To love is to receive a glimpse of Heaven..

From the moment you entered the room the love and time put into my daughter-in-love’s bridal shower could be seen and felt.

Friends of the bride-to-be’s family, Tricia and Maria Jarrell, created a deliciously sweet and savory menu. Their beautiful servant’s hearts and the use of autumnal colors created a lovely warm ambiance for all to enjoy.

Mom, Tricia, and daughter, Maria, certainly know how to put their hearts and talents into everything they do. I am so thankful that Tricia will be directing my son and Amanda’s wedding this month. This will be such a blessing for both of our families.

It was hard to choose a favorite, but the black bean salsa was amazingly fresh and flavorful. Tricia graciously shared with me, and now you, the recipes that made us all very happy ladies.

Thank you Tricia and Maria for creating such a warm and memorable environment filled with love! You filled our bellies and our souls.

Black Bean Salsa

2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, rinse and drain
2 – 15 oz. cans corn, drain
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 large avocados, chopped
1 med. Purple onion, finely chopped
Cilantro, chop – use most of one bunch
2 fresh limes, – roll, squeeze and pulp
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
½ cup sliced, drained black olives
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and chill for at least 3 hours.


Mom and daughter, Tricia and Maria Jarrell.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 large cans of chicken

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese

a dash of ranch dressing

1/2 bottle of Hot sauce (or to taste depending on your spice tolerance)


Heat all ingredients together in a pan.  Mix well and then spread in a Pyrex dish and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Heat in oven until cheese is melted.

** Tricia usually doubles this recipe for a large group.


Amanda’s two grandmas and aunt


Pineapple Lemonade Punch

1 cup Countrytime Lemonade Mix

2 cups cold water

1 can pineapple juice

½ of a 2-Liter Sprite (Chill)

Mix first 3 ingredients. Chill. Add Sprite just before serving.


Three little Cauthren girls — junior bridesmaids and flower girl. Amanda has been babysitting these three little girls since they were babies.

 Greek Yogurt Dip/Dressing


1 carton of plain Greek Yogurt (I like Green Goddess brand)

1 pkg. ranch dressing mix

Milk (use desired amount to obtain desired consistency) **Tricia uses skim milk to cut the calories.


Mix together and chill in the refrigerator.


Amanda and Gwen, her matron of honor and childhood friend, opening Amanda’s shower gifts.


We hope you enjoy these yummy sweets and savories as much as we did. Be sure to add some or all of these yummy recipes to your next special party or shower menu.

Elise xo