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Addictively Delicious Cajun Pretzels

Cajun Pretzels ~ mini pretzel twists seasoned with Old Bay, Ranch seasoning, and cayenne pepper.  They're addictively delicious!
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Cajun Pretzels Image ~ mini pretzel twists seasoned with Old Bay, Ranch seasoning, and cayenne pepper.  They're addictively delicious!
Well folks, we're less than one month away from the Superbowl.  Yes, we're only a few weeks away from my absolute favorite sporting event.  And you know, I actually love to watch the game, not just the commercials. Though I must admit I do enjoy the commercials, too.

Since my team, the Carolina Panthers, isn't going to make it to the big game this year, I'm going to have to figure out who I'll be routing for.  But one thing I'm already sure of is we'll have lots of great game-day food to snack on!  Like these addictively delicious spicy pretzels.

Can Wilted Spinach Salad Be a Celebration of My Cancer Journey?

This post is brought to you by Walgreens and SheKnows Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
  
To all those dealing personally with a cancer journey or with cancer in your family, I wish for you the peace of a positive outcome.
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Can something as simple as eating Wilted Spinach Salad be a celebration of beating cancer?

Well let me tell you, in my case it sure was.

See, I am a proud cancer survivor who successfully battled thyroid cancer 17 years ago.  During my cancer treatment, I lost the ability to eat one of my favorite foods ~ salad.  Regaining that ability and once again being able to enjoy one of my favorite foods after treatment completion was indeed a true celebration of defeating cancer.

Because truly, sometimes it's the simple things that hold huge meaning.

I'm honored and proud to be here today to share some of my cancer story with you on behalf of Walgreens cancer support services, and to share information about the Walgreens specialty pharmacy services available to those dealing with and managing your own cancer journey, or that of a loved one.

Must-Make Easy Recipes for Game Day!

No game's complete without some tasty snacks, right?  But who wants to spend all the game time in the kitchen?  Well ... have your snacks and enjoy the big game, too, with these must-make EASY recipes for game day!  With these 18 tasty ideas, there's sure to be a few ... or 18 ... you'll love.

Click on the title of the dish above each photo to get the full recipe.  Enjoy!

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3-Ingredient Low-Carb Ham & Pickle Bites {with Baby Dill Pickles or Pickled Okra}

Easy 3-ingredient low-carb Ham & Pickle Bites ... made with baby dill pickles or pickled okra ... may just be the simplest little party food or snack around.  And Ham & Pickle Bites are simply delicious, too!
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Sometimes it's the simple things that are best.

In thinking about life, and how I like to spend my time, I realize that what I enjoy most in life are the simple things.

Cheesy Hot Corn Dip

Serve up this baked Cheesy Hot Corn Dip at your next party or game day get together ~ it's sure to be the hit of the party! 

Cheesy Hot Corn Dip Image ~ Serve up this baked Cheesy Hot Corn Dip at your next party or game day get together ~ it's sure to be the hit of the party!


I love corn.  I love warm-and-creamy comfort foods.  I love spiciness in my food.  And I love dips.

Lucky for me, this baked Cheesy Hot Corn Dip deliciously combines all these wonderful loves!

This recipe is from a friend of mine, who served it at her 40th birthday party.  Let me just say, it was the hit of the party. (Aside from the guest-of-honor herself, of course.)  And it's no wonder why.  This warm baked dip is so, so good.

Top 12 Best Recipes of 2017 from The Kitchen is My Playground

Enjoy the top 12 best recipes of 2017, as voted by readers' views.  These 12 dishes are the reader favorites of the year from The Kitchen is My Playground's posts ~ And my oh my, what a tasty year it's been!

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This year-end "best of" post is always my favorite post of the year to write.  It's so fun to look back through the year's posts and see which ones have taken the top spots as your favorites ... and especially which recipe takes top-billing as the #1 most-viewed favorite.  There are always a few surprises for me.  I like to think I stay on top of what's popular on the blog, but there are always some recipes I didn't realize you liked so well!

Coconut Snowball Cocktail

Coconut lovers, this Coconut Snowball Cocktail is for you!  With its combination of coconut rum, cream of coconut, vanilla vodka, and coconut-rimmed glass, it's full of fabulous coconut flavor.  Not to mention, it's a great way to enjoy a snowball ... without having to endure the actual white fluffy stuff itself.
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This Coconut Snowball Cocktail may just be the only way I truly like to enjoy snow.

Sure, I can go for a nice batch of snow cream every now and again, but I actually have to endure a snowstorm to get a bowl of that.  This cocktail? ... I can enjoy without enduring any of the actual white fluffy stuff itself.
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