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Congratulations to our SMR

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Community Congratulations to our SMR Congratulations Phil Demery !!!!

We want to give a big shout out to our SMR Phil Demery for winning Ambassador of the Year at the Lexington Chamber Awards Luncheon. We are so lucky to  have Phil on our team!!!

Save A Life And Give Blood

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Save A Life and Give Blood

Donating blood is one of the greatest gifts that you could give yourself and someone in need. According to the American Red Cross, “Every two seconds someone in the U.S needs blood.”

On July 13, from 2- 7, the Greater West Columbia Chamber is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. Consider joining and potentially saving many lives.

Here are some great reasons to give blood:

  • It helps in reducing risk of damage to liver and pancreas.
  • Donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity.
  • Donating blood can help in treating patients suffering from cancer, bleeding disorders, chronic anemia associated with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other hereditary blood abnormalities.
  • Regular blood donation may help in reducing iron overload.

So, now that you know some of the great benefits of giving blood, why not join the Greater West Columbia Chamber for their blood drive? Here is the link for more information:

Grill Safety

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Community Grill Safety Happy Grilling!

Grill Safety

One of my all-time favorite things about summer is being able to fire up our grill and have a cookout, with our friends and family. If your family is anything like mine, we have a large group, and the one thing that we don’t want to have to worry about is someone getting hurt. That is why being knowledgeable about grill safety is so important!

The Do’s and Don’ts of grill safety:


  • Keep your grill at least ten feet away from your house.
  • Make sure to keep your grill clean.
  • Always check for gas leaks.
  • Make sure to keep decorations or anything that may be flammable up away from your grill.
  • In case of flare-ups, it is a good to keep a spray bottle of water near your grill.
  • Always keep a fire hydrant nearby.


  • Never turn your gas on when the lid is shut.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended.
  • Never use your grill inside your home.

Now that you know a few do’s and don’ts of grilling, here is a great recipe for you to enjoy with your loved ones: :)

Summer Sun Safety

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Community Summer Sun Safety Summer is fun when you and your family is protected from the sun.

Summer Sun Safety

Whether you are planning a vacation or simply staying home to play in the sunshine this summer, you should protect your skin. The sun can damage your skin, hair, and eyes so don't forget to protect you and your family from the harmful rays of the sun. 

- 1 oz. of sunscreen should be applied to your entire body. You should reapply every two hours. 

- Only broad spectrum sunscreens of SPF 15+ can protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

- The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. So limit your time in the sun between these hours.

- It only takes ten minutes for a babies skin to burn, if possible keep babies out of the sun.

-  Sunscreen is only one level of protection against the sun, add clothing, hats, or sunglasses for added protection. 

Hurricanes and Their Categories

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes and Their Categories

Category 1: There will be very dangerous winds that could produce some damage. (Winds- 74-95 mph.)

Although, category 1 storms aren’t as severe as a category 3, it should still be considered dangerous. The winds will be very strong causing buildings to have damage to their roof, siding, and gutters. Extensive damage to power lines and poles can result in power outages that could last several days.

Category 2: There will could be extensive damage due to extremely dangerous winds. (Winds- 96-110 mph.)

In a category 2 the winds are much stronger, which could cause extreme damage to your property, such as, major roof and siding damage. Trees could snap or be uprooted and cause road blocks. Power loss is could last from several days to weeks.

Category 3: Devastating damage will occur. (Winds- 111-129 mph.)

Hurricanes reaching category 3 and higher are considered to be major because of their potential for significant loss of life and property damage. Your property may sustain major damage. Until the storm passes, electricity and water will be unavailable for several weeks.

Category 4: Catastrophic damage is expected. (Winds- 130-156 mph.)

Buildings and homes may have severe damage with the loss of the roof and some exterior walls. Trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles will be down, causing residential areas to be isolated. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.

Category 5: Catastrophic damage is expected. (Winds- More than 157 mph.)

