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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…

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.

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. These Paleo Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites pack a nutritious punch in one delicious mouthful. I’m fond of any…

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…

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…

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

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s a busy one for sure.  I’m always on the lookout for simple meals for those special nights during the festive season. It seems that there is never enough family time with Halloween and Trick or treating, preparing…

Spicy Szechuan Garlic Pepper Pork Stir Fry

spicy szechuan pork stir fry

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 flames a bit with some sweetness, it’s yes please, I’ll have some!  This delicious garlic pepper pork stir fry has all the flavor of your favorite take away pork stir fry. …

Southern Chicken Pot Pie with a Cotton Country Shortbread Topping

Southern Chciken pot pie with cornbread crust

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 lot of love (and a bit of butter!)  This Southern country pot pie with a cotton country shortbread stuffing is the perfect way to celebrate the 49th Annual Country Music…

Southern Cooking Made Easy with Martha White

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 is just plain delicious. Whether your love is hush puppies, biscuits and gravy, or rich and hearty muffins, the taste says divine and the food says “cooked with love.” This is…

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…

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…

Need Exercise Motivation? Try Walking Your Dog

walking your dog

Walking your dog is a great way to keep your motivation going for getting in your daily exercise. I admit it.  I have been lax for years about getting in some daily exercise.  I have arthritis in my right knee and both hips, and I used it as an excuse to stop walking my dog. …

Gluten Free Black Bean Pizza with Corn and Veggies

gluten free black bean pizza

Okay, it is time to make your mouth dance.  As in, what the heck did you put on that pizza that makes it taste so amazing dance.    This gluten free black bean pizza is loaded up with some of the freshest ingredients around and the barbecue sauce base will have a party in your mouth,…

Pan Fried Swai with Indian Spices

pan fried swai

Savor the Aroma of Pan Fried Swai with Indian Spices. For the last 10 days, I have had a case of mommy’s time out going on.  Not in the way that you might think, with me taking a vacation or a must needed rest.  My time out has come from a new attitude to my…

Before and After Power Washing Photos

These Power Washing Photos Show the Amazing Transformation of the Front of our Home. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s been a busy summer for my husband and me. Power washing the exterior of our house and surrounding…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks

12 tips for power washing success

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my husband Richard and I love to do labor intensive projects that really make a difference in the look of our home and yard. Our latest project is a full power wash of the siding and brick on our house. If…

Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole

Loaded potatoe and pulled pork casserole

This Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole is the Ultimate Comfort Food. I love making new recipes from things that I have on hand. It makes me feel frugal, and insures that I end up wasting very little food.  Luckily for me, the main ingredient in this loaded potato and pulled pork casserole is some…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…

Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad – A Grill Side dish

Warm Tuscan bacon Potato salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias This Warm Bacon Potato Salad makes a Great Grill Side Dish. The motto in our house all summer long is “it’s time to Fire up the Grill.”  We grill most of the year, but in the…

When to use Ratcheting Pruners

When to use ratcheting pruners

Ratcheting Pruners make Light work of Heavy Tasks. It does not matter if you have one small hydrangea bush or a yard full of garden beds.  At some point, you will need to remove some dead growth, overgrown branches or untidy flowers from your garden shrubs and plants. And some of those branches will be…