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...]

Tropical Sunrise High Protein Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

This Tropical Sunrise High Protein Breakfast Smoothie Recipe is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Premier Protein . The opinions and text are all mine.Many years ago, I acquired a smoothie maker. Basically, it is a blender that has a single serve attachment to make individual smoothies. It is one of those appliances that has gained coveted counter space in my kitchen because it is used so often. My family starts the day with a smoothie almost every weekend and they are popular weekday afternoon snacks. This … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Recipe with Fresh Raspberries

I have quite a sweet tooth and dinner is followed by dessert probably a little bit too often in my house.  I could probably work out a lot less if I gave up the sweets but where is the fun in that, right?  This white chocolate cheesecake mousse recipe was a treat for my teenage daughter.  Her two favorite desserts are cheesecake and anything with white chocolate.  I decided to combine them both into a deliciously creamy and sweet mousse that I topped with fresh raspberries.  It turned out delicious!This post contains affiliate links. If … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once the weather cools off.  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 dried herbs 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.  But, when I read a recipe for a classic Italian dish, it often calls for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, … [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...]