Fresh Herbs: Benefits & Best Ingredients

Fresh Herbs for Life Ever since tasting my favorite tomato basil omelet at Mimi’s Cafe, I have been obsessed with herbs. There is no substitute for fresh herbs. They are the best ingredients. Over the years, I have spent more than I care to admit buying fresh...

Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

Mississippi Mud Cake   I have always been a “birthday cake”  lover.  Meaning, I like the traditional butter creamed icing birthday cakes that come from the bakery.  I prefer them over any kind of specialty cake.  Well, my mother doesn’t like the...

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce Recipe   Ingredients 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/3 cup water 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   Directions Mix the water and sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the sugar...

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread Recipe Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 overripe bananas 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup pecans, finely...

Banana Nut Bread Supreme

Banana Nut Bread Supreme Recipe Ever wondered what to do with left over banana nut bread? I know that it ‘s delicious for breakfast, as a snack or as a muffin. Now, you can try it as a dessert. This is one of my favorite copycat recipes from Bahama Breeze...

Growing Rosemary Herbs

Rosemary Herb Pots     Rosemary Herb is a very beautiful plant with a piney scent.  Not only is it attractive, it is a rather easy herb to grow.  Rosemary taste great in recipes and has been associated with Mediterranean-style meals.  My favorite is roasted...

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

This melt in your mouth cheddar bay biscuit recipe will be the best you have ever had!  If you love the taste of those warm biscuits at Red Lobster, you are going to love being able to make your own from home. Warm your table with these tasty cheddar bay biscuits. ...

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade Recipe Ingredients 4 large seedless oranges 2 lemons 8 cups sugar Cut the oranges and lemons in half crosswise, then into very thin half-moon slices. (If you have a mandoline, this will be quite fast.) Discard any seeds. Place the sliced fruit and...

Cranberry & Orange Muffins Recipe

Cranberry & Orange Muffins Ingredients 2 cups of flour 2/3 cups  sugar 1/3 cup  sugar (for macerating cranberries) sugar crystal sprinkles 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups orange juice zest from 1 large orange 1/4 cup canola oil 1 egg 1 cup...

Organic Centerpieces & Muffins

Cranberries, Hazelnuts & Muffins Oh My Part 1: The Centerpiece Looking for the perfect, simple holiday centerpieces this year?  Try “going green” with organic holiday centerpieces.  Simply pull out your mason jars or some old jelly or pickle jars, fill...

Wearing Flip Flops for Christmas

Florida Family Christmas Yes, I think we are definitely back in the sunshine state.  I hosted my first Christmas party  since returning to Orlando for my daughters’ girl scout troop and I wore flip flops.  I had a lot of ideas of what I would wear for the...

Apple Butter Recipe

Spiced Apple Butter Recipe Ingredients 2 five pound bags of apples (for standard dutch oven), peeled and quartered Apple cider, to cover the apples in the dutch oven 7 cups of sugar, or to taste Cinnamon, either powdered or oil, several small bottles, to taste Clove,...

Praline French Toast

Praline French Toast Recipe Prepare the night before: one loaf of French bread 6 eggs 1 cup milk (not skim) 1 cup half and half 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg Slice the French bread and arrange in a 9×13 inch dish. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour...

Chicken Poppy Seed Salad

Chicken Poppy Seed Salad Recipe Ingredients: Spinach leaves Romaine leaves Grilled chicken seasoned with lemon pepper sliced Red onion, sliced thinly Crispy bacon, crumbled sliced strawberries Shredded mozzarella cheese Toasted almonds (sugar the almonds by placing...

Blueberry Turnovers

Easy Dessert Recipe This is a super tasty dessert recipe! Blueberry Turnovers topped with some yummy ice-cream. Pie Crusts Ingredients: 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup...

Homeschooling ……Our Choice

Homeschooling was the Right Decision During a time that we lived in St. Louis when my first born was an infant, we had family bible study with my father, siblings, and extended family. We met once a month, had dinner and study the Word. My father posed the question to...

Naughty Talk in Teen Magazines

How Many of You Read Seventeen Magazine as a Teen? I read Seventeen Magazine when I was a teenager.  I loved reading the tips on fashion, make-up, dating, etc.  This was a great way to feel like I was in the “hip” crowd and stay in the loop of new trends. ...

My Ugly Sofa Saga

The Nappy Dingy Ugly Sofa Makeover For the first time in many years I have a sofa and loveseat that is not either slipcovered or leather.  Now those of us who have children know that this is a sure way to getting the “ugly sofa”.  Well, let me tell you  we...