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Nov. 20, 2012 2:10 pm 
Updated: Dec. 4, 2012 7:57 pm
This morning I saw on TV some people were camping out to be the first in line when an electronics store opens up Thanksgiving night.  They said they were not missing out on family time because they brought their entire family to camp out in front of the big box store with them for 5 days, and… MORE
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Sep. 23, 2012 4:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 12:48 pm
AllRecipes asked us to create a unique personal recipe using one of Al Fresco's All Natural Chicken Sausages.  I usually love creating new recipes and tweaking existing recipes.  It is all part of the fun.  But at first nothing was coming to me.  So I looked over the Al Fresco Recipes on… MORE
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Apr. 24, 2012 7:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 9:52 am
Wow!  I can't believe it has been 10 years since I first found  I joined in May 2002 after my sister referred me to this great cooking site with tons of recipes.  My AR profile name, Occasional Cooker, was accurate back then because I only cooked maybe once or twice a month.… MORE
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Apr. 24, 2012 6:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2012 6:02 am
I'm always looking for delicious meals that are both healthy and delicious and Al Fresco Chicken Sausage makes it easy to create fantastic and healthy meals.  I tried three of their recipes.… MORE
Grilled Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage with Tomato Cream Sauce Over Linguine
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Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup
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Grilled Mediterranean Greek Pizza with Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage
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Apr. 24, 2012 6:17 pm 
If you want some great recipes go to the Go Bold With Butter web site:  I tried the Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Wraps because 1) it was super easy and 2) it was spicy and delicious.  I used Frank's Original Buffalo Wing sauce and Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dressing… MORE
Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Wraps
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Apr. 8, 2012 5:18 pm 
Updated: Apr. 13, 2012 4:44 am
Since we have just recently been moving my Mom to be closer to my sister and me, we have been going through some old photos and reminiscing about my dad and our family years ago.   On Easter, my husband and I got together with my Mom, one of my sisters and her family and reminisced about my… MORE
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Feb. 12, 2012 6:18 pm 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 7:15 am
Hi everyone, welcome to my first blog!  To start eating healthier a little more often and to attempt to save some money I started to cook at home more often and thought I would share some of the recipes I have tried.Since my husband and I both work celebrating Valentine's day during the week… MORE
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May 2002

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Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I am a working woman married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and mom to a yellow labrador retriever named Rosie. I took up cooking later in life to try to help my family to eat healthier.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods with lots of flavor which sometimes means spicy but not necessarily. I also like to use marinades to add flavor. We like Asian, Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up the kids generally did not participate in the cooking. My father did much of the cooking. Therefore, it was a lot of meat and potatoes. He made some excellent Texas style BBQ such as brisket and barbecue chicken.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph if I can make a recipe healthier and delicious so my husband does not realize it is healthy. Some triumphs include my "Kickin' Turkey Burgers, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and Braised Balsamic Chicken from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have made several attempts to make desserts, such as cake, healthier and have not had as much luck with many of these. Whole cakes have gone in the trash after only one serving.
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