Dinner Recipes Holiday and Party Ideas Recipes

Hoppin John

Every year families all across America look for the perfect Hoppin John recipe. It is a recipe known to bring good luck, fortune, and abundance all year long.

It is served with collard greens and rice. You can add ham, turkey, or any main dish to add to your New Years’ dinner, but Hoppin John and collard greens must be on the table. Collard greens are for money, and the black-eyed peas are for the pennies. Most people eat a lot of collards to have a lot of dollar bills.

Good luck with your New Years’ fortunes. Get inspired with this southern recipe sure to warm your tummy and your soul.

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Hoppin John

Hoppin John is a New Years' staple to bring in good fortune and abundance. Check out this easy recipe for some savory inspiration.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 8


  • large cast-iron skillet or large frying pan


  • 2 cans black-eyed peas
  • 1 package Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth


  • Heat a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet to medium-high. I use a cast iron for mine.
  • Slice your kiellbasa sausage and dice your onions, add them to the hot pan.
  • Sautee for ten minutes or until onions are transparent. Turn heat down to medium.
  • Drain your black-eyed peas and rinse off any gravy. Add to pan and sautee for 2-3 minutes with onions and sausage.
  • Add canned tomatoes and seasonings to cast-iron skillet and give a good stir.
  • Slowly add your chicken broth mixture to your liking. Let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.



You can use any type of cooked meat that you like. I just so happen to have kielbasa sausage on hand, which turned out amazing.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Holiday and Party Ideas

6 Thoughtful Gifts for Him Under $25

Every year men around the world have to fight the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowd, finding the perfect gift for family and friends. Little do they know; it is just as hard to shop for them. Don’t worry, I have a few holiday gifts for him that are truly thoughtful and easy on the pocketbook.

Sports Memorabilia

For the sports enthusiasts, you can never go wrong with their favorite sports teams. Don’t just settle for the jersey, you will find hidden steals and deals on coffee mugs, scarves, hats, pens, and keychains.  Trust me they will love it.


Hat Gift Set with Bluetooth Headphones

This is a great gift for anyone who works or loves the outdoors. It comes with a rechargeable Bluetooth headphone, and a face mask to help keep your face warm.

Portable Phone Charger

This gift is small but big at the same time. It is a handy portable phone charger that you can take anywhere.  It is lightweight and easy to use, best part this little charger is rechargeable and you never will have a dead phone battery again.

Cigarette Rolling Machine

For the smokers, they will truly e thankful for this. It is a rolling machine for all their smoking needs. It comes with three different size options for your smoking needs, and easy to use.

Chef Apron

How do you thank the man who is the family chef? With his very own chef apron. He will be too hot to stop and this apron is easy to wear, no neck pain, and multifunctional pockets.  The length covers from neck to knee and lets you customize the size for you.

Massage Slippers

These slippers are NOT to be worn no more than 10-20 minutes a time. It is to help with the aches and pains of feet. With everything, it takes time and you will see a big difference within 2 weeks of using these. It has an adjustable strap but if you are in between a size go up to the next size for maximum comfort.

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20 Inexpensive Holiday Ideas for the Family

During the Christmas holiday, the children are home for their Christmas break and usually are bored. Being a SAHM, I found some easy and inexpensive holiday ideas that were a family success throughout the years. I wanted to share these ideas with you so you can make your own holiday memories.

Ginger Bread House

This is so awesome in so many ways. You don’t have to settle just on ginger bread houses, you can build a village as well. The selection has really evolved since we started this tradition. You can have a gingerbread competition with the family or try your own artist skills alone. The kit usually has pieces of candy and icing, but I always up the ante. I buy my own candy to make it more Candyland and I use edible glitter.

Board Game Night

I love a good game of Life or Uno. Take a few hours out and make a board game night with family or friends. It will be so awesome and you can have your favorite holiday music playing in the background while you enjoy some old school board game fun.

Favorite Christmas Movie

Have a Christmas Movie Night with at least 2 movies and plenty of popcorn. I’m old school so I love Christmas Carol, II love Rudolph the Red Nose Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Legend of Frosty... the list goes on and on!!!


Decking The Christmas Tree

Make it a family event with everyone helping and making memories. You can talk about certain ornaments that bring you joy, tell a joke with a mishap of an old broken ornament, or just enjoy the company of having someone making it a magical experience.



Holiday Donation

Get your family together and go through your gently used clothes, toys, electronics, and personally donate them to the women and children shelters. It not only free up room in your home, you are giving to someone in need. It is a great feeling to give to someone and you have no idea just taking a few hours out to do this, will brighten someone else’s holiday. Remember it is always better to give than receive.

