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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa (For Tacos or Burrito Bowls)

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa - Just like Chipotle! Slowly cooked, tender and flavorful shredded beef for tacos or burrito bowls.

Just like Chipotle! This Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is slowly cooked to a tender state creating a perfect shredded meat for your tacos or burrito bowls. We love us some Chipotle.  Unfortunately, there is not ONE in the entire state of Mississippi.  We had locations nearby during our six years in Chicago and the two […]

Mixed Berry Shortcake with Yogurt Cream

Mixed Berry Shortcake with Yogurt Cream

Our favorite berry shortcake recipe inspired from a sweet family friend.  A simple mixture of pantry ingredients is dipped into a butter and sugar bath then baked into a scrumptious fruit and cream summer treat. Who doesn’t love a summer berry shortcake for dessert on a warm bright evening?  Heck, I’m all about having shortcake […]

Layered Fiesta Dip with Greek Yogurt Ranch

Layered Fiesta Dip with Greek Yogurt Ranch - use store-bought guacamole, salsa and Hidden Valley dry ranch mix for this very easy and convenient layered dip that's pretty, too!.

A kid-friendly party snack with a few simple layers of your favorites, including ranch dip made with Hidden Valley’s newest dry mix specially formulated to mix with Greek yogurt. With the 4th of July holiday coming up, you might be searching for a few appetizers and dips for a party you’re hosting or one you’re […]

Home Tour: Sauder Nico Accent Chair (Design Challenge)

Sauder Furniture Nico Accent Chair

Read on to take another peek into our home, and how I decorated a new piece of Sauder furniture. Hey guys!  I haven’t published a “Home Tour” post for you in a while.  In fact, I think it’s been since fall of last year when I showed you our 3-in-1 bonus room! Today, I am […]

Apple Butter Cherry Cobbler Bars

Apple Butter Cherry Cobbler Bars - These cherry cobbler bars have added depth of flavor with a secret ingredient. Simple and sweet with cherry pie filling and the great, unique taste of Musselman's Apple Butter.

These cherry cobbler bars are simple and sweet with cherry pie filling and the great, unique taste of Musselman’s Apple Butter. How about a new spin of cherry cobbler?  Today, I am sharing a fun way to eat cherry cobbler as cold individual bars or warm and gooey with ice cream — you choose! First […]

Pimento Cheese Breakfast Bake

Pimento Cheese Breakfast Bake - Pimento cheese and sausage egg casserole

This cheesy sausage breakfast casserole is picked up a notch with southern pimento cheese and a flaky crust of refrigerated crescent dough. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is at my church next week.  The theme is “Wildwood Forest: Discover the Untamed Nature of God” and I’ve volunteered to help with the crafts.  I’m excited as this will be my first […]

Skillet Parmesan Zucchini Tomato and Corn

Skillet Parmesan Zucchini Tomato and Corn

This simple summer vegetables side dish is cooked quickly in the skillet, then tossed with Parmesan – ready to accompany any weeknight summer meal. Summer break is already here in good ol’ Mississippi.  Where I grew up in #PureMichigan, school kids weren’t released for the summer until at least June, so this whole “school ends before Memorial Day” […]

County Seat Restaurant: Mississippi Farm to Table [Town of Livingston]

County Seat Restaurant - new farm to table dining in Madison County (Town of Livingston, MS)

Farm to table restaurants (restaurants who source their food as locally as possible) are starting to appear in the state of Mississippi, and I can’t be more thrilled. County Seat Restaurant is one of the Jackson, MS area’s own pioneers for this sustainable way of dining. Last week, we had our chance to dine at […]

Grape Mint Tomato Salad (Ally’s Kitchen Cookbook)

Refreshing Grape Mint Tomato Salad from Ally's Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates

Cool down this summer with this refreshing tomato salad that is spruced up with grapes, red onions and mint!  This is just one of many fabulous recipes from my dear friend’s new cookbook, Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates.  Read on for a chance to win a copy for yourself!  (This is not a […]

Salted Cream Iced Coffee with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies

Salted Cream Iced Coffee

Take a break with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies and this sweet and salty iced coffee… did I catch your curiosity? Recently, a friend posted a photo on her Instagram — a salted cream iced coffee drink.  I saw it at exactly the moment when I was breaking from the morning’s adventures of chasing an almost 2 year […]

