Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zesty Penne, Sausage, and Peppers

Today is "Z" day! That's right the final day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2015. Now this is not the last recipe I'll ever post this year but it is the last of the recipe posts for April 2015. What a way to end the challenge then with zesty pasta dish that is full of flavor and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. So if you like penne pasta, sausage, peppers, and a zest red sauce then this is the perfect meal for you!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yummy Caramel-Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes

I know it is spring and pumpkin is a fall produce item. In my opinion, pumpkin can be eaten anytime of the year and also be good. Hey, that's just me! For the pumpkin lover, this sweet treat uses canned pumpkin, cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and spice cake mix.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

XXL Multi-Layered Cookie Bars

This seven-layer cookie bar recipe from Eagle Brand via BlogsRelease immediately caught my attention. Who doesn't love cookies? That love is increased at least 2X's when chips of chocolate and butterscotch are involved to create Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wickedly Tempting Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Mini Tarts

While I do love chocolate, I always felt that a chocolate pie took things a bit too far. I do have my limits. However, a mini chocolate pie tart that I can pop in my mouth is just fine by my stomach and me. In moderation, of course. This decadent recipe featuring caramel, chocolate ganache, dark, and sea salt comes from Ghirardelli via BlogsRelease.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vegetable-Cheese Soup Made Easy

I like broccoli-cheese soup. Therefore, I am going out on a limb to assume this vegetable-cheese soup from Kraft via BlogsRelease will be tasty as well. It has broth, Velveeta cheese, broccoli, and carrots. Seems like a winner to me.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Unexpectedly Slow Meatloaf

One home-style meal I love is meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, and mixed greens or broccoli. Of course, my mother makes the best meatloaf. Unfortunately, I am not permitted to divulge her recipe. I did find an unexpected meatloaf recipe from Kraft via BlogsRelease that involves of all things, a slow cooker. Interested in the slow cooking a meatloaf? Then check out this recipe.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Simply Divine Strawberry-Swirl Cake

My birthday is next month. My mother asked me what type of cake I wanted her to make for me. I knew I wanted one with strawberries in it. I just did not know which recipe I wanted until now.
This Strawberry-Swirl Cake is a recipe from Kraft that I got from BlogsRelease to use on my blog. It looks simply divine. I know this will be perfect for my 38th birthday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Resting Meats

Many of us know that our bodies need rest. A good six to eight hours of sleep every night does a body and mind good. However, that is not the only flesh that needs rest. Sometimes the meats we cook need a rest as well. Now they do not need as much rest as we do. Giving those tasty meats a few extra minutes of rest after cooking can make a world of difference.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quinoa Salad Greek Style

Thank goodness for Kraft! I have been dreading this letter from the moment I signed up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Quinoa is something I have yet to try. I keep looking for recipes that will inspire me to try this food one day. I think Kraft may have developed a quinoa dish I am willing to prepare and eat. This Greek Quinoa Salad is bright, colorful, and begging to be gobbled up.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Perfect Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Citrus-Tomato Topping

Blogging about food, specifically recipes for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge has been just that, a challenge. Certain letters I could come up with a food but not necessarily a recipe. Thanks to some well-timed blog-to-brand networking, I gained access to the perfect recipe for the letter "P": Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Citrus-Tomato Topping courtesy of Kraft.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Onion Bagel Sandwich Loving

I like bagels but I am obsessed with onion bagels. They are quite possibly the best bagels. Yes, I will pick an onion bagel over an everything or sun-dried tomato bagel -- both are loved by me as well. There is something about an onion bagel that brings an ordinary sandwich alive for me.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Noodle Bowl Potluck

Most of us have made a potluck meal from time to time. I am sure some of those were lucky and some not so lucky. One of my lucky potlucks is my noodle potluck. It is quite simple to make.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mash-Up Lovin'

If you ever watched Glee or any other singing television program, then you are probably familiar with the term mash-up. When it comes to food, a mash-up is mixing two dishes or two items that don't seem to go together.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lime Bars with Meringue Topping

I am not much of a baker. While I have tried my hand at making desserts from scratch, the only dessert I insist on doing that with are cookies. Everything else I take the easy way out for the foundation of the dessert by using a box mix then adding my own twist to it. One of my favorite desserts to do this with are lime bars.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kale Frittata

About two years ago, I fell in love with the frittata. I never ate one at a restaurant or anything. The adoration began from that "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" commercial with Lisa Vanderpump. I thought that frittata looked so good. Then I began seeing frittatas pop up all over the place on TV and in magazines. Then I decided that it was time to try my hand at making one based from an Alton Brown recipe. I made my first one in 2013 and it is my go-to quickie meal.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jam and Ricotta Spread

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This is a very short and sweet post for Saturday. Saturday morning are bagel mornings for me. I usually eat mine with cream cheese. One day I ran out of cream cheese and butter! I was thinking, "How in the world am I gonna eat my bagel?" I looked in the fridge for answers and found leftover ricotta that was not used up in the last pan of lasagna made. I also had strawberry jam. Guess what happened?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Basic Iced Tea Fizzy Mocktail

