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Wretched Menace Reaper Rub is a dreadfully spicy yet thrillingly flavorful dry rub {made from Carolina Reaper chiles} perfect for smoked & grilled meats. 0

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub {Carolina Reaper Recipe}

Each year, we make a day (or two) of firing up the smoker for our family and friends. We call it Williams Family Smokefest. I eagerly awaited this year’s first event knowing that I had something special in store with the dried Carolina Reaper chiles I had tucked away from last season’s harvest. I’ve used Carolina Reaper chiles a few times now, and each of my previous experiments (including Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast) were most definitely on the conservative side of spicy. I wasn’t sure just how spicy these little fire nuggets were. I let that fear get the best...

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Cherry Glazed Smoky Steak Skewers

The Williams household eagerly anticipates the beginning of grill season every year. The majority of our entertaining involves cooking outdoors with our grill or smoker. We love it. We also love steak skewers. But anything on a skewer is really fine by us. Skewers have become a go-to summer meal for me. Not only do they look appetizing, but you can fit a whole meal on a little stick to throw on the grill for a few minutes. Easy peasy. Slap on some delicious seasoning, marinade or glaze, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality entree in no time flat. This sweet and smoky cherry glaze...

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101 Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s the time of year for spring cleaning again. Here are 101 Spring Cleaning Tips to help you up your cleaning game. This list of tips is split into helpful categories based on the area of the home to be cleaned. Are you looking for ideas using common or natural household items in your spring cleaning? Maybe you need tips for getting the job done more efficiently or finding the spots that are commonly forgotten. You’ll even find ideas for getting more organized. This complete spring cleaning list has you covered. Take a look and find ways to help you get started and...

Food is typically a big production for me, but sometimes it's about the little pleasures. These are my favorite daily, delightful treats. 0

My Top 7 Favorite Delightful Treats

The thing I love most about food is the pleasure aspect of it. Food can be such a delight. That’s why I love feeding my family and friends so much. While food at our house is usually a big production, sometimes it’s about the little pleasures. The daily, delightful treats. That’s what this post is about. Here’s a list of my absolute favorite delightful treats 1. Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes Shortbread is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes are like buttery, tasty, whole grain shortbread biscuits. When whole grain is involved, all traces of guilt completely dissolve....

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls for the Ninja Cooking System are a rich & flavorful Asian-inspired fix-it-and-(almost)-forget-it easy dinner. 0

Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls {Ninja Cooking System}

I could eat Asian-inspired meals every day. The flavors from nearly all the regions agree with me, and I have a particular affinity for Japanese cuisine. Since I love it so much, I actually went a stretch of 6 consecutive birthdays celebrating with dinner at the Hibachi grill. So it’s no surprise that Slow Cooked Ginger Soy Beef Noodle Bowls are a dinner favorite in the Williams’ household. I love using the Ninja Cooking System to slow cook a roast because now my roasts always get seared first. Searing the meat before slow cooking adds a depth to the flavor profile. But I used...

Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole is a delicious, cheesy comfort food dinner dish made in the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole {Ninja Cooking System}

I’ve been on a tiny comfort food kick lately. A loaded potato gratin in the Ninja Cooking System sounded like a fantastic idea every time I had to take our new puppy out for frigid potty breaks last week. So I put together a potato gratin casserole with ham, red pepper, and brussels sprouts. Instant comfort, warm happy bellies in our house. I’m a “from scratch” kinda person in the kitchen, but I prefer to make dishes that don’t require a ton of time. If it weren’t for my mandoline slicer, who knows how long I’d have been slicing 3 pounds of...

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in the Ninja Cooking System is a healthy, clean eating Asian fusion recipe for main dish dinner or small plates. 0

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups {Ninja Cooking System}

Sometimes Cooper surprises me. The boy hated mac & cheese until he turned five and he won’t eat mashed potatoes to save his life. But when we put these Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in front of him for dinner, he ate three of them. Could be that we told him to eat them like a taco (one of his favorite foods). IDK. The fact that Cooper likes these is great news to me, since they are loaded with lean protein, veggies, and whole grain brown rice. He didn’t even complain about the broccoli! Funny story about Cooper. If he’s served...

Make this Guava Mimosa if you're looking for a unique take on the classic champagne cocktail popular for brunches and morning gatherings. So delicious! 0

Guava Mimosa {A Unique Champagne Cocktail for Brunch}

Back when I was a kid, my family took a vacation to Hawaii. That’s where I first fell in love with Guava nectar. I ordered it each morning at breakfast, and what a delight. So now as an adult, you can imagine my giddiness to find guava nectar at the local grocery store. It may not be quite like the fresh guava nectar from the islands, but it’s certainly delicious enough to use in a dazzling sparkling cocktail. Enter the Guava Mimosa. Guava nectar is fairly sweet—after all it is a tropical island fruit. Usually blush or pale cream in color,...

Irish Inspired Coddle Stew is a great winter time comfort food to make in your Ninja Cooking System (but also translates easily to a one pot dish on the stovetop). 0

Irish Inspired Coddle Stew ✤ For the Ninja Cooking System

When I was in college at Indiana University, an Irish restaurant in downtown Bloomington served this rich, meaty potato stew they called coddle. Ever since (and it’s been 10+ years) I’ve searched for a good coddle stew recipe so I could recreate it at home. Most of the authentic coddle recipes out there are more of a roasted dish and less of a stew. But the ingredients are the same: potatoes, bacon, sausage, and a few veggies. Talk about the epitome of winter comfort food! Although I like making this with a snow cover on the ground and a fire crackling...

Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...