There is more of a chance that most homes will be destroyed. There will be a considerable number of fallen trees and power poles. Most of the community may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Looking to for more information on Hurricanes:

Storm Information: National Hurricane Center-

American Red Cross-



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Content Credit: S.C. Emergency Management Division

Summer= Grilling

6/12/2017 (Permalink)


Summer = Grilling

Who is enjoying their summer time so far?

I hope you all have had a chance to enjoy a little bit of what the summer has to offer. One of the wonderful things that my family and I like to do to do over the summer is grill out. Thanks to here is a great recipe that you and your family are sure to love.


  • Two Large boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • One large pineapple, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks.
  • Two large red bell peppers, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces.
  • One large onion, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces.
  • Twelve strips of thick cut bacon.

For the Hawaiian Sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups of pineapple juice.
  • ½ tablespoons cornstarch.
  • ½ cup brown sugar.
  • Two tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Six long skewers.


  1. To make the Hawaiian sauce: Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes. Set-aside until ready to use.
  2. Thread the skewers. Weave the bacon around each piece of chicken and pineapple, stick the bell pepper and onion together and weave the bacon around both of those. You'll need two strips of bacon per skewer if using 4 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces each of pineapple, bell pepper and onion. Brush some olive or vegetable oil evenly over each kabob.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium high. Grill the kabobs for 10-15, turning a couple of times, until done.
  4. Slather with hot Hawaiian sauce and serve immediately.

If you have enjoyed this recipe, please visit , for more great recipe ideas!

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

I don’t know about you but I am loving this warm weather! Summer is such a fun season, with swimming, cookouts, and lots of fun in the sun, who could not love summer time!?!

Well how about a nice cold refreshing drink to go with those days by the pool. Here is a great recipe for a frozen strawberry lemonade.


  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries.
  • 1 Tbsp. Frozen lemonade concentrate.
  • ¾ cup of sprite.
  • 1 Tbsp. of Sugar.

(This is for 1 serving)


  • Add ingredients to your blender and blend thoroughly.
  • Serve in a mason jar or any cup to your liking and be ready to be refreshed! ?? Enjoy!!!

Employee of the Quarter: Family Life

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

Just recently, we at SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia and Lexington have started recognizing our outstanding employees with “Employee of the Quarter.” Vanessa Willis is the first person to receive it. Everything about Vanessa screams exceptional, so the least we could do was recognize her. Our SERVPRO team loves her great personality and amazing cooking skills, so we would like for you all to get to know her also.

Today, we want to give you all an insight on Vanessa’s family and life. Vanessa was born and raised in Wagener, South Carolina. She feels that her biggest accomplishment in life has been having kids. Vanessa has a son the age of 32 and a daughter the age of 29. The one thing she loves about being a mother, is being able to be a grandmother. She says that her favorite thing to do with her family is to go camping on Dreher Island and if she could take them on any vacation in the world, it would be to Hawaii. The motto that Vanessa lives by and teaches her kids is to always respect others and know that you have to give respect to get it.

Employee of the Quarter: Life With SERVPRO

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

Vanessa has been with SERVPRO since 2009, so today we would like to give you an insight on her work here.

What drew Vanessa to SERVPRO was the fact that she loved to clean and with her job, she is able to do just that, by restoring what people could have lost and putting smiles on their faces at the same time. Vanessa says that what she loves the most about working with SERVPRO are the people that she comes into contact with.

A typical day at work for Vanessa would be coming into the office and getting everything prepared to go out and get the day started. Sometimes, she doesn’t even know what they day consists of, but she never complains and is always ready to tackle whatever comes her way. She considers a great day at work just simply being able to get her job done well. Vanessa was not only surprised, but happy to be named the Employee of the Quarter. She believes that she received this recognition from just simply following the work ethics. Although that plays a big part, Vanessa’s ability to just do things without asking and her great attitude so early in the morning just brightens everyone’s day played another huge part in making it effortless to recognize her for her outstanding work. Vanessa hopes that she will continue to grow with the company and feels like there is nothing that should be changed in her work environment. She loves SERVPRO.