When I was sick and under heavy medication, I could not consume any alcoholic beverages. I would want a cocktail every now and then. I only wanted one because I could not have one. Seriously, I didn't consume one alcoholic beverage in 2013, so I don't drink that often. I drank a lot of tea and wanted that fizz of my favorite cocktails. One day I decided to put ginger ale in my tea and the rest is history. I got the fizz I wanted without the alcohol.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ham Steak Breakfast Dinner

I am mainly a cereal eater for breakfast with the odd bagel or cup of yogurt thrown in. When it comes to "traditional" breakfast food, I prefer to eat them for dinner. I'll eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, etc., for dinner any day of the week. One of my favorite breakfast meals that I like to eat for dinner is a pan seared ham steak with salsa eggs.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Griddle Cakes

I am a country girl. A country girl who comes from a country mama, a country grandmother, and a country great-grandmother. As such, we did not have a lot. Therefore, we made do with what we had. Simple and easy kept the family fed. One of those simple foods, that was made in our family home, were griddle cakes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fried Bananas

I've heard many people say that you can fry anything and will taste good. Now I am not sure that I believe that statement to be true. However, you sure can fry a banana and make a tasty dish from it.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Earl Grey Ginger Fizz

I have developed a real appreciation for tea over the past couple of years. I drink different flavors of tea in a variety of ways. We know tea is used in alcoholic drinks – “Hi, Long Island Iced Tea!” -- and I have been curious about other tea drinks. After searching a few drink recipes, I decide on trying one involving Earl Grey tea.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Delicious BBQ Drumsticks

When it comes to chicken, I am normally a wing and breast woman. However, where barbecue chicken is concerned, I go straight for the drumstick! There is just something about a drumstick smothered in barbecue sauce that makes my mouth water.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cod That is Simple and Easy to Make

My mother used to be the type of woman who slaved over a stove with all four burners going making huge meals. Though it was just the two of us, family always dropped in to see what she was cooking. With my mom around, family had a choice of what they would eat for dinner -- either what we were having or eat what was being made in their home. Most of the time, they picked what we were having.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brownie Surprise

Who doesn't love brownies? I sure do love them but I have to admit that I do not make from scratch. Not because I can't, but I rarely ever buy cocoa. No, I am referring to the hot chocolate packets but that good cocoa you cook and bake with. Therefore, I always use brownie mix. However, I am never satisfied with just ordinary brownies. I experiment so much with the brownie mix that I may as well make them from scratch. Although, I think skipping the brownie base (the mix) allows me to be a bit more creative. One of those moments of creativity resulted in my Brownie Surprise.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Arroz con Leche (Dairy-Free Version)

The beautiful thing about rice pudding is you can make it a variety of ways. My family loves the baked version that you bake in a cake pan. It is good but rather dry for my personal taste. I prefer arroz con leche, which I found a recipe for on Goya's website a while back. This Spanish rice pudding, which is creamier than and not as thick as my family's baked version, had to be modified due to my lactose intolerance. This is the non-dairy arroz con leche for all of us who just do not do dairy.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Warm Weather Means Road Trip Time!

Spring is a couple of days away! Those coveted warm temperatures are close at hand which means it is time to get a little traveling in. You don't have to fly to some exotic location, or even have a long road trip. A mini day trip out on the road to just enjoy the weather is the perfect way to usher in the season.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Foodie Experiment Featuring the Retseliney Premium Spiralizer

Last summer when I was in the hospital, I became addicted to The Chew. One of the things they show quite often are veggie alternatives to dishes. An alternative I wanted to try was using zucchini instead of spaghetti in pasta dishes. In order to do this I needed to turn zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. Thanks to a complimentary spiralizer from Retseliney, I was able to do just that.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Java: Francois et Mimi Espresso Set

It's another Manic Monday. You probably need a shot of espresso to give you a jolt to get the day going. I know I do sometimes. The problem for me was not having the right size cups causing me to go overboard with the caffeine. Thanks to Francois et Mimi, I now have four espresso cups with saucers to have a standard shot of espresso when I need it.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Silly Mini Vacay Mishaps With The BFF

After college, my BFF and I wanted to travel. Well, we have traveled to different places since college. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go global together due to those pesky things called work and finances. So the BFF and I found ways to take mini vacays together to catch up, unwind, and just act silly for a few days. I have to say they do help to recharge us and I know they help my sanity. Regardless of where we go something gets us all turned around each trip.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February Wine Review: Wonderful Wine Co. Red Blend

Bringing a little sunshine your way with this review of Wonderful Wine Co. (WWC) Red Blend. Last month, I reviewed another WWC wine, their 2013 rosé. As with the rosé, this WWC Red Blend comes from Club W.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Wine Review: 2013 Wonderful Wine Co. Rosé from Club W


At the end of last month, I decided to sign up with Club W, which is a wine subscription box. I did not order my first box right away as money was tight. However, I still wanted to have an account set up because I knew I was going to order before my birthday. Then Club W made me an offer I could not refuse -- two free bottles of wine -- so I placed my first order. Each order has to contain at least three wines for a box to be shipped so with the discount I only paid or one bottle.