Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Recipe Corner: Sweet Potato Bread with Marshmallow Glaze

Thanksgiving is upon us. This time of year always brings precious memories of holiday traditions. This recipe brings to mind a beloved holiday dinner tradition I carry on as a grown up in my home: sweet potatoes with cinnamon, pecans and marshmallow goodness. One of the ways I also change up the traditional sweet potatoes dish on our holiday dinner table is this sweet potato bread with a marshmallow glaze.  This makes a fun dessert alternative to the traditional pumpkin flavor. It is also a favorite way I make use of leftover sweet potatoest. It is perfect for a breakfast bread or a fun holiday snack. 

What favorite holiday traditions do you enjoy? 

"Southern Fried Bride's Sweet Potato Bread with Marshmallow Glaze"

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
1/4 cup nonfat or 2% milk
1 cup sweet potatoes, mashed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9 x 5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. In separate bowl, combine  egg, milk and applesauce. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture in thirds until all of dry mix has been added. Stir in mashed sweet potatoes. Spoon batter into loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Glaze, if desired, with marshmallow glaze. Enjoy! 

"Southern Fried Bride's Marshmallow Glaze"

4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
1/2 tsp. Rodelle pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar

In mixing bowl, add cream cheese, marshmallow creme, vanilla and powdered sugar and mix on medium speed until mixture has a glaze consistency. Add powdered sugar and mix until well-combined. Pour glaze over sweet potato bread and garnish, if desired with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons chopped pecans. Slice and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Reflections and All-American No-Bake Apple Pie

One of my heroes in every sense of the word, my maternal grandfather, A.D. Woodard who served in the Army during WWII in Europe. 1927-1984 

“All American No-Bake Apple Pie”

 5 medium apples, peeled and sliced
 2 cups water
 1 package (4-serving size) sugar-free JELL-O lemon gelatin
 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon brown sugar
 1 package (4-serving size) sugar-free JELL-O cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
 1 (8 inch) Keebler reduced-fat graham cracker pie crust
 Optional: 1 cup Cool-Whip Sugar Free whipped topping

In large saucepan, combine sliced apples, 1 1/2 cups water, gelatin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until apples are tender. Combine dry pudding mix and remaining ¼ cup water. Stir into apple mixture. Cook for 2 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Pour into crust. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Garnish, if desired, with a dollop of whipped topping before serving. Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Southern Living's Christmas All Through the South: Review and Giveaway

The sweetest memories fill my mind of my maternal grandmother, Grandma Cleva and her collection of Southern Living books she would bring out throughout the year, but none so often as when she would display the Christmas books. Even as a young child, I thought Southern Living books were a cut above any other holiday publication that came across my young hands. I am now approaching my 40th Christmas, preceded a few days by my milestone birthday and that treasured stack of Grandma Cleva's Southern Living books now graces the bookshelf in my home. I open up the pages of the books, now each a beloved heirloom, to see the timeless holiday wonder I was drawn to as a child.  

When I received a copy of Southern Living's new holiday publication "Christmas All Through The South", one look at the beautiful cover and I smiled so brightly on the outside AND the inside. This book already has been given a place of honor on our living room coffee table for guests to peruse this season and my enjoyment. It is over 400 pages of Southern holiday splendor in an heirloom-quality hardcover book.    

There are countless recipes I have added to my collection that come to life on the colorful pages of the book. Today, we picked out our Christmas tree and this year, we had a new tradition for our dinner meal with the menu that graces the "Hearty Picnic in the Pines" pages with Rosemary Scented Cold Cider, Skillet Fried Chicken, and a Caramel Drop-Banana Bread Trifle.  

I was delighted by the recipes to create an array of festive pancakes for a one-of-a-kind Christmas Morning brunch, including Red Velvet Pancakes and Hummingbird Pancakes and this is going to be a fun new tradition in our household. 

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I'm a cake girl, and the collection of holiday cake recipes in this book absolutely amazed me. There is going to be a captivating cake parade at my house this season thanks to these recipes, including one for the renowned white cake.

The book is a showcase for Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions through pictures and words that weave holiday visions past and present. This year, it is welcomed as an heirloom I will one day pass down to the next generation.   

Here's some joyful holiday news just for YOU: one of you will win your own copy of this beautiful keepsake book, valued at $40.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below and tell me if you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s been passed on to you from a family member or friend.  

