Cinnamon Peach Kuchen

Colored peach kuchen

"Kuchen" is German for cake. Traditional kuchen recipes run the gamut from pies to cakes to simply sweet pastries. This version is quick, easy, and even though it only slightly resembles a authentic version, it is delicious enough to stand out of it's own accord. You can alter it countless ways using seasonal fruit and it makes a great "not too sweet" dessert, which is usually how I serve it. This ... Continue Reading

12 Summer Pie Recipes

Summer Pies

I can't believe how fast this summer has gone by! My son has been busy with drum lessons and cross country training and now marching band camp is about to get into full swing for him. Katy Rose has cheerleading practice coming up soon and my husband and I are in shock at the time warp we seem to have landed in where one day they start kindergarten and the next it's high school! There is still ... Continue Reading

Need A Purpose? Here Ya Go!

Lifesavers by Christy Jordan

Happy Monday! Want a cure for the grumpies today? We've all been there! Feeling disgruntled and unfulfilled are the result of not having a purpose, so if you find yourself needing one try asking this question: "What can I do to make the world a little better for as many people as possible this week?" That one question creates a goal... That gives a purpose... Removes focus from us and ... Continue Reading

Christy’s Smoked Burgers

smoked burgers

 I've developed a habit this summer that I can't seem to kick. Every week, sometimes more than once, I find myself pressing out ground beef patties and slipping them inside my electric smoker out on the deck. I tried smoking burgers a few months back and discovered that they were the best I'd ever had - and so I became immediately hooked. Fortunately, my family shares my addiction. The thing I ... Continue Reading

So You Want To Be Happy?

Lifesavers by Christy Jordan

Most folks, when asked, will tell you that they want to be happy. Often times, though, our actions give a different answer. It is as if we become miserable out of habit and don't even notice that the way we act, speak, and even live all help create an environment opposite of the one we want to live in. There comes a time where you've got to say enough is enough. Stand up to yourself. Become ... Continue Reading

10 Things to do with Tomatoes

10 things to do with tomatoes

 With tomatoes coming in more and more every day around my house, I thought I would share some ideas on what to do with them with you today. I hope you planted tomatoes this year! I strongly encourage you to grow however much of your own food as you possibly can and in many parts of the country it is not too late to get a late summer garden in. You will be glad you did this fall when you see ... Continue Reading

Easy Peasy Birthday Cake From Scratch (and how SouthernPlate Hatched)

Easy Peasy From Scratch Birthday Cake

I'm giving away gifts all week in honor of SouthernPlate's birthday! You can enter daily and I'll draw winners each day as well. Click here for more information.  I'm often asked how SouthernPlate started. I've told the story countless times when speaking to groups or folks at book signings and get togethers so today I thought I'd share it here with you. If you just want a recipe for a really ... Continue Reading

BIG GIVEAWAY : Happy Birthday SouthernPlate!

Happy Birthday SouthernPlate! Giveaways each day!

This giveaway is now closed. All winners are listed at bottom. Thank so much for being part of the SouthernPlate family! It's SouthernPlate's birthday and I'm giving out presents! I began on July 8, 2008, never expecting the blessings that were in store from all of you! As a thank you, I'm teaming up with some of my friends to give YOU gifts! Beginning Tuesday, July 8, 2014, ... Continue Reading

Guess What? You’re Buoyant!

Lifesavers by Christy Jordan

 I had the hardest time learning how to swim as a child. People would try to teach me, goodness knows how many hours they spent in that, but I never could quite get it. I'd let go of the side and sink like a lead weight. Then, in second grade I checked out a book from the school library that explained the principles of swimming. That book taught me the one thing I didn't realize before: I was ... Continue Reading

How to Plan A Scavenger Hunt For Teens

scavenger hunt

If you enjoy this post or know someone who might find it helpful, please share it with them! I'd love it if you could share on Facebook, pin it on your Pinterest boards, or even email the link! THANK YOU!  This past weekend we got together with some of my son's friends and held a scavenger hunt at a local shopping center to celebrate his birthday. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! After posting pics on my ... Continue Reading