New Year’s Day Dinner


Being Southern means you must adhere to the rules of New Year’s Day! We believe that if we eat certain foods it will bring good luck for the New Year! And I am the 1st to say that a little Good Luck coming our way would be NICE!! We traditionally eat pork, greens & black-eyed peas. foods that represent health, wealth, luck etc. After doing a little Googling, I found out that the Dutch eat DOUGHNUTS on New Year’s Day as they believe that the circle symbolizes
“coming full circle” and brings good luck! I know what we are having for breakfast!!

PORK= PROGRESS (Wealth & Prosperity)

Franny’s Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin

2 lb pork tenderloin

Mix together:
4 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons sherry (cooking sherry is fine)
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons dry mustard

so for you I have an amazing Pork Tenderloin recipe that is sure to please. The key to the pork is to marinate for as long as you can! I try to do 48hrs. I am sure overnight could be sufficient but I promise 48 is worth it!
Grab a plastic bag, dump your meat in and pour the marinade on top. Place in fridge for 12-48 hrs and cook on 325 until meat thermometer says its done (160 degrees). Baste the pork about every 15 minutes while it is cooking. ENJOY


I know it is sad to say, however when one can buy Margret Holmes or GLORY canned greens there is really no point in my opinion to go to the trouble of 3 washings, soaking, cooking, stinking up your house! Just buy them! and ENJOY!!

Cornbread, is a funny thing people either love it or hate it. I always hated it until I came across this recipe in one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Gracious Goodness…Charleston! the Bishop England High School Cookbook , it is the best moistest cornbread ever!

Broccoli Cornbread 
(you have to have, not sure why?)

1 10 oz pkg frozen brocolli, thawed
1 lg onion finely chopped
6 oz cottage cheese
1/2 c butter, melted
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 box jiffy cornbread mix
Combine broccoli, onion, cottage cheese, butter, salt & eggs. Mix well and add cornbread mix. Pour into greased 9×13 inch casserole and bake at 400 for 25 mins.

Black-Eyed Peas = GOOD LUCK and $

again, I must be honest and say with the GLORY and Margret Holmes brands WHY, why I ask would you try the fresh? I know, I have tried fresh, however they take a VERY long time to cook and need a TON of seasoning so I just by-pass the extra effort and head to the grocery!

I hope my meal has inspired you to make your own
and that 2014 is the BEST YEAR YET!!


xoxo. Mama Bird

Bunko Dinner Party {Greek Theme}

May is my month to host Bunko! I wanted to do it once it was warm (hopefully not TOO warm!) so that we could sit out by the pool! I have been thinking about what I wanted to do. With my new healthier lifestyle I wanted to still make a YUMMY  dinner but have it be easy on the waistline! My plan started with

Al’s Famous Greek Dip  w/Pita Chips

Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken breasts, pounded thin and cut into 1 in strips
2 cloves fresh minced garlic 
1 t fresh oregano 
2 t fresh flat leaf parsley
juice from 1 lemon
1/4 c olive oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Marinate overnight. Place on skewers and grill.

Roasted Vegetables

I toss the veggies with the same marinade I use for the chicken.
cut, marinate and wrap in foil with 2 ice cubes and toss on grill for apx 30 mins (crisp/tender)

Greek Salad

6 T olive oil 
6 T lemon juice 
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
fresh oregano
Salt & pepper

2 heads Boston or mixed lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces 
4 small cucumbers, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in 1/2
1 cup pitted ripe olives 
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Whisk together dressing ingredients & add salt & pepper to taste. Set dressing aside. Toss lettuce & remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing just before serving.

Tzatziki Sauce

cheated and bought it at Trader Joes!

Pop back by to see pics of the food and the tablescape along with the dessert table!!
Fan-tab Meal!!!


Tip Junkie handmade projects

Easter Meal Planning


I am traditionalist I love having certain holiday meals that always feel familiar, I don’t mean that I want them to all be the same or that I wouldn’t switch it up here and there but Easter just screams HAM!

My favorite all time ham is Nigella Lawson’s. She just dumps yellow mustard, molasses, brown sugar, studs of cloves and then dumps a good ole Coca Cola over top. I buy the Ham (already cooked) So you really just zip it up a bit, warm and serve!  YUM-O

Corn Soufflé goes PERFECT with Ham this is one of those dump, stir, top and bake recipes. SO EASY

corn soufflé:

1 can cream corn

1 can corn, drained

1 can rotel, drained

8 oz sour cream

4 T butter, melted

1 box jiffy corn bread mix

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Dump everything into a bowl, stir, pour in a greased 9×11 baking dish bake at 350 for 45 mins

Broccoli Salad is one of my favorite spring salads it is bright green and just beautiful!

Deviled Eggs again I am a traditionalist I just do a dallop of Hellman’s mayo, small squirt of yellow mustard, splash of apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. THAT’S IT!

Parker House Rolls


Carrot Cake for desert This is my AWARD winning from the famous Grove Park Inn, it is delish, moist, perfect in every way. No nuts coconut or otherwise (my house can’t have nuts and hates coconut!)

