Bread and butter. Peanut butter and jelly. Certain foods added together equal comfort and that is exactly what I had in mind for this post. Today the holidays are officially over as the kids returned to school and many of us went back to work from vacation. I woke up today feeling a little blue, as the holidays just flew by and I never had time to really relax and enjoy the moment. Like many of you, I will be getting back on track with diet and exercise, as tomorrow I start a two-month training program to get back in tip-top shape for my birthday on March 7th.… Read the rest
I will never forget the first time I tried baked kale chips. It was back in 2007 and I saw The Hungry Girl on an evening entertainment show and she shared her swap for potato chips with baked kale. I tried them and was blown away at how delicious they were. While that was 7 years ago, life has gotten in the way and I had almost forgotten about kale chips until Pinterest reminded me. I took a healthy and tasty trip down memory lane and want to share the recipe I pinned from the website Salu Salo.… Read the rest
This morning while sipping on coffee and browsing through Pinterest, a beautiful pin caught my eye……Clementine Upside Down Cakes. I was blown away by the stunning photos of this intriguing recipe by Drizzle & Drip. While this recipe was not planned for my daily Pinterest post, I just had to make it. I was pressed for time and had a busy afternoon, but I made this recipe in less than an hour and was beyond pleased with the end result.… Read the rest
While browsing Pinterest for some easy recipes that my kids could experiment with, I came across a pin for Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Not only did I find a delicious recipe that rocked my world, I found a new food blog filled with great stuff. Made with only a cup of peanut butter, a cup of sugar and an egg, these cookies are great for whipping up a sweet treat in 15 minutes.… Read the rest
How many of you are like me in that you spend hours pinning ideas on Pinterest, yet never actually make that recipe or try that craft project that caught your eye? I am guilty as charged. After 2 years of creating everything from recipe boards to fashion boards, I have decided to live one year dedicated to Pinterest and will try something new everyday. This will be a huge challenge but I am committed.
Living in Florida, I have become very fond of oranges. About ten years ago, I created a a variation of a Lemon Drop which has quickly become one of my signature cocktails……The Orange Drop. Sweet and refreshing, this cocktail is a hit at parties and with my regular bar customers. To make this luscious cocktail, I use fresh oranges, orange vodka, Cointreau, simple syrup, a splash of sour and a splash of Champagne. It is very easy to have a few of these sassy cocktails, but I wanted to try and create a great tasting variation that would be lower in calories.… Read the rest
Figs are one of my favorite fruits and I use them in many dishes. As soon as I see them available at the local markets, I make sure to pick some up and enjoy them while they are in season. Fig preserves and fig jams are great to have on hand for whipping up easy appetizers. Paired with goat cheese, fig preserves help create a savory treat that will impress your guests. This past weekend I saw a recipe for fig preserves in the July/August 2011 issue of the magazine, Cooking With Paula Deen, and decided to give it a whirl.… Read the rest