Friday, March 1, 2024

Sunshine Lemon Jello Whips



1 (9 g) box sugar free lemon jello or 1 (85 g) box regular jello

1/4 tsp. lemon zest

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt


In a bowl mix the lemon jello powder with the boiling and cold water, making sure to mix well until the jello dissolves.

Then pour the jello into a blender.

Add the Greek yogurt to the blender and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into about 4 – 5 small cups to set.

Cover the cups and put them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours. They can sit overnight.

I frozen a bunch of juice from the lemons from my Meyer lemon tree. I zested the lemons before juicing.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

 Maribel invited us to her Valentine painting party. She wanted me to bring Mac and Cheese - always excited to try a new recipe.


4 cups uncooked pasta

6 Tablespoons butter

6 Tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

4 cups shredded cheese (I used a blend of two cheeses)

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 325ºF.

Grease a 9” x 13” casserole dish. Set aside.

In a large stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat.

Meanwhile, in a separate pot, prepare the macaroni according to package directions, but cook just under your preferred level of doneness to ensure the mac and cheese doesn't end up overcooked and mushy.

Once the butter is melted, whisk in flour to form a roux (paste). Add the seasoning, to taste.

Whisk in the milk and cream and set heat to medium-high.

Whisk in 3 cups of the cheese and continue whisking as the mixture cooks and thickens.

Drain the pasta but do not rinse.

When the cheese has completely melted into the sauce, pour the sauce over the cooked macaroni.

Fold the macaroni and cheese into the prepared casserole dish.

Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese on top is browned and completely melted.

Allow the mac and cheese to sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving, so the cheese sauce has time to set up.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Chicken Rice Casserole

 Ae-Yuns father passed and she asked me to make Chicken and Rice to serve after the funeral service. 

I've made A LOT of recipes but never chicken and rice. I don't care for rice. Gabe would rather have potatoes so it was never a big deal in our house.

I wanted a good southern recipe and texted my neighbor Laurie. This was her grandmothers recipe.

I was pleasantly surprised that this came out good. People who it was served to seem to like it. 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Aunt Weezie's Lemon Supreme Cake


1 pkg. Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix

½ c. Wesson oil ( HAS TO BE VEG OIL)

½ c. water

1 pkg. lemon jello ( Not sugar free)

4 eggs


Beat eggs ⁠— add rest + beat till smooth with mixer. Cook in tube pan 350° for 45 minutes.

Remove hot cake from tube pan and drizzle icing all over it. Cake must be hot when you put the icing on.

Let cool + serve.


1½ c. confectioners sugar

2 T soft butter or marg.

4 T Real Lemon (bottled) 

Blend together. Should be watery.


Oh my gosh this is the BEST cake! I can’t remember any family event without Aunt Weezie’s lemon supreme cake on the dessert board. She’s gone now and I have taken on that responsibility. Notes: It must be Duncan Hines cake mix. Wesson is a brand, but any brand of vegetable oil is fine, just don’t substitute for olive, canola, or corn. It must be vegetable oil. Don’t substitute with diet jello. Confectioners sugar, 10X, or any powdered sugar is fine, just not granulated. Lemon juice in the bottle or squirter works better than a “real” lemon for a strong and consistent flavor. You can cook this in a prepared tube pan or a Bundt pan.  

Ae-Yuns father died and made this to bring to the family along with Chicken and Rice. He father loved anything with lemon.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Forever in our Hearts

I have so many photos of him but this one touched my heart today. He looks like he's looking for us to catch up with him. He would of been 11 and 1/2 on Sunday


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Pucker Bars- Recipe Exchange



3 cups rice cereal

1/2 cup flour

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine

3 eggs

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice ( used my Meyer Lemons)

2-3 Tablespoon flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

powdered sugar


Crush the rice cereal into fine crumbs. Stir together crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter till well blended. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 8 x 8 x 2" pan. Bake 350º for 15 minutes. In small bowl mix together eggs, sugar, lemon juice, 1 tbsp flour and the baking powder. Pour over the hot crust. Bake 350º until center is set. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares. ENJOY!


Sunday, December 31, 2023

New Years Black- Eyed Pea Cakes with Jalapeno Avocado Salsa


2 15.5 ounce cans black eyed peas- drained

4 cloves garlic, minced

2/3 cup dry bread crumbs

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt ( used kosher salt)

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal, plus additional for dusting

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Jalapeno- Avocado Salsa

Note: Wear plastic or rubber gloves while handling the chiles to protect the skin from the oil. Avoid direct contact with your eyes! Wash hands thoroughly after handling.


In a large mixing bowl mash half of the peas with a fork until paste is formed. Stir in the remaining peas, garlic, bread crumbs, half of the beaten eggs, cumin, scallions and salt. Form by hand into patties, using 2-3 tablespoons per patty. Place patties in a single layer on a baking sheet and put in the fridge for an hour.

Remove patties and dredge each patty in the remaining beaten egg and then the cornmeal, turning gently to coat and transfer to a try lined with wax paper and dusted with cornmeal.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a 12 inch non stick skillet over  moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then fry the cakes until golden- about 3 minutes on each side. As the cakes finish put in a large shallow baking pan. Between batches carefully wipe the skillet with a paper towel but continue to add the oil to the clean skillet. ( BE CAREFUL with the skillet let it cool down before you clean with the paper towel)

If you need to reheat the cakes put them in a 400 degree F oven. You can cook them one day ahead, then chill. Bring to room temp if they were in the fridge before reheating in a 400 degree oven.

You might want to add chopped tomato and cilantro leaves for a garnish.

Jalapeno Avocado Salsa:

1 medium avocado

2/3 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons seeded and minced Jalapeno

1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice


Halve the avocado lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop out the meat with a spoon and chop it up. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine. Add salt to taste. Cover and place in fridge

Recipe from The Book Club Cookbook. This recipe was from Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Eating black eyed peas on New Years Eve or New Years Day promises good luck, health, and abundance. The bean has taken the form of good fortune and has even adopted a few different aliases along the way. 

Hopefully the ones I grew last season work their magic!🎊