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Essentials, Italian, Pasta

Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

June 13, 2017
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

There are very few things in this culinary world that make me happier than spaghetti. You know what else makes me happy? Coming home to a kitchen smelling like crockpot heaven. This slow simmered Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce is just that.

Pasta sauce heaven.

This delicious homemade pasta sauce is full of healthy and colorful vegetables. Fresh summer squash, zucchini, onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms simmer for hours and create a zesty sauce for your favorite pasta.

Plus, we made it super filling with a mixture of sweet Italian sausage and lean ground beef.  Can’t wait to twirl this around on a fork.

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Beverages, Essentials, Featured

Mint Chocolate Iced Coffee

June 7, 2017
Mint Chocolate Iced Coffee

 This iced-coffee recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions, recipes and ideas are mine alone. #BrewAsYouPlease #CollectiveBias 

Where are all of my coffee lovers at? This cold-brewed Mint Chocolate Iced Coffee drink is for you.

This is a bold and refreshing twist on your favorite morning beverage. This iced coffee is lightly flavored with fresh mint, cold brewed for a smooth flavor, and served over chocolate-cream ice cubes.

Yes, we had a lot of fun making (and drinking) this recipe! (And we got to skip the drive-thru by making our coffee at home!)

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Essentials, Potatoes, Sides

Garlic Thyme Oven Roasted Potatoes

June 1, 2017
Garlic Thyme Oven Roasted Potatoes

Everyone is crazy about sheet pan recipes, and there is a reason why. They are easy. I mean, how much easier can it get than tossing together your ingredients, putting them on a sheet pan and popping the whole thing in to the oven? Our Garlic Thyme Oven Roasted Potatoes are no different.

This easy and savory roasted potato recipe is so yummy. The garlic and thyme flavor change up your normal potato side dish into something special.

Who said dinner has to be hard?

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best, Essentials

Dilly Pickled Onion Rings

May 13, 2017
Dilly Pickled Onion Rings

A Southern kitchen is not complete without an array of pickles and relishes.  Seriously, we will put just about anything into a jar with vinegar and sugar.  Pickled onion, cucumber, okra, corn, green tomato, watermelon rind… You name it, we have tried it.

When I found this family recipe for easy Dilly Pickled Onion Rings, I had to give it a whirl.  This recipe just feels like home. Sweet, sour and tangy, it doesn’t get any easier than this.  Dump everything into a jar, shake and put it in the fridge.

My husband and I come from a long line of geniuses.

Humble brag. *Eats straight from the jar*

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Breakfast, Essentials, My Favorite Recipes

Daddy Dale’s Tennessee Tomato Gravy

May 4, 2017
Tennessee Tomato Gravy

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, Tomato Gravy is good Southern food.

If you have never had tomato gravy before, you have to try my father in law Dale’s recipe.  This delightfully different gravy recipe is a flavorful and filling.  You will want to make it again and again.  (And again.)

The great part? It is so easy to make.  Honest food.  Stick to your ribs food.  Family food.

And did I mention it gives you another excuse to eat a biscuit?

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Essentials, One Pan, Sides

Baked Lemon Rice

February 23, 2017
Baked Lemon Rice

Rice is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to stretch out any meal. Budget hero ingredient!  If you love tender, perfectly fluffy rice with zero effort, you have to try this Baked Lemon Rice.

Throw together this simple side dish recipe in about five minutes with just a few basic ingredients. Then kick back brothers and sisters, and let the oven do all of the work.

Plus, the fragrant smell of Jasmine rice, lemon zest, and garlic will make your kitchen smell amazing!

 

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30 Minute or Less, Appetizers & Snacks, Essentials, Low-Carb, Pork, Tailgate

Easy BLT Cheese Ball

December 23, 2016
BLT Cheese Ball

By now you have figured out that I am in a long-standing love affair with bacon. I mean, aren’t we all, really? You can take just about any recipe, add bacon to it, and it instantly becomes better. Like this BLT Cheese Ball.

The cheese ball is a must have at parties and holiday gatherings, right?

Some are made with nuts; some without. Cheddar, cream cheese, green onions…some recipes are even made with pineapple. (OOOhhh…recipe idea forming : Hawaiian Cheese Ball. Stay tuned.)

How can you go wrong with the tasty classic Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato combo?!

You can’t. Last minute holiday recipe solved.

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Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Christmas, Essentials, Holiday, Kid Friendly Recipes, Tailgate, Thanksgiving

Chili Cranberry Meatballs

December 19, 2016
Chili Cranberry Meatballs

Chili Cranberry Meatballs are THE go-to party appetizer recipe for me. I have made them three times already this holiday season, and it isn’t even Christmas yet.

I’ll give you three reasons why this party appetizer recipe is a win-win:

  1. These are tasty little sweet and sour meatballs bursting with tangy chili and cranberry flavor.
  2. Crockpot recipe magic.
  3. Easy.

This yummy recipe just might make an appearance at New Years and the Superbowl, too!

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Casseroles, Essentials, Holiday, Sides

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

December 15, 2016

My biggest problem with a normal green bean casserole? It doesn’t have enough green beans in it. You know how it is really kind of soupy?

I really love the flavor of a traditional green bean casserole. The yummy crunchy onions on top are my favorite part. But why should the onions be someone’s favorite part of a green bean casserole?

After much thought of how to make this standard recipe better, I came to a very obvious conclusion.  This dish needs more beans, less “mush”, more cheese…and my BFF Bacon. When in doubt, get the bacon out. (Note to self…make a t-shirt.)

Yep. This Bacon Green Bean Casserole is better than your mom’s.

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Chicken, Essentials, Main Dishes, Soups

Southern Style Chicken Dumplings

November 18, 2016
Southern Style Chicken Dumplings

When it starts to get cold, I always crave Southern Style Chicken Dumplings. Tender and moist chicken simmered in broth and then loaded with filling and savory dumplings … THIS is the ultimate comfort food.

This recipe is actually easier than it looks. We use simple ingredients you already have in your pantry for this classic meal.

My favorite part (besides the dumplings, of course) is the sage. (My mom’s touch!)

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Desserts, Essentials

The Very Best Cream Cheese Frosting

November 10, 2016
The Very Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Frosting Fans, pay attention. This is the VERY Best Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfectly smooth, never stiff. Creamy and cream-cheesy, and excellent for piping and decorating.

And it won’t melt and droop at room temperature! Hallelujah!

This is our new go-to frosting recipe for all the goodies that need cream cheese frosting. You know…cupcakes, red velvet, carrot cake, brownies…puff pastries…my spoon. The usual.

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30 Minute or Less, Beef, Essentials, Grilled, Low-Carb, Southern Grill

Garlic Herb Steak Butter

July 20, 2016
Garlic Herb Steak Butter

This is a meal fit for a king. (And a queen. Me. Duh.) My husband is adamant that he not use steak sauce on a ribeye. He usually rattles on about preserving the sanctity of a great cut of meat. I, on the other hand, like to dip my food into something.  (Childish huh?) This Garlic Herb Steak Butter is a delicious compromise.

It adds rich buttery flavor to a rich piece of meat, the garlic smell and taste drips off of the side of the steak…and just the right amount of fresh herbs balances the plate.

And the kid in me gets to dip my steak in something very grown up and “preserve the sanctity of beef”. ✌ ❤ ?

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