I hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays, as I know I sure have. We have been having a tropical winter here in Tampa and it has been in the 80’s all week. I would much rather be in the snow during this time of year but decided to embrace the weather and share a drink recipe that can be enjoyed on a warm winter day. With holiday parties and family gatherings in full swing during the month of December, this light and refreshing beverage is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser.… Read the rest
Are you ready for the New Year? I know I sure am. As 2016 draws to a close, I am already thinking of my travel plans for 2017. There are so many food oriented cities that I want to explore and I can’t think of a better place to stay than Extended Stay America.
Rooms include fully equipped kitchens with a refrigerator, stove top, oven and microwave. If you are like me and are often traveling on a budget, this is perfect because you can shop at a local market and prepare delicious and healthy meals in the comfort of your own room.… Read the rest
I love this time of year. Holiday parties are in full swing and everyone is in a festive mood. There is nothing I enjoy more than throwing a cocktail party with elegant hors d’oeuvres and lots of wine. Today I am sharing a spin on a classic recipe that includes one of my favorite local products from Plant City, FL and pairs well with several selections from one of my favorite wineries. I am also excited to reveal my early Christmas gift….I am now an ambassador for CK Mondavi Wines which, if you know me, is kind of a big deal.… Read the rest
There are so many days that I have to give thanks to God for the many blessings in my life. Not only do I have two amazing children and a wonderful family, I am also surrounded by so many talented bloggers in Tampa Bay. Although my life has been very hectic and I have not been able to work on my blog as much as I want, I am constantly inspired by others that make me want to reach the next level of food writing and recipe development.… Read the rest
October has always been one of my favorite months. It always seems to be when the cooler fall weather kicks in and everything pumpkin is in full swing. As a pizza lover, I love the fact that October is National Pizza Month and I celebrate all month long by eating pizzas all over town. My kids, like me, love pizza and we enjoy making our own at home. Sometimes we are short on time and order delivery or we get creative and make pizza grilled cheese sandwiches.… Read the rest
Have you ever been at the store and suddenly you see something that captures your eye? Well this happened to me last week while shopping at my local Publix in Tampa. As I was rushing in to grab some bell peppers for the restaurant where I work, I spotted some of the cutest desserts I have ever seen.
Ticklebelly Cakebars are similar to cake pops but resemble mini ice cream bars. I purchased the three flavors they had available (vanilla bean, dark chocolate and sweet pumpkin) so that I could try them all and share with friends.… Read the rest
Happy Wine Wednesday! Today I am sharing a fun spin on sangria with one of my favorite wines from the CK Mondavi collection. Back in May, I connected with the fine folks from CK Mondavi at the Food Wine Conference in Orlando, as they were one of the platinum sponsors. Of course, I loved their wines and even brought a few into the restaurant where I work and added them to the wine menu. So far, they have been very well received.… Read the rest
Ok, I have a confession. I have been on a cookie frenzy over the last few weeks and have been treating myself to healthy cookie options almost daily. I am active and with it being summer in Florida, I must lose 2 lbs of water weight a day. Ok, well maybe that is stretching it but I do exercise often and try to run/walk 3 miles daily. Today I had a life changing moment while shopping for work at the local Sam’s Club.… Read the rest
Like many of us, I have a sweet tooth and always crave something decadent in the late afternoon or at night. As I get older, I do not have the same metabolism as I once did and am more conscientious of what I am putting into my body. My kids and I love cookies and when I do not have time to bake them from scratch, I get some of the take and bake kind from the local market.… Read the rest
Happy Father’s Day! Today is perfect for firing up the grill and making dad a dinner he will not forget. I am not sure where you live, but I am in Tampa, FL and ready for one hot grilling season. Summer is here and I am excited to share one of my favorite recipes that is perfect for a simple backyard BBQ or a picnic. These delicious Grilled BLT Kebabs are easy to make and even more delicious to eat.… Read the rest