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Holland House Cooking Wines Giveaway & Recipe

I am sort of assuming that many of us would like to cook a really delicious and easy meal that would tickle everyone's taste buds with bold and smoky flavors.
If you are saying yes, then please stick around because today I am partnering with Holland House cooking wines to share a recipe and offer a fantastic giveaway of some of their most popular cooking wines, just in time for your Holiday cooking!

Just leave a little note in the comment section and you are automatically entered.
Winner will be announced Sunday December 4th.

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The Holland House brand has teamed up with Tatyana Nesteruk host of the You Tube cooking show. Tatyana specializes in family friendly step by step tutorials which make cooking easier than ever!
As I was making this savory dish I discovered that I make a dish very similar to the Bold and Smoky Pepper Marsala Pasta only I keep it vegetarian most of the time, making this a very versatile dish.


Holland House is a brand that we can all have confidence in using.

My Mom used Holland House and I do too, it has been around for 100 years!
In a time period where so many things come and go, it sure is nice to use a trusted product that your can rely on and has stood the test of time.
Holland House wines are fantastic for everyday meals, you can add a few tablespoons to any dish and immediately enhance the flavors of everything from chili's and stews to seafood.
This past Sunday we had Chicken Marsala for Sunday dinner and I used the Holland House Marsala cooking wine, it was delicious.


Each cooking wine has it's own unique flavor and enhances dishes in different ways.
I have provided a little information which I thought might be a useful resource for your Holiday cooking.

The Flavors Of Five Holland House Cooking Wines 

Marsala cooking wine imparts a well-rounded, sweet wine flavor with hints of hazelnut that is versatile and ideal for cooking with beef, chicken and pork.

Sherry cooking wine offers a mild, sherry-wine flavor with hints of nut and caramel, perfect for use in dessert recipes to balance sweet with a hint of nutty flavor.


Red cooking wine offers a smooth, medium-bodied wine flavor that is ideal for cooking heartier dishes like beef, lamb and pork.

White cooking wine adds a slightly dry, but distinct wine flavor perfect for bringing out the bold flavors in chicken, seafood and sauces.

White and Lemon cooking wine brings a citrus twist to the traditional white wine flavor, ideal for cooking lighter dishes like seafood.


Save 50 cents off your next Holland House purchase by clicking here to get your coupon.

yield: 4 Servingsprint recipe

Bold & Smoky Marsala Pasta

prep time: 45 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 85 mins


  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 links (1lb) smoky sausage
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • Small bunch fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Cut the red bell pepper into quarters, discarding the seeds and removing any white membrane. Arrange the peppers on a small baking dish. Drizzle generously with olive oil; season with salt and ground black pepper. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until peppers are slightly charred and tender. Once peppers are done, dice the peppers into pea sized pieces. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Keep warm. Meanwhile, prepare the sausage. Remove any casings, if needed, and slice sausage into small disks. Preheat large, cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and brown all over. Remove the sausage from the pan and into a small bowl; set aside. PREPARE THE SAUCE Into the same pan, add the diced shallot and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until tender. Add all of the spices and seasonings and tomato paste. Add Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes. Add the diced roasted red bell pepper Return the sausage to the pan and mix all ingredients together, and then bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, to allow flavor to develop. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is completely melted. Once sauce has cooked, add the prepared pasta and to to coat. Garnish the top with chopped bail and more Parmesan cheeses
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Jubilee On Ice & A Dessert

I am probably a little biased but for me there is nothing quite as special as a country Christmas and I know for certain there are three other bloggers who feel the same way. Today the four of us country girls are sharing the heart of our Country Christmas with you.
Carole from Garden Up Green organized this memorable event.
You will find all of the links at the end of this post where other Country stories are being shared by some lovely ladies.

I am not just a little bit country, I am all the way country in my heart and when you see this photo you will see why it is true.


Mom, Dad, Sandra and I lived on this slice of heaven in the farm country of Idaho.
It was a gentle life founded on the principles of love Jesus, honor your Mom and Dad, work hard, play hard and be thankful. Very simple and yet it worked beautifully and resulted in not wanting much and being grateful for most everything.

Sundays were for Church, followed by a country-style dinner and a very special dessert.
I always looked forward to Sunday for all sorts of reason, but one was my parents always took Sunday off and that meant special things might just happen.


Even in the Winter farmers work, they have shops where they work on all of their farm equipment to get it ready for the next season. So that meant that Dad would still work, and Mom being the capable woman she was would often times help him- but not ever on Sunday.

