• Chicken,  Entertaining,  Featured,  Recipe's,  Salads

    Holiday Chicken Salad

    This festive Holiday Chicken Salad contains all the wonderful flavors of the season. Sweet, dried cranberries, crunchy pistachios and hints of orange and rosemary. It’s savory with a hint of sweet and oh soooo good! To make this yummy salad I started of by seasoning and roasting chicken breast. Once cooled, pull the chicken into small pieces. You can use rotisserie chicken from your supermarket deli if you like. Place chicken into the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well combined. The paddle will shred the chicken while mixing. I like to leave a bit of chunks to…

  • Awards,  Blogging,  Entertaining,  Garden,  Recipe's,  Travel

    10 Things I’m Lovin’ Right Now

    Welcome to my post about 10 Things I’m Lovin’ Right Now. Where I can share with everyone a selection of neat/happy things that I have found or that have happened during the week. With all of this craziness happening in the world right now, I’m am doing my best to focus on the positive things around us. Some days are definitely easier than others. So Anyway, here are some Happy things for the week. The 10 Things I’m Lovin’ Right Now: 1. Inspiring Quotes I got this awesome text message today, that I shared on facebook, from Trent Shelton (former NFL Player). I follow his podcast called Rehab Time. It’s…

  • Mom's Southern Cornbread Dressing
    Casseroles,  Entertaining,  Fall Recipes,  Featured,  Recipe's,  Side Dishes

    Mom’s Southern Cornbread Dressing

    Mom’s Southern Cornbread Dressing is so simple to make and so delicious to eat! It has been a staple at our Thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember. And a favorite! I make the cornbread (recipe below) and chop the onions and celery a day or two before, making it a breeze to put together on Thanksgiving day. Or you can make the whole thing in advance and just pop in the oven the day of. If you make it up the day before, add an extra 10 minutes to the cooking time. I recommend using the recipe for Mom’s Cornbread to make this dressing. But if you use a different…

  • Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans
    Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Fall Recipes,  Holiday Treats,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans

    These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans are crunchy and sweet with just a touch of spicy heat. They’ll make a perfect party snack for your next holiday gathering. Place them in little bowls around the room for your guests to snack on. They also make a nice addition to a cheeseboard, snack mix or tossed into a salad. They do come with a warning though: Highly Addictive!!! Once you start munching on these tasty little morsels, it will be very difficult to stop! These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans would also make a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or a really great hostess gift. Just place these little…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Recipe's,  Veggies

    Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks

    I just love simple little side dishes and fun hors d’oeuvres. These Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks are the best of both worlds. They can be used for either a side dish or a hors d’oeuvre. Grilled Polenta and Veggie Stacks are not only pleasing to the eye , they are super yummy (and healthy) as well. And, did I mention, simple to make? All you will need are few simple ingredients, a grill and about 30 minutes to make these little tasty bites. First, take a couple of zucchini’s, wash them well and then cut into 1/8-1/4 inch thick biased cut slices. Next, you will need to wash and…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Featured,  Italian,  Recipe's,  Uncategorized

    Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella

    I recently had these Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella at a friend’s little birthday gathering and they were so yummy that I could not stop popping them in my mouth! I was not the only one indulging in these yummy little bites either. They were the hit of the party! Actually everything they served was delicious, but these were my favorite. And so simple and easy to make. First, slice up some Baguette and drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil. Toast until lightly browned. Spread each of the toasted breads with Olive tapenade and then top with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Place the Crostini bake in the…

  • Entertaining,  Memorial Day Weekend Recipes,  Recipe's,  Salads,  Sandwiches

    Memorial Day Weekend: 12 Recipes for your Memorial Day Gathering

    Spring has finally arrived and summer is right around the corner. It’s hard to believe that it was still snowing in several places just a few short weeks ago. With the Memorial Day weekend just a couple of weeks away, I thought that I would post some of my favorite BBQ and picnic recipes. I am Currently working on developing several new recipes for the summer but here are some old favorites.   Asian BBQ Chicken Bahn Mi Sliders Click here Pan Bagnat (Provencal Picnic Sandwich) Click here Crab Salad in Pita Pockets Click here Home Run Potato Salad Click here Grilled Chicken and Pasta Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Basil…

  • Entertaining,  Mexican,  Uncategorized

    5 Festive Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

    Cinco De Mayo is just a few days away! Do you have a plan to celebrate? Any celebration that features tacos is alright by me! Here are a few recipes to make for the festivities. Enjoy and Salud! Spicy Roasted Green Chili Salsa Click here Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad Click here Chili Lime Shrimp Street Tacos Click here Slow-cooker Pork Carnitas Click here CHICKEN SHAWARMA TACOS WITH CUCUMBER AND HEIRLOOM TOMATO PICO DE GALLO Click here

  • Entertaining,  Recipe's

    Happy Easter!

    Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, It came very early this year! What’s on your menu this year? I will be serving the traditional Glazed Ham and Scalloped Potatoes. And the rest of the menu I have yet to figure out. It will probably involve a trip to the grocery store today, browsing the aisles for inspiration. It’s my process! Hahahaha. I have been searching other sites for inspiration as well, Here are a few ideas: I love this idea for Glazed Ham:   Honey Glazed Cajun Spiced Ham What is spring without fresh Asparagus? Or Easter without Deviled Eggs: Spring Steamed Asparagus with Deviled Eggs This cake looks like the perfect Spring dessert, Yum! Citrus…

  • Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites
    Entertaining,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites

    Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites are made using my little rosemary asiago two bite biscuits, freshly made olive salad and assorted Italian meats and cheeses. Have you ever had a Muffuletta sandwich? Muffuletta is a type of round sesame seed topped bread and also a Sicilian inspired sandwich from New Orleans. They are so yummy! The original Muffuletta sandwich was created in the early 1900’s by a Sicilian deli/grocery owner in New Orleans. The Sicilian workers in the area would come in to his store and purchase bread, olive salad, meats and cheeses for their lunch. The owner suggested that they make a sandwich out of the ingredients to make it…

  • Cocktails,  Entertaining

    Homemade Liqueurs

    The season of giving has arrived and I just love the idea of homemade gift’s. Homemade jams, pickles, infused vinegar and oils, jewelry, soaps and liqueurs. I love them all! Homemade liqueur is so simple to make and is so delicious! My two favorites are Kahlua and Amaretto. Both of these liqueurs are yummy on their own or you can use them to create a mixed drink, pour over vanilla ice cream or add to a cup of hot cocoa. I like to search for pretty and unique bottles for my liqueurs that can be used for other things long after the contents have been enjoyed. I came across these…