Family Favorite Sawdust Pie – and the good folks you’ve run into

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I get a little long winded in this one, y'all. Feel free to scroll down to just the recipe if you like :) If you've never had Sawdust pie before, I really do feel it could become a fast family favorite. The taste is rich and buttery, and whipped cream and sliced bananas set it off to sheer perfection. I just use store bought pie shells for mine (ain't no shame in my game!) but you can make ... Continue Reading

10 Great Leftover Turkey Recipes!


Waste not, want not. Those words hold more truth than ever right after our Thanksgiving feasts. Hopefully, you are fortunate enough to have had a turkey at your house and are blessed with leftovers. What to do with all of that turkey? Recycle it into delicious meals for your family, of course! The very first thing I do is shred my turkey and place it in zipper sealed bags to freeze. If you have ... Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Menu Idea Bonanza!

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I sure am looking forward to the holidays and hope you are, too! I've decided to take a little time away from the internet and spend it focusing exclusively on my family for the next week. I'm going to miss y'all terribly but my kids are growing up so fast that I just want to enjoy them during this special time of year. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy the following recipes, some of my ... Continue Reading

Homemade CinnaBuns- The easy way!


These cinnamon rolls have power behind them - real power. You could pretty much get anything you wanted if you showed up toting a plate of these babies, warm with icing oozing down the side. Regardless of their power, though, I want you to try to use them only for good. Rather than taking over the world (which I am waiting 'til I get both kids in school to do because I just don't have the time ... Continue Reading

Go To New York With Pepperidge Farm! – Cranberry Cream Cheese Puffs

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This is my third Puff Pastry post for Pepperidge Farm and I gotta admit, those folks have me hooked. I'm plotting how I can work in a holiday party or two just so I can show up with some of the creations I've turned out since being turned on to the wonder that is puff pastry. Today's recipe is one of my personal favorites so far, and I just whipped it up after spending a few minutes mulling over ... Continue Reading

Cranberry Relish – Serve With A Side Of Love

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My mother loves homemade cranberry relish, she always has. Me, I was a died-in-the-wool devotee of "the kind with the rings on it" from an early age and only discovered the beauty of homemade as an adult. Yup, I loved the stuff from the can. Since we only had cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving and at my grandmother's house, I thought it was her "special" recipe. She always served it in an oval ... Continue Reading

WIN Your Thanksgiving Turkey & Tips for More Meaningful Holiday Photos!

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Turkey Winners! Congratulations to: Tracey Bentley, Tiffany Schmidt, and Sally Rector Patterson! Only thing I hate about giveaways is that everyone can't win! I really need to be Oprah one day... Please email me your mailing address at and I'll send them out tomorrow! When it comes to Thanksgiving and turkey, one name instantly comes to mind: Butterball! Not only are ... Continue Reading

Chicken Lettuce Wraps โ€“ yโ€™all!

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Alright so I'll admit right off the bat that Chicken Lettuce Wraps aren't exactly Southern, which is why I added a "y'all" on the end of this post title. That just made it look like it fit better on Southern Plate, didn't it? ~grins~ I knew you'd agree. I've developed a raving addiction to these things. You see, Ricky and I don't get to go out much. We've actually been out twice without the ... Continue Reading

I’d Love To Meet You On Novemember 17th!


Come meet me November 17th when I'll be speaking as part of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series at historic Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. I will be speaking and then taking time afterward to meet all of the good folks who come to listen. I'd dearly love a chance to meet more members of my wonderful Southern Plate Family! Tuesday November 17 at 7:00 PM McCandless Hall This ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Crumb Cake – YUMMM!

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Back in the old days (a whopping whole year ago) I tried not to let on when I was bringing you a recipe that I developed myself. I was afraid if y'all knew I had made it up, you wouldn't want to try it! Now that we've settled in and become a big old family here, I'm coming out of my shell a bit though.. ~pauses a moment for all of you to stop laughing at the thought of her being bashful about ... Continue Reading