Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese Straws and the Beauty of Puff Pastry!

This post has been sponsored by Pepperidge Farm but all opinions are my own.Everyone has their own unique entertaining style.  Some people choose elegance, fine china and flutes of expensive champagne.  Some people choose takeout and football.  I tend to fall somewhere in between.  I like the food I serve at parties to LOOK elegant and complicated but to be incredibly easy to make!  After my recent experience at the Pepperidge Farm Game Night Party, I have decided that Puff Pastry is definitely my new favorite party food!At the … [Read more...]

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe makes a perfect Thanksgiving Sidedish!

There is nothing I love more than potatoes....unless you happen to put bacon and CHEESE on top and then they are even more delicious!  Whether you are talking French fries, baked potatoes or mashed potatoes, I definitely think that any type of spud tastes better if it is cheesy and bacon flavored!  This casserole recipe takes all of my favorite things and puts them into one dish which would make a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.This casserole recipe is definitely not particularly healthy.  Sure, you could … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Skewers #TopTater

This baked potato recipe has been sponsored by Clever Girls but all opinions expressed are my own.When I was in college and moved off campus my junior year, I decided to skip the dining hall pass and start cooking for myself in our apartment kitchen.  How hard could it be to cook food that tasted better than the institutionalized stuff they served us in the cafeteria, right?  Well, turns out that while I was ABLE to cook delicious food in my own kitchen, I didn't really have the time or the money to get very fancy with my cooking.  I soon … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Easy Lettuce Pesto Recipe

I love being able to grow lettuce in my own garden.  Unfortunately, it seems like my harvest all comes up at the same time, leaving me with way too much lettuce to use up.  There are only so many salads a girl can eat in a week!  Lettuce on sandwiches,  more lettuce on burgers and even a Paleo approved taco wrap that uses lettuce instead of a taco shell.  Still, 12 heads of lettuce really doesn't get used up to quickly!  This lettuce pesto recipe can be prepared in just minutes and you can freeze it for later … [Read more...]

Easy Lime and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

The other day I bought some fresh pineapple and left a bowl of it cut up on the counter.  Sure enough, within moments of setting it down my teenage son was there, fork in hand, eating it straight out of the bowl.  Those of you with teenage boys have probably seen how food left laying around will suddenly attract attention like ants to a picnic!  My whole family loves pineapple and I decided to whip up a sweet and spicy fried rice recipe to go with our pork spare ribs for dinner tonight.  This fried rice recipe will take only … [Read more...]

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries

This cranberry sauce recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge to review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. When I was growing up, cranberry sauce was a staple at our Thanksgiving Day feast.  It was a slightly tube shaped, gelatinous thing that plopped out of a can and onto a plate.  My mom was a great cook but for some reason, cranberry sauce was not something she ever considered making from scratch.  Fast forward many years and I, too, always serve cranberry sauce with my turkey on Thanksgiving.  However, unlike my … [Read more...]

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread Recipe

The bread recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge to review but all opinions are my own.One of the things I love most about going out to eat is the fresh, warm bread many restaurants will put on your table.  I have a HUGE weakness for home made bread but I don't make it very often.  Not that it is all that hard but it does require a bit of time...mostly it is just sitting around waiting for your bread to rise and I am very impatient!  When I received some olive oil from Pompeian to try out in a recipe I knew right away I … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

Making homemade applesauce is not hard.  Honestly you only need a few ingredients, a pot and a spoon.  Unless you have access to your  own apple trees, making homemade applesauce is not going to be particularly cheap.  I live in Georgia and buy organic apples.  My small batch of homemade applesauce this weekend cost me about $7 and fed 4 people as a side dish with our pork roast.  So, why make homemade applesauce when it is expensive and so easy to find prepackaged at the grocery store?  Because, honestly, you have never tasted anything so … [Read more...]

Easy Garlic Cheese Biscuits #Recipe

I have a growing teenage boy in my house who's appetite rivals that of most football players.  Dinners must include large quantities of carbs in order to fill him up.  Oh, sure, there is meat, veggies, milk and all those other food groups, too.  However what really sticks to the ribs and gets him to say 'I'm full' is the carbohydrates.  Most dinners I make include rolls, bread, or biscuits of some sort.  Many years ago I found a recipe for garlic cheese biscuits on the Bisquick box and have been playing around with it ever since.  It is a huge … [Read more...]