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Toasted Corn Macaroni Salad Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 11, 2018 | Categories: Food, Recipes
macaroni salad

I love spring and the warmer temperatures. I also love this time of year because we can finally start grilling out and going on picnics. And eating salads, like macaroni salad. I love salads. Whether it’s spring salads, cucumber salads, potato salad and macaroni salads, to name a few, I enjoy making and eating salads. […]

Lil Smokie Stuffed Jalapenos with Bacon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 28, 2018 | Categories: Food, Recipes
stuffed jalapenos with bacon appetizer

I was looking for some appetizers that would be easy to make and incorporated jalapenos, Lil Smokies (or sausages), and bacon. These Lil Smokie Stuffed Jalapenos with Bacon fit the bill. They’re a great appetizer for game night, parties, cook outs, and family gatherings like Easter. They really are simple to make and they pack […]

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon & Pineapple Dipping Sauce

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 5, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon recipe with Pineapple Dipping Sauce for healthier less mess cooking

One of the best kitchen appliance inventions in recent times to me is the air fryer. Bar none. I ditched my deep fryer years ago because of not only the mess involved in using it but deep fried food, although, delicious, just isn’t healthy. I love crab rangoon, and this Air Fryer Crab Rangoon fits […]

Mini Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 28, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
mini carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake is one of my favorite kind of cakes. Usually, carrot cake tastes more like a spice cake, you don’t taste carrots. You can sweeten carrot cake with apples, raisins, or like I’ve done in this recipe with pineapples. I really love making desserts in single servings so that way I may not overeat […]

Lobster Chowder with Corn and Potatoes Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 12, 2018 | 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) […]

Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes Not Just for Coffee Lovers

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 7, 2018 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes for Easter

Who doesn’t love big, fluffy cupcakes? Well, who doesn’t love cupcakes? Period. And if you are a coffee lover or drinker like me, you’ll go crazy over these Vanilla Cappuccino cupcakes I made on Easter. They’re the perfect cupcake for anytime of the year. In fact, I think they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! […]

Chicken Salsa Taquitos Make Ahead & Freeze

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 13, 2017 | Categories: Food, Recipes
Chicken Salsa Taquitos recipe freeze ahead meal planning

If you find it difficult to get dinner on the table some days, making and freezing dinners ahead of time is a great way to save you time. If you find yourself with a day off or a few extra hours with nothing to do (we know that isn’t too often), prepare meals, freeze them, […]

Pumpkin Ice Cream Chocolate Pudding Trifle

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 30, 2017 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Pumpkin ice cream chocolate pudding trifle with toasted marshmallows Christmas holiday season dessert recipe...

I love so many things about fall and winter — the beautiful fall colors, pumpkins, the food, my son’s birthday, the holidays, the decorations, family gatherings, and the food. Oh, I think I already said food…. but it’s true, I love colder weather food. Especially foods and drinks with pumpkin in them.   And one […]

Rosemary Sea Salt Chicken Made in Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 22, 2017 | Categories: Recipes
Rosemary Sea Salt Chicken Cast Iron Skillet Recipe

Rosemary Sea Salt Chicken is so simple and easy to make that you’ll want to make it all the time. It’s simple ingredients, healthy, and made in a cast iron skillet. I love the benefits of using a cast iron skillet to cook in. A cast iron skillet is easy to clean, you get the […]

Garlic Parmesan Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 18, 2017 | Categories: Recipes
Cast iron skillet garlic parmesan chicken recipe

If you click through one of the links below and buy something I used in making or cleaning up my Garlic Parmesan Chicken recipe, I’ll earn some money, so thank you. If you’ve not noticed, I’m a huge fan of cooking in a cast iron skillet. I love everything about cast iron cooking. One of […]