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SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SALAD/JALAPENO DRESSING

Southwest Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Dressing is my husband’s favorite salad.  He even requested it for lunch on Valentine’s Day.  valentines day, southwest chicken salad, jalapeno dressing

This colorful salad is filled with southwest inspired ingredients like black beans, corn, grilled chicken, peppers, tomatoes and topped with a homemade jalapeno dressing. 

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VALENTINE’S DAY WITH GRANDPA BOB

Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated with candy, flowers, cards, or a special dinner date.  It is so much fun to find a new way to show that special person how much you love them.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. 
Grandpa Bob and I spent Valentine’s weekend snuggled in our cozy home, making lots of good food, watching romantic movies, and just having fun. 
We were planning on going to our favorite lake resort, Stonewall Lake Resort.  They have a wonderful Valentine’s weekend package and we have done this in previous years. valentines day, stonewall lake resortvalentines day, stonewall lake resort
 Lodge at Stonewall Lake Resort.

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VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS FOR THE GRANDKIDS

I love Valentine’s Day and all of the sweet, mushy things that go with it.   I remember how special it was to do the Valentines that we gave to each other in grade school.  I spent hours picking out the perfect one from the box for each classmate.  I know that my little grandchildren still do the same thing now.  It is just funny to me to read some of the phrases on the conversation hearts!

No matter how old my grandchildren get, I will always love to make Valentine’s Day treats for them. 

I like to bake a variety of cookies and make them trays.  I mail them to the little ones that live in other states.  It is so special when I get a picture from their mommy’s with the open box and they have a cookie in each hand.valentine's day, cookie baking, decorated sugar cookies

They love the Decorated Sugar Cookies I make.  valentines day, cookies, cookie trays
I have been using this recipe for about 40 years and I am always pleased with it. HERE is the recipe.valentine's day treats, decorated valentine cookiesvalentin'e cookies
 

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SUPERBOWL 50 AND THE GRANDSON RIVALRY

Here it is!!  Superbowl week. 

Everyone is getting their team jerseys ready and their Superbowl party plans finalized.  If you don’t like to watch it for the actual football game you have to love to watch it for the commercials.
In our family there is a rivalry brewing..what is a grandmother to do?
My Denver grandsons are Bronco fans.superbowl, denver, grandsons
My North Carolina grandsons are Panther fans.grandsons, north carolina, superbowl 50
 They are ready and the trash talk is on. 

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PASTA SALAD FOR 2- – DOWNSIZED COOKING RECIPE

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Pasta Salad packed with high protein foods, delicious and good for you.

It is so cold and snowy here in WV that I could eat a warm bowl of homemade soup every day.  For the past 2 weeks my husband has been asking me to make a pasta salad.  I usually fixed this in the summer or when I need to take something to a covered dish event to feed a large crowd.  My original recipe serves about  10 people.   

To please my husband, I made this for my downsized recipe this week.

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GAME DAY SNACKS FOR 2

mini appetizers, game day snacks, finger foods, football foodsWe are football fans at my house!  Last weekend was filled with playoff games and lots of excitement.  That can only mean one thing..there must be game day snacks. 

It is easy to fix a table full of appetizers when you are having a large crowd over, but a little more challenging when you are fixing game day snacks for 2.   For my downsized cooking post this week, I want to share some ideas for the snacks we had.

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WHEN GRANDPA BOB IS AWAY HUNTING

Each year, for the past 29 years that we have been married, my husband takes up residency in his hunting cabin about 45 minutes away.  He use to stay for 6 weeks but now it is only a total of 4 weeks.  This escape from civilization begins the week prior to buck gun season.  He is a dedicated hunter.  He does come home for Thanksgiving dinner and then once a week to re-stock on food and wash his clothes.

The hunting season becomes my time to create the holiday home for our family. I make lots and lots of lists to begin with.  I am a micro manager of myself with lists.
I decorate the house, upstairs and down, as well as outside.  This year I had some assistance from 2 grandsons with stringing lights in the bushes and creating their North Pole in the woods.thanksgiving, christmas decoratinghunting season, christmas 2015, christmas lightsthanksgiving-fun-with-the-familychristmas decoartingchristmas decorating, hunting season

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