Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

I love, love, love meringue cookies!  This is a super simple recipe you will see me use often.  In my opinion, meringue cookies don’t taste that great, but they are super easy, once you get the hang of them and are impressive to look at.  These are great for get-togethers or anywhere you want people to thing you really know your stuff in the kitchen.  You can also get super creative with different piping tips and pies.   You can add flavoring and colors to these cookies.  The longer you mix them, the stiffer they will get.  So, you can really decide the stiffness yourself.  My kids LOVE these.  I haven’t decided if they really like them or if they like the idea of them and how super cute they are :D  Well, enjoy and have fun!  Make these your own.

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

Gather your ingredients:

  • 4 eggs whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring gel
  • Blue food coloring gel

Red White And Blue Meringue Cookies

  1. Add the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and cream of tartar to the metal bowl of a stand mixer .  Place over a medium saucepan of simmering water and wisk until the sugar melts and the mixture is almost clear.
  2. Place the bowl into the stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, wisk until the meringue is glossy and stiff.
  3. Using a small paint brush, brush a line of red food coloring from the piping tip up the inside of the bag. Repeat with the blue on the opposite side of the bag.  Fill the bag with the meringue and pipe onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the oven preheated to 200 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven carefully and allow to cool cool completely.
  6. ENJOY!
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Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

I am so excited to share the trip we took a few weeks ago to the Steamboat Natchez!  We have been wanting to take the kids on a steamboat cruise, but every time we’re in New Orleans or Memphis, where they have the cruises; we are always so busy with other things.  We finally got the chance to go aboard the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans.  We went a few Saturdays ago and, as luck would have it, it was family day!  Yes, we really hit the jackpot!  We didn’t really know how big we hit it until we were there, but this was HUGE!  We take a lot of trips and it always seems to be the day trips, the trips closer to home, that we just fall in love with.  The Steamboat Natchez proved to be exactly that; a trip we fell in love with!

About the Steamboat Natchez

She’s the ninth steamer to bear the name NATCHEZ. It was her predecessor, NATCHEZ VI, that raced the ROBERT E. LEE in the most famous steamboat race of all time. Even today, the NATCHEZ is proudly the undisputed champion of the Mississippi, never having been beaten in a race. In many ways, she’s the best of her line.

It’s a line that follows the course of river history, from the placid antebellum plantation era through the turbulence of the Civil War to the Gay Nineties, and, ultimately, the new millenium.

When the New Orleans Steamboat Company launched the NATCHEZ in 1975, they revived more than a famous name. They created one of only two true steam powered sternwheelers plying the Mississippi today. The NATCHEZ combines the best of contemporary construction, safety, and comfort standards with all the authenticity and style of her classic steamboat gothic predecessors.

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

We went to the ticket counter and got our tickets and joined the rest of the passengers in the quickly moving line to get aboard the Steamboat Natchez.  The kids were so excited.  Me, meh, I was having fun, but wasn’t expecting to be too impressed.  Afterall, I was with a 16, 10, and 8 year old about to get on a boat on the Mississippi River.  I was sure I’d be referring more arguments the entire time.  But, hey, I do it for the kids, right?  Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!  I don’t think there was one single argument during the entire two and a half hours we were on the steamboat.  That, my dear friends, is priceless.  That also tells me what an amazing time the kids and I had.

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

There was so much to do on the Steamboat Natchez.  There was a fabulous magician, who actually sat at our table and did card tricks with the kids.  There was Cinderella who was absolutely beautiful and sang like an angel.  The kids were able to tour the engine room and watch all of the mechanisms making the steamboat go up and down the Mississippi River.  There was food, an alligator, Spiderman, and beautiful decks to walk on and watch the river rolling underneath us.  Honestly, this was amazing and so much more that we could have imagined!  I regret I haven’t taken the kids sooner.   If you ever get the opportunity to take your kids, please do, you will be so happy you did.  We cannot wait until our next trip there!

Our Journey On The Steamboat Natchez #SteamboatNatchez

More about the Steamboat Natchez

The NATCHEZ resembles the old sternwheelers VIRGINIA and HUDSON in her profile and layout. Her powerful steam engines were built for U.S. Steel Corporation’s sternwheeler CLAIRTON in 1925. Her genuine copper and steel steam whistle is a treasured antique. Her copper bell, smelted from 250 silver dollars to produce a purer tone, once graced the S.S. J.D. AYRES. Her 32 note steam calliope was custom crafted and modeled after the music makers of the Gilded Age.

