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    Cooking For a Group: A Dinner Party Strategy

    My hubby and I are getting settled into our dream house and after three months, we decided to host our very first dinner party. He has a rather large family, spread out between several states; therefore, all of us only gather twice or so, each year. Because Christmas is so crazy, this clan celebrates Christmas in January. Strategically Planning the Party In the past, hosting a large party would totally stress me out for weeks!  However, for this event, I was gonna make sure things were different. I want to share with you a few things which made my life, so much easier, leading up to AND the day of…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque recap of City Fest 2016

    Smokin J’s at Dallas Inaugural City Fest 2016 Had a great weekend competition at the first City Fest 2016 in Dallas, Georgia.  Fifteen professional Georgia Barbecue Association teams competed for the top team in ribs, pork loin and pork butt.  Some teams competed in the “People’s Choice,” category.  The weather started gloomy Friday morning, but skies cleared and residents came out to enjoy a beautiful Saturday.  A car show, craft vendors and activities for kids were surrounding the downtown Dallas Square; however, the main event was the barbecue battle.   The competition was fierce but points leader, Rescue Smokers took the Grand Champion trophy for the day with a nearly…