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DIY Snow Flocked Christmas Tree

Food & Home, The House on High Street

I remember back in the day, my grandparents had a white Christmas Tree. As in, the entire tree! I never realized that it was supposed to replicate a snow-covered tree. It certainly didn’t look like a snow-covered tree. Nowadays, it seem that flocked Christmas trees are the most realistic and beautiful alternative  to having a snow covered tree. This year, I decided to flock the Christmas tree that Scott and I have owned for several years, now. Since it was my first time, I figured worst case scenario is that we’d replace our tree, next year, for a tree that is pre-flocked. 

Thanksgiving Countdown

The House on High Street

So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving, this year? Congratulations! Or, shall we say, Good Luck? So far, Scott and I have hosted two Thanksgiving Dinners at The House on High Street. Rather successfully. Hosting any holiday dinner can be stressful. I think the best advice I can give you is to plan ahead and pace yourself. I actually created my own Thanksgiving Countdown! So, here are some tips for you in preparing for one of the greatest holidays, ever. Have fun!

Instant Pot Chili

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

I am really loving my recently purchased Instant Pot! I’ve already made several dishes such as Butter Chicken, Stuffed Cabbage, Cajun Chicken Pasta, and Short Ribs. Everything was made in record time and came out delicious and tender. Last night I made chili in my Instant Pot. It was the first time I made it, my way, using this amazing piece of machinery. Scott and I were so impressed with how delicious the chili turned out. Even Baby Blue loved it. (The beans, anyway.) And, aside from ingredients, there’s only one pot to clean, after. So, of course, I’m sharing my Instant Pot Chili Recipe, with you! 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The past two Sundays have been eventful at The House on High Street. We hosted an intimate football gathering followed by Baby Blue’s First Birthday Party. For both, I prepared a delicious buffalo chicken dip as an appetizer. I went through dozens of recipes for this. (There are a ton of them!) But, you know me. I like to make things my way. I have a fairly good success rate at making it just right. So, unless my family and friends were just trying not to hurt my feelings, this Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of the best recipes around!

We're Having a FALL at The House on High Street!

Food & Home, The House on High Street

So fall is officially here, but I am chomping at the bit to see these leaves turn colors and feel the cooler, crisp air. (It’s still pretty warm in New Jersey!) This is the time I get into full homemaker mode. From decorating and pumpkin picking to baking with all of those delicious, Autumn ingredients. Regardless of the slow pace on its arrival, we are officially having a FALL at The House on High Street.

Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

Last week, I shared my top ten, favorite, fall recipes. Today, I’m sharing the easiest way to make one of them. In the crock pot! It’s a delicious chicken and stuffing dish. I made it, yesterday, during the Eagles game because I did not want to be standing over a stove and missing out on the game. I’m telling you, this is so easy and delicious that you may be adding this into rotation, for your fall and winter dinners. 

My Favorite Fall Recipes

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

Yes, it currently feels like July in Southern New Jersey. It’s a little frustrating having to get the next size up for Baby Blue in summer gear because he’s busting out of his…summer clothes. However, one thing is for sure~ In just a few weeks, the weather will be getting cooler, and the days shorter. Aside from all the perks of Fall weather (including dressing Blue in denim overalls, plaid shirts, socks and shoes), I’m looking forward to cooking hearty, comfort foods, in an oven. Today, I’m sharing my favorite fall recipes, that I’ll hopefully be making sooner, than later! 

How to Decorate for FALL ~ Under $100

Food & Home, The House on High Street

The Fall season is drawing near. I love this time of year, for good reason. The air is crisp and fresh. The aroma of fall can’t be beat. Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Cedar, etc. The colors are so vibrant. And, it’s hands-down the best time for outdoor photos!

Before moving into The House on High Street, I only had a townhouse or condo to decorate. It can get expensive decorating for any holiday, even in a small space. But, with a little extra time creating a decor plan and comparing prices on-line, before making any purchases, it can be done. In this post, I’m going to show you How to decorate for Fall ~under $100!

Roasted Red Peppers

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The other night, I made a paisano spread that was to die for! Fresh seeded Italian Bread, my Olive Oil mixture (fresh garlic, herbs, Pecorino Romano, and EVOO), Olives, Pepper Shooters, Fresh Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Peppers. Scott stuffed olives with blue cheese and made me the BEST Dirty Martini EVER! It was the perfect little Italian-Fest for a simple night at home. 

Authentic Italian Meatballs

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

To this day, I have never had meatballs, outside of my mom’s and grandmother’s meatballs, that I could say were memorable and delicious. I’ve been to Italy, where I thought I would experience authentic Italian meatballs, that were truly unforgettable. But, they just didn’t compare to the meatball recipe that has been in my family for years. This recipe originated from my ancestors in Naples, Italy. 

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