Roasted Broccoli

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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Roasted Broccoli

3 out of 4 Townsends love roasted broccoli. I got all this out of the sale bin at the Buford Highway Farmers Market for $2.79. I bet you don’t hear that often. I chopped it up with 3 cloves of garlic, tossed with oil and salt and roasted at 450° for 20 minutes.… Read More »

Cochinita Pibil Tacos

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🌮🌮 Taco Tuesday🌮🌮 I dont get to eat tacos on Tuesdays ’cause of swim meets, but we made these cochinita pibil tacos earlier this week. Cochinita pibil is usually pork, marinated in citrus like sour orange, ancho and anise seasoning and wrapped in banana leaves, but this was just cooked in the crock pot.… Read More »

Lauren’s Potatoes

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Lauren’s Potatoes

I bought too many potatoes last week for a thing and so I roasted 8 or so tonight. Rinsed, cut, tossed in olive oil, minced 5 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Roast at 400° for 45 minutes.… Read More »

Summer Salads with Lauren

If you just want to make a quick mom meal before travel baseball/swim team/art camp/VBS here are two salads that I eat all summer long. They are super simple and make me so happy.

  1. Watermelon Feta salad. Watermelon, which we keep around all summer long, feta cheese, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I eat this throughout summertime.
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Kristin’s Sausage balls


  • 2 cups of Bisquick
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb sausage (I usually use sage)


Put all together in large ziplock and let it get to room temp. Mix inside bag- I usually will mix it a bit then leave it then come back to mix again until it’s all mixed. Roll into balls and put on cookie sheet then freeze.… Read More »

Kristin’s Sausage Muffins


  • 2 jars Old English cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb sausage (cooked and drained)
  • 1 Tbls butter/marg
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce 
  • 1 pkg English muffins cut in half


Cook, mince and drain sausage. Combine cheese, butter, and sauces. Melt in microwave until smooth. Add sausage and mix together. Scoop mixture onto English muffins.… Read More »

Laura’s Late Night Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Late Night (or anytime) Grilled Cheese:


  • Sourdough Bread (you can use other bread, but NONE are as good as sourdough. Crusty fresh breads work best)
  • Real Butter
  • Variety of Cheeses, (I usually use cheddar, jack, and American or Swiss)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper


Place one pat of butter on each end of each bread slice.  … Read More »

Kim and Shelley’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches



Cook chicken in crock pot, shred, mix with Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce, create sandwiches and serve with Famous Dave’s Spicy Pickles!  Yummy and easy!… Read More »

K. Ron’s Green Jacket Salad

K. Ron is originally from Augusta, GA and below is her version of the famous Green Jacket Salad from her home town.   You can find many versions online but hers in particular is delicious!


  • Bag of garden blend lettuce
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes diced
  • Spring Onions diced (use white and green parts)
  • Stacey’s Pita chips (crumbled)
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Italian Seasoning to taste
  • Oregano to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Lowrey’s seasoned salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup vegetable oil for dressing


Mix together and enjoy!… Read More »

Avocado Feta Dip

Source:  K. Eith – Spring Break 2019


  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of finely diced red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves (I use three or four)
  • 4oz pkg crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley 
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Half teaspoon dried oregano 
  • half teaspoon salt
  •  two avocados, chopped 


Stir together first nine ingredients; gently stir in avocado just before serving.… Read More »

K. Ron’s 3 Ingredient Breakfast Bake

So, I’m at the beach with 21 people.  10 moms and 11 always hungry high school boys.  These boys are spoiled and have pretty much woken up to the smell of bacon frying every day.  This morning they had a special treat that all agree was worthy of sharing!  We’re calling it K. Ron’s 3 Ingredient Breakfast Bake.  … Read More »

Almost Famous Peppermint Bark

Source:  Food Network Ingredients

12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Note from my friend Elizabeth: 

“If you need a recipe of the week, this was easy, yummy and slightly different from usual Crock Pot chicken stews. The hardest part is cutting up the butternut squash but even Costco sells that seasonally. And the chicken thighs give it a richer flavor. Cozy and warm!! “

Moroccan cuisine contains an exquisite combination of savory and sweet spices to create unique flavors.… Read More »

No-Fuss Turkey

Let’s be honest, cooking a “Thanksgiving-worthy” turkey is hard! This delicious turkey recipe gets rid of the hectic holiday hassle! Click here for the full recipe and video. No-Fuss Turkey Serves 8

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Turkey Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 lb) turkey
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Gravy Ingredients:

  • Pan juices from turkey
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp flour mixed with water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly cracked pepper and salt to taste

Turkey Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
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Three Decades, One Blend: The Story Behind Chick-fil-A Iced Tea

Source:  Inside Chick-fil-A

A Southern specialty with international roots, it’s a recipe that remains unchanged.

When Ronnie Osborne steps off the plane in South America, he’s on a mission. A microbiologist by training, he’s now one of the country’s most respected tea buyers, and part of a team responsible for ensuring every glass of iced tea poured at a Chick-fil-A restaurant nationwide has the same color and flavor as the original blend selected more than three decades ago.… Read More »