Celebrate Fall In the Raw

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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

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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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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…]

Will you be the next Pie Queen or Pie King?

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When I taught Social Studies, we made salt dough “clay tablets” each year.  Students could write any message on these tablets, using the cuneiform alphabet.  Every year, there was at least one student who wrote the message, “I LOVE Pie!” on the tablet.  It really could be a national motto, couldn’t it?  Marie Callender’s is a national brand that is known for fabulous desserts. They are searching for the new Pie Queen or Pie King. Will it be you? Click here to get more details!  [Read more…]

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bars IN SECONDS #CheesecakeInstincts

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We’ve been busy with trying to sell our home, trying to buy a new home, and still enjoying the sunny days of summer. There have been many days when I’ve rushed out of the house for a showing, then tried to get home in time to host friends and family for an impromptu get-together. Quick-to-fix healthy foods are my saving grace, and I often need to rely on convenient items like these Strawberry or Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars from Fiber One. You can even save a little cash by using this exclusive Publix coupon from 7/16/15 to 7/29/15! This is a great way to indulge while watching the calories. Here’s how to make your tasty treat in just a few seconds!
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Easy Italian Chicken Doesn’t Just Fight Hunger #ad #WeSparkChange #Shop2Give

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When my kids hop in the car, the first thing I hear is, “I’m hungry!”  Sometimes it’s frustrating to try to fill those bottomless pits, but I try to stop and remember how very blessed I am.  Many of the students at my school depend on the cafeteria breakfast and lunch because they don’t have food at home.  Our school sends home snacks and meals for the kids to prepare on the weekends, but I worry about those little ones when school is out.  On the days that we stayed home because of snow, those children must have suffered from hunger.  Sitting in a classroom and trying to focus on history or math is tough when the stomach is growling.  All too often, there are children who must battle that problem.  Therefore, I’m so grateful that I can feed my children when they ask for something to eat. My husband and I have jobs that enable us to satisfy that hunger with delicious, nutritious meals.  Not every parent is able to fill those hungry beaks, yet the rest of us can help to bridge those gaps through our regular shopping trips.  You see, Feeding America Food Banks plan to donate up to 75 million meals based on the purchases we make at Walmart.  I used two ingredients from  participating brands  to make a family favorite – Easy Italian Chicken.  This recipe doesn’t just fight hunger at my house; it also helps to provide two meals at Feeding America!   [Read more…]

Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette made with Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! #whipitup

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Remember that time when you opened the fridge and decided to eat the rest of that salad you made, only to find that you’re out of salad dressing? We’ve all been there. Next time I’m in the mood for a fresh take on salad, I’ll whip up this delicious, creamy vinaigrette using Yoplait Greek 100 Whips as the creamy base instead of buttermilk or mayonnaise. Sweet salad dressings appeal to me, but my regular poppyseed dressing has over 200 calories per 1-oz serving. Ouch! When I factor in the preservatives and other ambiguous ingredients, it’s also hard to tell what I’m actually eating.  When my daughter saw the Yoplait Greek 100 Whips in the store, she asked it we might be able to make homemade dressing with it.  I thought that was such a great idea!  Three ingredients and about one minute went into preparing this delicious Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette. My kids loved dipping croutons in it; I preferred it with raw veggies and greens.  In fact, our homemade dressing was so simple and scrumptious, I may never buy prepackaged dressing again!  Ready to get started?  First, be sure to click here for this printable coupon to get $1 off the purchase of 5 Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!  [Read more…]