The Nutcracker

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I absolutely adore the traditions my family follows at Christmas. We were blessed that Sam is a traditionalist, too. Or maybe we’ve created a monster! If we even think of not doing something the way it has been done in years past, he is quick to remind us and prompt us to get back in…

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Southern Living’s Robbie Melvin’s Essentials

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Southern Living’s Test Kitchen Director, Robbie Melvin shares his top essentials for his home kitchen and tips for no-fail holiday entertaining. I first met Southern Living’s Test Kitchen Director, Robbie Melvin in 2013 when we both judged the Cornbread Festival and we’ve since crossed paths on numerous occasions at southern food related events. Robbie’s warm personality and…

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DIY Gold Accented Glasses

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Gold accented glasses are perfect for gifting or for entertaining! Learn how to make your own using this easy DIY tutorial! Lately, I’ve seen so many beautiful glasses when shopping online with gold accents that really make them perfect for the holidays and to brighten any occasion, really. While I loved the glasses and knew…

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Hot Chocolate Mugs Gift Idea

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Hot Chocolate Mugs make a great gift idea for the holidays. Perfect for teacher, coworker, friends and neighbor gifts! It is definitely that time of year where my family drinks more and more hot chocolate. I’ve shared my recipe that is perfect for making as a large batch to keep on hand throughout the winter just…

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Oh Christmas Tree!

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Have you put your Christmas tree up already? For the last few years, we’ve started putting ours up a little early. I know, doing Christmas things before Thanksgiving is a highly controversial topic. But, don’t hate on us because we’re early birds. We celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s family on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and…

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Thankful for You!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to take just a few minutes to let you know that I am so thankful for you guys! Every morning, I wake up looking forward to reading emails, comments, and messages from y’all, seeing what you’ve made, answering questions, and chatting electronically with you. You guys are my “online family” and I can’t…

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Gift Ideas for Cooks 2014

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  I’m so excited to kick off my Holiday Gift Ideas series for 2014! Once again this year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite picks as a gift guide for those special people in your life and decided it was only fitting to being with gift ideas for cooks! 1. A matte white  Dutch oven. ($280)…

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