Orange Creamsicle Mimosa

Who’s ready for Easter Brunch? We definitely are. Here a simple mimosa recipe to go along with your Easter Brunch. Enjoy!!

~XOXO

Orange Creamsicle Mimosa

Orange Juice

Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka

Champagne

*For this recipe, I used store bought Orange Juice, Taaka Whipped Cream Vodka, and Andre Champagne

Brunch at Katie’s

There’s a neighborhood restaurant in Mid-City New Orleans that is serving up great Brunch eats. Katie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in the Mid-City community since 1984. When you walk into Katie’s, you are greeted with the best southern hospitality. The menu is filled with mouth watering options that will have you thinking about your comeback visit to try them. Drinks were flowing as they should on a beautiful Sunday. The staff’s goodbye greeting, “Thanks Y’all”, gave a wonderful feeling of gratitude and unity. It was such a pleasure seeing people from all walks of life having fellowship, the best Mimosas ever, and Brunch. If you are in New Orleans or plan to visit, give Katie’s Restaurant & Bar a try.

~XOXO

Seafood Omelet | shrimp, crawfish, lump crab, mozzarella, green onion

with Andouille Cheese Grits $16

Breakfast Pizza $15

Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

3701 Iberville Street

New Orleans, LA 70119

Brunch: Every Sunday 9am to 3pm

A Krewe Brunch

The last Sunday Brunch of 2018 was in NOLA and had to be the greatest in my book. I had the honor of spending it with my fellow members from the Krewe of Nefertiti. The Brunch setting was placed at Jack Rose Restaurant on the famed St. Charles Ave. Everything from the food, champagne, to the decor was breathtaking. We had such a great time in fellowship and the music kept the fun and laughter going. If you are in New Orleans or plan to visit, please give Sunday Brunch at Jack Rose Restaurant a try.

Shrimp and Grits

Krewe of Nefertiti: Group Photo Credit -Dana Perry

A special thanks to Dana Perry for being a gracious host. -XOXO

The Krewe Of Nefertiti is an all female social aid and pleasure club geared towards helping those in need through community service and fundraising. For more information, please visit www.kreweofnefertiti.org

Charlotte’s Female Brewery

My love for Charlotte, NC has just been enhanced by the discovery it’s first female brewery. Bold Missy is awesome! When you walk in, the space is so inviting and modern. I was greeted by Lybby and given samples of the some great Brew. I chose the “Make your (Mess)age” Brut IPA and trust me it was good. Thanks to Heather and Lybby for being so welcoming and willing to humor me about Brunch ventures. I will definitely pay Bold Missy a visit on the next Charlotte trip.

~XOXO

Bold Missy

Tap Room:

610 Anderson Street

Charlotte, NC 28205

Rise -N- Dine Emory

Let’s add another breakfast and lunch spot to the list shall we. We had such a pleasant visit at Rise -N- Dine in Emory Village and the food was so amazing. This is a nice place to sit back with your coffee and morning paper and enjoy your time. The gracious staff was very welcoming and we even shared a few rival sports laughs. We definitely will be returning for more coffee, and great food.

~XOXO

Bacon and Cheddar Omelette with Biscuit and House made Strawberry Jam

Rise -N- Dine

Emory Village

1565 N Decatur Rd

Atlanta, GA. 30307

All photos by Haus of Kelley, LLC

Sweet “P” Cookie Crust Pie

I had so much fun baking this dessert.  I was inspired to try one of my favorite desserts with delicious Goodie Girl Cookies.  We all know Sweet Potato Pie is one the southern staple desserts during the holidays.  I wanted to add the Goodie Girl Chocolate Creme Cookies as the crust.  I must say it turned out better than I thought.  Now let’s hope my family allows me to introduce this spin on sweet potato pie at the next gathering (Fingers Crossed).  Enjoy the recipe below and I hope you give it a try.

~ XOXO

(1) Box of Chocolate Creme Goodie Girl Cookies

(2) Sweet Potatoes (Boiled and peeled)

(2) Eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup of White Sugar (You can also use light corn syrup)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 1/2 stick of butter (Unsalted)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt 1/2 stick of butter and set aside.  In a Mixing bowl, place the box of cookies in the bowl and set to level 1 (use the dough prong attachment for mixing).  As the cookies crumble, pour the melted butter in and mix for 2 mins.  The cookie crust should have a smooth consistency that is easy to transfer to the pie dish.  Pour the crust into the pie dish ensuring the edges are covered.  I smoothed the crust with a baking specula on the edges to ensure coverage.  This process can be as rustic as you desire 🙂

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Rinse the mixing bowl thoroughly.  Add sweet potatoes, milk, eggs, 1 stick butter (cut or cubed), and sugar.  Mix on level 1.  Add vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix until smooth.  Pour mixture into pie dish and bake for 45 mins.  To test readiness, place a fork gently into filling and pull immediately.  If the fork has no filling attached, the pie is done.  Remove from oven and let cool before serving.  Enjoy!

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Added caramel sauce for extra sweetness

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All photos by Haus of Kelley, LLC

Thanks Goodie Girl Cookies for the tasty cookie flavors to try this recipe

Morrow’s in NOLA

I am so excited to see so many new restaurants fill the streets of my hometown NOLA.  I’ve been anticipating visiting Morrow’s Sunday Brunch for quite a while as I have heard so many awesome reviews not alone enjoy their Instagram page.  Located in the eclectic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, Morrow’s laid back style and decor makes you want to stay in NOLA longer.  We enjoyed everything from the food, to the music, to the Mimosas.  This will not be our last time visiting.  New Orleans will forever be home and it makes it even better when Brunch is involved.

