DIY Food & Drink

The Food & Drink section of our website is devoted to learning everything from how to create a five course dinner to simply learning how to fry an egg!  People that love to cook take it for granted how easy it is for them.  Throw in a little of this and that, and it takes like you’ve gone to a gourmet restaurant.  For the rest of us, step by step instructions on how to cook that Thanksgiving turkey are exactly what we need.

Wouldn’t you love to cook dinner while you are at work?  Crock pots have been making a comeback and the roast you cook in it is even better than those cooked for hours in your oven.  Plus, they don’t heat up the house!

In our Food & Drink section, not only can you learn new recipes, but we also have tips on how to choose the right wine or cocktail to go with it!


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Veggie Chili Recipe

Photo: Susie Cushner It seems like half the people I meet these days are vegetarians. This can make hosting dinner parties a bit of a trick. Naturally I want to serve something everyone will love, but it’s hard to do that in a carnivorous culture like our own. Fortunately... more


Spicy Drumsticks Perfect for Your Superbowl Party

For your Superbowl Party this year, you can’t go wrong with a big pan of Spicy Drumsticks! Everyone loves the spiciness of these drummies and they are a must have for your big shindig! Before you try out this recipe, check out a few from last year: Fried Pickles Bisquick... more


How to Make Fried Pickles for Your Superbowl Party

It’s about that time of year when the best teams in the country come together to throw down for the best football game of the year! Yep, it’s almost Superbowl time! If you plan to host a Superbowl bash this year, you know you have to load up on some great appetizers... more


New Years Eve Appetizer Recipes

Can you believe it? It’s almost New Years Eve?! Wow, how time flies! I’m not sure about you, but we don’t typically venture out anymore to celebrate the new year. We prefer to stay inside and safe – surrounded by tons of friends, good food and drink. Most... more


Sweet & Sour Meatball Recipe for Your Christmas Party!

I don’t know many people that haven’t had meatballs of some sort at a holiday party!  They seem to be a staple for many reasons, but first and foremost, they are filling and a substantial addition to any Christmas party table. These sweet and sour meatballs are so... more


Top 10 Non Alcoholic Christmas Cocktail Drinks

Every Christmas gathering does not have to be about going over-board on the alcohol! In fact, there are many great non-alcoholic cocktail drinks that you can enjoy at any event. These great drinks can be used for any gathering, not just at the holidays.  They will add a festive... more

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Top 10 Christmas Cocktail Drinks

I don’t know about you, but it is hard to believe that Christmas is a few weeks away! If you are entertaining at your home, it’s always fun to have new and different cocktails for your guests to enjoy. Instead of the regular beer and wine, try a few of these Christmas... more


Leftover Ham Recipes | Use Up That Extra Ham From Thanksgiving!

Have a ton of leftover ham from Thanksgiving? Join the crowd!  Most people cook way too much during the holidays and unfortunately, most think the only thing you can do with leftover ham is make a sandwich. There are so many different recipe ideas you can use for all that ham... more


Leftover Turkey Recipes | Make New Dishes That Your Family Will Love!

Thanksgiving is all about Turkey with all the trimmings. You eat all day, then make turkey sandwiches that night – you might be “turkeyed” out! Instead of eating turkey sandwiches all week, try out one of these recipes for a new and unique idea to use up those... more


Thanksgiving Recipes | Great Pumpkin Recipes for the Holidays!

What is better during Thanksgiving than some great Pumpkin recipes?!  Pumpkin pie is usually a staple around most meals, but how about you change it up again and get rid of the traditional pumpkin pie and opt for something a little different? I have included a few great pumpkin... more


How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes | Thanksgiving Recipes

During the holidays, most of us are used to the “regular” desserts like Apple Pie, Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie – but how about something that is a bit different?  Cupcakes! We all know that kids love cupcakes, so this is the perfect dessert for them when they... more


Thanksgiving Recipes | Baked Macaroni & Cheese!

