Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe

I get a lot of looks when I talk about how good pimento cheese is but that’s because I make my own and not eat the store bought kind. No offense if you do, to each is there own but I find it easier to just make a batch. The batch doesn’t last very long around this household.

When I was a kid I never really liked it because it just wasn’t my taste. My mom didn’t have time to make it homemade because she was looking after us driving us here, there, and everywhere. We didn’t have it often but when we did; I decided to go for the chips (one of my weaknesses).

I got this recipe from a coworker who brought some in one day with Ritz crackers for her lunch. I just so happen to be in her office (getting away from mine for a minute or two) and she pulled it out to eat it then offered me a bite. I was never the same again. I helped her eat most of it, it makes a ton!

The pimento cheese is great for sandwiches, on crackers, and with pretzels. My favorite is a sandwich with a side of pretzels though. The cheese gives the creaminess and the pretzels give the salty and the crunch, oh so good!

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • diced pimentos

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PIMENTO CHEESE:

  1. Shred cheese (I used a good old fashion cheese grater for this method. I needed the arm workout anyway. It didn’t take very long but you could use a hand mixer.

2. Add the pimentos, I used the entire jar myself but you can do it to the taste of your preference.

3. I added the mayo to taste and mixed everything together.

4. I made myself a sandwich and enjoyed! You can also add onion powder, garlic powder, or dried mustard but I went for the plan southern style. You’ll notice there are no measurements for this recipe either. I just go with the flow, after everything I add I give it a little taste to see if it needs more. I try not to overdue it when I added the spices and I mix a little in a bowl before adding it to my sandwich.

There you have it, a quick and easy lunch/dinner that doesn’t only takes minutes to put together. I don’t know what it is but I can’t tell long stories in my recipe posts, I like getting to the point of the goodness and share with you guys. If you’d like to hear stories I can see what I can muster up, I’m not very good at adding a lot of fluff but I will try next time.

Would you give this recipe a try? If you’d like to try it give it a pin and let me know when you do. I’m serious, you’ll like it. I can’t offer a money back guarantee but I’m so positive you’ll enjoy it that I’m highly recommending it. If you love cheese then I suggest you jot down the recipe and head to the store.

Sausage, Egg, Cheese, Biscuits – Oh My!

Sausage, Eggs, Cheese, Biscuits – Oh My Goodness is right! Yes!

I’ve been dishing up meal plans for the last few months for my boyfriend for the week. I make his breakfast, lunches, dinners, and sometimes desserts.

Many recipes we’ve tried, but I haven’t had time to post them all, so I’ve decided to spread them out since this isn’t a food blog. 

Some have been significant others are better left on paper though, we won’t get to those because even with modifications, they were hopeless.

I try to feed him something that is filling in the morning, although he eats lunch at 11-11:30, depending on what shift he’s working that week. I like to make him hearty meals, so they’ll stick with him.

He wants to gain a little weight since his metabolism is so fast and he’s so tall. I try to find recipes to fill him up with high protein, and the more calories, the better. Of course, I don’t get to eat any of these delicious dishes because I am trying to lose 10 pounds.

Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day, so these recipes are the most important. He could be careless about what he eats the rest of the day unless mashed potatoes are involved; the man loves mashed potatoes.

This casserole is so easy to make it’s crazy, you’ll be back to watching that killer documentary on Netflix in no time. Oh, that just me?

Everything comes together so simply but the taste is so over the top, it tastes like you made the biscuits yourself because the gravy seeps in making the biscuits moist while the sausage sends flavor through every bite and the egg uses its fluffiness to hold everything together.

You guessed it, your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) can jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 lb hot sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • 2 cups colby & monterey Jack cheeses, shredded
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 (2.75 oz) packet country sausage gravy
  • 2 cups water

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350f degrees
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray
  • Cut each biscuit into eighths.
  • Line bottom of the pan with the biscuits.
  • Sprinkle cooked sausage evenly over biscuits.
  • Then sprinkle shredded cheese over sausage.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs with milk (for two minutes) and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour egg mixture over the cheese layer.
  • In a medium bowl, combine packet of gravy mix with 2 cups water.
  • Whisk until combined.
  • Pour gravy over egg mixture layer.
  • Cover and bake for about 45-55 minutes.
  • Slice and serve!

Give this one a pin and give it a try later! If you decide to try it out come back and leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Every week for the last few months I’ve been making the guy I’m seeing a high protein meal plan, as he’d like to gain a little weight.

I like finding easy recipes but ones that’ll help him add protein and try to get as many calories as I can find.

I came across this recipe and decided to try my hand at it.

Why use protein powder?

By replacing the all the flour In this recipe with protein powder and the recipe still works nicely.

However, when replacing flour for protein powder, start with replacing 1/3 cup of protein powder for every 1 cup of flour in the recipe.

What did he think?

Peanut butter protein bars for the win! He loved them and let a few people at his work sample the extra one I sent with him everyday just for them.

I used a vanilla birthday cake protein powder as something a little different.

