Recipes 2020-04-19T18:37:23+00:00
3107, 2020

Super Simple Coleslaw

By | July 31st, 2020|Categories: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Keto, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Coleslaw has always been one of my favorite side dishes, even as a kid. As my mom chopped up fresh cabbage, I would run in the kitchen and snag a big piece, then chew it up and breathe in my big brothers’ faces because they HATED cabbage. Clearly I am the Best. Sister. Ever. […]

1307, 2020

Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini

By | July 13th, 2020|Categories: Chicken, Freezer Meal|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Well, yesterday was the last day of being in my thirties…and I had several reminders from my mom, best friend, and husband. Even my daughter sweetly said, “Enjoy your day!” I’ve always been a HUGE fan of birthdays, and it’s not just my own- it’s EVERYONE’S birthdays. “It’s your day! What do you want to do? What do you want to eat? Where do you wanna go? Anything special? You choose! It’s YOUR day!” I beam with enthusiasm when it’s a birthday. […]

907, 2020

Boujee Amaretto Sour

By | July 9th, 2020|Categories: Beverages|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

One of my husband’s favorite cocktails is an Old Fashioned. For a long time, he kept experimenting with different ways to recreate his favorite drink at home, but nothing seemed quite right. He finally hit the jackpot after ordering Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup, got the Old Fashioned Glass, and he even went as far as getting the big block ice tray. I chuckled when I saw he ordered maraschino cherries, until I tried them myself. The ones he got are specifically for cocktails, and the syrup is rich and thick…surpassing the quality of what I typically grab at the store. […]

607, 2020

Birthday Cake Cheesecake

By | July 6th, 2020|Categories: Cheesecake|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

If you’re wondering what classifies a New York style cheesecake as “Birthday Cake” flavor, I’ll let you in on two little secrets…cake batter extract and colorful sprinkles. Yep, that’s it. Technically, you could spruce this up a little more by making the crust out of Nilla Wafers or Golden Oreos, which would also be fantastic. In fact, the cupcake size tart recipe for this cheesecake uses a whole Golden Oreo as the crust. Score! […]

107, 2020

Super Easy Fourth of July Trifle

By | July 1st, 2020|Categories: Desserts, Holiday, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Click HERE to watch the video tutorial of this recipe! Fourth of July is one of those big holidays where we all like to get together and have some fun, right? Of course it is! So, whether your gathering is just your immediately family, small group, or waving at people from far away, this dessert is ridiculously easy to throw together…yet delicious and light.  Perfect combination, and it’s cold too! There are  just so many wonderful things going on with this recipe.  […]

2906, 2020

Our Favorite Shrimp and Grits

By | June 29th, 2020|Categories: Gluten-Free, Seafood|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

In 2017, I worked as an assistant pastry chef at a brand new upscale restaurant. I was overwhelmed and intimidated beyond belief surrounded by the incredible talent and skills of the chefs I worked with, and there wasn’t a dull day that was ever experienced working with these guys. Although it was a very busy, chaotic, and slightly stressful place, the experience I gained from working there, the food, and the daily belly-laughs at the shenanigans were beyond worth it. […]

2505, 2020

Shark Cakes

By | May 25th, 2020|Categories: Decorated Goodies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Click HERE to watch the slide show of this cake, with many more pictures!  A few years ago, my nephew turned 10.  This baffled me at the time, considering I have the video footage of his 2nd birthday, blowing out the candle and keeps asking his daddy “More, more?” for him to relight it so that he could blow it out again.  Oh, that’ll be a cute video to show when he turns 21.  Anyway, he was probably my biggest fan when it came to making decorative chocolates.  He thought it was SO cool when I tell him that he can eat one of the decorations because it’s chocolate.  […]

2205, 2020

No-Churn Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

By | May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This recipe was an experiment, so I called in the peanut butter expert to weigh in with his professional opinion…my oldest brother. I wasn’t sure if the first batch would be too sweet or too rich, so I made a second batch and cut the peanut butter flavor a little bit. […]

2005, 2020

Orange Chiffon Cake

By | May 20th, 2020|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

For our very last class in culinary school, we had Advanced Baking and Pastry.  So, you can only imagine my excitement, considering we were finishing up with the entire program with my favorite subject.  Well, this was one of the cakes that I had the opportunity to make in class.  The funniest part in making this cake in class was the fact that my partner and I forgot to add the baking powder and salt…  Oops!  […]

1805, 2020

Easy Meatloaf

By | May 18th, 2020|Categories: Beef and Pork, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Keto|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

When it comes to meatloaf, I’ve heard several reactions…mostly the famous, “Ewwww, meatloaf!!”  And really what makes me quote is little Randy not wanting to eat his meatloaf and mashed potatoes in the movie “A Christmas Story.”  Well, not in our house growing up.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  […]

1505, 2020

Poop Emoji Cake

By | May 15th, 2020|Categories: Cakes, Decorated Goodies, Desserts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Over The Hill birthdays give you the opportunity to go over the edge with funny gifts. This is why it’s one of my favorite sections in a party store to look at, because there’s usually something good enough to make me laugh out loud. This cake had the same effect. […]

1305, 2020

Green Apple Martini

By | May 13th, 2020|Categories: Beverages|Tags: , , |0 Comments

When it comes to girly froo-froo drinks, this definitely makes the top ten list…and is one of my favorite martinis.  It’s fruity- it’s a martini- it’s a pretty color.  That is a helluva combination, and as one guy called it, “Yumdiddles!”  Yes, yumdiddles indeed. […]