Drive and See Christmas Lights

During the holiday season you can fill up the tank and go for a drive around your city and some amazing Christmas Lights. Check your local listings for any events that may be happening around your area. It is usually inexpensive and will truly boost your holiday spirit.

Make Christmas Cookies

Everyone has the biggest sweet tooths during this time of year. What is better than the smell of fresh bakes cookies in your own home. The best part, the cost is inexpensive and you can make as many as you want. I know that sounds cheesy, but there are a lot of cookies in those packs and I like to add sauces and chips to mine. You can have a family bake off with the craziest, most holiday inspired, funky looking cookies you want and everyone can be the judge. Make it memorable and the best part EAT!!!



Family Slumber Party Under the Tree

Why not get cozy on the couches and fall asleep under the lights of the Christmas tree? I guarantee you will have the best sleep with nothing but gumdrops and mistletoe dancing in your head. You can’t help but feel the spirit of Christmas under your beautiful Christmas tree.



Have a Bonfire Night

This is something for people who love to get cozy by an open fire. Bring a blanket and some marshmallows. I love the way the fire dances during the winter. I love the smell of the firewood… it just makes me feel comfort. I can’t explain it. The family will have a great time roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. You can sip apple cider and tell Christmas stories. I love everything about it.


Making Homemade Hot Chocolate

I know it is easier to make it from the pack but there is something special when you make hot chocolate homemade. There are so many recipes online and I have few of my own. If you aren’t the cooking enthusiast, why not have a hot chocolate night with crazy toppings? You can have cherries, chocolate pieces, caramel, marshmallows, sprinkles, and edible glitter. Make a family tradition.


Christmas Eve Jamboree

Host a family/ friend party with a holiday dress code. Make it fancy, make it funny, but most important make it memorable. Have your favorite holiday tunes playing, a few favorite holiday recipes, and a great holiday spirit. Make your Christmas Eve a story for the record books with nothing but holiday cheer.



Christmas Pajama Party


Have your favorite people around and dress to impress in your best pajama outfit. You can use onesies, silk PJs, and if the code is assessable, you can spice it up with sexy lingerie. Listen, the holidays are about family and friendly fun. Make it memorable with the holiday spirit and your favorite drinks and recipes. Cut on your favorite movie and let the festivities begin.


Write A Letter To Santa


Regardless how old you are, Santa is Real. You never received a gift for Christmas? What about a Sincere HAPPY HOLIDAYS? Merry Christmas? That is Santa coming and  those are his elves, and he has an address for your holiday wishes. Just take a moment and write and mail your holiday desires and let the spirit of Christmas move you.

Holiday Photo

Get festive with a holiday photo shoot. You can take photos of your activities, food, and most important your family and friends. Use your own phone camera and have holiday props to make it more festive and exciting. Don’t forget to smile. You are the star!!!


Start a New Family Tradition

Sometimes you just have to make a new mark. Whether opening gifts once a night until Christmas, singing off key, or just RELAXING… DO YOU BOO… DO YOU. Make the most of this holiday season, and make it YOURS!!!! You and your family MUST have something original and yours.  Be like NIKE and JUST DO IT!!!!!

Deck The Halls

Make snowflakes out of construction paper, decorate the halls, bathroom, and home with inspired Christmas decor to get you in the holiday spirit.  This activity is kid tested and mom approved. You can spend all day making snowflakes and hang the or pin them to windows, ceilings, walls, and doors so it snows all winter. You can use green garland to decorate your foyer, Christmas table clothes for the tables and, do a Christmas scent for the aroma of Christmas. Make it a memorable event.



Send Holiday Cards to Soldiers

It’s not uncommon that there is someone fighting for YOUR COUNTRY beliefs and not at home for the holiday. You can take a few minutes and get some Christmas Cards and make a soldier’s holiday more memorable by just saying hello. Just letting them know they aren’t alone. I have a half-brother who was in the army… he fought during the Gulf War (showing my age) and I feel it means a lot to have someone show love and support. A lot of people don’t have someone to show support and this means a lot. If you can take time, just send some encouraging words to the soldiers. I guarantee you it will mean a lot. Make it a family project, a friend project, just make it special for our soldiers…. regardless of your country, it means a lot.


Front Door Decor

Decorate your front door this holiday as a present or in your favorite holiday idea. You can use a solid color, or use any wrapping paper to make your front door festive. You can even make your porch more festive with flowers, outdoor Christmas lights, and ribbon to let Santa know where to enter. Make it your masterpiece.


