How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? For me, so far so good as I am ready to post day 3 of my “pintersting life.” A few days ago, I was browsing through Pinterest and looking for healthy recipes as I get ready to embark on my annual “lose those holiday pounds in January which I will regain in February” journey and found a pin for 8 Detox Water Recipes pinned by my friend Jane.… 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.
I just returned to Tampa after visiting Seattle for the first time in almost 20 years. During this trip, I was reminded of how much I love Seattle and became truly captivated by the beauty and charm of the Emerald City. As a West Coast born and bred gal, my heart truly belongs to the “best coast.” There is something magical about the Pacific Northwest and some of my fondest memories are my childhood family road trips from San Jose to Seattle.… Read the rest
I like it hot! For as long as I can remember I have had a love for all things spicy. My collection of hot sauces almost rivals my shoe collection and if you know me, that is a lot of hot sauce. Variety IS the spice of life, right? I use it on everything from chicken and veggies to popcorn and in Bloody Marys. I love to make my own dips and even use it in certain desserts.
Hot Sauce (Bettie Page) by artist Olivia De Berardinis
Back in April, I was bartending my usual Thursday night shift when the guy that I had been crushing on since Christmas came in for a drink. Nervous, I poured him his Miller Lite draft and tried to strike up a conversation.… Read the rest
There is nothing more soothing than a cup of hot tea. I have fond childhood memories of dining at The Good Earth Restaurant at various locations in Northern California. My family and I would go there often for breakfast after church on Sundays and I will never forget the first time I tried their signature tea. I think I was about 8 years old and the scent of cinnamon filled the restaurant. One sip and I was hooked.… Read the rest
I do not think there is anyone that loves Dunkin’ Donuts as much as I do, and I am known as the “Cinnamon Queen” of Tampa Bay. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cinnamon Spice coffee is part of my morning ritual and I pass by every morning for a cup of warm, cinnamon love. There is something about their cinnamon coffee that I just can’t explain. It is a blend of sweet and spice and it always makes me feel nice. I can’t imagine starting my day without it.… Read the rest
Baby it’s cold outside and nothing will warm you up like a hot cup of gourmet coffee brewed in your very own ! This fabulous little machine creates a delicious work of art in your cup and will surely delight your taste-buds in the morning as well as impress your dinner guests after a nice meal. My machine sits proudly in my kitchen and on the weekends, I enjoy nothing more than curling up on my couch with a fresh cup and watching the Cooking Channel. What I love most about my machine is that it is small and is perfect for my tiny kitchen.… Read the rest
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
“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” –Madame De Pompadour
It is no secret that my beverage of choice is champagne. As a young girl I was obsessed with the show Dynasty, and I adored one of the main characters, Alexis Carrington, portrayed by Joan Collins. She was always dressed to the nines and dripping in diamonds with a glass of champagne in her hand. Before Madonna, she was my first idol.… Read the rest