Arrivederci 2016! Bring on 2017!

Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake

As 2016 comes to an end, and a new year begins, now is the time for reflection and hope for the new year. What did we accomplish last year? What did we learn this past year? What are our goals and aspirations for the upcoming year? I occasionally ponder this question: Does anyone read my blog? Lol! I hope so. I hope I can become a resource to those who are looking for a good recipe, those looking for travel stories, those needing some cooking or DIY inspiration or those new moms looking for someone to confirm their mom struggles. […]

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Italian Sausage and Spinach with Ziti

Italian Sausage Spinach Pasta

This tasty 30-minute meal is certain to become part of your meal rotation if you are a sausage lover.  The sausage and the flavor of the extra virgin olive oil marry in a complimentary flavor to season the spinach and pasta. The grape tomatoes add a hint of sweetness and color to the dish. The garlic and Parmesan cheese just take this good tasting dish to higher level of greatness. In the time it takes you to cook the pasta, this complete meal will be ready. It is a perfect week night dinner because not only is it ready in […]

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Slow Cooker Italian Pork

Slow Cooker Rosemary Pork

Is the new year almost here already? Again? It seems like this past year went way too fast. It is a bit exciting to wonder what good things the new year will bring. Did you know it is customary to eat pork on the first of the year because it symbolizes wealth and prosperity? I don’t know about that but, I like pork so I’ll keep the tradition going. Kick off the New Year with this savory slow cooker Italian tenderloin pork! With only a few ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time and a * Crock Pot, you can make […]

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Homemade Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This Italian Wedding Soup is featured on Foodgawker! This traditional chicken broth based soup is a favorite to many people, including myself, with its mini meatballs, escarole, pastina and other vegetables that season the soup to make it savory. I have childhood memories of eating this delicious soup on Christmas day and at other celebrations. It was always served after the antipasto course and before the pasta course. I love making soups in the winter. They are so satisfying on a cold, damp day especially when served with a crusty piece of homemade bread! YUM! This Neopolitan soup has alias […]

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Cranberry Melon Vodka Tonic

Cranberry Melon Vodka Tonic

This is a nice crispy, festive cocktail for Christmas! When a friend gave us a bottle of Grey Goose Le Melon liquor, I was happy to receive it but, disappointed I couldn’t find a lot of melon related cocktail recipes online to choose from so, I started mixing to come up with one of my own.  You can’t just have a nice bottle of Grey Goose sitting around unused. I was pleasantly surprised to come up with this simple mixture to make a tasty and crisp red cranberry cocktail that is perfect for Christmas time. The melon vodka coupled with […]

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Introducing Yummly!

Have you heard about Yummly ?It is the fasted growing food site and app in the world! It has 15 million unique visitors each month. This site and app allows you to use “ingredient with” and “without” filters to find recipes that you prefer. It can be quite useful when you need to make dinner, haven’t gone grocery shopping yet and need a recipe based on limited ingredients on hand. How often does this happen? This site answers the question: “What can I make for dinner with pasta, beans, and peas?” Click here: No Plate Like Home to see my […]

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Spiked Warm Up Coffee

Spiked Warm Up Coffee

This warm up coffee is great for a cold, damp winter day when you’d like a little spiked coffee after a long day of shopping, decorating, or taking the kids to Christmas activities. This spiked coffee has one of my favorite coffee accompaniments, Bailey’s Irish Cream along with coffee liquor and Amaretto! I don’t put liquor in my coffee often, but, it is a nice twist once in a while, especially at the end of a meal instead of dessert. Oh, did I say instead of dessert? Usually, it is in addition to dessert but, sometimes I like to be […]

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Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake

Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I would receive a commission on purchases. This delicious Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake is featured on Foodgawker.com and Tastespotting.com! I was excited to present this creamy cranberry lemon cheesecake with a sour cream topping and festive sugared cranberries at my husband’s Christmas party. Even with ten other, yes, ten other desserts, it was one of the most popular. I’m sure those sugared cranberries got people’s attention. This cheesecake is a lemon cheesecake with cranberries inside. Who can pass up a creamy cranberry lemon cheesecake with a beautiful presentation? I will warn you that this […]

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Peppermint Brownies

Festive Peppermint Brownies

Homemade brownies with a peppermint butter cream frosting and crushed candy cane topping is a festive Christmas dessert for chocolate mint lovers. The crunchy peppermint candy cane topping is the perfect end to a sweet chocolate bite of cool minty goodness. Pair these peppermint brownies with a hot cup of coffee or peppermint cocoa (yes, I know that’s a lot of peppermint) and you’ve got yourself a nice tasty duo. Ever since I made homemade brownies one time, I hardly ever make the box brownies anymore. They are so easy to make and you don’t even have to melt chocolate. […]

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