Jan 7, 2015

Cooking Southern: Pimiento Cheese

I will be the first to admit that I never liked pimento cheese because it kind of scared me a little. I know that is crazy but, I think it was because I never really knew what was in it until a few years ago. Now knowing what goes in it is partly why I chose it as the first recipe from the cookbook ( I have a deep love affair with cheese). With this recipe I made it to my liking so the amount that I gave is what I used.

Pimiento Cheese
1- 4oz jar diced Pimientos, drained
1-8oz bag Sharp cheddar
1-8oz bag Pepper jack
1 & 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. grated onion (I used ground onion powder)
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

 side note:
 -the book says to grate two 8oz blocks of cheddar. I subbed the extra sharp called for in the book with the jack to give it an extra kick
-1/4 tsp. of paprika (sprinkled on top)

1) Drain the pimientos juice from jar.
2) Empty both bag of cheese in a bowl together.
3) Add the 1 & 1/2 of mayo to the cheese mixture. 
4) Add pimientos to the cheese/mayo mixture. Stir together.
5) Stir in the next three ingredients into the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Overall, this was really easy to make. You just have to have about 10 minutes free to make it. Also, I made a grilled cheese sandwich with it what I had leftover.
That's it for now. Until next time, Laters!!!!!

Jan 6, 2015

Accessories:Forever 21

Hi all, since it is getting cold outside here in the AL (depending on the day since yesterday it was 62) I thought it would be a great idea to show some of the accessories i.e. scarves and hats that I recently purchased.

Forever 21 is one of my go-to for accessories without spending a ridiculous amount on them. I will be the first to admit that I love scarves. I mean I love them ALOT. There is a combination of men and women accessories listed below. Here are some of the ones that I bought and others that I am probably going to get/ borrow:

These are actually on sale right now for $5


I also bought two wool berets in store (they are not available on the website). If you are into plaid/tartans, there are some more scarves available. There are a variety of hats available, but they are currently wait-listed:
I hope everyone has a great Monday. Until next time, Laters

Jan 4, 2015

Cooking Challenge

Happy New Year, everyone. Starting this month, I am adding a new section to my blog. I have always loved to cook so I decided to display some of my cooking skills. With that being said, the new section is going to surround around me cooking different recipes from the Southern Living cookbook: Southern Living's 1001 ways to cook Southern.

You can purchase this for $34.95 at Barnes and Noble but I bought mine for $20.00 at Books A Million. You can get the book for even less online for $17.47 (with a club membership card). To make the BAM deal sweeter, they included 6 issues of Southern Living Magazine for free.
I am going to be posting pictures and the recipes for each of the recipes I complete as well as some other recipes from there and other cookbooks on here. I have made 6 so far and it going well. Also, this is an excuse to use one of my new toys:
my new Kitchen Aid Mixer
 I technically only paid $199.98 plus tax for it after Sam's club took $50 off in store (making it $249.98) and then a $50 mail-in rebate. Kohl's and Sam's both have the one I bought for $299 (which is a deal if you know how much these mixers usually cost).
KitchenAid Professional HD Stand Mixer - Assorted Color Options
I still had the $10 one that I bought at Target from when I got my first Undergrad degree. I like using this one because you can process all the items in one swoop instead of have to stop, empty it out and reload the bowl. FYI: even though they say it is online only, my mom bought this at one of the Kohl's in our area.
I am super excited to share with all of you what I am cooking and how the recipes turn out. Until next time, Laters.....