How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

This mint simple syrup recipe contains affiliate links. Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden but you have to be careful to keep it well tended.  Mint is fairly invasive and will quickly spread outside of it's designated growing spot.  Some people plant mint in submerged pots to keep it contained or build a plastic 'wall' underground out of plastic edging to contain the growth. Once your mint becomes well established you will soon find yourself wondering what in the world you are going to do with all that mint! This mint simple syrup can be used for a number of different things.  It is a great way to sweeten homemade iced tea and is a key ingredient in the Mint Julep, which is the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  We are loyal … [Read more...]

Lemon and Raspberry Parfait Recipe

Lemon and Raspberry Parfait Recipe

This parfait recipe was inspired by a product I received to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have always been a huge fan of adding fruit to my granola.  If I have a bowl of granola for breakfast it is always topped with raisins or berries.  When I grab a yogurt for a snack it usually has a combination of granola and fruit added to it.  Granola gives it a bit of texture and the fruit provides extra sweetness.  When I was trying to decide the best way to feature the delicious granola I received from Ladera Granola in a recipe I knew it would contain fruit.  I was at the grocery store when inspiration struck.  Lemons and raspberries would taste DELICIOUS with granola! The question I had to decide was how to incorporate the lemon flavor into my dessert.  I have … [Read more...]

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage Recipe

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage Recipe

I buy my sausage from a small. local farmer and the flavor is downright amazing.  It is not particularly cheap so I try to find ways to include it in sausage recipes where it is merely a small part of the total recipe.  Cutting back on meat consumption is easier if you substitute some of the meat with beans instead.  This works well in assorted Mexican dishes like this black bean and rice recipe as well as tacos, burritos, etc.  I usually use organic black beans in a can because I am rather lazy and hate having to cook the beans ahead of time.  If you are feeling ambitious and have a bit of free time, cooking dried beans is much cheaper than buying them in cans. Because I am a firm believer that everything tastes better with cheese on it,  I added some sharp cheddar cheese to these … [Read more...]

Barbecue Chicken Sandwich with Zesty Coleslaw Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Sandwich with Zesty Coleslaw Recipe

When I was growing up I am pretty sure I never once had barbecue.  Yes, I know...I was horribly neglected growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut and it isn't that my dad didn't grill meat.  He could grill stuff up that tasted delicious but there was no actual barbecue sauce involved.  When I moved to Texas after college I learned SO much about what real barbecue really is!  In Texas, a good BBQ always involves beef.  Not pork, chicken or any other type of meat.  Only beef.  And the sauces are always spicy, not sweet.  Here in Georgia it seems like barbecue is always pork and the sauce is a little bit sweeter than I am used to.  Of course, it seems like all barbecue involves a grill.  So, what happens when you are in a hurry, have NO pork or beef, but are still in the mood for barbecue?  … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Pancake Recipe

This pancake recipe was sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt.  As a Stonyfield Farms ambassador I am provided with free product in order to create my recipes but all opinions expressed are my own. Breakfast for dinner is always a very popular meal in my house.  Pancakes are one of our favorites choices and making them from scratch is incredibly easy.  Don't get me wrong...I resort to prepackaged baking mix every once in a while but I much prefer to make them without it.  This pancake recipe is loaded with fresh ingredients, one of which is Stonyfield Farms lemon flavored Greek yogurt.  The combination of lemon and blueberries is delicious and this pancake recipe takes only a few minutes to put together. A lot of the ingredients I used in this pancake recipe were organic, which is not … [Read more...]