Holiday Memories with Darden Gift Card

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When I was younger, some of my favorite memories were spending Sunday afternoons having family dinners at my grandmother's house.  My grandma was a great cook and would make a feast that could rival any professional restaurant.  She would make everyone their favorites: I would get green beans, my cousin would get rolls and if we were all being extra good, she'd make one of her special pies. Growing up, we spent every Christmas Eve at my grandparents house.  Of course there would be presents … [Read more...]

Choosing Wine Is Easy With California Wine Club

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December was my second month in the California Wine Club.  This month I received two bottles of wine from the Daniel Gehrs winery, the 2009 Coastal Merlot and the 2011 Santa Barbara White Hills Vineyard Chenin Blanc.  I've had my fair share of merlots but had never heard of a chenin blanc.  I'm sure I've seen it on menus but had never been brave enough to try it.  You know how it is when you're out at a restaurant.  You're paying top dollar for glass of wine so you want to make sure its … [Read more...]

Easy Cranberry Appetizer

Easy Cranberry Appetizer

When I first saw the ingredients in this easy cranberry appetizer, I wrinkled my nose and had a sour look on my face. I'm not a huge fan of horseradish sauce and didn't think it would pair well with my beloved cranberries but surprisingly, it works extremely well.  This is now my go to recipe when I have to make a quick appetizer that has to feed a number of people. Cranberry Appetizer Ingredients: 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Experience More With California Wine Club {Giveaway}

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Going to the a wine store can be intimidating.  There are thousands of beautiful bottles with interesting names and descriptions that make you wonder if you're going to eat the wine or drink it.  With so many different varieties of grapes, it can be hard for someone who isn't a sommelier (that's super smart wine person to those of you who haven't heard the term before) to pick out a decent bottle of wine that won't break the bank and tastes velvety smooth on your tongue.  Bruce and Pam Boring, … [Read more...]

Establish Healthy Eating Habits with Positive Sprouts

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Growing up, I can't say that our family ate the healthiest.  My grandmother was a phenomenal cook but, like many of her generation, bacon grease and butter were found in many of her recipes.  She grew her own vegetables and fruits but after cooking them down, most of the nutritional value was lost.  My parents  both worked full-time jobs on different shifts.  When we would eat meals as a family, many times they were the kind that were delivered or picked up.  I remember  many weekends going to … [Read more...]

Day 9 of Being Thankful: Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Day 9: I am thankful for sun-dried tomatoes. They make everything taste better. Well, except maybe for chocolate. I'm not sure how chocolate covered sun dried tomatoes would taste but I'm willing to try... If you haven't had the pleasure of eating a sun-dried tomato, you are definitely missing out.  Sun-dried tomatoes are a piece of tomato sunshine that has just the right bite for those creamy pasta dishes, homemade pizzas and salads.  They are sweet and chewy and so, so good!  I usually have a … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Tea Mocktail

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I know my daughter is coming down with something when she grabs her blanket and her baby and lays on my lap.  My first instinct, after giving her a big hug, was to put my hand on her head to check for a fever.  Mom's intuition was right, she felt a little hot.  She told me she was thirsty but she didn't want the usual drinks so I decided I would make her something special that the entire family could enjoy, an apple cider tea mocktail.   I've been working a lot lately so I didn't … [Read more...]

Complete Dinners from HoneyBaked

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Every other year we rotate visiting our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year, we'll be at my in-laws in Ohio for Thanksgiving and in addition to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I know they get a ham from HoneyBaked.  Every holiday they get one and its quickly eaten up by everyone.  I'm used to HoneyBaked hams around the holidays but just recently learned they also offered complete dinners that you can pick up any day of the week, any time of the year.  Yes, you heard that … [Read more...]

Nevella To Go! #SweetnessToGo

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  I am a walking contradiction.  I buy organic foods yet I've been known to go through a drive thru or two (or three, but who's counting).  You'll rarely hear about me skiping dessert but I'll always pass up a drink if it is high in calories.  To me, it's all about balance. On September 23 of this year, I gave up diet pop.  As a self-proclaimed addict, my original plan was to do it just for 30 days.  30 days turned into 35 and to date, I still have not had a sip.  Now instead of diet … [Read more...]

Beer and Beef Stew

Beer & Beef Stew

Meat, veggies and potatoes and beer.  Sounds perfect on a chilly fall night, doesn't it?  At my house we generally have some type of soup, stew or chili once a week and this week, we're having a simple, but tasty beer and beef stew. I originally saw this recipe in Cooking Light and knew I had to try it.  They recommend using Belgian beer (and I do too) but I've also used some of the fun seasonal beers such as Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale.  Use whatever beer you want but just like cooking with … [Read more...]