1105, 2020

Philly Cheesesteak Wrap

By | May 11th, 2020|Categories: Beef and Pork, Sandwiches|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The first time I had a homemade Philly Cheesesteak was at my brother’s house, when his wife made them for us. I have always loved these sandwiches with the combination of roast beef, provolone, sauteed onions and peppers…but the ones she made for us had one difference- the provolone cheese sauce. When I walked up to the counter to assemble my sandwich, I asked her where the cheese was. She pointed to a small pot with white sauce and said, “Right there, it’s a provolone sauce.” My eyes got big, and I poured what seemed like 3 cups of that gloriousness all over my sandwich.  […]

805, 2020

Princess Castle Cake

By | May 8th, 2020|Categories: Decorated Goodies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

When our daughter was getting ready to turn 4, I asked Her what kind of cake and party she wanted. She was really into princesses at the time, so naturally that was the theme she chose. So, I started thinking, and asked, “Do you want a princess castle cake?” Her eyes lit up and she cried, “Yes! A pink princess castle cake!!” Done. […]

605, 2020

Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles

By | May 6th, 2020|Categories: Appetizers, Desserts|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The list of adjectives I could use to describe the massive amount of home renovations that we’re doing on our A-frame house during this time of quarantine is starting to look like my kids’ Christmas lists. It’s interesting, exhausting, chaotic, entertaining, never-ending, and stressful. We’ve been in this house for a year and a half, and had expectations to start renovations about six months after living here. Unfortunately, the timeline was much slower than expected, and the renovations started a couple of months ago.  […]

405, 2020

Southern Shrimp and Pasta

By | May 4th, 2020|Categories: Freezer Meal, Seafood|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

When I started my freezer meal business back in 2017, my main focus was to make delicious comfort food that was easy to batch out and throw in the oven on those nights you just don’t feel like cooking. Being quarantined definitely gives me more time to cook at home since I’m stuck with the kids 24/7 and unable to work, so I’ve discovered myself running out of ideas on what to make that’s new and fun.  […]

205, 2020

Candy Sushi

By | May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cakes, Decorated Goodies, Desserts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Click HERE to watch the video of how to make Candy Sushi! Candy Sushi…who knew?  Really!  A good friend that I grew up with had a birthday dinner party at a sushi restaurant, and she had asked me if I could make the cake.  When I talked to her earlier in the week, I had an idea of what I was going to do, but hadn’t nailed down anything in particular…until I started doing some research.  […]

105, 2020

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

By | May 1st, 2020|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A few months ago before this lovely quarantine, some friends had a cookout at their house.  When I asked him if they had a preference when it came to flavor or type of dessert, I received the response, “Anything with chocolate. peanut butter or cheesecake.”  Easy enough.  So, this cake showed up at their house. […]

3004, 2020

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

By | April 30th, 2020|Categories: Chicken, Quick and Easy, Sandwiches|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of my all-time favorite entrees. The only time I don’t get overly excited about this dish is if it’s one of those little “Chicken Twinkies” that you can buy in the freezer section at the grocery store. That’s actually what I had as a kid when I fell in love with it, but I was destroyed after making it from scratch while attending culinary school. […]

2904, 2020


By | April 29th, 2020|Categories: Desserts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I’ll never forget the first time I had a blondie.  A group of us had gone out to eat at a chain restaurant, and I was flipping through the dessert menu…and there it was.  A blonde brownie topped with chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce.  Holy cow, I have to get that  I thought to myself and placed an order when the waitress came back.  It was glorious.  […]

2804, 2020

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

By | April 28th, 2020|Categories: Cheesecake|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Have you ever found yourself staring at the dessert menu in a restaurant, unable to decide on just one item?  It’s a true crisis at times, especially when you want to order everything you see, but clearly your waistline doesn’t agree.  […]

2704, 2020

Chocolate Drizzled Shortbread Cookies

By | April 27th, 2020|Categories: Cookies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In the winter around January and February, there are several things that I look forward to.  Drinking hot chocolate while enjoying a fire in the living room when it’s cold outside, the down time after the holidays to relax and take it easy, Super Bowl parties…and Girl Scout Cookies.  Seriously, because I absolutely LOVE the shortbread cookies.  Those are the ones that I always get- not really sure what it is about them, but I think they’re heavenly.  […]

2504, 2020

Margarita Cupcakes

By | April 25th, 2020|Categories: Cupcakes, Desserts, Taco Tuesday!|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Well, Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and we all know what that means…TEQUILA!  Such a great song, I always think of the Pee Wee Herman movie when he jumps up on the bar and starts doing the dance in those big white shoes with that goofy look on his face.  Next thing you know, the bikers love him.  Maybe they’d been drinking too much tequila themselves?  Unsolved mystery. […]

2404, 2020

Banana Pudding

By | April 24th, 2020|Categories: Desserts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In my family, we call this “Nanner Puddin.”  Don’t forget the Southern twang with that phrase, too.  My brother and I are goofy though, since neither one of us likes chunks of banana in our pudding…so I had to get creative.  I knew that just using banana flavored pudding mix wouldn’t be good enough, so some research began.  Looking through several different recipes, I picked what I did and didn’t like between them, and got to work on my little experiment. […]

2304, 2020

Pirate Birthday Party

By | April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cakes, Decorated Goodies, Desserts|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Click HERE to watch the slideshow! It’s hard to believe our son is already five years old, but I was prepared to throw him a pirate party for his first birthday.  Every time my husband would pick on me for going “overboard” (ha ha, get it?), I would scoff at him and say, “He’ll remember this party for the rest of his life!” […]