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Tag Archives: food

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 […]

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, […]

Chimichurri Plant-Based Protein Sandwich at McAlister’s Deli

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 6, 2019 | Categories: Restaurants, Reviews
chimichurri

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products, like the Chimichurri plant-based protein sandwich from McAlister’s Deli, and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. Chimichurri Plant-Based Protein Sandwich at McAlister’s Deli I recently […]

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 […]

A Good Meal Starts With the Best Meat

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 12, 2019 | Categories: Food
meat

There is nothing worse than sitting down to a meal to have the meat be tough and/or flavorless. Seriously disappointing. Whether it’s a meal you’ve prepared at home yourself or dining out at a restaurant, when you take a bite of meat that is tasteless, dry, or tough, it is such a waste of time […]

Cake Mix Muffins – Cherry Almond Chocolate Muffins

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 3, 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 […]

How to Make Monkey Bread with Snickers Bars

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 1, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
monkey bread

Snickers Monkey Bread is an easy dessert that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. It’s full of ooey gooey goodness. As much as I love the Snickers Monkey Bread and think you will, as well, you have to try my Maple Bacon Monkey Bread, too. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Did you know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]