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Good Life Potato, Leek & Sausage Soup

Hearty potato, leek and sausage soup will warm you up and stick to your ribs!

On cold days, nothing sound quite as good as soup.  This potato, leek and sausage soup is hearty and delicious!  Let it simmer a couple of hours if you can.  You could put it in a crockpot, but I hate to dirty up another pot.  When I want to simmer something at a low temperature […]

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Good Life Lemon Chicken Florentine

Are you in the market for an easy, delicious week night meal?  Well, here you go!  This Lemon Chicken Florentine is fabulous!  Fun fact: spinach is what makes a dish, “Florentine.”  It’s on my Hey, Hot Stuff, What’s Cookin’? menu plan at least a couple of times a month.  If you need an amazing menu […]

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What is the Best Way to Celebrate Christmas Eve?

What is the best way to celebrate Christmas Eve? Recipes and tips for a fun, relaxed evening with family.

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy something, I will receive a teensy commission. Rest assured that I won’t recommend a product that I wouldn’t use myself or give as a gift.  For more information, please see my disclosure page. There are lots of different ways to celebrate, but […]

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Good Life Classic Lasagna

What’s not to love about cheesy, gooey, lasagna?  This dish has comfort written all over it!  It’s kind of time consuming, so if you’re making one, may as well make two and freeze one for later.  This recipe calls for Good Life Magic Meat Sauce, so make sure you have the recipe before you start!  […]

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Good Life Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

What a delicious salad!  With crisp pears, creamy Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy walnuts, it’s sure to please.  You can serve this salad tossed any time, but I like to arrange it on individual plates for Christmas to serve with our prime rib.  It looks so pretty on the table with it’s red pears.  Update:  this […]

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Good Life Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This is an amazing side dish!  It’s very decadent with cream, butter and bacon but worth every calorie.  We have twice baked potato casserole every Christmas with our prime rib.  I adapted this from an Emeril Lagasse recipe I found years ago.  One note, don’t use an electric mixer; it makes the potatoes too soupy.  […]

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Good Life Perfect Prime Rib

This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on the link and buy something, I will receive a teensy commission.  Rest assured that I won’t recommend a product that I haven’t used myself, or at least, desperately wanted to use myself.  For more information, please see my disclosure page. We have prime rib every Christmas.  […]

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3 Reasons Your Last Halloween Dinner Was a Fail

Great tips on having a successful Halloween with your family!

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

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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