Every weekend during football season, we plan a menu based on a theme -- sometimes healthy, usually not! Last weekend's theme was "healthy-ish" game day snacks. We had veggies and hummus, homemade baked pita chips and air fryer chicken tenders. Of course, going healthy meant my usual blue cheese dip wouldn't be the best choice. So, looking for intense flavor, my husband "invented" a cranberry mustard dipping sauce that tastes as great as it is easy to make! --> Read our best air fryer ... Read More about Easy cranberry mustard dipping sauce
In 2002, our boys were little. We moved from Ohio to North Carolina and built a house in the 'burbs. It had everything we could want, four bedrooms, a playroom, office, formal dining room and a separate bathroom for the kids. We had a large back yard with the swing set, a deck, trees to climb and a quiet street for bike riding. Of course, we added the portable basketball hoop in the driveway. Idyllic! And then they grew up. Well, there's still one left, but she's pretty low maintenance overall. ... Read More about Downsizing your home: Essential tips for getting started
Football season is upon us -- my favorite "season" of the year! And I'm not the only one! In a call last week with my oldest son, who lives in Birmingham with his wife, he said, "Football Saturdays are my happiest childhood memories." Swoon! Just this morning, my second son, a senior at UNC-Greensboro, texted to our family chat, "Guys there is a football game tomorrow!!!" Yes, with the exclamation points. On a Friday. Before 9 a.m. Double swoon! This post may contain affiliate links for your ... Read More about 30+ Gameday Foods everyone will love!
Dear Mom (and Dad, too), You made it! Your kid survived infancy, preschool, kindergarten, middle school and high school. You celebrated the achievements. You comforted him through the disappointments. Now, he's going to college. (I say he because I've sent two boys, not because this doesn't apply also to daughters.) You've done all you can. The stuff is purchased -- no doubt way too much stuff! The bags and boxes are packed. The day approaches. He's going to college. He's ready. You're ... Read More about Dear Mom, Your kid’s going to college. You’ll be okay.
When it comes to cooking in our family, I'm the casserole queen. My prime cooking season starts in late October, when the North Carolina temperatures get cool enough for sweaters. It usually wraps up in March, when we break out the shorts for our long summer season. At least for us, casseroles usually coincide with cozy comfort. But, casseroles are so convenient when cooking for a crowd. Earlier this summer, we had friends come to visit from California. Their flight arrived late in the ... Read More about Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe