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Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad

  What’s more American than Watermelon? Ok ok, hotdogs, baseball, etc. But, this healthy salad feels decadent and gourmet, but it simple and delicious. And to me, watermelon just feels like summer, especially July 4th. If you’re looking for an easy potluck salad that isn’t boring for your holiday activities – this is a winner. […]

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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

I am on day 28 of my Whole30. I am very proud of myself. I have done so well this go round, I didn’t cheat one time! I feel great, my clothes fit better and my bank account is a little fuller! Yes, you read that right! I saved money on Whole30! Eating at home, planning […]

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Green Beans with Cocktail Onions - Mezzetta

Green Beans with Bacon and Cocktail Onions

We are so excited to be participating in the Mezzetta Memories Holiday Giveaway. “Holiday Memories” is such a fun giveaway theme. As I’ve said in probably every holiday post I’ve ever written, I love the holiday season! I also love that I am able to experience and create a whole new set of holiday memories […]

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Warm Brussel Sprout & Cranberry Slaw

Photo by Sera Petras This week I volunteered at a local soup kitchen. My family and I have been looking for volunteer opportunities that we can all do together for a while. We were lucky to come across this opportunity. It’s such an interesting place, a soup kitchen. It’s a hodge podge of different people, […]

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Sausage Skillet Cornbread!!!

Sausage Skillet Cornbread

  I got a new camera lens this week. It is nothing expensive or fancy, but I am still pretty excited. It’s a Cannon EF 50mm f/1.8II. I have been taking pictures of everything…Robocop, my dog, the cool tree outside, the glass of water on the counter, my foot…you know, really anything I can point […]

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes!!!

Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The weather this week has been horrible. Cold, Grey and gloomy. I feel like we missed fall and it went straight to winter. Is this a Polar Vortex or are they calling it something else, I can’t remember…all I know is the weather is being way too screwy for my tastes. I talked to my […]

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Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon!!!

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon

This week I have been insanely bored. I am not sure why, just having one of those weeks where I am going stir crazy for no reason…does that ever happen to you? For a couple of days I thought I was going to get to take a last minute cruise up the New England to […]

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Refried Beans!!!

Homemade Refried Beans

In honor of Cinco de May I thought I would share my favorite refried beans recipe. To say I have an addiction to this stuff is an understatement. I currently make it at least once a week. It is really simple and quick and keeps well throughout the week. I use the beans to make wraps to take to work for lunch, to eat with my eggs in the morning, or to use as a dip. The best part is when you are starving and out of time, if you have these beans in the fridge, you always have a meal. They are filling, healthy, and delicious.

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Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

This Cinco de Mayo inspired recipe is a simple combination of two of our favorite recipes;  the black bean recipe from our taco bites, then the perfect brown rice. Black beans and rice is one of my  favorite things in the whole world. I grew up in Florida and was lucky enough to have had superior […]

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Avocado Corn Salad Perfect!!!!

Avocado Corn Salad

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think it might actually be spring. A friend posted on Facebook today that she is officially putting her snow shovel away, it literally made me laugh out loud. Watch, now it is probably going to snow tomorrow. I apologize in advance if it does snow, it will […]

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