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Pizza, Pool and S’mores Party

What better way to end the summer than spending some time with some great girls, having pizza and eating decadent S'mores beside a pool!  THERE IS STILL SOME SUMMER LEFT, take my advice HAVE SOME FRIENDS OVER AND S'MORE IT [...]


20 Super Cute Ideas for School Lunches

I've recently had the conversation with my kids about "Make vs. Buy" when we decided to make chocolate covered pretzels rather than buy them. The cost of make vs buy is two fold: Time is Money: which do you have [...]


5 Tips for Planning a Super Bowl Party: Spotlight on Quinn!

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Quinn McAdams! Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys. When she's not driving her boys from sports practice to sports practice, she enjoys a [...]


Budget Eating: Filling Your Pockets and Stomach

A lot of us have goals for better eating, lose weight and stay within a budget. I loved this graphic as a reminder of budgetary parameters to stay within for each meal - and then it has recommended meals! Statistics [...]

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Spicy Crockpot Jambalaya with Bacon!

Jambalaya is a dish best served spicy and warm over a bed of rice - did I mention spicy?  Ben and I LOVE spicy foods, but our kids like not-so-spicy foods so we often keep Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning close [...]


Candy Cane Oreo Cookie Balls

I know the  stores began getting ready for Christmas back in August, but when it is 80/90 degrees outside, it is really hard to start thinking about Christmas.  But now, the weather has turned, the leaves have fallen, and the [...]


Pecan Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Merlot Cherry Sauce

Some time ago I had a dish that I remember to this day, and it was well over 3 years ago - the dish had cherry sauce with chicken.  I can't remember the restaurant and I can't remember the town [...]

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Hearty Crockpot Chili

For me, I know it's Fall whenever the boots come out and I have this overwhelming urge to make Chili and what makes it even more interesting, is that everyone else seems to get the same idea!  We shop at [...]


Girls Day Out – with Desserts!

I've been blogging for two years now, and I've found that the online community is very supportive of each other, if you ask.  Because frankly - out of sight, out of mind.  We bloggers recognize that we are putting ourselves [...]

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Simple Christmas Sweet Rolls

These were so simple. All you need is a can of the Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls.  Unroll them and twist, cook per the directions for about 8 minutes.  Done!

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December 4th is National Cookie Day!

A whole day dedicated to cookies!!! My family love my chocolate chip cookies, especially the cookie dough :)  So, to help ensure they can make these cookies in the future and you all can also enjoy a "go-to" cookie I've [...]

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day when a majority of the us overcook and overeat; yep I'm in the majority. :) I start cooking the day before by: brine  the Turkey at least 24 hours (let it sit in Kosher [...]


Wine Peach Sauce – Perfect Accessory

Recently I was introduced to 14 Hands Wine and it has become one of my favorites.  The 14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend's flavor is crisp, light and leaves a fruity taste, but not too sweet that you won't [...]

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KRAFT Fresh Take – Giveaway

I'm always looking for fast, easy recipes and nifty tools to give me more time to do more with my time. So, I was super excited when the folks from KRAFT reached out to me to “Explore the Unexpected with [...]

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Brown Butter Ravioli with Chicken, Bacon and Sage

My friend Amanda, from KevinandAmanda.com, put together a recipe for "Brown Butter Ravioli with Rotisserie Chicken, Toasted Walnuts and Crispy Sage".   I've made it several times, each time I do a bit something different: this time I doubled the [...]


Reeses Peanut Butter Icebox Pie

A while ago I made the Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Pie, it was delicious!  I took the same recipe, removed the bananas and added crushed Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.  Talk about divine!!! Here are my little helpers (I let them [...]


Green Tomato Blueberry Jam

Last week I posted Cinnamon Blueberry Jam (which was Amanda's favorite of the blueberry jams), and here is mine and my mom's favorite of the blueberry jam.  GREEN TOMATO BLUEBERRY JAM! So here is what is surprising to me,  I [...]


Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Tis the season to pick Blueberries! Are you looking for something to do with all the blueberries?  Well look no further! Here is one of two FABULOUS Blueberry Jam Recipes: Cinnamon Blueberry, on the left.   Stay tuned for the Green-Tomato [...]


Praline Key-lime Icebox Pie

Did you know taste buds change every 7 years? I had heard that and now I know it is true - I used to hate key-lime pie because it seemed too tart to me (now I'm more of a savory [...]


Strawberry-Port Jam/Sauce

My Mom and I got together and made 4 different Jams (Strawberry Jam, Strawberry-Port Jam, Cinnamon Blueberry and Green Tomato Blueberry Jam).  This Strawberry Port-Jam was a fantastic accident that turned into fruitful delicious sauce! Now, I could open up [...]

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Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip, it sounds awful doesn't it, but it is fantastic!  This is another recipe that I always have the ingredients on hand for when people pop over and I need to whip up an appetizer dip.   It is soo [...]


Family Recipe – Strawberry Jam

A couple of weekends ago LilMan, Em and I headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house to pick blueberries; we picked over 30 cups worth!  So the next question what to do with all of these?  Naturally we'll freeze some [...]

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Pizza Casserole

Is it just me or does ordering pizza seem to have gotten way too expensive!  I remember in college, we'd order and share a large pizza for around $15.00, seems now a large somehow gets to be like $20 plus [...]

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Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Pie

In this month's Southern Living Magazine I ran across the picture on the table of contents of a Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Pie, it looked sooo yummy I had to make it.  And like all the recipes from Southern Living, [...]

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Best Chicken Salad EVER!

I'm always pressed for time, so I'm always looking for easy make ahead recipes that are 1) Easy 2) have ingredients that I usually have on hand and 3) are AWESOME. This is a chicken salad recipe that meets all [...]