It may sound weird but these almost didn’t make it through the week with the rest of his lunch.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups large flake oats use gluten-free if necessary
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used vanilla birthday cake)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or a little more if the mixture still seems dry. You want it to be slightly sticky so that it all binds together
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and vanilla protein powder. Next, add the peanut butter, almond milk, and maple syrup, if desired. Stir until well combined and slightly sticky. The mixture should bind together but not be gooey.
  2. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan with a spatula until equally distributed. Place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from freezer and cut the mixture into 8 equal-sized bars using a sharp knife. You may need to allow mixture to thaw out for a few minutes before you can cut through the bars.
    Peanut butter protein bars
  4. Place each bar in a little Ziploc bag or saran wrap and store in fridge or freezer.

These freeze great and they aren’t gooey or dry at all. They’re the perfect consistency to stay in a bag or lunch box all day.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and decide to make them yourselves.

They might be good with a few other add ins like chocolate chips, cranberries, or raisins if you’re not one for protein powders.

He says they are a great snack in the way to work, as he works an hour away. He wakes up at 5:30 and who wants to cook breakfast then? Ugh, not me! Hah.

you just feel better with a little something in your stomach in the morning, these are a great alternative to something heavy.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

There is a show on The Cooking channel which I love watching but anyway, the show is called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. I can’t pick just one though. I’ve been eating for 30 years and I have so many favorite!

The best thing I ever ate
If these photos don’t make you drool even just a little then you’re not living your life right, I’m just kidding – I know you love your life. I hope you love your life because you only get one of them. Anyway, enough motivation because that is for another post. However you can visit “My Guide To Confidence In 6 steps” if you need a little self love at this very moment, or you can pin this post and come back when you have time to read it through.

The mocha pudding from a place at Carolina Beach that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant. Look at it though, how can you not want to grab a spoon and devour it?! The mocha and the caramel are made for each other when it comes to this dessert.

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Chocolate Lasagna & Zeppoli from Olive Garden, don’t knock it until you try it! It’s so rich and the cream choose brings together the chocolate mousse and the thin chocolate layers of cake. There are shavings a top the lasagna to top it off and it makes it so pretty but you can’t wait to dig in. You can definitely share it with someone else became it is a little on the rich side.

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Roscoto wine is my favourite! It’s a sweet wine that pairs well with desserts so a glass or two with the chocolate lasagna. You can get Rosocto ate Total Wine, trust me if you like a sweet red wine then you’ll want to be all over this!
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Not Your Mama’s Banana a Pudding is absolutely amazing! When I first tasted it my mother and were in Savanah, the first time checking out the scenery and doing the tourist thing we decided we wanted to see what the hype was about Paula Dean’s restaurant. I found the recipe from The Food Network and I fell in love as well as every event I’ve taken it to.

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I hope this post has satisfied your sweet teeth in a very cyber way, if that’s a thing. I hope you stick around because I may keep up and add on top this post as I find new favorites.

What is one of your favorite foods that you can’t wait to shovel into your mouth?

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

Breakfast really isn’t my thing, I can’t have something that heavy on my stomach that early in the morning. I’ll have a slim fast smoothie or grab a pop tart.

Pop tarts remind me of the summer days as a child, we’d have them anytime really. Since we always had at least 4 to 5 friends a piece over (my twin brother & I) there was always someone there.

Mom had the goods
Mom kept us a huge snack bowl too that always had granola bars, fruit snacks, and other assorted snacks.

When you opened the pantry doors and saw those 5-6 boxes of pure pop tart variety goodness you got stars in your eyes.

I’ve been thinking lately of how awesome it would be to make a few homemade pop tarts.

I was on a mission, I made them and they were gone within 5 minutes. I’m glad I was able to snag half of one!

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

Homemade apple cinnamon pop tarts

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1/4 cup apple pie filling with cinnamon & sugar, divided
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  tablespoon colored decorating sugar, or as needed

Directions:

Step one: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step two: Unroll the pie crusts, place on a lightly floured work surface, and roll the crusts slightly with a rolling pin to square the edges. Cut each crust into 8 equal-sized rectangles. Place about 2 teaspoons of apple pie filling in the center of 8 squares, and spread the filling out to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the pastry square. Top each with another pastry square, and use a fork to crimp the squares together, sealing in the jam. Use a knife to trim the pastries, if desired. Move the filled pastries to the prepared baking sheets.
Cut our pie crust for homemade pop tarts

Apple cinnamon filling

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Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are lightly golden brown, about 7 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets.

Frosting:
stir together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the cooled tarts with frosting and sprinkle with colored sugar.

The pie crust makes the little tarts flaky and brown perfectly. The pop tarts have a slight crisp to them before the war center hits your tongue. 

Another perk of using the pie crust instead of making a crust from scratch is well just that! There is no mess to clean up, extra prep time, or extra hassle if you find yourself rushing and almost out of time.

Homemade apple cinnamon pop tarts

I’ll definitely be making more and I’ll also be trying different flavors. I didn’t add frosting to these because I didn’t want them too sweet. Next time you can bet whichever I decide to make there will be frosting!

The frosting reminds me of toaster strudels, remember those? I’ll still eat them now. Everyone I think of vanilla frosting that’s what I think about.

If you made these homemade pop tarts, which filling would you choose??