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Oreo Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Well… have you missed us?

We’ve taken a bit of a hiatus over the past few months from blogging for some very good reasons! A lot has happened during 2014, almost all of it unexpected.

Smores Casserole

Smores Casserole


This weekend, I just wanted to make Smores.  I was craving the gooey marshmallows, the melty chocolate, and crispy graham crackers.  However, it was around 25 degrees outside, and making a fire or using the grill was out of the question.  So, I did a simple Pinterest search for “smores desserts” and found this recipe for a Smores Casserole by Shawn over at I Wash, You Dry.  The results were amazing and a huge success with some friends who came over to enjoy it!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin



This week, I decided to go easy on the grocery bill and use up some of the meat in our freezer.  I found a 2 pound pork loin (not a tenderloin, like I am used to making), so I wanted to use ingredients I had on hand to fix it up.  The result was a tasty, if a little dry, pork loin that Mister Spice and I ate on for a few days.

Gasthaus Edelweiss in Weber City, Virginia


Restaurant Review of Gasthaus Edelweiss in Weber City, Virginia

Hidden in a small home in Weber City, Virginia is an excellent, authentic German restaurant. Those are hard to come by in the mountain region where we live! We discovered it sort of by accident, and we are so glad we did!

Creamy Parmesan Tomato Soup

Creamy Parmesan Tomato Soup



Ever since our colder, crisper weather hit, I have been craving a big bowl of creamy tomato soup.  I love tomato soups of all kinds: regular tomato soup, tomato basil soup, creamy tomato soup, and so on.  And tomato soup is so easily paired with a yummy grilled cheese or with some croutons or crackers.

Great Grandmother’s Pecan Pie

Great Grandmother's Pecan Pie Recipe

How many of you had pecan pie with your Thanksgiving dinner last week? I’m guessing quite a few! The Herb family also had this delicious pecan pie that I baked using my great grandmother’s tried and true recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving feast

It’s that time of year again! Time to count your blessings and stuff your face full of turkey. Herb and I are enjoying some time off from work and look forward to seeing our family and eating some yummy food.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili



I don’t know what the weather has been doing in your neck of the woods, but around Northeast Tennessee, it has been going back and forth between 70 degrees one week and 30 the next.  Confusing and frustrating, to say the least.  However, on those 30 degree days, it is awfully nice to hunker down with a hearty, comforting meal like this Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili!  Easy to whip up, super healthy, and makes for some fabulous leftovers!

Chocolate and Coffee in Portland, Maine

This past winter, Herb and I had the chance to take a week long trip to Portland, Maine. Why Portland? Well, it was a little bit random for us as we live in Tennessee. But we both love the snow and skiing, and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try snowmobiling, and it just seemed like a good place to go for all of those things, which it was!
And boy, did we get the snow! Portland had already had a few big snows before our trip, and the day before we arrived they got an additional 8 or so inches, so there was plenty of snow around for our enjoyment. We bundled up every day of our trip, which included one day of skiing at Sunday River Ski Resort, and one day of snowmobiling (one of my favorite parts of the trip!) about 2 hours west of Portland.
The other days were spent bundled up exploring the streets of Portland. All the cold and snow definitely made us want to curl u with a great cup of coffee! One day, we discovered an awesome little coffee shop – Mornings in Paris Old World Cafe. We each enjoyed warming up with a great cup of coffee, and we also split a delicious piece of crumb cake. It was wonderful!

Saturday – Trophy Edition

Mummy Dogs Halloween Recipe Trophy

You may recall from my recent post that I was making Mummy Dogs  to take to a Halloween party. They were quite a hit! In fact, we won a trophy for Most Creative Dish with them. Not to mention they are quite tasty!

Mummy Hot Dogs for Halloween

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