appetizers and snacks, fruit/veggie dips

    Crudité Platter

    Crudité Platter: Fresh veggies and two quick and easy dips, Buttermilk Herb and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, make a beautiful, delicious party appetizer.
    “You are invited to the Beginning and Ending of a Wonderful Meal.”

    That was the invite to my favorite party we ever threw for our friends. Appetizers and desserts…the best part of any meal, in my opinion. If I had my way, when we go out to eat, I would order ten appetizers for dinner and just taste-test all the little plates in front of me. Perhaps it has something to do with my lack of decision-making ability? Hmmm.

    This Crudité Platter is the perfect spread for an appetizer and dessert party…or for any event where you’d like to give people lots of options and make a huge visual statement….all with very minimal effort and basically no necessary cooking abilities whatsoever.

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  • Baked Macaroni & Cheese - cheesy and creamy baked macaroni topped with toasted breadcrumbs and fresh herbs. Comfort food at its finest!

    Baked Macaroni & Cheese

    Baked Macaroni & Cheese… Creamy, cheesy and the ultimate comfort food. Not exactly healthy eating, but we feel very strongly about the “all-things-in-moderation” mantra. Chicken Salad for dinner one night, roasted salmon and veggies the next…you…

  • Cranberry Wassail: Apple, pear and orange infused with cinnamon and cloves turns cranberry juice into the perfect festive holiday drink!

    Cranberry Wassail

    “I thought I’d wrap myself up. Find a big ol’ box, get delivered by mail truck. Thought of bringing mistletoe, hang it over my head, make you kiss me in the falling…

  • All the recipes you need for a Thanksgiving Feast! From the rolls to the turkey, to the stuffing and dessert, we gotcha covered!
    dinner, Dinner Menus

    A Thanksgiving Feast

    “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Dennis Waitley Happy Thanksgiving week! Only a…

  • Apple Strudel Cake: Ribbons of cinnamon and spice run through a moist cake, loaded with apple and drizzled with a maple-cinnamon glaze.
    cakes, dessert

    Apple Strudel Cake

    Apple Strudel Cake. For those people who want to be just a little unconventional. Take our family, for instance. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I’m currently making menu and grocery lists.…

  • Roasted Bacon Cranberry Brussels - the right way to eat brussel sprouts! Roasted in EVOO and tossed with goat cheese, cranberries, bacon and pepita seeds.

    Roasted Bacon Cranberry Brussels

    My husband hates “working out.” In fact, I worked at a gym for an entire year as a personal trainer where I was given a free membership for both Patrick and myself.…

  • Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread: A traditional Italian bread, this focaccia gets its delicious flavor from grated potato, olive oil and fresh rosemary.

    Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread

    Apparently, a TON of people have a fear of baking with yeast. Take Sarah, for instance. Yes, THAT Sarah, my partner in crime in all things cooking and kiwi-and-carrot-ish. Sarah is an…

  • Maple-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes - sweet potatoes, coconut milk and maple syrup whipped to creamy perfection and topped with spiced pecans.

    Maple-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Maple-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Because, Thanksgiving. So let’s talk sweet potatoes. What do you think of them? Sometimes I feel like after the Thanksgiving feast, the sweet potato bowl is the one…

  • One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Squash - roasted veg and pork flavored with an herb rub and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Only one-pan and ready in under and hour!

    One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Squash

    Well people, Halloween is OVER and it’s officially time to move on to Thanksgiving. Although, according to Costco, Walmart, and every other store in the valley, it’s actually time to celebrate Christmas,…