There is a quote by Nelson Mandela that I love – “It is always impossible until it’s done”. I tend to live my life a bit this way. I wouldn’t call myself the greatest trailblazer nor am I a big risk-taker. But, I have a tendency to never take ‘No’ for an answer and my husband is certainly the same way. When it came to buying a new house, we were no different. Read More
I am very excited to be creating a copycat recipe of my favorite Tropical Smoothie menu item, the Chia Banana Boost Smoothie.
I don’t know about you, but protein-packed smoothies are an absolute necessity if I want to start my day off right. I’m not really a breakfast person and I’m usually rushing around because I love milking every minute of my sleep (giving myself “just enough” time to get ready). So preparing a balanced breakfast for myself would be hilariously far-fetched. I’m pretty sure that families sitting around a table eating breakfast before heading off to work, sadly only happens in the movies in 2019. But I would also die if I went to work without fueling my body at all. So throwing 6-8 items in a blender is my favorite solution. Then I keep my large smoothie in a insulated stainless steel bottle and drink it throughout my morning, sometimes through lunch. Read More
Pumpkin Spice Amaretto Tres Leches Cake! A light and airy pumpkin spice sponge cake soaked with three milks and amaretto, then topped with cinnamon amaretto whipped cream. A deliciously boozy cake that will warm you up on a cool Fall evening. Read More
I created my blog to share my recipes and provide myself with an outlet to catalog what I bake/cook and it’s turned into a fun way journal my food creations. It’s also interesting to see how I’ve evolved as a baker, cook and as a person. My focus for this blog hasn’t ever been financial gain, but rather to share my fun experiences, mistakes and successes and hope it helps or at least entertains someone else.
Speaking of evolution, I recently accomplished something that just recently seemed near impossible for ME. I bought a house with my husband. And of course, like most things in my life, we couldn’t just do it the easy, traditional way. No, no. We had to swim upstream.
To be more specific, we decided to buy a complete dump and do a full renovation. Most people thought/still think we are absolutely crazy. We’ve been told it will ruin our marriage or at the least cause of a lot of relationship issues, etc. Anyone that tells us that really doesn’t know us at all or what we have been through together.
So if you’ve come across this post and also have an interest in doing a renovation or perhaps have been told you too are crazy, well, you’ve come to the right place. I am documenting my experience along this chaotic adventure and sharing everything I learn. Read More
Today it’s raining in Atlanta. Gloomy, drizzly and cloudy. A perfect day to stay in the house, cook good food and binge watch some movies or TV shows. Days likes these make me reminisce on the good ole days in my hometown of Portland, OR. So I’ve decided that today, my blog post will be an ode to Portland and I’m making one of my favorite items, Burgerville’s Yakima Valley Fried Asparagus with Garlic Aioli. Read More
Looking for a recipe that pairs well with Lime Margs? I thought so. Me too, lately! I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. Crisp, cool veggies with warm cilantro farro, black beans, lime chicken and lots and lots of southwest flavors.
This isn’t the first time I’ve attempted to remake a recipe from California Pizza Kitchen. About a year ago I made the CPK Inspired Buffalo Cauliflower Bites . It’s funny because I actually don’t dine at CPK too often, but I give them a lot of credit for having some pretty innovative food items. They stay ahead of the curve with health trends (zoodles, cauliflower crust, etc.) and it’s impressive considering they are a chain restaurant. Read More
I decided to remake one of the most legendary fast food breakfast items of all times, the McDonald’s McGriddles and it turned out pretty darn fantastic! These pancake buns are incredibly soft and have delicate pockets of warm maple syrup throughout each bite. There is a little secret to getting the syrup inside of the McGriddle’s. Read More
Today is Football Sunday and it’s the perfect day to make these Nashville Chicken Nuggets inspired by the Cheesecake Factory. Super spicy and crunchy chicken breast nuggets with a hint of sweetness, cooled down by a thick and herby homemade ranch. This will be your new favorite game day food, and let’s face it, the good food is the main reason why I am so interested in football 🙂 Read More
These sweet pumpkin spice biscuits are my new autumn staple. Enjoy them for brunch or for an afternoon tea time with whipped spiced sweet butter, honey or clotted cream. You can also transform them to dessert by serving them warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Read More
Tagalongs. The undisputed champion of all Girl Scout cookies. Well ok, maybe not undisputed. The Samoas and Thin Mints are clearly tied for first place. But can we pour out some liquor for the Lemon Chalets of yesteryear? Those were my mom and husband’s favorites because they were sooo lemony and zesty!
But there is something about Tagalongs and their irresistible crunch + that peanut butter and chocolate combination that just makes me weak in the knees. Read More