Egg Salad Sandwiches 🥪 Yum!

I love hard boiled eggs 🥚❤️ I like to eat them plain with just a sprinkle of salt, but making a sandwich with them is even better! I hard boil my eggs using an egg cooker. So easy! I bought the one below on Amazon, but they also sell them at Target and Walmart. It takes all the guess work out of timing the eggs, and it shuts off and makes a loud buzzing sound when they are done. I can hard boil up to 7 eggs at a time.

For my egg salad recipe you can make this keto if you don’t include the sandwich bread and eat this in a lettuce wrap. I made the bread for my recipe in my bread machine, also super easy. All you do is add the ingredients (liquids, then dry, then yeast) to the bread machine pan and it kneads it for you, rising time and baking time too. The two pictures below show the ingredients I added and the bread after it’s done! The bread is vegan, there is no butter or milk in my basic white bread recipe.

All the ingredients in and ready to be made in the bread machine.
All done! Wow smells so good!
Removed from the bread pan and ready to be sliced up and eaten.

Now onto the egg salad part! After your eggs are hard boiled, let them cool down prior to trying to peel them. I put mine in the fridge for a few hours after cooking. After you peel your eggs, you can cut them up! I like to chop mine into chunks. After that, I put all my other ingredients into a bowl and stir well. I add the eggs in last so they don’t get too mushed in. I refrigerate the egg salad mix for a couple hours before assembling the sandwiches. When we’re ready to eat, I put some Miracle Whip on my sandwich bread along with mustard and top the bread with a couple scoops of the egg salad mix 😋 to top off my sandwich I put sliced tomatoes and pepper. You can use Miracle Whip or regular mayonnaise for your egg salad recipe, whichever you prefer. Since Miracle Whip is sweeter than mayonnaise, you would need to add sugar to your recipe if you use mayo instead. About 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of sugar would need to be added to make it the same sweet flavor. For paprika you will need to use sweet paprika, not smoked or hot paprika.

Chopped up the red onion and green bell pepper.
Added in Miracle Whip, Dijon mustard, paprika, seasoned salt & pepper.
Peeled the hard boiled eggs, ready to be chopped up.
Chopped up the eggs and ready to add to the bowl.
Added eggs to the bowl and stirred up. Now to refrigerate to chill everything.
Served up on our fresh bread with more miracle whip spread on and some mustard too!

Updating Our Master Bathroom – Demo!

One of the larger projects we needed to do in our home was to demo and update our master bathroom. Not only was the color scheme of the bathroom not our “style,” there was also a leak in our shower area that we needed to take care of. We were originally going to wait a bit to tackle this job, but with the leak going on, we knew we needed to get this done ASAP. Check out what it looked like before! ⬇️

We saved our vanity and claw foot tub, I also revamped the vanity!!

I already know what you’re thinking, the black and white checkerboard is the best, right?? 😂 Well maybe for someone playing life-size Chess while they brush their teeth, but not for us. Plus the tile would get really slick when we would shower and we would almost slip and fall. All the time. The tub is amazing though, I always wanted a soaker tub. We definitely needed to keep that!

For the vanity, I wanted to clean it up a bit, sand some areas and put a fresh coat of paint on it, inside and out. I’ll include pictures of the vanity’s upgrade as well ☺️

First things first, we needed to demo the bathroom! We removed the vanity and placed it in our master bedroom. We also removed the claw foot tub and put it in our entry/foyer. The toilet is out on our front porch, just until we are done with the updating! 😂 We don’t want to have to use the toilet and wave to our neighbors driving by.

Let’s get this started! Bye bye black and white tiles!!
My husband has a smile on his face because he is happy to demo this! 😂 we also had help from his friend David.
Elders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also helped us with demo! Left to right is Elder Jackson & Elder Hauser.
Sister missionaries Sister Hall & Sister Lynn (left and right) also did a great job with the demo! Many hands make light work ☺️
Even more demo! I don’t know how Chip Gaines can do this, this is hard work!
Yep, we took it down to the studs!
After even more demo, my husband and David needed to cut down the flooring joists and put new plywood down for the shower area and by the tub. Also new blue board on the walls.