What are you having for Easter?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Menu/Weekly Planning

What’s on the agenda for the week? Well, this week I am going to attempt to avoid wheat (gluten). I think the only chance to make this successful is to PLAN.  For breakfast we are going with protein and fruit, ie bacon or turkey sausage and a piece of fresh fruit (ruby red grapefruit is my fav). Lunch will consist of roll ups veggies and fruit. and now for dinner.

Sunday~ Cuban pulled pork, Mango Salsa and black beans

Monday~ Perfect Roasted Chicken, peas & salad

Tuesday~ Honey Lime Chicken Enchalidas

( Pintrest inspired;using leftover chix)

Wednesday~Freezer Cooking ( chili, veg soup, something)

Thursday~ Leftover Buffet for boys (Mama’s Craft night)

What’s your family eating?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Menu Monday


I know, it’s Sunday! I really think of Sunday as the first day of the week and therefore I am going to plan that way!

Sunday- Easy Peasy  Swedish Meatballs  

Meatless Monday-  Perfect Pesto, roasted veggies & angel hair pasta

Tuesday- Tacos

Wednesday-  Pasta Bolognese

Thursday- Birthday Dinner Out!

Friday- who knows?

What is on the menu at your house this week?

tata- Mama Bird


Day 2 Gluten & Dairy Free

Day 2 started off just fine, Jack was excited to have bacon! He loves the smell but, oddly prefers his undercooked (gag). I packed another great snack and we met friends for a picnic in the park and play date and he ate a decent amount of lunch. For dinner I have the crock pot going with chicken breast and salsa (family fav) and so the challenge continues. I ran into the grocery to pickup some Chex cereal and a few other things and when I walked in it was like the bakery was screaming at me! The bagles, muffins and such have never looked as good as they did today! Why? Why is it that anytime you try and tell yourself NOT to do to something that is all you want? UGH!  It gets me every time! Oh well, so far so good. Haven’t wanted to kill anyone, am SUPER tired but think that maybe a lack of the carbs and all that junk that peps up your blood sugar? Maybe? Guess we shall see!!

Breakfast: Nussentials shake (me) Bacon & apple (jack)Lunch: 2 slices of Boar’s Head Ham, carrot sticks, fruit (jack) Big green salad with carrots, turkey, cucumbers & egg

Dinner: Salsa Chicken, corn tortillas, homemade guacamole

xoxo, Mama Bird

What’s for dinner??

What’s on the menu for this week? Well. I am working on that. I like to look and see what we have going on and plan from there and this week is BUSY!! Something on the calendar almost every night!!

Monday~Ana’s Peanut Veg SoupNUSSENTIALS Event

Tuesday~ Cinnamon Pork Loin

Wednesday~ Pizza (Boy’s night)/ B-day Dinner w/ Girls

Thursday~ ? leftovers? / Soccer game

Friday~ Mexican

Saturday~ MOUNTAINS!!!

What a week! What is on the meal plan at your house?


The Fresh 20 {gluten free}

A few weeks ago I saw a groupon for The Fresh 20 a website that will send you weekly meal planning, they have a classic, vegan, and gluten free. I have ALWAYS thought that I have an intolerance to sertain things and why wouldn’t a sticky binder that we really don’t need be the culprit? The best part about the Fresh 20 is they say $15 a day serves a family of 4!! With HEALTHY, FRESH, Preserative  free foods! I will share with you my meal plan and what i think of it tomo!

Menu Planning

What’s going on this week at our house? Better question is what isn’t? HA!! After a much needed Spring Break this week is a fast forward into all the Spring activities and planning we have going on. So today I planned and purchased all the ingredients for this weeks meals!!

Tonight- Perfect Hamburgers, potato casserole (will share recipe) and cowboy beans

Monday- Pintrest inspired chicken from Witty in the City {Man Loving Chicken}

Tuesday- Asian Pork Tenderloin (new recipe!)

Wednesday- Leftovers for boys

Thursday- Chicken???

Friday- cooking & baking ALL day!! Prep for Luncheon

Saturday- Luncheon @ 1st Pres

Menu Monday and Weekly Plan

Can not believe Christmas has come and gone! Today was our first day back to school and we are off to a chilly start! It is snowing all around us. Just not here. sad.

Big things going on here at Mama Bird’s Nest! I am getting clean and organized with Clean Mama! I started today and downloaded all her wonderful tips/tricks and plan to make this happen! SO EXCITED!! Pop on over and join us!!


Now, to the FOOD!!!

Monday – Breakfast for dinner! Big Ham & Cheese omelet, hash browns & blueberry muffins

Tuesday- (leftover) pork burritos or quesadillas*

took the leftover pork tenderloin, dumped enchilada sauce, 2 T brown sugar and tossed in crockpot to shred for yummy leftovers

Wednesday- Brunswick Stew (freezer)

Thursday- Big J’s Meatloaf 

Friday-  pizza night

What’s on your menu this week?

xoxo., mama bird