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Favorite Recipes the Costco Way

My husband always passes up freebies. You know, when you are in the store and they have a free sample of this or a free sample of that, he walks right on by. I, on the other hand, am a freebie fool. Even if I don't like the sample, I usually find myself taking one...just because it is free.One freebie I never pass up is the annual Costco cookbook. Costco picks one weekend a year to give away a cookbook of Costco recipes. This year it is a cookbook titled "Favorite Recipes the Costco Way ". This is probably one of the best cookbooks I have come across in a long time, simply based on ease, presentation, and variety of recipes. The photographs are gorgeous as well, which always draws me in. If you missed the chance to get one of these fantastic, 248 page, glossy cookbooks, don't fret. You can check out the listings for Favorite Recipes the Costco Way on Ebay. I have no idea why anyone would want to give up such a great cookbook, but to each is own.Expect to see a lot more from me over the next few months from this lovely cookbook. In the meantime, I'll share this recipe with you form the cookbook for free :)Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms 12 ounces ground sausage 18 large white mushrooms 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 3/4 cup red wine, divided 1/4 cup real bacon bits   Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cook sausage in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up with a fork, until evenly browned. Drain and set … [Continue reading]

Adopt a Blogger – Matches have been made!

First of all, we had over 80 participants for this event. THANK YOU!!!The Adopt a Blogger matches have been made! If you signed up for the Adopt a Blogger event, you should have received and email in your inbox or a comment on your blog tonight indicating who you have been matched up with.If for some reason you signed up and did not receive any information, please respond to this post or email me to let me know. I am sure there have been a few oversites. Also - I have two vegetarian bloggers who need to be adopted. Obviously, my meat and potatoes blog does not attract a ton of vegetarian readers. If you know of anyone, please let me know as soon as possible. If you haven't heard from your partner within a week or so, please notify me of that as well.Have fun and remember to report back to let me know how everything is going!  … [Continue reading]

Fill a Tummy and a Heart with Love

The Adopt a Blogger match up is almost complete. I need eight more veteran bloggers (have had an active blog for one year or more) to adopt the newbies that are still available. I would love to have a couple of veteran Vegetarian / Vegan food bloggers join us. As soon as I have 10 more volunteers, I will be able to get the matches out to you all :) Pass it on to your veteran blogger friends. If you are a veteran who has signed up and would be willing to adopt two bloggers, let me know. THANKS!Written for the February issue of Her Life Magazine and for Meeta's Monthly Mingle It is February and the frenzied holiday season is now behind us. We may look back over the past months and remember the joyous times of giving gifts to others, celebrating the true meaning of the season, spending time with family and friends, and the food… the overflowing, endless amounts of food. During the holiday season our kitchens are bustling with activity. Cookies, candies and baking mixes galore are leaving our homes and are being sent on as gifts to ones that we love. At the same time, similar tokens of love and appreciation are being given to us from friends and family. Come January 1st, eating yet another cookie or popping another chocolate into our mouths is about the last thing that we want to do. The unfortunate fact is that not everyone was spoiled with loving gifts of food and goodies over the holiday season. There are individuals displaced from their homes who felt blessed if … [Continue reading]

“At Least Not a Dot”

 Feliz Navidad, as sung by Kelly:"At least not a dot...At least not a dot...At least not a dot la la la la la la la laaaaa..." "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas in the bottom of the stars." … [Continue reading]

Food Photography

 There are some times that I am a little embarrassed to admit that one of my hobbies is food photography. I am not as in to the hobby as some people. I only take a small handful of photos of each of the things that I make and I have yet to really get into props all that much. I do find myself, with each passing meal, visualizing what I would do with certain meals if I had the props. I pour over food magazines and blogs admiring the talent of all of the photographers out there. So, why don't I spend more time shooting my photos? Because I like to eat hot food even more!These cinnamon rolls are our traditional treat for Santa as well as our breakfast every Christmas morning. The thing about these cinnamon rolls is that they can't be beat fresh out of the oven, ooeey and gooey with the filling and frosting. Taking the time to stylize the photo and continuing to take pictures would mean I would miss out on the best part of these cinnamon rolls...the hot, fresh, yumminess.I hope each and every one of you had a very Merry Christmas! This was a fun year for us...our kids are at a very fun age!May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the holiday season! Copycat Cinnamon Rolls for the ABM (from Recipezaar) Rolls 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup … [Continue reading]