March 21, 2016

Chicken fried chicken with milk gravy {Secret Recipe Club}

It's time for another edition of Secret Recipe Club. This month I was assigned Angels Home Sweet Homestead written by April who writes about homesteading, cooking, and gardening on a budget. All topics that I love (especially the budget part)! Normally when I'm looking through someone's blog to pick a recipe it takes me a while, but this time as soon as I saw Chicken Fried Chicken and her gravy recipe, I knew I wasn't going to find anything that I wanted to make more than that!! I have only ever had this dish in a restaurant and was super excited to try making it at home (and my husband was super excited to eat it). We loved it! It turned out light, crispy, and perfectly golden. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans, it was the perfect chilly night meal - total comfort food. Next time though, I'm giving her Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits a try!

I made only half the chicken recipe for us, but I'm posting April's recipe below. If you make the full recipe you will feed a crowd! I slightly modified her gravy recipe. This is a dish you should definitely try. 

March 14, 2016

Stuffed sugar cookies

My posts have been sparse the past few months. Moving was a big part of that, but this post will provide a bigger explanation for my absence. Life has been crazy lately and it's only going to get crazier, but in a really amazing way! After many years of struggles and loss and heartache, my husband and I are expecting twins this summer and we couldn't be more thrilled and excited! The past few months I struggled with all-day "morning" sickness and couldn't even stand the smell of most food cooking, so blogging was tough! Now that phase is behind me and all I want to do is eat (and sleep)!

I made these cookies for a surprise treat recently at an open house we had for our family to come see our new home. The pregnancy is considered high-risk, but we are almost halfway there and very hopeful and looking forward to their safe arrival.

 Cookies for "Baby A" and cookies for "Baby B."

I modified this recipe to make these cookies to share for a surprise "gender reveal." They turned out just as I was imagining so I was very happy. We gave everyone an "A" cookie and had everyone bite on the count of three and then did the same with the "B" cookies. The below recipe made just over 2 dozen cookies.