Macaroni & Cheese is by far, the best comfort food around and I always include this dish with any holiday meal.  It is very easy to make, children (and adults) love it and ask for it all the time. Not only can you bake this dish for holiday dinners, but it is also perfect... more


How To Make a Southern Pecan Pie | Thanksgiving Recipes

Pecan pie is, without a doubt, one of the most yummy pies you can serve at your Thanksgiving gathering! In addition, it is SO super simple to make. Don’t let the ooey gooey goodness of these pies scare you away from trying one yourself. You can also make several and freeze... more

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Dieting Mistakes | Tips to Keep Your Diet In Check

When it comes to dieting there are many mistakes that are made on a near daily basis. While there are many real profound mistakes that go along with the territory there are a few that seem to have far more profound and lasting implications than others. Hopefully by learning about... more


Wedding Cake Activities | Make Your Guests Stick Around Longer With Fun Games

Upon arrival at the wedding reception, many guests head for the cake table so they can admire the cake. Some time later, the bride and groom come along for a picture opportunity and the grand cutting of the cake. Then everyone enjoys cake and it’s gone. Believe it or not,... more


Popular Backyard Activities for the Whole Family

When summer arrives, the use of a backyard increases. This is due to the fact that most individuals do not like staying inside when the weather is so beautiful. If you are one of those individuals, it is likely that you and your family will be spending a fairly large amount... more


Planning The Perfect Memorial Day Barbeque

No memorial day barbeque would be complete without guests and proper outdoors weather. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be to far as long as you everyone... more


How To Freeze Potatoes

I was always under the impression that you could not freeze potatoes – primarily based on the fact that I have frozen vegetable soup before, and when thawed, the potatoes are mush!  But, while you can’t freeze raw potatoes, there are several other ways you can freeze... more


Eliminate Outdoor Cooking Mistakes With These Tips

As humans, we all make mistakes. When it comes to barbequing, this rule is no different. We often make mistakes that we do not even realize until we taste our food, or something potentially dangerous happens. Some cooking mistakes just mean that the food you cook is not going... more


How to Make Wedding Candy | DIY Wedding Favors

Want to make your wedding extra special?  Make your own wedding favors! Homemade wedding favors serve a couple of different purposes.  Not only do they add to your wedding decorations, but they show your guests that you cared enough to make something from the heart, especially... more


Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking

When the weather outside warms up, the kitchen can be a terrible place to be. There are many things you can do however, when it comes to cooking a nice home made meal that doesn’t require traditional stove top or oven cooking. Learn to utilize some of the lesser heat producing... more


Backyard Barbeque Party | How To Plan Your Bash!

If you regularly cook your meals on a barbeque grill, you are not alone.  Grilling is a popular American pastime.  While many individuals end up grilling for their family, not everyone makes the decision to host a backyard barbeque party, despite the fact that it is a good... more

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Superbowl Foods | A Roundup of the Top 10 Superbowl Party Foods

It’s about that time folks – Super Bowl XLV is next weekend and don’t you want to have the best Superbowl foods at your party? Junk food is always required at this type of party, and that usually means stuff that is fatty, crunchy and that most folks will love. ... more


Super Simple Super Bowl Recipe | Spinach Dip Is a Must at any Party!

Spinach Dip Recipe Spinach Dip is one of those things that you must have at any party.  Why do you ask? First, spinach dip takes about 5 minutes to mix up.  That is pretty quick, huh?  Then all you do is pop it in the fridge to chill until you are ready to serve it. Second,... more


Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe | Great Recipe for Your Super Bowl Party

Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe with Bisquick These Sausage Cheese Balls are a great appetizer for that Super Bowl party – or basically any party! So easy and simple to make, you can have these completed in less than an hour. Men and children alike will enjoy popping these... more


Easy Super Bowl Party Recipe Everyone will Love | Bacon Wrapped Sausages Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Sausages Recipe Sorry all you good eaters, but junk food is a necessity at a Super Bowl party and these Bacon Wrapped Sausages are excellent! Not only are these super easy to make, but they are great as an appetizer at any type of party and can even be included... more


Swedish Meatball Recipe | Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs, a Favorite at Every Party!

Swedish Meatball Recipe The best Swedish Meatball recipe I have is one made in the crockpot.  Not only does it make this recipe quick and easy, the meatballs are out of this world! This swedish meatball recipe is perfect for any party, but especially good for a Super Bowl party... more


Homemade Tortilla Chips | Enjoy These Chips during Superbowl!

Homemade Tortilla Chips Homemade Tortilla Chips are so much better than the store bought, and they are very simple to make. My family prefers when I make flour tortilla chips (versus corn), but its up to your particular taste buds. If you choose to make the baked tortilla chips,... more


Homemade Salsa Recipe | A Superbowl Party Recipe that’s Bound to Please!

Homemade Salsa Recipe Homemade Salsa is one of those things that is very hard to mess up!  You can throw just about anything you like into salsa and it will still be a hit. The key to making great homemade salsa is to not make it too hot for your guests and to be careful not... more


Bean Dip Recipe | 7 Layer Bean Dip Worthy of the Superbowl!

