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Fall Favorites!

With fall in the air, it brings such a fun feeling. I look forward to the days being cooler, the air crisper. I look forward to seeing pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere. I love to burn yummy candles. I know I’m jumping the gun a little, but I LOVE fall!

With our first year of home school just starting up, and the days starting to get cooler, I get in the mood to cook! I love stews and soups. I have a “to-die-for” muffin recipe, and I love to use the crock pot. So at this season change, I decided to share a few of my favorite, proven recipes today!

Orange-Apricot Pork Chops

These are delicious! They’re made in the crock pot and served over rice or egg noodles. They are NOT a waste of your time!

Frito Pie

I LOVE this! It is one of my all-time favorites, and the best chili I have personally ever made. It’s so easy, especially for Sunday dinner.

Cream Cheese Carrot Muffins

Oh my! These are to die for! They taste like pumpkins and fall spices. They are SO good, and have become a  Boyer Christmas Brunch staple.

Salsa Chicken

I love this! It’s super easy and makes a great taco filling.

I hope you will try a couple of these. They are all simple and yummy!  If you decide to try, let me know.

And Happy Fall, Y’all! (Early!)

❤ Joy

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finger foods are always fun

So, this past Thursday my church had its monthly ladies meeting. Turns are taken each month to be in charge of decorating the tables and being in charge of the food. This month we had an “English Tea” theme {and I wish I had remembered my camera… the set up was so sweet!}.

I was asked to bring a particular “tea sandwich” which I had never heard of before. It is very simple, so I put a bit of my own twist on it. And I had none to bring home!

Since I had a couple people ask for the recipe, I thought I would turn it into a blog post…:)


ingredients The ingredients are very simple:

: salt/pepper to taste {not pictured}

: mayo {your favorite brand}

: plain yogurt {I always use full-fat, but obviously you can use your preference! greek or not, really doesn’t matter}

: cheddar cheese {I used pre-shredded for convenience… and the sharper the better!}

: bread {I used a whole wheat French loaf}

: tomatoes {I used Roma as the size suited the bread slices}

: a leafy green {the original recipe called for lettuce, but I had spinach on hand, and the the shape of the leaves also suited the bread slices nicely :)}

almost forgotand I almost forgot the seasoning: herbes-de-Provence! You can use any herb combo you like, and I think an Italian blend would be tasty too; but if you can get your hands on this blend, it seriously makes anything savory taste even better!

Since I knew I was making a large amount of small sandwiches which would be sitting on a table for a few minutes, I actually sliced my bread the day before and let it dry out. These insides are quite wet, and I am not one for eating soggy sandwiches!

Instead of putting each ingredient individually on each sandwich, I made a “relish” out of the cheese, mayo, yogurt and herbs.

addedFor 2 small sandwiches–which I made for myself today for the sole purpose of taking photos for this post :)– I used about 2 tsp of each the mayo and the yogurt, and 1/4 cup of cheese and a sprinkling of the herbs plus a pinch of salt and pepper. [This was too much, and I had a bit leftover that was just delectable on the end crust of the bread. :)]

Now to assemble…

slather a bit of the cheese mixture on one piece of bread

slather a bit of the cheese mixture on one piece of bread-I could have been neater….

add your spinach leave

add your spinach leave

and tomato slices to cover --This could be a finished product right here!

and tomato slices to cover
~~This could be a finished product right here!~~

add a bit more sauce/relish to the second bread and lay on top

add a bit more sauce/relish to the second bread and lay on top

oh my... I think I'll be making some more of these soon!

oh my… I think I’ll be making some more of these soon!
~The sauce on both sides helps it stay together.~
~You can add more or less to suite your personal taste and texture preference ~

And if you’re not a mayo person, just use yogurt with some cream cheese -yum… or if you’re not a yogurt person, just use mayo; but unless you have an allergy to one of the other–I think you’ll like the combo!

I was able to get 24 sandwiches out of 2 loaves of French bread.

Do you have a favorite “dainty food” you like to make for special occasions?

Have you ever used herbes-de-Provence?

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This One’s A “Doozie”



It is birthday time in this house. There are four of us and our birthdays fall in April, May, June and July. Then, we suffer through eight months of anticipation for next year’s celebrations. Today was Daddy’s birthday. We have had lots of fun giving him gifts and cards (although, I learned a valuable lesson…never tell a two year old a secret…or anything thing, for that matter, that involves birthday planning) and celebrating another year in Daddy’s life.

Now, Daddy isn’t one for traditional cakes or even cupcakes. His weakness lies in chocolate chip cookies…especially the cookie sandwiches filled with icing from a popular cookie company! 🙂 This happened to be his birthday dessert request this year. So, doing what any good wife would do…I got on Pinterest and bam, 30 different recipes within my grasp. Now, I am all about Pinterest, but when it comes to recipes or projects, I want SIMPLE…I mean like 3 steps or less, simple. I decided to cut corners and  buy 2 packs of the jumbo break and bake cookies, then just make the icing from scratch. BEST DECISION OF THE DAY!!! They were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! This is the icing recipe that I used. I thought I would share it with you so that you could make these for your next birthday bash.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/3 cup water
  • food coloring (optional) (ours were bright orange :))

In the bowl of a mixer, combine shortening and powdered sugar on low speed until just combined.  Add water and vanilla extract, and beat on high for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Pipe or spread frosting on the flat side of a cookie and top with another.

This would be a huge hit for a child’s birthday party. I would just buy the regular sized cookies to make the recipe go farther. Also, I added sprinkles to Lauren’s and she LOVED it! 🙂



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