Recipes

southwest brunch bowl

Southwest Brunch Bowl

Whew! What a week! (and I mean that in a good way!) This past week was my highly anticipated Montana adventure. I didn’t really know what to expect going in to the trip; I’d never been anywhere like that! My travel buddies were my husband and one on my oldest friends, Ben. JP (my husband)
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summer pasta salad

Summer Pasta Salad

It’s summmmmerrrr….and its HOOOOTTT!!! 🔥🔥🔥 Hot would literally be an understatement right now. If you’ve never been to Florida before, I’m not quite sure how to even explain our hot summers with the crazy humidity. It’s the kind of hot where I’m sweating just walking 100 yards from my car into an air-conditioned building type of
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banana chocolate pops

Banana Chocolate Pops

Lets talk about opposites. Hard and easy. Quick and slow. Short and long. These opposites all perfectly contrast the two activities of my weekend. The first task, testing out a new recipe for Banana Chocolate Pops, no big deal. The second task, finally painting my master bathroom, backbreaking. So let’s start with the hard stuff first. I’ve
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30 minute pepper steak

30 Minute Pepper Steak

If you’re like me, and I would like to think a lot of people, you love a good weeknight meal that’s quick, delicious, and comes together in about 30 minutes. I mean, who wouldn’t right?! That’s exactly what this 30 Minute Pepper Steak is. Juicy strips of steak with green bell peppers in a light beef sauce served
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grilled corn salad

Grilled Corn Salad

As I write this post, Memorial Day weekend is in full swing! I’m spending a much anticipated long weekend at my mother and father in laws house- they have a great place in a somewhat country area outside of Orlando (believe it or not, it’s not all Mickey Mouse and theme parks here!). I’ve spent
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avocado pineapple green smoothie

Avocado Pineapple Green Smoothie

It’s spring, its summer….whatever the season it’s definitely hot outside, which means smoothie time! Avocado Pineapple Green Smoothie time to be exact! I have a favorite smoothie that I get every time I go to my favorite smoothie place. You know, the whole “I’m going to try something new this time” only to realize that
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blackened fish tacos

Blackened Fish Tacos

Hooray for Spring! ….aka three weeks of not ungodly hot weather to do your yard work season. 😞 My husband and I have spent the last 2 Sundays (literally the entire day) doing yard work. Now, we have a pretty standard size lot here in Florida. Most of the time, this lot seems fairly small…but while
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strawberry custard cake whipped cream

Strawberry Custard Cake with Whipped Cream

Strawberry Custard Cake with Whipped Cream, did you HEAR that!? Yeah, my jaw dropped as well at the thought of such a thing.  The idea of this type of cake all started way back when five years ago for our wedding cake. It was one of those that you just take a bite, pause for a
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whole grain blueberry muffins

Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins

Hi All! One of my favorite times of the year is here: blueberry season! 😁😁 This means whole grain blueberry muffins are in full effect!! Blueberry season runs throughout April and May here in Florida and I have made some really fun memories with friends and family while at you-pick blueberry farms. One of the biggest
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gastrofest 2017

GastroFest 2017

Hi friends! We don’t have a recipe for you today, but we did have an awesome experience at a local food festival we wanted to share with you. Jacksonville peeps, listen up! The best Jacksonville restaurants were out in full force on Saturday, offering sample size portions of a wide variety of foods.   The
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20 minute cheater risotto

20 Minute “Cheater” Risotto

Food blogging is hard while pregnant. It’s like everything and anything I’ve ever loved I now can’t even stand the thought of. Zucchini for instance (Kate knows all about this love of mine) used to be my go-to for our Sunday night grill-outs, and now I walk by it at the market like it doesn’t even
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whole grain banana walnut bread

Whole Grain Banana Walnut Bread

Hi everyone! Back to work tomorrow after a fun 3 day weekend! It’s a funny thing to say, but one of my favorite things about days off work is that I don’t have to pack any breakfast, lunch or snacks. It’s so hard to decide what to pack the night before, and it’s so easy
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strawberry sweetheart cupcakes

