Here you will find easy DSP solutions for everything from recipe shortcuts to around-the-house projects. These are not quite your mother’s traditions- but they’ll fit for you.

Not (Quite) Mother’s Dinner Party: Spud-tacular Tater Bar

DSP Dixie loves to entertain. But, we all know that. Her fellow DSPs always ask her how she can pull off parties all the time?

As mentioned prior, I am more of an “assembler” than an all out cook. Last weekend, we hosted family, friends and neighbors for a casual Saturday night dinner party and tried something new.

It worked. It was easy. And, best of all everyone had fun – including the “assembler” DSP Dixie. Everything was store bought, gluten free, and there was something for every taste.

Next time you have folks for dinner, set out DSP Dixie’s Spud-tacular Tater Bar!

  • Baked russet potatoes (I wrapped them in foil prior to baking so I could cook them beforehand and they would stay warm)
  • Baked sweet taters (gotta have them in the mix for the Southerns)
  • Sour Cream
  • Chives
  • Chopped bacon
  • Cubed ham
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sauteed spinach
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Sliced black olives
  • Chili (I bought several cans and heated them on the stove)
  • Butter
Russets take about a hour to roast at 375 and sweets take about 35-45 minutes. But, when your oven is stuffed like mine was, it takes more time. Just give them a squeeze and if they give real easily, they are good to go.
Set out all the fixens buffet style and let the guests pile on as much as they want. The good thing about this menu is that it suits even the most picky eater.
It’s truly DSP-proof and guaranteed to have guests finding what fits for them and the hostess enjoying all the praise!


Not (Quite) Mother’s “I Don’t Bake” Graduation Dessert

You should know by now that DSP Dixie doesn’t bake; she “assembles”. She doesn’t like to measure and hates doing dishes. But, a Southern Girl like her likes to get her party on. My daughter graduates from Elementary school this … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s “I Hate Kale” Convert Salad

Those who know DSP Dixie know she has an unnatural obsession with kale. Yes, the green, leafy sometimes bitter cruciferous vegetable. Some people may claim that I try to sneak kale into everything I make. It’s not true. Or at … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Flagtastical Cocktail

Sometimes I just love my job. After seeing this fabulously patriotic cocktail recipe on one of the Food Network shows, I knew I needed to test it out and share with with my friends at Domestic Square Peg. I really … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s 5 School Lunch Ideas from an Empty Fridge

We all have those days. Many DSPs wake up (a little late) and scramble in the kitchen trying to pack school lunches and realize we are out of sandwich meat. And bread … all the regular suspects are MIA. Never … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Homemade Fancy Popcorn

Put 1/2 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold over twice. (no staples, DSP Lovey). Pop in microwave on high for about 3 minutes, but play close attention. When pops slow to one to two seconds between pops, … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Don’t Drink More Than Two Mint Julep Recipe

Count Raoul’s Mint Julep – just in time for Summer! Good bourbon (not Jack Daniels, that would be Tennessee whiskey, but some good ‘ol BOURBON…from Kentucky!) Silver 8oz, julep cups or stem-less glasses.  If served in plastic, don’t use my name Mint, … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Cinco de Mayo Triva Answer and Easy Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Let’s start off with the answer to our TRIVIA QUESTION. If you guessed answer #3 was INCORRECT, you are a muy inteligentes DSP! (That means “very smart” for those who don’t speak Spanish.) September 16th is Mexico’s Independence … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Thrift Shop~ping

No matter the season, there is a style to match.  The bummer is those nifty fashions change as often as DSP Connie loses her eyeglasses! Trust me when I say, that can become costly! Here’s a little secret:  your local … Read more »

Not (Quite) Mother’s Margaritas – Easy as 4-5-6

In DSP Dixie‘s world, Spring means time to dust off the patio furniture and whip up some fun drinks. As the sign says on her front porch,  ”Sit. Relax. Gossip.” But since these porch-sittin-parties are often impromptu, an easy yet … Read more »