Sea Salt Caramel Sauce.

Everyone has those people that are “so hard to buy for” and for that I love the food gift. A delicious, homemade treat that is beautifully packaged is always the way to the heart.

This season one of my favorite food gifts is Sea Salt Caramel sauce. It is so easy to make and filled with rich flavor. I packaged mine in these cute little vintage jars with simple white butcher string and they made the cutest little gifts paired with a vintage spoon.

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SEA SALT CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tbs water

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter 

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp vanila extract

Begin by mixing the sugar and water together over medium heat in a small saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, reduce heat to a simmer.

Next, add in butter and whisk until combined. Let mixture simmer for about five minutes until it turns a deep brown color. Remove pan from heat and gently whisk in the cream. Whisk cream until it is completely combined and add in salt and vanilla, whisking both in.

Carefully pour sauce into a heat-proof jar. Let cool before serving.

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Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite homemade gifts are, I’d love to see what you’re making! #HEIRLOOMED


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Chocolate Desserts For Your Valentine.

If you follow the blog you know I love baking sweet treats. Growing up I learned so many great dessert recipes and Mom always had something homemade and fresh out the oven for us to enjoy.

While I don’t always have a huge sweet tooth, Valentine’s Day brings it out. I put together a little list here of some of our favorite chocolatey treats for you to make for your Valentine this year!

1. CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES

Click here to get the recipe.

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2. CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CAKE.

Check out the recipe here.

Chocolate Espresso Cake / heirloomed

3. GRANDMA’S CHOCOLATE SAUCE.

Looking for the perfect chocolate sauce for your recipe? We have you covered right here.

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4. CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES.

See our recipe here.

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5. GRANNY’S PECAN TURTLES.

Does your valentine like a sweet + salty treat? Then we have the perfect recipe for you right here.

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Let us know what you + your valentine think of these sweet treats. What other things do you like to do for your Valentine? Let me know below in the comments.

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Classic Cornbread.

Growing up one of my favorite smells was fresh cornbread. It reminds of being in the kitchen with my grandmother and gathering around the table during the holidays. Over time I have experimented with different recipes, but I always come back to this classic recipe that has been passed down to me.

To me, classic cornbread must always have real kernels of corn mixed in. Even if you are using a boxed mix, you can easily add in some freshly steamed kernels of corn and instantly it makes the recipe seem even more homemade and delicious.

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Recently I came across this perfect little cast iron cornbread pan from Lodge. I see them all the time when I’m out vintage shopping and always pick them up when I see a good one. I knew it would be great for the holidays to add a fun element to our classic cornbread over a simple muffin. But when I do make muffins, I love to make the tiny ones - I think they are just more fun and bite-sized.

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CLASSIC CORNBREAD:

  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal

  • 1 cup corn kernels - can be frozen, fresh, or from can

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the batter together until completely combined.

Using a stick of butter, grease the grooves of the pan to avoid the cornbread sticking after it is baked. Once buttered, place the cast iron skillet in pre-heated oven for 3 to 5 minutes to melt butter. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the batter into the pan. Smooth the top and bake about 20 to 25 minutes.

Using a vintage cornbread pan will give your cornbread such a unique look and taste. Serve warm.

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Let me know how you + your family like this recipe, and let me know your favorite way to cook cornbread in the comments.


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New Year's Day Menu.

Wishing a very happy New Year to you! 2018 was one of the best years yet and gave me so many memories to cherish. It will be hard for 2019 to top it, but I do have lots of big + exciting things planned (can’t wait to share!).

As you know, I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I'm celebrating the Southern tradition of serving dishes that are said to bring us good luck + good fortune in the New Year.

If you’re looking for a traditional New Years Day menu here in the South it includes collard greens, black-eyed peas , cornbread, Hoppin’ John’s and some pork

Here’s a round up of some of my favorite recipes for New Year’s Day :

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1. CLASSIC CORNBREAD

A true Southern classic, Cornbread is meant to symbolize “gold” in the New Year. Signifying wealth and good fortune in the new year, they say cornbread made with actual corn kernels (my preference) symbolizes “gold nuggets” - even better. Click for the recipe or try a spin on the classic with this special cornbread recipe that I just love.

2. COLLARD GREENS

Collards go on our table to symbolize “greens,” cash or money - good financial fortune in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

3. BLACK EYED PEAS

Black eyed peas symbolize “coins” and it’s said you should eat 365, one for each day of the year, bringing us prosperity in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to cook these New Year’s Day staples and what else you like to have on your plate.


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Black Eyed Peas.

Every year growing up we always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day to signify luck for the new year. They say the legumes symbolize “coins” and that you’re suppose to eat a boat-load of them, 365 to be exact, to ensure good luck each and every day of the new year.

Black eyed peas were never my favorite as a child, but I have always loved this family tradition. Today I’m sharing a classic and simple recipe for black eyed peas so you can ring in the year on a good note.

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BLACK EYED PEAS:

  • 2 cups dry black eyed peas

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • kosher salt

First you will need to soak the dried beans overnight. Place beans in a large bowl with water, covering the beans by a few inches. Once they soak overnight, give them a quick rinse in cold water.

Add peas and chicken stock to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test beans for desired tenderness. Drain any remaining chicken stock and add salt. Serve warm.

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