The NATCHEZ is the pride of the Mississippi River and is as beautiful as any of her namesakes. Many of her crew have been with her since her maiden voyage. Theirs is a whole new chapter in history of the river, and you can be a part of it. Her daily two-hour jazz cruises depart from the Toulouse St. Wharf (behind JAX Brewery in the French Quarter) at 11:30 A.M.; 2:30 P.M.; and 7:00 P.M.

True to tradition in every detail, boarding the NATCHEZ makes you feel as if you have entered another era. The captain barks his orders through an old-time hand-held megaphone. The calliope trills a melody into the air while the great wheel, 25 tons of white oak, churns the heavy waters of the Mississippi. You soon find yourself slipping into a sense of the old, vast and timeless river.

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Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

I don’t know if y’all know this, but pound cake is a staple in southern homes.  It’s like cornbread or sweet tea.  Pound cake is the base for many, many recipes.  Two of my favorites are strawberry shortcake and fresh fruit trifles.  This is a very basic recipe that I use often.  It is very versatile and you can change it up to suit your needs.  These are also great to freeze for later.  I freeze pound cake and banana bread often.  I hope y’all enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Gather your ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Super Moist Southern Pound Cake

Get to baking:

  1. Cream butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in your milk.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture.
  4. Beat on medium until smooth (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla extract and mix a until well blended.
  7. Pour into a well greased and floured 9 X 5″ loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 300° for about 90 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. ENJOY!
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Easy Cheese Danish

Easy Cheese Danish

Easy Cheese Danish

My kids go crazy for these easy cheese danish at our house.  They are so super easy and you can really adapt the recipe to fit your family.  I have also used flaky biscuits and puff pastry for these.  The easiest way, though, seems to be with crescent rolls.  You can flatten each pastry more if you don’t like the round danish.  Really, make it your own.  Top them with fresh fruit or preserves for a little fancier touch. These can even be served for dessert, YUM!  I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we did.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me how you made these and if you have any ideas to make them yummier!

Gather your ingredients: 

  • 1 ~ 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 ~ 8 oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons milk or water

Easy Cheese Danish

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Slice the dough, while still in roll, into 8 sections and place each ’round’ onto cookie sheet.
  3. Press a clean spoon into each circle to make a “bowl” for your cream cheese filling.  Spread each section with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients, adding enough milk or water to drizzle nicely.
  5. Drizzle over warm rolls and ENJOY!

Easy Cheese Danish

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5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney #DisneySide

When you begin planning a trip to one of the Disney parks, you’ll love these 5 Ways To Surprise Your Kids With A Trip To Disney. No matter what your kids are like, or which park you are visiting these can be super fun choices.  Disney is such a huge investment for families, you need to make the announcement super special. Whether you are announcing several weeks or months ahead of time, or the day you leave doesn’t matter as much as making sure your kids are surprised in a fun way.

Make a Disney themed meal. You can make Mickey Mouse pancakes for breakfast and decorate your table with Disney party supplies. When the kids ask what the occasion is, you can easily share with them that you are going to go to Disneyland and want it to be a fun exciting adventure for all of them.

Wrap passes in a gift box for them to open. Print out the Disney tickets and wrap them in a box for your kids to open. It makes a super fun gift to give them. This is even better if it is near their birthday or Christmas. You can make it part of their gifts!

Go shopping at the Disney store. Take your kids to a local Disney store and let them pick out a few fun souvenirs or a t-shirt. You can let the store clerk know in advance that you will be going to Disney and ask them to put a note in the bag saying, “Congratulations We Are Going To Disney!”. It’s always tons of fun to get others involved.

Make Disney themed shirts for everyone and give them as gifts. Custom Disney shirts are a big deal on Pinterest these days. You can find a few different designs and make them yourself, or order from a local graphics shop. It’s a fun investment to surprise your kids with at the end of the day.

Put up a “We are going to Disney” banner on the bathroom mirror for them to find in the morning. You can do this randomly, or simply put it up to surprise them the morning of your planned departure. Kids will love finding it as they get up and start getting ready for the day. It’s often the best when you do it the day you are going to leave so they are totally surprised and way excited.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are both such amazing parks to visit with your family. Whether you go for one day or a week, these great ways to surprise your kids with a trip to Disney are sure to make everyone happy. Make your trip a wonderful celebration of love and living life to the fullest for everyone in our family.

