Simple Bubble Guppies Birthday Cake

IMG_8676 I wanted to make my daughter's birthday cake and wanted to make it very simple because the summer has been nearly 100 degrees every day. A couple months prior, I did some research on Pinterest and Ebay. Found an item on Ebay that had 12 Bubble Guppies pieces for $7.99 + $5.99 shipping/handling. Figured for $14 she could also play with the pieces later...Read More

Angel Berry Trifle Dessert

IMG_9555 I've wanted to make this dessert for years now. Finally I decided it would be the perfect dessert for the hot summer days and 4th of July parties. I decided to double the recipe and make it 2 different ways. I did one in a Tupperware container that I could leave at a party and not worry about getting the dish back. I made one in my trifle bowl, and then decided to purchase those individual sponge cake shells...Read More

Blackberry Lemon Crush Bottled Cocktail

IMG_9500 I found this recipe while flipping through the Summer 2016 issue of "in the mix" magazine. If you like vodka, fruit, and lemon...then you just can't go wrong with this summertime cocktail. This would be fun for any BBQ, pool party, or holiday gifts. I wouldn't use a food processor to blend. Use a blender or Nutri Bullet...Read More

Grilled BBQ Peaches with Blue Cheese

IMG_9219 I've wanted to grill peaches on the BBQ for years. We enjoyed a nice steak dinner with friends last night and realized I had 2 fresh peaches. This would be the perfect opportunity. Our friend Marshall and I researched many sites and then created our own recipe from what we had in the house. If you don't have this balsamic glaze, then you can make your own in a pan with balsamic vinegar and sugar...Read More

Lactose Free Ricotta Cheese

IMG_7054 The simplest and most delicious lactose free Ricotta cheese you will ever eat. It only takes 2 ingredients and it makes 2 cups. You can use it for baked Ziti, stuffed Manicotti, pizza, and desserts such as cheesecake or cannoli's, It was to die for and I will be making it again soon!Read More

Lactose Free Creamy Broccoli Soup

Monkey Face & Brocoli Soup May 2016 028 What I love about this recipe is that you can adapt it any way you'd like. Use bacon. Don't use bacon. Use cheese. Don't use cheese. I'm lactose intolerant so this recipe was right up my alley. I'm also vegetarian; however made this with bacon so that I could share it with everyone else. It was wonderful and I would make it 100 more times. A huge thank you to Tammy Upshaw who gave me my first Dutch oven...Read More

Mexican Black Beans

IMG_5649 This was my first attempt at homemade black beans. All these years I had been buying canned black beans. They are cheap and they are easy. Just put them in a pan and heat them up. What I didn't know was that homemade beans taste like heaven. They are time consuming but worth every single second. The leftovers are even better...Read More

Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes

IMG_5893 My husband who hates anything related to fruit actually came up with the idea to make blueberry pancakes. Our daughter love any berry in the world. She's 17 months and would die for a blueberry, strawberry, or raspberry. When I found this recipe, I was hesitant because the batter has to rest for one hour. "Why not" I thought...Read More

1st First Birthday Party Cake

IMG_3852 It's quite simple really. Your baby is about to turn one. Do you go all out? Have a cake shop design and make a hundred dollar cake? Or make your own cakes for less than $10? As much as we wanted a huge party to celebrate our daughter's 1st birthday...we really didn't. Yes, we wanted to see all of our friends and family but we knew the day could go up or down based on her naps and mood...Read More

Turkey Stock & Giblet Gravy

IMG_5435 You can prep everything ahead of time, so all you have to do is add it in. I chopped all the veggies and made containers of the dried and wet ingredients to take to my mother in laws. Read More