Maple Bacon Cheddar Burger

This Maple Bacon Cheddar Burger combines some of my favorite things: maple syrup, maple bacon, and cheddar cheese on a meaty burger.

Maple Bacon Cheddar Burger

If your husband is like most, he loves to grill.  Mine (Sam) is a grill master and grills just about everything.  You know those pictures forwarded around social media of men grilling outside during a snowstorm?  Yep, mine does that.  In fact, that might have just been a picture of Sam you’ve seen.

Last year, we traveled to Kingsport, TN, to experience the Tennessee Oktoberfest Craft Bier Garden.  Personally, I can’t stand the stuff, but Sam loves it on occasion.  While there, he discovered a maple bacon beer and fell in love.  Sam has brought home a variety of craft beers over the years, but the maple bacon came in second only to pumpkin beer.  The maple bacon beer inspired him, though.  He left saying he wanted to develop his own maple bacon cheddar burger. Continue reading →

Cheater Peanut Butter Fudge

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Cheater Peanut Butter Fudge

Full disclosure:  I’m obsessed with peanut butter.  I always have been.  I feel sorry for people with peanut allergies.  Goodness, what they miss out on!  I’m convinced that anything tastes good if you throw some PB on it.  It’s no surprise that I love peanut butter fudge.

When I was a kid, my mom made pans upon pans of peanut butter fudge.  I have to admit, she makes the best I’ve ever had.  I’m not so good at it.  If I’m not careful, mine turns out grainy.  Ugh!  Is there anything worse than grainy peanut butter fudge?

I have a recipe that is so good and so easy that you’ll want to run to the store to buy the ingredients right away.  You won’t have to stand over the stove with a candy thermometer.  And your candy won’t be grainy.  Guaranteed.

And even better…..it’s cheap to make.  My entire batch cost me about $4 to make.  I love anything that’s budget-friendly.

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8 Great Winter Squash to Try Now

8 great winter squash to try now

Don’t you just love Fall? I can’t get enough of the crisp air, colors of the leaves, and the wonderful bounty for my pantry.  Winter squash are some of the most enjoyable and versatile produce you’ll find. Harvested in the fall, most varieties can be stored to be used throughout the winter season.

pumpkin winter squash

It’s a shame that most people aren’t more familiar with winter squash. The only types I usually see in my local grocery are acorn, butternut, and spaghetti.  If you do see other varieties, I encourage you to snatch them up and give them a try.  I like some of these so much that I plan to add them to my garden so that I’ll have a steady supply.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started with winter squash.  When you try them, don’t forget to check out Saving Seeds: Step-by-Step Instructions.
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Grippo’s Baked Chicken

If there is one thing I love, it’s Grippo’s BBQ Chips.  It’s the sweet taste of my childhood.  When spending lazy summer days at the public pool, we’d grab a bag of Grippos and a can of pop (no, it isn’t soda) at intermission.  Pure love.  Of course, I love Grippo’s Baked Chicken.

grippos baked chicken

What??  You’ve never tried Grippo’s??  Well, bless your heart.  I feel sorry for you.

They’re regional, so some of you may have never heard of them.  Grippo’s actually makes big boxes of the stuff that are hotter than anything you’ll find in the Grippo’s bags.  Folks here mail those boxes to family in the military who are unlucky enough to be sent somewhere with no access to that BBQ goodness. Continue reading →

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