Saturday, August 20, 2016

Redeemed Riders Overnight Chick Ride

2016 Photo by Donna Stephens
Info meeting at Cracker Barrel
I know I haven't posted in awhile because my life has gotten crazy busy!
Good news is.............I got to ride my motorcycle this week. One ride was to Sullivan, MO for dinner and an informational meeting of all the gals going on the overnight "Redeemed Riders Chick Ride."

That's right, I am going on an overnighter with the girls!
Dinner at Cracker Barrel was a prequel for some Redeemed Rider sister time.  About fifteen of us converged at the restaurant to talk about our destination and routes to Mountain View, Arkansas.

Are you getting a vision of "Wild Hogs - The Chick Version?" 
Well, not everyone is riding a motorcycle. Riding a bike isn't a requirement to go on our ride. Cars containing some of my sisters will be following the bikes. And we hope that being chased by a biker gang isn't going to be part of our story.  

Anyway, I indulged my love of southern food at Cracker Barrel.
Fried okra is one of my favorite side dishes. My momma has raised okra in her garden every year of my life. Bet you didn't know that the Missouri Ozarks includes some southern cooking did you? Anyway, I was perfectly happy with my fried okra, fried chicken livers, cheese grits, and hot buttered biscuits. My mouth is happy just remembering what I ate.

Now where was I, oh the meeting.
 There are going to be two groups heading for Arkansas, an experienced rider group and a not so experienced rider group. I am riding with the first group and looking forward to an all-day, scenic ride with a lunch stop in Ava, MO. THEN, I get to eat Mexican food in Mountain View for supper. Oh yeah!

As usual, we talked ALOT. 
In fact, the sun had just about disappeared to the west when I rode out of the Cracker Barrel parking lot on my Harley and started my evening ride home.
2014 Chick Ride - Coming home from the CMA Women's Conference in Springfield, MO
2013 Chick Ride to Women of Faith Conference in Kansas City, MO
Blogger and biker Sallee Bonham riding down the highway in 2011
Chick ride to Hardy, Arkansas in 2008? 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sallee's Six Favorite Mug Cake Recipes

1.  This is my own decadent and chocolicious Chocolate Extreme Mug Cake! Yep, I was a  top 50 finalist with this recipe in a contest! 
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2. Applesauce Mug Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce for One
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3. Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Mug Cake from
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4. Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake from
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5. Vegan Sweet Potato Mug Cake for Two  This recipe is originally from Leslie Bilderback, however I found it over at Oh My Veggies.
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6. Lime Coconut Mug Cake from
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Microwave a mug of homemade happiness today!  SalleeB

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spiced Monkey Bread for Two

Sugar and spice and everything that's nice maybe what little girls are made of,
BUT I am a big girl and I want my sugar and spice in my monkey bread! Specifically, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves mixed with brown sugar and baked with butter into a spiced, caramelly syrup that surrounds the crisp sugar coating with each bite of buttermilk monkey bread. I've got to stop describing it or I am going to be making more monkey bread!
I thought everyone knew about monkey bread.
I was wrong. Bill didn't know what monkey bread was.
Can you believe that? He grew up in California and Kansas. Don't you have monkey bread there? Somehow he missed out on this treat until I made spiced monkey bread for us. NOW that he knows what it is............he wants more, much more!

