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Hurricane Prep from a Lifetime of Prepping

In my 44 years, I’ve lived through my fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms, and I’ve learned a thing or two over the years.  We all know the obvious prepping advice. These tips are from my hard fought lessons learned. Food Boxed Food.  Yes, buy canned goods, but don’t forget boxed goods.  Cereal, Pop …

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Steak & Sweet Potato Hash

I live in house dominated by men…one husband, two sons, and even the dog is male.  They are as manly as it gets…meat, potatoes, dirt, mud, guns, trucks, boats…totally male!  Every once in a while, I cave and give them a break from girly food and perfect platings.   Needless to say, I have to …

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Valentine’s Day Dessert: Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

But these aren’t the grilled cheese sandwiches from childhood.  No, these grilled cheese sandwiches melt chocolate, brie, and raspberries between slices of poundcake.  Yes, they’re messy…oh well!  Enjoy!

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Weekend Breakfasts…Bacon Waffle Benedict

A twist on eggs benedict made with bacon waffles, topped with scrambled eggs and a creamy hollandaise sauce.

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Memphis BBQ Potato Salad

Remember my earlier post about date night recipe throw-downs? This was our first.  Reser’s was hosting an ancillary competition at World Food Championships, so since we were already going to Vegas to compete, Jeremy thought he’d try his hand at recipe creation and cooking. I made a list of everything we needed for basic potato …

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Busy Mom’s Guide to Southern Comfort Food…Chicken & Dumplings

Nearly every country and culture has their own version of chicken noodle soup.  In the south, chicken noodle soup is  a bit different.  Our chicken & dumplings, aka “chickn’ dumplins”, is a serious matter.

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Forget the Cookies & Ornaments…Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

I’ve never been one for tradition, so it’s only fitting that I go a little outside-the-box when it comes to teacher gifts during the holidays.

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Uncommon Gifts at Uncommon Goods

Sponsored Post It’s THAT time of year again.  Holiday decorations are already showing up in major retailers.  This past week, I’ve already seen Thanksgiving decorations and pre-orders being taken for Christmas trees.  Seriously?!!?!  I’m lucky to have my tree up by Christmas eve! I usually start my Christmas shopping in August because I love deals …

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Best Beer Finds at the Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Fest 2017

Four years ago, we attended our first Florida Brewers Guild Beerfest. We knew it was the kick off event for Tampa Bay Beer Week, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We had general admission tickets, and when we arrived, we still stood in line for over an hour. Once in …

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Torte with Strawberry Coulis 

For most, there are certain foods that naturally go-together…bacon & eggs, strawberries & champagne, burgers & fries. But, for me, it gets a bit more dark…as in DARK chocolate and rich DARK espresso.  I absolutely love the stuff!  Dark chocolate & a glass bottle of Cabernet…espresso & dark chocolate dipped biscotti…dark chocolate & a rich stout..dark chocolate rimmed cup …

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