Iguana Azul – Nevada, MO

**Pulled off my Recipe Blog**

Tuesday August 28th would have been my grandpa’s 84th birthday.  Would have been is in the past tense.  My grandpa passed away in 2010.  It’s hard to believe that it has been two years.

My Grandpa J and I had a special connection.  I went to his house every day after school from 2nd grade through 8th grade.  I also spent a lot of summers at his house too during the day while my parents were at work.

Now my grandpa liked food, you might almost say loved but I can’t speak for him, and he always said you couldn’t get good for unless you drove 45 miles or more.  I think part of that had to do with the fact that by the time you drove that distance you were so hungry it always made it taste better, but I’m not sure.

Back in 2009 I started the tradition of going out to dinner on my Grandma S. birthday.  She had passed away 2 years prior.  So when my Grandpa J passed away, my dad thought it was a good tradition to start.  It started with taking my Grandma J to dinner on what would have been their anniversary so she wasn’t home alone.  Now it has carried to dinners.

Tuesday night my parents, grandma, hubby and I loaded up in dad’s truck and drove to Nevada, MO to eat dinner at a restaurant called Iguana Azul.  Two reasons we chose this restaurant.

The first reason, Stating the obvious, it was more than 45 miles from home.
Second reason, dad, hubby, Tbug and I ate here back in March and we’ve been talking about it ever since.  So it seemed like a perfect fit.

Iguana Azul is located on the south Side of the Nevada Square across from the court house.  I believe they also have an entrance from they Hwy 54 side of that building with a parking lot behind the building/accessible from Hwy 54.


Gem Dandy’s Pizza – Jasper, MO

Saturday night hubby asked me if I’d have dinner with him.  Well he should have known the answer to that question, but he proceeded to ask anyway.  On our way to Jasper it started raining.  Oh it was glorious!  We wanted to jump out of the car and dance in it!

Anyway, once we got to Jasper to Gem Dandy’s Pizza it had quit.  I’ve been telling hubby for a while now we needed to go eat here.  Finally we made it!


Old Fashioned Apple Peach Gingerbread

Serves 6-8

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
3/4 cup molasses
2 3/4 cups flour
4 apples, peeled and cut into slices
4 peaches, peeled and cut into slices
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. Ginger Powdered/Ground
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
Whipped cream

Mix sugar and shortening together well. Add eggs and mix, and then mix in the molasses.
Combine all dry ingredients. Add 1/2 of the dry mix and stir well. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk. Then add the rest of the dry mix, and then add the rest of the buttermilk. Stir but do not over mix. Stir for about one minute.

Cover the bottom of a well greased 12” Dutch oven with the apple and peach slices. Pour gingerbread over the fruit. Bake at 350 for 30- 35 minutes.

Cut and serve warm with whipped cream.

Thanks Be To God

Psalm 50: 7-15

“O my people, listen as I speak,
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices.
But I do not need bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you, 
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble and I will rescue you.


But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 2 Thes. 5:16

Table of Equivalents

I’m not sure if you remember back to when I said I found recipes that were my great-grandmothers or not, but I found this list of Table Equivalents she clipped out of the newspaper.  The newspaper is old and tattered and like I stated before, my grandma said it was probably cut out in the 20’s-50’s.

Table of Equivalents

One pound of butter or shortening equals 2 cups
One pound granulated sugar equals 2 cups
One pound brown sugar equals 2 and 2/3 cups
One pound confectioners sugar equals 3 cups
Three tablespoons cocoa plus 1/2 tablespoon shortening equals 1 square chocolate.
One cup all-purpose flour less 2 tablespoons equals 1 cup cake flour
One cup sweet milk plus 1 tablespoon vineagar or lemon juice equals 1 cup sour milk
One cup sour milk plus 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and only 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder required in recipe equals 1 cup sweet milk.
Two tablespoons flour equals 1 tablespoon cornstarch.

