Easy Strawberry Icebox Pie Recipe with Pretzel Pie Crust

Spring is just about starting in many parts of the country, but here in the south, the weather is already hot. We are getting an amazing selection of fresh produce in the stores from Florida.  Fresh strawberries are abundant and inexpensive and I am thrilled.  Berries of all sorts are my all time favorite fruit of summer.  This easy strawberry icebox pie is a delicious summer dessert recipe that is sweet and refreshing. While you could certainly use a premade graham cracker crust, a pretzel pie crust is the perfect salty balance to this sweet … [Read more...]

Ham and Cheddar Frittata Squares Recipe with Fresh Herbs

This Ham and Cheddar Frittata Squares Recipe has been sponsored by Eggland's Best, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.There are certain flavors that I love putting together.  Peanut butter and chocolate (obviously!), lemon and blueberries, and my all time favorite is ham and cheddar cheese.  With an absolute abundance of fresh herbs in the garden right now, I decided to whip up a ham and cheddar frittata recipe with fresh herbs.  However, instead of doing a traditional frittata, I cooked it in an 11 x 7 pan in the oven which … [Read more...]

Honey Macaroonies: An Old Fashioned Cookie Recipe from Mom

From the time I was a little girl, I remember my mom baking cookies in the kitchen. My all time favorite was an old fashioned cookie recipe that until now, I had NO idea where it came from.  I remembered her calling them Honey Macaroonies but that made no sense to me and I thought she made it up.  Macaroons are a very specific kind of cookie, right?  And these are NOT macaroons.  However, when I search online for 'honey macaroonies' I find this exact recipe that someone says they found in an old copy of Good Housekeeping Magazine.  So, that is … [Read more...]

Easy Bourbon Ball Recipe Full of Rich, Smooth Bourbon!

Every year I make about 15 different kinds of homemade candy and one of my husband's favorites is this easy bourbon ball recipe.  Probably because he is a big fan of all things bourbon!  He has even toured some of the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky which he really enjoyed.  Bourbon balls are incredibly easy to make and you can make them strong or mild, depending on your own tastes.  I have played around with the recipe over the last few years and have come up with one that works for us.  Feel free to modify it to create the perfect bourbon … [Read more...]

Easy Smoked Salmon Appetizer Recipe in 15 Minutes or Less!

This smoked salmon appetizer recipe is perfect for feeding company when you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. The holidays are approaching quickly and with it comes our annual out of town guests.  I actually love having company because it gives me an excuse to try out lots of new recipes.  Of course, since the purpose of having company is to actually spend time with them, I don't want to spend hours cooking (and cleaning up the mess!).  Easy appetizer recipes that require very little work are a huge hit with me.  I came across this … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Ginger Snaps with Chewy Crystallized Ginger Chips

As I sit here typing up this recipe, I am truly amazed that any of these pumpkin ginger snaps actually survived long enough for me to photograph them.  In fact, I am amazed that the dough lasted long enough for me to actually bake the cookies at all!  Ginger snaps are one of my all time favorite cookies, especially during the fall.  Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all blended together with pumpkin and molasses just cry out for me to curl up under a blanket with them and read a book.  I have memories of my childhood when I begged … [Read more...]

Corn Dog Muffins From Scratch: So Easy You Can Skip the Box!

School started for my kids a few weeks ago and I am trying to find alternatives to sandwiches for their lunchbox. These corn dog muffins from scratch were incredibly easy to make and seem to be a big hit with everyone in the house.  You can 't go wrong with hot dogs and corn muffins, right?  Well, in an effort to make them a tad bit healthier I chose to use all natural hot dogs and make the muffin mix from scratch.  Homemade corn muffins really don't take much work to make and  you save a ton of money by skipping the boxed muffin mix.I … [Read more...]

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe with Chocolate Chips

When you were growing up, did you have a favorite recipe?  This homemade carrot cake recipe was my husband's all time favorite homemade cake.  His mom used to make it for the family and it was a huge hit.  Of course, since we no longer live near his family, we rarely get to enjoy this delicious homemade cake recipe!  My husband has been begging me to make him this carrot cake for years so I finally tracked down the recipe with my sister in law and we decided to have a 'family cake making' night last weekend.  Yes, that is how exciting we … [Read more...]

Raspberry and Coconut Milk Popsicle Recipe

The last couple of weeks have been very chaotic here and this raspberry and coconut milk popsicle recipe is my way of denying that summer is coming to a close.  You see, my children went back to school yesterday and while I am happy that they will be annoying their teachers all day instead of me...I am dreading the chaos that comes with another school year.  Football games to attend for my daughter the band student, tennis matches to watch for my son. Homework, PTA meetings and chaotic mornings where we can't find the right shoes in the minutes … [Read more...]

Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe

After the amount of meat I have eaten in the last couple of weeks, I was craving a vegetarian dinner this weekend and whipped up this easy falafel sandwich recipe. My family just got back from a 2-week road trip to visit family up north.  What do you do when you get a bazillion people together to eat in the summer?  You fire up the grill. And my family is not known for grilling portobello mushrooms and veggie skewers.  Nope.  They are meat eaters and grilling means burgers, hot dogs, steaks and whatever other kinds of animal that can be cooked … [Read more...]