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Watermelon Mint Iced Tea

Beat the summer heat with a cold glass of this Watermelon Mint Iced Tea!

Beat the summer heat with a cold glass of this Watermelon Mint Iced Tea!“Would you like sweetened or unsweetened?”  Huh?  Oh yeah, there is such a thing as unsweetened tea.  I grew up in the deep South.  Charleston, SC.  Raleigh, NC.  (Ok, Raleigh isn’t deep south…but it’s still very southern.)  Baton Rouge, LA.  Tea just comes sweetened in these places.  You don’t have to ask.  (In fact, you have to ask for unsweetened tea.)  But up here in the Northeast, tea comes unsweetened.  And more often than not, sweet tea isn’t even an option.  You have to grab a sugar packet and make your own.  I don’t mind at all, but it’s strange little things like this that make me miss the South!Continue Reading »

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls (Chrusties)

I’ve partnered with Social Stars and Whirlpool® to create these Pepperoni Pizza Rolls as part of The Whirlpool® Every Day, Care™ Project.  #EveryDayCare

Mix up pizza night and make up a batch of these Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.   They're quite tasty when served with ranch dressing!Several months ago, my wife and I took a trip down to Texas to visit family.  It was great to get out of town for a bit and reconnect with family that we aren’t able to see very often.  (East Texas is a long haul from upstate New York.)  Aside from seeing family, one of the highlights of the trip was the chance to reconnect with two of my best friends from my days living in Baton Rouge, LA.
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Seasoned Tortilla Chips

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with
homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!I’ve always been somewhat of a history buff.  I absolutely love Roman and Greek history, and I’ve been known to ask for a big book on Roman history for my birthday.  And not just any book on Roman history.  I wanted the one that was as thick as the telephone book.  (Speaking of which, why do phone companies still print telephone books?  Ours goes straight into recycling bin whenever it shows up on the doorstep.  But I digress…)  So, yeah, I’ve always been fascinated with history.Continue Reading »

Sriracha Almond Chicken Salad

Topped with sriracha almond-encrusted chicken and a sriracha ranch dressing, this Sriracha Almond Chicken Salad makes for a tasty summer lunch!  This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Topped with sriracha almond-encrusted chicken and a sriracha ranch dressing, this Sriracha Almond Chicken Salad makes for a tasty summer lunch!Ah, I love this time of the year!  We spent the weekend working in our garden.  We usually plant about half the garden from starter-plants and half from seeds.  For some reason our seeds didn’t really come up well this year, so we hopped over to a local greenhouse on Sunday afternoon and grabbed some pole beans and snap peas.  I popped those bad boys into the ground just in time for an evening rain shower.  Hopefully they have better luck than the seeds!Continue Reading »