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...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

This homemade Cajun spice mix is the perfect addition to your next Mardis Gras recipe! I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza.  For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.  Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast.  But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!".  When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture … [Read more...]

Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Chicken and Edamame

Looking for quick and healthy dinner ideas?  This easy rice bowl recipe is just the thing you need. Rice bowls are incredibly flexible in terms of which meats, veggies, and flavors you combine.  I chose to use boneless chicken breasts baked in a sweet teriyaki glaze and tossed in lots of raw vegetables with the brown rice.  The great thing about most rice bowl recipes is that all the fixins can be made ahead of time.  That means your weeknight dinner plans just got a whole heck of a lot easier and you have no excuse for not eating … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Caramel

If you learn how to make homemade caramel, you will never again wonder what to give people as a gift.  Homemade caramel is incredibly easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.  You will be amazed at how awesome your homemade caramel tastes compared to the 'blech' flavor of the stuff you buy at the grocery store.  Once you get a taste of this sweet, chewy and buttery goodness you will never again buy it in the candy aisle! Making homemade caramel is not hard.  However, you HAVE to keep … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Party Ideas to Help You Celebrate in Style

Have you started planning your holiday entertaining already?  Are you stressing out about plans that seem way too complicated?  It shouldn't be that hard, right? Well, I am going to share a few simple holiday party ideas that might help. That means you can focus on what's REALLY important: relaxing!  Having friends and family over for a holiday get together is a great way to remember the truly important things in your life.  You don't have to be a celebrity decorator or waste your entire holiday budget to throw a great party! This post … [Read more...]

This Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe is a Delicious Ending to Any Meal!

This Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe has been sponsored by Luck's. Product for this recipe was provided by Luck’s but all ideas are my own. When I moved to the south 20 years ago, I quickly realized that southern food is VERY different from the food I ate in New England.  I discovered that there are people who like boiled peanuts.  And that I am not one of them!  I also discovered that okra is best eaten fried and that chicken fried steak is the most delicious thing my mouth has ever tasted!  You know what else I came to love?  Peaches. … [Read more...]

This Pear Crostini Recipe is an Easy Appetizer Idea for Any Occasion!

Have you ever planned to have a few people over and then created so much work for yourself that you swear you will never do it again?  I do that every single time we have guests.  I have great intentions and want to wow them with my superior culinary skills and then get so overwhelmed I am no longer having any fun!  With the holidays coming up quickly, I needed to find an easy appetizer or two for our next get together. I loved my easy smoked salmon recipe but want something to offer the vegetarians on my guest list!  This pear crostini recipe … [Read more...]

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Smoothie Recipe

I love a good smoothie recipe but most of my favorites involve summer fruits.  Berries and peaches and fresh tropical fruits make delicious homemade smoothies but they aren't in season in September.  Fall is apple season so I decided to create this cinnamon apple smoothie recipe for breakfast today. It was a deliciously healthy smoothie recipe that took only minutes to whip up in my blender.   This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to … [Read more...]

Banana Bread Scones Recipe with Easy Maple Glaze

Last week, I was at the grocery store and came across a marked down cart of 'antique bananas'.  Really ripe, really cheap, and too good a deal to pass up!  I decided to use a couple of them in this banana bread scones recipe with easy maple glaze.  Don't they look delicious? I have honestly never tried making a scones recipe before because they sounded a bit intimidating.  I didn't grow up with scones and the only place I have had them is at Starbucks so I wasn't sure what to expect.  Seriously, though, this banana bread scones recipe … [Read more...]

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe with Apples and Cinnamon

Fall is coming quickly and with it comes an intense desire on my part for deliciously warm soups.  This easy butternut squash soup recipe is creamy and flavorful, with hints of sweetness from the apples.  I added in cinnamon and rosemary and even a pinch of cayenne pepper to give this soup recipe plenty of warmth!  If you are looking for a quick and easy one pot meal this fall, this one was a huge hit with my family. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]