Friday, April 17, 2015

Praline French Toast Casserole {Overnight Recipe}

Deliciously baked french toast casserole with a ooey gooey praline bottom. This casserole is easily prepared the night before and then just pop it in the oven in the morning. 
Today I have a tasty breakfast dish to share with y'all! Last weekend I made a new Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe that everyone loved! In the past, I've made my regular standby recipe with good results, but for some reason I liked this version so much better.  

Anytime I have leftover french bread from dinner, I always save the leftovers in a large Ziploc bag and tuck it away in the freezer. Once I get enough bread together this french toast casserole is usually the first recipe that comes to mind.  My favorite breakfast dishes are no fuss overnight recipes and they're great during the holiday season. 

This french toast casserole held up extremely well, especially since it's an overnight recipe. Some people still might have a problem with the middle being a little soft, but it's not mushy or soggy in any way. This recipe starts with an ooey gooey praline sauce that's out of this world good!  The middle is soft and moist and the topping is crispy. 

The original recipe called for Texas toast, but I think that particular bread doesn't hold up very well in these types of casseroles. I recommend using day old french bread or french bread baguettes. Do you like overnight breakfast casseroles? Let's get started on this delicious recipe. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Adding Color to a Patio with Container Gardening

Sprucing up your backyard on a budget with "Walmart's Where America's List Gets Done".

Well, spring has finally sprung here in North Texas! When the weather starts to warm up, it's time to head outdoors and get our hands dirty. I have a love-hate relationship with springtime in Texas. As the weather transitions from cold to warm mother nature can be a bit of a beast. Spring in North Texas is well known for its unpredictable climate changes. The threat of thunderstorms, hail, and tornado warnings are extremely high in spring, so that's the hate part. What I love about spring is getting outside and cleaning up after old man winter and what he left behind. Working on the landscaping, planting flowers, getting the lawn back in order, and preparing our vegetable garden for the growing season. Spring is usually short lived and doesn't stick around long, so getting outside and starting on outdoor projects early is a must. Before we know it the heat of summer rolls in and then it's definitely too hot to work outside.    

Recently we built a deck in our backyard, but it's not completely finished quite yet. We still have a few things here and there before we can officially say it's done. At this point I keep telling my husband that it looks like a fishing pier, because we still have to add the bottom side boards. Just because it isn't completely finished doesn't mean I can't spruce it up just a bit. 

First off it's huge! We went from a 10 x 10 foot square concrete slab to a 16 x 12 foot wooden deck and I love it!!! After adding all of the outdoor furniture back onto the deck all it needed was a little color in a few places. This is where Walmart comes into play. Walmart has a how to section called Where America's List Gets Done where you can learn tips and tricks on how to tackle those much needed DIY projects with ease while still keeping your budget in check.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mom's Meaty Cornbread Skillet & A Virtual Potluck {Giveaway CLOSED}

Martha White cornbread with ground beef or sausage, corn, vegetables, and cheese make up this filling skillet meal.

Happy Thursday everyone! It's that time of year again for all things cornbread and cast iron! Why cornbread you ask? Well April is when the 19th Annual National Cornbread Festival takes place in South Pittsburg, Tennessee! This year the cornbread festival will be on April 25th - 26th! I was invited to be a judge for the cook off competition, but my schedule got the best of me. It saddens me that I have to miss this huge event, but there's always next year.

The 2015 National Cornbread Cook Off  will be a bit different for this years competition. Ten of their First Place Winners from past years will be returning to the cornbread festival to defend their title, prepare their winning recipe, and take part in an All-Star-Cook Off! Here's a list of all the previous winners and everyone that will be competing.  I can't wait to see who will be crowned the cornbread winner!  

Today's recipe that I'm sharing is a tasty one. This recipe is one of my absolute favorite recipes that my Mother in law makes. Anytime we visit we can usually count on meatloaf, chicken spaghetti or this Meaty Cornbread Skillet for dinner. 

Moms always makes her cornbread homemade all the way, but sometimes I like substituting with a cornbread mix, especially if I'm in a pinch for time. Martha Whites cornbread mixes taste just like homemade, so no one will ever know not even mom! 

To kick off the Cornbread Festival Martha White® is hosting a Virtual Cornbread Potluck along with myself and a few of my favorite blogs. We were asked to bring our best ever cornbread recipe that utilizes Martha Whites Cornbread MixesMy Moms Meaty Cornbread Skillet is the recipe that came to mind as well as the one that I'm contributing.