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Best Cornbread Recipe Ever!

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Bandera cornbread recipe - cornbread in an iron skillet

My grandmother gave me my great grandmother’s iron skillet this Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to try it once I got home. I cleaned and reseasoned the iron skillet by smothering it in Crisco and baking it at 400 degrees for about an hour over a cookie sheet to catch the drippings. I worked at Bandera while in college (famous for their delish cornbread), and I’ve been hooked on this recipe ever since. Worked like a charm!

Slice of  cornbread - easy cornbread recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chili
  • 1 (15 ounce) can creamed-style corn
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs

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Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar

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Mason jar cookie gift

These DIY mason jar cookies make such a cute gift for friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and they’re great for the holidays! Take a look below for the Cowboy Cookies recipe, along with a printable recipe card that can be attached to the mason jar for the perfect gift.

Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Susanah & Gary Hope to Adopt

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I received an email last week that to had to share…
According a Wall Street Journal article from a couple weeks ago, successful international adoption of babies and children by Americans has hit a 30-year low, contributing (along with a number of other factors) to unprecedented difficulty, costs, and waiting times for American families hoping to adopt a baby, either internationally domestically. As a result, thousands of prospective adoptive parents have taken to social media in increasingly creative ways to help in their search for expectant mothers considering adoption.
Word-of-mouth and networking have become the greatest tools for families hoping to adopt, as the traditional route of agency adoption is now often fraught with exorbitant fees, increasingly lengthy waits, and fierce competition.
sue and gary adoption
It’s a story that needs to be shared, as millions of Americans are misinformed about the modern face of adoption, and the challenges and personal triumphs of families negotiating these uncharted waters. Susanah Doucet writes:
My husband and I are currently engaged in the domestic adoption process and have experienced these challenges first-hand as we endeavor to create a family. We considered both international and domestic adoption, but were warned repeatedly that “international adoption is basically over,” as one lawyer put it. And we’ve met dozens of other couples and singles in the same boat, sharing advice, encouragement, laughs, and tears along the way.


Last week, iHeart Radio’s WPOC in Baltimore featured Susanah and her husband Gary’s “hoping to adopt” music video >

Please join me in wishing this sweet couple all the best in their search. I hope the child meant for them finds them very soon, and I hope they’ll keep us all up-to-date on their journey!
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