Back to School Breakfast Suggestions for Busy Mornings

My daughter headed back to school a couple of weeks ago and high school starts EARLY.  Cereal is quick and easy but my kids haven't been a fan of it for years.   If you are looking for healthy back to school breakfast suggestions I thought I would share a few ideas that are NOT cereal.   Easy Breakfast Hacks To Make Your Morning Easier If you are struggling to get your kids back into a back-to-school routine, breakfasts need to be fast and easy.  With a little planning, you can have an assortment of healthy … [Read more...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your 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.  And seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.  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 coarse sea salt, you have the perfect herb infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this thyme salt recipe up in … [Read more...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

This homemade Cajun spice mix is the perfect addition to your next Mardis Gras recipe! I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza.  For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.  Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast.  But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!".  When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture … [Read more...]

Cayenne Pepper Uses and Benefits Beyond the Kitchen

With the garden overflowing with hot peppers, I find myself looking for as many cayenne pepper uses as I can come up with.  Looking at the number of hot peppers I use in my kitchen nowadays, I am amazed at the fact that I had never even seen one until I was in my 20's.  I grew up in New England on baked beans and pot roast.  It was certainly tasty food but definitely not what I would call spicy.  When I decided to follow my boyfriend (now husband) down to Houston, Texas I had no idea what I was getting myself into in terms of food.  All of a … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about Midnight Snacking #24Hours

This midnight snacking post is brought to you from McDonald's but all opinions expressed are my own. I live in a very early to bed and early to rise sortof house.  In fact, we get up disgustingly early even on the weekends. I remember the days of sleeping until noon when I was fresh out of college but since then, once the sun comes up I am out of bed.  I realize that my family is a bit odd like this.  My teenagers will often ASK to go to bed...usually around 9 PM if we have cut off the mind numbing effects of teenage television.  They, too, … [Read more...]