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...]

Easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe Perfect for Share Worthy Moments

This Easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CelebratorySips #CelebrateWithProphecy #CollectiveBias I am an introvert by nature, which means most days you will find me on my couch with a book and my favorite cookies.  It's a great place to be, and I enjoy my alone time. However, there are many moments in life that are made so much better by sharing with friends.  Weddings, promotions, or … [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...]

Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Spring break was rather chaotic in my house and I'm glad things are getting back to normal.  I decided to celebrate normal by making my family this chewy butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe. One kid went to Florida with friends for the week and the other one was in Germany for 10 days with his AP German class.  I am thrilled to have them back home and what better way to spoil them than with homemade oatmeal cookies, right?  They are so sweet and chewy you can't just eat one of them!  And oatmeal is totally healthy, right?  While these cookies … [Read more...]

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

The weather is finally starting to warm up down here, although I know half the country is buried under snow! When I think of warm weather recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this Italian orzo pasta salad recipe recently and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy pasta recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool. … [Read more...]

Frosted Grapes Recipe for Healthy Snacking

This frosted grapes recipe takes deliciously simple grapes to a whole new level. Grapes are one of my family's all time favorite fruits.  If I put out a bowl of grapes I can pretty much be guaranteed that they will be gone by the end of the day.  I have never actually done much COOKING with grapes, though. Usually we just pop them in our mouth until the bowl is empty! When I came across a post on Pinterest about how to frost grapes, I was intrigued! Frosted Grapes are like CANDY, only healthier! So, why make frosted grapes (AKA sugared … [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...]

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...]