Friday, February 25, 2011


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Let me begin by saying that I am obsessed with Paula Deen. I really want to believe that I am her ultimate, biggest fan. Kipp and I are even planning on going to Paula's new restaurant at Harrah's Cherokee Casino just so I can eat there.  So, needless to say, I have all of her cookbooks.  It is very rare that I use any other cookbooks but I must say, I like a lot of the Southern Living cookbooks.  I have purchased a few of them and at the moment, I'm loving this one.  The front cover says, "The ultimate treasury of Southern classics - fresh flavors, wholesome ingredients, quick cooking techniques, and beloved food traditions."  I must say, it really has all this.  I also love the pictures throughout the book of the dishes.  I have made quite a few of the recipes and I have only had one not turn out so good.  It was the basic sugar cookie.  It could have been the cook, but I like to think it was the recipe. All the other recipes I have tried have been really good.  My family especially liked the quick Chicken and Dumplings. It was really tasty and enough for leftovers.

I purchased mine at Sam's Club for $13.00 less than the cover price, but Barnes and Noble has been carrying it for the same price I paid at Sam's.

So, if you are in the market for a really good, Southern cookbook, I highly recommend this one. I give this book 5 sparkles and a snap because I like it so much.

Hope you get to try it!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Earth Fare

To get your free dinner for four from Earth Fare, click here:

For those of you who live near Athens or frequent Athens.......... YOU'VE GOTTA GO TO EARTH FARE!
If you are trying to eat healthy, look at their:
The food we sell at Earth Fare is as close to the ground as it gets, which means we have high standards for what goes on our shelves.
NO hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (added trans fats)
NO High-Fructose Corn Syrup
NO artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives
NO antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones or animal by-products in the feed (fresh meats & milk)
NO bleached or bromated flour
NO irradiated single source spices, produce or meat
NO animal by-products in foods
NO inhumane treatment of the animals providing us with dairy, meat, and eggs

So, basically you can go in the store, pick up anything and KNOW that it is good for ya!  That's my kind of store.  It can get pricey.....  but it is do-able.  You can sign up to receive coupons and they also have weekly FREEBIES!  The store in Athens has such an earthy feal!  Plenty of samples available!  It's a must go to store, even if it is just to check out.  They offer lots of promos too!  The last time I went, I was able to turn in my jelly (high fructose corn syrup), soda(high fructose corn syrup), salad dressing (hydrogenated oil), peanut butter (hydrogenated oil) and leave with their brands for free!  It didn't even matter if the products i turned in were almost empty.

Take a look around their website, see if there is an Earth Fare in your area and go visit them!

They are awesome!