Tender Beef with Hearty Veggies! Beef Bourguignon Made in the Slow Cooker

02/21/2020 Cooking  No comments

Author Alyssa Rivers

 Beef Bourguignon has crazy tender melt in your mouth beef and hearty veggies slow cooked to perfection in a rich sauce.  This meal is comforting and perfect for the cold months ahead!

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker Beef Bourginon

This is THE BEST BEEF STEW I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!

If you are looking for a comforting, hearty and blow-you-away with flavor beef stew this is your recipe.

Ok I am getting a little ahead of myself because I am so excited about this beef stew.

Who gets excited about a beef stew?  Apparently this girl.

This has the most crazy tender beef inside with hearty vegetables and it has the absolutely best rich and delicious sauce!

I am a total beef stew lover, especially when it cools down.

It took me a couple of recipes to get it right.

These are my requirements for th...

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Chocolate Torte- Rich, Easy and Elegant! A Hit for Chocolate Lovers

02/17/2020 Cooking  No comments

This decadent, rich Chocolate Torte is an easy, elegant dessert to serve to your friends and family to make them believe you are a gourmet cook! Each bite is a luxurious experience for the most dedicated chocolate lovers!

Chocolate Torte

We are obsessed with this classic chocolate torte that manages to be both elegant and rustic at the same time. Maybe it’s the dense, almost fudgy interior or the crackly, delicate top that is dusted with cocoa powder, but there is just something about this dessert that defies all my ability to resist temptation.

If you really want to dress it up for a special occasion, you can serve it with a simple raspberry coulis drizzled on top or around the plate to make it extra fancy...

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Delicious Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet! Great for a cold winter night!

02/08/2020 Cooking  No comments

by Gina

Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet covered in sauce and cheese, made all in one skillet. Serve this with a green salad and a little bread on the side for dipping!

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then these meatballs will certainly make the heart grow fonder! My meatball loving husband gave them two-thumbs up. Some of his other favorite meatball recipes are Giant Meatball Parmesan, Swedish Meatballs, Turkey Meatball Stroganoff and Salisbury Steak Meatballs.

Tommy loves meatballs, he orders them as an appetizer every time we go to our favorite Italian restaurant. Since we always share apps with our friends, he gets an extra order for himself, that’s how much he loves them...

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites- Delicious & Perfect for Game Time!

12/28/2019 Cooking  No comments

bacon ranch cheese ball bites

Author Alyssa Rivers

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites are delicious appetizers loaded with shredded cheese, a pop of color from the green onion, cooked bacon chunks mixed with black olives and pecans all rolled together in a tight ball with a pretzel on top. Perfect for that Super Bowl party, or for a night at home with the family!

Party like a rockstar with these cheese ball bites! If you love cheese ball appetizers try these Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball, Smoky Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball or Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball for more flavors

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites

Ring in the new year or serve at parties with this fun filled bacon ranch cheese ball bite recipe.

These are SO elegant and fun to serve and share at your next party.

Make them look fancy or leave off the pretzel and add a cracker.

These...

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Give Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year

12/14/2019 Health  No comments

Experiences for adults

In the midst of holiday gift giving, should we think about giving experiences rather than gifts? I can’t help but think about the fact that often these well-intentioned gifts eventually lead to more stress, for the giver and the receiver. So much so that over time my husband and I decided to give experiences instead of material gifts as much as we can. After a few years of trial and error, this is now pretty much the norm in our family … and the results are amazing!

Even last minute, an experience gift can be easy to arrange, thoughtful, and rewarding to both giver and receiver...

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Self-Checkouts And Their Detractors

12/12/2019 Finance  No comments

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So I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of self-checkouts. Don’t you prefer the human touch? I do. Do you enjoy laboriously placing items on a machine, or kiosk, and following directions from a disembodied voice on how to make a simple transaction? I don’t.

In September, I was forced to think about such matters when two automatic checkout machines were installed in my local CVS store in New Jersey. They appeared one day, replacing two cashier positions out of four. As I stood in line waiting for a human being while glaring at the machines, a cashier I was friendly with beckoned me over to one of the kiosks, where she was assisting people trying to use them. “No way,” I said. “I’m not going to use those things.”

Granted, I’m an elderly shopper with a long-s...

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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

12/04/2019 Cooking  No comments

These Candy Cane Sugar Cookies are outrageously festive! A soft sugar cookie dough is loaded with crushed candy canes and topped with creamy buttercream making them the most festive Christmas Cookie Recipe ever!

Make sure to try my Classic Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe if you want to use your cookie cutters and decorate cookies!

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies with buttercream frosting

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies Are An Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe!

I am completely obsessed with anything that’s creamy-buttery-peppermint. A few years ago I made Buttermint Cookies and they are solidly one of my most favorite Christmas Cookies of all time.

These Candy Cane Sugar Cookies are now a close second! I LOVE sugar cookies so much, and I knew loading them with crushed candy canes would create a peppermint sugar cookie recipe that would be delicious! Of cours...

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Open-Faced Turkey Melts

11/27/2019 Cooking  No comments

Open-Faced Turkey Melts make a quick and easy way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

Open-Faced Turkey Melts make a quick and easy way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

My favorite turkey salad made with cranberries and celery is even better when served open-faced with melted cheese! This hot turkey sandwich is an easy lunch recipe the whole family will love. Serve it with some Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup for dinner!

If you hosted Thanksgiving this year like me, the last thing you probably want to do is wash more pots and pans, especially if it’s melted cheese. Making these easy turkey melts with leftover turkey on a foil-lined baking sheet makes cleanup a breeze!

As a Reynolds Wrap Ambassador, I’m excited to show you how to use Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Aluminum Foil...

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Charitable Giving: the Benefits it Gives Us

11/08/2019 Finance  No comments

Many of us use charitable giving to make the world a better place for the next generation. Some people volunteer time and talent. And some are fortunate enough to give through wealth.

Using wealth for good has become a core aspect of the U.S. value system. I’ve seen charitable giving grow steadily over the past several decades. Studies show that since the 1950s, even after adjusting for inflation, charitable giving has grown by 6.5 times.1

I believe when you combine your personal values with wealth management strategies, you create a greater sense of purpose and achieve benefits.

Why do we give?

Vanguard Charitable conducted a survey years ago on charitable giving...

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Classic Shrimp Cocktail

11/04/2019 Cooking  No comments

Shrimp Cocktail is a classic party appetizer that needs to be at your next gathering! This party favorite is easy to throw together and can be made in advance.

Shrimp Cocktail

Every holiday party needs Shrimp Cocktail! It’s a simple and delicious appetizer that everyone knows and loves. For more yummy appetizers at your party, try Easy Italian Pinwheels, Avocado Egg Rolls, and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail is a classic that no one can pass up. The good news is that it is so quick and easy to make. I just love that it can be made ahead of time so I’m not making a mess of the kitchen right before guests arrive.

shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce

How to make Shrimp Cocktail

  • Fill a large pot with water and add half an onion, lemon, bay leaves, a little sugar, and salt. Bring it to a boil.
  • Place ice and wate...
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