Welcome to Summer 2019!

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        Welcome to Summer 2019! We just wrapped up a fabulous Memorial Day weekend here in Virginia. This holiday most importantly celebrates those who have paid the highest price for the freedom we have in this country and honors those that currently serve. This … [Read more...]

The Perfect Easter Hostess Gift

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  Since Easter is just next week and that usually means there's ham on the menu, I'm sharing my favorite homemade mustard recipe again. If you've been following us for any length of time you've seen it for sure; I make a batch several times a year and usually give small jars as gifts at … [Read more...]

A No-Fail Entertaining Menu with Recipes

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Easy Entertaining Recipes Today I wanted to share my current go-to, no fail, entertaining menu. Entertaining can be stressful, I have become more reluctant to have people over for dinner since Christmas Eve when my oven turned on me, started spewing smoke and we couldn't get the meat done. It was a … [Read more...]

It’s 5 O’Clock at 11 Magnolia Lane: Grapefruit Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Just in time for the weekend, I'm sharing my current favorite cocktail: grapefruit tonic! While I love a glass of wine, it never pairs well with my predisposition for migraine headaches, and I've found that the sweetness of the wine doesn't always sit well with me, either.   Last … [Read more...]

Bourbon Bacon Salt Printable Tags

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  Every year I like to make a homemade gift to share with friends.  In years past, I've canned salsa, made my own limoncello, and turned out batches of homemade peppermint bark.  This year, I made bourbon bacon salt and--YUM! This was an easy recipe.  I made two batches one weekend … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Appetizers

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  These are truly the dog days of summer--I think it's been over 100° for the last two weeks straight!  You won't catch me near a hot oven right now if I can avoid it, so today I'm sharing some of my easiest and yummiest appetizer recipes (I'll admit that I can make a meal out of these if I'm … [Read more...]

The Best Hamburger Recipe

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We try to use the grill as often as possible during the summer--I always feel like clean up is easier, and of course who wants to turn the oven or stove on when it's so hot outside?! One of our favorite weeknight recipes is to make sliders on the grill, and after years of trying different … [Read more...]

Easy Grill Recipe: Steak Kebabs

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This post is sponsored by HomeRight.  All opinions are my own.   Mother's Day is just a few days away, and it's warm and sunny out--where I am, at least.  That means it's time to blow the pollen off the grill cover and start cooking outside! Today I'm sharing a super, super easy recipe that is … [Read more...]

Peach Pear Cocktail Recipe

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Because it's Friday and we've all survived another week, I thought I'd post my most recent favorite cocktail.  Mind you, this is so simple that there's pretty much to need to call this a "recipe," but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! If you were actually allowed to drink alcohol on … [Read more...]

Clean Eating–Whole 30, AIP, Recipes, Menus, Shopping Lists and More

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  I am back today with another post about how I am currently eating. If you missed it, the introductory post is HERE. More than a week into it I am feeling pretty good. I haven't been able to exercise as much as I'd hoped thanks to a busy schedule, really cold weather and some sort of … [Read more...]

Getting Healthy–Whole 30, Clean Eating & The AIP Protocol

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I thought about titling this post "Getting in Shape Before Memorial Day" because let's be honest, that would also be applicable! It's been a VERY long winter, one that called for quite a few carbs and more than a little chocolate to push through. #amiright? I am so glad I promised you all in this … [Read more...]

Homemade Holiday Gift: Sharp Mustard and Free Printable Labels

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If you need an easy (yet impressive) homemade gift idea, then look no further!  I promise that my aunt's delicious sharp mustard recipe is the perfect little something to give to friends and neighbors this holiday season. While we all love being gifted with sweets at this time of year, I do … [Read more...]

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