Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

July 24, 2014
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins | Magnolia Days

Simple, comfort, home, quiet, calm, and chocolate – these are words I had most on my mind. The past months have been exciting, challenging, complex, and filled with highs and lows. There isn’t a single minute of it I would take back. I only wish there had been more minutes of the day to get […]

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No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Cookies

July 22, 2014
No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Cookies | Magnolia Days

Summer in is in full swing. The combination of heat and humidity is stifling. It’s hard to catch a breath when mowing the lawn. Cooling down after yard work takes hours even in the comfort of air conditioning. The thought of adding heat indoors by turning on the oven is unappealing. This is where the […]

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

July 17, 2014
Cherry Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake | Magnolia Days

The words are just not coming. It is a classic case of writer’s block. My mind is swarming with everything to come in the next week. Distractions happen in an instant. Checking email results in a stream of to-do’s. Nights are filled with dreams of that to-do list. It’s all good though. I’m not complaining, […]

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Crispy Fish Sticks With Roasted Potatoes for #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

July 15, 2014
Crispy Fish Sticks with Roasted Potatoes | Magnolia Days

Deep frying and Southern food go hand in hand. I think you can find just about any food fried here in the South. Not only is it fried, it is also battered and fried. Chicken is the most common and seafood comes in a close second. There are fish frys held to raise money, gather […]

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Asian Pork Lettuce Cups for #SundaySupper

July 13, 2014
Asian Pork Lettuce Cups | Magnolia Days

It was a glorious summer day. I walked outside and felt the sun on my face. Birds were singing and some were quite loud. Glancing over at the grill made me smile thinking about the meal to come. A few prep tasks had to be finished and a bottle of wine opened. One must sip […]

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Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini

July 10, 2014
Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini | Magnolia Days

Fire up the grill because it’s martini time! Are you a little surprised by that statement? Honestly, I would have been too. Grilling is something I never thought would be a part of a cocktail. The adventurous path of cooking took me to a whole new place. Now that I’ve visited it, I know I’ll […]

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Meyer Lemon Fingerling Potato Salad

July 7, 2014
Meyer Lemon Fingerling Potato Salad | Magnolia Days

Coincidence, fate, or sheer luck – how do you know which one is why things fall into place so nicely? Could it be a combination? Perhaps it is certain events were destined to happen. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a big event. Even the smallest or things can line up and make your day. […]

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Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream for #SundaySupper

July 6, 2014
Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream | Magnolia Days

Do you remember yard darts? It was a game where you toss a large dart and try to have it land inside of a small plastic circle. It is similar to horseshoes except about a hundred times more dangerous because of those metal tips. My dad and uncle played it many times in the summer. […]

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Apricot Buttermilk Coffee Cake

July 3, 2014
Apricot Buttermilk Coffee Cake | Magnolia Days

Blame it on the jam. It is what started the chain of events that led to this Apricot Buttermilk Coffee Cake. There I was perusing the items in one of the close-out stores and noticed a jar of apricot jam. It was not preserves, not jelly, but jam. I picked up the jar and looked […]

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Citrus Pecan Quick Bread for #TwelveLoaves

July 1, 2014
Citrus Pecan Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

Exiting onto the turnpike was always a relief. It meant the long car journey was almost over. We were on the final stretch to our destination. Giant billboards are lined up one after another on both sides of the road. Each one is selling the message of fun in the sun: “Stay Here”, “Play Here”, […]

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