Christmas Tree Veggie Platter

I have yet to find a crowd that doesn’t love a veggie platter. It’s pretty much a no-brainer when trying to figure out something that you can take with you to a get together that everyone will eat. Since Christmas is fast approaching this is a fun way to add some festive flair to your table!


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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

I found a bag of gourmet fingerling potatoes on clearance at the grocery store for $0.75 and couldn’t pass them up. The only issue was I had never made them before. After a little messing around and lots of Googling I think I found my go-to recipe for the future!


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Easy Snowman Cheese Ball

It doesn’t get much simpler or cuter than this little crowd pleasing snowman. He was a big hit at my Pampered Chef party this weekend, and is a fantastic side dish for serving to any crowd!

Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Casserole And GIVEAWAY! *Sponsored by Hamilton Beach*


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I am a lover of slow cooking. I haven’t been quiet about this, and most of my friends come to me when they get their first slow cooker for some ideas about what exactly to do with their new toy!

When Hamilton Beach contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their Set & Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid. I pretty much jumped out of my skin with excitement. I could not reply fast enough that I would LOVE to take this fancy (but easy to use!) slow cooker and share a recipe with my readers that they would love. Better yet, Hamilton Beach has provided me with the opportunity give one of my readers their own slow cooker!!!



I have used this beast (man can this thing cook!) several times, but I’m going to share my favorite recipe I’ve made in it so far.


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Review – Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix

BethLuckyIceCreamAbout a year ago Lucky and I fell in love with Puppy Cake. A few weeks ago I received an email from Kelly, the owner and founder of the company. I have to say, I love her passion for her company and products, YAY small business!!!

Anywho, Kelly was excited to share with us that the Puppy  Cake Company has an ice cold new product, Puppy Scoops. I was VERY excited to let Lucky try this new product as I was so impressed with the quality products that Puppy Cake sent us last time! Neither Lucky or I were disappointed when we got the newest addition to the Puppy Cake line!


Puppy Scoops is an ice cream mix that comes to you in the most adorable little pint container. This container, and a butter knife, and some hot tap water is all you need to mix up a yummy treat for your pup.

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Bacon Squash Cheesy Bake

Yep, bacon and squash. You will be shocked at how well they go together, I sure was! This delicious rich bake is lower in calories because most of the richness comes from the butternut squash instead of from heavy cheeses!


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Slow Cooker Bacon, Apple and BBQ Chicken

This month’s Blogger Recipe Challenge theme of bacon had been trying to figure out how I could put my slow cooker to use for a hot meal when I got home, that included the world’s most famous breakfast food.

This chicken recipe comes together in a snap, and it makes your house smell AMAZING as the bacon, apples and BBQ sauce all cook and simmer together.


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Bacon Waffles

We love our waffle maker. I mean, come on, it’s shaped like Mickey Mouse and cooks in a flash, who wouldn’t love that?! I am always looking for fun ways to use it, and with this month’s Blogger Recipe Challenge theme being bacon, bacon waffles were in order!



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Simple Wound Care for Your Dog! *Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson*

***This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.***

 Lucky, the 95 lbs. yellow lab who is the baby in our house goes to daycare a few times a week. He LOVES the time with his doggie friends, and I LOVE that he uses all kinds of energy that he would normally use eating my house!

However, the other day when I picked him up, he had managed to get an open wound on his back (not a dog fight, just him being a silly lab!).

Now because Lucky is a dog my biggest concern was infection protection. He wasn’t in any pain, but dogs aren’t known for being the cleanest creatures! I washed my hands really well using soap and hot water. We cleaned the would well using peroxide, and then pulled out Lucky’s tube of NEOSPORIN®. I applied a generous dollop to his wound, making sure to get the whole wound covered. NEOSPORIN® offers  24 hour infection protection and promotes faster healing than leaving the wound dry.

The next day the daycare kindly shaved the area around the wound so that we could be sure that everything was clean while it healed. We continued to keep the would clean and applied the NEOSPORIN® for about a week until it had scabbed over and started to appear to be healing from the inside out, meaning no infection was hiding under a scab. Just like with a person, if your pup’s skin is stretching, itching or puckering, that’s a good sign – the wound is healing.

Because just like with kids, dog boo-boos happen, we are sure to keep a doggie first aid kit on hand at all times. Keeping his kit seperate from ours keeps everyone health and happy.

Lucky’s doggie first aid kit includes: NEOSPORIN®, regular gauze for cleaning any wounds, gauze pads and some paper tape incase we need to wrap a dressing around a leg or wagging tail, tweezers, and a tick remover. We also have a styptic pencil incase he splits a nail! Lucky also has his own bottle of peroxide for cleaning wounds, and because labs eat anything, helping clean out his tummy when needed.

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Johnson & Johnson has a fantastic variety of products and this great Wound Care Website that can help you determine what you should keep in your First Aid kit in your own home. This guide to healthy healing also gives some great tips and hints on how to know if your wound is healing properly. Taking care of a wound from the moment occurs until you are past risk of infection makes healing faster, less painful, and helps prevent scaring.

***This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.***

Strawberry Spice Cake *Sponsored By Love Cooking Company*


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The Bloggers of Blogger Recipe Challenge were lucky enough to team up with Loves Cooking Company to create some special cakes using a Mrs. Fields Flip N’ Fill pan!

I made a strawberry spice cake that was out of this world!


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