Winters in Idaho were fabulous for a kid, there was sledding to be done, snowmen that just had to be made and of course ice-skating on all of the sloughs that snaked through the countryside.

I remember the year I received those magical skates.They were white and I had just finished reading Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates and imagined myself skating from the beginning of those icy waterways to the very end. I just knew an adventure was in the making, I was sort of a female Tom Sawyer.


On that white winter Sunday morning us girls had gone to Church while Dad stayed behind. Dad wasn't much for going to Church-he figured that since he kept a can of Copenhagen chew in his back pocket and had an Olympia beer now and again he wasn't getting in to heaven anyway.
So he kept an eye on the Sunday roast while we were away.

Mom had made an extra special dessert on this Sunday and she named it Cherries Jubilee. I know now that it wasn't really Cherries Jubilee but it sure was a jubilee to sample it.


We finished our meal and I was itching the entire time to get those skates on and get to business skating up the frozen waterways.

If you have never skated on "real ice," it's a different bird, its rough and often times the snow has to be swept off by hand with a broom before you can even begin to think of skating on it.


Once the dishes were done one of the most glorious surprises of my childhood Country Christmas was about to occur.

My Mom and Dad slipped on ice-skates that I had never seen before, to this day I do not know where they got them from or where they went after wards.
Even more of a mystery to me at the time was that they both knew how to ice-skate!
Dad's were old, brown and tattered and Mom's were not any better.


The three of us skated until our ankles hurt so terribly we could not skate one more inch.
My Dad was a pretty serious fellow, but on that sunshine infused, magical country Christmas sort of day he laughed more than I had ever seen him laugh before.
The three of us had a jubilee on ice and we looked as though we had stepped straight out of Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates and all of my Christmas wishes really had came true.

Sharing my Mom's Cherry Jubilee recipe, its super sweet and rich, but it sure is pretty!


Cherries Jubilee
1 Can cherry pie filling                                                                                
1 8 oz container cool-whip thawed                                                                                                           1 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened  
1/2 cup granulated sugar    
1 graham cracker crust      
Combine softened cream cheese and cool whip with an electric mixer. 
Add sugar and mix until well Incorporated.  
Scoop into prepared graham cracker pie crust.
Top with cherry pie filling and chill for several hours.                                          

                           Judith from Botanic Bleu| Jemma from At Home with Jemma

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Art Giveaway & 5 Decorating Tips

I seem to be in a spot in life where the faster I go, the further behind I get.
I visit my sweet friends blogs and then I leave before I comment, I could blame it on many things, but the fact is I am spinning my wheels. 
However there is some great news mixed in with my muddled state of mind and that is we have a Merry Christmas Art Giveaway from Darren Gygi today along with 5 easy tips on decorating.

Our Giveaway is the snow-sled print, I think it's neutral appearance will fit in with any decor.
It would be super cute in the Kitchen too.
Just leave a little Howdy in the comment section and you will be entered.
Drawing and announcement of winner will be on Thursday December 1, 2016.
I have combined the snow-sled print with Mr. and Mrs. Claus to create a vintage Norman Rockwell type of Christmas theme in our Family room.
Then I  added this "Be good for goodness sake" sign which my crafty Texas daughter made me one year.

Sometimes decorating for Christmas can be overwhelming, you know how you start going through those plastic bins and all of a sudden everything sort of jumps out at you.

These tips are not just for Holiday decorating, they apply to year around decorating too.
Decorating Tips

Tip One. Buy what you love.
Long before I knew that this was a tip, I always wanted my home to be a reflection of what had meaning to me. I didn't want just a bunch of "stuff," to fill up my home.

"If you love something, it will work. That's the only real rule." ~Bunny Williams

Tip Two. Create vignettes.
Group art, objects, books etc...these items all gathered together give the eye a place to stop and relax for awhile.

Tip Three. Make it yours.
 As you can tell from this photo I adore snow-people. I have collected them for years and years. On this particular bookshelf I am showcasing a small portion of my collection. 
If you have special collections share them.

Tip Four. Stand back and take a photo.
 Then edit. As I look at some of these photos I can see I need to do more editing.

Tip Five. Add green.
 By adding plants to your home it will feel fresher, lighter and brighter.
10 Best Houseplants  according to the Huffington Post.


I turned on Christmas music and listened to Frank Sinatra croon out some Holiday 
melodies, lit a few candles, sipped on sparkling water and before I knew it the tree was trimmed.
My snowmen collection was unpacked, Mr. and Mrs. Santa were tucked on our bookshelves and the little sled print was sitting cozy between some friendly snow people.