Bean Dip Recipe How much do I love a good Bean Dip Recipe? 7 Layer Bean Dip is a dish that your Superbowl Party should not be without! This is such a simple appetizer and mixes all the best flavors of a big plate of nachos – in an easy to serve dish. Simply pile everything... more


Turkey Burger Recipe | Superbowl Party Food Can Be Healthy Too!

Turkey Burger Recipe Not every food you cook for your Superbowl Party has to be ooey, gooey and unhealthy – you should try a Turkey Burger Recipe as a healthy alternative! So many people turn up their nose when you mention anything made of turkey (except an actual turkey!).... more


Cold Crab Dip Recipe | A Great Addition to Your Superbowl Party!

If you don’t have a good crab dip recipe, then you have to try this one! Crab dip is one of the easiest snacks to make for your Superbowl party and takes less than 10 minutes.  Whats even better is that it is so versatile!  It can be served on crackers, with vegetables... more


Hot Crab Dip Recipe | A Superbowl Party Favorite thats Great Anytime!

It won’t be long until we all sit down to party and watch our favorite teams battle it out for the Superbowl – time to bring out the Crab Dip Recipe! Crab Dip should be a staple for any party, but especially for a Superbowl party.  If you’ve ever been to one,... more


Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Black Eyed Peas Recipe Black Eyed Peas are a yummy accompaniment to any dinner, but they are especially important on New Years Day! Eating black eyed peas on New Years is said to bring you good luck in the coming year.  Add the good luck to the money you will get from eating... more


Collard Greens for New Years!

Collard Greens Recipes Collard Greens are a staple for a New Years Day lunch, especially in the South!  There are several foods that go into the perfect lunch and each one means something different for the New Year. The collard greens stand for wealth and symbolize folding money.... more


Christmas Cookies | Top 10 Christmas Cookies

Top 10 Christmas Cookies How much do I love making Christmas Cookies?!  I love it a lot!  I love it for the obvious reason – there are so many to choose from and they are so yummy to have around. But, I love them more because I make them with my children!  My youngest... more


Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Christmas Cookies

Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Christmas Cookies I’m always surprised when I bring these cookies to a party or I talk about them and most people have never heard of these delicious Christmas cookies! Let me warn you though, these Boiled Chocolate Oatmeal Christmas cookies are... more


Andies Candies Christmas Cookies

Andies Candies Christmas Cookies Hands down, Andies Candies Cookies are the most yummy Christmas cookie imaginable! So decadent and they look like you spent forever making them, but it is so simple! The combination of a chewy chocolate cookie topped with the minty goodness of... more


Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe YUM, YUM, YUM – Nothing I like more than Peanut Butter Cookies right out of the oven! Peanut Butter Cookies are so simple to make and there are a wide variety of variances to make each batch special. In addition, I haven’t met many folks... more


Fantasy Fudge Recipe

Fantasy Fudge Recipe One of the best things about Christmas is when we make Fantasy Fudge!  Although there are a lot of different recipes for fudge, this is by far the best and easiest to make. This recipe is fantastic when you use the regular stove top method, but works perfectly... more

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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe There isn’t anything more festive than Christmas sugar cookies.  Not only are they delicious, they are super simple to make and you can involve the whole family in the process! Even though my children are older now, we still make a date every... more


Sugar Cookie Icing | How To Make Powered Sugar Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing Some sugar cookie icing will not harden and stay gooey after you have iced your cookies.  While that is OK sometimes, I prefer sugar cookie icing that hardens so you don’t have to worry about your decorations getting messed up! It is so super simple... more


Homemade Christmas Ornaments | Dough Christmas Ornaments

Making homemade Christmas Ornaments is not only super fun, but they make for great gifts for teachers and neighbors.  You can also use these Christmas ornaments in place of a bow on your gifts. These are so easy to make and your kids will always remember making these homemade... more


How To Make A Gingerbread Man

Making a gingerbread man from scratch can be one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding experiences you will ever have!  There is nothing like filling a kitchen full of kids, making the dough, cutting it out, and decorating a cute little gingerbread man. But, it is extremely... more


Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner | Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes and Tips

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes In the past month, we have been putting together recipes to help you create that perfect traditional Thanksgiving dinner! Can you believe it?  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you are scrambling to get some recipes together,... more


Mashed Potatoes | How to Make Homemade Mashed Potatoes

I don’t know about you, but Mashed Potatoes are a staple for Thanksgiving dinner around here.  Paired with homemade dressing and gravy, this combination just can’t be beat! There are always disputes about which is better – Homemade Mashed Potatoes, or Mashed... more

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Crock Pot Recipes | Leftover Turkey Equals Great Slow Cooker Meals!

