• Loaded Candy Blondies

    Have Ester candy hanging around?  Let’s make blondies!!! Load them up! I am blondie fan… especially loaded ones like these cookies & cream blondies and these pistachio white chocolate blondies.  Today I was craving something sweet and starting looking around and realized I had a ton of Easter candy that I had not sued so I decided to throw a lot of it into a blondie. Let me tell you… I am obsessed with these… OBSESSED!! Use what candy you have… So I threw in mini cadbury chocolate eggs, peanut butter eggs, M&M’s and sprinkles.  You could just use one kind of candy or more, if you have more… just…

  • Roasted Herb Carrots

    Carrots are not just for the Easter bunny… we can eat them too! Fancy them up a bit… Carrots are a staple.  The little ones are perfect for quick snacks and lunch boxes.  You can roast them up super quick for weeknight sides.  Throw them into salads, stir fry or in desserts, like these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. For the Holidays though we like to maybe give them a little extra love and fancy them up a bit with some Herbs de Provence and maybe some extra butter… I mean it is the holidays after all.   If you do not have Herbs de Provence on hand you can use any…

  • Lucky Charm Cookies

    Lucky Charm Cookies are the perfect last minute St Patricks Day treat!  They are not only super fun they are SUPER YUMMY!! Are you a Lucky Charm? I was strolling down eh cereal aisle the other day, remembering all the kid cereal I ate growing up.  Everything from Coco Puffs to Captain Crunch (I liked the one with berries) to Cookie Crunch… and then I saw Lucky Charms.  I LOVED the marshmallows in Lucky Charms so much.   The unicorn was my favorite one, but I was also a big rainbow fan as well.  As I was standing there reminiscing for a second it hit me… let’s put them into…

  • Reuben Grilled Cheese

    Are you a reuben fan? Are you a fan of grilled cheese.  I love them… they can be simple… some with meat, some with multiple types of cheese, thick bread, thin bread, fancy bread.  However…I just love grilled cheese. Closed or Open? There is a great delicatessen here is Houston call Kenny & Ziggy’s.  This is the first place I ever experienced The Rueban.  I am almost embarrassed to admit this but it was about 12 years ago that I fell in love with this amazing sandwich.   It all started with a shopping trip to the Galleria with my brother for my sis-in-love.  Afterwards we went to Kenny &…

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies have never been better than these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies!  Yes… Gluten Free and they are AMAZING! The Great Sugar Cookie Debate… Are you a thin & crispy sugar cookie person or a fluffy and chewy sugar cookie person?  For me I like both.   My MeeMaw would make me her sugar cookies every time I would come see her (you can find the recipe here), and they were thin & crispy and SO GOOD!  Like super yummy, I would eat all of them and not share with anyone. On the other hand we had a family friend who would make more of a lofthouse kinda cookie with…

  • Homemade Crispy Cheese Chips

    Crispy Cheese Chips are one of my favorite snacks… and they are low carb too! So Crispy There are so many options when it comes to your cheese options but when I went to the store to get the cheese slices I found a party pack of pre-sliced cheese and I grabbed it right up.  It had cheddar, havarti, colby and gouda.  I was so excited to see how each one would work. Much to my delight they all worked amazing!  All turned out super crispy just like my favorite chips. Changing it up a bit To add a little something extra to the chips I added some black pepper…

  • Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

    Black Eyed Peas are a must every New Years Day & this should be your go to recipe.  This year I decided to try a new recipe & let me tell you it is so, so good and all made in the Instant Pot. Black Eyed Pea tradition… Every year my parents would make black eyed peas for New Years Day with cornbread, this is my favorite cornbread recipe.  My mom would always use the leftover ham from Christmas which made the black eyed peas AMAZING!  For this recipe I used ham and smoked sausage.  I mean why not make them even better. What is your New Year’s Day tradition?…

  • Roasted Rib Roast

    My brother blew it out of the park this past Christmas with the Roasted Rib Roast… trust me you need to make this ASAP! It all starts with the seasoning Having a good crust on a prime rib is everything and this recipe gives you a great crust but with just a few ingredients.  To make the rub it is just Montreal Steak Seasoning and some extra pepper and that’s all.  Seriously, it is all we use and just look at that crust! If you do not have Montreal steak seasoning you can use any all purpose seasoning you have, I highly recommend a course seasoning though for a pretty…

  • Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

    Are cranberries your thing?  I feel like you either are or you are not.  Well this girl… BIG fan.  A few of my favorite recipes are these Cranberry Bran Muffins & Cranberry Bars.  I  have to say though, this Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce is definately in my top 3 now.  Cranberry Love! There is just something about these tart little berries that I cannot get enough of.  I love them in desserts, as a garnish, in drinks and definately as a side.    They are so easy to use and so festive. In this sauce the cranberries are truly the star but withe a little kick.  The jalapeño and spices bring…

  • Mary’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Flourless Chocolate Cake is a must in my family and this recipe is the only one I use now. It started with a flourless birthday party… This past year my sis-in-love found out that she feels best when she does not consume gluten.  Now I am not going to lie this kinda freaked me out when it all first happened, but eventually I decided to embrace it.  My first challenge was finding a delicious, decadent cake for her family birthday dinner and that is when I started working on a recipe for a Flourless Chocolate Cake. After several tries and several taste tests we finally found the RIGHT recipe… and…