broth and mix well, then pour over the entire roast and veggies.  Then add more water as needed to completely cover the roast.
6.      Sprinkle in a little (or a lot if you like it spicy) Slap Ya Mama seasoning.

Cook for about 6.5 hours on high (varies per crock pot & size of roast)


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Carrot Fries

I made these yummy carrot fries last week, they were an awesome side to the Parmesan Baked Chicken Bites.

Carrot Fries

Freshly ground Italian herbs (I just bought a grinder with these herbs, love it!)
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400*

Wash the carrots and cut the tops off.  Cut the carrots down the middle and then cut them into "fries"  Making them close to the same size so they will cook evenly.

Toss carrots with  olive oil, salt, pepper, and the freshly ground Italian herbs.  Arrange on a sheet pan and bake 35-40 minutes.

Carrot Fry recipe by Genna

Follow the same directions above but use salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cumin.  After baking squeeze some lemon or lime juice over the carrots.  Then sprinkle some fresh parsley or mint over the carrots.

Parmesan Baked Chicken Bites

McDonalds is out of the question so I  had to find a way to satisfy my chicken nugget craving.  This recipe comes together fairly quickly and was very good.  We had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.

Parmesan Baked Chicken Bites

1 package skinless chicken breast strips (cut into 2 inch pieces)
1 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan (the real stuff not the fake stuff in the green container)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup flour  (I used all-purpose, but next time I'm going to try almond or coconut flour.)
garlic powder
poultry seasoning
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
cooking spray

Preheat oven to  400*. Cut the chicken into 2 inch pieces.  Set aside.

Spread  panko crumbs in a cookie sheet and bake 5-7 minutes until golden brown.  Transfer the panko crumbs to a shallow dish and mix in the Parmesan cheese and sea salt.  Drizzle the oil and mix well.

In 2nd bowl, put the 2 eggs and lightly beat.

In 3rd bowl, put the flour and sprinkle in (I didn't measure, just sprinkled some in) salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and  poultry seasoning.

Place a wire rack on a large cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.  In small batches dip chicken into flour, then egg, then panko.  Put on rack.  Bake about 12-15 minutes or until done. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Brown and Wild Rice with Toasted Pecans

Dan loved this rice! Quick and easy and went well with our tilapia tonight.

Brown and Wild Rice with Toasted Pecans

2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 small  onion, diced
2 Minute Brown and Wild Rice bowls (microwaved for 90 seconds)
1/4 cup chicken stock
salt, pepper, thyme, parsley
grated carrot

Melt butter in pan, swirl to coat.  Add pecan and onion.  Cook until browned.  Add rice and chicken stock.  Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and herbs.  Add some grated carrot and simmer for 10 minutes or until the rice absorbs the chicken stock. 

Chicken Enchiladas

This skinny recipe for Chicken Enchiladas is adapted from a recipe I found on the Cooking Light website.  I made them today for us and my two visiting nieces.  I thought I'd have leftovers for lunch Monday - - think again.

Chicken Enchiladas - each enchilada approx.150 calories

1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tbsp. butter
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (cayenne)
2 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
12 oz. shredded, skinless boneless rotisserie chicken
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
12 (6 inch) Mission Extra Thin yellow corn tortillas
Cooking spray
2-3 cups 2% Mexican blend cheese
1 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Plain Greek  yogurt

Preheat broiler to high. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

Put the butter in a medium sauce pan and sauté the onion and garlic until tender.  Add chicken stock, spices, and tomato sauce.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Reserve 1 1/2 cups for later.  Add the beans and chicken and cook for about 3 minutes or until chicken is hot. 

Stack tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.  Scoop about 1/3 cup of chicken mixture into tortilla, roll up and place seam side down in baking dish.  Top with reserved sauce and cheese.  Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned and sauce is bubbly.  Top with tomatoes  Greek yogurt, and cilantro

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Slap Ya Mama Turkey Sausage & Rice

My niece Charly gave me the idea for this recipe, she makes it and told me about it.  We loved it - but one word of advice - be very careful with the Slap Ya Mama seasoning.  A little goes a long ways! I used too much and my lips were numb.

Slap Ya Mama Turkey Sausage with Rice--each serving about 450 cal.

2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Coconut oil (or you could use olive oil)
4 Johnsonville smoked turkey sausage links, sliced
Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
Minute White or Jasmine Rice bowls

Sauté pepper and onion slices in coconut oil until tender.  Add in sliced turkey sausages and heat over med-high heat.

Microwave the rice bowls (each bowl is 1 serving)  Fluff rice and place on  your plate -  I sprinkled some soy sauce over the rice but that's optional.  Then put the turkey mixture over rice and sprinkle on a SMALL amount of Slap Ya Mama seasoning.  Enjoy.