An American web based family-oriented reality travel series. The program follows the host Tori Cross, as she travels the country in an RV, named “Jimmy Lee”, and her two canine companions, “Freckeez James” and “Figee Ann”…also along for the ride are two animated characters Tori discovers floating in the Atlantic Ocean, “Levi” and “Ivy”….Ivy is a cantankerous character, and Levi is a sweet and charming southern character. Tori and the Troopers (that’s what the 6 of them call the group) begins their travel series in search of a place which Levi and Ivy will call home.
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Cannibal Corpse: The Grave of Alferd Packer

Recently, I was in Denver, Colorado, where there is a lot of cool stuff to see. Top on my list? A cannibal grave. My first ever, I think. It’s the grave of Alferd Packer… (read more)

[2014 OTIS Halloween Season Blog]


Quick Tiramisu with Less Fat

It doesn’t make a huge cake like the kind I’m used to seeing at my gatherings…actually the recipe says it makes 6 servings. Please enjoy and let me know how you like the easy and quick version of Tiramisu!


1/2 cup non-fat ricotta cheese (4 ounces)
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar (or one of our recommended natural sweeteners)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Savory Baked Kale Chips


1 bunch kale, washed and destemmed (I prefer dinosaur kale, but you can use whatever kale you like)

1/8 cup toasted sesame oil

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Toasted sesame seeds


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

3. Wash and destem the kale.


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5-Minute Strawberry Ice Cream

2 ½ cups frozen strawberries
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup whipping cream

In a food processor (or blender), combine the frozen strawberries and the sugar. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped — the mixture will look dry and chunky. Now, with the processor running, add the whipping cream through the chute in the lid until the mixture is thick, smooth and creamy. You may have to stop the machine once…

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Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy oven-baked zucchini fries with a spicy dipping sauce! A lightened up appetizer or side dish that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

  • 2 medium sized zucchinis (peel or don’t peel, totally up to your personal preference), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup panco bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili…

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

One big ooey gooey peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, baked in a cast iron skillet and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream!

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice cream

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Bourbon Peach Hand Pies

There’s a bit of fussing with this recipe–chill, then cut, then chill, then roll, then chill, then fill, then chill again–but trust me when I say it is worth it. There’s a reason this is one of my favorite pastry doughs, because it never fails. Sure, you might be able to skip a chill or two, but the dough will be more difficult to work with and is less likely to keep its lovely shape while baked.

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Ingredients 3 cups  cold milk 2 pkg.  (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding 30  NILLA Wafers 3  bananas, sliced 1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed


BEATpudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.

ARRANGE half the wafers on bottom and up side of 2-qt. serving bowl; top with layers of half each of the banana slices and pudding. Repeat…

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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Bread

The beauty of this recipe is that it looks impressive, but it’s actually quick to fix. In fact, it takes longer to defrost the spinach than it does to assemble and bake the bread!

ingredients for spinach-artichoke stuffed bread

Roll out a Pillsbury® pizza crust onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread the herb and garlic cheese on top.

Scatter spinach, artichokes, green onions and lemon zest over the crust.

Sprinkle with…

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Oh my gosh, this decadent, deep-dark fudgy, bittersweet sauce, will take you back to your childhood.  It taste exactly like my Grandma used to make for the local diner in our one horse town. I’ve been searching for this recipe all my adult life.  Like me, my Grandma keeps her recipes in her head and heart, and nothing was written-down. Unfortunately, when I was old enough to realize I needed to…

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