Easy Turkey Tortilla Soup

A fantastic way to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into a family meal everyone will love.  Turkey Tortilla Soup is easy to make and is loaded with southwestern flavors.  Adjust the seasonings to make it as spicy or mild as you want. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Everyone in the US, that is.  To all my International friends....Happy Thursday. :-)  Landon has been asking for weeks how many sleeps are left until Thanksgiving....well, I'm thankful that the day has finally arrived so that I … [Read more...]

Monte Cristo Sandwich with Cranberry Jam

Leftover turkey and cranberry sauce are the stars of the show in this classic sandwich. Sweet, savory and bursting with flavor, the Monte Cristo Sandwich with Cranberry Jam is like french toast on steroids....completely amazing and fantastic on a crisp winter day. So easy to make. Tomorrow is the big day....the day we eat so much we all get bigger.  And need bigger pants.  The day we wish we didn't have that last bit of stuffing drenched in gravy.  The day we end up falling asleep by 6:00 … [Read more...]

Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust

The creamiest, cheesiest mac and cheese ever. Five cheeses are blended together with a creamy béchamel sauce, tossed with pasta and topped with a crisp, buttery panko topping.  Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust is sure to become your favorite recipe of all time.  So easy to make. Yesterday...we talked salad.  I love that salad but I also love some gut-busting meals....aka comfort food.  Things that are smothered in cheese, dipped in butter, swimming in sauce.  And then I'll … [Read more...]

Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Juicy pears are roasted with bourbon and brown sugar then combined with leafy greens, blue cheese and sweet, crunchy candied walnuts for the most memorable salad ever.  Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts is dressed with a light and tangy apple cider vinaigrette, perfect for the holiday season. I'm not a big salad eater.  I want to be...I want to be that person that cooly shuns a big, juicy burger blanketed with melty cheese on a big, soft bun for a bowl of raw … [Read more...]

Chicken Divan Casserole

Cheesy, creamy Chicken Divan Casserole is a classic dish every family will love.  So easy to make, it’s perfect for busy weeknights.  One pot dinner bliss. A few weeks ago (I KNOW….I’m so behind on telling you all where I’ve been), I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Greenville, NC….not to be confused with Greenville, SOUTH Carolina.  Which is where I thought I was going for a number of weeks, but luckily…I checked my travel itinerary and got the whole geography thing figured … [Read more...]

Easy Candied Walnuts

A wonderfully sweet and salty snack, Easy Candied Walnuts make a great addition to any cheese plate.  Equally amazing sprinkled on salads and perfect for gift giving, you won't believe how simple they are to make. Every year, as the holiday season approaches....the spiced nut carts start popping up around town.  Mainly at the outdoor shopping complexes but wherever they are, I can smell them from a mile away.  I love them.   I go nuts for the nuts, it reminds me of the roasted chestnut … [Read more...]

Easy Vodka Sauce

Simple, tangy pasta sauce with a bit of creaminess that's ready in less than 30 minutes.  This Easy Vodka Sauce is easy to make and better than many restaurant versions.  A secret ingredient puts it over the top! I've said it before...I'm not a fan of red sauce.  I don't know why, maybe it's too acidic for me but I would rather have a heaping pile of pasta tossed with butter, olive oil and cheese than pasta swimming in a pool of marinara.  Unless it's my marinara because it's fabulous but … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Gin Fizz

Tart, sweet apple cider is turned into a festive cocktail just in time for the holidays.  This Apple Cider Gin Fizz is bubbly and filled with fall spices for a memorable drink all your guests will love. Holidays and cocktails just kinda go together...don't you agree?  I don't know if it's because it's just a cause for celebration or because of the crazy family members but a cocktail in hand makes the whole experience a billion times better. Unless you don't drink...then maybe you should … [Read more...]

Citrus and Herb Butter Roast Turkey

The easiest turkey ever made.  This Citrus and Herb Butter Roast Turkey is moist, tender and juicy.  So simple to make and will definitely steal the show at your Thanksgiving dinner.   This is the lazy person's turkey.  I say this because brining a bird is such a mess and you MUST plan ahead AND you have to be sure the turkey is kept at the right temperature so it doesn't contract any nasty organisms.  With all the other details you need to worry about on Thanksgiving....sometimes it's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Donut Bats // Video

Just three ingredients...that's all you need to make these simple Chocolate Donut Bats.  The perfect last minute snack for impromptu Halloween parties or great for a Halloween themed breakfast. Hi everyone!  Who's ready for Halloween?  I'm certainly not...I still have a few decorations to put out before the festivities begin, nothing like waiting until the last minute.  Right?  But I have been busy creating some spooktacular treats that are totally kid friendly and yesterday, Landon and I … [Read more...]