In Real Life, February 24

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Hello, friends — Happy Friday!!

I’ve been AWOL for a couple of weeks, and for good reason. Our daughter delivered a beautiful baby girl on February 12 — a month early! Mother and baby are both doing great and we are so thankful for a safe delivery for our healthy, tiny baby granddaughter!

Needless to say, this Nana is already smitten and over the moon excited! If you’ll recall, both of our daughters were expecting a baby a day apart in March, so we’re still counting down the days until the arrival of our first grandson, too!

pink teddy bear

Among all that excitement, I did manage to get a few new recipe posts pushed out and hope you’ll find something tasty here that you enjoy!

Brand new! 2 Delicious Dinner Recipes

a serving of Cracker Barrel Chicken Pot Pie in a white bowl on a table.

Cracker Barrel Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

The Cracker Barrel Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie is oh-so-cozy, creamy, hearty, and rich — and now you can make it in the comfort of your home! My easy copycat recipe uses simple ingredients and has dinner on the kitchen table in half an hour or less. 

instant pot beef stew in a white bowl on a green plate garnished with fresh parsley.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This delicious bubbling stew is easy to make and fills your kitchen with an irresistible aroma — it’s almost torture! While this stew cooks in the convenient Instant Pot, just watch your family flock to the kitchen to take a sneak peek at what’s for dinner!

National Pancake Week!

Maybe you weren’t aware, but this past week was actually National Pancake Week. I teamed up with two of my best blogging buddies to feature our favorite pancake recipes and they’re definitely drool-worthy!

Normally, I think of pancakes as a weekend brunch food, but during National Pancake Week why not try a different pancake recipe every day — and may even dine on pancakes for dinner?

a stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate with blueberries on top and maple syrup pooling around the plate.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Weekend mornings call for a little indulgence, and that’s precisely what these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes deliver — every bite is airy, creamy, and just heavenly, with a kick of citrus! Ricotta cheese and fresh lemon zest combine for a melt-in-your-mouth delicious breakfast treat!

bacon pancakes from bensa bacon lover's society.

Bacon Pancakes with Maple Syrup

By Eliza, Bensa Bacon Lover’s Society

These bacon pancakes with maple syrup are the ultimate bacon lovers’ breakfast! Fluffy maple pancakes are baked with a surprise layer of crispy bacon inside, for a sweet and savory treat you’ll love.

Harvest Nut and Grain pancakes from the fresh cooky.

Copycat IHOP Harvest Grain Pancake

By Kathleen, The Fresh Cooky

You’ll love the hearty texture and signature flavor of buttermilk in these healthy pancakes. Whole wheat flour, nuts and oats, this copycat IHOP Harvest Grain Pancake recipe is delicious! Top with butter and maple syrup for a hearty breakfast.

Reader review

I love hearing from readers when they find a recipe they love! 💕 Be sure to rate and comment below any recipe you try and let us know what you think — curious minds want to know!

Italian Nachos

These were a GIANT hit for our nacho-loving family! We do nachos for dinner at least once, sometimes twice, a week! So this was a fun way to change it up!” — Lynn


Friends, that first moment I held my little granddaughter in the hospital, emotion overtook me and I just could not hold back the tears. Tears of happiness, tears of thankfulness, and tears overflowing for the love I already had for sweet Kensley.

A few months ago, John looked at me and said, “how will we love two more grandchildren?” We’ve been so enamored with our 4-year-old granddaughter up until now that we couldn’t imagine how our hearts would expand. But, oh my, how they have!

Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.

Winnie the Pooh

Thank you for being a faithful reader and supporter of Life Love and Good Food — it really means so much to me as a small business!

Have a blessed week, my friends!

Sheila Thigpen, blogger

About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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