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Root Vegetable Soup Recipe on a Cool Day

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 11, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
root vegetable soup

It’s finally fall here in East Tennessee. Yes, it was officially fall a couple of weeks ago, but until this week, we’ve had summer temps. This week, however, the weather is more fall like. Which means it’s a perfect time for some root vegetable soup. I hate these drastic changes in temperature. It’s like… it’s […]

Lobster Chowder with Corn and Potatoes Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 26, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
Delicious Lobster Corn Potato Chowder perfect on a cold day...

Lobster chowder is one of my favorite kinds of soup. Chowders are rich and creamy and contain some of my favorite ingredients in soup… corn and potatoes. Of course, chowders usually contain fish or clams, too. I love lobster, so it’s my favorite seafood in a chowder. Lobster Chowder with Corn and Potatoes (printable version) […]

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Toasted Corn Macaroni Salad Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 6, 2019 | Categories: Food, Recipes
macaroni salad

Looking for things to do with corn on the cob? Not sure about where you live, but here, corn on the cob is super cheap at the grocery store. Plus, I buy up a bunch at the farmer’s market and freeze some. Frozen corn is a great way to enjoy corn any time of the […]

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White Bean and Farro Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 5, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
white bean

It’s back to school time here but even though summer break may be over, the heat of summer is not. So I’m still enjoying salads. I like to incorporate protein in my salads that are plant-based, especially in the summer. I usually opt for vegetarian options like hard-boiled eggs or beans. Sometimes I’ll go with […]

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Salted Caramel and Almond Cold Brew Coffee Recipe #ToraniColdBrew

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 27, 2019 | Categories: Recipes

This is a sponsored post. All opinions about salted caramel almond cold brew coffee with Torani Salted Caramel Syrup are 100% my own. I only endorse companies, products, and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. Two things I love when it comes to drinks are coffee and salted […]

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Blueberry Jar Trifles

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 1, 2019 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Blueberry jar trifle #recipe via Blog by Donna

Summer is a great time to make fresh fruit desserts like blueberry jar trifles. I love making pretty individual desserts. They seem so personal and gives the impression that someone took the time to make something special just for you (me). I like trifles and they are perfect to individualize by making them in a […]

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Oven Fried Ritz Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Legs Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 16, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
oven fried

This is a sponsored post. All opinions and this delicious oven fried chicken legs recipe are 100% my own. I try to find ways to make traditional fried foods healthier by either making them oven fried or using an air fryer. Since my family loves drumsticks, I usually make them in the oven. It cuts […]

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No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 15, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
no churn chocolate ice cream

My family loves ice cream. You will almost always find ice cream of some kind in my freezer. On the rare occasion when we have run out of ice cream, I will make homemade ice cream. No churn chocolate ice cream is one of my  favorites to make. I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream […]

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Roasted Leeks Recipe a Flavorful Side Dish

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 2, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
baked leeks

I can usually come up with entree ideas, but I seem to be in a rut when it comes to side dishes. I tend to end up making some kind of potato dish, corn, green beans, salads, or asparagus. Roasted leeks weren’t even on my radar. We eat a lot of vegetables and although I […]

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Nectarine Lemonade Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 23, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
Nectarine Lemonade recipe for summer, cookouts, parties, picnics, or anytime...

It may not be officially summer, yet, but it is in our home since yesterday was my son’s last day of school. And with the temps hitting the 90s this week, well it sure feels like summer. In my quest to come up with refreshing drink recipes, I thought that nectarine lemonade would be a […]

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