Details:  This giveaway closes on Sunday, November 9, at 8:00 pm EST.  Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of Southern Living Christmas All Through The South for the purpose of my honest review. This giveaway was provided by YC Media.  All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recipe Corner: "Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake"

  1. It is our first autumn here in New York's Hudson Valley and what a gorgeous one it is! This crumb cake made with fall's bounty of NY apples is my newest creation and has The Southern Fried Husband's official seal of approval.
  3. "Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake"

  4. cake:
  5. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 cup milk
  12. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  13. 1/4 cup oil
  14. 1 large egg
  15. 2 medium apples, washed, peeled, cored grated
  16. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  17.  crumb topping:
  18. 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  19. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  20. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  21. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  22. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 
 Drizzle Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8" round springform pan with cooking spray and dusting of flour. Grate apples into small bowl and sprinkle cinnamon over apples. Set aside. Prepare crumb topping in medium bowl by whisking together sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour. Add melted butter and fluff with fork until mixtures creates crumbs. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In separate mixing bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla, oil and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture and stir mix slightly. Pour the cake batter into pan. Place grated apple mixture over the batter. Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool completely in the pan. If desired, prepare drizzle icing by stirring  powdered sugar and milk together in small bowl and drizzle over cake. Transfer cake onto a serving plate or stand. Slice and enjoy!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" movie documentary and soundtrack giveaway

I was incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to watch Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" movie documentary before it opens in movie theaters. I have been a fan of his since I was a young child as were the family members in my household growing up.  I have a list of my all-time favorite songs and at the top of that list is Glen's beloved hit "Galveston". One of the greatest concerts I have ever attended was when my husband, who was then my boyfriend, took me to see Andy Williams and Glen Campbell in concert together at Andy's Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO.

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he would joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on what they thought was going to be a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show national tour.  

I lost a great-uncle to Alzheimer's Disease and the disease is near and dear to my heart. I remember my sadness when I first heard a news report about Glen's diagnosis. If you have had or currently have a family member or loved one suffering from this disease, the news of someone else's diagnosis seems to strike a raw chord inside of you. It's important to embrace the "hope" side of the disease, which is exactly what Glen and his family are doing. 

This movie documentary is an epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. It tells the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features a star-packed lineup of those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Steve Martin. I love the rare vintage footage shared as well as extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

To learn more about this inspiring film, you can visit the website here and watch a preview clip here.
Giveaway: One of you will win the film's 5 song soundtrack.  To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you have a favorite Glen Campbell song or memory from a concert or TV performance. Giveaway closes Thursday, October 23 at noon EST and winner announced immediately. 
Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Disney's "Frozen:The Songs" Music Review and Giveaway

I have grown up with Disney movies and music. I was so excited when Walt Disney Music gave me the opportunity to review their new CD "Frozen: The Songs" from the hit movie. This CD was just released on September 30.

The CD includes the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, "Let It Go", which I found inspiring as a grown up. The fun songs so perfectly match the wonder-filled movie.  I experienced such heartwarming emotions throughout the sweet song, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

The CD includes this fun "Frozen" foldout poster.

Not one, but two of you are going to win this CD. To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you or someone you love has a favorite song from this movie. Giveaway closes tonight at 10:30 pm EST. 

Disclaimer: I received this soundtrack from Walt Disney Records, as well as two soundtracks to give away to two of my readers,  in exchange for my honest feedback. This post was sponsored by #disneymusic and #enmnetwork, If it come to this blogger's attention that the winner of my giveaway has won on a additional blog, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review and Giveaway

I'm always looking for snacks that have these three things in common: tasty, healthy and fun. 
I was excited to receive this box of Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps to try from Harvest Snaps:

I love the fact they are baked, a non-GMO product and a gluten-free snack offering. They are baked and I enjoyed each of the six flavors. They made a great post-workout snack, a fun and crunchy salad topping as well as a great side to a lunch sandwich.

I love that the flavors are not your usual flavor choices. My favorite Tomato Basil. My husband's favorite is the Caesar flavor. 

Wasabi Ranch


Onion Thyme

Tomato Basil

Black Pepper

Lightly Salted

To see lots of fun ideas on using these tasty snacks with your meal time, you can find "Lunchspiration" by clicking below:

You can also visit the website for Harvest Snaps

Here's a fun flash giveaway:

One of you will win a Harvest Snacks snack box. To enter, leave a comment below letting me know which flavor you would most like to try. Giveaway closes tonight at 11:59 pm.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.