Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Oh, mashed potatoes. I don’t think I have to tell anyone how good mashed potatoes are. They are kind of the perfect side dish. But in my house, it doesn’t matter if I’m cooking for 3 or 30 – there are always leftovers! And, let’s face it, mashed potatoes reheated are never the same. I hope these […]

Four Ingredient Orange Ginger Glazed Chicken

Okay, grilling is easily one of my favorite things about summer. There is less mess, less heat trapped in my house, and best of all, if I’m lucky someone else will do the hard grilling work for me This one really takes the cake for being simple. Seriously – it takes less than 5 minutes […]

Blood Orange Lemonade

I was a little shocked last week when I went into my local pharmacy and they had Easter candy and decorations out!! Seriously!?!? 2016 is moving entirely too fast! I cannot believe that tomorrow is going to be March 1st!! With Spring just around the corner I felt like it was time to start getting ready with […]

10 cool wine accessories all wine lovers need

Why is that that I am always missing out on these fun little “holidays”??? Maybe it is the fact that I consider myself a professional wine drinker and my memory gets a little fuzzy… Or more likely that someone just made it up last week, who knows! In any case, yesterday was national Drink Wine […]

Avocado Egg Bake

  It felt like most breaks ups do… it was hard at first, but with time you begin to forget. It gets easier to push out all those little things that you loved, the things that brought you back for more, the cravings for more… Several years ago Tavis and I broke up with cereal, and other […]

Holiday Spice Sangria

Sangria… it one of those drinks that I can always find an excuse to make and it really goes great with food in just about any season. When we were in Washington DC last winter, the bartender at the hotel we were staying at had mixed up a batch of sangria and it was absolutely delicious. Aside from […]

Grandaddy’s Fudge

Grandaddy’s Fudge was one of those favorite childhood memories that always surfaces as the weather starts to turn cooler. Or, for the past few years, as I see on the news that the weather is turning colder in the rest of the country. 😉
I haven’t made fudge in a few years and that might be because Puerto Rico it never cools off and it just doesn’t feel right. But this Fall we are up in DC and it is a brisk 45 degrees out this morning, the perfect weather to inspire all the fall favorites to be pulled out of the recipe box!
This recipe is loosely based on the recipe that is found on the jar of Kraft Marshmallow cream, but in the late 80’s they change the recipe. Grandaddy’s was based on the original version then as Grandaddy’s do, he tweaked it. 😉

Easy Chicken N Dumplin’s

I am a sucker for a good bowl/plate of dumplin’s, with chicken or without, they are a one of my favorites. If I could only find a way to keep them from from effecting my waist line they might appear on my menu with a little more frequency… The great thing about this recipe if it […]

Corn Chowder with Bacon

This has been one of my favorite chowder/soup recipes since my mother in law first made it when I was over at their house a few years back.
After spending the summer up in the mountains on Pennsylvania where the high temperature is regularly 65-70 degrees and the lows in the 40’s I have been craving warm soups and warm wintery things… After all these are colder temps that we normally have in the winter!!
Now that we are turning the corner into Fall temperatures in most of the country I figured it would be a great time to share this new favorite of mine.

Raspberry Almond Coffeecake with Cream Cheese filling

This is an easy, delicious coffee cake that I started making right after Tavis and I were married. I was in the full on “homemaker” mode and trying to show off my skills.
As yummy and quick as this coffee cake was to throw together, combined with my other “homemaker” concoctions I was mixing up, I had to set this recipe aside when we started to remove white flour and sugar from our diet due to… clothes starting to not fit…
Last week I had this desire to revive this oldie but goodie right after Tavis and I finished a 5 mile run…

Basil Lime Margaritas

With Summer in full swing, I wanted to share a few delicious cocktails that my brother in law made for us a few weeks back. I am not that creative with drinks and tend to just stick to what I know, so it is always fun to go over to their house and taste a […]

Basil Simple Syrup

Last week I shared a recipe for simple syrup that you can add to drinks, cocktails and use in other recipes. This week we are going to step our game up a few notches and make a simple syrup that is infused with basil. I was visiting my sister Alli and her family a few […]

How To Make Your Own Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a common cocktail ingredient that you can purchase at a store but it is SOOO easy to make at home it seems kinda silly to buy it. I use it in my mojito recipe, sangria and many more drinks. Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing a few […]

Ham and Cheese Egg Cups. Make ahead for a quick breakfast on the go!

Just this week we got word that Tavis’s job will be taking him (and Aiden and I will be tagging along) to Washington, DC for 4 months, and we leave in 4 days!!! More on that craziness soon… We will be taking the Airstream up to DC so we don’t have to live in a […]

Cuban Style Pork Roast

This is easily one of my favorite weeknight dinners. This was the recipe that my Cuban friend’s mom used to make her pork roast.  Her mother, my friend’s grandmother, was born and grew up in Cuba.  She fled to Florida soon after she was married, and brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes.  I […]