Muriel’s Jackson Square – New Orleans, LA

My mom’s job has her traveling all over the country and world for that matter.  She recently went to New Orleans and I asked her to take photos.  I also asked if she’d be willing to do a guest post about restaurants… And boy did she ever.  I’m going to turn it over to my beautiful momma today to talk about Muriel’s Jackson Square.  Take it away!!

Lots of restaurants have a “hook” enticing patrons to dine with them rather than the competitor down the street. This hook may come in many forms: décor, menu, live music featured on the weekends or a combination of several. Last week while working in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of eating at Muriel’s Jackson Square.

They claim to be haunted! 

Muriel’s history started with the original property owner, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, purchasing the property in 1789, and subsequently building his “dream home”. Unfortunately, Mr. Jourdan had a gambling problem and one ill-fated night in 1814, lost his beloved residence due to a bad card hand during a poker game. 

Vowing to never leave his home, he committed suicide on the second floor the night before he was to be evicted from the premises. Thus Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan walks his home forever. 

Waiters (or is the PC word servers?) at Muriels have the touch of fine dining captured.. as you are seated, they retrieve the fabric napkin which has been artfully folded at your place setting, and gently place it in your lap. Its been so long since Ive had this experience, Id nearly forgotten how to react. For a split second, I was starting to wonder what the server was going for. Where Im from anymore, linen napkins arent an option. Youre lucky to get a paper one that has been made of recycled paper products wrapped around your fork (forget getting a knife) with a self-stick paper band. Plus, if the menu mentions anything with the word B-B-Q sauce as a main ingredient, you might just find a roll of kitchen towels donning a wood dowel rod at the end of a picnic table. Guess I shouldnt complain though; beats using a shirt sleeve or pants leg. 


Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano – Branson, MO

I decided since it seems like this was “review” week, I’d just continue the tradition :).
Last Fall while my hubby & I were in Branson we stayed at a hotel that gave us this Branson coupon thing.  I went through the book and it mentioned a restaurant called Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano.  We love Italian and it was lunch time so we thought we’d give it a whirl.  Since then we’ve taken my parents and my {step}daughter there with us.

A couple weeks ago when we went to Branson for the day, we decided to take Tbug to Florentina’s for dinner.  She’s like us… she likes Italian also.


Springfield Family Restaurant – Springfield, MO

I’m just going to overload you with restaurant reviews this week.  I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  Besides, this was breakfast, so totally counts as something different, right?
A couple weeks ago we decided to go to Branson.  We had free tickets to see the Haygoods plus we have season passes to Silver Dollar City, so we decided to head down and make it a day.  We also figured we should eat a big breakfast.  We knew we’d be eating an early dinner so we were going to try and skip lunch (Tbug didn’t agree with us there…. but we still managed).

In college I always loved to eat at this particular restaurant called Iggy’s.  A few weeks prior to that when we went to the Farmer’s Market with Doti, Doti and I decided we’d eat at Iggy’s for breakfast, we just drug hubby along.  Well it turns out Iggy’s moved and the restaurant/building is now called Springfield Family Restaurant.  We figured we’d give it a chance.  It was almost just like Iggy’s.

So on our way to Branson, we knew this would be the place to eat a big breakfast!

Springfield Family Restaurant.


El Ranchito – Union, MO

**Pulled off my Recipe Blog**

I sometimes wonder if I embarrass people for the number of photos I take and the type of photos I take.  Like I’ve mentioned earlier this week, I was out on a work trip, therefore not a lot of opportunity to cook at home.  We ate out a couple times and I decided to go ahead and do my reviews now as opposed to waiting forever and a day.

Tuesday for lunch James, Lora & I went to eat at a little Mexican restaurant in Union.  This is the restaurant she and her husband eat at pretty much every Friday night.

As we were walking into the building James said to me, “Should I warn Lora or should you?”  I just grinned and Lora was like, What?  You don’t like Mexican.  That’s when we informed her about me taking photos for my recipe blog. :).  Obviously, she played along… LOL :).