Ever now and then I discover a product that I absolutely love and want to share with the world. Last month, I received an email from ActuallyOrganic asking if I wanted to try a sample of their Argan Oil. Intrigued, I accepted because I am always up for trying something new for my unruly, curly and frizzy head of hair. Like with any product, I had my reservations and didn’t expect it to make much of a difference.… Read the rest
Happy Sunday! I am excited to participate in this week’s Sunday Supper which is all about lean beef recipes. After several months of eating more than my fair share of pizza, burgers and all kinds of sweets, I found it becoming difficult to button my pants. In less than a year, I must have gained about 20 lbs and had a bit of a breakdown over Thanksgiving weekend. For someone who loves everything about food, I knew I had to trim some of the fat and get back to my happy weight.… Read the rest
Happy Friday! I am very excited for the NFL playoffs this weekend, especially since my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are getting ready to take on the Miami Dolphins in hopes of making it to the Super Bowl and getting that seventh ring. When it comes to football, there is nothing I enjoy more than watching the game at home and feasting on some of my favorite football foods. For Sunday’s big game, I will be having a few friends over and pairing some of my favorite CK Mondavi wines with an array of small bites.… Read the rest
Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but instead of making resolutions, I make a list of goals and challenges for the upcoming year. By doing this, I don’t get upset if I fail, I just keep on trying. One of my many goals this year is to eat out less and cook more meals at home. 2016 was so centered around work that I often found myself rushing to get my kids and then just grabbing take-out or something quick from the local market.… Read the rest
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