Crock Pot Recipes Thanksgiving is over, you have a ton of leftovers, and you are tired of eating turkey sandwiches – how about trying some of these great crock pot recipes?! Turkey can replace chicken in most recipes, so if you already have some favorite chicken dishes,... more


Southern Cornbread Recipe

There are so many ways to make cornbread, but easiest recipe is a simple Southern Cornbread Recipe!  There are also a whole lot of variences you can use.  Some folks add jalepenos to the mix if they are serving with chili.  Or maybe shredded cheddar – they are all good! Today,... more


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Marshmallows

Here in the South, we call this Sweet Potato Casserole, Candied Yams.   They are staple for holiday meals, but especially Thanksgiving. I’ve found over the years that people make all kinds of sweet potato casseroles.  Some have whole sweet potatoes, some mashed and include... more


How To Boil an Egg Perfectly

One of the worst things that can happen when you go boil eggs to make deviled eggs, is to have the shells stick to the white of the egg and basically tear them apart.  At this point, the eggs are no longer pretty enough to use as deviled eggs – and you have to start all... more


How To Make Deviled Eggs Southern Style

I am always surprised at the number of people who have never had a deviled egg!  I mean, how could you not indulge in such a yummy food like this? Being from the South, deviled eggs are a staple when it comes to holiday meals and cook outs.  But, everyone has their own way... more


10 Ways to Use Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

Regardless of how well you plan, you are bound to have leftover turkey and stuffing after Thanksgiving.  So, what to do with all that leftover turkey? Instead of making a turkey sandwich 3 times a day, how about trying out these great recipes.  Most are fairly simple and family... more


How To Poach An Egg

Poached eggs are one of the more healthy ways to eat eggs, but so many people think they are too hard to make.  It really isn’t that hard and you do not need an egg poacher to do it! If you follow the instructions below, you will be able to impress your family and friends... more


Ever Had a Turducken? Learn How to Cook One Easily!

Have you ever eaten a Turducken?  A lot of you have never even heard of one, much less eaten one!  Let me tell you, they are fabulous!! What is a Turducken? A turducken is, in simple terms, a chicken stuffed into a duck, which is then, stuffed into a turkey. I know, sounds... more


Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

It will be that time soon when you will start to see all the sales on turkey and you need to pick one out for your Thanksgiving dinner.  If you will be serving dinner to a large group of people, you definitely want to make sure you have enough turkey to go around! We have put... more


Top Last Minute Halloween Party Food Ideas

So you committed to that Halloween party and now, you’ve been working overtime and haven’t had a chance to plan and good party foods!  You could go with the regular pigs in a blanket, chips and dips, etc., but how about some pretty simple and super unique Halloween... more


Make Turkey Stuffing In a Few Easy Steps

Stuffing and turkey just go together, and most folks make some version of stuffing or dressing. If you actually stuff your turkey before cooking, you will be amazed at how much more flavor it adds.  This recipe is for basic stuffing, but I’ve added some extras at the... more


The Best Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Its starting to get cold out there, so what is better than a big pot of crock pot chili to warm you up?  I use my crock pot all the time and make so many different meals in it.  It is easy, convenient and you have the added bonus of not heating up your kitchen AND conserving... more


Halloween Party Drinks On Our Top 10 List

To add to our very popular post on the Top 10 Halloween Drinks, we are back with 10 More Halloween Drinks to kick the party up a notch! If you are interested, take a look at our Top Halloween Jello Shots! Top Halloween Party Drinks! Blood Clot: Ingredients 1 Shot Southern... more


How To Preserve Garlic: Freezing, Drying and Oils

If you love to cook with garlic, then it would be very beneficial to learn how to freeze garlic.    You can save lots of money when you buy in bulk and freeze garlic for later use.  You also save a ton of time by not having to peel, chop, mince, etc, everytime you need garlic... more


How To Make Turkey Gravy With Giblets

What is better to top off those mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving than some homemade turkey gravy? Mashed potatoes with gravy are a staple at most holiday dinners and will usually be the dish that people go back to grab seconds! Don’t let your turkey drippings go to waste,... more


