Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Coffee Cake and a Food Blogger Cookbook Swap

Adapted from the original Buttercup Bakery Coffee Cake, this recipe is lighter, sweeter and a little nutty.  The perfect coffee cake for any brunch or breakfast spread. When I started blogging over two years ago, I had no idea the number of food bloggers that were out there.  To be honest, I never really looked at a food blog.  Don't think I thought I had the food blog world corner when I started....I figured there were probably a dozen or so people posting their recipes on the web.  What … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

An easy and delicious way to start the day, this Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie whips up in minutes and is as delicious as a milkshake.  This is one healthy treat your kids (and you) will LOVE! I don't know about you but when I'm trying to follow a healthy diet I need rewards for good behavior.  Sometimes, it's a bad a buttery croissant.  But that type of treat is always followed with a little bit of regret.  Just a little bit.  I do always get back on the wagon, sometimes with a … [Read more...]

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

I'm a magazine junkie.  Let me be more specific...I'm a cooking magazine junkie.  I hoard them.  My husband has been known to call me "piles" because I used to have 6-7 piles of magazines placed strategically (hidden) around the house.  I couldn't go to the store without picking up a new magazine and I couldn't ever throw them away.  Ever.  I thought I might want to reference them later.  I don't....ever.  Well, I used to but with the internet I don't need to sift through piles and pages when I … [Read more...]

Peach Streusel Bundt Cake with Bourbon Vanilla Bean Glaze

There comes a time during the summer when I just don't want it to end.  As I start to see harvest and Halloween decorations popping up in the stores, a little too prematurely in my opinion, I want to throw a temper tantrum like my two-year old son.  I dig my heels in and will summer not to end. Ever. And then one day, it changes.  All of the sudden, like a switch, I'm ready for fall.  I don't know what it is....maybe a slightly too warm day for my liking or the appearance of honey crisp … [Read more...]

Corn, White Cheddar and Basil Fritters

With a new house comes new neighbors.  I was so nervous about meeting all the neighbors because....what if they don't like me.  What if....they find me incredibly annoying OR they think I'm a little insane?  What if they realize that I AM a little nuts?  Will they still like me?  It's like high school all over again except we're not outside spraying whipped cream and glitter all over each others cars.  (I'll share that story another day.) Well, our neighbors are pretty awesome.  Really.  And … [Read more...]

Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

We are in the midst of a heat wave....well, technically, it was over yesterday but I still can't seem to cool off.  We even bought a pool, it was blown up last week.  Laugh if you must but it was incredibly refreshing the past several days when it was still about 90 degrees at 8:00 in the evening. It's amazing the lengths people will go to keep cool in the summer.  And those people who say it's not the's the IS the heat, the humidity just sucks too! I decided to … [Read more...]

Golden Beet and Baby Arugula with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Today was a day filled with packing, sitting and staring at empty boxes while feeling overwhelmed, more packing, a Caillou marathon, folding the Mt. Everest of laundry, more packing, funny cats on YouTube and, finally, this post.  With the move less than two weeks away, I'm starting to realize I need to eat all the food we have left.  It doesn't help that I went grocery shopping this past weekend.  I want to waste as little as possible....I may gain several pounds during this feat. At least I … [Read more...]

Easy Fat Free Peach Smoothie Pops

I'm not kidding when I say these are easy.  Sometimes you just need to know there's a healthy snack right at your fingertips....or at the very least, a short walk to the freezer.  The one thing about warmer weather is you are always VERY aware of the shape (or lack of shape) your body is in. Shorts and I are not close friends.  I always dread when the weather is so warm that the only way to be comfortable is to wiggle into a pair.  After some time I just get over it, but the first few days I … [Read more...]

Guiltless No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Sometimes I mentally "write" a post when I'm suffering from insomnia.  This is a pretty regular occurrance....which is, almost always, alcohol induced.  When I lay off the wine I sleep like a rock....if a rock were to sleep.  When I have more than half a glass of wine I write blog posts in my mind while staring at the ceiling.  The problem is...I don't write them down because I'm too lazy to roll over and grab a pen to scribble down notes.  Plus, my husband will think I'm insane.  (Even though I … [Read more...]

Roasted Strawberry Pie Parfait

I love strawberry pie.  Love I could eat the entire thing myself.  I have a great recipe for it but I rarely make it because....I'll eat the entire thing myself.  I try to only make it when I know we're entertaining, this way I can't eat the whole thing...I'm forced to share.  This solves the whole pie consumption problem because I won't want to look like a glutton and eat half the pie with witnesses. That's when the idea for this parfait popped up.  And Chobani.  They had a hand … [Read more...]