Pineapple Kielbasa- in the Crock Pot

Pineapple Kielbasa is an easy Crock Pot recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Smoky kielbasa, veggies, & sweet pineapple in a simple sauce over rice. Recipe from @kikiverde

Pineapple Kielbasa is an easy Crock Pot recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Smoky kielbasa, veggies, & sweet pineapple are simmered in a simple barbecue-style sauce over rice. This recipe for Pineapple Kielbasa is an adaptation of one we received from our friends Mark and Nicole back at our wedding shower picnic in the spring of 2005! It’s incredibly quick and easy to throw together. Because of the shorter …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/26/2014


This past week has been one of those weeks that seemed to drag on forever yet there still wasn’t enough time to get everything done. Do you ever have weeks or days like that? On Monday evening when he went out before bedtime, Ranger somehow caught his dewclaw on something (probably the fence) and nearly tore it off. We weren’t able to get him in to see the vet until …

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Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup is a warming, fragrant soup that draws inspiration from traditional Thai curries & Tom Kha Gai. Recipe from @kikiverde

I didn’t try Thai food until well into adulthood but it quickly became one of my favorite cuisines after tasting it for the first time. Unfortunately, my food allergies and sensitivities preclude me from enjoying anything prepared at a Thai restaurant anymore so I’ve tried to incorporate Thai-inspired recipes into my repertoire so that we can still enjoy the intense, comforting flavors that Thai cuisine offers. Slow cooker Thai coconut chicken …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/19/14


Good morning! What are you up to this weekend? After nearly a week of clouds and rain we were so excited for a sunny day yesterday. We ended up spending a little bit of time at the Dinosaur Park here in Laurel. Yes, you read that right! Dinosaurs in Maryland! The site dates back to the mid-1800s when strange bones were discovered by miners working for iron. They were later …

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Happy Harvest Shrinky Dink Magnets Tutorial

Make Shrinky Dink Magnets in fun autumn characters! Tutorial and Printable Template from @Kikiverde

A few years ago my friends and I threw together an autumn crafting party where we made a bunch of different fall-themed projects like cinnamon-stick candles, rag wreaths, and jewelry charms made from shrink plastic– or as you might remember from childhood, those beloved Shrinky Dinks! After the party, I put Shrinky Dink plastic on my shopping list for the next time I hit the craft store. I bought a …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/12/14


Good Morning! I’m off to a late start today. We have been on a four-day weekend thanks to a day off on Friday and Columbus Day tomorrow. I’d like to say that we’ve done really interesting stuff so far, but this is what we’ve actually done: dealt with a sick dog, (on his fourth birthday, no less!) grocery shopping, redeemed/spent my Staples rewards, visited motherships for supplies: Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and …

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Thai Pork Burgers


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this burger show up in your feed last week. In the interest of full disclosure (and giving props where due!) hubby actually made these burgers for us, hence the lack of photos. But don’t let that dissuade you from making them. They’re packed full of flavor and a welcome deviation from your typical burger! The other day I was browsing …

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Sunday Morning Smorgasbord 10/5


It is nearly freezing this morning; Just 39 degrees when I took the dog out a little bit ago. These types of chilly mornings are when I love to turn on our little electric fireplace from Plow & Hearth. (We have this one and love it!) We don’t have a real fireplace so this really adds a nice coziness to the room and takes the chill off when the temperature …

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Harvest Spice Snack Mix


“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ― Humbert Wolfe Happy October, everyone! This is probably one of my favorite months out of the entire year. I am looking forward to the trees painted vivid hues by the most celebrated artist, our very own Mother Nature. Add that to days filled with pumpkin-picking, hay-riding, apple-dunking, …

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