Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

I grew up an hour outside of New York City.  I have an aunt who is of Italian decent and I learned early in life to appreciate a fine Italian dessert. This whipped ricotta cheese tart is similar to the filling you find in homemade cannoli.  Sweetened with honey and topped with fresh blackberries, it is a delicious summer dessert.  Ricotta Fruit Tarts are Delicious! The whipped and sweetened ricotta cheese filling in cannoli is heavenly and I could literally just sit down with a bowl full and eat it with a spoon.  When … [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...]

How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs

I use breadcrumbs in a lot of recipes. They are great for coating chicken breast before baking, topping a homemade macaroni and cheese or adding a bit of bulk to homemade meatballs.  I admit, I have been known to buy the good old store bought breadcrumbs in the paper canister when I am in a hurry.  Homemade breadcrumbs are really easy to make and I am trying to save all those bits and pieces of leftover bread in the freezer so I can make them more often.  When you are making homemade breadcrumbs, you can control the ingredients.  You get to … [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...]

How to Get More Guacamole in Your Diet

This guacamole post has been sponsored by Wholly Guacamole but all opinions expressed here are my own. As my husband and I have gotten older, we have realized that it is not quite as easy to stay healthy as it was when we were younger.  Or, maybe we just never really cared much when we were in our 20's.  A couple of decades really changes your outlook on life. Now we find ourselves looking at things like salt content and calories.  We listen to health reports on the news about what we SHOULD be eating and what we should be avoiding.  Over … [Read more...]

Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Easter

This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. When I was a kid, there were certain traditions that my family followed every year for Easter.  We would get up early on Easter morning and be greeted with a basket full of all the 'hot' Easter candy of the year.  We put on our new Easter clothes with pretty white shoes and headed off to church to learn the real reason that Easter was a special day.  Then, we headed home to my … [Read more...]

Tangerine and Honey Natural Soda Recipe

I received one copy of The Complete Soda Making Book in order to create this recipe.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. I love soda but it isn't really the greatest beverage choice for someone trying to eat healthier.  I have never really considered trying to make my own natural soda but when I was sent a copy of The Complete Soda Making Book I was intrigued.  You can read my review of the book if you want to learn more about it.  I decided to try making the Tangerine and Honey natural soda because … [Read more...]

My Love Hate Relationship with Food

Food is obviously rather vital to human survival.  It comes in many different forms and the definition of food varies greatly depending on who you ask. Typically when we think of food we think of meat, fruit, veggies, milk...etc.   Some cultures consider dogs to be food.  Twinkies are very tasty food that will probably survive the apocalypse because of the amount of chemical ingredients they contain.  Over the years, my relationship with food has changed quite significantly and can be divided into four distinct eras: My Love Hate Relationship … [Read more...]

Carrabbas #FirstTastes Event Featuring Fiesta di Carrabba

I was provided a selection of menu items at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. This week I was excited to get to visit Carrabba's Italian Grill for an exclusive tasting event previewing their new Fiesta di Carrabba seasonal menu.  Carrabbas's Italian Grill was founded in 1986 by two Sicilian men from Texas who had a passion for real food.  Their dishes are made from scratch with fresh ingredients that are delivered daily. For a limited time you can experience the Fiesta di Carrabba menu at an … [Read more...]

Losing Weight, Counting Calories and Realistic Living

This post about losing weight, counting calories and realistic living has been sponsored by McDonald's but all opinions expressed here are my own.  With the new year comes the realization that I have put on 10 pounds somewhere along the way that really needs to come OFF.  Not because of what the scale says but because my pants are too tight and I am tired of wearing loose shirts so I don't notice the muffin top that is starting to show.  I have never really had to worry about losing weight....good metabolism and a moderately active life has … [Read more...]