This Week in the Charming South Kitchen


I’ve learned this weekend that when it is cold outside – I want warmth to eat – and I’m doing a juice/smoothie fast – for the most part – and all I want is warm anything.  But, pressing on!  Until tomorrow night!

The other exciting thing for the home is coming this week for 7 days.  The boys and her son will love that.  So, I’m cooking a bit for that.  I’m taking a little trip so I like to leave my family well-stocked with what they will love while I’m gone.

Baked Ziti PW style.  I’m actually doing this in two batches so I can freeze one of them.

Emeril’s Tuna Tetrazzini – because tuna and noodles and cheese and chips – what’s not to love?

Taste of Home Blueberry Muffins – such a perfect quick thing for breakfast or a snack – good thing TJ had a huge thing of blueberries today!

Brisket – my first time making it – and will have it on top of a sweet potato and tacos!

My husband loves chewy ginger molasses cookies and I’ll be baking him these

A big breakfast of homemade biscuits, eggs (three different ways), double cream gouda grits (recipe coming soon), and bacon

And these pretty cupcakes as an awesome start to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Oma.

This Christmas Week in the Charming South Kitchen

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Food is definitely a love language of mine – so I love to share it with others – especially my little men.  I’ve felt so bad that in this busy toddler and preschooler season I’ve not cooked near as much as I normally do – and I think my men suffer for it.  But, hopefully I will get these done this week:

Grinch Popcorn

Royal Icing (both of these are for a little Christmas cartoon party we are having at the house tomorrow)

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls (CEve breakfast)

Croissant Breakfast Bake (CDay breakfast)

PW Rigatoni and Meatballs

Garlic knots

Caesar Salad

Lemon Cake with Sugared Cranberries (Happy Jesus Day cake) = this is our first year doing this.  I’d like to make a main cake each Christmas and have it be Jesus’ birthday cake.  Sing happy birthday to Jesus and maybe start giving a gift to Jesus (our Lottie Moon offering, or gift to another Gospel-centered something)

Lemon Curd

Orange Curd

Chocolate covered pretzels and Chocolate Ritz PB Sandwiches (both of these are my my mister bc he loves them)

I think that will be it.  We’ll eat normal stuff or leftovers the rest of the week!

Merry Christmas yall.  Thanks for reading this little blog!



This Week in the Charming South Kitchen

I like normal weeks.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love doing fun things and love out of the ordinary with people, and events, and cooking times – but I also like the ordinary weeks.  This week…we have no guests, I’m cooking one meal for a family in our church, I will probably do some baking with the boys – but other than that it is pretty normal and I’m trying to use ingredients I already have in my kitchen.

Pepperoni and Cheese Crescent Rolls for a quick dinner for my men on Tuesday night while I run to Target before the ever important NCIS comes on

Broccoli Rice Chicken Cheddar One-Dish Casserole (recipe coming soon on this blog)

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

Shaved Greens and Caesar Salad (making this without the mandolin and using bottled dressing – but you get the hint)

We are eating on this cake that I made this past weekend

My friends Red Beans and Rice (pinto beans here)


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Pumpkins Galore

Let the new month begin – and I’m two for two in sticking with the budget.  This week I’m trying to cook more healthy and less meat.  Going hard after this until the half I’m running here in ATL on Thanksgiving Day.  Then, maybe celebrate with a favorite piece of pie!

Lentil Chili & Sweet Potatoes

Butternut Squash caprese salad

Green Smoothies

Chicken Tender Farm Salad

Butternut Squash and Apple Hash

Pumpkin Ravioli with a Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce (ravioli thanks to TJ – sauce, I’ll see what works)

Roasted Fall Veggies

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I think its been almost 2 weeks since I blogged. We’ve had family in town and then traveled to see friends – and I have a hectic 3 and 2 year old  – that says a lot right now.

But, here it is the end of the month and it is the second month in a row I’ve stayed on budget!!!  I’m so excited!  I’ve even come under budget this month!

