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Freezing Ground Beef

Earlier this week, I shared a picture on Facebook about how I had cooked and frozen 30 lbs. of ground beef. Every time I share a picture like that, it always surprises me how many comments and emails I get, so I thought I would break it down for everyone.   This is an ESSENTIAL part of my … [Read More...]

Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Store

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cracker Barrel. All opinions are 100% mine. Ahhh, it's happening already, isn't it? You're breathing a sigh of relief just seeing the Cracker Barrel sign. Whatever stresses you've dealt with that day, just don't seem as pressing when … [Read More...]

PAN Cornmeal Arepas with Chili Lime Pork - A Turtle's Life for Me

Arepas with Pork

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm ready to move to Venezuela. Seriously, this is how they eat their sandwiches??? Sign me up for this … [Read More...]

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Cake Mix Cookie Bars

We're big on basic things that we can modify here in this house. Sometimes it's a basic white shirt that goes with a pair of jeans or can be dressed up with jewelry and a jacket for a different look. Sometimes it's a garland that has cheery bright colors for summer and can be flipped over for … [Read More...]

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Alabama Roadtrip

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine. Looking for insider tips on what to include on your Alabama roadtrip? Or maybe you're looking for a new vacation destination and haven't considered Alabama as one of your … [Read More...]

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Vacation Prep Checklist

I am a Project Envolve ambassador which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. There are so many Vacation Prep Checklists out there that cover everything from "how to pack for infants" to "packing for a mountain vacation" to "keeping kids entertained on long car rides". Not a whole lot, … [Read More...]

Citrus Fresh Fruit Dip Recipe - A Turtle's Life for Me

Citrus Fruit Dip Recipe

Hi, I'm Natalie and I'm addicted to dip. Dip.All.The.Things. I'd love to say my kids got their love of running from me or maybe their love of dancing, but no. Dipping. That's what I've passed on to my children, dipping. When my son was about 2, he went through a stage where tartar sauce was … [Read More...]

Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog Recipes - A Turtle's Life for Me

Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dogs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bar-S Foods. All opinions are 100% mine. Ahhh, the classic Philly Cheesesteak! They're as beloved as the Liberty Bell, running up the Rocky steps and hearing your neighbor yell, "I shoveled that spot so it's mine!". Philly is serious … [Read More...]

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Explore the United States

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of U.S. Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine.    We were at a family gathering recently, when one of my siblings nonchalantly mentioned that they were craving a vacation. Lots of "I know's" and "me too's" started filling … [Read More...]

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Back to School Checklist

Our back to school checklist, surprisingly hasn't changed that much as the kids have gotten older. There are a few things here and there that are required by specific teachers that might change, but in terms of what our family does to prepare for the start of the new school year... it's remained … [Read More...]

Blueberry Upside Down Lemon Bread with Glaze

Blueberry Upside Down Lemon Bread Recipe

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm pretty much the worst at breakfast. Pancakes get burnt. Eggs get rubbery and nothing is ever done at the same … [Read More...]

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Hoop Art for Kids

One of my earliest memories of doing any type of craft, was sitting in a friend's kitchen when we were about 8 years old and her mom teaching us how to cross-stitch. I cross-stitched a little panda bear ornament that I still hang on our Christmas tree every year. I was a bit of an old fart at the … [Read More...]

Chili Lime Pork Tacos - A Turtle's Life for Me

Chili Lime Pork Recipe

  I am a Project Envolve ambassador which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. This chili lime pork recipe can be prepared in so many ways, but our favorite is to grill it! Alright, let's be honest here. My favorite way to cook practically anything is to grill it. No pans, less … [Read More...]

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Homemade Baking Spray {Cake Release}

This recipe for homemade cake release just might be the greatest thing I've ever taken away from Facebook. Although, to be fair to Facebook, I tend to hang out in some pretty nasty groups. Beware of any cake decorating private group. Seriously, listen to a girl who has been there and come out … [Read More...]

College Survival Gift Basket

College Survival Gift Basket

Do you have someone heading off to college at the end of the summer? This college survival gift basket will have them swooning and thanking you profusely! I promise you, they will get plenty of care packages filled with chocolate chip cookies and brownies. They will. Honest. If not, the … [Read More...]