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House of Frolic and Mirth

Oct. 29, 2013 1:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2013 12:12 pm
Can you tell I'm ready for Fall?  Football has started, my fantasy football league is on, and cooler temps are right around the corner here in NC.  Plus, I'm ready for my favorite Fall recipes that include the flavors that remind me of this season:  Apple, maple, molasses, and… MORE
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Oct. 29, 2013 12:01 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 9:41 am
Originally posted at Goodness.  My family LOVES sausage.  It's one of the only foods my tiny preschooler will eat!  This month, I paired with Allrecipes and Johnsonville to present a few recipes… MORE
Johnsonville Italian Sausage Lasagna
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Cannellini beans and Sausage
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Sausage with Shrimp and Asiago Grits
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Oct. 28, 2013 10:38 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 9:50 am
I'm sharing with you today from my recent blog post: Moms notoriously face the challenge of the answer to the question, "WHAT'S FOR DINNER, MOM?"  While not every day can be Fry-Day in my house, we do indulge… MORE
Tiny Tot Skewers
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AMAZING! Rosemary, Maple, & Bacon Party Tater Tots
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About Me
I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. I tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog:
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my daughters' birthdays, they get their favorite cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
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