Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

This is a great alternative to pumpkin and so easy that I can make it. This is a great addition for dessert for the holidays.   1.5 – 2.0 Sweet Potato (about 2 large) 2 eggs ½ stick Butter 6oz Evaporated Milk ½ cup Brown Sugar ½ cup White Sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Cinnamon ½ teaspoon Nutmeg (or substitute 1.5 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice) 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract 2 8in Pie Shells   Preheat oven to 350F  …

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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Belly

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Belly

This was one of those meals that happened at the grocery store. I was walking past the meat case looking for pork fat for my mom (that will take enough explaining that it will be another post) and I spotted pork belly! I’ve had it at a couple of Puerto Rican and Honduran restaurants. I wanted to try my hand at it. Below is the finished product and the recipe.     Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds Pork Belly 1/3 cup…

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Meat Cutting 101 – Whole Pork Loin

Meat Cutting 101 – Whole Pork Loin

  Whole pork loins can be had for as little as $1.49lb. Watch for them to go on sale. Locally, BJ’s had a coupon for $3.00 off which for the roast in the video works out to $1.29lb! All you need is a sharp knife or cleaver. In this video I will demonstrate how to get 2 roasts and 12 – 1/2″ pork chops. This works out to about $2.58 per meal (4 chops or 1 roast per meal) not…

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Quickie Apple Cake

Quickie Apple Cake

  This is a great, fast, easy recipe for when you are jonesing for cake. You can add most any fresh or canned fruit though it works best with firm fleshed fruit like apples.       Ingredients 2 1/2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix (any “just add water” pancake mix will work) 1 cup Brown or white sugar 1 cup milk 1/2 stick butter 1 – 2 cups of fruit cut into 1/2 chunks 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg…

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Huntsville, AL and Lynchburg, VA

Huntsville, AL and Lynchburg, VA

Last week, we went to Huntsville, AL for another Hamfest.  We took two days to drive down, stopping in Dandridge, TN for the first night.  In Huntsville, we stayed at a Holiday Inn in Research Park.  Our room overlooked a huge empty lot where they are just starting to build a huge new mixed-use development called Mid City.  Top Golf is already there, but will be building many other retail stores, restaurants, and residential units soon.  In the distance we…

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Texas 2018 – Going Back Home through the Smokies

Texas 2018 – Going Back Home through the Smokies

After leaving Dollywood, we stayed one more night in the area.  The next day we had to drive at least halfway home, and decided to go through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which is close by. We drove down from our hotel at I-40 on Winfield Dunn Parkway (Rts 66 & 441).  This takes you straight through the biggest tourist area near Dollywood.  It was interesting to see all the places we could explore if we had more time. …

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A Day at Dollywood

A Day at Dollywood

Every trip we made to Texas and the one trip we made to Chattanooga, I would wish we had time to see Dollywood. When you drive through Tennessee on I 40 there are billboards near the exit.  I had looked it up a couple of times online and it seemed like it was just a park with thrill rides.  There was always a mention of entertainment and crafts, but it didn’t seem like a big part of the park.  We…

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Texas 2018 – Heading to Dollywood

Texas 2018 – Heading to Dollywood

After our second night at cousin Nancy’s house, we left with plans to stop at Dollywood and a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains on our way home.  It was a two day drive to get to Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN near the Great Smoky Mountains.  Both days were very stormy and hard to drive at times. The first day, one stop we made was at the Chambers County Safety Rest Area in Anahauc, TX. This was the last rest…

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