Fun Question and Answer Session w/ our Employee of the Quarter

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

  1. What is the last movie you saw?

    Think Like a Man Too

  2. What is your favorite book to read?

    The Bible

  3. What is your favorite hobby?

    Cooking (which we can all tell she does a great job at by the delicious baked goodies she brings to work)

  4. Who is your favorite basketball and/or football team?

    The Lakers, I am not too much into football.

  5. What is something that most people don’t know about you?

    I know how to paint and draw and I actually went to Atlanta Art School to be a graphic designer.

  6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

    To be INVISIBLE!

Stay tuned, because we have more fun facts about our terrific Employee of the Quarter coming tomorrow!

Employee of the Quarter: Fun Facts

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

Fun Facts

  1. If you could trade places with anyone, living or dead, fictional or real, who would it be?

    Oprah Winfrey, most definitely!

  2. When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    An Architect

  3. What is your biggest fear?

    Not seeing my grandson grow up.

  4. What is your favorite activity to do during the summer?

    Going camping or fishing, just  because it is so peaceful. Whether I catch anything fishing or not, just being in peace is wonderful.

  5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

    Dirt. OMG, I just do like like dirtiness at all!

  6. What type of movie do you prefer? Comedy, Romance, Scary, or Action?

    Definitely Comedy.

Be sure to check our blog tomorrow for our wrap-up on our wonderful Employee of the Quarter!

Employee of the Quarter: More Fun Facts

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

  1. What is your favorite color?


  2. What is your favorite genre of music?

    I would have to say it’s a mixture, because I like some Rap, some R&B, some Pop, so it’s definitely a combination of all types.

  3. What is your guilty pleasure?


  4. When you’re not at work, what are you most likely doing?

    Playing Bingo

  5. Do you volunteer anywhere?

    I used to volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

  6. Describe yourself in 3 words.

    Reliable, Dependable, Honest

And if I had to describe Vanessa in one word, it would be remarkable! She is such an awesome and warm-loving woman and that is what we all love about her!

Congratulations, once again, to our Employee of the Quarter, Vanessa Willis!

Social Wellness Month

7/2/2014 (Permalink)

Community Social Wellness Month Image Credit to:

July is Social Wellness Month! 

This is the month to nurture your relationships! Get involved and be social! Join a club that does a hobby you enjoy! Volunteer and help others! Rekindle your relationship with an old friend!

Research shows that:

  • People who have a strong social network tends to live longer.
  • The heart and blood pressure of people with healthy relationships respond better to stress.
  • Strong social networks are associated with a healthier endocrine system and healthier cardiovascular functioning.
  • Healthy social networks enhances the immune system's ability to fight off infectious diseases.

So build your social network, not only this month, but every month, and stay healthy! 

Credit: Social Wellness Month

Tips for Staying Safe on Independence Day

7/1/2014 (Permalink)

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The most important thing on Independence Day is to stay safe! SERVPRO has a TON of tips for staying safe so check them out and have a wonderful 4th of July! 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Know your fireworks.  Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out.  Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
  • Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  • Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.
  • Keep fireworks away from watermelons, dolls and mannequins. The dangers of allowing fireworks near these objects are clearly demonstrated every year on television around the 4th of July.
  • Do not use fireworks on grass or any soft, uneven ground. Only use fireworks on hard, flat, level surfaces. This is very important, to prevent the fireworks from tipping over.
  • Ground spinners such as "Ground Gloom Flower," etc. need a large, flat, smooth, hard, level surface to work. The same goes for traveling novelty items such as "Tanks," etc. Bring a large board if no hard, flat surface is at the shooting site.
  • Flying Spinners and helicopters such as "Plane Flying at Night," etc., need a flat, smooth, hard, level surface to spin on before they lift off. Make sure the printed side is up and the fuse is underneath a wing. Do not stand them on end.
  • Skyrockets must be launched from a narrow tube or a rack designed for them, not from your hand or by sticking them into the ground.
  • Roman Candles must be set in a stable rack or other support. Do not hold roman candles in your hand!
  • Light the firework with a long-handled lighter such as for barbecues, or a jumbo punk or a road flare.
  • Step back after lighting the fuse, to at least 10 feet away from the firework you just lit.
  • Never, ever, look into a tube that has a shell loaded into it, and never place any part of your body over a tube.
  • Always clean up the area after the show. 

