This special cornbread with a crumb topping starts with a mix.

A special cornbread made with pineapple and sharp cheddar cheese topped with a buttery cracker topping.

This seems to be the most popular time of year for outdoor cooking on the grill.  No one wants to spend all night in the kitchen when there are so many other things to do.  Quick and easy meals are a must after a busy day.  One of our favorite no-fuss meals is chicken on the grill, baked potatoes in the microwave and a salad.  Pretty easy, right?

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A hand clapping and foot stomping experience for the whole family.

Shindig on the Green is a fun experience the whole family can enjoy

If you’re ever in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the summer time, there’s an event you don’t want to miss.  Shindig on the Green is a mountain tradition that has taken place in downtown Asheville since the 1960’s.  It celebrates the music and culture of the area with bluegrass music, ballads, clogging, square dancing and more.

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A refreshing beverage the whole family can enjoy.

White Grape Apple Sparkler is a refreshing beverage the whole family can enjoy.

After making my Pineapple Coconut Cooler a few weeks ago, I thought it was time for another beverage to help battle the summer heat.  With a few ideas tumbling around in my head, this White Grape Apple Sparkler topped the list.

I’m a big fan of white grape juice and decided to kick it up a bit by adding some apple flavor.  At first, I thought about using apple juice, but then I discovered the Snapple Apple drink and knew that was it.  The sparkling waters from WalMart usually find their way into my buggy and the ones I bought for this were just what was needed to make this beverage sparkle.

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An easy tip for coating chopped apples.

The BEST Way To Keep Chopped Apples From Turning Brown

When you use chopped apples in baking, you don’t really have to worry about them turning brown because they’re inside the baked goods and into the oven in a matter of minutes.  But, it’s a different story when you’re using them in some type of salad that needs to chill and won’t be eaten right away.  Maybe you throw them in as they are or you might coat them in lemon, orange or pineapple juice.

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A weekend of food, fun, friends and the world of blogging.

2015 Food & Wine Conference

It’s always fun to get together with my local blogging friends, but I got to gather with bloggers from all over the country at the 2015 Food & Wine Conference last weekend at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.  Here’s my recap of the weekend.  Be warned though….you might wind up hungry after seeing all the food!

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