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Mama’s Southern Fried Pork Chops

This meal came from being inspired in the kitchen. Honestly, I don't normally place food on top of each other, but I couldn't help this one. Plating the food right next to each other wouldn't have been as visually-appealing as placing it all on top of each other. So that's what I did and I'm so…

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Cajun Thai Ribs

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As much as I love cooking "tried and true" recipes, sometimes it's fun to explore with new ideas in the kitchen. With a picky family, that task can be a little tricky though. How do you really explore with recipes that already work? One way is by changing one or two things in a recipe.…

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Life

Bring the Carnival to Date Night at Home

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When I got married 11 1/2 years ago, I heard a lot of reminders and advice.  No doubt you did too.  No one ever said "make sure you make time for date night." No one ever told me about this really fun way to stay connected with my spouse. The term "date night" seems to…

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How to Make Funnel Cakes

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There is no denying that I love to cook. Cooking is therapy for me, but only cooking food. Baking stresses me out! Often, I put food in the oven and just forget about it. Not good, I know. Want a seafood gumbo? I can cook it with my eyes closed. Want a cake, muffins, or…

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Quick & Cheesy Baked Pasta

  Today I'm sharing this really quick and easy pasta dish with you. I call it "Quick Cheesy Baked Pasta" and it's super simple. #nationalpastaday Most weeknights leave little time to make big dinners. That's why I've been making dinner plans in advance by meal planning. Yes, I've been known to make roast and gumbo mid-week,…

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Bar Cart Must Haves

*This post contains affiliate links that may return a small commission. Bar carts are functional and stylish "entertaining" carts.  Introduced during the Victorian Era as "tea carts", they were used for serving tea. You may still see antique tea carts circulating at estate or garage sales. I found a tea cart on Craigslist a few years…

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“No Fuss” Entertaining with The Dreaming Tree

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"This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #ShareWineandBites #CollectiveBias" There is no mistaking that I enjoy easy entertaining. Because I obsess about all the details, I've been working on keeping food light and…

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Travel

Explore Bayou Country on a Swamp Tour

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A swamp tour is a narrated, boat ride that explores the swamp and bayou. Our family experienced a swamp tour with Cajun Man's Swamp Tours and Adventures in Gibson, Louisiana. Here's what you need to know BEFORE you go! Pack Essentials  If you're visiting a swamp tour, you'll want to prepare accordingly. Since we were taking…

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Rent a Bike in Celebration Florida

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We had a wonderful time visiting the town Disney built - Celebration, Florida. The highlight of the trip was exploring the city on bikes. Here is why you may want to rent a bike in Celebration Florida too. Celebration Bike Rental is located right behind Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Celebration, Florida. We had a wonderful time lodging at…

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Bohemian Hotel Celebration – Autograph Collection

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The last week of September, Brandon was in Orlando Florida for a Microsoft conference, so we decided to squeeze in an "adults-only" weekend trip. We stayed at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Celebration Florida. Here is my review of the hotel and what I loved most about our stay. The very reason we decided to…

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Make a Coffee House Latte

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PIN THIS FOR LATER!!! How often do you drink coffee? We drink coffee every single day! Whether "on the go" or at home, we drink coffee. This might sound bad but we cannot survive the morning without having at least 2 or 3 cups of coffee. I'd say we are addicted to coffee and I'm perfectly okay…

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Fashion

Mom Style Chronicles: A New Day™ at Target

*I love Target so much I'm one of their affiliates. If you use my link to purchase, I may receive a small commission. Please read my full disclaimer. With fall here, it's time to re-visit what's in your closet. Back in January, we gave our master bedroom closet some attention. We even built a barn…

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About Me

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm a Louisiana native who loves to style food and drinks, take photographs of non-moving things, and I'm also a Houzz Writer. Family and life keep me busy but that's the way I like it.
I'm Crystal and I write.