How To Freeze Tomatoes

Tomatoes taste best fresh, but you can preserve quite a great taste by learning how to freeze tomatoes. It is actually super simple and by doing so, you can have fresh tomatoes all year round to use in soups, sauces and stews. If you grow your own tomatoes, chances are you will... more


Top 40 Ways to Reduce Your Grocery Bill and Save Money

Tough economic times means tough decisions and discipline.  One of the ways you can cut back on expenses is to save money on your grocery bill!  Although my list below is fairly simple, it isn’t always easy for us to change a few things to save money. I know that until... more


Top 10 Halloween Jello Shots

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, jello shots are a must!  They are easy, tasty, and everyone loves them. If you don’t want to get super creative, you can always make plain jello shots, but if you make some of the ones below, your friends are sure to be impressed.  Before... more


How To Make Jello Shots

Even if you have friends that don’t particularly like to drink liquor, they will surely down a jello shot!  Jello shots or shooters, are a great way to add a little fun to party and a little liquor goes a long way. Jello shots are perfect for most any adult party, but... more


What To Do With Extra Apples

We are quickly moving into the time of year where there will be a bounty of apples, so if you end with an excess, you will need to figure out what to do with extra apples so they won’t spoil.  We live fairly close to the mountains, so every year we head to an apple festival... more


How to Make a Pumpkin Pie from Real Pumpkin

So you carved your pumpkin and now you have all that fresh pumpkin left?  How about making a Pumpkin Pie from scratch?  Not only are fresh pumpkin pies packed with vitamins, nutrition and antioxidents, but they are so much better than using a canned pumpkin! When you make... more


How To Make Apple Dumplings

Apples are definitely in abundance right now, so today we are going to talk about how to make Apple Dumplings - one of the most delicious comfort foods out there! The key to delicious apple dumplings is definitely the dough.  If you can master the dough, the rest is super simple! ... more


How To Freeze Peaches

Fresh peaches are such a treat, but unfortunately, short lived.  By learning how to freeze peaches, you can enjoy their fresh, juicy goodness all year round! Although you can’t freeze whole peaches and enjoy them in their original form, you can freeze halves to serve... more


How To Make Apple Pie

Lets face it, there isn’t much better than piping hot apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream!  Apple pie is a staple, especially here in the South, so learning how to make an apple pie should be at the top of your list of recipes. The great thing about apple pie is that... more


How To Make Apple Chips

Apple chips are a fantastic way to use up all those extra apples that you may have during harvest time.  Not only are they so yummy, but they are also a great, heart healthy snack.  Not too many kids will turn down these crispy, sweet treats! If you follow the directions,... more


How To Make Apple Butter in a Crockpot

Its that time of the year when we have an over abundance of apples to use up, so how about learning how to make apple butter?   Apple butter is not only yummy, but its fairly simple to make and it freezes very well so you can have fresh butter throughout the year!   Most people... more

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How To Make a Raw Apple Cake

If you are looking to use up some of those extra apples, learning how to make a Raw Apple Cake should be right up your alley! This Raw Apple Cake is more than just delicious.  It has such a different taste and consistancy that is similar to carrot cake.  Moist, tasty and easy... more


How to Make Pickles The Easy Way

Believe it or not, it is super simple to learn how to make pickles the easy and simple way! If you watched your mom or grandma make pickles, you might think it takes a week to make them, but there are so many things on the market now that make it one of the easiest things to... more

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Last Minute DIY Labor Day Cookout Foods

We have all been there… The phone rings at 10am the day of a holiday and you get invited to an impromptu last minute cookout! Sounds like a great day of fun until you realize you don’t have a thing to bring with you as a prepared dish! Before you start scrambling... more


Learn How to Freeze Corn in 7 Steps

How to Freeze Corn Its the time of year where you have a bounty of different vegetables from the garden, so today, I’ll talk about how to freeze corn.  As with any vegetable, you want to freeze corn while it is in its prime and super sweet.  Being able to have fresh corn... more

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How to Make Turkey Soup from Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey!

You’ve spent hours baking that turkey to perfection and after Thanksgiving is over, you are left with mounds of extra turkey! What do you do with it? You Make Turkey Soup! Over the years, I’ve figured out that you can make soup with anything and turkey is no exception!... more

How to Deep Fry a Turkey Instructions

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many people have started to realize the greatest way to cook a turkey, is to Deep Fry a Turkey! Surprisingly, and beyond the normal beliefs, Deep Fried Turkey contains almost no grease and oils that you normally associate with deep... more

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