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Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

I have family coming through this weekend for the holidays so I will be hosting a wonderful dinner for them. I haven’t seen my family in quite a few years so it’s exciting to reconnect especially during this time of year. On that note, I am planning what to serve for this joyous occasion and I thought my Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips would be a perfect appetizer for this soiree. This delicious Tuscan bean dip is quick and easy to make and I...

Holiday Eggnog Cocktail

Holiday Eggnog Cocktail

When I was a child Christmas was one of my Momma’s favorite holidays. She went all out preparing her famous holiday cookies, fudge and homemade eggnog. It was truly one of the happiest times of the year for our family. She’d have the house decked out with holiday decorations, a beautiful tree with stunningly wrapped gifts underneath and Christmas music the whole season long. I swear she made dozens upon dozens of her holiday cookies, pounds of fudge and gallons...

Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups

Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups

When it comes to holiday entertaining I always go for the super easy appetizers. This frees my time up for the more complex recipes I plan on serving for dinner and keeps me stress-free. These Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups are super easy and incredibly delicious. The flavors of warm, melted Brie and sweet dark cherries are enhanced with a slight hint of maple syrup. You can sprinkle a few fresh thyme leaves on top prior to baking to add a more savory...

This One Simple Thing Can Crush The Holiday Blues

This One Simple Thing Can Crush The Holiday Blues

Dear Mrs. R – An Advice Series for Women of All Ages- This Week’s Topic Coping With The Holiday Blues I am so excited to bring you another installment of Dear Mrs. R. This week I address a Reader’s question about coping with the holiday blues. In an effort to protect my readers privacy, I will refer to only a First Name and Last Initial when posting to Dear Mrs. R. So, please do not worry about your confidentiality as it...

3 Insanely Easy Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Devour

3 Insanely Easy Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Devour

Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs this year! Mr. R and I are going to be alone for Thanksgiving and I’m not liking it a whole lot. So, I decided that I was going to shake it up a bit. Not only will I cook a small feast for us humans, I will add a few homemade dog treats to bring our pups in on the celebration. Mr. R and I have nine …. yep nine dogs. All of whom we love and adore as...

Pumpkin Muffins Your Family Will Love!

Pumpkin Muffins Your Family Will Love!

Pumpkin muffins are definitely a fall favorite in our house but there is no reason you can’t enjoy them all year long. These Pumpkin Muffins are super moist and so easy to make even I can do it!  I was feeling a little festive when I was making them so I decided to top them with coarse sugar for a festive touch. You can take that festive touch just a little bit further by using a holiday stencil and powdered sugar. But they are just...

The Classic Moscow Mule

The Classic Moscow Mule

This classic Moscow Mule cocktail has been all the rage this year. It’s certainly one of my favorites with its comforting warm and spicy notes of ginger. It’s been said that this classic cocktail was born in 1941 at a Manhattan bar located in the Chatham Hotel but stalled on the West Coast at a Hollywood restaurant called the Cock N Bull. It was an accidental collaboration of 3 businessmen attempting to sell their non-popular items, Smirnoff vodka and Ginger Beer. Pretty interesting,...

Mrs. R’s Famous Beer Cheese Soup

Mrs. R's Famous Beer Cheese Soup

As soon as the weather turns cooler my boys come out of the wood work in hopes that I’ll have a pot of my Famous Beer Cheese Soup on the stove. You see, we are big fans of having a bonfire on the weekends. If the family doesn’t have a bowl of this Beer Cheese Soup in their laps while sitting by the fire they look sad. You know the puppy dog eyes and pouty faces kinda sad. I find it quite...

Butternut Squash with Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

Butternut Squash With Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

There was a time when Mr. R would not touch Butternut Squash … until this recipe came into his life! He now asks me every Fall to please put this recipe in our dinner rotation! There are many stuffed squash recipes but they are usually more on the sweet side than the savory but not this one. The combination of spicy sausage, meaty Portobello mushrooms, sweet apples and crunchy walnuts give this recipe a flavor profile like no other! I’m sure...

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini (Mushroom Risotto)

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini Mushroom Risotto

This mushroom risotto is an authentic Milanese recipe with the exception of the use of Carnaroli rice. I substituted the Carnaroli with Arborio because the cost of Carnaroli can be a bit pricey. However, Arborio rice still delivers the coveted rich, creamy texture that is indicative of an authentic risotto beautifully without the expense of Carnaroli . Please promise me you will not be tempted to substitute other forms of rice because they will not deliver that creamy texture you’re looking...