Boar’s Head Boldest Challenge #BHBoldestBracket

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It's March, and even though we are still buried in several feet of snow here in New England, early signs of Spring are starting to appear. Each March, I am excited for the March Madness Tournament, because it's always been a reminder that spring has arrived! For many years, I've participated in a few bracket challenges between friends, to get bragging rights for the upcoming year. Granted, most of the women in our groups aren't really up on the stats for each team, many of us randomly pick our teams based on one idea or another. It really frustrates the men (and spouses) when they get beaten by a woman who voted based on Team Colors, Mascots, or even choosing the team listed first or last in each group.


This year, Boar's Head has created the Boar’s Head Boldest Bracket Challenge. The brackets looks similar to those used for basketball, except in this Challenge you'll be voting for your favorite sandwiches and can win prizes! The prizes range from T-Shirts, to gift cards, to an I-Pad Air, and many more! You can enter on the Boar's Head Facebook Page. Simply click like, then the Boars Head Challenge tab. You will see an option to vote on Today's Sandwiches, and just below that you can see what the prize of the day is. There are 4 rounds, but you can vote daily during each round.

  1. Round 1 is from 3/3-3/10
  2. Round 2 is from 3/17-3/20
  3. Round 3 is from 3/24-3/25
  4. Round 4 is 3/31.

Today's choice was between the Spicy Southwestern Turkey Panini and the Spicy Jerk Turkey Melts. It was a tough choice for me, because BOTH sandwiches look amazing! Ultimately, I decided to go with Spicy Southwestern Turkey Panini. I encourage you to pop over and take part in the challenge too. I hope several of us can win prizes!!! Be sure to share with us in the comments which sandwich you voted for, and if you are a prize winner too! (To enter, they just asked for my name, email, and zip code. It says winners will be notified by email.)

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National Cherry Pie Day

Today is National Cherry Pie Day!

Cherry Pie DayI have a Pie Board on Pinterest where I pin delicious looking Pie Recipes that I’d like to try with my family. I searched through and found some Cherry based recipes to add to the board today, and then decided to make a Cherry Board to move most of them over to. There are so many yummy ways to enjoy Cherry’s! I’ll link a few below. (*Note: I have also made sure that the pins I link go to the correct blog post. Frequently, people pin and change the URL so you go to the wrong page. I made sure the link goes to the page with the watermark on the picture and it’s for the actual item I pinned. I am not using images or direct link backs yet. I’m emailing the owners to get permission, then I’ll change the links as it’s given. Until then, the links will go to the pin on pinterest, if you click on the pin, it’ll take you to the direct post).

If you have a Cherry recipe you’d like me to pin, just leave the link in the comments and I’ll pop over and check it out :)

  1. Cherry Pie Bars - from Julie’s Eats & Treats
  2. Cherry Pie – from gimme some Oven
  3. Cherry Pie Cookies – from Created by Diane
  4. Cherry Pie Bites – from The Country Cook
  5. Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar from
  6. Cherry Pie Cupcakes from Cupcakes Garden
  7. Skinny Cherry Cupcakes from Shugary Sweets
  8. NY Style Cherry Cheesecake from When Is Dinner (Pictured above)
  9. Crock Pot Cherry Cobbler from Budget Savvy Diva
  10. Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes from the novice chef









Oreo Cool Whip Pie

Oreo Cool Whip PieOreo Cool Whip Pie is very easy to make, and requires just 3 ingredients, as seen above. Oreo’s, Cool Whip, and an Oreo Pie Crust. I’m sure someone other than us thought of this first, but we’ve been making this for 18 years. We have a few variations, with other cookies and candy bars, but all use the Oreo Pie Crust and Cool Whip. I should also note that we don’t often buy Oreo’s, typically just for Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a treat. It’s my kids favorite pie! The process is pretty easy and self-explanatory, but for visual learners, like myself, I took pictures of the process.

Oreo Pie Ingredients

These are the three simple ingredients.

