Getting Healthy in the New Year- Practice These 5 Tips

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Practice these 5 tips for getting healthy in the new year and all year long. New Year, New Thoughts….time to take stock, think back on last year, and make plans for the coming year.  For many of us that means focusing on getting healthy, or losing weight, in the New Year.  Is that one of…

Peanut Butter Banana Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate

Yummy peanut butter banana Belgian waffles

These peanut butter banana Belgian waffles are a wonderfully decadent way to start your day! I have discovered a love of all things waffles lately.  There is nothing quite like the taste of these delicious, toasty treats with wells that just scream out for something to fill them.  My latest excursion into waffle kingdom are…

Winter Door Swag Makeover – Plus a Giveaway!

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The cold weather is here and it is time for my winter door swag makeover. I have a wreath, or door swag on my front door year round.  The door has an oval glass panel in it and putting a swag there gives me a bit of extra privacy and I like the way it makes…

My North Carolina Winter Garden

Sun peeking through the frozen trees in North Carolina

My North Carolina winter garden is a wonderland this week. Winter storm Jonas has been all in the news this week.  It left a blanket of snow and ice from the South in the US right up the corridor to New England.  My North Carolina winter garden is a sight to behold. Winter storm Jonas…

Organization Tips for Small Kitchens

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These 16 Kitchen Organization Tips will make sure that you start the New Year out in an orderly way. New Year – New Order. That is my motto every January.  I live in a small house and space is really at a premium.  But I also belong to a wholesale club and buy things in…

How to Host the Perfect Wine and Cheese Party

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The Perfect Wine and Cheese Party takes some Planning. Wine and Cheese parties are so much fun! Pairing wine and cheese together is one of the great culinary pleasures.  And making the pairing a party of a party with loved ones and friends adds up to one special evening. In my mind, nothing goes together…

Moderation and Smart Choices are the Key to a Balanced New Year

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalancedNewYear #CollectiveBias Do you want a balanced 2016? Focus on Moderation and Smart Choices. Each January, I take stock of the past year and focus on how I would like my coming year to be.  For me, this often…

Paleo Nutella Cranberry Baked Apples

Paleo Nutella Baked Apples

Celebrate Nutella Day by Making these Paleo Nutella Cranberry Baked Apples. I love Nutella. I love baked Apples and I love fun celebration days.  February 5 is Nutella day and what a tasty day this is to celebrate. Whoopsie…I’m trying to follow a Paleo diet.  So what am I to do? Nutella has both dairy…

Paleo Hazelnut Butter – AKA Nutella – 12 Ways to Use it.

13 Ways to use Nut Butter - AKA Paleo Nutella - thegardeningcook.com

Paleo Hazelnut Butter is a wonderful substitute for Nutella. Did you know that February 5 is considered Nutella day?  If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, you have likely tried Nutella.  But what happens in you wish to follow a Paleo diet?  Is Nutella a thing of the past for you? Thankfully, that is not the case.…

Paleo Nutella Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Nutella Banana Ice Cream

This Paleo Nutella banana ice cream will tempt the most ardent Nutella fan without a bit of diet guilt. Just because you are trying to follow a Paleo diet does not mean that you have to give up your favorite sweet treats.  This Paleo Nutella banana ice cream is so rich and creamy and, with…

Paleo Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites.

Paleo espresso chocolate hazelnut energy bites.

These Paleo Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites pack a nutritious punch in one delicious mouthful. Are you looking for an afternoon snack or after workout treat that is Paleo and super delicious? Try one of the Paleo espresso chocolate hazelnut energy bites. They are loaded with goodness, and so, so tasty. I’m fond of any…

Healthy Kitchen Swaps – 11 Tips for Weight Loss Success

Healthy Kitchen Swaps

Trying to lose weight in the new year?  Try these healthy kitchen swaps. For many of us, the New Year means making a resolution to lose a few extra pounds that seem to magically appear during the holiday season.  But losing some weight does not necessarily mean that you have to just eat lettuce and…

Most Popular Posts of 2015- My Top 10 Articles

These articles are the most popular posts of 2105 on The Gardening Cook

These are the top 10 most popular posts of 2015 for the Gardening Cook. As New Year’s day comes closer, I find myself, like so many others planning for next year.  But before I can do that, I need to take stock of the previous year, especially for my blog.  I always look forward to…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

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This Reese’s peanut butter cup fudge is absolutely foolproof. If you are looking for me in December, you will likely find me in my kitchen making fudge.  I love to eat it. I love to make it, and I love to take pictures of it.  I’d make it year round if my hips would not…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

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Treat your New Year’s guests to this slow cooker spiced wine recipe for some celebratory cheer! It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges…

How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Ham

Cooking the perfect holiday ham is as easy as your secret ingredients for the glaze. This recipe is simple to do and tastes heavenly. thegardeningcook.com #ForTheLoveOfHam

Treat your family to a holiday ham this Perfect Holiday Christmas instead of a turkey. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias For years, our family always had turkey at both Thanksgiving and for our Christmas meal. But a few years ago, I…

Eggnog Muffins – A Holiday Favorite

Eggnog muffins - make a great Santa treat

It’s Christmas morning with these delicious eggnog muffins. Christmas morning is always special at our house. We open our Christmas gifts throughout the day, not just in one mad rush, and we stop mid morning for a nice Christmas brunch. These eggnog muffins will be sure to become one of our holiday favorite brunch additions…

How to Make the Perfect DIY Coffee Lovers Gift Basket & 2 Free Printables

These 9 tips will help you put together the perfect coffee lovers gift basket. Your coffee loving friends will be so pleased to get such a personal gift. thegardeningcook.com #DunkinToTheRescue #ad

Treat your coffee drinking friends to this DIY perfect coffee lovers gift basket, crammed full of their favorite coffee themed treats. Deck the halls with lots of baskets…gift baskets that is! I just love to come up with all kinds of gift baskets to treat my family and friends to their favorite special loves this…

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