Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips #IBBakesWell

Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips #IBBakesWell

This outdoor entertaining post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we move from summer into fall you would think that opportunities for outdoor entertaining would be disappearing, right?  Well, here in Georgia we actually don't do much outdoor entertaining in the summer.  Mainly because it's hot and humid all summer!  Not to mention that swarms of mosquitoes are just waiting to bite my bare legs!  I firmly believe that fall is the absolutely BEST season for outdoor entertaining.  The weather in the evenings is cool enough to allow for a fire in the fire pit and it still stays light late enough that we aren't stumbling around in the dark trying to eat dinner. If you are planning a little bit of outdoor entertaining this fall, here are a few tips to make your … [Read more...]

Fig jam is easy to make with no canning required!

Fig jam is easy to make with no canning required!

Fig jam isn't something you normally see when you stroll down the peanut butter and jelly isle at the grocery store.  In fact, I am pretty sure I have never actually had fig jam in my entire life.  Other than Fig Newtons I don't know that I have ever even eaten a fig!  Ok, maybe once as an appetizer at a friend's house?  I have certainly never bought them myself because, quite honestly, I have never come across one at the grocery store.  But, I was at the farmer's market last weekend and low and behold there was a guy there selling figs! My husband has been trying to convince me to put in a few fruit trees for years.  One of the fruits he come back to time and time again is the fig.  Did you know that figs were one of the first plants cultivated by humans?  How crazy is that?  And … [Read more...]

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Having grown up in New England, I did not see my first jalapeno pepper until I graduated from college and moved to Texas.  Honestly, I am not sure I had ever eaten a single spicy food for the entire first 18 years of my life.  When I got to Texas I was exposed to all sorts of wonderful new foods...some I loved and some I would never eat again if you paid me.  My all time favorite new food, though, was the stuffed jalapeno pepper!  If you are thinking "oh, I don't like spicy foods" well, these are not TOO spicy!  When you make a stuffed jalapeno you have to first take out all the seeds and membranes inside.  That is where all the 'heat' really comes from.  The jalapeno pepper itself isn't too spicy.  Sure, it has a little bit of bite but not eye watering, tongue burning kind of heat.  And … [Read more...]

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

I grew up an hour outside of New York City.  I have an aunt who is of Italian decent and I learned early in life to appreciate a fine Italian dessert.  My favorite Italian treat of all time is the cannoli.  The whipped and sweetened ricotta cheese filling is heavenly and I could literally just sit down with a bowl full and eat it with a spoon.  Here in the south, I have yet to find a place to buy a truly delicious cannoli and I dream of the day I can get back to NYC for my favorite treat.  When I was at the grocery store the other day I came across organic, whole milk ricotta cheese on clearance and I was inspired!  Who says I can't make my own cannolis right?  Well, I COULD except for the fact that Kroger does not apparently carry premade cannoli shells and making them from scratch seemed … [Read more...]

Focaccia with Cheddar Cheese and Sun dried Tomatoes

Focaccia with Cheddar Cheese and Sun dried Tomatoes

This focaccia recipe has been sponsored by Bella Sun Luci but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have discovered that the way to the hearts of the men in this house is definitely through food.  Large quantities of food, preferably served at very frequent intervals!  My husband and my 14 year old son are both over 6 feet tall and are very active.  Bread is offered in abundance in my kitchen and occasionally I am inspired to try making it from scratch.  When I was sent a selection of sun dried tomatoes from Bella Sun Luci to try out I knew that focaccia would be the perfect recipe to try them in! If you have never had focaccia let me just say that it is incredibly addictive and very easy to make!  It is a simple combination of yeast, water, sugar, flour and olive oil that is … [Read more...]