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Have you heard the term Meatless Mondays? It became a popular term to promote one vegetarian meal a week for a healthier diet. Regardless of the day, beans are a great substitute for meat and are full of protein and fiber. I always have canned beans in my pantry, including black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc. I love preparing them in a variety of ways from entrées to salads. Today I am sharing three dinner recipes that can be made in 20 minutes.

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Instead of giving holiday cookies as a gift, why not make a box of delicious chocolate truffles! They are pretty and festive and make a nice hostess gift for the holidays. They are also a great dessert to serve at a cocktail party.

Chocolate truffles originated in France. They were given the name “truffle” as they resembled the black subterranean fungi which is a mushroom that grows underground.

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Whether you want a holiday craft to do with your kids or grandchildren or simply want to channel your inner architect, you’ll enjoy looking at these adorable gingerbread houses. I love seeing the creativity behind them. Gum drops for shutters, shredded wheat for a thatched roof, pretzels for a fence, etc. Continue Reading

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Deviled eggs are one of my favorite appetizers, and they’re so easy to prepare. I enjoy them so much that I even make them for lunch. I always have the ingredients on hand and by substituting Greek Yogurt for half of the mayonnaise, I can have a healthy homemade lunch. You can barely tell the difference.

In the past, I would shy away from making deviled eggs because I had a hard time peeling the eggs. I was thrilled to find a new method to prepare hard-boiled eggs, making the shells easy to peel.

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I love Jen Lawrence’s new 1010ParkPlace Book Club. The first book she’s chosen is Folly Cove by Holly Robinson, which explores the relationship between three very different sisters and their formidable mother. In the comments on Jen’s blog, some of us were talking about drinking Folly Rum as we read. It reminded me of my friend Charles and his legendary Hot Buttered Rum.

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!”

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When I first moved to my neighborhood, the women used to host an annual Fall Coffee. This casual get together was a great way to connect with both old and new neighbors. The hostess made an effort to call and invite any new women that had moved into the neighborhood in the last year.

What I love about a fall coffee is that it’s so easy to host. The menu is simple. Coffee and dessert. It doesn’t get any easier.

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Summer is rolling by, and we are just a few weeks from Labor Day.

It’s a transition period from the end of summer barbecues and on to football and tailgating.

Here’s a roundup from my blog on summer entertaining for one last celebration.

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I love coffee but my non-coffee loving friends have taught me that you don’t have to be a coffee drinker to love coffee desserts. That said, keep these three coffee desserts in mind for your next summer dinner party.

 You can keep it simple by serving Affogato or make a more elaborate ice cream bar or cake.

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Warmer weather is here and with that comes summer gatherings. Whether you are hosting cocktails on the patio, a big summer Soirée or a casual barbecue, why not have a signature drink for your get together?

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I love that grilling season is here! I like to keep the heat out of the kitchen and make as much of my meal as possible on the grill.

Think beyond the entrée when it comes to the grill.

You can also grill fruit for desserts, salads and even appetizers. The heat caramelizes the fruit, bringing out the sweetness. Grill marks add for a pretty presentation. Have you experimented with grilling fruit?

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