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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. Print Servings […]

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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

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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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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