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (even though I’ve heard bacon can cause cancer)

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Creamy mac and cheese

Greens and smoothies

Chili and Sweet potatoes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (easy treat for Halloween morning from Trader Joes)

I’ll be posting some of these recipes if they turn out!

What are you cooking this week?

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PeppersOk – I know this blog post is a little late, but thanks for still wanting to see what we are cooking this week.  My in-laws are here this week and friends from out of state and its my son’s birthday (today!) so we are busy over here.  Doesn’t stop me from cooking though!

Made this enchilada soup and it was good – will be great for leftovers this week – and it is SO EASY!

Bought some persimmons at TJ this week and grilled a TBone tonight – give me a good piece of meat and I can make a darn good steak!

These whoopie pies are going down in the morning

This chocolate cake is happening for my little’s birthday party with family on Thursday


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Scratch Biscuits

Its a new week of planning bento lunches for my preschooler, using leftover taco meat for most of our meals, eating healthy for me, and saving up some calories for our 4th anniversary dinner at Antico pizza followed by some gelato.  Celebration time!

Pizza Taco Rolls

Blanco Enchiladas

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

Tater Tot Taco Bake

Almond Carrot Muffins

And more than likely some other things as we get closer to the weekend

That jam on those biscuits at the top is some peach bourbon vanilla jam from my friend Holly & Flora.

Speaking of packing my son’s lunches.  This is a first for us.  I like the idea of packing healthy lunches for him for preschool with just a touch of sweetness.  And I don’t always have time to bake or throw something together from scratch.  The Tastykake Mini Cakes are great for this purpose.  They fit in the bento boxes and they are just the perfect size for a touch of chocolate and peanut butter.  What kid doesn’t like a tough of chocolate in their lunchbox?  Thankful for Tastykake and Influenster for sending me some!  (All opinions are my own.)


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Spiced Muffins

Its the end of the month, but I’ve actually stayed on food budget this month so I’m very excited!  This week is going to be some whole foods for me – and some fun stuff for the boys and my mister.

How do you incorporate healthy foods into your menu each week?  What about your kids lunches?

These muffins that I made over the weekend.

This cinnamon swirl challah bread

This deconstructed falafel salad

These twice baked potatoes

This list is short – may make some random stuff but keeping it pretty simple this week.


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Roasted Jalapeno Soup

This week is the official start to Fall.  I have already baked pumpkin goodies and have loaded up my dining room with all things pumpkin and gourd. This week we should have slightly cooler temperatures – because this wknd was summer again.

Here is what we are having this week:

Chili and baked potatoes (really this is a perfect inexpensive meal that my husband loves.  If you wanna buy chili in the can it is cheaper – but you can’t really control what is in it)

Roasted salmon and fingerling potatoes (these are relatively inexpensive at TJ)

Orange Beer Chicken

Southwest Salads with TJ Chicken burgers

A Rustic Fall salad I’m putting together for a vinegar company (can’t wait)

Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake – yall have got to check out her site.  Everything I’ve read and what she is about and her demeanor – I’m loving!

Lots of green smoothies




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Mister Birthday Week

Oh, the cooler temperatures are arriving this week, people are drinking PSLs and I am making Minion cupcakes for a certain misters 3rd birthday!

There is much more going on in the kitchen this week, so here we go:

My spin on orange chicken (with homemade marmalade of course)

This soup as already been made.  Leftovers rock!

PWs Chicken Salad to share with a friend on Friday (probably putting them in homemade cream puffs (without the cream of course)

Curry lime chicken

White Chicken Chili

Meatball Subs

Sweet and Spicy Fall Trail Mix (just in time for tailgating on Saturday)

Minion Cupcakes

Buttermilk Biscuits (do you have a favorite recipe)

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (for little mister’s bday breakfast)

And some delicious dessert for Friday creative day with a friend, I just haven’t decided what yet.