Christmas Stories


There is nothing better than having a good story during the holidays. It doesn’t matter if it is a memory or a story from the books, it has a magical feel that lets everyone experience the magic of Christmas. Does anyone love the story of The Nut Cracker? What do you do during your Christmas Eve? What makes you feel the Spirit of Christmas? Make this event memorable with your own spice of the holiday. Don’t forget to add some apple cider and popcorn to add to the festiveness!!!


Window Shopping with a Spending Limit

Yes., I know that usually window shopping means no money spent, but how often is this true.

Go out and enjoy the ambience of Christmas while window shopping with a limited budget. You would be surprise how going window shopping adds up. Do you get hungry? A lot of times we may window shop but still go out to eat, and that is costly. Make a budget of $20 or $30 dollars while you window shop. You will feel better when you return home and your pockets will thank you later.







Holiday and Party Ideas

6 Thoughtful Gifts For Her Under $25


Do you ever find it hard to find the right gift for that special lady in your life? You know she loves coffee, she loves to read, and she is pretty great in the kitchen, where do you start? How do you choose the right gift. and most important… WILL SHE LOVE IT??</a>

I have taken out some of the guesswork and have a few ideas that can help with your gift giving dilemma.

1.   Jade Roller 

It is amazing  the anti-aging qualities for removing fine lines and wrinkles off her face and helps with blood circulation and overall youthful appearance. Use daily for best benefits. Helpful tip: But in freezer for 10 minutes.  It works well with the penetration’s of facial creams. Thank me later!

2. All In One Essential Diffuser/ Humidifier/ Bluetooth Clock

This is the all in one best smelling diffuser’s that will have the woman in your life smiling from ear to ear. She can add different essential oils for her needs,, whether to relax or to feel energized, has a convenient 3 setting for automatic shutoff for when the water runs out while using the humidifer.


3. Bath Bombs

For the lover of baths this is the go to essential must have for bath time. These bath bombs  are  vegan  and  handmade,  so  no  cruelty  to  animals,,  leaving  your  feeling  radiant  with  glowing  skin.

4. Scalp Massager

This is my personal favorite. I love having my head scratched and massaged, so anyone that loves a good head scratch and massage… GET THIS!! I would personally buy this for me as a gift. I love how it help exfoliate my scalp while giving me a sensational tingling feeling. I can not stress if you have a person who loves their head scratched or massaged, get this!


5. Women Spa Sets

 My opinion, but everyone love spa sets. They have everything you need for your at home spa day. These spa sets will leave you feeling luxurious.


6. Robe Set

For the sexy sultry seductress in every female this gift will set the trails a blazing with this pajama and robe set. This is the go to gift that will have her feeling so sexy and succulent. you have been warned, these robe sets are beautiful, wait until she is wearing one.

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Gifts for TEENAGERS under $20

With a teenager in the house its kind of hard to pinpoint the exact gift to get for them. I have a teenager daughter and she isn’t the most vocal when it comes to Christmas gifts until the LAST MINUTE. With the holiday books coming in the mail, I have been keeping an eye on some of the gadgets and gifts my oldest daughter keep looking at.

I hope some of these ideas can come in handy for you.



Bedazzler Kits

These are great presents for people who love to have rhinestones on everything. My teenager has bedazzled her walls, shirts, hats, curtains, and she now likes to wear rhinestones on her face. For the bedazzler of the family this is a perfect gift.

Funky Phone Case 

I know it doesn’t sound exciting but if you look into the world of phone cases, you will e surprised at what you see. I have a few phone cases myself, and I personally would like one for Christmas. Spice it up with their favorite character, sports teams, or favorite color with some funky or exotic shapes. Let your imagination run wild.

Phone Holder 

This may seem small but with the way teenagers are TikToking and learning to drive, this is more of a necessity than an accessory.

Phone Knob

The perfect gift for anyone with a phone, this is essential for any phone. I have one of these as well. Listen, you just pop it to the back of your phone and you will never drop your phone again. They have so many different designs. Trust me, you will want one for yourself.

Portable Charger

There will be no reason for the excuse of a dead phone now. Thiis is an easy gift to carry, and best of all… you don’t need a charger. ITS PORTABLE. Just plug their phone into in and they are charged up in no time.

Ear Buds

Tell me you don’t know someone, especially your teenager, right now, that doesn’t need at least one ear bud? How about two? My teenager walking around the house as we speak with one working ear bud. Great stocking stuffer gift.

Gift Cards

This is for the teenager who says, ” I don’t want nothing!” Well guess what buddy, here is a gift card. They can buy what they want, and you can put the amount. Everybody wins.

