Two of my favorite things in life are food and friends. I can’t think of a better way to get through a bad day than with a bite of something delicious or a phone call with a friend. Lucky for me, I am surrounded by both and with National Complement Day right around the corner on January 24th, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by giving one of my dear friends a sweet surprise from Shari’s Berries.… 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
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
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
I love Instagram. Everyday I am introduced to creative people, new recipes, inspiring quotes and cool products. Recently I learned about Burger Lift after they commented on a burger picture I posted and was immediately intrigued. I purchased a sample pack and am now hooked on this innovative product that elevates your burger experience. If you are wondering what I am talking about, let me explain.
Have you ever ordered a burger that is on the medium rare side and the juiciness of the patty leads to a soggy bottom bun?… Read the rest
Sometimes I get exhausted just thinking about everything I do in one day and wonder how I manage without collapsing. As a single mom of two with a puppy and what seems like 3 jobs, I am often overextended. As much as I try, I often find it hard to sit down and eat since I seem to be always driving around from one place to another. Healthy snacking is important to me, especially while trying to always keep something on hand when hunger strikes.
Nuts are my go-to snack for many reasons.… Read the rest
Artisan chocolates that are almost too beautiful to eat is the best way to describe the elegant pieces from Viktoria Richards. Made from only the finest ingredients and blended with French and Belgian dark and milk chocolate, these haute chocolates look like they belong in Vogue Magazine. I first tried these decadent pieces of heaven three years ago and it was love at first bite.
The genius behind these delicious works of art is my friend, the beautiful and talented Victoria Boyko Fulwood.… Read the rest
Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have a wonderful gift for that special person in your life. About three years ago, I was dropping my daughter off at daycare and passed by a local shop by the name of Toffee To Go. After seeing their sign endless times, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to stop by for a visit. That was one of the best spontaneous decisions I have ever made, as that was the day I discovered what has become my favorite indulgence, Toffee To Go.… Read the rest