Oreo Pie Process

Next, I take my chopper (this one happens to be from Pampered Chef, circa 1999ish) and load it with broken up pieces of Oreo’s. Then, I crush them! I do a few at a time, and use about half the package. You can use more or less, there’s no “right” amount. I put the entire container of Cool Whip into a mixing bowl, and add the crushed pieces of Oreo’s, and stir when they’re all crushed up. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Refrigerate about 2 hours before serving, and keep refrigerated except when serving. Simple, easy, and a family favorite!

Oreo Cool Whip Pie
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 8
  • ½ package Oreo Cookies
  • 1 container of Cool Whip
  • 1 Oreo Cookie Pie Crust
  1. Crush Cookies
  2. Mix with Cool Whip
  3. Pour into Pie Shell
  4. Refrigerate
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I found this “The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper” on Amazon, and it’s the item I have. It’s listed at $50.25 right now – I can guarantee you I did NOT pay that much years ago. I don’t know any Pampered Chef consultants, and I don’t know if it’s still available from them, or how much the current price should be. I found am Oxo Good Grips Vegetable/Herb Chopper on Amazon too, currently at $19.99 – that’s much closer to what I probably paid. I use my chopper several times a week, and have for years, so it IS an item I’d recommend having in your kitchen, regardless of the brand.

New Feature: Ziplist Recipe Box

As we head into 2014, I have been hard at work behind the scenes setting up some new features that are user friendly, to help you save recipes for reference! I have partnered with Ziplist to be add a link you can click to “Save Recipe” and it will put it into a virtual recipe box. This will also allow you to click a button to prepare a shopping list, to ensure you don’t miss any ingredients. Over the next week, I’ll be working on formatting each recipe to make sure they are all individually set up to work properly. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to email me at and I’ll work on a resolution :)

I have personally used Ziplist for about 2 years now, and I really enjoy the way it works. I have a Ziplist add on for my browser, and if I’m on a website that has not partnered with them yet, I can simply click the ZipList Recipe Clipper on my toolbar, and it will add recipes and ingredient lists to my ZipList Recipe Box. I also have the ZipList App on my iPhone, so if I forget to print (or bring my printed list), I can simply pull it up in the store!

As you can see from the picture above, this is what MY recipe box looks like. It has a list of the blogs on the left, and a picture of each recipe, the name, and blog it came from in the middle of the page. When you hover over it, you can remove it (if you’ve tried it and it wasn’t for you), add to your shopping list, or add to a meal plan by clicking the green buttons.

Shopping ListI clicked “Add to List” for the Chicken Enchiladas, and this is the shipping list it gave me. I can check off the items I already have, or ADD ITEMS that I need to remember to pick up at the store.


Grocery Deals


I can click the GROCERY DEALS tab to see deals in my town. I can check the stores I shop at, to see just their deals, and I love that it gives the sale price and expiration dates too! There is also a STORES tab, and you can specify to purchase specific items at specific stores, if you plan to make multiple stops.

I will also be including a link in the sidebar, where you can access your personal ZipList Recipe Box, containing ALL of your saved recipes, not just those from my site. There are so many great recipes in their system, I encourage you to take a moment to search through the site and really personalize your recipe box with items you’d like to try out in the new year!

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Top 10 Recipes of 2013 from WIDAs the year is winding to a close, I was curious to see which recipes y’all enjoyed viewing the most. Here are the Top 10 Recipes of 2013 (most viewed)!

  1. Loaded Roasted Potatoes and Chicken
  2. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  3. Chicken Tenderloins and Garlic Pasta
  4. Chicken Carbonara
  5. Hashbrown Casserole
  6. Cheesy Chicken
  7. Homemade Sugar Cookies
  8. Oven Baked Round Steak
  9. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenderloins (aka Sunday Chicken)
  10. Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Other close favorites were:

I’d love to know which was your favorite!

I am also looking to accept some guest recipe posts in 2014. If you’d like to submit a recipe, I just need at least 1 original photo – that you own/took- preferably of the final shot, and the complete recipe with instructions to post. If you have a blog, I am happy to include a paragraph about your site with a link back to you. If you do not have a blog, that’s ok too, I can still include a paragraph with your bio, if you’d like! Email me at and we’ll work out the details!