Fantastic Bake Along — Double Dipped Fried Chicken!  

Good Saturday Morning!!  I have anxiously been looking forward to this day to see how everyone’s Fried Chicken turned out:). Oh-yea!!

My family was very very happy with the meal.   It takes a little bit of time, but it is SO WORTH IT.  I took out the fryer at 4:30 and we were eating at 6:30.

I made a salad and biscuits to finish off the meal.  I usually make a crusty topped apple pie to go along, but I did just get off of a cruise and thought I had better not. Lol:)

This is a fairly easy recipe.  You can check it out here.  Give it a try,  I know you will love it!!

Here is the list of those who are joining in this months BAL.  Let’s head over and check out how their chicken turned out:)

Long Time Gone Quilt – Court House Steps and Bake Along

There is something about cutting fabric into little pieces and sewing the small pieces of fabric back together in a new order and pattern that is just so therapeutic.  This has been my therapy for the week:)

I cut all of my strips and started sewing from edge to edge changing colors from light to dark.

It was fun to watch these steps grow larger and larger with each round.


Here they are all finished and looking pretty:). 

I am joining along with Gnome Angel in the Quilt Along that will be going through the summer.  We are all sewing this beautiful quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.  I just LOVE her designs!  

I am also excited for tomorrow’s Fantastic Bake Along:).  We are making Double Dipped Fried Chicken.  You can still join in the fun.  We would love to cook along with you:)!  It’s going to be SWEET!!

I can’t wait until tomorrow:)!  Happy quilting and cooking!!

Fantastic Bake Along!! — Double Dipped Fried Chicken

Good Morning!!  I am back from a fantastic trip to the Caribbean!  But I will write about that tomorrow because today is the 2nd Monday of the month which means it is FANTASTIC Bake-Along time!!  Yea:)!!   Why don’t you join us?  

This month I thought it would be fun to try something savory instead of something sweet.  So…. for this month’s Bake Along what do you think about making my husband’s favorite Double Dipped Fried Chicken?   It is definitely FANTASTIC and will certainly become your family’s favorite too!  

Here is the recipe from an old family cookbook:

Double Dipped Fried Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 chicken pieces
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4tsp garlic salt
  • 2tsp paprika or Cajun seasoning
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp season salt
  • shortening or oil for frying

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325*. Wash chicken pieces and lay on a paper towel to drain. In a brown bag or heavy duty plastic bag combine flour, garlic salt, paprika, and pepper. In a shallow dish combine milk, eggs, and season salt. Dip chicken pieces in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then again in flour mixture. Coat all chicken pieces. In a skillet or wok or deep frier, heat oil to 375*. Cook chicken in oil until light, golden brown, about 5-8 min. Put chicken in a baking pan. They can overlap if necessary. Bake uncovered for 1 hr or until thickest pieces are done. Makes 4-6 servings

There it is.  I hope you will join in the fun. Here is how it works:

  • Just comment below if you want to join in. I will add your blog link to the BAL on Saturday’s post
  • Make the recipe sometime this week.
  • On Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe.  Success or accidents in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter.  It’s all fun and real:)
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook. You can comment with your results.
  • Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

I’m excited to Bake Along with you this week.  It’s going to be SWEET!!

Fantastic Bake Along – Blueberry Muffins!

Good Morning, Good Blueberry Morning!  I have been looking forward to today all week:)  It’s the first ever Fantastic Bake Along Day!  Yea!! Yea!!

This week’s recipe was Tami’s To Die for Blueberry Muffins and man, oh man was she  not kidding!  I mean really, just look at these beauties:)

Here is how the baking went—

I doubled the recipe because I wanted the extra large type of muffins.  Go big or go home, right?  As I was finished with all of the additions I felt a little worried that maybe I had forgotten some milk or eggs or something because the batter was so thick and sticky.  I kept going though.

I took Tami’s advice and made sure to use only fresh blueberries, not the frozen ones.  I agree, that they made all of the difference.

I scooped the sticky dough into the pans filling the cup all the way to the top.  I covered the muffins  with an extra amount of the super wonderful crumble mixture.

Being that I filled the cups all the way to the top, I was a little worried that they might overflow, so I placed a cookie sheet under them, just in case.

No need to worry though,  they puffed up beautifully with no leakage at all:)

Because I had greased AND floured my pan, they took very little coaxing to get out of the pan in one piece

Now that’s what I’m talking about!!

My Dear hubby was waiting by the oven and promptly cut one up, slathered it in butter and started inhaling it amongst moans of delight!

  I tried to grab it and say that I hadn’t had the photo shoot yet, but he said he would put his own picture of these on the blog.  Here it is–lol:)

I gathered the remainders and lined up a blueberry photo photo shoot.  I was going to use my china and some fresh napkins with daisies on them, but then this little rooster just called my name and said, ‘Tracy, please, oh please, let me be by those beautiful muffins… I want to be in your photo shoot!”

What could I do?  I snatched him up and changed the shoot completely 

What a fun morning:). These To Die for Blueberry Muffins are SWEET!   You can get the recipe here on my blog, or here on Tami’s blog if you want to try it out in the future.

Here are the links to the bloggers who said they would like to participate.  Please go check out how they fared in the kitchen today.  I’m on my way to read about them right now:)!
Tracy@It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Tami@Tanglewood Knots

Kathy@Sewing Etc.

