Summer Salads: Grape Salad

June 27, 2019

By Tab Byrum

My mom found the recipe for a Grape Salad a few years ago and tried it out on us and now it’s one of our Summertime favorites. Mom has taken it to different functions and dinners and now her church calls her and asks her to bring Grape Salad for funeral dinners. It’s a pretty simple salad to make although you do need to get your hand mixer out to make the dressing. Grape Salad stores great in the refrigerator, who doesn’t love a cold grape, and with the dressing and topping it’s almost like dessert, actually we each had a small bowl of it yesterday for dessert at lunch. So, grab several bunches of grapes, red, green or both, and whip up this Summer treat for everyone to Enjoy!!!

Grape Salad:

2 lbs Green Grapes
2 lbs Red Grapes
1- 8 oz package Cream Cheese at room temp
1-8 oz Sour Cream
Half Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla

Half Cup Brown Sugar
Half Cup Chopped Pecans

Wash and dry your Grapes, I run them under cold water then lay them out on the kitchen counter on paper towels, pat them dry and then let them air dry for a little while. The dryer the Grapes are the better they will take the dressing and you won’t have a watery salad. 
In a bowl combine softened Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Half Cup Sugar and Vanilla. Using your hand mixer beat this mixture until it’s smooth.
Pull all the Grapes off their stems and place them all in a 9×13 casserole dish, pour the Cream Cheese/Sour Cream mixture over the Grapes and stir well to get all of the Grapes covered.
Make your topping of Brown Sugar and Pecans, you can either sprinkle it over the top of the salad now or wait until right before serving. Personally, I like it sprinkled on and let it combine with the Cream Cheese mixture.
And serve!!!

This salad is simple and very refreshing and like I said it also makes a healthy-ish dessert. It works well with grilled Chicken and Pork or other salads if you’re trying to eat light. Check back tomorrow for our last Salad of the week, this one combines Broccoli, Bacon and Sunflower Seeds. Yum!!!!

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Summer Salads: Cauliflower & Black Olive Salad

June 26, 2019

By Tab Byrum

This salad has long been a staple at our house and my mom has made it for years and years, long before the Cauliflower craze took off that we’re all into now. It’s just 3 ingredients, Pepper and Salt, and SO good, especially if you’re like me and LOVE Black Olives. The only drawback to this recipe is for those people who don’t like Mayonnaise because that’s the dressing for it, just straight up Mayonnaise, personally, it’s one of my favorite condiments and it mixes with the salt and pepper and the juice from the Black Olives to make a great dressing. Try It, You’ll Like It!!!

Cauliflower & Black Olive Salad Ingredients:

1 Large Head of Cauliflower or 2 smaller heads
1 Large Can of Sliced Black Olives
1  Cup of Good Mayonnaise ( start with a cup and you may need to add a little more)
Pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper but do what you like)
Salt to taste

Break apart the head of Cauliflower after washing and place all the florets in a large bowl. Add your Mayonnaise and stir to cover all of the Cauliflower, drain your Sliced Black Olives and add them to the Cauliflower and Mayonnaise mixture and add Pepper and Salt. Stir to combine all the ingredients and taste for seasoning. Now you have a beautiful and delicious Black and White Salad!!!!!

I make this all Summer long and sometimes this is all I’ll have for supper if I just need something to tide me over. It goes great with Chicken dishes and Pork and grilled meats. Enjoy!!!

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Summer Salads: 9 Day Slaw

June 25, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Last week on Friday I posted on Instagram and Facebook lunch I was cooking, I ended up with a day with no appointments and decided to cook and make us a nice lunch. One thing I like to do this time of year is to make things ahead like salads and side dishes and then all we need to do is grill something to go with it and we have a meal, especially since we’re both trying to lose some of our “winter weight”.  I made three salads on Thursday for us to have on Friday and several days after that and put a chicken in the oven to roast Friday morning and I had a lot of people ask me about recipes for the salads and the chicken so I thought I would share the recipes here this week. 

The first recipe I’m going to share this week is 9 Day Slaw, this is a recipe my Grandma Minnie always made, especially in the Summer. It’s pretty quick, easy and DELICIOUS. A quick tip, the recipe calls for 3 pounds of chopped cabbage but I bought pre-chopped cabbage at Sams’s the other day, it comes in two-pound bags and I used two of them, the spices and dressing make enough to cover four pounds. Here we go!!!!

9 Day Slaw

3 Pounds Chopped Cabbage
2 Green Peppers Chopped
1 Large or 2 Small Red Onions
2 Cups Sugar
Chop all the vegetables and place in a large bowl, sprinkle one cup of sugar over the vegetables and stir then sprinkle another cup of sugar over the vegetables and let sit for up to an hour. 

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup of Oil ( vegetable or canola)
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Celery Seed
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Combine all the Dressing Ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil, remove from the heat and pour over your Cabbage and Vegetable mixture in the bowl and stir to cover all the vegetables. I usually let it sit and cool off then place in a bowl with a lid and store in the refrigerator. The slaw will keep up to 9 days, thus the name 9 Day Slaw.


