Update: Congrats to Carol for winning this giveaway! Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Visions of Violet Beauregarde turning into a giant blueberry after chewing Willy Wonka’s 3-course meal gum prototype come to mind. Anyway, whether you’re picking them yourself or picking them up at your local farmers’ market, blueberries are a versatile little fruit. From salads and … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Kristal Woods for winning this giveaway! While you probably have a base tan and have sweated over a grill by now, today is officially the first day of summer. Welcome, summer. We are so glad to have you. In honor of this warm season, here’s a cool recipe that you can easily transport. Say, to the beach for a picnic. Simple Tomato & Cucumber Salad Serves 2 2 … [Read more...]

Update: Congratulations to Cindy W. for winning this giveaway! Olé, Amigas! Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend. We can always find a reason to have a good time, right? Here’s a simple, satisfying dish to feed the Cinco de Mayo masses. Well, actually, this recipe only serves two. But feel free to quadruple it and set up a “Build Your Own Taco” buffet if you’re cooking for a crowd. Fish Tacos with … [Read more...]

Y’all. I have a confession to make. I’m a tree-hugger. It’s true. Seeing someone hurl a fast food bag out of their car window or chuck a 50-page document into the trashcan hurts my heart. The topic is as old as purple mountain majesties. We’ve been arguing over going green for what feels like forever, and strong supporters remain on both sides. The environment piques political ears on … [Read more...]

April 15th seems like a good time to talk about money. Whether you just completed your 1040ez today or you spent your refund two months ago, tax time can stir up a lot of fiscal emotions. It’s a time when we think about the money we have, the money we want, the money we spend, and the money we share. While finances are part of daily life, they remain a sensitive issue. So it’s no surprise that … [Read more...]

Update: Congratulations to Denise Cragg for winning this giveaway! Easter may be over, but spring picnics and barbecues have just begun. Start any outdoor meal off right with deviled eggs. This classic, crowd-pleasing snack can be as simple or fancy as you like. But first things first—you have to start with eggs that are cooked just right. We want no part of that dry, greenish stuff. This method … [Read more...]

This Sunday night, the 85th Academy Awards will bring gowns, glitz, and Oscar gold into our living rooms. Whether you’re hosting a party worthy of a standing ovation or planning a simple night in with your leading man, make a fun night of it. Start by printing off free Oscar Ballots and Oscar Bingo here.  Then whip up a few snacks, including this simple eggplant dip that will be gone faster than … [Read more...]

Is it just me, or are Christians really divided on the whole observing Lent thing? Last week, a Facebook friend of mine posted, “Ash Wednesday is coming. What are you sacrificing for Lent?” I was taken aback, and even a little offended, by some of the replies she got. From people poking fun (“I’ve lent just about all I can afford!”) to the accusatory (“Since when are you Catholic or … [Read more...]

February means football. And football means feeding a crowd. This weekend instead of the expected spread of hot wings, nachos, and dip, how about hosting a Soup-er Bowl? Cook up two soups to represent each team and face off. Or have guests bring bisques, chilis, and chowders and put them up for a vote. Either way, add a little creativity for a menu that will leave the buffet empty before the … [Read more...]

Gift cards and batteries are great, but we can do better than that! Here are my favorite stocking stuffers, all clocking in at $10 or less. You're welcome.  1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic: $7.49 This versatile lip stain is the just right shade and price. The color looks good on everyone, and you don't even need a mirror to apply it! 2. Microplane: $9.95  Zest a … [Read more...]