SUGAR COOKIE FUDGE – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe SUGAR COOKIE FUDGE INGREDIENTS 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 1/4 c. white chocolate chips 1 1/2 c. sugar cookie mix 2 tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 c. crushed sugar cookies 1/3 c. sprinkles plus extra for topping 2 tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONS Line a square 8×8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If using aluminum foil, coat the foil in butter or […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe Shortbread cookies with jam are a delicious treat that combines the rich, buttery goodness of shortbread with the fruity sweetness of jam. Here’s a simple recipe for making shortbread cookies with jam: INGREDIENTS 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 egg white 1 tsp vanilla extract […]

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe I loved stuffed peppers so when I ran across this soup, I started researching recipes. I found several variations so I used elements from several of the recipes so make adjustments according to your taste. INGREDIENTS 1 lb  ground beef 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped (1 cup) 2 chopped bell peppers 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (14.5 […]

Cookies & Cream Frosting – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe I have been waiting all year to make these cupcakes! I saved a photo of a cupcake with sugared cranberries earlier in this year and thought it would be perfect for Christmas. Well, it’s December so it’s time to start baking. I cheated and purchased a red velvet cake mix. […]

Can’t Fail 5-Minute Fudge – Dec 1961 – Sweet Southern Blue

I have been making this recipe since the 70’s. It’s one of those retro recipes that doesn’t contain any weird ingredients and if you look back at vintage ads, many of them contain ingredients involving jello and/or meat. Yuck! If you are looking for an old fashioned fudge recipe that is truly wonderful, give this […]

Cheesy Green Chili Grits – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe I thought I hated grits. They are mushy, slimy, and just plain gross. Then one day I had cheese grits at a restaurant and my life changed. It was in casserole form and not slimy at all so for all of you grit haters, give this recipe a try. Ingredients […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe Cooler weather approaching means more comfort foods including soup and cornbread. This is one of the most delicious and easy recipes for when you are craving cornbread. I actually add butter, heat it for a few seconds in the microwave, and eat it for a meal. INGREDIENTS 2 packets of […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe Here is another basic cake/cupcake frosting recipe with the addition of brown sugar. As always, you can use butter, Crisco, or a combination of each. If you will be serving the cake outside in the heat, the Crisco version will hold up better but it is strictly a personal preference. […]

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes (Using Cake Mix) – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe When you have a recipe that is a winner every time, you stick with it. I decided to make three different flavors of cupcakes with one cake mix (8 chocolate, 8 caramel, and 8 vanilla). I started with your basic vanilla cake mix, You can find out how to turn […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe MAKING THE SAUCE FROM SCRATCH INGREDIENTS 10 lb tomatoes   1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 cup finely minced, fresh basil 1/8 tsp Citric Acid or 1/2 Tbsp bottled lemon juice per hot jar 3 to 4 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands […]

White Chicken Chili – Sweet Southern Blue

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe Jump to Recipe Print Recipe I took a basic recipe I found on the internet and adjusted it to my taste. Feel free to do same. If there is something you don’t like, don’t put it in. Otherwise, this is a pretty basic soup. The real personalization comes with the […]

For the Love of Zinnias – Sweet Southern Blue

There was a time in my life that I did not care much for zinnias. I have no idea why I didn’t love these easy to grow, colorful flowers. I don’t think I realized that they came in all colors, sizes, and shapes. Now I can’t wait to order new varieties and watch them grow. […]


Jump to Recipe Print Recipe If you don’t know what a Calamondin orange is, it is an orange that is a little larger than a quarter and typically does not exceed one inch in diameter. The rind is thin, easy to peel and reveals an extremely juicy flesh. Calamondin oranges have a lot of flavor […]

Paula Deen’s Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding – Sweet Southern Blue

Ingredients 1 (12-oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups milk 1 (5-oz) box instant French vanilla pudding mix 6 to 8 bananas, sliced 2 bags chessmen cookies Directions Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with […]

Adding Cattle to our Homestead – Sweet Southern Blue

When we moved onto our homestead in November 2020, we planned to eventually get cattle. My husband has spent months putting up and repairing fence in hopes of making our dreams a reality. Though we still have another lot to fence in, we felt we were ready and our cattle were delivered on Saturday. Having […]

PLANTS OF ORLANDO (Volcano Bay) – Sweet Southern Blue

I thought Baldi Resort in Costa Rica was one of the most beautifully landscaped locations that I have ever visited and I am hard to please when it comes to landscaping. I have to say that Volcano Bay in Orlando comes close to Baldi when it comes to plant use and design. I added a […]

Southern Squash Relish – Sweet Southern Blue

If you find yourself with an abundance of squash this year, check out this recipe for canning squash relish. It is some seriously good stuff and so easy to make. INGREDIENTS 4 pounds fresh, firm yellow and/or zucchini summer squash (as purchased) ½ cup diced sweet onion (about 2.4 ounces prepared) 2 cups cider vinegar […]

Making Ketchup from Scratch – Sweet Southern Blue

Let me start by saying that making ketchup takes a lot of tomatoes. I mean A LOT of tomatoes and I only make it when I have tons of tomatoes at the end of the season that I need to use up. Most of my tomatoes go to make salsa and spaghetti sauce. I will […]


I love going to Volcano Bay in Florida, not for the water rides, but for the tropical atmosphere. I spend most of my time exploring the variety of tropical plants and flowers. I use a plant app to try to identify each species and find out if they will grow in my zone 8 climate. […]


This soup so so delicious and so easy to make. Even my husband, who never eats soup, likes this soup. INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground beef 2 Cups of chicken broth 1 Medium onion – Chopped 8 oz Cream Cheese 1 Can Rotel with green chilis 1 Cup heavy cream 4 oz Velveeta ¼ Cup chopped dill pickles […]


This classic no bake cookie has been around forever and can be made from ingredients found in almost every pantry. These delicious chocoalte and peanut butter cookies are so easy to throw together. The hardest part is waiting for them to harden! INGREDIENTS 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup milk 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 1/4 […]

My Christmas Tree 2021 – Sweet Southern Blue

I decided to go very neutral this year since I am putting my Christmas tree up in my dining room. Neutral with the exception of a few pops of blue. I could not have a tree without my beloved blue. I painted a few pine cones with some white paint, wrapped some with jute, used […]

GREEN TOMATO SALSA – Sweet Southern Blue

The first frost hit and I lost most of my tomato plants leaving beautiful green tomatoes on the vine. I normally just pickle my green tomatoes but I came across several recipes for Green Tomato Salsa and I decided to give it a try. Everyone was correct, it does taste similar to salsa verde. Basically, […]

FALL on-the-farm – Sweet Southern Blue

The Farmer’s Almanac was correct. We made it to November here in South Arkansas (zone 8a) before the first frost. The day before the first frost was predicted, I grabbed my phone and took photos. I’m sure I am not the only person who cries the morning after a frost when everything is brown instead […]


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