Deviled Eggs


I recently read an article in a magazine that said no covered dish party is complete in the south…..without deviled eggs.  That could not be more true!  Whether it be a family get together, Easter, or football tailgates, deviled eggs always made an appearance.   Both of my grandmothers both made delicious deviled eggs.  My maternal grandmother made them with mayo and pickles and my paternal grandmother made them with pickles and pickle juice.  My mom and I (unfortunately) couldn’t put our hands on either of their recipes (they more than likely just made it up in their heads), so I decided to try out a this deviled egg recipe from southern living.

I think the hardest part of making them in my opinion is hard boiling the eggs.  Its always a little discouraging when you think you’ve cooked your eggs perfectly and you slice them open and they are either way over cooked with a green line around the yolk or way under cooked.  While flipping through southern living I found this gem of an article explaining the perfect way to hard boil an egg.  The perfect article to find around Easter!

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(No that is not my icing covered fingers to the right….it is the opposite side of the magazine 🙂 )

What you’ll need for the deviled Eggs:

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Recipe

6 large eggs

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

1 teaspoon prepared mustard (yes, all I had was spicy…so I didn’t use as much, but with the sweet relish it tasted good!)

salt and pepper to taste

-First place your 6 eggs into a saucepan.  Add water until the eggs are completely covered.  Place on the stove and bring to a slow simmer.

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Once the water has come to a very slow simmer (if they simmer too much they can crack) set your timer for 10 minutes.  Keep the water going a consistent simmer until the 10 minutes are up.  Drain and run cool water over the eggs until they are cool to touch.  Crack the eggs and start peeling.  Once they are peeled slice length-way.

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I was pretty happy with how my eggs turned out.  They were maybe slightly under cooked in the center….but overall I was happy with the finished product!

After all of the eggs have been halved, removed the yolks and place in a bowl.  With a fork mash the yolk, mayonnaise, mustard, sweet relish, salt and pepper together.  Spoon the yolk mixture back into the egg whites.   Garnish with paprika.

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Happy Easter everyone!

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Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs = Heaven!


Easter was always a special time of year for our family which entailed going to church, having some type of Easter lunch, Easter egg dying and hunts, and of course coordinating Easter dresses.  If you remember from our Christmas blog posts, our mother never had a shortage of matching or coordinating outfits for Ryanne and I.  Looking through some of our old family pictures last weekend I found a few and unfortunately they don’t convey the talent my mom had at sewing and hand smocking such cute dresses.  Here are a few specimens:

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A-List celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Jessica Biel obviously were inspired by our bangs.

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“We’ve trained all year for this day, leave no egg behind Ryanne!!” – Megan (I didn’t really say that)

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Displaying our goods, another Easter Egg Hunt down.  Now time to get a sugar high in celebration of a good egg-hunting season!

And for the recipe…

Our most FAVORITE Easter treat was not a Peep, or a Cadbury Creme Egg, or even a whole chocolate Easter Bunny, no it was DaGa’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs!!!!!!!  We anxiously awaited each year as DaGa put the finishing touches on the delicious treat.  It was a recipe she’d also teach her high school home-economics students to make.  I would eat little pieces of mine so it would last for as long as possible, which for a little kid is WILLPOWER!  Yes, DaGa’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs were that good.

Before our half-marathon last weekend, Ryanne and I made our first attempt at making them on our own.  While they might not be as perfect or big, or pretty as DaGa’s were, I think she might be proud, and honestly my stomach doesn’t care what it looked like 🙂  If you like Reese Peanut Butter Eggs, these are EVEN BETTER!

DaGa’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs:

Print recipe here!

2 sticks margarine

1 cup creamy peanut butter

4 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 cups dipping chocolate (or 1 bag chocolate chips and 3 tbsp. Crisco like we did)

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How to Make ’em:

First, cream the two sticks of butter with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Add in the cup of peanut butter and the confectioner’s sugar (a little at a time).  Mix until fully incorporated.

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It should look like this yummy goodness when you’re done mixing!

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Then mold the peanut butter mixture into an egg shape as shown by Ryanne. We used about a handful of mix.

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Then put them on parchment or wax paper and put in the refrigerator for at least one hour to harden.

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Once the eggs are hard, melt your dipping chocolate or as we used chocolate chips and crisco in a bowl in the microwave.  Make sure it’s not lumpy or too thick, if it is add more Crisco (yes, Crisco is shortening.)

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Then I stuck a wooden skewer in the top of the egg and dipped it in the chocolate.  You might need to spoon the chocolate over the top.  Once you place the chocolate-dipped egg back on the parchment paper, cover up the hole with more chocolate after you remove the skewer.

