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Five Friday Finds

Morsels of Life - 5 Friday Finds

Here's this week's Five Friday Finds. No commentary this week since I'm still working behind the scenes. :) I'm hoping to have everything (reasonably) ready by Monday! (Images straight from the recipes and pinned on Pinterest.)

Hope you all have a fun and delicious weekend

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Did you do anything special today?

Also...I'm currently working on some stuff behind the scenes, but it's taking a bit longer than I expected. (Isn't that always how it works?) Since it's taking a bit longer, I won't be posting much this week, but hopefully I'll have everything up and running (better) soon! (Wish me luck and don't abandon me while I'm gone!)

Five Friday Finds

Morsels of Life - 5 Friday Finds

Here's this week's Five Friday Finds. :) (Images straight from the recipes and pinned on Pinterest.)

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins - Budget Bytes

I just got some cornmeal, and now I know exactly what to do with it. I already like cornbread, but once you throw in some cheddar and heat? I have a feeling these muffins will be breakfast soon!

Red Wine Poached Pear - The Charm of Home

I have two pears I want to use up, and I think this will be a great dessert, especially with fall just around the corner! Can you believe it's September already?!

Fried Rice - Everyday Mom's Meals

 Fried Rice is another of those meals I sometimes crave from Chinese fast food joints. Now I can make my own version at home!

Masala Chai Latte - Yummy Supper

I'm a fan of all things chai, and always on the lookout for new versions to try! This version seems like it would be quite tasty!

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs - Lick the Bowl Good

I love how these pepperoni pizza puffs are so versatile - good for any meal or a side or an appetizer! Plus, I'm always a fan of miniature foods, especially ones you can eat on the go. 

Hope you all have a fun and delicious weekend!

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

After making some mayo, I thought we could use it to make some Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I started with these two recipes, and then modified as I went. Making this dressing doesn't take long at all. In fact, it was quite fast compared to making mayo. The only thing that took me a while was tweaking the flavor. Sure, the initial attempt turned out decent enough, but I wanted to just tweak it a little bit. Then I started wondering " What if...." What if I tried a bit of lime? What if I added some mustard? What about some pepper? Do you do that too? Tell me I'm not the only one!

Note: If you're using dried herbs and flavorings, it might take a little longer to achieve your final flavor. I'd recommend letting the dressing sit in your refrigerator overnight to allow all the flavors time to come out and introduce themselves.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing by
(printable version)
A homemade buttermilk Ranch dressing - quick and easy.

Prep time: none
Cook time: none
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1.5 cups

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime, powder
  1. Combine all materials and mix well.

This Month's Top 5

Can you believe it's August already? Hopefully Irene didn't hit anyone too hard - it wasn't too bad around here, but I know some places are still recovering.

And with that, here's the top 5 most visited recipes in August!

5. Creamed Corn Cornbread - A slightly sweet Southern style creamed corn cornbread - perfect alone or paired with BBQ or chili. The creamed corn really adds some sweetness and texture to the cornbread.

4. Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon - Also known as do chua, these pickled carrots and daikon are done in a sweetly tangy Vietnamese style. If you made this with just the daikon, it's pretty similar to Korean danmuji and Japanese takuwan. Also goes great with Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp! (#3 this month, just below)

3. Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp - Sweetly savory and succulent shrimp, sauteed with garlic and onion, and then topped with a caramel sauce. We had these shrimp with the Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon, and they contrasted quite well - bringing out different flavors in each other, making for additional tastiness!

2. Tomato Pie - A crisp buttery crust filled with savory onions and cheese, then topped with herbs and heirloom tomatoes. I had this pie with the Cornmeal Pie Crust, and I'd recommend that crust since it's a bit more savory and sturdy. However, the standard pie crust would also work. This pie is a great way to prevent all those summer tomatoes from going!

and finally, the most visited recipe in August!
1. Coconut Popsicles - Smooth and creamy coconut popsicles with little bits of coconut! With the hot summer we've had, is it any real surprise that the coconut popsicles would win?

Give one of these a try and see what you think!


As I've gotten into making more of my own condiments and dressings, mayonnaise has always been one I've been afraid to tackle. I'd heard about myriad ways it would go wrong, and honestly, it's not really a condiment we use a whole lot. Well, I decided it's time to conquer my fears of making homemade mayo (or maybe reinforce them)! Either way, I was determined to at least give it a try.

Reporting back, I have to say, it's actually not difficult, just time consuming. However, you earn much more freedom and control over the flavor. And even if I say so myself, this homemade mayo is far tastier than any store bought kind I've ever had. It took me about 30 minutes to make, but I was also very paranoid and went really slowly. Since it does take a while, I likely won't be making it too frequently, but it's one of those things that might be worth making a big batch at once.

I'm already thinking of all the mayo varieties I can make now - chipotle coming in near the top! Not to mention - creamy dressings - Ranch, Thousand Island, etc. You could also use use it straight in dishes like potato salad. The possibilities are endless!

Note: Care should be used when using raw egg as there is a small risk of salmonella. To avoid the risk of salmonella infection, you can use pasteurized eggs instead. I used a raw egg with no issues.

Mayonnaise by
(printable version)
Make your own preservative-free and tasty mayo!

Prep time: none
Cook time: none
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 1.5 cups

  • 1 egg, at ambient temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 cup oil
  • pepper (optional)
  1. Beat eggs until thick and sticky.
  2. Add in all materials except oil, and beat until homogeneous.
  3. Slowly beat in oil. Start dropwise, and then as the oil is emulsified, you can add the oil at a faster rate.

Carrot Craisin Salad

Have you ever caught yourself cross-eyed, staring at a meagerly supplied refrigerator? Recently we found ourselves in a similar situation, coming up with any and all bizarre permutations of ingredients. More a frustrating homework problem than an interesting newspaper puzzle, we needed to fill out our meal with something novel, and like most solutions in life, the simplest is usually the best. A few carrots, dressing, and dried cranberries made for a simple supplement to our otherwise small meal. But don’t feel limited by its simplicity! The recipe is simple enough to allow personal touches with any additional ingredients to increase the complexity of the flavors, or if you prefer something straightforward and humble, yet enjoyable, follow along with this recipe!

Carrot Craisin Salad by
(printable version)
Crispy, sweet carrots and dried cranberries with a tangy marinade.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: none
Total time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon onion, powdered
  • Catalina Dressing
  1. Combine all materials.
  2. Serve chilled. This dish can actually taste better the second day, after the flavors have had time to mingle.

What about you - what kinds of dishes have you scrounged together, only to find they're actually quite good?

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