Dried Watermelon Jerky – and Why we need Sacred Things

southernplate watermelon jerky

I've been trying to show folks ways they can save money to combat rapidly rising grocery costs lately and one of those is, of course, buying food at today's prices and preserving it. With that in mind, I've done a lot of dehydrating videos lately. I really feel the dehydrator is an often overlooked appliance that can save every household money - and freezer space! I've shown you how to dehydrate ... Continue Reading

Speedy Salsa Soup

Speedy Salsa Soup

This soup is one of those great last minute suppers when you want something flavorful but don't have the time to put into it. You can make it exactly like I did in this tutorial or just use the basic premise of the recipe and customize it to your tastes or what you have on hand. I seldom make this soup the same way twice! It is reminiscent of Taco Soup, but with fewer ingredients and even less ... Continue Reading

Christy on CBS’s The Talk

PicMonkey the talk

Here is the video of my main segment on The Talk as well as links to all of the recipes I made! I had a wonderful time on The Talk this past week! Special thanks to all of the hosts for having me! Below are the links to the recipes I made on the show as well as some behind the scenes photos after the recipes: Chicken Patties Parmesan Oven Fries Simply Delicious Tomato Basil ... Continue Reading

Easy French Breakfast Puffs with Fresh Strawberries

French Puffs with Fresh Strawberries

I'm sharing today's recipe with you as part of my White Lily series. A family friendly company, White Lily encourages folks to share their knowledge in the kitchen and help pass on their cooking heritage. This recipe is perfect for that because my mother taught me how to make these when I was a little girl. They are a simple muffin, perfectly suited to a cup of coffee or juice and especially ... Continue Reading

Using a Dehydrator to Make Shelf Stable Ground Beef

How to Make Shelf Stable Ground Beef!  Save freezer space!

Hey Everyone! Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on my Youtube Dehydrating videos! I've made another one for you this week on how I dehydrate ground beef in order to save money and space in my freezer! Dehydrated ground beef is shelf stable and rehydrates like a charm (I can't tell the difference!). Be sure and watch until the end to see what my ground beef looks like once it is ... Continue Reading

Italian Meatloaf – and How To Be Important


My mother and I are the type of people who cook with what we have on hand. So last week she had leftover spaghetti sauce and a husband with a hankering for meatloaf. This recipe was born and she was shocked when it turned out tasting so incredibly good, and more different from regular meatloaf than she had expected. It even got a compliment from someone who is notorious for complaining! So she ... Continue Reading

Broccoli with Homemade Cheese Sauce


I could eat broccoli any way you fix it, but I especially love it raw. My husband…well, we gotta douse it in a generous coating of cheese sauce before he even considers heading in broccoli's general direction. So this is a recipe from my new cookbook, Come Home To Supper, that makes broccoli a family affair again using my homemade cheese sauce that is good on just about everything! It's also easy, ... Continue Reading

Make Your Own Instant Rice from Bulk Rice

Make your own instant rice from bulk rice - save lots of money AND time!

If you find this helpful, please pin it or share to your Facebook wall by using the buttons above, thank you!  Today I'm sharing a video with you on how I use my dehydrator to make my own instant rice. This saves me lots of time AND money, and I can have rice ready to go with a meal in just a few minutes. Links to all products mentioned in the video are below. Thanks for watching and be sure and ... Continue Reading

Granny’s Oven Fried Chicken

Granny's Oven Fried Chicken

Please pin this on pinterest and share it on Facebook if you can. That helps me immensely! Thanks so much :) I'm looking forward to seeing some of y'all soon on my Spring Book Tour for Come Home To Supper (click here for dates and locations) and can't tell you how much I appreciate all of the kind comments and encouragement from folks who have already purchased the book and are using it in your ... Continue Reading

Dehydrating to Save Money & Freezer Space (CC)

Dehydrate to save freezer space!

In this video I'll show you how to use a dehydrator to preserve frozen mixed vegetables for long period of time without taking up precious freezer space! At the end of the video, I also show you what the dehydrated vegetables look like once you reconstitute them and how easy that is to do! I typed up the captioning for this video myself in order to make it closed captioned so be sure and click ... Continue Reading