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Places to Watch and Enjoy Fireworks on Independence Day

7/1/2014 (Permalink)

1.    Lexington County  

  • Lexington County Peach Festival - Gilbert, South Carolina

For a peach of a celebration, head to this annual festival, which is held every year on July 4th (or July 3rd in years when the 4th falls on a Sunday.) Throughout the day, enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts and plenty of yummy peach creations such as peach ice cream, peach tea, peach sundaes, peach cobbler, peach slush, fresh sliced peaches and more. In the evening, there is a street dance and fireworks display.

2.    Kershaw County

  •  July 4th

Lake Wateree Fireworks Celebration
Next to Shaw AFB Recreation Area
At Sunset (probably around 7 o'clock)

3.    Fairfield County

  • July 4th

Fireworks show at Lake Wateree at Twilight
Rain Date will be July 5th
Directions: Call 803-635-4242

4.    Newberry County

  • July 4th

6pm Newberry College - **  fireworks begin about 10 PM
-Live Band
-Free rides for children
-One of Southeast's largest fireworks show: 20 min show

Mt. Nebron Church, 8801 Bluff Rd., Eastover

3:00 July 4

Gospel jamboree, cookout & fireworks

5.    Clarendon County

  • July 3rd and 4th

Big Water Lake Club, off I-95 at exit 102 (considered North Santee)
Five Bands on the 3rd from 1pm until 10pm
All Gospel Sunday on the 4th from 1pm until 5pm
Also a Family Fun Fishing Tournament, Boat and RV Show
Fireworks on Sunday night

6.    Orangeburg County

  • July 4th

Orangeburg County Fairgrounds
Gates open at 6:30; Program starts at 8:30pm
Fireworks at approximately 9:20 pm, when dark
Sponsored by Dept. of Public Utilities

7.    Lancaster County

  • July 4th

Camp Creek Independence Day Celebration
Powerpoint Patriotic Celebration set to music, during the service 
Church-wide cookout after the service

First Baptist Church in Lancaster, Fourth of July Celebration
Fellowship BBQ in Family Life Center
Cost of lunch $5 for adults, $2.50 for children

8.    Darlington County

  • July 4th

Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce and Emmanuel Baptist Church
Located on the campus of Emmanuel Baptist Church
Begins at 6pm, Family Fireworks Festival, Entertainment, BBQ and Vendors
Rain Date: July 5th

9.    Florence County

  • July 4th

Fireworks Spectacular at Florence Motorspeed Way
Gates open at noon, Entertainment and food

10.Horry County

  • June 28 through July 4

Star Spangled Celebration at Broadway at the Beach
21st and 29th Avenues North and U.S. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach
Live entertainment, street performers, and waterski demonstrations
Fireworks July 4
For more information: 800-386-4662,

  • July 4th

Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade starts at 11am 
Begins at Garden City point moving through the main channel of Murrells Inlet
View from waterfront locales
For more info: 843-357-2007

§Murrells Inlet Fireworks Display over the inlet, approximately 9pm
Can be viewed at Garden City Beach
For more info: 843-357-2007

Independence Day Celebration at Barefoot Landing
4898 US 17 S. North Myrtle Beach
Boardwalk entertainers 7-11pm
Fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway at 10:15pm
For more info: 843-272-8349, ext. 104

July 4th Independence Day Celebration, 7-11:30pm
Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd. North Myrtle Beach
Concert and Fireworks 

11.Bamberg County

  • July 4th

Fourth of July Celebration in Bamberg
Fireworks (Phoenix Specialty and Tobul Accumulators)

Firework Safety

6/26/2014 (Permalink)

With the 4th of July approaching, firework safety is appropriate. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe during this holiday. 

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and Fireworks do not mix. Please have a designated shooter.
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

    Fight the Flu

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Don't be fooled, influenza (or, the flu, as we commonly call it) is fairly likely to impact your holidays, as one in five Americans suffer from it every single year. According to Pride Staff, the flu, combined with pneumonia, is the nation's 8th leading cause of death. So what can you do take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and shield yourself (and others) against the flu?