This Slaw goes great with everything, BBQ, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Ham, Chicken, and Pork. Let me know if you try and what you think. Enjoy!!!

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Party Flowers & Food

April 10, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I shared with you about decorating a client’s home for Spring and Easter as we were getting ready for her to host a Birthday Party for a dear friend, today I want to share the flower arrangments I made for the party and the food I put together. My client had two requests on flowers for the Birthday Party, Pink, and Peonies. I used Pink Peonies, Pink Alstroemeria, Pink Carnations, White Stock, Green Hydrangeas, and Hot Pink Gladiolus. For food we decided it was best to have everything be food that we served at room temperature, we didn’t want to have to deal with ovens and timing to be hot when guests arrived. She also requested a couple of dips and left the rest up to the caterer and me. Long story short, I decided not to use a caterer and made or bought everything myself and put it together at her house on the afternoon of the party. I have lots of photos to share about the flowers and food; I’ll go into more detail with the pics. If you have any specific questions please let me know. Enjoy!!!

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Champagne Cocktails For Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Champagne is one of my favorite wines and ways to celebrate and as we approach Valentine’s Day I thought it would be fun to look at a few versions of Champagne Cocktails. Champagne cocktails are when you combine Champagne with other wines or liqueurs to create something completely new. The first Champagne Cocktail I ever had was served at a friend’s house many years ago and was Champagne, Angostura Bitters on a sugar cube, drop the sugar cube into a Champagne glass and add the Champagne. Very good. Today there are lots of versions of a Champagne cocktail, some involve Brandy or other flavored liqueurs. Whatever recipe you prefer, have one or two this Valentine’s Day and Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout

December 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, they are seriously one of my favorite cookies and they are SO versatile they can be dressed up with nuts, flavorings, and fruits or kept simple and timeless just as shortbread. I had recently seen a recipe for Orange Cranberry Shortbread on the Mom On Timeout website and I loved how they looked and wanted to see if they taste half as good as they look and they do!!!! We made them last Friday when I went to Mom and Dad’s for the day, the recipe is fairly simple and if you bake a lot you may have most everything needed except for Craisins. I’ll attach a link to the recipe for the cookies at the end of the photos and I’ll go into more detail on the cookies with the photos. If you like orange and tart cranberries then give these a try, they also have almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors. They’re slightly crunchy from the sugar on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle with little bites of berry and orange zest. SO GOOD!!!! Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Cookie Ideas

December 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Happy Friday!!!! I’m off to Hydro to see mom and dad today, Dad has been feeling under the weather so I’m going to see them, have lunch and help mom with some holiday baking. It’s been years since we’ve tried our hand at decorated Christmas cookies but we’re going to give it a whirl today. There are so many amazing ideas for decorated cookies, whether it’s using Royal Icing, Buttercream, Colored Sugars, the possibilities are endless. We are going to be using buttercream on cookies cut out in holiday shapes. I’ll share pics if they turn out good. I also have a couple of recipes I want to try for some others that I’ll share. I hope everyone has a great weekend, we had a business party last night and a client’s Christmas party tomorrow night and I plan on doing some cooking during the day on Saturday and Sunday. I leave you now with images and visions of gorgeous Christmas cookies and links to the recipes for more information, hopefully, to inspire you to try your hand at baking and decorating your own. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Thanksgiving Cocktails 2018

November 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello Friends, Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!! It’s three days until the all you can eat holiday, I hope you have your menu planned and your groceries bought and at this point maybe your table is set and decorated. Today we are going to keep on with a tradition of looking at Holiday Cocktails and looking at some yummy and fun concoctions for you and your guests to enjoy before, during, and after the big meal, a couple of them could even be dessert. I hope you’re NOT stressing too bad and remember to breathe and make those lists so you don’t forget anything. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy!!!

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 2

October 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Alright Goblins and Gals it’s time for day two of our Halloween Cocktail Extravaganza, yesterday it was all punches and shots and today we are looking at drinks that can be mixed up by the pitcher or the glass. So pull up a broomstick and let’s see what’s on the drinks menu for parties this coming weekend and next Wednesday the 31st. Check back tomorrow as we check out fun Halloween barware we can use to serve our cocktails. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Christmas Flashback: EASY Peanut Clusters

December 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A couple of years ago I shared this recipe for ultra easy Homemade Chocolate Peanut Clusters and I’ve had so many people tell me how much they enjoy it that I thought I would share it again. It’s super simple to make, everything goes in the Crock Pot and you walk away and leave it for three hours. When you come back it’s ready to scoop out into gorgeous and delicious heaps of chocolate goodness. Promis me you’ll make some this week and have at least one homemade treat for your family and friends. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in orange to visit the original post)

To see the original post and recipe click here. Christmas Crack Peanut Clusters are only 5 ingredients and a Crock Pot. DO IT!!!!!

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