Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes


Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s worthy of company, but so quick and easy to assemble, you’ll want to treat yourself and enjoy with a glass of wine for cocktail hour! I’ve seen several recipes recently for roasted grape appetizers, this recipe comes from the pages of Southern Living Magazine in the…

Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette


Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette is spring on plate! Colorful and delicious with fresh spring asparagus and strawberries and pretty enough to serve company! We enjoyed this salad for Easter. You can prepare the components of the salad in advance and assemble right before serving. Asparagus and strawberries may seem like unlikely salad partners, but their…

Easter PEEPS® Hidden Egg Cupcakes


It’s not Easter without my Peeps :) I have a last-minute Easter treat for small and big kids alike, PEEPS® Hidden Egg Cupcakes! I found heaps of PEEPS® for Easter at Target. This fun idea for a hidden egg or ‘surprise-inside’ your cupcake comes from Betty Crocker. Bake your cupcakes using your favorite recipe or according…

Mini Easter Basket Cakes


I have a fun dessert idea with Easter on its way, Mini Easter Basket Cakes! Festive to serve and easy to decorate, filling with colored coconut for “grass”, candy eggs, and a chocolate bunny or chick, just like an Easter basket!  I’ve been hopping lately, with spring on a ladder and planting seed boxes! On one of my shopping…

For the Love of The Irish: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes & Inspiration

St. Patrick's Day Recipe & Inspiration

It’s said that everyone’s a little bit Irish during the month of March, regardless of their heritage! To whet your appetite for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a round-up of recipes with inspiration from the kitchen to the table! Click on the link below the photos for a taste of green :) Bombed Brownies Trifles  Mini desserts with Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese…

Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust

Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust

I have a make-ahead recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, Beef Hand Pies with Cheddar-Stout Crust! The key ingredients for the crust and a little taste of Ireland are Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese and Guinness Stout, but you could use any stout or cheese of your choice. You can make all or parts of these hand pies ahead. Make the…

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu and a Winner!

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is a twist on tiramisu starring blueberries as a heart-smart ingredient! Nonfat Greek yogurt takes the place of the traditional ingredients of heavy cream, egg yolks, and mascarpone cheese, resulting in a healthier, light and summery dessert. From *Good Food for a Healthy Heart (Hearst, February 2015) by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is in the Sweet & Fruity Dessert recipes and among…


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