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Cheery Cherry Cheese Ring

Cheery Cherry Cheese Ring

Cheery Cherry Cheese Ring is a throwback recipe I have been making for a number of years which I have tweeked many times. This particular version was made with crescent sheets because that is what I had on hand. This only feeds about three people. […]

Marbled Peppermint Fudge

Marbled Peppermint Fudge

Marbled Peppermint Fudge is the featured recipe for December 5th of the Food Advent Calendar Spice It Up. Come along for some great holiday recipes from around the world. Marbled Peppermint Fudge is the smoothest, creamiest fudge you will ever eat–no grainy sugar crystals here. […]

Advent Calendar Spice It Up

Advent Calendar Spice It Up

I am pleased to announce participation in the Food Advent Calendar Spice It Up. This is a group of bloggers from around the world who have chosen to participate in a fun way to share recipes. We have all chosen a spice to feature in […]

Dreamy Lemony Cream Horns

Dreamy Lemony Cream Horns

Dreamy Lemony Cream Horns are so light, fluffy and lemony, it is hard to eat just one. This recipe is made extremely easy by using crescent sheets. I believe this is a new product where Pillsbury does not cut the dough into crescent triangle shapes […]

Hot Wheels – Advent Calendar Filler Ideas

Hot Wheels – Advent Calendar Filler Ideas

Hot Wheels – Advent Calendar Filler Ideas was born when I went to a yard sale recently and saw a homemade advent calendar for sale for 75 cents. I liked the design, and someone had put a lot of time and thought into designing and […]

Dressed up Sausage Dressing

Dressed up Sausage Dressing

Dressed up Sausage Dressing is a fancy title for my stuffing that I have been making for a number of years.  Technically, stuffing is cooked inside the bird, and dressing is not.  I generally do not cook mine inside the bird.  I like a very […]

Classy Turkey ala King

Classy Turkey ala King

Classy Turkey ala King is a throwback recipe that I adapted many years ago, but boy does it taste as comfy as they come. This recipe is so versatile, you can use canned or fresh mushrooms. I have used both, and they are equally good. […]

Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini Casserole

Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini Casserole

Creamy Turkey Tetrazzini Casserole can be made with leftover turkey or chicken–they both would be equally delicious. And who doesn’t love creamy pasta? When baking this casserole, I only bake it long enough to melt the cheeses. My experience has been that the oven can […]

Leftover Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy

Leftover Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy

Leftover Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy will not taste or look like leftovers at all. Sometimes leftover turkey breast can be a bit on the dry side, but when it is smothered in a rich, tasty smooth white gravy, it becomes comfort food deluxe. I […]

Roast Turkey Breast With Ease

Roast Turkey Breast With Ease

Roast Turkey Breast with Ease is a great alternative to roasting a whole turkey.  Maybe you don’t have a lot of people to feed, or maybe you want to serve a ham and turkey. The roasting bag is the trick to getting your turkey breast […]

Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise

Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise

Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise is one of the best meatloafs I have ever tasted.  Not only is it extremely moist, but the cheesy filling is a little surprise in the middle. I like to use an 80/20% ground beef blend because I believe it gives the […]

Cheater Pumpkin Spice Cannoli

Cheater Pumpkin Spice Cannoli

Cheater Pumpkin Spice Cannoli is not your typical cannoli recipe. There is no dough to make; it is made with flour tortillas. The filling is not made with ricotta cheese; it is made with pudding, melted pumpkin spice chips and whipped topping mixture. The key […]

How to Refinish a Wood Table Like a Pro

How to Refinish a Wood Table Like a Pro

I recently took a look at my wooden kitchen table and realized it was time for an update or upgrade. It is a sturdy set that is just the right dimensions for my kitchen. The chairs seemed to still be in pretty good condition, so […]

Corn on the Cobb Dip

Corn on the Cobb Dip

Corn on the Cobb Dip puts those end-of-the-season vegetables to good use. The growing season will soon be coming to an end here in southcentral Illinois. I still have an assortment of vegetables I need to incorporate. My tomatoes are small but still tasty. The […]

Smothered Beer Braised Brats

Smothered Beer Braised Brats

Smothered Beer Braised Brats are perfect this time of year when the German influence is everywhere–from Octoberfest all over the country to the polka music at weddings (think the chicken dance). This is a one-pot meal you are going to want to serve any time […]

Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos

Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos

Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos were served at my house this weekend when we had our former Memphis neighbors as overnight guests. What’s great about this dish is that it can be made up the night before you want to serve it, and in the […]

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars are definitely just what the name implies. They are so rich, they are bound to satisfy that sweet tooth. My inspiration comes from living in the St. Louis region of the country where the gooey butter cake originates. Over the years, […]

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad is a little something I came up with in my attempt to create new and interesting ways to use the tomatoes out of my garden. Too bad the tomatoes come on all at once; it would be nice to have […]

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire is dedicated to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Salsa is a recipe that is very popular in the State of Texas, being a neighbor to Mexico. If you would like to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief, I have provided a link […]

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops is a recipe you will want to try if you have had a problem with your pork chops being dry and unflavorful. These chops have a somewhat oriental flavor because of the soy sauce that is used in the marinade. […]


Inspiration to Live by:

Inspiration Quote

Inspiration Quote

Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. — Kurt Vonnegut