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Awesome Apple Recipes for Autmn

Nothing against the pumpkin - I grew some in our garden this year - but remember when the apple was King of Autumn?  I miss those days, especially since I much prefer apple flavored treats to pumpkin. So I've gathered up a bunch of neat ideas that feature apples for you to try this autumn.  Enjoy! Honeycrisp Apple...
Whenever my husband tells me I've made "The best meal ever", it always includes my 2 secret ingredients. And you won't believe what they are!

My 2 Secret Ingredients

Not every dish you prepare is going to be a home run.  But I've found that every time Mr. O pronounces something, "The best I've ever made," it usually contains very simple items... and my 2 secret ingredients. Pardon me, but I'm going to string you along for a bit.  See if you can guess my 2 secret ingredients as...

How to Manage a Time Change with Young Children

Time changes are an annoyance for everyone.  So if you're traveling to a different time zone or just facing a daylight savings time shift, get ready for a bumpy ride. In the US Daylight Savings Time ends November 1 at 2 am this year.  Whether or not getting an "extra hour" on the day after Halloween is a good thing...

5 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time.  Filled with laughter, love, good food, and good friends.  But for those who've lost a loved one, the joy can be overshadowed by the absence of a husband, wife, spouse, or sibling.  Of course, our loved ones wouldn't want us to miss out on the happiness of the season. So how can...
Turkey may be the main event, but side dishes are just as important. Check out this collection of delicious sides for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

22 Super Sides for Your Holiday Dinner

Sure, the turkey gets all the attention, but the side dishes are just as important.  To help you get that spark of creativity I've gathered up some of the internet's best side dish recipes.  Some are classics, some have a new twist to them.  But they're all sure to be a big hit! Potatoes Whipped Garlic Mashed...

15 Mouth-Watering Ways to Cook a Turkey

Turkey Day is coming, and that means.. well... turkey!  And except for the lucky bird pardoned by the President, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys - that's 800 million pounds - on Thanksgiving Day (and the days that follow). Personally, I love Thanksgiving.  I love the gathering of friends and family...

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with These Winter Wellness Tips

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. The last thing you want this time of year is a nasty cold or the flu. Luckily, there are several ways we can prevent these illnesses during the cold winter months. Follow these winter wellness tips to stay happy and healthy this holiday season....
These are no ordinary chocolate chip cookies! They're big and packed with yummy chips, nuts, and cookie flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Bite Me More” Sisters

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, and for a party or a bake sale you really can't go wrong with those soft, chewy confections.  And though they're a classic, there are as many variations of chocolate chip cookies are there are pebbles in a stream. Personally, I think all versions of this cookie have their...

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