Chocolate Covered Cheesecake – camping style!

Now that we’ve had two great camping trip with our new travel trailer, it’s time for me to share some of our experiences. I hope some of you will get to enjoy camping in the northeast Tennessee area, where we have beautiful mountains and stunning sunsets! My son cheerfully declared, “Everything tastes better at the camper!” and I think he’s right. We’ve had fun finding ways to create delicious meals and snacks with the simple ingredients our camper pantry holds. We’ve worked with Rigoni in the past to create snacks.  When they offered to send us a fresh jar of dairy-free Nocciolata, I knew we had to share our camper’s chocolate covered cheesecake with you!  [Read more…]

Save time in the kitchen with Vidalia Chop Wizard

Disclosure: This Vidalia Chop Wizard was sent to me for review. Opinions shared are mine. I used my Amazon affiliate link in this post – if you make a purchase through this link, I may earn a small commission (used for giveaway prizes).

This week, it was my turn to take a meal to our small group Bible study. My daughter begged me to take meatloaf, which is one of her favorites. It’s a great comfort food! I was given the chance to try the quick-cutting Vidalia Chop Wizard, and it saved me several minutes on this entree.  I was able to prep the entire dish before leaving for Sunday School! [Read more…]

Try Sun Basket with 4 FREE meals! Cyber Monday extended

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Have you seen the ads for mail-order meals but wasn’t sure which one to try? Sun Basket is making it so easy for you with 4 free meals in their extended Cyber Monday sale. I’ve been drooling over these Sun Basket menu for weeks, and finally was able to select a few to try from the current meal choices. What would YOU choose? [Read more…]

I’d like to tell you about the Sprinkles Baking Book but I ate it.

Disclosure: I really, really like the Sprinkles book that I received from the publisher.  Affiliate links are shamelessly included in this post; slobbery opinions are my own!

The Sprinkles Baking Book #giveaway -
Okay, I didn’t really eat the book. Oh, but I was tempted! Our family loves to watch Cupcake Wars. We argue about whose cupcakes looks most tasty, or whose decoration design is most creative. Two of us drool over the chocolate confections, while the other two go for vanilla. If you can relate to this cupcakery obsession, then read on. Our prize for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is the Sprinkles Baking Book by Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson!

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Celebrate Fall In the Raw

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In the Raw GRAND PRIZE package #giveaway - enter at Savings in Seconds was pleased to feature In The Raw for our HalloHop event. It’s time to eat a caramel apple and wrap your hands around a steaming cup of cocoa. Fall is here!  [Read more…]

I Heart Naptime Cookbook by Jamielyn Nye #naptimecookbook

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Aren’t grandparents such a blessing?  I’m thrilled to share this fun cookbook with you so that the kids can enjoy a fun afternoon in the kitchen with the grandparents!   Sunday, September 11th is National Grandparents Day! Be sure to call, hug and reach out to the grandparents in your lives.

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Crabby Apple Oatmeal in a Maxine mug can Bake Me Happy #LoveHallmark

Disclosure: I received product samples as a Love, Hallmark blogger. Opinions shared are mine.

In my college days, one of my dorm friends, Marti, loved Maxine items from Hallmark. She collected everything from mugs to paper towels with the Maxine motif!  These days, Maxine is still going strong. Her grumpy grumblings are hilariously on point.  The bathrobe and slippers she always wears has become her fashion statement.  No amount of face cream will cure that permascowl. The question is, can Maxine bake me happy?  Here’s how I used some of the Maxine’s Free to Be Crabby collection items in my kitchen!    [Read more…]

What do you get when you cross Rustic Crust, seedlings, and leftovers?

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Rustic Crust #giveaway

My family has a tradition – they always get me hanging plants for Mother’s Day.  I love getting my annual baskets; they hang happily from my front porch.  Unfortunately, those flowers don’t prepare lunch for my family. We’ll still arrive home from church on Mother’s Day, with everyone expecting to be fed.  Does your family have special plans for Mother’s Day?  If lunch is in order, why not set out Rustic Crust and let everyone prepare their own meal? If you’re shipping your Mother’s Day gift, no worries. All online orders receive free shipping. [Read more…]

Vegetable beef soup over pasta – made simple with #Ragu #simmeredintradition #ad

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Now that winter looms around the corner, it’s starting to feel like soup season. We had a chilly day here in Northeast Tennessee, and the evening temps will continue to be low all week. Knowing that I’d have a busy day tomorrow, and not much more time today, I knew that it was time to make some soup that could be reheated the next day. Since time was tight, we ran into the local drugstore to get the one thing I needed to fill out the recipe — Ragu pasta sauce.  I used this as the base for my vegetable beef soup to give it the right amount of richness without needing to add a can of chopped tomatoes, which tend to be too watery.  My kids don’t like the chunk of tomatoes in canned versions, either.  Ragu’s pasta sauce has a depth of flavor that complements the beef in this soup.  You can serve it with any pasta of your choice.  We like to stir in macaroni, alphabet pasta, and even thin spaghetti. I’ve even been known to stir in a box of uncooked macaroni and cheese!  [Read more…]

New Mexico Piñon Coffee makes the season bright

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Remember that commercial from the 70’s…..a little girl wakes up to the smell of brewing coffee and knows that her big brother is home from college.  I loved that commercial!   Although I do finally drink coffee these days (a must with my long commute), my palate is still very selective about my drink. It has to taste good; I can’t stop at the gas station and drink whatever they have on the hot plate.  Making my own coffee at home is more about preference in flavor rather than saving money, although the latter is a bonus, too!  New Mexico Piñon Coffee arrived at my doorstep, and it was love at first sip.  I was able to try three of their delicious flavor varieties.  One lucky reader will win A Breakfast for Two box, valued at $39.99 in the Happy Holidays Hop!  [Read more…]