Now on to the waterproofing and tile work! I’ll be doing a separate post for our build back so I don’t overload y’all with pics 😂 Also doing another post about updating our vanity! Can’t wait till this is all finished ✔️

Green Sauce Chicken Enchiladas

To start off the day, I made the green sauce for the enchiladas first and then came back and tackled the assembly of the enchiladas and baking 😋 to get started, I made the green sauce from scratch and I’m totally amazed by the flavor this has. It’s made with poblano peppers so it takes time to make. You need to roast the peppers and remove the outer layer of skin from them prior to making the sauce.

This was my first time roasting poblano peppers, but it’s pretty easy! I used my toaster oven/broiler/air fryer and it was the perfect size to be able to roast two peppers. I cooked everything up on the stove top and then transferred it all to a blender to make it nice and smooth. If you like your green sauce on the chunkier side, you can skip the blending. If you want to make this vegan, you would use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Also instead of sour cream, you can use coconut flour or xantham gum to thicken the sauce. As far as the topping with cheese, you would need to make your own sauce with soaked cashews. I haven’t made this vegan, but I’m sure it would be tasty!

Poblano peppers can be de-seeded so they won’t be as spicy and just add a lot of flavor to the sauce, and of course the green color. If you’re unsure what poblano peppers are, they are normally used for Chile rellenos. Check out my pics below!

Rinsed the peppers and put on foil on top of my baking tray, ready to be roasted!
All roasted, now to rinse and peel.
Rinsed, peeled and de-seeded.
Sautéed onion in olive oil until browned.
Added flour and cooked a few mins more.
Added in chicken broth
Whisked in sour cream
Added in seasonings
Added in chopped up poblanos and stirred.
Poured into blender and blended until smooth.
Blended and smooth!

I made the green sauce earlier in the day and then put it in the fridge. I took it out later on and reheated on my stove top. You can always make this right before assembling your enchiladas, then you don’t have to pop it in the fridge and heat it back up. ☺️

I made our enchiladas with chicken, I cooked it up on the stove. I seasoned it with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. If you want to make this vegetarian, just put cheese and green sauce in each enchilada. You could also sauté up some onions and bell peppers and put them in there too! I put some green sauce on the bottom of the 13×9 and then started rolling up the enchiladas in the sauce.

Let’s start assembling!
In each enchilada, I put a small handful of chicken, shredded cheese and a small scoop of green sauce, then rolled.
Ready to be baked! I made 10 little enchiladas in this 13×9 dish.
Enchiladas, homemade beans & Pico de Gallo. Omg this was a fantastic meal.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup-Middle Eastern Version

My last lentil soup recipe was really good, this one is EVEN better. I know what you’re thinking, how many lentil soup recipes can there be? Do people really eat lentils that much? There are a bunch of lentil soup recipes AND people love lentils, including me ☺️ I am okay with not eating meat for awhile, I could even probably do a vegetarian diet, but my husband loves meat. One dish he likes that is meatless is lentil soup. Funny thing is, he introduced me to lentils and I had never eaten them before. Well now I’m hooked. Lentils are good for you and taste really good too! As long as you cook them following my recipes 😂 or if you have a really good recipe, share it with me!

This is a vegetarian dish but you can make this vegan by subbing the chicken broth with vegetable broth. All of the flavors of the seasonings make this a tasty dish, you don’t even miss the meat! If you want to add more veggies to this, you will just need to add more water. If you want to make this on your stove top, you can definitely do that. You will need a stockpot to make this in or a Dutch oven. It will take longer to make on the stove, you will just need to cover it and let it simmer for about 30 mins or so. I used brown/green lentils for this recipe and they turned out perfectly soft. If you use black lentils, it will cook even faster!

Sautéing up onion and garlic in the instant pot.
Added in diced bell peppers and sweet peppers.
Adding in seasonings, stirring to cook through.
Added in tomato paste.
Added in diced tomatoes with juices.
Added in water with chicken bouillon, diced the bouillon cubes.
Rinsed and drained the lentils then added in. Stirred up and a bay leaf was added!
All done ✔️ smells amazing!
Served up with my garlic flatbread recipe ❤️😋

Planting Fun! 🍋

We have a ton of trees on our property, including Oak, Magnolia, Pecan and kumquat trees. The oak trees we have are Live Oak, Water Oak and another type of oak I can’t quite remember 🤷🏻‍♀️. We have 7 pecan trees too! Besides all the shade we get, we wanted to plant a couple citrus trees and 2 azalea plants (for now). 😂

For our citrus trees, we planted a Sambo Lemon Tree, a Limequat Tree, and a Marsh Grapefruit Tree. The Sambo lemon is also called Sanbokan sweet lemon tree, it’s sweeter than the Meyer lemon. It’s supposed to have lemons that taste like sweet lemonade. The Limequat tree is a cross between the Key lime tree and kumquat tree. It’s going to have sweet and small limes. The Marsh grapefruit tree has grapefruits with white flesh on the outside and few seeds. Also sweeter! 😋

For the azaleas, we started with 2 white plants and are planning to buy about 8 more to complete the border around our back porch. We love the flowers of the azaleas and how they can get pretty full in our planters. Some pics below for our planting adventures! Of course, our toddler helped plant too ❤️ we can’t wait to get some more trees and plants!

