How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of fresh herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once you pick them.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the fresh herbs that I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don't know what I am going to do with it all.  Many classic Italian recipes often call for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, of course, I would then … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Leftover Cake and a Lemon Raspberry Trifle Recipe

Did you make cake for guests and now have too much?  Are you wondering what to do with leftover cake?  Well, I can help! A couple of weeks ago I got sucked into Pinterest and was drooling over a collection of dessert recipes.  I came across a fabulous looking lemon cake recipe that I just had to make.  Then, 3 days later the family went on vacation, leaving the precious cake in the refrigerator for days.  Now I am looking for ways to use leftover cake because the idea of throwing away that delicious cake makes me want to cry! One of my favorite … [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...]

Chocolate Fondue Recipe and Tutorial for Dessert Lovers!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I find myself craving all things chocolate! This Chocolate Fondue recipe seems like such an elegant dessert but it is incredibly simple to make.  Depending on the type of supplies and kitchen equipment you have at home you can make this chocolate fondue over the stove or directly in a fondue pot.  Regardless of how you make it, the key to really good chocolate fondue is high quality ingredients.  Good chocolate fondue needs heavy cream and high quality chocolate.  Everything else is pretty flexible!  If … [Read more...]

How To Eat Healthier At Breakfast Even If You Are Short On Time!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  When you are a busy mom, it's also the hardest to squeeze in. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast can get you off to a great start in the morning!  My mornings are frequently filled with things like lost homework, missing sneakers, spilled milk and the occasional vomiting dog.  Great way to wake up in the morning, huh?  I'm sure your reality is about the same as mine  While I would love to eat healthier at breakfast, it isn't always easy. While I always make sure the kids get a healthy … [Read more...]

Easy Cake Decorating Tips for Beautiful Homemade Cakes Every Time!

A cake is a perfect dessert for just about every celebration.  From birthdays and weddings to baby showers and office parties, serving cake brings people together over a delicious dessert!  Homemade cakes give your dessert a personal touch and these easy cake decorating tips will make your dessert spectacular!  These tips are being shared from Janice Murfitt, a highly qualified cake decorator, cookery writer and editor, food journalist, and home economist who specializes in cake making and decorating. If you are interested in making homemade … [Read more...]

Decadent Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe

This Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe has been sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Ice cream has always been one of my family's all-time favorite desserts. My daughter tends to stick to the fruit flavors and rarely ventures away from strawberry.  The husband loves the classics...butter pecan and pistachio.  My son and I have more decadent tastes when it comes to our favorite ice cream flavors.  A bowl of rich, creamy ice cream loaded with chocolate, peanut butter and chunks of candy bits is … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

Do you ever just see one food and automatically associate it with something else?  Two flavors that just go together so perfectly that when you see one, you have to have the other as well? I made this easy homemade lemon curd recipe because I discovered local Georgia blueberries on sale at the grocery store this week.  HUGE containers of fresh Georgia blueberries just begging to be paired with something lemon flavored!  I came up with the perfect creation for my dessert loving family this week.  Cheesecake topped with fresh blueberries and … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Extracts

Learn how to make homemade extracts and you will be able to add an amazing amount of flavor into your kitchen creations! If you enjoy baking from scratch, you have probably encountered recipes that call for flavor extracts. Vanilla extract is obviously the most commonly used extract, however, you can add a boost of flavor to just about any recipe with extracts of fruit, herbs, nuts, and other ingredients. Learning how to make homemade extracts is incredibly easy. Why should you consider making your own rather than buying them from the store? By … [Read more...]

10 of the Tastiest Foods That Relieve Stress

We all have days when we are stressed out.  Arguments with kids, a husband out of town, a major leak in the kitchen and too many deadlines have all played a part in my stress over the last few months.  I tend to eat in response to my increased stress levels which is not good for my waistline!  But, if I am going to eat, then I should focus on nibbling on foods that relieve stress, right?  Well, instead of reaching for that hot fudge sundae or the box of Girl Scout cookies you just bought, grab a few of these healthy foods to help reduce your … [Read more...]