Oh, I wanted to mention that this past week Samantha and the girls and I went to the Galleria in Dallas and we picked out the finest smelling candle from White Barn.
It is Mahogany Teakwood, I highly recommend it.


Darren also has The North Pole Collection, and various other Christmas art collections too,
plus a generous discount on all collections.


Darren's art work will look beautiful in any spot in your home.

Use coupon code WEEKENDSALE30 to receive 30% off through Monday.

I am going to Church this morning and then I will be around to visit you all this afternoon!
Thank you so much for joining me.


Please Join Me~

Love Of HomeLife and LindaMy Heart Lives HereJulie's Creative Lifestyle

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Christmas Shopping With Tin Roof Studio

Welcome to week 4 of our small business shopping extravaganza, this will conclude our weekly features. However next Thursday there will be a roundup of all the shops which have been featured just in the event you might have missed this special Christmas shopping opportunity.

Today I have the pleasure of  introducing you to the talented Artist Cecilia Bramhall 
from The B Farm: Tin Roof Studio.

Cecilia is offering free shipping on all orders placed by December 5th, you will not want to miss out on this opportunity!
Details below.

Hi, I'm Cecilia from The B Farm and I've just opened a new shop "Tin Roof Studio"   where you can find beautiful pieces of original art. We are actually in the process of turning part of our barn into my art studio (yes, it has a tin roof!). 
Tin Roof Studio is all about beautiful pieces of art, painted with care and attention to detail. I offer original pieces of art, greeting cards, and pet portraits.
I am featuring a few of my selections here but there's more in the shop so be sure to head over and check it out.
As a special thank you to Jemma's readers, I am offering free shipping on all orders placed by December 5th. Please mention code *JemmasFeature* when ordering.

Thank you in advance for shopping Tin Roof Studio and thank you, Jemma! Remember, you must mention *JemmasFeature* to receive the free shipping.

The B Farm: Tin Roof Studio
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Thank you so much for joining us today and throughout this past month.
Each shop appreciates your orders and support.

Wishing you all of lovely weekend!
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Thanksgiving Reflections & Wishes

Often times the Holiday season can be a bittersweet celebration.
So today it was important to me to share some stories of life, hope, and love on this Thanksgiving with a hopeful heart that we will all live mindfully each 1440 minutes of every single day.
Our family has been through the seasons of life these past two weeks, life can change so quickly.
God blessed us with the sunrise of two healthy, beautiful and strong new grand-babies, while at the same time the sun set as our Heavenly Father called one of our young men home.
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The Sunrise of Life
The ages of my children are spread out like seashells on the seashore, I began having my family at 20 years old and although my youngest and oldest child are 13 years apart they each increased the size of their families by one more these past two weeks.
Oh yes, they are angels direct from heaven above and they are mesmerizing to watch and love.
I am delighted to report that our two new grandchildren are thriving under the watchful eye of their adoring parents.
You know, it is really an amazing thing to watch your children parent, you see snippets of their own youth in your grands.
The love you have for your grandchildren is as powerful as a locomotive and even if you don't see them much as you'd like, they are always in your heart.
I spent a week in Oklahoma this past week with my sweet family and their new baby.
I couldn't help but think how the parents were like watchful birds tending to their nest of little ones.
It's a beautiful thing, this messy, wonderful, heartbreaking, delightful thing called life.

The Sunset of Life
Just as the sun rises it also sets and during those moments of grief there have been four services that will forever be embedded in my mind.
My Mama's, Dad's, sister and my Mama-in-law. Each one of them was a testimony to a life well lived, and a savior who was waiting at Heavens gate.
Each of these Pastor proclamations had a resonating theme.
"Tell the life stories of those that are departed, doing so you honor them while keeping their memory alive."

So I am sharing a story with a little life lesson from our family member Brett Deyo.
Brett was a dynamic young man who was just 30 and the beloved brother of our son-in-law.

Brett was an intelligent, kind, genuine and articulate man with the gift of wit and hunger for reading and writing. 
He truly felt, saw and lived a life with passion for his family, filling those 1440 minutes to the brim with time well spent with them and he was crazy over his one year old nephew too.
Brett never saw the duty of family as a duty...but as a gift and to treasure those people nearest and dearest to him.
Plain and simple he loved them fiercely.

You know how some people take a entire life time to really "get," it. Brett got it from the start.


There may be some empty chairs at our Thanksgiving table, but we won't be short on memories or stories to tell of those that have gone on before us.
Wishing each and everyone of you a blessed Thanksgiving with beautiful moments and memories to share.~ With Love.


Please Join Me~

My Heart Lives HereLove Of HomeLife and Linda

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