After planting the limequat tree
She liked planting ❤️
Me digging the hole for the grapefruit tree
I’m smiling because I love digging!
Newly planted azalea 🌺
Can’t wait to plant more!

Southern Fried Chicken 🍗

I love fried chicken 🐓 Especially when you take a bite and it has this amazing crunch, and a little bit of oil drips down your chin. Mmm, mmm, mmm! Since our move to the South, I’ve wanted to make this and I’m so glad that we did!

A few weeks ago we went to a country buffet in Valdosta called Mama June’s. They had the best fried chicken! I’ve never made fried chicken before (I know, what the heck!) and I wanted to try it out and see if my chicken could compare to theirs. I made a couple tweaks to a recipe I found, and this is the best homemade fried chicken I have ever had. My husband said that to me too! It really matters to me that he loves my cooking, and that all of our friends and family that come over love my cooking too. If there’s one thing I want to be great at, it’s making a delicious meal.

I hope you enjoy all the pics and steps, and the recipe too! Let me know if you make it 😋 I used our deep electric skillet to heat up the oil and cook the chicken and it was perfect. If you have a deep electric skillet, it’s the best because you can control the temp on it with the dial rather than having to guess with your stovetop. Or if you have a deep fryer, even better!

Spice mix
Spice mix mixed with buttermilk mix
The buttermilk mix I use, it’s a dry mix that you combine with water.
Placed thighs into gallon size bag
Poured in the spice and buttermilk mix, ready to brine for at least 4 hours.
Whisked together remaining spice mix with flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. This will be for coating the chicken.
Coated chicken and placed into deep electric skillet with shortening heated to 400 degrees F.
Flipped the chicken over and then cooked for an additional 4 mins. Mine was a little crispy, but still tastes amazing. Next time I will do it for about 1 min less on the first side so it won’t get too crispy.
Baked in the oven for an additional 5 mins then served up with mashed potatoes and a side salad 😋

Greek Sausage Pitas 🥙

I love Greek food 🇬🇷 after all, I’m 1/2 Greek! To get our Greek food fix in, I wanted to make a simple meal. Now with this recipe, you can be Greek too!

I imagine I’m on the island of Santorini when I eat Greek food 😋

I’ve made Greek meatballs before using ground lamb and ground beef, but this time I wanted to use ground sausage. Instead of meatballs, I browned up the sausage with the same ingredients I use for my meatballs and everything tasted delicious. For this recipe, you can use ground beef, ground lamb, ground turkey or ground sausage. For our vegetarian friends, you can make this with just veggies if you like! I like veggie pitas too 😋

For our recipe I also sautéed and put veggies on top of the sausage. When you are sautéing your veggies, make sure to season them with salt and pepper. If you are making this recipe without meat, you can use the same seasonings I use for my meat to season up your veggies. I chopped up red onion and red bell pepper, but you can also use green or orange bell pepper. You can also cook up some zucchini or yellow squash, they just take longer to cook in a pan on the stove.

For the Greek seasoning I use, the brand I buy is called Cavender’s. Here’s their website! https://greekseasoning.com/

I top our sausage pitas with homemade tzatziki sauce, the sautéed veggies, some cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. As a side, I make my famous Turmeric Yellow Rice. I’ll include recipes for the tzatziki sauce, sausage pitas and yellow rice below. I made the tzatziki sauce first, then put it in the fridge while I cooked everything. The sauce is made with cucumber and either plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Browning the sausage and added in all the spices, yum!
In a separate pan, sautéing chopped red onion and red bell pepper.
Looking yummy 😋
Nice and crumbly and browned up.
Made my Turmeric Yellow Rice to go with this dish
Greek sausage pitas topped with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and yellow rice on the side.

