Butterscotch pie, y’all.


One of my favorite sweets in the universe is butterscotch pie.  I’ve only ever had it at a diner 5 hours away from where I live.  Because I hardly ever make it to said diner, I felt it was necessary for me to make my own version.

Today, that vision became a reality.


(My husband has a handsome hand.)

It really is a dream come true, y’all.  Recipe soon.



French fries


As you know from my chocolate chip cookies post, my dad came over for dinner on Monday night.  Dessert was the cookies.  The main dish was hamburgers, grilled to perfection by my husband.  But in my personal opinion, the star of the show was the French fries.

French fries and I go way back.  I have always preferred salty over sweet, known for being the child in my family that always chose a cracker over a cookie when offered both.  Bad breakup?  Let’s go through the drive-through for a Coke and fries.  Nothing makes me feel better on a bad day like fries.  Nothing goes with almost every meal like fries.  (Seriously, I’ve ordered fries as a side to my pancakes at lunch from a diner, that has happened more than once.)

So the next time you can’t think of a side item with your chicken, your hamburgers, your pork chops, reach for this recipe, and I swear you can’t go wrong.

The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, aka one of my life inspirations, is the source of this recipe.  And like anything else she makes, you can’t go wrong with these.

Here’s a picture!


As a very generalized summary, here’s how to make this magic:

  1. Wash and peel one potato per person you’re sharing this delight with.
  2. Cut ’em into fry shapes.  I love thin fries.  I love all fries (see above), but the thin and crispy ones speak to my heart in a way few things do.  But don’t cut em too thin or they all fall apart (which is what happened last night).  It’ll take some practice to get the right shape for you.
  3. Soak ’em in a bowl of cold water.  Rinse and rinse again.  You’re relieving the potato of its starchy nature, which makes them good for frying.  Don’t skip this step!  Soak for minimum 2-3 hours.
  4. Drain off all the water and then lay out the fries on paper towels and blot with more paper towels so they’re pretty dry.
  5. Fry ’em once in 300-degree-Fahrenheit oil (2-3 inches’ worth in a heavy-bottom pot).  I used vegetable.  Only cook until they’re soft and kind of brown.  This is to cook the potato.
  6. Blot off the excess oil.
  7. Fry ’em a second time in 400-degree-Fahrenheit oil.  Now cook until they’re brown.  Drain again on paper towels, but you may not have to blot as much.  They’ll probably dry out on their own.
  8. Sprinkle salt (or Tony’s, or any spice blend of your choosing) on ’em and serve to your adoring fans.
  9. Curtsy (or bow) gratefully as they applaud you and your excellent cooking skills, and with a big ol’ grin on your face, say “It was nothing.”  Then swear not to make them again for awhile so you will always have this reaction.  It’ll be worth it.  🙂

Other blogs may post this tale and play it perfect, like nothing went wrong.  But this ain’t other blogs.  So learn from my mistakes…

  • I cut the fries too thin, so even though they were nice, long sticks when they soaked, they broke apart in the frying process.  Most of the fries ended up the tiny pieces my sister and I always call “the crunchies.”  It’s the best version of a fry, but very difficult to eat when you don’t have any whole ones.
  • I got oil everywhere.
  • I don’t have a great set of tongs yet, so I had to scoop the fries out of the hot oil with a slotted spatula.  It took about 30 years longer to do it this way!
  • My fabulous husband is so fabulous that he already owned a house by the time we’d only been dating for one month.  That said, I’m still getting used to the big kitchen appliances.  So I fried and re-fried all of the delicious potato goodness except for the last batch with the stove set to heat a smaller size pot than the one I was using.  So it took a really long time.  Pay attention to your stoves, people!

Thanks for taking the time to read about making delightful homemade french fries.  I hope you enjoy them!  And I hope the people you share them with enjoy them, too!


Chocolate chip cookies


Yesterday, my husband and I invited my dad over to join us for dinner.  We decided to grill burgers, one of the easiest and most delicious at-home dinners one can have.  But I chose to go the extra mile and also make homemade French fries and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  Nevermind that I had just baked and quasi-destroyed a chocolate cake on Sunday for Mother’s Day!  Yesterday was a new day.  A new day that needed its own dinner…and dessert.

This was quite the undertaking.  Unless you’re really super good at both of these things, maybe don’t do them on the same day.  If you do, don’t do them on a day when you have a weird, unexplained backache.  If you do that, don’t do them on a day when you are pressed for time.

But don’t worry, I did all of those things!

First, the cookies.  (We’ll save the fries for another day!)  I used this recipe, shamelessly borrowed from one of my favorite blogs, the College Prepster.  Carly’s mom perfected this recipe, and I must say, it truly is perfect.  The cookies manage to be soft and crumbly.  The sweetness of the batter is perfect with the bitterness of the semi-sweet chocolate.  These cookies are fabulous.  I love to share things I bake, so I shared these with my dad and husband last night, and they’ll probably end up at our Bible study group tomorrow night.  What good is doing things with your hands if you don’t share them?


Here’s all the ingredients all lined up.  Aren’t they so cute?  And there’s my recipe journal, too.  I only use the internet to follow recipes when I’m trying something new.  If it works out, it goes in the journal.  Here’s where you can get it from amazon.


Round two of the ingredients being all mixed up.  One egg at a time!


Ta-da!  Cookie dough.  I ate too much of this step 😦


And ta-da again!  Cookies!  I intentionally made these smaller than instructed, because I have a weird love of tiny things.  I knew they would be bite-size for Taylor and my dad, too.  Doing it this way took a long time, though!  It also made the cookies a little crunchier than if you make them as directed!

I hope you enjoy these!  I hope the people you share them with enjoy them, too!