Yummy Link Lovin'!

It's been awhile since I've posted a good recipe or two so I thought I'd remedy that today. I have just recently found a new blog that I am
It's called Deep South Dish. And let me tell you, this gal can cook. She gives the Pioneer Woman a run for her money (sorry, Ree)! Of course, I'll always be loving me some Pioneer Woman recipes. She's an Okie, how could I not?!

I don't even recall how I came across her blog, but I'm so thankful I did. I think I could cook something new every night of the week for months and never fix the same thing twice. The best part about it is that they are recipes that your entire family will usually like - unless of course they are super, duper picky. I found myself adding so many of the recipes to my favorites that I just decided it's good enough that I better share it with you!

Tonight I made her Beef Enchilada Casserole. We loved it! I made a few minor changes to her recipe to suit our family. I used ground turkey instead of beef, because my husband has decided he doesn't care for ground beef anymore - too gristly. (Yes, he's my picky eater.) And, for him, I used minced onion instead of chopping my own, I'm able to hide it better in dishes. He! He! I'm also pretty sure I may have used more than 2 cups of cheese. We love our cheese around here.

The past couple of days I've done a lot of link hopping and have came across some awesome food blogs and craft blogs. Do you have a new favorite food or craft blog that you really love? If so, please share it in the comments. I'd love to check them out. I'd also love it if I actually made all those dishes and crafts, but unfortunately I don't have time because I'm too busy perusing new food and craft blogs. Vicious cycle, I tell ya.. vicious cycle.

My new favorite craft blog is Living Locurto. Amy Locurto is from Dallas, but graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in graphic design. She owns a photography business as well. What it boils down to, she is just plain crafty! And if you like crafts, you can do some major link hopping just from her blog. Not that I did that or anything.

At September's Cooking Club our theme was Tailgating or Football recipes. My friends really stepped up their A game and brought some awesome food. One of the favorites was Corn Dog Muffins. We moms loved them and immediately knew our kids would love them too. (There are recipes to 3 more dishes from cooking club here.)

About a week ago, I started preparing the Corn Dog Muffins. I got everything in the bowl and started mixing it up with the help of my 3-year-old who was sitting on the counter. While she was mixing, I kept smelling banana. I sniffed her and asked what she had gotten in to. She replied, "Nuttin' Momma." I even smelled her breath because I kept smelling banana.

I got the muffins put in the oven and still kept smelling banana. It wasn't until I got the muffins out of the oven and took a bite did I realize what I'd done. I'd accidentally used one box of Jiffy Banana Muffin mix instead of cornbread mix. Oops! Of course my husband and 12-year-old thought it was the funniest thing ever, especially since I was certain that our little one had done something wrong. And in case you are wondering, Corn Dog Banana Muffins are not any good, NOT any good at all! I dumped all of those in the trash and started over and my family did love them.... made the right way.

Corn Dog Muffins

2 packages (8.5 oz. each) cornbread/muffin mix

2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
5 hot dogs or package of little smokies, cut into small pieces (you might want to cook these in the microwave or oven before cutting them.)
Honey to drizzle on the top before you bake them.

In a large bowl, combine cornbread and brown sugar. Combine eggs and milk; stir into dry ingredients until moistened. Stir in the hot dogs/little smokies. (Batter will be thin.)

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Drizzle with honey if you wish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately or refrigerate. You can serve mustard and ketchup to put on the tops.

Are you hungry yet?

~Mrs. Albright

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