I love sandwiches. Lunch around here almost always consists of a sandwich in one shape or fashion. There are just so many possibilities, so many variations, so many tasty combinations to try and it takes little prep time.

I always base my sandwich combination off of the type of bread. I love a really nice bread that will not get soggy and fall apart or worse, stick to the roof of my mouth. I want a delicious sturdy bread. Most of my sandwiches are made from fresh rolls from the deli.

For your next sandwich, why not try focaccia?  Bake for about 5 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees to heat the bread and add a slight crustiness, then slice in the middle. For this sandwich, I did basic toppings and dressing. I slathered the bottom bread in mayo, topped with slice turkey, layered salami, pepperoni, canadian bacon, fresh spinach, tomato and crumbled feta cheese. I also sprinkled a nice olive oil and vinegar mixture that I made by infusing italian seasoning in the bottle. Of course, I also added hot peppers because I love spicey!

What is your favorite sandwich combination?

I traveled to Chicago last week and as always it was a food addict's paradise.

I had the honor and my stomach had the priviledge of dining on a traditional African dish: Pepper Soup.

Oh. My. Word.

It is not the easiest or most appealing thing to photograph but trust me. It. Is. GOOD.

Aint nothing like this soup. It kinda reminds me of the story, Stone Soup. A little bit of everything is put in this but the crushed eggplant, okra and tons of seafood make this dish spectacular.

Crab. Chicken. Roasted turkey. Fish. Neckbones. Snails. Mussels. Shrimp. Steak.  It is like a meat heaven.

Add in some fufu and yes!

I will be recreating this dish soon. I only hope I can find snail meat locally. Here's to hoping the Asian Food Market has something for me. The snails is my favorite part.

I am of course, always last minute.

I did not decide on a cake until last night and that meant my friends scrambled to the store to pick me up chocolate bunnies and cake mix. I ended up venturing into the front yard pulling up various flowers while looking like a maniac in my skull cap. I am sure the neighbor's kids were traumatized by my appearance. But those flowers coupled with the ones I picked up from the store were perfect for a simple Easter table.

Nothing fancy here, just a cool table that cost me all of $15. We had a great dinner my mom made and the kids enjoyed their egg hunt. Each prepared an Easter lesson for us for the REAL reason for the day.

While scanning pinterest for Easter ideas I ran across this super cute idea. I have always wanted to make cupcakes in flower pots and found some fabulous silicon baking pots at WalMart. I knew it was meant to be for me to make these. Super easy, although messy to make, they are so cute!

I found this idea over at Frog Prince Paperie.

You need:
Cake mix (mixed as directed)
Large Marshmallows
Melting Chips (I used yellow and mixed with a few drops of red food coloring)
Edible grass (Or make your own using green soft candies you make into strings)
Chocolate cookies (finely crushed)
Chocolate Frosting
Orange Sugar Crystals

Melt your chips and add food coloring to make orange if you have yellow.  Quickly coat the marshmallows in the melted coating, then dip the top into orange sugar crystals. I used a chopstick to stick the marshmallows on and then swirled into the coating. Place on wax paper to set.

Cut a slit into the top of the marshmallows once they have dried. Using a chopstick, I pushed the 'leaves' into the top of  each 'carrot'.

Frost your cupcakes and then top with the crushed cookies. Then firmly place a 'carrot' into the center.

I must say, I have some AMAZING pals overseas. Born and raised in the UK, they have a wicked sense of humor and I absolutely LOVE them. 

This recipe coming up.

I love fried green tomatoes. I love sandwiches, especially those sandwiches that feature bacon. and turkey. and fried green tomatoes.

This is not a recipe, sometimes I just like sharing ideas. Like this idea for a fried green tomato turkey blt. Yes. I know. It is not a true blt because I added turkey, but oh my word, pair this with a bit of honey mustard and it is so good.

You can find my recipe for fried green tomatoes here. If you ever should happen upon some at your grocery, give them a try. The green tomatoes have a tart flavor and when fried, they are fabulous.

To make this sandwich, fry your green tomatoes following the steps in this recipe, add your lettuce, turkey and bacon. Top with a bit of honey mustard for a little added sweet tartness.

Here in the South, at least in Mississippi, there is not a place you can go to for a quick lunch that does not offer 'beef tips and gravy'.  Usually served with rice, sometimes it is sided with mashed potatoes. It is one of those dishes that working men love because hey, it's meat and potatoes and it is very filling.

It is a simple meal...no frou-frou ingredients...just meat, gravy and some onions/bell peppers. Season it just right, and this simple, traditional meal is so good.

My family loves it, but then again, we love mostly anything that comes paired with gravy. We are gravy addicts....at least I am and being that mama is, the kids happen to be too.

This meal is perfect after a long day's work or on a cool night.  I served mine with honey roasted carrots with bacon, but any green side will do just fine or a nice simple side salad.

You will need

Beef stew meat ( I used a large family pack for my family of 5)
1/2 large onion (sliced)
1/2 green bell pepper (sliced)
3 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
1 tbsp pepper
3 tsp salt

(you can add more salt and pepper to taste. I like my food nicely seasoned, so sometimes I use a bit more. Don't be afraid to taste and add more if you need to)

In large pot of water, bring meat to a boil. Add in a tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and meat. reduce to medium heat and cook for about 40 minutes to an hour. This helps tenderize the meat.

Drain water and place meat in a skillet with onions and peppers. Add in your Worchestershire sauce  and seasoning. Stir well. Cook on medium heat until peppers and onions are softened.

Brown Gravy
1/4 cup unsalted butter or vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups water
4 teaspoons beef bouillon cubes (crushed)

In skillet, add in your butter or oil, cook on high heat. Once it starts to heat up, immediately add your flour, sprinkling around the entire skillet.  Stir quickly and consistently. The flour will start to brown.  Add in your water (still stirring so it does not burn)  and once it starts to bubble, reduce heat to low.  Add in your crushed bouillon cubes and stir until dissolved. Add in your salt and pepper, stir again until smooth and turn off heat.

Pour your gravy over your beef and stir. Serve hot.

*You can also add in sliced onion before you add the flour...cook them for a minute or so in the hot oil and then follow the rest of the steps. 
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