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Survival Guide to Dropping Your Kid Off at College

Because Ree has just gone through (and survived…so far!) this very thing, we decided to ask around for the some tips and pointers for keeping it together while dropping your child off at college.

The Sound of Music Quiz: Enter Now!

It’s time for The Sound of Music quiz! If you love it as much as I have through the years, you shouldn’t have any problem answering every single question!

Edna Mae’s Escalloped Cabbage

This is a version of a recipe from my husband’s beloved grandmother, Edna Mae. And that means just one thing: It is going to be splendidly delicious!

The New Normal

It’s been a week since Alex pulled away from our homestead, and approximately 4.7 days since I hugged her in her dorm room and said goodbye.

Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto

My older sister Julie taught me all about risotto in the mid-90s. I was in high school and she was already a “grown up,” married with children of her own.

Peach Pistachio Galette

Hi! My name is Maria and I blog over at Two Peas and Their Pod. I’m thrilled to be a contributor for Food & Friends!

Beautiful Bayleaf Mixer

I couldn’t possibly launch my new site without celebrating by giving away a beautiful mixer! This is a gorgeous “Bayleaf” KitchenAid and it’ll take you far in life.

Summertime Shrimp Pizza

As soon as summertime hits, I turn into a vegetable stalker. If there is a farm stand within a 20-mile radius, I am there, rummaging for the freshest zucchini and sweetest corn.

Leader of the (Back)Pack

Sure, back-to-school season means stocking up on pencils, notebooks, and erasers, but where oh where do your bright-and-brilliant (not to mention precious-and-charming) students stash all of their academic gear for the year?

Mugs for Miles!

Mugs are for coffee, hot chocolate, tea (though not if I’m the one drinking it!), soup, cider…and cereal, naturally!

You Rule! Cookies

My husband likes to tease me that I can’t remember what I did two days ago but I’ll remember what HE ordered in a restaurant when we were dating, oh, twenty years ago.

Beautiful Bowls

I’m Pioneer Woman. And I’m addicted to bowls. Big ones, small ones, plain ones, pretty ones…I use them for everything and I can never have too many.

Best Boots in the West

These boots were made for walkin’! They’re my favorite boots in the entire universe and if they ever go out of style, I’m not going to care.

Blackberry Soda Floats

Homemade Blackberry Soda Floats. Is this what late summer dreams are made of or what? There’s something about fruity summer soda floats that just gets me.


Alex is all moved into her new dorm room at her college 7.42 hours away (if I only stop twice) and Marlboro Man, Paige and I driving back to the ranch.

Back-to-School Staples Giveaway!

Today, because Alex is going to college this weekend, because school is starting all over the place these days, and because shopping for school supplies remains one of my favorite activities in life, I’m giving away four (4) $200 gift cards to STAPLES!

Does anyone build their own homeschool curriculum?

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments.

Me & Him, Him & Me

I think I shared this photo on Instabook or Facegram or Twitbook or Instaface or one of those crazy places I tend to share family photos, but I don’t remember posting it here.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

I made these on a recent episode of my Food Network show, and they’re too tasty for words! They’re a super-simple no-bake bar that uses mostly pantry ingredients, and they’re a great treat to have in the fridge for after-school snacks…or, in my case, after breakfast snacks.

Aceable Parent Taught Drivers Ed: Review & Giveaway

By Heather Sanders It’s August. In Texas. And if that isn’t bad enough, we are in the middle of triple-digit, record-breaking highs.