Category Archives: Overnight

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

I love salads with fresh homemade dressing.  I’m not big on store-bought dressing, though I will occasionally buy the ones in the produce section because they taste a bit more like homemade.  I had no plans on making salad dressing, in fact I was just going to throw together a simple tomato, cucumber and onion salad with Italian dressing (the only one that I do buy at the grocer) when I noticed that my farmer’s market had their salad mix in stock.

Their salad mix is so delicious and it seems like it stays fresh forever.  I was a bit burnt out on our ranch dressing that I make, so I took to Pinterest to look for something new.  I landed on this yummy sounding Vidalia onion dressing, mostly because it called for primarily all things you would keep in your pantry.  Vidalia onions (they come from Georgia, not Louisiana, did you know that?) are sweet onions, if you were not aware.  I couldn’t find Vidalia’s at our grocery store so I just bought a sweet onion and it worked.  Boy did it work.  Now let me tell you, you’ll get it all blended and mixed up.  Don’t taste it yet.  Seriously, just don’t.  It’s nothing good.  Those flavors need to chill together overnight.  After it’s been in the fridge overnight, shake it up well before drizzling over a salad (lightly).  And sigh in pleasure.

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing
Recipe from One Perfect Bite

1/2 large Vidalia onion (I used 1 regular sweet onion)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 tbsp white vinegar
8 tbsp white granulated sugar (shhhh!)
1.5 tsp dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery seed (I used celery flakes)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Slice off the ends of the onion on each side, pierce the onion skin with the knife several times all around it.  Place in a microwave-safe bowl with about a tablespoon water and microwave for 4 minutes.  Remove, drain the water and as soon as you are able (it will be hot!), remove the outer papery skin and discard it.  Roughly cut the softened onion into pieces that will fit into your food processor (mine is small), pulse until smooth.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until smooth and mixed through.  Pour into a jar or bottle and chill overnight.  Shake well before using.



Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I love having parties at my house.  I love being a host.  Sure, it can be stressful at times but I think it’s just so much fun to think of the menu and decorations and favors.  When I knew I was going to be hosting Michelle’s bachelorette party/lingerie shower at my house, I couldn’t wait to put some plans into action.

Despite having a cake, I wanted to have something the guests could take home.  What better than cookies?  I had been wanting to try the “flooding” technique to decorating sugar cookies, but the only problem is that often those cookies are fairly gross.  The cookies aren’t that great and taste like cardboard and the icing is just blah.  So I set out to make these cookies look cute and taste great too, and I succeeded.

Bra and Panty Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Sugar Cookie Recipe
Recipe from:

1.5 cups butter, softened
2 cups white granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.  Add in the eggs and vanilla, then mix in the flour, baking powder and salt until well-incorporated.  Remove the bowl and cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Break off sections of dough and roll out on a floured surface until 1/4-1/2 inch thick.  Cut shapes out with your desired cookie cutter and place on the cookie sheet one inch apart.  Bake 6-8 minutes.  Let cool a few minutes before removing to a wire rack.  Cool completely before decorating.

* To make the bras and panties, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and simply cut in half under the two rounded tops and the bottom triangle.  I then took a spoon and cut out little half moons for the legs of the panties from the triangle.

How to cut the bras and panties apart

How to scoop out the leg holes for the panties

Tasty Royal Icing
Recipe adapted from Elly Says Opa, originally from Good Things Catered

4 cups powdered sugar, get the sifted 10x one
2 tbsp meringue powder
small splash of almond extract
small splash of butter extract
5 tbsp water


Mix all ingredients until no lumps remain and it is smooth.  If a color is desired, use gel color (available in the cake decorating section) using a toothpick.  Continue adding a little and mixing well until desired color is reached.  Put a little in a pastry bag with a small round tip for piping.  Pipe the outline of each cookie, until all are done.

Once all the cookies are outlined, you’ll add a little more water to thin the icing out a little.  You don’t want it watery, just runny enough that you can spread it with a toothpick.  Spoon some into a squeeze bottle and gently squeeze some onto the cookie, using a toothpick to smooth it out inside the outlined area (this is called flooding, you can find tutorials online for the technique).  At this point I also added little candy pearls for the bras and panties.  Repeat with remaining cookies.

Allow this icing to harden overnight if you’ll be decorating with more icing details on top.

Decorated Bra and Panties


Baked Praline French Toast

I know, you’re thinking “Christen has fallen off of the diet wagon for sure!”  But you would be wrong.  This, believe it or not, is a diet dish!!

The moms club I’m in is doing a Biggest Loser, so we decided to have a Biggest Loser brunch and all made a relatively healthy/low-cal brunch dish.  We brought copies of our recipe to share with each other, so you’ll be seeing some of those other dishes coming soon, there were some good ones.  I got mine from the Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific cookbook, Home Entertaining the Easy Way (given to me by my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Michelle!).  I just love Holly Clegg, she seems so personable and being a Southern girl like myself, I like her recipes!  The orange flavor gave it a different taste from the norm, but a good different.  This one was a definite win, it did not taste “diet” at all, everyone loved it.

Baked Praline French Toast

Baked Praline French Toast
Recipe from:  Home Entertaining the Easy Way

6 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs
3 egg whites
1 cup orange juice (I used the Trop 50 kind)
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 loaf (1 lb) French Bread, cut into one inch slices

In a small bowl, combine the margarine, corn syrup and brown sugar, microwaving until the brown sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally.  Pour into a casserole, then sprinkle with the chopped pecans before arranging the bread slices over the pecans.

In a larger bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and whisk to combine.  Pour evenly over the bread and cover, refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes, serve immediately.

Calories:  288

Baked Praline French Toast

Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast

The local moms club I’m in is always doing fun activities.  I hosted one at my house last week that was really different.  We had a pajama party potluck brunch.  Of course nobody spent the night, everyone just came in their pjs (I’m sure my neighbors were wondering what was going on!) that morning.

We joked around that we should call it the pinterest party, since more than half of the dishes were “found” on pinterest, including mine.  Sugar crusted vanilla French toast seemed like it would be just right, and even better that it could be prepared the night before with only minimal work the next morning.  The ingredients consisted mostly of things you would have on hand, so it’s really inexpensive to make.

Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast

Everyone seemed to really love it.  I made a double batch but it wasn’t necessary, I ended up with a good bit left over.  But the leftovers are great, that was no problem! 🙂  The crust is really, well…crusty when it’s leftover but it softens in the microwave, have no fear.

Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast (Single Batch)
Recipe from:  Phenomenon

1 loaf french bread, about 1lb. (plain, of course)

3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 – 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
pinch of sea salt

Sugar Coating:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Slice the bread into 1 inch slices.  Spray a casserole (just big enough to fit the bread) with nonstick spray and arrange the slices in the dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the custard ingredients.  Pour evenly over the bread in the dish and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning, remove the dish from the refrigerator and discard the plastic wrap.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter just till melted.  Add the brown sugar and corn syrup and whisk well to combine.  Microwave again in thirty-second bursts, whisking after each time until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is bubbly and hot.  Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour evenly over the top of the bread and bake about 40-45 minutes, until golden.

Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast