Valerie Bertinelli Home Cooking: More than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family

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Starting the new year with fresh, delicious recipes makes me want to sing. My family easily falls into a menu rut, especially in the winter when none of us feels up to making a decision about meals. It’s so simple to get drive-thru, but we all prefer home cooking. Our family believes that we feel better when we eat at home, plus it’s more budget friendly!  I was thrilled to check out Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli.  Spending an hour with this cookbook is as cozy as chatting with an old friend.

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100% Real by Top Chef fan favorite Sam Talbot #ad

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With the start of the new year, many people strive to eat better.  It’s a struggle, though, once we head back to work after the holidays.  Life catches up and, with that, healthy eating takes a downward spiral.  I liked the 100% Real cookbook by Sam Talbot because it makes clean eating seem attainable. [Read more…]

Home Alone 2 Family Night at Ovation Brands restaurants

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Over winter break, our family went to Ryan’s buffet twice….and the kids have already wondered when we can go back.  My husband always looks forward to their fried chicken (last time, he said it was the BEST).  My son double-fists the pillow soft rolls slathered in honey butter. He and I fill up on popcorn shrimp, and I adore the restaurant’s fried okra.  My daughter looks for potato soup, and usually makes a soft taco.  We all love the dessert variety, and I taught my kids how to make the perfect tip on an ice cream cone.   Through January 25, head over to an Ovation Brands restaurant on Thursday nights for an extra-special Home Alone 2 promotion!  [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Chex Muddy Buddies recipe — great for holiday parties and teacher gifts #ad

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When I went into my first teaching job, there were lots of things I had to learn.  Classroom management and lesson plans were part of my work day, of course.  One thing I never realized was this….teachers love to EAT!  For example, we’ve designated each Wednesday in December as “Treat Days.”  We take turns bringing in our favorite recipes to share with the rest of the staff.  If you could be there with us, you’d see lots of smiles, enjoy laughter, and get to try delicious dishes.  I just know my work friends will love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™ Chex™ Muddy Buddies™ recipe!  The ingredients are easy to find at Publix, and this makes a huge batch so it’s perfect for sharing with friends! [Read more…]

Holiday Parties with InStyle & TORYEN Microfiber Cloth

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Are holiday parties on your calendar this year? We host friends and family in our home often throughout the year, but especially during the Christmas season.  One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win a prize pack that will help with planning and preparing for holiday parties!  [Read more…]

Sunday Suppers cookbook Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings

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It’s the time of year when we all take a deep breath…and some of us don’t release the breath until after Christmas.  Do you know the feeling?  One situation that tends to get me in a tizzy is menu planning – especially when I have to take meals and finger foods to all the places.  Sunday Suppers is my new go-to book for delicious Southern recipes that don’t take the entire day to prepare. [Read more…]

Stock the Crock cookbook shares 100 delicious, tried-and-true recipes for your slow cooker

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My slow cooker literally gets me through the week.  It takes just a few minutes to throw together a pot full of ingredients, then we come home to a delicious hot  meal.  I don’t think I could be a working mom without one!  I’m so excited to share the book Stock the Crock with our readers.  Just think, would Soups, Stews and Chowders go over well with your family?  Do your kids prefer Vegetarian and Pasta Main Dishes?  If your grocery list includes Poultry, Beef and Pork, Fish and Seafood, you’ll be giddy with delight over these recipes. To round things out, add Sides, Sweets and Treats to your meal planning!  All of these categories are found in this handy resource. [Read more…]

Use a coffee machine to make hot tea #MyAdagio

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This has been a busy week — one of those weeks that ends with a late night all 7 days.  This morning (Saturday) I went into my classroom for what was meant to be an hour or two, but ended up being there for 6 1/2 hours.  Next, I drove my daughter around town so she could work on her school project….taking photos of herself in front of historical monuments. In the rain.  On these days, I look forward to a steaming cup of hot tea before shuffling off to bed.  I’m so grateful for my coffee maker, which helps me to get the tea just right!  Adagio Tea sent me a glorious package with all kinds of product samples to try, and we’ve really enjoyed the daily treat. [Read more…]

Try the K-Cups Coffee Sample Box + $10 Amazon #giveaway

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When I posted about Amazon’s Beauty Sample box a few weeks ago, one reader commented that the K-Cup box would be nice to try.  I wholeheartedly agree!  Normally iced coffee is my first choice, but the colder months give me a craving for hot java.  We have several Keurig machines at work, so there are always a few K-Cups in my desk.  My favorites are hazelnut and vanilla, but it’s nice to try some new flavors, too. [Read more…]

Add #MooreFlavor with Moore’s Marinades – Chicken Teriyaki in 30 minutes

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During the school week, it’s a race to get from door to door. The front door of our house, the car door, the school door, and back through the paces again for the evening. My family prefers home-cooked meals most of the time, but it’s so tough to get it all on the table before it’s dark outside!  I don’t always have the wherewithal to get ingredients prepped before I leave for work. Can you relate to this dilemma?  You need to check out Moore’s Marinades. Not only does Moore’s offer a complete flavor smackdown, but they recommend marinating for 30 minutes or less.  Sounds like a plan to me!  [Read more…]

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