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Introducing… something new

Well… helooooo there old friend. It’s been a while. And, yes… you may have gotten some updates from a totally different site. This site is no longer The Village Cook, – it’s now got a new name, new domain and shiny new look. Of course, all the original recipes are still here, too….

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comfort and joy in fear and loathing

“We’re all in this together” is something you’ve heard at least ten times already today. Some are “in it” more than others, and some worse than others. There are mothers and fathers, who are on the front lines of this virus war; intentionally removing themselves from their children, in order to protect them……

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Life today

Nowadays, everyone is living my norm. Homeschooling, hand washing and living paycheck to paycheck… Welcome to my world. Here’s what you need to know. Homeschooling: STOP! Now is NOT the time to try to do something you never really wanted to do in the first place. It’s only going to stress you and…

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keeping tabs

I have several recipes I really need to post here, I mean.. it is a food blog, after all. But: there’s more. That’s why I had originally started “The Domestic Mama” ; but seriously, who has time to keep up with two blogs?! So- I’ve decided to keep everything centrally located here. I…

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It’s a boy!

If you’ve followed this blog for the past ten years or so, you’ll have seen the journey of my life, recipes included. From adventures with Frito Lay and Kenmore, to a very different journey of a calling to care for modern day orphans. My days used to consist of dropping kids off to…

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sugar cream pie

I’m a Florida native. Most of y’all already know that. But, in case not, now you do. I live a short drive from the cane fields, where as far as the eye can see, there is sugar cane. There are days, when I just need to escape the madness of tourists and traffic,…

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Homemade honey buns #backtoschooltreatsweek

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. As a kid, honey buns were one of my favorite breakfast treats… a cross between a donut and cinnamon roll- engulfed in a sweet glaze… To celebrate the start of the…

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Orange Creamsicle crunch bars #SummerDesertWeek

Welcome to the final day of summer desert week ! Today, I have a twist on the traditional chocolate crunch bar, Where the chocolate is replaced with white chocolate and orange cream flavored candy melts are swirled in with it . I had some crisp rice cereal and voila! you have a summertime…

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key lime pie-sicles #summerdessertweek

disclaimer: I received product samples for my participation in Summer Dessert week, however, the recipes and opinions are my own Y’all…. ohmygoodness. These are SO GOOD. Seriously. Like, talk with your mouth full kind of good. So good you forget your manners. You know what I’m talking about…. These are a creation I…

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rock candy #summerdessertweek

Today…. Is day two of #summerdessertweek!And, today I have one of the prettiest candies out there. They are like the gemstone of sweets: shimmery, shiny crystals of pure sugar. And, when you’re a homeschool mom like myself- they are the perfect way to incorporate some science into life. (shhhh…. it’s undercover school in…

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mermaid splash cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own.  Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this…

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Enlarging our tent

Remember my posts about enlarging our tent? No, we don’t actually live in a tent. It’s an expression of expansion. Although, tent living is fine with me as long as there is mosquito repellent… and food. And fire to cook the food. A soap to clean up. And toilet paper. Got it? Okay,…

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Easter brunch recipe round up and Jord watch giveaway!

A few months ago, I told y’all about these fantastic wood watches, in this post . What happened? Where are y’all? So far there is less than THREE entries! This means: that your chances of winning are HUGE. So: head over to this site , and place your entry . It only takes…

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Lemon Ginger Curry Chicken Skewers #stashtearecipechallenge

Think fast: you are having a party, and you want to serve something intriguing and exotic, but not too over the top… you still want to spend time with your guests…. I really you’d like something that can be made in advance, with short preparation time to serve. I’ve got a solution for…

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Earl GreyMojito#stashtearecipechallenge

I created this recipe for the “Not your usual tea” category in the #stash tearecipechallenge. Personally, I love Earl Grey . What gives earl gray it’s unique flavor and aroma is the addition of Bergamot; a relative of the lime plant, it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma that is unsurpassed, in my…

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Chai Chia breakfast pudding #stashtearecipechallenge

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be sure to check them out on social media for recipes,and delicious teas! AND: be sure to use this code for a special deal: THEVILLAGECOOK-SC Be sure…

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Tropical and avocado shrimp salad #stashtearecipechallenge

Imagine this: buttery avocado, luscious plump shrimp, all smothered in a creamy lemony ginger and dill sauce, and stuffed into an avocado shell. And: the key to creating this one of a kind flavor explosion? Tea. Yep, it’s time to think of tea in a whole new light. Of course, I love a…

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The element of time…and a giveaway!

The element of time….  I’m approaching another birthday, which, for me always makes me re-evaluate where I am, what I’m doing and where I’m going… and where I’ve been.   I can mentally time travel my entire life in simple a few minutes of thought.  And, it bewilders me that all of these hours…

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last minute ideas!

Note: This is a sponsored post, I was given compensation and giveaway merchandise ; however the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  Here we are, on  Christmas eve, I hope that you are settled in with a cup of hot cocoa and a completed “to do” list, but  there is a possibility that’s…

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breakfast dumplings with maple soy dipping sauce #twindragon #chefyaki

 I love taking savory spins on breakfast… and dumplings. This time, I  have created a savory breakfast dumpling, filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, with a sweet and salty maple dipping sauce that says good morning  to your tastebuds…. This recipe was created for the Twin Dragon recipe challenge. I was supplied…

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