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Nectarine Lemonade Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 12, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
Nectarine Lemonade recipe for summer, cookouts, parties, picnics, or anytime...

Summer isn’t over yet, in fact, we still have several weeks of hot weather here. In my quest to come up with refreshing drink recipes, I thought that nectarine lemonade would be a perfect drink. Not to mention I bought a lot of nectarines at the grocery store the other day. We love lemonade and […]

Lil Smokie Stuffed Jalapenos with Bacon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 9, 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 […]

Chicken Salsa Taquitos Make Ahead & Freeze

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 3, 2018 | 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, […]

Lemon Raspberry Parfait Dessert Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 26, 2018 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Lemon Raspberry Parfait recipe. Perfect dessert for Easter, spring, or summer!

Ready for summer? I sure am! This delicious Lemon Raspberry Parfait is the perfect dessert get me out of the winter doldrums. It would make a great Easter dessert as well. I love lemon desserts, so this parfait is perfect anytime for me. I love individual desserts, it always makes, not just kids, but even […]

Strawberry Walnut Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 25, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
Strawberry Walnut Salad with a Homemade Poppy Seed Strawberry Dressing

One of my favorite things to eat in the summer, especially when it’s a hot summer, is a salad. I could, and often do, eat one (sometimes two) a day. Salads are one of those dishes that can be a side or an entree, they are refreshing, and they can be light or filling, depending […]

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. […]

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! […]