Art Supplies

This is for the artsy teenager in the house. They always need paint brushes, canvas paper, chalk, paints, markers, water paints, construction paper, and cotton. You can find some really great art kits for great prices. They will sure love it.

Chakra Beads Gemstone Kits

For the new age teenager, this is the gift. The chakra bead kits allow them to make their own energy bracelets. They can make any type of jewelry, and it is a excellent gift for an inexpensive price.

Moon Lamp / Lava Lamp

These lamps have evolved over the years and are so impressive, anyone in the family would love this.

DIY Kits

These gifts are perfect for the teenager who is into doing their own everything. Making a scrapbook, phone cover, tye-dyed shirts, photo frames, the list goes on, and you will find it here.

Inflatable Lounger

This is great for any teenager who wants to add furniture to their room. It is easy to assemble and best of all not heavy.


Cologne / Perfume

You can find some really nice cologne and perfumes for teenagers. You can buy several small ones and make it like a gift assortment or buy one ad a stocking stuffer.


This is a must have because it is too easy to lose important documents, like ID or drivers licenses. My daughter has a wallet and still proceeds to throw her money in her purse, I still have no idea why.

Personalized Items

They will be so appreciative of this gift. You can personalize a cap or shirt, keychains, bath towels, earrings, car tags, floor mats, jackets, let your imagination run wild. I guarantee you will see a smile from ear to ear.

Comforter/ Throw

This is great for the decor enthusiast who loves to spruce up their rooms. Believe it or not my 8-year-old would love this gift. They come in so many styles, they are not the traditional type. You can get them with feet or a hoodie for warmth, they have some that has a calming effect, you will be amazed.

Keepsake Journal

A lot of teenagers love to have mementos,  but why not have a personal journey. They can write their deepest secrets, or just a memory book of their proudest moments. You will be sure to find something for them here.

Face Mask

We all are well aware we have a few viruses lingering around, and what better way to give a great gift that  a face mask. You can find different designs and add antibacterial soap to it as stay healthy and safe gift.

I hope these ideas can help out with the holiday hassle and have fun.



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Christmas Gifts For Kids Under $15

Its that time of year again…

Christmas is right around the corner and Santa is on his way. The girls are already telling me what they have in mine and we haven’t even had Thanksgiving dinner yet. I have been making a list of things that that wanted and realized this list could help more than me. Get out your pen and paper and lets get busy with our Christmas idea lists.



Board Games
Jewelry Maker
Rocket Launcher
Lego Set
Fortnite Glider
Kids Cookbooks
Knitting Sets
Crayon Art Sets
Nerf Guns and Nerf Shooters
LOL Surprise 
Rubik Cube
Fidget Spinners
Miraculous Ladybug 
Coloring Books
Remote Control Cars
Clay Kits
Robotics Gifts
Terrarium Sets
Nail Gift Sets
FIdget Toys
Airplane Model Sets
Pretend Make-Up
Crayola Drawing Tablet
Train Sets
Boxing Gloves
Pretend Play Food
Card Games

If you have an Amazon account click link below for some amazing deals:

I hope this list can give you a creative spark for your shopping. Happy Holidays and enjoy!!!

Holiday and Party Ideas Household Hacks

DIY Fall Scents for Stovetops

DIY Fall Scents for Stove Tops

Fall is the time of year when I think of apple cider on a hot stove, or baked apple pies fresh out the oven. You can feel it in the breeze as you walk outside, and you can smell the lovely fall aromas in the air.

When I think of fall aromas, these simple household ingredients come to mind. All you need is a pot of water and a stove set to medium low. Keep your eye on the water level every so often. I use a BIG SOUP pot for mine, so I don’t have to run back to the stove too often.

You DO NOT need to have all these on hand. Take your time and experiment with the different herbs and see what concoction you come up with.

As you clean your house for the holidays or want to get into the holiday spirit, I have a few holiday aromas that will bring you into the spirit and have your house smelling like a winter oasis in no time. 

Remember to add water ever hour or so. Don’t let the herbs burn.

What you need:

Here are a few easy recipes that you can try. REMEMBER, keep your pot on medium low. If its a small pot LOW. Good luck!

Christmas In the House
  • Handful of pine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon of cloves
  • 1/4 cup of cranberries
  • Orange peels or sliced oranges.
  • Small apple sliced
Pumpkin Spiced Cake
  • 3 Tablespoons of pumpkin spice
  • 1 Tablespoon of cloves
  • Any citrus (optional)
  • 1/2 nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla
Coffee Cake
  • 1/4 Cup of coffee
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tablespoons of vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin spice