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15 Fun Recipes with Peanut Butter and Jelly

15 Fun Recipes with Peanut Butter and Jelly,

Remember the grade school “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” writing assignment? Inevitably a kid would raise his hand, “That’s easy. Take two pieces of bread, spread one side with peanut butter, one with jelly and put them together.” But the teacher would be prepared.  She’d have a bag of bread and…
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Beautiful Spring Strawberry Salad

spring strawberry salad

Don’t forget to pin this Great Big Bowl of Wonderful (a.k.a. Spring Strawberry Salad)! As I continue to creep along in this infernal hot-mess I call pregnancy, I’ve learned to manage my days by giving in to my cravings: lots of naps, pajama pants (except for when jumping into photos with my kids), and eating….
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Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gifts

vday cocoa mason jar gifts

I’ve been absent.  Not just from my blog, but from life.  Since discovering that I am pregnant, I’ve been in hibernation.  Legit hibernation. No TV or computer.  It gave me motion sickness.  No interest in food.  It made me throw up.  I couldn’t do anything really except be in bed.  But, as I’m nearing my…
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Guide to Sides, Vol. 1: Great Basics

guide to sides collage

What’s for dinner?  When that question gets asked, answers are “Grilled chicken! Mac ‘n Cheese! Tacos!”  But what else?  That salad, the green beans and the carrots…. they get overlooked.  Sides can be so-much more than limp lettuce and soggy green beans.  They can be a star!  Or a least a supporting actress… Here are…
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Spring Treat: Strawberry Salad!

strawberry salad

Boy do I love my strawberry salad.  And even better, I love strawberry season!  Well strawberry season is here & it’s a official with our local Strawberry Festival that was underway this past weekend:) What’s so great about strawberry season?  I’ll tell ya.  You’ve got super fresh. sweet. delicious. yummy. you could never have enough…
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Spring Corn and Ginger Chowder

corn and ginger chowder

Spring is in the air.  And along with the spring comes the sunshine, warm sunny days, flowers are blooming, and all that is bright.  I like to take that same brightness and incorporate that into some of my dishes.  One quick and easy way to bring the outside in, and get that “burst” of brightness is to…
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Cooking with Love: Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken and Chocolate Fondue

stuffed chicken breast

There’s no better way to tell your family you love them than with a wonderful meal. Dining out isn’t necessary to make a super-special supper. If you have something to celebrate, consider eating in. Here’s my go-to menu for any special occasion: Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken breasts, with asparagus and brown rice with a…
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Resolution Cooking: Tips from Chemeeka

healthy steak dinner

On any given weekend in our home, you can find either my husband or myself cooking up something yummy.  Since we are both “foodies” by nature, many times we try to go “over the top” in impressing the other person.  This weekend, it was my husband’s turn.  He was making me chimichurri sirloin steak, sauteed broccoli-rabe,…
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The Top 5 Healthy Meals on a Budget from Pinterest


Check out these Healthy Meals on a Budget from guest blogger Denise Davis: New Year”s Resolutions to eat better, or spend Less Money?  Well, here”s the deal.  We have Christmas dinner at our house, and it is one of those times when I do it up, BIG.  Use those recipes with nine ingredients- to make…
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Taste of Inspirations: An Olive Oil Collection Giveaway

olive oils giveaway

I’m finding it only slightly ironic that I’m sharing this giveaway after over-hauling my pantry yesterday.  One of the hardships I was met with during that challenge was finding accommodations for my recently acquired olive oil collection.  Not long past, my friends at Food Lion sent me a sampling of their Taste of Inspirations Olive Oil line….
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Christmas Cookie Time: Red & White Peppermint Delights Recipe

christmas cookie recipe

A Perfect Christmas Cookie Recipe for Your Upcoming Cookie Exchange! Ah, Christmas time!  One of my faaavoritte times of the year.  I love Christmas!  I love the decorations, the scents and the smells.  And quite honestly, I cannot get around the whole Christmas season without a little bit of peppermint.  It seems that these days,…
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Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe: for the Gourmands

pumpkin ravioli recipe

Chemeeka Sparks shares her pumpkin ravioli recipe that any gourmand (or pasta loving family) will enjoy. Simple and special!

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