Holiday recommendations and tips for great holidays year after year.

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    Cookbook Gift Guide 2021

    Do you struggle to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends? A long time ago I realized some of my favorite gifts to give and receive were books. Over the years I have given many books to my family and friends and they are always well loved.    Cookbooks are a great gift to give to anyone on your list. No matter the persons cooking ability you can always find a cookbook to match. Don’t forget you can also make a gift package by including some kitchen tools and accessories with the cookbook.  Best Cookbooks For Food Network Lovers The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! by Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman…

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    9 Food & Drink Advent Calendars

    Advent calendars are a fun way to ring in the Christmas season. They used to be just homemade but now you can find almost anything in an Advent calendar. Food Advent calendars are my favorite. I love all the ones below and can’t to get one for myself! 1. Harry Potter Advent Calendar Give your favorite witch or wizard this Advent calendar with 24 treats including the every flavor beans!  Buy Today 2. Whirley Pop 6-Qt. Popcorn Popper & Advent Calendar I love that you get the popcorn popper with this Advent calendar. The calendar itself includes popcorn, seasonings, sweets and more. Buy Today* 3. Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar Godiva chocolate is one…

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    9 Fun Halloween Treats

    I can’t believe it’s already October, Halloween will be here before we even blink.  I have always enjoyed Halloween and especially love a good spooky treat. Easy Halloween treats are my favorite to make. Below are nine fun treats that I found online.  These treats are sure to please those of all ages, plus they are all fairly quick and simple to make.  Photo by Betty Crocker 1. Pumpkin Emoji Cupcakes from Betty Crocker. I love a chocolate fudge cake and these would be so fun to make.  Photo by Country Living/Brian Woodcock 2. Marshmallow Ghost Brownies from Country Living. Brownies are always a great hit at a small or large party. I…

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    Labor Day Weekend Sales!

    It’s that time of year again, the big Labor Day Sales! Below you will find some of my favorite brands that are having great sales. Check them out to find your next favorite thing for your kitchen whether it’s a new pan, cookbooks, glassware or even new knives. Best Buy Labor Day Sale. Now’s The Time To Pick Up What You’ve Been Looking For. Ends September 6. Click here to save today!* Books A Million Labor Sales Event! Up to 50% off, plus buy 2 get 3rd free! Click here to save today!* Instant Brands Epic Prices this Labor Day! Shop and Save up to 70% off + FREE Shipping on Instant Brands…

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    Father’s Day Cookbook Gift Guide

    Father’s Day is around the corner and we all know our Dad’s love so much but we know they don’t want ties every year. Check out my list of great cookbooks to gift Dad this year and don’t forget to include a gift card for them to get the supplies to cook the great recipes.  For the Dad Who Loves to BBQ Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook By: Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie Buy Today* For the Dad Who Loves Boats The Boat Cookbook: Real Food for Hungry Sailors By: Fiona Sims  Buy Today* For the Dad Who Loves Bourbon The Big Book of…

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    My Favorite Birthday Cake

    Today is my birthday and I always want to have a cookie cake. I have been known to drive over an hour to get one of the cakes from Great American Cookies, they are the best in my opinion. I know there are other places that sell them but they just don’t taste the same. My birthday last year wasn’t much of a celebration, even though I was living close to my friends for the first time in ten years we couldn’t get together with all of the stay at home orders.  Since the malls were closed so was the cookie store, which meant no cookie cake.  As long as I can remember…

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    5 Tips for A Lovely Valentine’s Day Dinner

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I am sure that so many of us who normally go out to dinner will be having dinner at home this year. Valentine’s Day is always a great day to make a lovely meal at home and to enjoy the romance without having to fight the crowds at the restaurants. Below are my top 5 tips for a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner – no matter who you are making it for.  1. Plan your meal ahead of time.  What are you going to make? I advise you to chose a recipe that doesn’t scare you. Pick something that is a favorite of you or your date,…

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    Cooking Class Reviews,  Holidays

    10 Cooking Classes to Gift

    Still looking for a great gift for your loved ones? One of the best gifts I have given or received are the gifts of experiences and cooking classes are at the top of my list. This year so many cooking classes have gone from in person to online classes, allowing us access to some amazing classes. Below is a list of some that I have tried and others that are on my list to try soon.  1. Sur La Table Sur La Table has been offering cooking classes for a long time. They are now offering online and in store classes. Online classes start at $29 for a household. In store classes start…

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    Cookbook Gift Guide

    Cookbooks are a great gift anytime of the year. Do you have trouble figuring out which cookbook to gift?  Check out my recommendations below with some of my favorite cookbooks.  Best Cookbook for People Who Meal Prep The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime by Ree Drummond This cookbook has a great section of freezer meals. I find myself making them all the time. I currently have the lasagna roll ups, chili and potato soup in the freezer ready for a quick dinner any night. My favoirtie recipe is the potato soup. Click here to order The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime today.* Best Cookbook for People Who Want Recipes With Options Half Baked Harvest Super Simple…

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    Christmas Wish List

    Every year I look forward to the holiday season. I love all the hustle and bustle that comes with the season. All throughout the year I keep a Christmas wish list through Gift Hero. If I see something I would like or for someone that I normally buy for – I add it to my list. By keeping a list all year my Christmas shopping is much easier than starting from scratch.  Below you will find my Christmas Wish List with some things I am asking Santa for, some things that I am buying for others and other things that I dream of owning (I’m talking about Cristel cookware). I hope this list…