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WIN A Playstation 4 From Shop Your Way #ShopYourWay

WIN A Playstation 4 From Shop Your Way #ShopYourWay

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Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

So, we made homemade ice cream today…..without an ice cream maker!  Say what?!  Oh yeah, I was on a mission.  We love to go to the ice cream shop that makes your ice cream right there in front of you with nothing but cream and add-ins, so I thought, for sure, we must be able to duplicate this at home somehow.  Sure enough, there are 20 zillion-ty sites out there that have the same exact recipe for this 2 ingredient homemade ice cream!

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

So, here’s the big secret recipe:  1 pint of heavy whipping cream + 1 can of sweetened condensed milk!  Yep, that’s it.  You just whip the whipping cream until it forms peaks (about 5 minutes) then add in the sweetened condensed milk and mix until it is well blended and VOILA, you have your ice cream base.  Now, I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to mine for extra flavor.

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

After you get your base, you can mix in anything you want.  We mixed in fresh strawberries to one of the containers.  We mixed in Oreo’s to another and chocolate chip cookies to another.  We even mixed in caramel topping to one of them.  The possibilities are endless and my son LOVED helping me!   You can see below that he wrote the names of the flavors on the individual containers.

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

After we had all of  our flavors, we popped them in the freezer for a couple of hours and they came out PERFECT!  It tastes and scoops just like any other ice cream and it is SOOO creamy (and sweet, super sweet).  Well, what are you waiting for?  Go get you some cream and sweetened condensed milk and try it out for yourself.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me what you thought about it :D

Easy 2 Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 small can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Get to mixing!

  1. Pour the heavy whipping cream in a deep mixing bowl and mix until it forms soft peaks (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix well (about another minute)
  3. Stir in any mix-ins you like and freeze for 2-4 hours.
  4. ENJOY!
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WIN A 2015 Nissan Altima SV #ShopYourWay

WIN A 2015 Nissan Altima SV #ShopYourWay

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The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

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The Importance of Playing With Your Kids This Summer #SummertimePlay

I cannot tell you how excited I am that summer is finally here and we don’t have to wake the kids up early for school each day!  I am also kind of happy that baseball season has ended and soccer season isn’t here quite yet.  So, what do you do with the kiddos this summer without breaking the bank?  There are tons of fun and free activities in almost every community across the country.  The key is to stay active and get involved.  We absolutely love our local park.  Judice park is only about 3 miles from our house and the kids love spending time over there.  Whether it is taking an afternoon walk around the track, swinging on the swings, or just packing up our lunch and taking it to the park to enjoy; our local park is always a nice change of pace and gets us out and moving.  Sometimes we even pack up our baseball equipment and have a family baseball game after lunch.

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Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Well, it doesn’t get much more southern that pecans and pralines.  I don’t always make my cakes from scratch, but when I make one that has this rich of an icing that I REALLY want to enjoy; I make my own cake and make it a little less sweet.  I love making pralines, but they don’t always turn out the right consistency, which is another reason I love this cake.  Even if you don’t get the consistency just right, it still looks and tastes delicious!  This is perfect for pot luck, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really anytime.  I never need an excuse to bake, but sometimes I look for one LOL  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Southern Pecan Praline Cake

Gather your ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 large eggs yolks
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

pecan praline cake2

Get to baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour three nine-inch round cake pans.  Make sure you grease and flour them or use non-stick spray specifically for baking because these cakes will stick.
  3. Mix the butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix into butter and sugar mixture then add the milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the pans and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool layers in their pans over a rack for ten minutes, then loosen and turn out layers directly onto racks for cooling.  Allow layers to cool.
  7. While cakes are cooling, start the icing by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in granulated sugar and light brown sugar. (Sugars will not dissolve).
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the evaporated milk until smooth, then whisk this mixture into the saucepan with the sugar mixture. Return saucepan to a medium heat setting and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick, shiny and caramel-like, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and pecans.
  9. Cool icing for about 30 minutes until it can be spread, then spread evenly between cooled cake layers and over the top and sides of the cake.
  10. ENJOY!
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