Turkey Barbecue Meatballs

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So, unbeknownst to me the boys ended up working on all kinds of DIY projects today that I am excited to share very soon, and while spending some time with me, myself and I, I caught an episode of The Pioneer Woman where she made BBQ meatballs for a church potluck.  I have never been a big fan of […]


Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Ricotta Pancakes

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Today was the last big Sunday breakfast of 2012 and I wanted to make something special for my boys.  That extra large carton of ricotta that I bought for the Christmas Eve Lasagna that also made a nice addition to the NYE appetizer is like the gift that keeps on giving, so I decided to […]


Goat Cheese & Ricotta Mini Toasts with Persimmons


I love New Year’s Eve, I really do……BUT I kinda feel like it is a bit overrated and we tend to set kind of unrealistic expectations as to how wonderful the night should be.  Don’t get me wrong, though, I love the idea of spending the evening with great friends and kissing the one you love […]


Lasagna with Homemade Red Wine Sauce


  Christmas Eve Lasagna has been a part of my Christmas traditions for many years.  The tradition of having lasagna on Christmas Eve started many years ago with a family that will always be very dear to me.  Every year we would attend Christmas Eve service and then head home to eat lasagna and watch […]


2002 Kelham Vineyards Merlot – The 5-year wait is over!!


 “There might be a little dust on the bottle…….just one of them thangs that gets sweeter with time”… Five long years ago after only a few months of dating, I dragged my slightly-reformed Corona and Crown-loving hippy boyfriend to the rolling hills of the most gorgeous place in the United States, if not the world […]


Icing for Santa’s Cookies

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This year Hunter had his great buddy Parker over to decorate cookies for Santa.  We set the table ready to decorate with pre-baked cookies, lots of sprinkles and, of course, red, green and white icing.  Those little cookie monsters had a blast and even left a few for Santa to set out tonight!! We better […]


Merry Christmas from the Hardins!!!


Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart. This has been a wonderful year of friends and family and certainly one of change. We are no stranger to that game, but continue to be blessed by God and all that He has put forth for our family. I feel especially blessed to have this blog […]


Cookie Scrap Cookies

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Ever wonder what to do with all those cookie scraps when you are making your rollout cookies? Grab some milk chocolate chips from the pantry, flatten out the dough and wrap it around the chocolate chips!!!! Ingenious!! Just pop them on the baking sheet with the other cookies, bake for 10 minutes and you have […]


3-Ingredient Breakfast Casserole

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This is truly a family favorite at my house and makes the PERFECT breakfast for Christmas morning. You can put it together the night before and set it out for about 10 minutes while the oven preheats and then let it cook while you open your gifts. It is easy to serve, easy to eat […]


Easy Christmas Arrangement

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In a hurry? Need a quick and easy fresh centerpiece? Grab a poinsettia and some scissors and you are in business!! I have always loved poinsettias, but don’t love that “fancy” foil that comes wrapped around the bottom of the pot. The big flowers are gorgeous and look great in a mixed arrangement or by […]