~XOXO

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Watermelon Mimosa

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$12 Sweet Potato Pancakes & Bacon

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$13 Chicken & Waffle

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$15 Crab-Cake Benedict

 

Morrow’s

2438 SAINT CLAUDE AVE.

NEW ORLEANS, LA 70117

 

Blog Article Sources:

Morrow’s Website

Wikipedia (Faubourg Marigny)

All food and drink photos by Haus of Kelley, LLC

Cook-i-licious Caramel Apples

Before I begin with this Cook-i-licous treat, I want to give a huge thanks to Goodie Girl Cookies for sending a goodie girl swag bag full of tasty cookie flavors.  It has been so fun testing different recipes.  The Caramel Apple cookies has to be my favorite thus far.  I looked at the box and thought…”Why not just make caramel apples rolled in the cookie crumbs??”  And I did just that.  I hope you enjoy the recipe.

~XOXO

Makes up to 12

Time: 5-6 hrs

Ingredients:

Goodie Girl Caramel Cookies (1 box)

Granny Smith Apples

2 (14oz) cans of sweetened condensed milk

Wood Dowel Sticks (Can use Popsicle Sticks or Wood Skewers)

Parchment Paper (Baking pan size sheet)

Peel the paper wrapper from the cans of sweetened condensed milk.  In a deep boiling pot, place the cans at the bottom and add warm water.  Ensure to cover the can with water.  Set to a boil for 3hrs.  You will have to add water when the water line goes below the top of the can.  Turn off stove, remove cans from pot and set aside on a towel to cool (up to 1hr). Remove can lids, add the caramel to a bowl, and set aside. This process is called Caramel in a can.

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Rinse boiling pot, add warm water, and apples (Stems removed).  After 2-3 mins, remove apples and dry clean with a paper towel.  Once the apples are dry, add the wood dowels and set aside.

Roll out and cut a sheet of parchment paper and rub butter all over it.  This is help the caramel apples not to stick.

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Crush the Caramel Apple Cookies (as much of the box you desire) and place in a bowl.

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Take each apple and roll into the caramel covering almost to the top.  Scrape the bottom with a mini spatula to remove the access caramel sauce.  Roll or sprinkle the cookie crumbs over the caramel apple.  Set each apple onto the parchment paper.

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Refrigerate for 15-30 mins to allow the apples to set and become firm.

Enjoy!

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Easy Peasy Totchos

While we can’t forget about Taco Tuesday, we have to admit that whenever someone says Nachos a gathering is in order.  I thought it would be fun to take away the tortilla chips and add tater tots to the dish and create Totchos.  These totchos can be a hit at the dinner table.  This is one recipe that can call for endless toppings for you and your guests.  Give totchos a try during your next gathering or Taco Tuesday night.

 

~XOXO

Ingredients

1 2 lb bag ( 32 oz) of Tater Tots

1 lb Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey)

Taco Seasoning ( 1 package)

1 cup of shredded cheddar ( or add to your desired cheesy goodness)

5 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies ( 10 oz can drained and reminder set aside for later use)

*Sour Cream (used as topping when done)

 

Heat Oven to 450 degrees F (Or according to package instructions)

Place 3/4 tater tots bag onto a baking sheet using a single layer method (ensuring the tots are not on top one another).  Place in over and bake of 25 mins or according to package instructions.  Turn oven off.  Remove ( using pot holders or gloves) tater tots from oven and set aside.

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Place a medium sauce pan on medium heat.  *Optional.  I added 1 tsp of avocado oil to the pan.  Add the ground beef and cook until well done ( breaking up and chopping the meat).  Drain or spoon any access oil from the pan.  Add taco seasoning and (drained) diced tomatoes.  Stir.  Turn heat to low.

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Arrange the tater tots onto a plate adding the neat mixture and shredded cheese.  To melt the cheese, I simply put the plate into the microwave for 60 – 90 seconds.  You can also place the plate back into the oven for 3-5 mins as the oven will be still hot and cooling off.

Add a dollop of sour cream or any other topping you fancy.

Enjoy.

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Cherry Glazed Wings

I tried a new sauce recipe for our 4th of July BBQ and I must say it was very tasty. I made a simple cherry sauce for my husband add to the wings on the grill. Here’s the recipe:

Marinate the wings in the seasonings or marinade of your choice. Refrigerate until ready for grilling.

Prep grill. When ready, lay wings evenly and cover.

In a medium sauce pan, Add:

About 20-25 Whole Cherries (Pull all stems)

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice (*Orange Juice will work as well)

1 teaspoon Cornstarch

Let the ingredients come to boil on medium low heat. Once boiling, stir and turn down to low heat for 8-10 mins. Strain sauce into a heat safe bowl while gently pressing remaining compote with the back of a spoon (whole cherries should be separated or separating from the seeds at this point). When all juice is extracted, discard compote from the strainer. Using a basting brush, brush the wings with the sauce and continue grilling. (This should be done toward the end to avoid any food burning)

Allow glaze to cook on wings for at least 8-10 mins.

Lastly, brush on your BBQ sauce of choice and serve. (We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce)

Enjoy!