Strawberry Sweetheart Cupcakes

Repeat after me. Strawberry. Buttercream. Yes that’s right. Strawberry. Buttercream. 😋 This is where it’s at, and it’s what you’ve been missing all your life. ❤️ You add this life-changing strawberry buttercream to deliciously dense, moist vanilla cupcakes with surprise strawberries inside, and I swear some sort of magic happens, and Strawberry Sweetheart Cupcakes are
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sausage kale quiche

Sausage & Kale Quiche

Sausage and Kale Quiche – can you just check out this beauty!? Let me just say that it tastes as good as it looks too 😉 I feel like quiche is totally making a comeback. Not for me though. I’ve grown up with quiche, and not just for brunch, but for any meal of the
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crock pot chicken tortilla soup

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but to me, this holiday season flew by in the blink of an eye! Hard to believe we are already a week and a half in to 2017. JP (the husband) and I started 2017 freezing in a tent, but had a ton of fun. Not
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simple deviled eggs

Simple Deviled Eggs

Hi! I hope everyone had happy holidays this past week! Can you believe it’ll already be NYE in a few days!? Does anyone have any fun plans? Please let me live vicariously through you because I think this will be the first time in quite some years where I just don’t think I have the
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egg cheddar breakfast bake

Egg & Cheddar Breakfast Bake

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Please put a penny in the old man’s hat! I just love that old nursery rhyme- it always pops into my head around this time of year! I know I am certainly not alone in loving this season, but you really just can’t get the smile off
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harvest spinach salad

Harvest Spinach Salad

Anyone else out there still feeling full from their Thanksgiving meal, or is that just me?? Although I just LOVE the holidays and all the great food and family time, I have to admit, it’s nice to get back on schedule. So now that we are back on track, I’m totally diving into some Chipotle Turkey Chili
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glazed pumpkin cookies

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Heeeey guess what!? It’s still pumpkin season! And that means Glazed Pumpkin Cookies are TOTALLY happening right now.  Speaking of pumpkin season, I just can’t BELIEVE how fast the holidays are coming up! Like seriously, where did the months of September and October go?? It seems like I was just cruising in Italy a week
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parmesan beef meatballs

Parmesan Beef Meatballs

Parmesan Beef Meatballs recipe. Delicious lean beef meatballs flavored with parmesan and herbs that are quick, easy to make, and even easier to eat! I’m a creature of habit. Wake up, go to work, hang out with my cat (and husband), go to the gym (maybe), make dinner, make lunches, fold laundry, read, sleep 💤 …..anddd repeat.
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sweet and salty chex mix

Sweet & Salty Chex Mix

Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Recipe. A sweet and salty Chex party mix perfect for your upcoming Halloween festivities! It’s almost here! Just a few more days until the spookiest day of the year. Gotta be honest, Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday (sorry Lauren!). I truly hate being scared. I don’t like horror
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spooky pretzels frankenstein mummy

Spooky Pretzels

Spooky Pretzels Recipe. Freakishly adorable pretzel rods decorated as Frankenstein and mummies for your upcoming Halloween festivities! Ok, so Halloween is totally in FULL swing now. Pumpkins everywhere, creepy decorations galore, and tons of creepy treats being made – like these Spooky Pretzels!  These are so fun that they literally made me”eeek!” out loud because of the
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pumpkin granola

Pumpkin Granola

It’s fall, it’s fall, it’s FAAALLLLLL. Or at least today it is. 😉 I just got back from taking the pup on a walk and can I just say it was the nicest day out in a while here in Jacksonville. The sun was shining, there was a nice cool breeze, the humidity was low…have you
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pumpkin pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

I write this with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean, sitting in the kitchen of a beautiful house on the beach in New Smyrna. Fall doesn’t have much meaning here in Florida, though it’s not as torturously hot as it was a month ago. For that (and this view), I am thankful. Here in
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