Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Last week, my husband was out of town. As a result of his absence, I adopted the 'eat whatever the heck we want for dinner' rule.  I just hate going through a lot of work for a big dinner when it is just me and the kids eating!  One night, I decided we were doing breakfast for dinner and out of sheer laziness I grabbed for the box of premade pancake mix in the pantry.  Only to find it almost completely empty.  Great.  Now I need to find a pancake recipe that is quick and easy.  I also wanted to find one that added in fruit and nuts to alleviate my guilt over feeding them pancakes for dinner.  I whipped up a pancake recipe in just minutes that was creative and tasty!  This easy pancake recipe has cranberries, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips  and the kids were thrilled with our … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with someone on Facebook about my intense dislike of cockroaches.  After living in Houston for 7 years, those things give me the heebie jeebies!  I said (and I quote!) "I would rather have hundreds of ants in my house rather than one single cockroach!"  Well, God must have heard me because within 24 hours my kitchen was overrun by ants!  I kid you not!  Talk about a coincidence, right?  Well, now I have been spending weeks getting rid of the ^&%*@! things and figured I would share my tips about how to get rid of ants in the kitchen.  Since you don't really want to spray nasty chemicals in your kitchen right where you are preparing your food, how do you get rid of ants?  Here are a few suggestions to help you rid your kitchen of an ant … [Read more...]

Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe for Smooth Sexy Legs!

Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe for Smooth Sexy Legs!

I am a huge fan of combining fruit with herbs.  Something about the earthiness of the herbs mingled with the sweetness of the fruit just really provides a wonderful aroma.  Lemon and Rosemary... Cilantro and Lime...and this Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe!  All of these are wonderful blends that really just scream 'summer'.  I am thinking I need to turn this blackberry sage combination into a drink somehow...that would be a refreshing beverage to sip on the patio in the warm spring sun, right? I am thrilled that my sage plant seems to have survived the winter in my garden.  I already have a nice, bushy little plant whose leaves are just begging to be picked.  Combined with the blackberries that I found on sale at Sprouts this weekend I created a heavenly homemade sugar scrub … [Read more...]

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

This easy appetizer recipe has been sponsored however all opinions expressed here are my own. I am the type of person who is completely happy to eat from the appetizer menu when I go out to eat.  When I attend a party I would much rather nibble on appetizers than sit down for a formal dinner.  I am a nibbler when it comes to eating and I do it all day long!  My husband and I discovered Boursin herbed cheese spread many years ago and it is a favorite of ours when we sit down to snack after the kids go to bed.  Yes, I save the creamy goodness of Boursin for after they are asleep so they don't eat it all!  I am such a mean mom! Boursin gourmet cheese spread is made with very simple ingredients. The original Garlic and Herb variety contains just cultured pasteurized milk and cream, … [Read more...]

Affordable French Cuisine from la Madeleine

Affordable French Cuisine from la Madeleine

I received a gift card to la Madeleine in order to try out their affordable French cuisine but all opinions are my own. I have always enjoyed trying foods from many different regions around the world.  I have recreated many of them in my own kitchen...from Greek spanakopita to German Kaiserschmarrn and many others in between.  However, French cuisine has never been one I tried to recreate myself.  I'm not sure why but French cuisine has always intimidated me a little bit!  So, when I get a craving for French Onion Soup, Croissants or Quiche Florentine I tend to head somewhere other than my own kitchen.  Last week I was lucky enough to head over to la Madeleine with a friend for a very delicious girls afternoon out! Affordable French Cuisine from la Madeleine We have a la Madeleine … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  Oysters.  Those things are nasty.  But, everything else is delicious....and even MORE delicious when flavored with fresh herbs.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some course sea salt, you have the perfect infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this infused sea salt up in bulk, you don't have to worry about always having fresh lemon and thyme in your kitchen! Infused sea salt is incredibly easy to make and you will never again purchase those pre made salt seasonings ever again!  If you … [Read more...]

How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

This post about how to eat healthy on vacation has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are finally moving into spring and that means people will begin traveling over spring break.  Everyone is chomping at the bit to get out of the house after the long winter we have just survived!  Hopefully you have managed to keep that 'eat healthy and exercise' resolution you made back in January but now you are faced with a challenge.  Vacation presents a whole new set of temptations and difficulties when it come to healthy eating.  In order to avoid packing on the already shed pounds, you need to learn how to eat healthy on vacation.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid blowing your diet completely while you are traveling. How to Eat Healthy on Vacation 1.  Plan … [Read more...]

5 Things I Learned From My Garage Sale

5 Things I Learned From My Garage Sale

This week has been a bit hectic....more so than usual anyhow!  I have been tearing my house apart trying to get things ready to sell at a multifamily garage sale.  Over the last few months I have begun feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in my life.  STUFF seems to be pushing in on every side of me. When the new year rolled around I was determined to make a few changes.  Out goes the STUFF and in comes a fresh new outlook on life, right?  Well, I have learned a few things this week as I prepare for my garage sale and I thought I would share with you my new found wisdom! 5 Things I Learned From My Garage Sale 1.  I have a lot of crap.  Honestly, I have no idea where half of it comes from!  I am not much of a shopper, in general.  I don't decorate my bathroom for every season … [Read more...]

Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta you will certainly not have trouble finding them.  Like most major cities, Atlanta is home to a number of tourist attractions.  From CNN and The World of Coke to the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, there is something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Atlanta.  But, what if you are looking for something a little less 'touristy'?  What if you want to get off the beaten track and find some really UNIQUE things to do in Atlanta?  Well, this weekend my husband and I toured a bit of Atlanta that not everyone gets to see! My husband and I are total foodies and very conscious of where that food is coming from.  When we are looking for restaurants in Atlanta, rarely do we choose to eat at a 'chain' … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they looked like the perfect balance between sweet and healthy. Chocolate dipped clementines are incredibly simple to make and require only 3 ingredients.  We almost always have clementines in my house because my children inhale them at an alarming … [Read more...]