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Invest in 2014 {Giveaway: Word of the Year Necklace}

Invest in 2014 Word of the Year

Happy 2014, friends! I hope your new year is off to a very happy start! Every year, instead of giving myself a list of resolutions I most likely won't keep, I choose one focus word. My word for 2011 was Happiness (hence starting my Happiness Reports), 2012 I chose Connect (which launched my Connect through Reading posts) and 2013 my word was Simplify (Simplify Saturday was a result). My focus word for 2014 is...   So what does it mean to INVEST in 2014? Well, much to my husbands dismay I'm not referring to stocks and savings accounts, necessarily. Instead I'm talking about plans to: … [Continue reading]

Beans for Luck? {Recipe: Bean and Cheese Soup}

Bush's Bean and Cheese Soup Slowcooker Recipe

This recipe is sponsored by Bush's Beans. I know it is black eyed peas that are supposed to bring you good luck in the new year if you eat them, but I just can't seem to get into that. I've never been the biggest fan of black eyed peas (love the band, not so much the food). So each year on the New Year, I choose to pretend beans, like kidney beans or black beans, have the same kind of "luck" power. And as luck would have it, there are some really tasty recipes out there featuring one of my favorite foods... beans! … [Continue reading]

Recipe: Decadent Frosted Brownies

Decadent Frosted Brownies from www.dineanddish.net

I have been hanging on to this dessert recipe to share with you for a few weeks now... not because it isn't good. These rich and moist brownies are actually really amazing, especially with the creamy chocolate frosting and chopped Diamond walnuts. The reason I haven't shared this recipe with you yet was because I didn't want it to get over shadowed by all of the Christmas goodies being shared around the web. Although I would love to eat brownies just about any time of year, they just don't quite fit into the traditional holiday baking mold like say, eggnog desserts or cut out sugar cookies. … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas!!


  I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Our family is knee deep in wrapping paper, tasty goodies and lots of coffee! I'm thankful for each and every one of you and look forward to sharing some wonderful new posts with you in the very near future! Best Wishes For a blessed and joy filled rest of your holiday. Kristen & Family … [Continue reading]

Happy Accidents {Recipe: Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots}

A traditional cocktail meatball glaze gets introduced to baby carrots in this Jelly Glazed Baby Carrot recipe from dineanddish.net

A traditional cocktail meatball glaze is introduced to cooked baby carrots in this recipe for Grimmway Farms Jelly Glazed Baby Carrots! You all have tried those famous grape jelly and chili sauce glazed cocktail meatballs, right? They seem to be quite the popular appetizer, especially at parties this time of year. I honestly first couldn't imagine they would be any good...I mean grape jelly and meatballs? Is that not the oddest combination ever? But then I had my first one, and now, every time I see these tasty little appetizers at parties I make a beeline and fill my plate!  … [Continue reading]