French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Last Friday I started Dr. Oz’s 3-Day cleanse, and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be–at first. Usually I’ll fast at the beginning of the year to clean out my system from all the lovely meals and treats that I enjoyed over the quarter-long celebration season–which begins […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I finished writing my first novel on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:08pm EDT, and I celebrated with cake. In January, I started with one idea that developed into a contemporary romance novel that transformed into a great story about family, love, happiness and faith. It celebrates starting over and second chances. And the love scenes […]

White Bean Ragout

White Bean Ragout

Last week was our final full week of summer vacation, so a few friends and I decided to have an end of summer retreat in Asheville before all the craziness of school begins. The schedule of events included: food, prosecco, no one saying “Mommy!” and a Scandal marathon. What more could four 40-something girls ask for? We […]

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

Creamy Orzo with Ham and Peas

This summer I’ve been pretty slack when it comes to making lunch for my children. During the school year I’m the queen of lunch. I make sure my kids have enough food so they don’t get so hungry that they can’t think in school. Since my husband and I pay tuition my philosophy is you need to […]

Homemade Sour Cream

Homemade Sour Cream

I watch a local community college cooking show  on PBS called Charlotte Cooks.  In a tailgating episode, Chef Pamela Roberts mentioned that she made her own sour cream. Even though I make 95% of my food from scratch there are certain food items that I don’t feel the need to attempt at home, like ketchup, biscuits, and sour cream. […]

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

Five years ago I competed in my first bake-off and won. The contest fell into my lap when I was on the Nordic Ware website looking for a new bundt pan. The only thing I can remember about the site was that it stated someone could win $10,000 for making a cake.  I knew how […]

Ginger Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

Ginger Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

This is my 100th post! I didn’t think about milestones when I started this blog a year and a half ago. I just wanted to share funny stories and talk about food. But when  my 100th post rolled around, I felt like I should prepare something special. I racked my brain for days trying to come up with […]

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that’s always around. You can find it at any farm stand, in every supermarket and probably in your neighbor’s backyard. It’s so versatile you can use it to make dinner or dessert. Zucchini bread is a popular way to enjoy this bountiful vegetable. This bread is moist with a […]

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

My youngest sister is expecting her first child. And it only took me eight and a half months to realize she’s actually having a baby—any day now. A couple of weeks ago I hosted a baby shower for her at my house. Even though she and I discussed it three months prior, I procrastinated, as […]

Barbecue Rotisserie Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Rotisserie Chicken Pizza

Studio Movie Grill EPICENTER saved my friend–insert air quotes here–from a continued life of crime. “My friend” loves going to the movies. Action is her genre of choice–the more guns, explosions, military close quarters combat (especially with Marines) and Jason Stathum the better. But she has a secret that sometimes makes her paranoid at the theater. She traffics food from […]