Author Archives : Deb Thompson

homemade egg nog

Homemade Egg Nog


It never really feels like the holidays without the classic eggnog. Like most things though, eggnog taste so much better when it’s homemade verses bought premade at the store. A few ingredients and some simple steps and you can be enjoying homemade egg nog while celebrating the holidays with family and friends. This recipe will appeal to those that don’t…

Savory Puff Pastry Bites with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Savory Puff Pastry Bites with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms


These savory puff pastry bites hit all the right notes with sweet caramelized onions, marinated Portobello mushrooms, Applewood smoked cheddar cheese, and a hint of fresh thyme. Although there are several steps required to assemble these tasty morsels, the results are well worth the effort. I typically don’t share labor-intensive recipes like this but these are so good. If you…

Fort Valley Ranch

Disconnect and Recharge at Fort Valley Ranch


It’s a fast-paced, chaotic world with an endless stream of information and news being thrown at us. The constant influx, I think, is making us all a little nuts. What we need is a chance to disconnect and decompress from the world around us. One of the best ways to do this is to leave your gadget and car behind…

Best Workout Videos For A Better You in 2018

Best Workout Videos For A Better You in 2018


I live in a small town in northern Michigan. There really isn’t an abundance of exercise classes available that won’t break my bank account PLUS its cold outside. I know me, I’m not going to scrape windows in sub-zero temps and get bundled up to drive to an exercise class. In all honesty, I’m not a fan of exercise and…

MOTOROLA PULSE ESCAPE

A Perfect Gift for Music Lovers – Motorola Pulse Escape Headphones


Motorola has partnered with me to bring you this post on their new Motorola Pulse Escape headphones. I’m thrilled to share my headphones experience with you because, honestly, these things are awesome! I’d also like to thank Emma for modeling the headphones for me. I’ve been on the hunt for affordable headphones that provide great sound quality for a while.…

Salted-Caramel Apple Dip Appetizer

Salted Caramel Apple Dip Recipe


This easy Salted Caramel Apple Dip appetizer recipe can be ready in about 5 minutes if you purchase the salted caramel sauce. However, many ready-made varieties contain artificial preservatives, flavorings, and high-fructose corn syrup. I recommend taking the extra time to make homemade caramel sauce. It can be a little tricky to master but once you do you’ll love the…

home again

Home Again Movie Review


Winter has finally arrived here. It’s been snowing the past few days and the snow just keeps piling up. It’s the perfect time to curl up with a hot mug of tea and a pile of movies and books. I received a copy of Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon to review and it arrived during a little snow squall so…

Prevail

Caregiving Tips for Aging Parents


Thank you Prevail® for sponsoring this post. Visit Prevail.com to get a free sample. Wouldn’t it be nice if life came with a guidebook? Something that would walk you through the tough parts of life and give you the answers you need when you need them most? One of the biggest things that the last two years have taught me…

Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash
 Recipe

Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash
 Recipe


This portobello and sage-stuffed acorn squash recipe provides a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional holiday side dishes. Crisp pancetta, rich Portobello mushrooms, sweet dates, and aromatic sage bring fabulous, yet diverse, flavor to every bite. As an added bonus, the lentils and walnuts make it more filling, so maybe you’ll be able to stop at just one piece of…

cranberry gin fizz

Cranberry Gin Fizz


My friends adore gin so this recipe is for them. Personally, it makes me shudder but others love gin and I live to serve. This Cranberry Gin Fizz recipe was actually put together by my sister. She is a gin fanatic and loved the combination of gin and cranberry flavors. This cocktail is simple enough and easy to make up a…