Pork Rind Appreciation Day – Gridiron Groovin’! (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

When I married my husband, I understood that I was marrying into a fantastic southern family. A fantastic southern family who hollered “Roll Tide!” any chance they got.

Fast forward a few years, and not only does our household have battery-operated mascots that play a full-orchestra version of the college song, but our 15-month-old twins even have their own cheerleader outfits. Two different kinds of them, to be exact. I’ve given in.

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Not that I really minded in the first place.

As anyone who knows anything about college football knows, Alabama is…well…pretty durn GOOD. (Never mind that nail-biter last week with Mississippi State – did anyone SEE that?! WOAH!!!) I definitely think we’ll have a good group of guys moving on to the pros. And anyone who knows anything about football in general knows that, as games go (college OR pro), they’re always better if excellent snacks are involved!

So when Southern Recipe contacted me about their 7th Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day, and sharing the news about their Gridiron Groovin’ game with NFL legend, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, I was all about it! 

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The awesome thing about Gridiron Groovin’ is that you can play as many times as you’d like! Each time you do, you’ll queue Southern Recipe to make a donation to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. As well, a portion of the sale of each purchase of all Rudolph Foods’ products during the Pork Rind Appreciation Day season, including Southern Recipe, Southern Recipe Small Batch, Pepe’s Snacks and Lee’s Pig Skins, will support the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

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Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

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Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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National Cookbook Month – And a Recipe Contest from Keystone Meats!

FIRST, while we’re on the subject of Recipe Contests, don’t forget to stop in over at the MERRY THANKSCHRISTMAS RECIPE CONTEST, which is happening NOW! CLICK HERE to check it out!

LWL Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest Prizes 375 USD

And now, how about ANOTHER recipe contest? I mean, why not, right?!

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Did you know that October is National Cookbook Month? You know, cookbooks. The ORIGINAL Pinterest, right? I still have some special cookbooks that I use often, do you?

Keystone Meats is a fourth generation family brand offering premium quality canned protein and meal solutions who decided to celebrate National Cookbook Month with its Rewriting the Great American Cookbook Contest, shining a light on recipe hacks and making dinnertime favorites easier with Keystone Meats. Inspired by today’s busier-than-ever family, consumers will be asked to vote on recipe makeovers, or recipes that can be made easier and better with Keystone Meats. Every time a fan goes in to vote for their favorite cookbook recipe, they will be entered to win the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be awarded a year of Keystone products, including the brand’s premium canned meats, soup bases and broths! Consumers can enter online now through October 31!

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5 Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I have Celiac Disease, and I eat gluten-free. 

These days, it’s much easier to eat gluten-free than it ever used to be, thanks to ready-made meals and snacks. You can find a lovely section of gluten-free items in almost any grocery store, and the convenience is certainly welcome!

There’s just one problem I continually find with gluten-free foods: sugar. The sugar content in gluten-free foods is typically higher than in normal foods.

As we all know, sugar has become the new fat, meaning that more research into nutrition has made us realize that ingesting too much sugar is just as bad, if not worse, than consuming fatty food. Sugar in its natural form, found in fruits and in starchy vegetables, is fine and an important nutrient in brain development. What is problematic is our sugar-filled highly processed diet. Look at the labels! Everything we consume has ingredients that end in “-ose” or contain corn syrup. We are ingesting far too much sugar in one day, most of it the product of chemical combinations that are not very healthy for our body.

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The problem with consuming so much sugar is that it raises our level of insulin in the blood, which will have long-term damaging effects such as diabetes, slowed metabolisms, hyperactivity, and over eating. Let us not forget the epidemic of obesity in our society, a phenomenon that people could turn around if they reduced their daily intake of sugar.

A couple years ago, I eliminated all high fructose corn syrup from our home. As I come across more and more items that are “bad”, I continue my journey of elimination – searching for better alternatives and altering our eating habits, bit by bit by bit. Because doing it all at once can be overwhelming!

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Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

Hi, everyone, and Happy Sunday!

If you’re a regular around here, you know I don’t normally post on Sundays, but this is no ordinary post – It’s time for the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by to check out what’s going on over here, and to ENTER A RECIPE in our contest! Oh, and remember: you MUST be a blogger to participate, but you can enter more than one recipe, since there are multiple categories for you to participate in!

But wait! If you’re not a blogger, don’t despair! We also have a GIVEAWAY that you can enter! Aren’t we just full of wonderful surprises?!

To get you in the mood, allow me to share one of my FAVORITE recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings! How about some Loaded Sweet Potato Slices?!

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One of the things I love about this yummy recipe is that you can swing it sweet, or swing it savory – depending on what you use! Check out how I make mine by CLICKING HERE!

Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

 

Calling all holiday foodies to enter the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. Prizes and Giveaway. Find tasty recipes for the holiday season.

 
A big Thank You! to the co-hosts for supporting the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017, and making this event possible. Please check out their blogs and follow them on social media!

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AudreyThat RecipeFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

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AshleySweetpea LifestyleInstagram / Pinterest / Facebook

JeanneeCentsably CreativeFacebook / Instagram / Twitter

KristenThe Road To DomesticationFacebook / Twitter

LynnBack To The SouthPinterest / Instagram

Recipe Contest Details:

  • Contest OPEN for Entries – October 15, 2017, through November 8, 2017.
  • One recipe from each category will be selected as a Finalist.
  • Finalists will be announced on November 10, 2017.
  • Winners (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) will be announced November 15, 2017.

Prizes:

LWL Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest Prizes 375 USD

  • All prizes paid USD via PayPal.
  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50

Rules for Recipe Entries:

Giveaway:

  • No blog necessary to enter the Giveaway!
  • ENTER the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!
  • Chance to WIN $100 USD PayPal CASH!!!

The Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists! One recipe was chosen from each category. These recipes have the chance of winning the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize! Good luck. The Winners will be announced on November 15, 2017.

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Look below to see all the recipes entered in the contest and be inspired for your holiday celebrating!

APPETIZERS

 

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SALADS & COLD SIDE DISHES

 

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HOT SIDE DISHES

 

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MAIN DISHES

 

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DESSERT

 

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COOKIES

 

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CANDIES

 

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DRINKS & COCKTAILS

 

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Giveaway!

 
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Thanks for having fun with us at the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. It’s great to get everyone ready to celebrate the holidays with delectable food and drink. Happy Holidays!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!