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Military Families Around Valentine’s Day

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Hey there, team! Today, let’s talk about something close to our hearts – the unique challenges that military families face, especially around Valentine’s Day, a holiday that celebrates love. It’s a bittersweet time for many, filled with love yet marked by distance. In our little world of chocolates and confections, we’ve seen how something as […]

Memorial Day – We remember

An M16 A2 service rifle, a pair of boots and a helmet stands in memory of Sergeant Padilla. Sergeant Padilla, from Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, was killed in action in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“We remember.” This is a mantra spoken among my fellow bomb technicians. Two simple, yet heavy words which flood my mind and heart with thoughts and emotions for all who have served this great nation and no longer make that morning muster. After 20 years of continuous conflict, it is hard to find a service […]

Veteran’s Day

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Don’t miss Me and McKayla on The Rachael Ray Show TODAY, November 11th, for a Special Veterans Day Appearance.  Click here to find the time and channel in YOUR area. The purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the […]

Thanksgiving Tips and Timeline!

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Before I get to Thanksgiving…let me take a moment to ask you to tune in next Thursday – Veterans Day – November 11th to The Rachael Ray Show.  McKayla and I will be on the show – on a day that is very important to me and all Military members and their Families.  Please take the time […]

Favorite Presidential Sweets and Desserts

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Sweets are something that most people love and indulge in (especially if it’s from E.O.D).  The same is true at the White House, where Presidents and their families have enjoyed simple and luxurious sweets on many occasions.  On this Presidents’ Day, we stop to take a look back at what desserts were served in the […]

From a Thankful Veteran on Veterans Day

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From a Thankful Veteran I am grateful for my time as a service member and for the service of every man and woman who has ever put on the uniform of the US armed forces. It is due to the sacrifice of these warriors that we can enjoy the rights and liberties we do free […]

Sourdough Naan

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Bread always evokes warm memories of my travels and experiences around the world. Naan, a flatbread native to the Middle East and India, is no different. Naan takes me back to Afghanistan for both of my deployments. While, yes, it was a war and, yes, it was a very terrible situation to be in, not every moment […]

Hello, New York City!

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Hello, Friends! What an incredible time McKayla, the twins, Grandma Janet, and I have been having in New York City! Our family along with a handful of other home recipients were invited to join Building Homes for Heroes at their annual gala, and it has been a spectacular couple days! We started off a very special Veterans Day […]

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