Yesterday we returned from Vegas with friends. While I am still limping a bit, we had a blast. It was everyone's first visit except us so it was fun to show everyone around!
Mal and Jason were married in a little Vegas chapel and we all met up after at the Boneyard for photos where I played photographer with my iphone!
In Mid - January I went with my sweet Aunt Jo Anne before heading to California and then again in early February with friends.
While visiting with Aunt Jo Anne in Vegas I managed to severely sprain my ankle so that trip was mostly spent with my foot elevated, but we had so much fun laughing and catching up! I absolutely adore my Aunt Jo Anne and will forever cherish the time we spent together!
We then flew on to California for a couple of days at Disneyland with my cousin, Heather. What an incredibly fun time! I can't wait until our next girls trip!
In December of 2022 we visited NYC with our besties, the Ewaldsen's. It was there first visit to the Big Apple and our first at The Holidays and it was truly magical!
A few highlights from the trip"
I am delighted they seemed to enjoy Manhatten as much as we do and I can't wait until we can all go back!
Twenty four years ago today we said I do, and we did and we still are!
It never ceases to amaze me how each year I love you more. You make me laugh until I cry and that alone cures so many of life's ailments.
You work harder than I can even fathom and care so much about your work and I love you for that.
The way you provide for us doesn't go unnoticed, although I don't think I show you enough gratitude.
I love you more than I could ever say,
A quick and easy dip that's so cheesy good!
You can't really mess up Mac & Cheese and will likely always have the ingredients on hand!
Macadoo has always been my Mac n' Cheese fan and over the years I've made about as many different types as their are cheeses. I always welcome his feedback and I think we've pretty much nailed it with this version.
Mac- aroni & Cheese
Squash isn't our enemy, y'all!
When Daddy and I first started dating it was a bit of a shock to my system to eat dinner at his house. Nana has always been a phenomenal cook, but for the longest time I was a fairly picky eater, I know such a shock. Green beans aren't even an option for me and I didn't go near things like squash or butter beans, much less something called a purple hull pea!?
Thankfully they wore me down and I grew to love some of their southern staples. I have especially enjoyed adding Nana's Squash Casserole recipe to my collection. In true Teresa fashion I have made some *very* slight modifications over the years. I am including a photo of Nana's recipe that is printed in the St. Francis cookbook. Nana worked at St. Francis as a pharmacist.
This is one of those dishes that isn't at all what you think it will be and is truly a crowd pleaser at the Holidays. I am so glad I tried it all those years ago and I hope one day y'all will as well!
The holy grail of holiday desserts.
I wish there was a way to make trumpets sound when this page is opened. This dessert recipe is hands down the favorite of the Earnest household. My step-dad's mom made this when I was a kid and I remember wanting to steal it and run away to have it all to myself. Not because I had serious issues, but because she would serve us about a 3" square. WOMP WOMP WOMP. I swore one day when I had my own family I would serve ridiculously huge portions and I am proud to say I have lived up to that. I won't lie, this one isn't the quickest recipe and it's a mess in the kitchen but I promise it's worth it!
Four Layer Delight
serves from 1-10 people depending on who's eating it
Chill for several hours before serving and then bask in the glow of the love everyone has for you for making it.
With love and second helpings,
This can be made ahead and freezes perfectly!
Serves 4-6 and can easily be doubled for freezing
TIP: Once cooled off this can be placed in refrigerator for several days or frozen for up to 3 months.