Easy Summer Appetizer: Caprese on a Stick

My garden is finally starting to yield a few tomatoes and the basil is growing like a weed.  This is an easy summer appetizer that requires very little work and you can even have the kids help you out with it!  Once the cubes of cheese are cut, just hand them all the ingredients and let them start skewering all the bits and pieces! While they prepare your easy summer appetizer, you can be doing something else...like maybe your nails?   If you are looking for more easy summer appetizers you can check out Allrecipes.com.  Whether you … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake: 3 steps to a delicious summer desert! (#recipe)

For my family, food usually changes with the seasons.  Since I try to choose produce that is grown as locally as possible, the types of fruits and vegetables we eat depends on what can actually be grown here in any given month.  I am lucky to live close to Florida where I can get fresh strawberries starting in late March!  Last week I picked up tons of fresh strawberries since we were having company and I wanted to make strawberry shortcake for desert.  I know you can use frozen strawberries for strawberry shortcake but that just seems wrong … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Cocktails for Summer

Mother's Day, Graduation, or just a backyard summer barbeque are all great times to enjoy a cocktail!  I love trying new flavors and thought I would share a couple of recipes I got in my inbox this week.   La Pinta is a pomegranate liquor made with tequila that can be enjoyed straight or mixed into blended drinks like the  ones below! Pomerita 2 oz La Pinta ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice ½ oz Agave Nectar – to taste Serve on the rocks with an orange or lime garnish.   La Pinta Royale 2 oz La Pinta 2 oz … [Read more...]

Coffee Recipe: Eight O’Clock Fiesta Coffee for Cinco de Mayo #recipe

I am a huge fan of coffee just about any way you can imagine serving it.  Strong  and hot in the morning or an iced coffee on a hot afternoon, coffee ice cream. or an Irish coffee with a bit of a kick to it are all fine with me!  I was recently sent some coffee from Eight O'Clock to try out and decided to try their recipe for Fiesta Coffee in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  Eight O'Clock coffee is carried in my local Publix and comes in many different blends.  We usually by the French Roast because I like a coffee with a nice strong flavor. Eight … [Read more...]

Agave Margarita with 901 Silver Tequila

We are slowly leaving April behind us and May will be here before you know it!  With May comes Cinco de Mayo and I am a HUGE fan of Mexican foods and absolutely LOVE a good margarita!  What qualifies as a good margarita in my opinion?  When I was younger I used to love frozen margaritas that were slightly sweeter and without much of a kick to them but I have gradually learned to love them on the rocks with a bold, tart flavor.  I was recently sent some 901 Silver Tequila to try out and I just knew the best thing to do with it would be to make a … [Read more...]

Rice: a healthy and versatile pantry staple

I try to keep my pantry stocked with a number of basic ingredients so that when it comes time for dinner I don't have to think too hard to create a healthy meal.  If I stocked my pantry with a lot of processed foods it would be too easy to fall back on these unhealthy choices when I am in a hurry...which is just about every night of the week!  Rice is one of those pantry items that I try to never run out of and I have multiple varieties to choose from, depending on how much time I have and what I plan to do with it.  From dirty rice with … [Read more...]

Lemon Drop Martini #Recipe with Voli Light Vodka

I have really started getting into the flavored martinis.  My husband swears that they shouldn't really be called martinis since they don't have any gin in them but they are tasty, no matter what you call them!  I recently received a bottle of Voli light vodka to try, along with a couple single serving bottles of their flavored vodkas.  Here is a recipe from Food.com that is perfect for the upcoming warm weather!   Lemon Drop Martini 1 ½ ounces Voli lemon vodka ½ ounce triple sec 1 teaspoon superfine sugar ¾ ounce fresh … [Read more...]

The only soup recipe you will ever need!

Soup is one of those things I almost never buy premade.  I am too cheap to pay the ridiculous prices they ask for them and there is just way too much salt in it.  Not to mention the MSG, mushy noodles and questionable meat-like  ingredients they include as well.  Once you start reading up about canned soups, you will think twice about buying them!   I have come up with a relatively easy soup recipe to help you put together just about every kind of tasty soup you might think of.  This basic formula will let you just plug in the ingredients you … [Read more...]

Kids in the kitchen: Patriotic Strawberries for a welcome home treat

My husband's job takes him out of town every few months.  My kids don't handle it all too well, although it is getting a little easier as they get older.  One way my daughter copes with her separation anxiety is by planning special ways to welcome him home.  Sometimes it is a special dinner, other times it may be a welcome home poster or decorations, and frequently she likes to choose a special desert to create. Now that she is a little older she has her very own kid's cookbook and can do a lot of the work herself.  If you have to deal with … [Read more...]