Brenna@Crochet539

Nana Cathy dot com (Cathy will be posting next week)

Melissa@Thread and Scissors

And any of you who would like to comment here and tell us how your Blueberry Muffin adventure went. We all would love to hear about it!
Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you will join us the second week of next month for another FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG!

First Ever Fantastic Bake-Along BAL– Come and Join Us!

Calling all home bakers/chefs.  Let’s get together and have a BALL or BAL or a Bake-along!  Doesn’t that sound fun?!!

Last week Tami @ Tanglewood Knots and I literally made the same recipe on the same night without any planning!  It was so funny:).  We both made a version of the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Pie.  

My version of Derby Pie
Tami’s version of Tollhouse Pie
 

Yum yum yum!  We both had a piece for breakfast too! Lol:). We had such a laugh over it that we thought it would be a “Ball” to have a Bake-along BAL and see a bunch of us make the same recipe. 

Sooooo…  without really knowing how this is going to play out,  how about if I send out this call to any of you who would like to join in.  I hope that I am not baking alone, but if I am, it will still be a good time:)

Here is how it will work with tweaking most likely to happen in future months–

  • On the 2nd Monday of each month I will introduce the recipe–some will be baking, some will be cooking.  It will just be a good recipe, maybe you will have one you want us to try!
  • On the 2nd Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe.
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • Just comment below if you want to join in.  I will add your blog link to the BAL on the weekend post
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook.  You can comment with your results.
  • Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

That’s it!  Sounds easy enough right?  Ideas for the future of this BAL may include monthly hosts, quarterly themes, and a bake/cook your own version of a recipe.  Ideas, ideas:)!

Ok– now that the ground work is done, it is time for the first recipe.  Drumroll please……

Tami’s To Die for Blueberry Muffins! from allrecipes.com

Tami’s Photo of these yummy muffins!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Don’t those sound yummy?   Head over to Tami’s blog here and get the tips and other fun ideas for  this recipe.  

I’m off to the store to buy my fresh bluberries!  Don’t forget to comment if you want to join in the fun!


P.S.– for those of you who do not use cups as measurements–

  • A cup is a round container or lid that is 3.5″ x 2″ 

The Ultimate Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

Have you ever had a Derby Pie?  If you haven’t you are in for a real pie adventure.  If you have, then you know what I mean:). 

I would say that this is kind of like a giant chocolate chip cookie pie that is soft and kind of gooey on the inside and crispy cookie goodness on the outside.

This is one of those recipes that was given to me by a friend who got it from a friend who got it from a friend.  You know the kind,   She brought it to Thanksgiving a few years back, and we all LOVED it:)!

It is an extremely rich pie that pairs well with a glass of milk or a scoop of ice cream.  You can eat it while warm out of the oven or let it cool and firm up.  

Here is what it looks like hot out of the oven. Yum!

The filling is quick and easy to make.  It is thick and opaque looking when you put it in the crust.

When it cooks up, the top forms a chocolate chip cookie crust that is absolutely beautiful.  Really, it is just golden goodness:)

This pie takes quite a long time in the oven, but be patient, it’s worth it:). 

Kentucky Derby Pie

recipe by Tracy@ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Ingredients

  • 1c butter
  • 2c sugar
  • 1c flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2c chocolate chips
  • 2c chopped pecans
  • 9″ unbaked pie shell

Directions

Preheat oven to 350*.  In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add chocolate chips and nuts and mix until well blended.  Spoon into pie crust.  Bake for 1 to -1 1/2 hours or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  If it is still runny after you take it out, just pop it back in and keep cooking,  it will come together.  Let cool for 10 minutes or longer for a firmer texture before serving.

I hope you will give this chocolate chip cookie Derby Pie a try.  It would be the perfect compliment to an Easter dinner feast!  Please let me know if you do:)

Grandma Florene’s Old Settler Beans

Florene was a dear friend of mine.  She was the neighborhood grandma.  I loved her so much.  She taught me to quilt, sew, and cook.  She was always going about delivering food and visiting with the other ladies in the area.  She left a huge hole in my heart when she passed away.

These beans were her very favorite meal.  She constantly talked about them and shared them with family and friends. I was one of the lucky few that she actually shared the recipe with.  It is a golden memory for me every time I make them.

 This recipe has passed the test of time.  She loved it,  I love it, my kids love it, and I’m sure you will too!

I mean, really… you just can’t stop with one bowl of these slightly SWEET, beans.  They are so delicious!!  Top them with a sprinkle of cheese, and spoonful of salsa and you will be taken back to yester years.

Here is the recipe:

Old Settler Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb bacon
  • 1large onion, chopped
  • 1 28oz can baked beans, undrained 
  • 1 15oz can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1/4c ketchup
  • 1/3c sugar
  • 1/3c brown sugar
  • 1tbs molasses
  • 1tbs vinegar
  • 1tsp garlic salt
  • Shredded cheese and salsa for garnish

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook bacon.  Remove and add hamburger and chopped onion to brown.  Chop bacon in small pieces while meat is cooking.  Mix all of the remaining ingredients in a crockpot.  Add the bacon and browned hamburger and onions.  Stir to combine.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Serve topped with a slight sprinkle of brown sugar, cheese, and a spoonful of salsa.


I do hope you will give this golden recipe a try.  Please comment and let me know if you do:)