Monday, November 30, 2015's the Hillbilly Debutante Cafe!

That's right - coming to you LIVE in January of 2016:
"The Hillbilly Debutante Café"
I have (terrifyingly) decided to make use of the You Tube channel I've had the past 5 years and (try to) produce a show.
And y'all.
It's going to be sssoooo amateurish.
I suck at editing.
Actually, I suck at anything technological so this is so scary. We're just going to have fun with it - no editing, no script - no inhibitions.
What's the worst that can happen? That it not be perfect?
The way I figure it is there's enough perfect. The Paula Deen's, and Sandra Lee's that make you feel inadequate in the kitchen. The Ree Drummond's that make you feel like crap because YOU don't have the energy to cook perfect meals that are nutritious and beautiful, write/edit your own blog, write a cookbook ALL while home-schooling your perfect children.
You have enough Holly Holden's, Martha Stewart's and *Carolyne Roehm's  who have perfect beautiful homes THEY designed as well as
designed and implemented their own land-scape in their gardens.
 I figure we have ENOUGH perfect shows hosted by perfect people with perfect looks and perfect skills that make all of us feel less than...perfect. 
So, if you're tired of perfect, and you wanna hang out with someone who even though she does her best is more than likely gonna screw it up, but laugh about it - or cry (because who hasn't felt like doing that) then I'm your girl.
If you're the person that would rather wear funky, Bohemian Cowgirl fashion found in out of the way boutiques and not main stream chain stores, then I'm your girl.
And if you're the person that would rather decorate your house with flea market, thrift store and junk store finds, then I'm your girl.
Yes,I'm scared.
 I may make a fool of myself,  but I'm still going to try it.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
And I'm nothing if not adventurous.
Til next time,
*I actually know and adore Carolyne and she is FABULOUS. All of these ladies are fabulous, but unfortunately we don't all have the wonderful talents they have. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the same pursuits.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

You wanna be the Homecoming Queen of ALL this season's Holiday parties?

Then, run - do not walk - to nearest Kroger and pick up the following ingredients:
1 8oz pkg Cornbread Mix (Mexican flavor is best)
1 4 oz Can Chopped Green Chiles
1 oz pkg Ranch Dressing Mix
1 oz Sour Cream
1 c Mayonnaise (Duke's!)
2 15 oz Cans Pinto Beans (drained)
1 c Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
2 15 1/2 Cans Whole Kernel Corn (drained)
3 Large Tomatoes (diced)
10 Slices Bacon (cooked/crumbled)
2 c Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
1 c Green Onions (sliced, using both white and green parts)
 You MUST use Duke's mayonnaise. Hellman's nor any other brand will do. Yes, there IS a difference. Duke's is saltier and tangier and enhances every dish that calls for mayo.
That settles it. Now on to preparation.
Organize your ingredients.
Yes, your countertop will resemblance a lunch buffet
Prepare your cornbread according to package directions and add the chilies to the batter. (I prefer muffins because it's just easier to handle).
While the cornbread is cooking, combine dressing mix, sour cream and mayonnaise. Blend well and set aside.
In a large salad bowl, crumble half of the cornbread into bottom of the bowl.

Top with half the beans. Then, layer in this order:
Half of sour cream mixture
Bell Peppers
Crumbled Bacon
Cheddar Cheese
Onion Greens
Repeat layers starting with rest of cornbread
Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for no less than 8 hours) so flavors can develop and harden.
Then voila!  

It's called Chile Cornbread Salad, but I hate calling it a 'salad' because it's really more of a side dish. Actually, Mr. T likes it as a whole meal.
Whatever you wanna call it your guests will love this and will be wanting the recipe!
From my kitchen to yours -
Happy eatin', y'all.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Miranda Lambert's Pink Pistol Boutique

I felt bad for Miranda Lambert on the CMA's Wednesday night. She just didn't seem herself.
It was love at first sight when I first saw this girl on 'Nashville Star'. She reminds me so much of myself when I was in high school, and honestly? I like her much better in t-shirt, jeans and stringy hair than I do when they have her all glammed up...but I digress (which I often do).
Anyway, Saturday mornin', bright and early (about noon), I hopped in my little red wagon my red pickup truck, hit the wide, open Texas road aaaannndd...
about an 1 and 1/2 later I was in Miranda's hometown of Lindale, Texas.
As you can tell by the huge billboard, they are pretty dog-gone proud of their hometown girl.
The reason for this trip? To shop at Miranda's Pink Pistol Boutique. It's right smack dab in the middle of downtown on Hubbard Street. 101 Hubbard, to be exact.


Okay, you KNOW I was major-league crushing on this truck door. I might have tried to bargain, beg or steal this (totally joking), but if you'll remember the vintage Ford door from last year that almost broke up my 30-sum-odd year marriage I figured jail wouldn't be worth it. I settled for this picture instead.
And I opened the door....I heard the Hallelujah choir

I liked ta died!!!!
I have wanted to visit this place for years!

Handsome young Adam greeted every one as they came through the door. And will you look at all those boots??
Here's the wine bar - the first two samples are free, but nope. I didn't try any. Maybe next time.

Of course, Miranda's BFF's the Junk Gypsies
( had their new paint line fully displayed.
You know I didn't walk away empty-handed.

Texas ring!

And my very own pistol (necklace) - although it's not pink.
Adam says Miranda is there quite often, so maybe next time she'll be visiting. And there will be a next time.
I saw a lot of things I liked and no further than it is from me, you know I'll be trippin' there a lot.
Til Next Time,