a YEAR in review….

I attempted to sing you a song in my first blog post of the year…. Way to ring in the cheer…. If you could have heard me it woulda broke your ear! Dumpers was my second post, way to be a downer. The thought of facing three months of winter really made me cower. On […]

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Fondue POTS

Fonduing meats and seafood has to be one of the easiest ways to gather around a table and enjoy a meal with family and friends. It takes a little bit of prep and a fondue pot or two, or three and you will be on your way to a fantastical night of Fondue! One rule […]

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cheese FONDUE

A three course meal of fondue has become the tradition around our home on Christmas Eve. Which just so happens to be my birthday…….we used to go out for dinner, but at some point when the kids were little and going out for dinner with them was not actually relaxing, at all, we started fondue. […]

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Merry Christmas!

Johnson Family Christmas Card 2010 After many years of battling with my children to get a picture for our Christmas card, I threw up my arms and screeched “I surrender!” and went running in the direction of the professionals. I think the year of my surrender was the year I dressed them all in red […]

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WINNERS of The Pioneer Woman Cooks and CUTE aprons are…..

WoooHOOOO! Are you ready? Drum roll…pleeeezee. Thank you drummer boy! The winners of the Pioneer Woman Cooks signed cookbooks and aprons are: #1 Cookbook & Cowgirl Apron the Segard Family said… We will be snowboarding in Colorado!! December 20, 2010 9:24 AM #2 Cookbook &Christmas Apron SarahinSC said… Awesome giveaway! I’ll be spending Christmas with […]

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The Pioneer Woman COOKS- GIVEAWAY!!!

Because Christmas is less than a week away.. Because I fed lots of people today…. Because I used this cookbook to feed the crowd….. Because Elvis stopped by and sang “Hound Dawg” real loud…… Because I love this lady, and her Hound Dawggy…….. And it’s almost my Birthday…… and my Mom made these cute Frocks! […]

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Johns Special Egg Nog Cocktail


Here’s a must for your next Christmas Party! Isn’t that beautiful and festive? This is the first time I have posted an alcoholic beverage recipe on my blog. I like to try and keep things family friendly and all, but this special Holiday drink was one I couldn’t keep to myself. Remember a couple weeks […]

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Festive FETA Dip!

Hold on to your hats. This dip is so easy and festive it’s going to blow you away. It’s so easy that I nearly forgot about it! Big D had to send me an email and say “HEY! what about the Feta Dip. Dorko!” She really didn’t say dorko, but I bet she was thinkin’ […]

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OLD SCHOOL appetizers


Every get together when I was growing up included these two appetizers. I actually forgot about the pickle variety until this Thanksgiving when my sweet Seestor revived them for our pre-dinner snack fest. We’ve never had a name for them. I think we just called them “onion thingys”, or “pickle and ham thingy’s”, cause we […]

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Pizza, who doesn’t like pizza? Oh oops I mean flatbreads. Flatbread sounds hipper, saying flatsbread instead of pizza is nouveau. I like to think I’m with it. (“Like to think” is the key phrase there.) Anyway what could be better than serving every ones favorite as an appetizer. And you can adjust the type of […]

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