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3 Reasons Your Last Halloween Dinner Was a Fail

Keep it simple with a no fail Halloween dinner.

Did you have a Pinterest fail last Halloween? Do you know why?  In a word, perfectionism.  Perfectionism is our enemy.  It sucks the life and fun out of us.  We lose focus on what’s important when we focus on perfection.  The important thing on any holiday is to enjoy our families and to make happy […]

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Good Life Bourbon & Apple Punch

We serve this punch every Halloween as a treat for our grownup trick-or-treaters!  It has flavors of fall and is always a big hit.  John and I set up a table and chairs at the end of our driveway to serve candy and cocktails.  We put the punch in a big drink dispenser marked “adults […]

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Good Life Steak Marinade

Don’t you love a thick, juicy steak? Me too! One of my favorite things to do is sit on the screened porch, sipping a cocktail, listening to porch music and waiting for the coals to heat up. John is strictly a charcoal guy, so it’s a bit of a ritual to start the fire and […]

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How to Save the Day With Freezer Meals

Save the day with freezer meals and pantry staples.

Ever had a day from hell when everything that could go wrong did?  Me too!  The last thing I want to do after I’ve cleaned up a poopapocalypse, done six loads of laundry and picked up a sick kid from school is to cook dinner.  Going out under these circumstances is really not an option […]

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Hate to Make Thanksgiving Dinner? You’ll Love My Free Timeline!

Make thanksgiving dinner easier with my free printable Thanksgiving Timeline!

Thanksgiving dinner is just a few weeks away.  Wtf?  It’s not even Halloween yet.  I know, but once Halloween is over, turkey day will be on you like white on rice.  You have to be ready with a rock-solid plan.  Let’s get to work! What’s On the Menu, My Lovelies? My amazing sister-in-law and I […]

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Football Chili

Now that fall is here, I’m ready for some chili on the weekend during the game.  I mean, it’s cooled down to 70, y’all, bbbrrrr! This chili has a kick, so you can take one of the jalapenos out if you prefer a milder flavor.  It also calls for Chugwater Chili mix, which is made […]

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General Tso’s Chicken

This is John’s favorite dinner.  I can always feel the smile over the phone when my answer to “What’s for dinner?” is General Tso!  It has all of the flavors of the traditional restaurant dish with it’s sweet and spicy sauce, but I added fruit and vegetables so it would be a one-dish meal. It’s […]

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Magic Meat Sauce

First of all, let me just say that I’m not Italian.  This is not an authentic, Italian recipe.  This is just my go-to, all purpose meat sauce.  I use it for lasagna, spaghetti, baked ziti, etc.  It makes a pretty good amount, so I usually get two meals out of one batch.  You can use […]

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Want to be a Better Cook Right Now?

You really can be a better cook right now! A few changes to your approach in the kitchen are all you need for a more delicious life.

You want more money in your pocket, more sweet, family dinners and to feed your family healthier meals, right?  Simple…be a better cook.  Improving your cooking skills will make spending time in the kitchen something you look forward to, not something you dread.  Okay, I guess we’re done here.  Short post, huh?  Ooohhhh, you want […]

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Classic Pot Roast

Here’s a very basic pot roast recipe to try.  No crazy ingredients, no difficult techniques, just yummy comfort food!  If you want to change it up, trade one cup of the beef stock for a cup of red wine.  Add celery or use new potatoes.  My favorite part about fixing pot roast is having a […]

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