Hummingbird Cake Recipe (Most Requested Recipe at Southern Living)

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Here it is, my absolute most favorite cake in the whole wide world.  It’s the most requested recipe at Southern Living, honestly it’s hard to describe in words just how good this cake is!!  If you are looking for the perfect cake recipe, here it is!!  Besides being unbelieveabley delicious, it’s super easy to make – literally just dump and stir the ingredients for the cake.  Only the frosting requires a mixer, if you make it homemade.

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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe #mealstogether

Grilled Chicken Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Grilled Chicken, Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Recently, my family has made a commitment to eat healthier. We’ve been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies and eating at home much more than usual. Since doing so, the biggest challenge has been finding ways to prepare food ahead of time on days when we are on the go. When I first heard about Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breasts Strips I was excited to try out a new recipe. Especially considering that the chicken contains no preservatives and is carved from a real chicken breast. First, I went to Tyson’s recipe tab for inspiration, after about 10 days straight of regular grilled chicken and lettuce we needed a change. After perusing the recipes I decided to make up a recipe full of fresh veggies that didn’t include lettuce. I had recently seen a recipe on a friends facebook page of broccoli salad that inspired my creation.


Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken

My in-laws were in town for a couple of days so we enjoyed a date night out without the kiddos. First, dinner with my hubby then a quick trip to Walmart on the way home to grab the ingredients I needed for the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad.  While we were there I also picked up bone-in chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken breasts, squash, and zucchini for a soup recipe I am trying to duplicate after my trip to Dallas last week.  I hope it turns out as delicious as this Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad!



The recipe was so easy to make, especially with a food processor.   Washing the vegetables took the most time by far, but I’m kind of picky about clean vegetables.  Although you could eat the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad right away, it’s much better served after the veggies have had a chance to soak in the salad dressing overnight.  It got the stamp of approval from both my hubby and the kiddos!  I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe

Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe


  • 2 packages Tyson Grilled & Ready Refrigerated Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2/3 cup low fat Vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Wash vegetables thoroughly.
  2. Either chop in food processor or chop finely by hand.
  3. Measure 2/3 cup Vinaigrette salad dressing and 1/3 cup Dijon salad dressing and add to chopped vegetables.
  4. Mix well to combine ingredients. I have found using a large bowl with a lid makes it much easier.
  5. Make sure lid is secure and shake until ingredients are mixed well.
  6. Pour veggies on serving dish, add Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breasts then garnish with seasoning.
  7. Best served after refrigerating overnight.
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Easter Deviled Eggs: So Cute and Easy!

easter deviled eggs


My friend Wilmari made these cute Easter Deviled Eggs.  As soon as I saw her picture, I asked if I could share with y’all.  I thought the idea was so cute, she said that she made them with her 5 year old daughter and they were super easy.  If you don’t already know the secret to boiling the perfect hard boiled egg, you can find Jamie’s post here (although she hates deviled eggs). [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Food: DIY Whimsical Valentine’s Day Fruit Greetings

Source: via Jessica on Pinterest


You might be familiar with conversation hearts at Valentine’s Day. Those are the sugary sweet little candy hearts with the fun messages on them such as “Be Mine” or “Call Me.” These sweet little hearts are fun, and quite tasty, but what if you want, or need, to give a Valentine’s Day gift that is on the healthier side of the snack spectrum? If you are looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day gift, why not consider a Valentine’s Fruit greeting instead? [Read more...]

Super Bowl Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders

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Today’s the big day, Super Bowl XLV11.  To be honest, I didn’t even know who was playing in the Super Bowl until my friends 12 year old son asked me if I was rooting for the Raven’s or 49ers.   If you ask me, the best part about Super bowl Sunday is the food. Hot Sandwiches, Pizza, BBQ, Chips and Cheese, Chocolate……yummy!!!  Don’t mind me, I’ll just be in the kitchen all night. [Read more...]

Valentine Cupcakes: Strawberry & Chocolate Sweetheart Baking Bliss!

Valentine's Day Cupcakes


Everyone enjoys a yummy cupcake, especially around Valentine’s Day! Nothing beats a tasty Valentine’s cupcake covered in rich frosting. Luckily, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or your weekly paycheck to whip up these sweet treats. Take a minute to peek at this Valentine’s recipe for whipping up your own Strawberry and Chocolate Sweetheart Valentine’s Cupcakes at home.

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New Years Eve Appetizers: Kid-Friendly Finger Foods (Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket)


New Years Eve Appetizers for Kids

Jamie here, whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and I’ll admit, I love these too!)

Sausage Balls:


Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!

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How to Brine a Turkey for Thanksgiving: 3 Basic Steps

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Yesterday as I was chauffering my kids around town to various events – I caught a segment on NPR where Alton Brown (Host of Iron Chef America) proceeded to tell Melissa Block (Turkey traditionalist) that she was doing her turkey all wrong.

First of all – I love Alton Brown – he’s nerdy and adorable in a crush-worthy high-school science teacher kind of way.  Secondly – I was NOT having any of his guff about turkey traditionalists being wrong.  Don’t baste my turkey?  My grandmother would be ashamed of me!

But somehow, by the end of the episode – he had convinced me to skip my traditional methods for once and try brining my turkey this year. (He’s so darn cuddly and convincing!)  It’s true – I’ve never been  completely wowed with my turkey on Thanksgiving – and according to Alton,

“….you should be wowed. You should be like, oh, my dear Lord, wow, that’s turkey.”

So okay – I want a WOW Turkey.  Show me how to brine Alton!  I’ve spent the last couple days watching YouTube videos about brining a turkey and reading articles on the science of brining – now I’m ready to jump in.

Here are the 3 Basic Steps I’ve learned after researching how to brine a turkey:

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