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Massaged Kale Salad w/ Apple and Cranberry

Well, this is getting tough now.

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I love salads, and chicken, and soups, and all the yummy things we get to have on this detox. But I also love cheese, and bagels, and dessert.

My cravings are definitely beginning to set in, and it is tough. But I’m excited for two reasons! 1.) I have been very satiated on the recipes Jennifer has given us, and my habitual snacking has gone down because I’m not always hungry. 2.) I’ve gained a new fantastic salad recipe for my ever-growing list of favorites.

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JPJanuary 11, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Your pictures are always so fantastic. Seriously! This salad is SO delish, thanks for featuring it on your blog!

Parker House Pull-Apart Rolls

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Sooo, I’m starting a winter wellness detox this week.

Much to my dismay, these rolls will not be a part of it.

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If I get moody or go through withdrawals, it’s not going to be from caffeine (I already drink decaf), it’s going to be from carbs.

And these carbs right here are decadent. This is how I imagine rolls have been made for decades…flour, whole milk, butter, sugar, salt. All the good stuff. And all the stuff I’m not allowed to have for two weeks.

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TerriJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Good morning!

Was getting everything out to make these wonderful sounding rolls and notice you tell us to dissolve the yeast in the 110 degree water along with the sugar. I don’t see the amount of water you want us to put the yeast and sugar into though. I would love to get these made for dinner tonight so if you get a free moment today let me know please! Thanks again!!!


bree@sugarandgrace.comJanuary 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Goodness gracious! I am just not on my game am I. Thankful for you trying these or else I would have never noticed my omissions! It’s 1/2 c warm water. Again, so sorry! I will go revise that too!

TerriJanuary 16, 2014 - 3:02 pm

It is really no problem! I love finding new things to try and you are certainly not alone in not putting something in the instructions, but I will say that you are the ONLY person who has responded with the correction. The half cup would have been my guess, but I didn’t want to hit or miss it today.

Thank you so much again! At least you know the recipes are being tried!

bree@sugarandgrace.comJanuary 18, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Absolutely! So glad they are being tried!!

Spicy Sausage & Black-eyed Pea Soup

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Forgive me for rushing through this post (really, who am I kidding…I’m sure you’re all glad to get a little brevity from me now and then) but I have to get this recipe out ASAP. Want to know why?

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Because my brother asked for it, and my brother NEVER READS MY BLOG.

I figure if I can get this recipe posted before he asks for it again, then I can just direct him here, and maybe-just maybe-he will freaking support his big sister in her writing/cooking/photography endeavors.

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I’m half kidding. He is very supporting and very encouraging and we talk about food and business and photography all the time. But he still NEVER READS MY BLOG.

Love you bunches Jake.

Hope you all like the soup! It’s one of my faves…so much flavor, and healthy too. Perfect for a cold day…we had it on New Years!

Spicy Sausage and Black-eyed Pea Soup


4 slices bacon, chopped (uncooked)

1 small onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 package smoked turkey sausage, halved and sliced (I use Butterball…it some with two links, I use one)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 Tbs Worcestershire

Dash hot pepper sauce (like Frank's)

1 can whole tomatoes

1 can RoTel

2 cans black-eyed peas

1-2 c chicken broth or water

Small handful of cilantro, chopped


  1. In a soup pot set over medium heat, sauté the bacon pieces until slightly browned. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until veggies begin to soften. Add the sausage, and cook a few minutes longer. I like the sausage to take on some color and brown a bit, but if you don't want to wait, that's fine. It will still be good!
  2. Next add in the garlic and spices and cook for another minute or until fragrant. Sprinkle a dash of hot sauce over the veggies, and add in the Worcestershire. Stir.
  3. Lastly, add tomatoes, RoTel, black-eyed peas, and chicken broth/water. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, then add in cilantro right before serving.

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TerriJanuary 12, 2014 - 11:31 pm

When do we add the canned beans? Black eyed peas have a tendency to break down depending on when added and I just want to make sure I dump them in at the right time! Can’t wait for our next cold front to make this for my brood!

TerriJanuary 12, 2014 - 11:34 pm

P.S. Forgot to ask if we need to drain them first! Sorry!!!

bree@sugarandgrace.comJanuary 14, 2014 - 3:40 am

Oh gosh! I cannot believe I left that out! Just went and updated. They do go in at the end, with the tomatoes and RoTel; for the exact reason you mentioned! I hope you do try it! We love it at our house. It is fairly spicy, so if you have some kiddos eating it you might want to lessen the spice/Rotel. Thanks again for catching that!

bree@sugarandgrace.comJanuary 14, 2014 - 3:41 am

Yes, Terri-I do drain them.

TerriJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:10 am

Thanks so much! I picked up everything to put this together (doubled actually because I have 3 teenage boys and a teen daughter) and plan on making it Thursday along with cornbread. We too live in Texas so the heat factor is not an issue in this house! I will probably use one can of regular Ro-tel and one of the hot. Ro-tel is always in the pantry here!

Thank you again for getting back to me so quickly! I really appreciate it!!!

Waffles of Insane Greatness

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Well now.

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That’s quite a name to live up to, wouldn’t you say?

Unlike most, I am not a waffle lover. I’ve shared before on this blog that I’ve really, really, really tried to love waffles, but I just don’t. If you want to read more about my feelings about this beloved breakfast treat (I mean, c’mon, sounds super interesting right?) go here. This waffle changed my life, and will always and forever be my favorite. But.

But, they take time. They’re not reallllly something you can whip up quickly for your hungry family on a busy morning.

So after the truly insane greatness of the Liege waffle, I knew I was going to have to find something just as good, but a little easier, for those days when I don’t have an hour in the kitchen. Then I stumbled across this post, and was intrigued.

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AyannaJanuary 2, 2014 - 9:05 pm

These do look great, I mean insanely great!! Now I’m going to have to get a waffle maker, I don’t know where I’ll put it in my tiny kitchen, but for insane greatness I might have to find a space!

bree@sugarandgrace.comJanuary 3, 2014 - 7:14 am

Thanks Ayanna! I didn’t realize the value of having a waffle maker until just recently! Now I use it all the time!

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Salsa Dip

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If you judged me by my New Years Eve celebrations, you might think I was the most boring 30-something ever.

Neither my husband or I are big party people, so we usually just spend the evening at home with our little boy, watching the Times Square NYE celebration and eating something fun. As Kikay gets older, I might try and find some fun activities for us to do at home as a family, but it’s typically a pretty laid back evening.

Tonight, I’m thinking about making homemade buffalo wings and fancy queso made with Velveeta and RoTel.

And this. I will probably eat all of this.

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