Easy, Breezy Chocolate Truffles

This past weekend, I was craving anything chocolate, but didn’t want to put forth much effort into making a yummy treat. So, I made these easy, breezy chocolate truffles. And trust me, they are very easy to make.

Ingredients:

12 0z. bag milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup sour cream

2 Tbs. almond flavoring

Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on medium for 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Once done melting, stir until completely smooth.
  3. Mix in the sour cream and almond flavoring and blend well.
  4. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Roll into 3/4 inch. balls and then roll into powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

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Biscuits and gravy. Biscuits and jelly. Biscuits and butter. Biscuits and country ham. Biscuits and honey. 

Southerners love their biscuits, especially if they are homemade. Trust me, there is nothing better than a recipe made from scratch!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon shortening

1 cup buttermilk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 F degrees.

2. Stir dry ingredients together. Cut in the shortening and add in the buttermilk. Knead dough together until soft.

3. Pinch off about 2” pieces of dough and roll into balls. Place in greased pan.

4. Bake 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Country Belle Chic Cooking Tip: Don’t have buttermilk? Mix together milk and lemon juice. Let stand for about 5 minutes. For 1 cup buttermilk, use about a cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

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Southern Style Green Beans

Make sure to get your ‘greens’ in today with this quick and easy Southern recipe. Trust me, they are just like Nana makes them.

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans

4 slices bacon

2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped.

Directions:

1. Cook the green beans until tender.

2. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towels.

3. Crumble bacon into small pieces and pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

4. Cook onions in pan for 3 minutes. Add green beans and bacon.

5. Heat through and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

A Country Belle’s Southern Fall Bucket List

“Life starts all over again when the air gets crisp in the fall.” -The Great Gatsby

My favorite time of the year is fall. The colors get brighter, the weather gets cooler, and a sense of down home country comfort is in the air. Every fall, there are many traditions that my family and I make sure we do before winter comes.

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite fall traditions, listed below. Do you have a southern fall bucket list?

A Country Belle’s Southern Fall Bucket List 

1. Visit a pumpkin patch.

2. Go trick-or-treating for canned goods for a local foodbank on Halloween.

3. Build a bonfire and cook s’mores. Talk about something yummy in the tummy.

4. Cheer on a SEC team. Who doesn’t love the Ole Miss Rebels and Tennessee Volunteers? 🙂

5. Count your blessings each day in November, leading up to Thanksgiving.

6. Share what you are most thankful for on Thanksgiving, before eating.

7. Take a trip to Mount Airy, NC and visit the Autumn Leaves Festival. (And see the town that inspired Mayberry, NC on the classic television show The Andy Griffith Show.)

8. Go to the Dixie Classic Fair. Everything can be deep-fried, right?

9. Carve a pumpkin.

10. Drink hot chocolate on a hayride.

11. Watch a scary Halloween movie.

12. Cook a gumbo.

13. Bake anything and everything pumpkin. Classic family recipe, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, will change your life! (Anyone want the recipe?)

14. Visit one of your high school’s football games.

15. Take a photo in a pile of leaves.

A Country Belle Chic’s 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Today, thousands of people are finishing their shopping or starting it, wrapping their last set of presents, and cooking up a storm for their big Christmas meal! Remember to take some time to enjoy the season with your family and friends with this classic Chicken and Dumplings recipe, courtesy of country singer Tim McGraw.

Ingredients:

1 small chicken
Water
Pinch of salt
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. butter shortening
½ cup buttermilk

Directions:

1. Boil chicken in a pot, adding salt to taste. When tender, pull chicken from the bone and return to the pot, adding broth.

2. In a bowl, combine shortening and flour, mix together with a pastry cutter, then add buttermilk to form a doughy ball

3.Sprinkle flour on cutting board. Pinch off part of the dough and roll into a thin sheet and cut into squares. Drop one square at a time into broth. Continue this until all of the dough is used. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer until tender.

4. Allow the dumplings to thicken in the broth for 2 hours until it is a creamy consistency.

Enjoy!

Source: http://greatideas.people.com/2013/12/23/tim-mcgraw-faith-hill-chicken-and-dumplings-recipe/