Apple Pie Hot Toddy

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Cocktails are great, but what do you do when it’s fuh-rezing cold outside? I mean, it’s going to be a balmy 19 degrees today, do I really want a cold cocktail? HECK NO! I want something that’s going to warm me up, from the inside out. Times like this is when a Hot Toddy really hits the spot. This Apple Pie Hot Toddy is a great modern twist on the original.

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Ooey Gooey Caramel Turtle Brownies

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Caramel turtle brownies are a perfectly indulgent treat that’s easy to make.

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One of the things I love is a really good treat. Normally, I like to go for baked goods. Particularly brownies, as they’re my weakness, although I really do like almost all types of bar cookies. There’s just something about them that feels indulgent.

And I am a sucker for something that’s layered, like these Caramel Turtle Brownies. I mean, really – what’s not to like? Rich chocolate, soft caramel, and pecans? Oh yes please! Make a batch of these Caramel Turtle Brownies for your next get together, and people will love you for it.

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Classic Clam Dip Recipe Made Lighter + Giveaway

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Special thanks to Lunchbox for sponsoring this recipe.

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I am a sucker for appetizers. I can eat just appetizers and no actual meal, and be super happy. When I was a kid, it seems that clam dip was everywhere, and it was my favorite type of dip. I don’t know if it was just the 1980s, or when the classic clam dip fell out of favor.

Fast forward, and I’ve decided to do my part to bring it back. This version of classic clam dip is different though. This is a lighter and fluffier version that lower in fat and calories, but still high in flavor. That’s something we all want.

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How to Select a Gift Basket

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Special thanks to Hickory Farms for sponsoring this conversation.

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I may have mentioned a time or two that I am a sucker for a gift basket. I love to dig through there and see what treasures await me. And when you find that one thing that’s fallen beneath the excelsior and basket filler, it’s like you’ve discovered a gold nugget!

The thing about gift baskets, though, is they can be kind of overwhelming when trying to decide on one. Do I pick the cheese lovers or the sausage lovers? Maybe do one with some mustards or spreads…What the heck is the difference between these two identical looking baskets?!?!

Trust me – we’ve all been there. Here are a few gift baskets that everyone would love to receive. All baskets shown are from Hickory Farms.

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Introducing Cameron’s Coffee + a Freebie

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Special Thanks to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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These days, we’re all concerned about being greener. We recycle. We buy cars that are more fuel efficient. We’re trying to go paperless. Our paper, when we use it, is mandated to be at least 30% post-consumer waste, i.e. recycled. Yet there’s a scourge that is in most of our homes, and the majority of us never even think about – our single serve coffee machines.

What the heck are we supposed to do with all of those little plastic cups? Throw them away? And do you have any idea how long they’ll take to biodegrade? Like, forever. Forever and a day, maybe. There’s a better choice for our single serve coffee cravings – Cameron’s Coffee.

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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. [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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