Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe and Choosing the Best Eggs

This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie's® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own.Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly.  In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs.  I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations … [Read more...]

Easy Goat Cheese Toasts Appetizer Recipe

This goat cheese toasts appetizer recipe is so incredibly versatile I am going to share a few different flavor combinations so you can tailor it to your own personal tastes.  Goat cheese is one of those flavors that people either love or hate.  I am in the LOVE category and unfortunately my husband is in the HATE category.  It does have a rather strong flavor so you could also make this easy appetizer recipe with cream cheese, which will be a bit more mild.  Just make sure that it is softened to room temperature for easy … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt.  No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking.  No more gazing longingly at my husband while he inhales food during our pre-bedtime TV session.  Nope.  Now, I am going to happily make this roasted chickpeas snack recipe several times a week to I can snack without guilt. Chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with flavor.  But, who wants to sit around eating beans out of a can, right?  Beans are loaded with protein … [Read more...]

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Red Potato Appetizer

This Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Red Potato Appetizer Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Once of my favorite potato recipes to make when we have company is a twice baked potato.  If you have never had one, you are seriously missing out.  Essentially, a twice baked potato is a baked potato with the inside scooped out and combined with delicious things like cheese, bacon, and sour cream.  Then you put the whole thing back in the potato, bake a few more minutes and enjoy.  A full sized twice baked potato is … [Read more...]

Baked Brie with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Italian Herbs

I have always been a lover of cheese...much to the dismay of my waistline!  Many years ago, I was introduced to brie as an appetizer recipe that a friend served for her dinner party.  Her baked brie recipe was very sweet.  Lots of chopped nuts and honey and fruit, all baked into a creamy goodness.  I decided to make a baked brie appetizer that was savory rather than sweet and I think it turned out delicious! If you are looking for an easy appetizer recipe that will make your baked brie stand out, this one is delicious!This easy baked … [Read more...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of before.  You know what Pommes Frites are?  Basically it is a fancy word for French fries.  The amazing thing about these Pommes Frites was not that I had never seen a French fry before.  What really amazed me was that you could choose from dozens of dipping sauces for them!  And only one of those was a type of ketchup!  Yes, they served French Fries with things other than ketchup to dip them in!  … [Read more...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden.  I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!  When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often.  I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.  As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet.  I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  … [Read more...]

Chicken and Ranch Taco Cups Make Easy Game Day Appetizers #NaturallyFresh

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.Unless you have been hiding under a rock the last few weeks, you are well aware of what big event is happening this weekend.  Whether or not you are a football fan doesn't really matter.  Between the commercials, the parties and the food, just about everyone will probably be watching the Superbowl in a few days!  … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier.  With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible.  Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks … [Read more...]

Cranberry Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

I have a serious weakness for appetizers.  I will often go to a restaurant and just order a selection of things off the appetizer menu.  That way I get to try small portions of several different dishes and they are easily shared with friends and family.  When we have company over, I would much rather serve my guests a selection of different appetizers than to make a huge sit down meal.  I think that serving appetizers allows more room for mingling, wandering around and chatting, and just general socializing.  A big sit … [Read more...]

Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

This soup recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Fall is one of my favorite times of year for making soup.  So many different vegetables and fruits come into season in the fall that go perfectly in a bowl of soup.  Some of the more common ones like potatoes and carrots of course come to mind.  But you can also create delicious soups with pumpkins, apples, pears and cauliflower, all of which come into season as the weather cools off.  Soup is also very versatile.  You can serve a cold … [Read more...]

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

This avocado and Greek yogurt dip recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt and Late July chips.  I am a Stonyfield Farms ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own.Growing up in suburban Connecticut I never once saw an avocado.  I don't think I could even tell you as a child what one looked like.  We ate rather traditional New England food and while I love baked beans and pot roast, there was very little international cuisine on the menu.  Fast forward to life after college and I am down in Houston, Tx … [Read more...]

Easy Cheese Recipe: Gluten Free Cheese Crisps

I received samples of Cabot cheese at no charge to use in this easy cheese recipe however all opinions expressed here are my own.If there is such a thing as a cheese addiction, I am pretty sure I suffer from it.  Whether it is on a sandwich, in a casserole, or sprinkled on top of nachos I am firmly believe that everything tastes better with cheese on it.  At this particular moment, my refrigerator is holding blue cheese, feta, Parmesan, brie and some delicious bars from Cabot that I received recently to review.  Always nice to have a … [Read more...]

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not … [Read more...]

Easy Appetizer Recipe: Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip

This easy appetizer recipe is completely unsponsored....just sharing my love of blue cheese and bacon!I went to a friend's birthday party this weekend and was asked to bring something to share with the rest of the group.  I love going places where I am asked to cook something...it gives me a chance to play around with new recipes and get other people's opinions of them.  This blue cheese and bacon dip seemed to be a big hit with my friends.  Blue cheese is not something my husband cares for so I don't buy it very often but I absolutely love … [Read more...]

Easy Roasted Garden Salsa Recipe

I love gardening and have learned over the last few years that there are some things I grow really well and some things I should just give up trying to grow. I have great luck with cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. Larger tomatoes never seem to grow as well for me...they end up with black spot or something eats them (other than ME!) before they get ripe. However, cherry tomatoes aren't quite as versatile as full sized tomatoes so I sometimes struggle to find things to do with them. I asked on my Facebook page recently about making homemade salsa … [Read more...]

Easy Mexican Corn Dip Recipe with Amaize Sweet Corn

This easy Mexican corn dip recipe is sponsored by Amaize sweet corn but all opinions expressed are my own.With summer at it's peak, I am thrilled to be seeing a vast array of seasonal produce arriving at the grocery store and farmer's markets. Even my back yard garden is starting to yield a few hot weather crops. (only a few but I keep my fingers crossed!) Corn, tomatoes and onions are all abundant and inexpensive this time of year and with the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow I was looking for creative recipes to bring to the neighborhood … [Read more...]