I used two  - 6 ounce souffle cups, but any 6-8 ounce ramekin, or baking dish will work.
  • 1- 7.5 oz tube of generic buttermilk biscuits
  • 2 Tbsp. butter - for buttering your baking dishes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Topping Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Butter your two baking dishes generously and set aside
    Generously buttered souffle dishes.
Preparing the Biscuits
  1. Cut each biscuit into quarters and roll each quarter into a ball. 
    I cut the biscuit into quarters with a pizza cutter. 
  2. Set the dough balls aside.
  3. Put the sugars and spices into a one quart zip top bag.
  4. Zip the top and mix the sugar and spices in the bag.
  5. Dip a ball of dough into the melted butter and drop it into the bag of spiced sugar.
  6. Repeat until you have four butter coated dough balls in the bag of spiced sugar
  7. Close and shake the bag until the balls of dough are completely coated.
  8. Divide the dough balls between the two buttered baking dishes.
  9. Repeat steps 4-7 until all of the dough balls are coated and divided between the two baking dishes. 
    Ready to bake!
Preparing the Topping
  1. In a small bowl, blend the melted butter, brown sugar, and spices for the topping.
  2. Using a tablespoon, spoon the topping equally over the top of the dough in each baking dish.
Time to Bake
  • Set the baking dishes on a small cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and put it into the preheated oven.
  • Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the dough is beginning to brown.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 2 or 3 minutes. 
  • Carefully turn each baking dish upside down onto a plate and let it sit for a minute.
  • Gently remove the monkey bread from the baking dish. 
    This is what happens when you don't let the baking dish sit on the plate for a minute.
    A perfect individual serving.
    You are ready to eat some homemade happiness on a plate!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Applesauce Mug Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

It has been scorching hot in Missouri this week - triple digit scorching hot!

Summer heat removes my desire to bake, but not my desire for dessert.

My solution? A single serving, microwave mug cake!

Last night I whipped up two, applesauce mug cakes with salted caramel sauce for Bill and I. 
We loved them. The cake was moist, the crumb topping was gooey rather than crunchy, and the whipped topping with salted caramel sauce complemented the apple and cinnamon flavor perfectly. 
We are lovin' our mugs of microwaved homemade happiness!

Ingredients For One Mug Cake                      Total Time - About 10 minutes

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
     Crumb Topping Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Note: The cooking time is for a 900 watt microwave.

  • Put the dry ingredients into a 6-12 ounce, microwaveable mug or dish. '
I have used a 12 oz. mug and a 6 oz. souffle dish with this recipe; both cakes turned out perfectly.
  • Blend the dry ingredients until all of the ingredients are completely combined. I used a teaspoon.
  • Add applesauce, veg oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir until just combined and wet - be careful to not over mix.
  • Place the crumb topping ingredients into a small bowl.
  • Using a fork, blend the topping ingredients until pea size crumbs form.
  • Put the crumb topping on top of the cake batter.
  • Microwave on high for about 60 seconds - Remember, in microwave cooking the ingredients will continue to cook. 
    Dish on left after 60 seconds in the microwave.
    Dish on the right after cooling one minute
  • Remove the mug cake from the microwave and cool for about five minutes Warning - the bottom of the mug is VERY hot. Be careful.
  • Place a dollop of whipped topping, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream on top of the mug cake. 
  • Then, drizzle the topping with store bought caramel sauce and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. I used fine sea salt and loved it!

Enjoy your mug of homemade happiness! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Disappointed in Recommended Kentucky Diner

Bill and I were in Kentucky last week for the Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally. 
We are on a budget, but we do try to eat out at least once on a trip. I usually try to find a local restaurant that local recommend to me. 

The Roadside Diner is located less than a quarter mile from the Union County Fairgrounds, which is the home of the Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally. 
Several people at the local motorcycle rally recommended this diner's burgers to me and I was excited to try it. 

Specifically, I was told the diner had a great Mushroom and Swiss burger with very large orders of fries. Mushroom and Swiss burgers are my favorite burger to eat. 

My first impression of the diner as we seated ourselves was - rundown. However, I overlooked that because it was during the bike rally. Thousands of bikers were in town for the rally and I'm sure that the diner had been flooded with customers. 

The waitresses were friendly, attentive, and made you feel at home. 
However, my burger was considerably less than spectacular. It was cold and overcooked with unmelted, shredded white cheese that might have been Swiss cheese, or mozzarella.The button mushroom slices were straight out of a can with no sauce. I was definitely disappointed, but the burger patty was 100% beef. 

The half order of tots was large and taste okay. 

The hubby's tuna salad sandwich was very tangy. He didn't like it. However, I tasted it and it was tasty if you like a generous amount of lemon juice in your tuna salad. 

The bright spot in our dining experience was dessert. 
I ordered the blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I loved it! The house made cobbler was tangy, not too sweet and the cobbler crust was tender, flaky, and flavorful. Personally, I would go back just for dessert and coffee.