Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe & Unique Add-ins

This is a wonderful and creative recipe! I would have never thought of adding sweet potatoes to soup! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Soup season is almost over. I love a good, steamy bowl of soup or stew during the fall and winter months. But, I rarely make soups in the summer. It’s just too hot outside! However, these cool spring evenings or rainy spring days still call for a light and healthy soup. With all the pollen in the air, a ...

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Pork Barbecue and Sweet & Sour Cole Slaw Recipes

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Pork Barbeque and Sweet & Sour Cole Slaw can be made in a variety of ways. Thanks to Connie for these recipes. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Pork barbecue is very easy to make when you make it in your slow cooker.  There are many, many bottled barbecue sauces out there with lots of wonderful flavors and varieties.  You can get North Carolina-style barbecue sauce that is vinegar-based with a tangy, spicy kick.  Another favorite is Honey Smoked, a flavor that is thick ...

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Stew beef is on sale at the local grocery store this week.  You can make a number of things with this cut of beef including, vegetable beef soup, beef burgundy, beef stroganoff, beef pot pie, and beef hash, just to name a few.  But, my favorite is Beef Stew.  It’s an easy, slow cooker meal and can be doubled to feed a crowd.  Slow cooker meals are really great this time of year because we want comfort food ...

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Crispy Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Chicken has been on sale at most stores so this is a perfect time to try this recipe! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! This week, I had lunch out with my friends.  We ate at a local restaurant that serves the moistest, most tender, classic Southern fried chicken.  I really wish I could fry chicken like my grandmother did.  She would soak the chicken in buttermilk and then coat it with a magical seasoned flour that I can’t seem to ...

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Cooking with Connie- French Toast and Fruit Salad

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! We have had quite a bit of snow lately.  And, each time the weatherman says, "snow is coming," everyone dashes to the store to stock up on milk, eggs, and bread.  Why is that?  Does everyone hear "snow" and have an immediate craving for French toast?  I love French toast, but I don't just serve this treat for breakfast.  My kids absolutely love having breakfast for supper.  And, let’s face it, sometimes ...

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Cooking with Connie: Mexican Pork Roast

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Below she has fabulous tips for using a slow cooker. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I love a good and easy slow cooker meal.  It's the perfect supper for busy families who need a quick-to-serve meal or a meal that will be eaten in shifts.  I'm always trying different recipes in my slow cooker.  Many recipes can be cooked in the slow cooker with just a few alterations to the original recipe.  When trying a stove top or oven recipe in ...

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Cooking with Connie: Pork Chops in Wine Sauce

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I was plundering around in my pantry and found a partial bag of herb-flavored stuffing mix left over from Thanksgiving.  I knew that it would go stale if I didn’t use it soon, and I needed a quick stove top recipe for supper.  So, I came up with Pork Chops in Wine Sauce.  It’s a variation of a dish Paula Deen serves in her restaurant, “The Lady & Sons”.  I chose to use 1/2-inch boneless pork chops ...

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Setting Budget Goals & Organizing Your Finances

  It’s a new year and a new you, right? One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions (next to loosing weight!) is to save money. While it is great to set financial goals, something must be done to implement them. According to financial expert David Bach and author of “Start Over, Finish Rich”, the key to getting your finances in line is to “find your money”. Although sometimes it is less stressful being in the dark about your debt and where your money goes, it is not beneficial. Bach ...

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Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Cornbread Pork Chops

Thanksgiving is over, and we are all enjoying the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving leftovers.  It is easy to figure out what to do with the juicy, delicious turkey...sandwiches, casseroles, soups, lots of possibilities.  But, what about those side dishes?  Sweet potatoes can become biscuits, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, pie and soup.  In our house, the pies are gobbled up; but most of the traditional pies freeze well for up to 1 month.  Pre-slice before freezing; wrap in waxed paper and store ...

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