    One of the first and most important preventive actions you should take is getting a yearly flu vaccine. Don't know where to get one? has a flu vaccine finder that is very helpful!

    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. No tissue? Aim your cough/sneeze into the bend of your arm.

    Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This, my friends, is how germs are spread.

    Those are the basics, but what about everyone else? How can you help others do the same? Try these actions:

    • Encourage great hygiene among your family members and coworkers.
    • Put up posters addressing prevention: how to stop germs from spreading, how to recognize cold/flu symptoms, etc.
    • Identify local resources for flu shots and make this information available to coworkers.
    • Stock up on hand sanitizer/anti-bacterial wipes and make these available to others.
    • Wipe down all flat surfaces: keyboards, mouse, phone and common areas daily.
    • Use hand sanitizer after shaking hands with others.
    • Contact your office janitorial service to see if they offer any special treatment or processes to prevent the spread of cold/flu germs.
    • Don't wait.

    Professional Wellness Month

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Professional Wellness Month Photo Credit:

    June is Professional Wellness Month!

    Professional wellness is about promoting a healthy work environment, building relationships among employees, and improving personal work performance. Employers should show they care about each employee’s well-being, encourage less stressful professional practices, and help employees become more efficient.

    Exercise at Work

    It’s hard to find time to exercise, especially for those of us who work in an office. Exercising at work may seem impossible, but it’s one option for staying fit and keeping your energy up. It takes some creativity, but there are opportunities to exercise at work if you pay attention. All it takes is a little planning and some inspiration to squeeze in a little movement all day long.

    The Basics

    You probably know a few tricks for staying active at work. Taking the stairs when you can, parking further away from the door and walking around the office when you can are good places to start. Beyond that, there are a few other options to keep you moving:

    • Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. This will strengthen your abs and back and you’ll work on your posture without even trying.
    • Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to stand up and move around. Even if you just swing your arms or take a deep breath, you’ll feel more alert.
    • Use the restroom on another floor and take the stairs
    • Use a pedometer and keep track of how many steps you take. Aim for 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day.
    • Leave something important in your car (your lunch, your briefcase, etc.) so you have to run out to get it (and take the stairs)
    • Deliver documents or messages to co-workers in person rather than by email
    • Go to the mall for lunch and park on the opposite end of the food court. Don’t forget to buy something healthy.
    • Get a headset for your phone so you can move around while you talk.

    Be creative. Any movement is better than none, so don’t feel like you have to do sprints all day long. Adding short bouts of exercise throughout the day will help you burn more calories and will also reduce stress so you can easily smile at your boss when she piles more work on you.

    Credit to: Professional Wellness Month

    Pizza Casserole

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Who doesn't love pizza and spaghetti?! This is a great casserole idea and don’t forget to add in your favorites to make it your own special recipe! When you want to fix an easy casserole recipe that you know will be a hit, give this dish a try! Your family and friends will love you for this delicious dish!


  • 1 (10-ounce) bag of egg noodles
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 pound hamburger meat
  • 1 package of pepperoni
  •  Instructions

    1. Brown the meat and drain the grease.
    2. Boil Noodles until soft.  Drain the water.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    4. In a 9x13 casserole dish, start layering by first spreading a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom.
    5. Second layer half of the noodles over the sauce.  Then half of the meat and the rest of the noodles.
    6. Next layer half of the cheese, the rest of the meat, the rest of the sauce, and then the rest of the cheese.
    7. Lastly, top with pepperonis.
    8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
    9. Once it is done baking, take it out and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.  Enjoy.

    Blog Credit: Mama's Pizza Casserole

    Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    This is seriously strawberry shortcake heaven! They are the perfect dessert for kids after dinner, perfect for parties, and perfect just to whip up and eat on your own! Take a look at this recipe and be blown away that you'll be able to make these delicious strawberry shortcake cookie cups on your own!


    ·       Refrigerated Sugar cookie Dough

    ·       Whipped Cream

    ·       Fresh strawberries


    ·       Preheat oven to 350.