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Once you’ve coated all of the eggs in chocolate, put them back in the refrigerator for about an hour.

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Decorate them with icing if you’d like.  DaGa always wrote our names on each egg and decorated them with flowers.  Enjoy!  Store in the refrigerator or in the freezer.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Well even if you aren’t Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is fun to celebrate.  Our way of celebrating this year was running the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach 1/2 Marathon today with our dad.  This is the first race that we have all run together, so it was lots of fun!  The weather was perfect, and despite waking up at 4:30 am for the 6:40 am start time, we had a blast!  We wore St. Patrick’s themed tutus (or as we later decided they looked more like Tinker Bell skirts) and got several compliments on them from bystanders.

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We were very happy with our times, Ryanne and I both set Personal Records and came in the top 10% for the women!  Our dad left us in the dust and ended up getting 3rd place in his age group!

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The best thing about the end of the race was that they had Natty Greene’s beer at the finish line and our medals also served as beer bottle openers 🙂

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Our husbands and mom also came to watch to watch and brought our dogs.  Arlie was prepared! And just in case you ever find yourself in need of a DIY St. Patrick’s tutu…

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I just hot glued tulle and glittery ribbon to another ribbon.  I got all of the materials at A.C. Moore.  Have a great week!

Starfish Mirror


Hello Friends,

Sorry I have been MIA, but I have been busy working, training for the Quintiles half marathon in Wilmington, and house hunting!

I did make some time to work on a DIY mirror project.  I saw a picture of this mirror on the lovely pinterest.  I thought this would be the perfect project for this gorgeous, old, wooden mirror I acquired from my paternal grandparents.  Another added bonus was that I have TONS of starfish leftover from our wedding.

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I was deciding whether to paint the mirror white or a light blue.  I decided to stick with white since most of the mirror would be covered in starfish.  Since the mirror was made of a finished wood I had to sand, prime, and paint it.  This is a great guide to re-finishing any wooden furniture.  Here is what you’ll need:

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1. Sheet sand paper (100-medium coarse)

2. Extra fine sanding sponge

3. Primer

4. Paint brushes

5. Glossy latex paint

6. Painters tape

First take your medium sheet sandpaper and start sanding.  If you are re-finishing any other piece of furniture larger than this mirror–I HIGHLY suggest investing in an electric sander.  My hand started cramping QUICKLY.  Sand the piece of furniture until the finish on the wood is removed.

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The creases were not easy to sand!  Once you are finished sanding most of the finish off take your extra fine sander to smooth out the wood.  Once you are finished sanding make sure you wipe down or vacuum your piece of furniture.  Do not use a wet rag because you want to keep the furniture dry.  Line the mirror area with painters tape.

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I decided to prop my mirror on some of LJ’s Raven’s koozies to make it easier to paint on the sides!

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Next you want to apply a coat of primer.

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Once this has completely dried apply the latex gloss.  I ended up doing two coats.

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Once the mirror has dried you can remove the tape.  I have been playing around with how I am going to arrange the starfish.  I need a couple more, so I am getting the rest of them when I go down to Wilmington for the race this weekend.  I will post the finished product when I’m done 🙂

What fun DIY projects have you been working on???  Have a great weekend!!

The “Thank You” or “I’m Sorry” or “Congrats” Dish!


Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been busy training for my upcoming half marathon that Ryanne andI are running with my dad… as well as working, having visitors make their way down South, and socializing a lot with friends!  I’ve been meaning to do a post for quite a while now on a chicken dish that I like to make.  Our family friend made it for us back when I was younger although  I can’t quite remember why.  Either way it has turned into our family’s go to dish to say “Thank you” to someone, a dish to take when a family member is sick, or in this case I made it when my friend had her baby.  I also read somewhere recently where you can get “Southern Charm” points by returning a dish someone brought to your house (for a pot luck and maybe forgot it) with something in it!  You can make it ahead and let the recipient bake it on their own or go ahead and bake it for them.  We like to serve it over top of wild rice and it would be especially good with broccoli on the side!  Without further ado, here’s Lucy’s Baked Chicken Dish:

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6 boneless chicken breast

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/3 c white wine

1/4 c melted butter

1 c pepperidge farm stuffing

6 slices swiss cheese

Directions:

Place chicken in baking dish,
Top with cheese slices,
Mix together soup and wine,
Pour over chicken,
Stir the stuffing mix into butter and spread over soup mixture,
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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As you can see above, the wild rice is on the side.  You can just pack it all up, buy a make your own salad bag from the grocery store and there you go, you’ll look like a hero! Enjoy!