Here is my tzatziki sauce recipe with the pics below! Yellow rice recipe will be below that. I make my yellow rice in our rice cooker.

For tzatziki sauce: cut your cucumber in half, then scrape out the seeds. Finely grate the cucumber and put into a small colander to get the liquid out.
Squeeze the liquid from the cucumber through a colander. The liquid needs to be mostly removed to make the sauce a good consistency. Add salt to the top of the cucumber to draw more moisture out if needed. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp minced garlic, juice of 1/2 of a lemon, salt and pepper to taste.
Mix in either 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt or 1 cup of sour cream.
Add cucumber back into bowl and mix thoroughly. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Perfect amount of flavor, I also do not use dill in my recipe.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

I love my Instant Pot 😍 cooks up everything so fast! Instead of using our oven to make this pork tenderloin, we use our instant pot and it makes it in under 30 mins. For my recipe, I use a marinated pork tenderloin, but you can also buy a non-marinated tenderloin and make your own dry rub. I’ll include the dry rub ingredients so you can do that if you like!

For a dry rub mix first put about 1 tsp of olive oil on each piece (you need to cut the tenderloin in half so it will fit in the instant pot and cook through). Mix in a small bowl : 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and a dash of pepper. Rub onto each piece.

This recipe is keto friendly except for the brown sugar I sprinkle on top of the pork while it’s cooking. You can always leave out the sugar, but it adds a really good flavor to the pork. The juices in the pot are then made into a yummy gravy, which goes great with my crockpot mashed potatoes!

The tenderloin I am using for this recipe, a little over 1.5 lbs. Take out of the fridge for about 20 mins prior to cooking.
Each side is browned in the instant pot on sauté mode. Brown sugar sprinkled on top with a brown sugar and bourbon spice mix.
The best brown sugar and bourbon mix!
Sprinkled brown sugar bourbon spice on top of the brown sugar on top of the tenderloin.
Placed back in the pot with chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Pressure cooked on High for 3 mins, pressure released naturally for 15 mins.
Rested in the foil, ready to slice up!

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

I have been wanting to make my crockpot mashed potatoes, been having a hankering for these 😋 I also wanted to make a smaller batch so it’d be a perfect side dish for dinner and some leftovers. This batch makes about 4 servings of my crockpot mashed taters.

I love making these in my crockpot so I don’t have to use a burner on my stove. Also, I don’t have to worry about boiling water! The potatoes cook away while I do other stuff around the house, like chase after our wild toddler 😂 taking all these pics and making the blog post is no easy feat!

Making this is really easy too! If you really want to change how I make this to make it cater to your specific diet, I have some tweaks listed next. For substitutions, you can definitely make this vegan. Instead of using chicken bouillon cubes, you can use vegetable broth. For the butter, you can use coconut oil! For the creamy part of this, you can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, vegan sour cream, or make your own version of vegan sour cream using soaked cashews. For the cashew version of sour cream, you would need to soak your cashews then blending with lemon juice, vinegar and sea salt. Sorry to my friends who are on keto, this is definitely not keto-friendly. This mama loves her carbs too much 😂

Peel, wash & cut potatoes into 1” cubes
Add potatoes and cubed butter to crockpot.
Chicken bouillon and water added to crockpot.
Cooked on high for 4 hours, then I drained the liquid and used my electric mixer to mash the potatoes.
Added in sour cream and cream cheese and mixed.
All mashed! If you like yours thicker, just drain more liquid off before using your mixer.

Creamy Cajun Pasta (this is 🌶!)

We wanted to spice up our regular pasta routine with a Cajun kick, this was delicious! If you like Cajun food and pasta, this is a great mix. You can also adjust the level of spice which is great for our friends who aren’t fans of the heat but love the flavor.

In order to make this less hot and spicy, you will need to substitute the hot paprika for sweet paprika. You will also need to either reduce the cayenne pepper you use of just leave it out altogether. If you like it spicy, leave it the way I have it! There is a good kick! 🌶

Mix together seasonings for Cajun coating.
Coat chicken with seasonings in a bowl or on chicken in the skillet while it’s cooking.
Brown chicken for a couple mins each side, remove from skillet.
Add more olive oil and diced onion and bell pepper to skillet.
Cook until translucent.
Add canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
Stir it up!
Add cubed cream cheese, stir and melt it down.
Add milk and chicken back in, stir and simmer for 10 mins covered
Serve on top of cooked penne pasta, garnish with cheese!