    ·       Wash and remove stems from strawberries.

    ·       Form cookie dough into 1" balls. Press each ball into the openings in the muffin pan and press down in the middle with your thumb to form a cup shape.

    ·       Bake for 12 minutes or until browned.

    ·       Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan then remove from pan.

    ·       Take a few strawberries and puree them to make a drizzle.

    ·       Place a strawberry or piece of a strawberry in each cup. - I used half of a small strawberry in each

    ·       Fill cup with Whipped Cream.

    ·       Top with a strawberry slice and drizzle of strawberry puree.

    Blog Credit: Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups

    Spicy Sausage Rolls

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    This delicious recipe is great for a game day treat! And even though many people prefer beer on game days, wine would be perfect for the appetizer. So on the next game day, pull up this recipe and show your friends and family a great time by giving them some great food!


    • 1-2 sheets thawed puff pastry (see notes)
    • 1¼lb sweet Italian sausage meat
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, diced
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon all-spice
    • 1 large egg beaten with ½ tablespoon water

    For the dipping sauce:

    • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Gallo Family Vineyard Pinto Grigio
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


    1.     Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

    2.     In a large bowl, combine the sausage meat, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, ground coriander, paprika, salt, pepper and all spice. Mix well to combine and transfer to your food processor.

    3.     Pulse the sausage mixture until the onions break up and the sausage is smooth and almost paste like – about 10-15 pulses.

    4.     Transfer the sausage mix to a disposable pastry bag or Ziploc bag with the tip cut off to pipe about ½ inch in diameter.

    5.     On a lightly floured surface roll out one sheet of puff pastry so that it is one large piece – about 10-12 inches long.

    6.     On the long edge pipe out 4 rows of sausage mix, leaving 1 inch between each section.

    7.     Using a sharp knife, cut the puff pastry into 4 sections and roll over the sausage making sure to seal the edges.

    8.     Brush the puff pastry logs with egg wash and cut into 1inch sections.

    9.     Transfer to the baking sheet.

    10.  If using the section sheet of puff pastry repeat the filling instructions. If making sausage balls, roll the leftover meat into 1inch size balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

    11.  Cook the sausage rolls for 25-30 minutes or until the puff pastry is cooked through and golden brown.

    12.  Cook the sausage balls for 20-25 minutes.

    13.  In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, pinto grigio and hot sauce to make the dipping sauce.

    14.  Serve the sausage rolls and balls hot with the sauce on the side.

    Blog Credit: Spicy Sausage Rolls

    Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    BACON! Seriously, who doesn’t love bacon? Check out this fun appetizer and wow your family and friends’ taste buds!

    Makes about three dozen bites


    1 pound small or medium red potatoes
    2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
    1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Freshly ground pepper
    12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
    1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
    1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
    Salt and pepper


    Preheat the oven to 400°F.

    Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren't the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won't fall apart during the next steps.

    Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.

    Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil spaced an inch or two apart. You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches.

    Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.

    Blog Credit: Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

    Patriotic Dipped Oreo Cookies

    6/25/2014 (Permalink)

    These are the perfect treats for Independence Day. After all of the good grilled food, finish off with something sweet and enjoy these great Independence Day themed Oreo cookies!


    -24 Oreos

    -4 oz White Melting Candy

    -2 oz Red Melting Candy

    -2 oz Blue Melting Candy


    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    • Melt white candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
    • Dip each cookie in white chocolate and flip to coat. Remove from chocolate allowing excess to drip off and place on lined sheet.
    • Allow to set for 15 minutes.
    • You can take a knife and shave any excess off of cookies to keep nice shape.
    • Melt red candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
    • Dip each cookie in red chocolate to coat one end. Allow excess to drip off and place back on lined sheet.
    • Allow to set for 15 minutes.
    • Melt blue candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
    • Dip each cookie in blue chocolate to coat opposite end. Allow excess to drip off and place back on lined sheet.
    • Allow to set for 15 minutes.

    Blog Credit: Patriotic Dipped Oreo Cookies