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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 [...]


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 [...]


How to Paint a Pancake

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says "I can't"...the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Shopping Find- Gorgeous Pasta!

I saw this Torino Italian Handmade all Natural Pasta at Costco, yes Costco, and just had to get it!   How pretty is this!!! Torino Designer Pasta Rainbow Farfalline (pretty bows) and the Torino Designer Pasta Farfalla Primavera (looks like [...]

How to Paint a Hot Fudge Sundae

How to Paint Hot Fudge Sundae!

I need your help on the 4th and last Sweet Painting!  What beautiful dessert would you want hanging in your house???? As you guys know Amanda and I have had a couple of gatherings to not only taste some awesome [...]

Chocolate Painting Party

Chocolate and Painting Party with Instructional Video

Last week Amanda and I hosted a Chocolate and Painting party, she brought the chocolate and I brought the painting - oh what a combo!  That was my version of heaven: 14 bars of chocolate, painting and surrounded by great [...]


Christmas Macarons! – Sparkling Treat for your Mouth and Table

Make a dessert that will delight the eyes and the tummy; a wonderful Sparkly French Macaron!    Look how gorgeous these are!! Amanda and I have made a total of 10 batches of Macarons together over the last 3 months, [...]


Thanksgiving Macaron

Amanda, from Kevin and Amanda, and I are at it again with Thanksgiving Macarons! :) Who thinks we are having too much fun making these Macarons? We totally are!! :) We decorated the Macarons to look like: Caramel Apples dipped [...]


Halloween Macarons!

I had the pleasure to visit Amanda's kitchen from Kevin and Amanda and make the most delicate, delightful, decadent desserts ever - a Macaron! The name doesn't describe how heavenly they are...and we made them fun by decorating them for [...]