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How to Host the Perfect Wine and Cheese Party

perfect wine and cheese party

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…

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…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

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…

Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

These pecan pie cookies are the perfect choice for your next cookie swap, or to add to your holiday dessert table. My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

Treat your family to these apple crumble baked apples. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias Tis the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean tis the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

Funfetti Peppermint Chocolate Truffles – New Christmas Sweet Treat

These Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles are the perfect bite to finish any holiday meal. They are easy to make and taste just delicious.

Add some fun to your holiday dessert table with these Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias Truffles are as much a part of my holiday traditions as decorating a tree is.  I love to make all kinds of…

Copycat KFC Oven Fried Chicken

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken has a ton of flavor with all the fat and calories of deep frying. thegardeningcook.com

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken recipe has a super spice mix to give it a great taste without all the calories. I love all types of copycat recipes.  It is fun to tinker in my kitchen to try and come up with recipes that give me the flavors of my favorite restaurant or take…

I am Thankful for my Mother

I am thankful for my mother

Please join me for a few moments to learn more about the person who has had the most impact on my life ~ my mother. Today’s world is full of stress and a lack of time. Sometimes, this causes people to be thoughtless and inconsiderate.  One simple remedy for what can often be a rude world…

Chicken Pot Pie – Cinnamon Apple & Pear Salad – Easy Fall Meal

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

The Hectic Holidays are made much easier with a Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Apples and Pear Salad. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias ‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s…

Spicy Szechuan Garlic Pepper Pork Stir Fry

spicy szechuan pork stir fry

No need for takeaway with this delicious garlic pepper pork stir fry. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine. Can we say sweet?  Can we say spicy?   What a great combination.  I don’t normally care for spicy dishes but when you quiet the…

Southern Chicken Pot Pie with a Cotton Country Shortbread Topping

Southern Chciken pot pie with cornbread crust

Time to Celebrate Southern Cooking with a Chicken Pot Pie. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of J.M. Smucker’s®. The opinions and text are all mine. Mmmm…mmmmm.  Southern cooking and some country music. What a great combination.  When I think of Southern food, I think of hearty dishes cooked with a…

Ideas for Decorating a Sun Room

Decorating a sun room for fall

    Bring in the Outdoors with These ideas for Decorating a Sun Room. If you read my blog often, you will know that I have a bit of a passion for garden beds.  I have 11 of them all around my home.  Some of my favorite ones are in my back yard, but the…

Southern Cooking Made Easy with Martha White

Celebrate The 49th Annual Country Music Awards with some southern cooking. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of J.M. Smucker’s®. The opinions and text are all mine. Southern cooking…some call it soul food.   Some call it hearty food.  Others say it is all about the seasonings.  I say that southern cooking…

Reading Corner Makeover – A Place to Relax

reading corner makeover

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ICantEven #BigLots #CollectiveBias My reading corner makeover gives me the perfect spot to have a cup of tea and relax with my favorite gardening magazine.   I have a corner of my family room that is a great…

Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken

Treat Your Family to the Taste of Italy with this Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine. May I introduce you to new favorite way to eat chicken? This Tuscan inspired tomato basil chicken with a buttery…

8 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Happy

Keeping Your Dog Happy is Easy if You Follow Just a Few Simple Tips. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias Our family members are huge animal lovers.  We have had so many furry friends that have become a part of our family…

Apple Cake with Caramel Honey Glaze – Perfect for Fall

Apple cake with caramel honey glaze

Make the most of fall by treating your family to apple cake with caramel honey glaze. What do all these have in common:  falling leaves, hoodies, carving a pumpkin, corn stalks, decorating, apples?  Of course!  It’s fall.  My favorite time of the year. And what could make it more perfect than this honey apple cake…

Effortless Meals – Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy chicken fajitas

Effortless Meals! These easy chicken fajitas make back to school mealtime a breeze. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessMeals #CollectiveBias This is such a busy time of the year.  The summer is over, kids are heading back to school and there don’t seem…

10 Tips to Make Gardening Easier

Get the kids involved with gardening chores

Make Gardening Easier by Following these 10 Tips and Enter to Win a Hose Connector. Most gardeners love being out in the garden, but few want to see it as a chore. Even though the temperatures are getting cooler in most of the country, there are still lots of opportunities to make gardening easier.  …