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20 Seed Starting Tips

20 seed starting tips

The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think ahead to spring and even get a head start on it by starting our own seeds indoors.  To help you with this task, I have…

Health and Wellness Goals for 2016

Nature made supplements help when diet is not enough

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It’s time to focus on health and wellness goals for 2016! Getting a little help on health and wellness goals in 2016 is easy with Nature Made. If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

10 Tips for Creating a Kitchen Gift Basket + a Free Printable

This kitchen conversion cheat sheet makes the perfect gift tag for your basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlissfulMoments #CollectiveBias. It’s Easy Kitchen Gift Basket time! How to create the perfect kitchen gift basket and get a free printable too. Do you have a cooking friend who has a birthday or other special day coming up soon?…

12 Lawn Care Tips

12 tips to a lush, green, lawn

This lawn care tips will make sure that you have a lush green lawn all summer long. Even though there is snow on the ground in many parts of the country, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to spring.  For us, here in NC, spring can come as early as mid February and…

Easy Parmesan Chicken – Italian Delight!

easy Parmesan chicken

This easy Parmesan chicken recipe is the perfect idea for a busy week night meal. Getting something on the table in a hurry for a hectic weeknight can sometimes be a challenge.  I normally like to cook everything from scratch but there are times when I just don’t have the luxury to do this.  This easy Parmesan…

Turkey Cordon Bleu Wraps

Turkey Cordon Bleu Wraps

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®. All opinions are entirely my own.  It’s time for some Turkey Cordon Bleu Wraps. Getting back in to a healthier way of eating after the last few months of holiday eating can sometimes be a challenge.  These turkey Cordon Bleu wraps give the…

Getting Healthy in the New Year- Practice These 5 Tips

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…

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

Just because you are trying to follow a Paleo diet does not mean that you have to give up your favorite cold desserts.  This Paleo Nutella banana ice cream is so rich and creamy and, with just a few substitutes, can be enjoyed by anyone who is trying to follow a clean eating lifestyle. This…

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

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 and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

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

 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 breakfast or brunch. These eggnog muffins will be sure to become one of our holiday favorite brunch additions in years to come. It’s Christmas…

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…