Is it ok to have two food posts in a row?

Well... either way it's happening :)

Thought I would check in and share some recipes we have tried {and loved} recently.  Plus a delicious coca-cola cake recipe by my Great-Great Aunt Gladiola at the end.  It was a favorite among my sisters and I when we were little and now it is requested by my husband and own children.

First up, RECIPES {click on the picture to be redirected to recipe site}

Baked Brie and Sundried Tomato Dip

Sausage Stuffed Zuchinni Boats 
{all three of my kids ate these!}

I Got The Power Salad

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs 
{my kids all loved these as well, I cooked them inside on a grill pan}

Corn and Cotija Guacamole 
{ah.mazing.  I used feta instead of cotija}

Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart
{I could eat this whole thing in one sitting.  And so easy to make.}
{I cooked it in a pie pan}


About once or twice a year as a child, while we were visiting family in Jackson, Mississippi, my mom, sisters and I would take a day, turn back the hands of time, and make the drive up to Duck Hill.  Duck Hill was a place, in my mind, that only existed in a world of farmers, local grocers, and the Cleavers.  We visited my Great Aunt Vivian and Great Uncle L.L. {the L's didn't stand for anything.  Just the letter} and ate amazing food cooked by my Aunt Vivian with the help of the family's life-long housekeeper Beulah {she was the real-life Mammy in my mind}.  Creamed corn, fried chicken, fried okra, black eyed peas, butter beans, roast and gravy, homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs... all followed by Lemon Ice Box Pie and/or Cracker Pie.  DIE
After lunch we hopped in my great uncle's pick up truck and took a rather adventurous drive around the family's ranch land...literally driving through horse and cow pastures, dodging livestock, circling hay bales, crossing five million railroad tracks and too many small creeks {I knew the truck would sink and we would drown}.  Then my sisters and I would pretend we had on boots and use my uncle's shoe horn to remove our Saltwater sandals, eat a slice of whichever pie we hadn't tasted earlier, and run off to the sea-foam-green-carpeted formal living room {which wasn't ever used, of course} and played century old board games and thumbed through pop up books.

My Great Uncle L.L. {who was my mom's mother's brother} had three aunts himself {making them my Great-Great aunts}.  There were actually a total of four sisters and two brothers but the only ones I remember were Aunt Mamie Lee, Aunt Gladiola {we called her Aunt Glad} and Aunt Augusta {Aunt Gusta}.  Mamie Lee had bright white hair and was blind and nearly deaf and a frail old thing; I thought she looked like a porcelain doll.  Aunt Gusta was the youngest, funny, and had a tiny but pristine house with tiny old furniture and a garden and a car.  Aunt Glad was healthy, friendly, a fabulous artist, and a SERIOUS cook.  Of the "Country Cooking" kind.  She gifted me her cookbook on one trip and this is where the following is found:

Aunt Gladiola's Coca Cola Cake

Aunt Glad's country cooking

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks oleo {that's butter for all you city folk ;) }
3 TBS cocoa
1 cup Coca Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Cake Directions:

Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Heat coca, oleo and Coca Cola on cooktop to boiling.  Pour mixture over flour and sugar and mix well.  Beat eggs in a separate bowl, then add buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla and marshmallows.  Mix well, then add this mixture to the first mixture.  Beat well.  This will be a thin batter with marshmallows floating on top.  Bake in a long shallow pan at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  While cake is cooking, make icing:

Aunt Glad's coca cola cake

Icing Ingredients:

1 stick oleo
9 TBS Coca Cola {basically the rest of a 12oz can of Coke}
3 TBS coca
1 box powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted while oven is preheating for cake {I have never added the nuts}

Icing Directions:

Combine oleo, cocoa and Coca Cola and heat until boiling.  Pour over powdered sugar in a bowl and mix well.  Beat, then add toasted pecans {if using}.  Spread over cooked cake while cake is still hot.


Aunt Glad's coca cola cake


  1. omg i need that cake and i need it NOW!!!! 3 pm sweet snack craving

  2. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of that cookbook...we need to eat out of it more. Can not wait to try some of the other recipes.

  3. Nat, this has made my day! Brings smiles to read what YOU remember about those trips. I look back on those trips fondly.
    Thumbs up on the recipes; I've had the pleasure to have three of them and they are awesome!! Want to try that pesto chicken and the zucchini boats.

  4. that description of our times in duck hill is so insanely accurate.

  5. Great post Nat! Made me think of going to see my grandmother. I can still vividly remember the way her house smelled... there was always something good cooking on the stove! We made the zuchinni boats last week (I probably pinned them from you) and they are our new favorite dinner! Can't wait to try out the others. You are such a talented writer- see you soon!


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