Terranea Resort: Southern California’s Family Friendly Oceanfront Luxury

Terranea Resort - Family friendly oceanfront luxury in Southern California. Just 30 minutes from LAX you can find paradise! #GladdTravel #EatSeaRetreat

Travel only thirty minutes south of the Los Angeles airport (LAX) to find family-friendly paradise at Terranea (terra-NAY-ah) Oceanfront Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Recently, I flew to Southern California for a relaxing yet educational get-away with seven other food blogging friends at Terranea Resort.  Our time together was short, but thanks to our lovely planner, we […]

Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community

Starbucks Coffee K-Cup Packs

I have a love for coffee.  For years, my go-to cup has been a Starbucks® blend – whether from a K-Cup® Pack, freshly ground beans in my French press, or an entire pot I brewed to share with guests.  That’s why I’m pleased to announce I’ve partnered with Starbucks this year to test their new products and give […]

Easy Baked Chicken Egg Rolls (Freezer Friendly!)

Easy Baked Chicken Egg Rolls

Also served as an appetizer, these baked chicken egg rolls show up at our table, served alongside rice and veggies, as a favorite meal for our family.  How often to you order Chinese take-out?  It had been since college for me, until about a month ago when we were visiting family in North Carolina and they […]

A Day Out with Thomas the Train at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum [Calera, AL]

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)

We recently traveled just south of Birmingham, Alabama to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and spent the day with Thomas the Train.  Read on to find out more about this fun activity filled train ride! Two weeks ago, we spent the weekend in one of our favorite nearby cities, Birmingham, Alabama — just a […]

Family Favorite Chili Mac

Family Favorite Chili Mac - 30 minute meal

Using quick and easy ingredients like a jar of Ragú® Sauce, we’re bringing a “Saucesome” dinner to you in less than 30 minutes with this Family Favorite Chili Mac recipe served right from your skillet. As the title of my blog suggests, I have a passion for feeding my family and others around our table.  Once […]

Texas Sheet Cake Donuts (Baked)

Texas Sheet Cake Donuts (Baked!)

The classic chocolate sheet cake baked as donuts.  Breakfast or dessert?  You choose! Hey all, y’all!  (I figured I should start this post with a southern drawl.)  I’m very excited about these donuts, as I came up with the idea for them a few months ago and finally getting to the point of sharing them […]

15-Minute Skillet Granola Recipe + $100 VISA Giveaway!

Homemade 15-Minute Skillet Granola - with Domino® Pourable Light Brown Sugar

Spruce up your morning breakfast with this easy-to-follow recipe for homemade granola, ready in just 15 minutes.  It’s not only a great breakfast but a heart-healthy snack throughout the day! Recently, we were visiting our friends and eating our way through Charleston, SC.  The wife of our friends told me how she makes granola in her cast […]

Carrot Cake Monkey Bread

Carrot Cake Monkey Bread

Surprise your Easter brunch guests with this springtime twist on the traditional monkey bread breakfast.  This sweet Carrot Cake Monkey Bread is loaded with shredded carrots, pineapple and pecans, then drizzled with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  You might want to make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t hop over for a bite! Our family has annual Easter […]

Crescent Bunny Pizza Dunkers

Crescent Bunny Pizz Dunkers-2

Looking for a very easy Easter themed lunch for your kiddos? Look no further than these cute little pizza bunnies I made with Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dough. Your kids will love to put these together with you and then dunk them in their favorite pizza sauce.  Find the easy step by step directions over at Pillsbury. […]

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs - slow cooker recipe

Mix together only three ingredients then set your slow cooker on low.  Four hours later you’re ready to party with these tangy apricot glazed and chili sauce cocktail meatballs. You all know the usual grape jelly + chili sauce + meatballs recipe, right?  This is basically the same thing but with apricot preserves instead.  You see, […]

Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball

Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball #BetterWithAppleButter #MussAppleButter #AppleButterSpin @MussAppleButter

A spin on the traditional appetizer, this Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball includes Musselman’s Apple Butter, crispy bacon, hot sauce and crusted with buttery toasted pecans. Cheese balls are such a fun party app and they can really dress up a table!  You can find many interesting variations these days.  Today I’m giving […]