Simple Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Bagel Bites

This appetizer recipe has been sponsored by Cabot but all opinions expressed here are my own. I am inundated with holiday commitments this year but I'm trying hard to stay on top of them.  There are gifts to buy, cards to send, errands to run and parties to attend.  I don't have a lot of free time during the holidays to be making complicated recipes.  On days I am making cookies and candy, I may very well order a pizza to save myself the hassle of cooking.  However, when we have guests over I really feel the need to cook from scratch for … [Read more...]

This Radish Tea Sandwich Recipe Makes a Simple Appetizer!

Every year, I try to grow radishes in my garden with little success.  I honestly have no idea what I am doing wrong.  I get a few smallish sized radishes but not enough to really make my gardening efforts worth while.  In order to feed my love of radishes I have to rely on farmers markets and grocery stores.  Thankfully, there are farmers much more talented than I who know how to grow radishes! I love radishes...they come in so many pretty colors and are much more versatile than you would think.  Sure, we use most of them in our salads but a … [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...]

Easy Homemade Queso Blanco Recipe

If I had to pick just one snack to enjoy without worrying about whether it was healthy or not I would choose queso every single time.  But, not that orange queso with Rotel and sausage that you see so often at parties.  I love queso blanco with jalapenos like you get at the Mexican restaurants.  I decided it was time for me to figure out exactly how queso blanco is made so that I could stop making excuses as to why I needed to go out for Mexican food all the time!  I browsed around the internet and found a lot of variations but the one over at … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

I grew up on the seacoast and absolutely love shrimp but usually I put it into recipes with pasta or a stirfry.  Very rarely do I sit down to a plate of shrimp cocktail  unless it is at a party or for a New Year's Eve celebration.  It just seems like one of those fancy things that you don't eat on a Wednesday night just for the heck of it.  I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer so when I came across a recipe on What's Cooking America for a homemade shrimp cocktail sauce I decided to give it a try (with a few minor changes … [Read more...]

Easy Appetizer Recipe and #MyKindOfHoliday from Target

This easy appetizer recipe has been brought to you by Target and Social Chorus but all opinions expressed are my own. The holidays always get a little hectic around here, like I'm sure they do for just about everyone.  I love to cook but sometimes I just don't have a lot of spare time to create complicated recipes.  If I have company over or need to have a 4 course meal on the table for Thanksgiving, I look for an easy appetizer recipe that will impress guests but not take a lot of time to make. Holidays mean different things to different … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wing Recipe

My husband has managed to get my kids addicted to chicken wings and every time we head out to a restaurant, that is what they enjoy getting.  Since I cannot afford for them to go out to eat every week, I figured I needed to find a recipe to easily make them at home.  I love the combination of sweet and spicy flavors combined together and this recipe has a great balance.  It is not flaming hot so if you want MORE heat, just kick it up with some cayenne pepper in the dipping sauce right before you serve it.  I warn you though, put down some … [Read more...]