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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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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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Bacon Appetizer – Bacon Cheeseball Bites

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 15, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
bacon appetizer

I’ve always said everything is better with bacon… and it’s true. I love bacon and not just for breakfast. Bacon is great for lunch on a BLT, for dinner, in salads, and in appetizers. I have several go-to appetizers I make using bacon because I find bacon adds so much flavor to appetizers. A favorite […]

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Root Vegetable Soup Recipe on a Cool Day

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 1, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
root vegetable soup

It’s Redbud Winter here in East Tennessee today. After being in the 70s just two days ago it got down to 29 early this morning. Which means it’s a perfect day for some root vegetable soup. I hate these drastic changes in temperature. It’s like… it’s spring! NOPE, just teasing, it’s winter. Then, just kidding, […]

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Mini Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | 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. Carrot cake is perfect for the holiday, too. 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 […]

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Rosemary Sea Salt Chicken Made in Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 28, 2019 | 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 […]

Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes Not Just for Coffee Lovers

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 7, 2019 | 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 any time of the year. In fact, I think they would be perfect for Valentine’s […]

Chocolate Crepes Recipe Perfect for Sunday Brunch

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 11, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
chocolate crepes

One of my favorite breakfast and brunch foods is chocolate crepes. Crepes are very thin pancakes. A crepe batter doesn’t have a raising agent in it like pancake batter does, so crepes are thin and flat not thick and fluffy. Crepes are popular in France, making it a fancy brunch food to make on Valentine’s […]

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