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Eat Them Gators!

Eat Them Gators!

Ever hated your opponent so much you wanted to just… eat them? Unfortunately this year, the Gamecocks’ schedule is full of mascots that would result in a cannibalism charge — you can’t just chow down on a pirate or a minuteman. But it’s totally acceptable to take a...

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Grain + Vegetable + Sauce = Dinner

Grain + Vegetable + Sauce = Dinner

Autumn produce has inspired me lately in the dinner department, but while describing it to someone recently I realized how formulaic my epic-looking dinners are. They are just a grain (or grain-type) base, with roasted, grilled or sautéed vegetables, and a...

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Pampering vs. Grooming

Pampering vs. Grooming

It's all too easy for me to make myself anxious about what I should be doing to the point of where something that is supposed to be purely for enjoyment becomes a chore. One thing that I like to think about doing is enjoying a night to myself that involves putting on...

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“Meat” and Potatoes Night

“Meat” and Potatoes Night

One thing I struggle with is multi-course meals. Even though a steak, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable might not seem multi-course, to someone who prefers one pot or one pan type meals, it kind of is. One reason I have a hard time with meals that involve more than one...

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Arepazo Latin Food in Cayce

Arepazo Latin Food in Cayce

It was a warm spring day in the month April when I was walking back from the spin studio that I had been going to since January. As I passed by the store that advertises Dungeons & Dragons game nights, I turned to look in the windows of the next building, and a...

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Drink Up, It’s Olive Oil!

Drink Up, It’s Olive Oil!

THIS IS A SPONSORED POST WRITTEN BY ME ON BEHALF OF EVERGREEN LIFE. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE BRANDS THAT SUPPORT THIS BLOG!   The benefits of olive oil are well-known: it's heart healthy, lowers your cholesterol and triglyceride levels,...

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Radar Update

Radar Update

I just realized that after writing the post about the reality of owning pets that I hadn't updated with how Radar is doing! But in a phrase, back to normal. In mid-July we took her to have a suspicious lump cut off of her right front arm, and as of that time we didn't...

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A Jaunt Up to IKEA, Plus A Stop at Crepe Cellar

A Jaunt Up to IKEA, Plus A Stop at Crepe Cellar

When we renovated the kitchen earlier this year, we bought a ton of extra stuff for "just in case" because I figured it would be easier to return a bunch of stuff at once than need to run to IKEA in Charlotte on a Tuesday night from Columbia. So overbuy we did, and we...

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Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Healthy Choice. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog!   Lunch is something I take very seriously, especially when it’s during the workweek. It’s a glorious hour to...

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Puff Pastry Tomato Pie

Puff Pastry Tomato Pie

Summertime is for tomatoes, hands down. Whether it's plain, big red ones or every color of heirloom under the sun, I'm finding myself unable to resist the siren song of tomatoes at the farmer's market each week. But that ain't a bad thing because I can turn them into...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.



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