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Thai Chicken Recipe in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 18, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
thai chicken

I love cooking in my cast iron skillet, and I tend to make a lot of chicken recipes in it. One of our favorites is a Thai Chicken recipe. There is something about a cast iron skillet that just makes food taste better. And I love one pot, or in this case, skillet, meals. I […]

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Air Fryer Recipes Roundup for Healthier Cooking

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 17, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
air fryer recipes

One of my new favorite kitchen appliances is the air fryer! I love that I can cook lighter, healthier food. We’ve made a lot of air fryer recipes, but one of our favorite is this Crab Rangoon. A healthier crab rangoon appetizer choice or anytime snack. For a long time we made very basic foods […]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe with Community Coffee

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 16, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
pumpkin spice lattee

I received compensation for this delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe post, but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences (and love of coffee), are worthy of endorsement. If you know me, you know my great […]

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Sausage Potato Hash Recipe in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 8, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
sausage potato hash

I’m back with another cast iron skillet recipe. It really is one of my favorite ways to cook. Another favorite of mine is meals that are good for breakfast or dinner, like this Sausage Potato Hash recipe. If you make it for dinner and have any leftovers, you can have the leftovers for breakfast the […]

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Hot Cocoa Recipe for Halloween Fun

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 21, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
hot cocoa

If you’re looking for a tasty easy hot cocoa recipe for Halloween for the kids (of any age) that will be a big hit throughout the whole month of October, this Spooky Hot Cocoa is it! Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? I mean really… who? It’s the perfect fall and winter drink, and by adding […]

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Cake Mix Muffins – Cherry Almond Chocolate Muffins

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 16, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
cake mix muffins

Cake mix muffins are one of my favorite ways to make muffins. Since I usually have cake mix in my pantry, it’s just more convenient. Cakes are higher in sugar and liquids and lower in fat so cake mix muffins will have a much lighter, fluffier texture than the traditional muffin batter. Muffins are more […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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