Recipes 2020-04-19T18:37:23+00:00
310, 2020

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Paleo/Keto)

By | October 3rd, 2020|Categories: Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Keto, Paleo, Sugar-Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Even though Pumpkin Season has officially arrived, that hasn’t stopped me from eating these muffins ALL YEAR LONG. Our family eats muffins on the weekends for breakfast since I keep different flavors stocked in the freezer, and this is one of the healthy ones that I keep in stock for myself. […]

1409, 2020

Our Favorite Broccoli

By | September 14th, 2020|Categories: Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Paleo, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes, Whole 30|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For many years, you couldn’t get my husband to eat broccoli unless it was smothered in cheese or a casserole…until I made this. Typically this steam/saute method I use is extremely versatile with many vegetables, so feel free to switch out your veggies. The first time it graced our dinner plates, he made a face about eating plain broccoli…until he took a bite. Since then, this dish is a regular (at least once a week) to make sure these crazy people in my house get some healthy food in their systems. […]

709, 2020

Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloin

By | September 7th, 2020|Categories: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Paleo, Whole 30|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The first time my mom made this for us, I said in disbelief, “Turkey tenderloin? I didn’t even know those existed!!” Fully expecting the meat to be dry when I took a bite, it was incredibly moist and tender. The original recipe that she looked up was for a pork tenderloin with soy sauce, but she wanted to try a healthier version by using turkey in its place. When I got a hold of it, the soy sauce was switched out with coconut aminos. Personally, I prefer coconut aminos to soy sauce anyway, so it was a win-win here! […]

409, 2020

White Chocolate Amaretto Truffles

By | September 4th, 2020|Categories: Appetizers, Desserts|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Since Amaretto is one of my favorite sipping liquors, it made perfect sense to use some in a truffle. In my personal opinion, taking a bite of a good truffle will make you close your eyes and mumble “Mmmmm.” Well, these truffles did not disappoint. […]

708, 2020

Beer Margaritas

By | August 7th, 2020|Categories: Beverages, Taco Tuesday!|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In all honesty, I think this recipe needs to come with a warning. So, here it is… THIS STUFF IS STRONG. It’s also fantastic. With that being said, that’s why it’s important for this recipe to come with a warning. If you’re a lightweight like me, you might not be able to handle more of these drinks, or it can lead to some really embarrassing pictures or videos if your friends and family are looking for an opportunity. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! […]

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.  […]