Rustic Tuscan Flatbread Pizza Recipe

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Special thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this Rustic Tuscan Flatbread Pizza.

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The holidays are upon us, and we’re going to more and more places, and hosting more get togethers. Whether we’re popping over for a small, impromptu get together, or we’re hosting a housewarming party, there is a need for snacks and light eats. The Rustic Tuscan  Flatbread pizza is a perfect hors d’oeuvre. Looking for something a bit more hearty? Pair the  Rustic Tuscan Flatbread pizza with a salad for a light meal.  Rustic Tuscan Flatbread Pizza Recipe [Read more…]

9 Reasons to Visit Europe in 2015

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Travel is a passion.  There are great reasons to visit Europe in 2015.

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For me, traveling has always been thrilling. Exploring new places and seeing new things is exciting. It is what many people enjoy more than anything else. It is such a shame that some people never get out there and see the world. There is a wealth of cultures out there that some will never see. When you plan your next trip, why not go further afield? There is no need to stay here in the US. Why not consider traveling to the continent? Here are nine amazing reasons to visit Europe in 2015.

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Easy Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

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We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, don’t we?  Check out these easy tips to get a jump start!

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The new year is right around the corner.  It seems that one of the resolutions that people always make is live a healthy lifestyle.  Whether it’s eating better, getting more exercise, or not really having a plan, this seems to be our joint goal.  Hey, I’ve made this pledge to live a healthy lifestyle myself.  Many times.

Getting into the habit of eating healthily and exercising regularly, are both important parts of living a healthy lifestyle. It may be hard at first, but once you get into a routine of making healthier choices, it will become much easier.

 

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Sweet Potato Pie with Whiskey and Marshmallows

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Consider adding a sweet potato pie to your holiday repertoire this year.

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In many areas of the country, Sweet Potato Pie is as essential of a dish at Thanksgiving as the turkey. Can you believe, though, that until a couple of years ago, I had never had Sweet Potato Pie? It’s true! Growing up mostly on the West Coast, it just wasn’t a big deal. Here in Missouri, though, mannn…people love their Sweet Potato Pie.
For those that have never had Sweet Potato Pie, it’s sort of a more mellow, yet richer version of pumpkin pie. It doesn’t seem as sweet as Pumpkin Pie, yet has a deeper flavor. Now that I’ve had sweet potato pie, there’s no going back for this girl.

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Green Beans Almondine

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A tasty and delicious green beans almondine recipe to replace the green bean casserole.

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The holidays are a time of traditions, and food is a huge tradition in most families. It seems that every year, there are a few dishes that always make it to the table. And for some reason, they’re never served at any other time – only Thanksgiving and Christmas. In my family, Green Bean Casserole is one of those “once a year” dishes.

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the classic Green Bean Casserole dish made with the gloppy soup and other stuff. Although the crispy onions for the top are pretty tasty. I prefer my vegetables less disguised, if you will. This Green Beans Almondine recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table that your family will love.

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Hickory Farms for the Holidays + Giveaway

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Thanks to Hickory Farms for sponsoring today’s conversation about the holidays!

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One of my favorite things about the holidays has always been the food.  While I enjoy all the family meals, the cookie exchanges, the homemade cakes and candy, and the holiday get together, there’s one thing that just tops it all for me – those fantastic gift baskets that everyone seems to send you!

You see, my mom worked in an office, and they had a lot of customers and salespeople that would both send them these amazing gift baskets.  Loaded with lots of goodies like sausages and salamis, various cheeses and candies, these were something that I looked forward to.  A trip to the mall wasn’t complete without a stop at the Hickory Farms pop up shop.  The workers were almost always handing out samples, and you’d think that I had died and gone to heaven!  Usually, we would pick up a little sumtin sumtin, too.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

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Make these mashed sweet potatoes for your family dinner.

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I never really was one much for sweet potatoes.  I’m not sure why. I love me some mashed potatoes, but had never even considered having the mashed sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Nope, the mashed sweet potatoes were something that I just passed right over.

Maybe it was the overpowering sweetness of the traditional sweet potato dish or I got them confused for candied yams.  In any case, it wasn’t until much later in life that I realized how good sweet potatoes are.  Man, I’ve been missing out all these years!

These Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar are sure to delight even the pickiest eater in your family.

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect starter for a Holiday Meal.

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It seems that every family does Thanksgiving or a holiday meal a little differently. Part of my family serves everything at once buffet style, while another part makes sure everyone’s seated around the table. And yet another part of the family serves a first course of soup, usually Butternut Squash Soup, and salad.

In many areas of the country, Thanksgiving falls on a day that is cold. It may be snowing, or you may be suffering from freezing rain. Or maybe it’s just those awful cold blustery winds that cut right through you. No matter what kind of weather you’re having, you’ll need something to warm you up. This Butternut Squash Soup is just what the doctor ordered.

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