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Easy Pepper Cream Vegetable Pizza is Perfect for any Occasion

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This post was sponsored by Southeastern Mills as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

Ever think, I’m going to have a pizza BEFORE dinner? Well, how about if it was made with fresh chopped vegetables, topped with a peppery cream cheese spread and all on a buttery biscuit crust? This easy to make Pepper Cream Vegetable Pizza appetizer is just what you are looking for during the busy holiday season.

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I think appetizers are my favorite course when it comes to the menu. Small bites of different flavors and textures.… Read more

What You Wish You Knew Before Your Home Remodel

Posted by | Home Design, Interior Decorating, Remodel, Technology | 8 Comments

With all the time we are spending in the house these days, the opportunity to really SEE our homes has become even more visible. The time in the kitchen cooking three plus meals a day, working from home and having adult children returning to their childhood bedrooms highlights what’s working and what’s not in your home. Which brings me to the purpose of this post: home remodeling. More specifically, what you wished you knew before you started your home remodel. 

Have you done one? Want to do one? Still cringing from the experience of a past renovation? If you are like me, you are watching HGTV and home remodeling shows more than ever.… Read more

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Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast Recipe

Posted by | Bakeware, Breakfast, Brunch, Holidays, Recipes | 5 Comments

Are you starting to think about recipes for holiday entertaining? This time of year always puts me in the mood for comfort foods and special recipes to celebrate the season. My Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast fits perfectly in both of these categories.  

Fall is my favorite time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and cooler air. It is also when my refrigerator becomes full of apples. I always have a variety as some are perfect for eating (Honey Crisp!) and others are great for baking. This recipe uses Granny Smith as they are tart and remain firm even after baking.… Read more

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Grandma’s Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

Posted by | Baking, Desserts, Recipes | 8 Comments

Food and family go together in my world. Memories of happy times come from special meals or dishes cooked by my Mom, Grandmothers, Aunts and Cousins. While many recipes remind me of those days, it is this Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream that simply “takes the cake”. 

Grandma’s most requested dessert to honor a birthday or occasion. We were wowed by the presentation. Served on a pedestal platter from her china collection. A candle-lit white cloud of sweetness with pieces of coconut trailing her along the floor from the kitchen to the dining room table. The slight citrus smell arrives once the cake is sliced.… Read more

7 Summertime Spirits, Cocktails and Mocktails

Posted by | Alcohol, Beverage, Cocktails, Recipes, Trends | 10 Comments

Staying home in 2020 doesn’t have to mean missing out on socializing with your family and friends. It just requires us to be more creative in our methods of communication. Happy Hour may now need a computer (thanks, Zoom and Facetime!) and virtual guests but our choice of cocktails and mocktails has increased. 

From fruit infused beer to green tea mocktails to fragrant rosé and more, here are seven brands to cheer on friendship and family from the safety of your home. 

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Spirits, Cocktails and Mocktails

Organic Rosé All Day Spritz

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Rosé All Day is introducing the perfect warm weather libation: Organic Rosé All Day Spritz!Read more

7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert

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With all that is going on in the world, we are cooking at home more than ever. Finding ways to relax and keep everyone entertained doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple things like a BBQ or movie night gives adults and kid something fun to look forward too, quarantine or not.  

From fragrant Greek Olive Oil to Cookie Dough Ice Cream bites, here are 7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert to enjoy. 

7 summer food items from ingredients to dessert

New Summer Food Ideas from Greece

We may not be able to travel to Greece right now but Chef Pano Karatassos is bringing the taste of Greek dishes to home cooks with his collection of classic ingredients.… Read more

9 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Foods, Healthy | 12 Comments

Are you a snacker? You know what I mean. You routinely reach for a handful of salty potato chips, chunk of chocolate or spoonful of ice cream to make the craving go away. You know that may not be the best choice but it is the easiest and quickest for your busy lifestyle.

In the second edition of the New Summer Foods series, I am sharing 9 healthy summer snack ideas that will resolve your craving, be convenient for your on-the-go work and family life, offer nutritional benefits and of course, taste good! Plus, you will have a new selection of fun treats for your kids that they will be excited to munch on. … Read more

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6 Thirst Quenching Beverages to Stay Healthy and Hydrated this Summer

Posted by | Beverage, Favorite Finds, Foods, Healthy | 8 Comments

Without question, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. As we look for ways to stay upbeat, getting creative in the kitchen, having virtual cocktail parties and even finding new ways to work out may do the trick. With all of that in mind, I went in search of ingredients, beverages and treats that are new-to-market (or just new to me). And did I find a wealth of products to share with you! So many must try items that it will take four themed articles to describe them all. They include healthy snacks, thirst quenching beverages, creative cocktails and mocktails, and delicious pantry staples to sweet treat desserts.… Read more

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Summer Quinoa Salad with Mango, Chick Peas and Red Onions

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This Summer Quinoa Salad is a healthy and easy to make dish that’s full of summer’s best ingredients. Dressed in a lemon-lime vinaigrette, it’s a fresh and flavorful salad that’s perfect for lunch, a side dish or even a meatless dinner!

Summer’s here and even while quarantining with family, outdoor dining is a welcome change from the months indoors. Having dishes that don’t need to be refrigerated is a bonus in hot weather which makes my Summer Quinoa Salad a perfect choice to serve.

People always ask me what are my favorite dishes to make. My answer: appetizers and side dishes.… Read more

A Culinary Exploration of Finland’s Food and Drink World

Posted by | Cocktails, Restaurants, Travel | 5 Comments

Traveling to Northern Europe to explore Finland’s food and drink world should be high on your list of culinary adventures given the enormous talent found in the country. 

Finland may be known for the Northern Lights, snowy-white winter beauty of Lapland, Salla Reindeer Park and Santa Claus Village, but there is so much more to be found in this stunning country. An under-the-radar culinary world that rivals that of cities far larger is quietly but powerfully making enormous impressions on those with an appreciation for the talent that creates dishes worthy of award recognition.

Without the glitzy fanfare of their neighbors, this low-key, yet sophisticated country has an impressive food and beverage space.Read more