Sunday, July 26, 2015

Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans


Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans

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This was a dip I whipped together last week for our weekend guests. Even though we planned to have dinner with our company shortly after they arrived, I wanted to offer something to nosh on beforehand. But before I knew it, it was the day of and I had not prepared one. It took no time for me to decide on making a dip as it could be assembled rather quickly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Toffee Cookies

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I wonder how many of you have been successful at maintaining your summer weight. Hopefully, you have obtained better results than me. I have not been able to, nor have I tried very hard to lose a few vanity pounds this summer. Making food for this blog has not helped with the situation one iota. These cookies, for example, are fantastic but are certainly not calorie-free. But when chewy homemade cookies with milk chocolate toffee bits, white chocolate, and salted cashews are sitting on my countertop, it is pretty hard to resist! And a girl's gotta eat...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sesame Tuna with Wasabi Mayo Sandwich

Sesame Tuna with Wasabi Mayo Sandwich

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Hi everyone! We finally went on our first beach trip of the summer! Woo hoo! It was a beautiful, warm, clear day. It's been 11 months since our last trip, so I'm a happy gal that we got it in! 

It's pretty ironic that I'm sounding so excited about the beach, because if you ever see me there, you would think that I was a different person. You see, I'm a shade seeker. I am the one who is planted under the sun umbrella or a canopied chair almost the entire time. I am the one who remains at home base while everyone else is in the water. (It has to be pretty stinking hot for me to get in more than knee deep.) What you are more likely to see is me, seated, with my chair facing away from the beach and spritzing myself with water to cool off like some sort of beach diva. Why am I facing away from the beach? Most people do it to face the sun, I do it to find shade! And if it is below 80 degrees and windy, chances are I'm under layers of clothing and a beach towel. (I have a very small window of comfort level when it comes to the temperature.) Total weirdo, I know!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Samoa Truffles and Guest Posting


Two Samoa Truffles in the foreground

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! I can't believe that it is July already! If I'm looking at the glass half full, I'm getting closer to new adventures and opportunities that awaits me this year. If I'm looking at the glass half empty, July means that we are losing precious minutes of daylight each day. Either way, summer is fleeting, so I a plan to soak in all if its glory while it's here.

I am keeping it short and sweet today. Are these Samoa Truffles calling your name? They are simply irresistible and super delicious. What's not to love about vanilla cookie crumbs, caramel, chocolate, and toasted coconut? Absolutely nothing! It's really hard to have just one of these truffles. Let me tell you, they are worth all the calories and having to wear stretchy pants for  a couple days! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Peach Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken Breast with Queso de Freir


Peach Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken Breast with Queso de Freir


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I don't eat peach throughout most of the year due to the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the grocery store version of this fruit. They are usually too hard, and I have the most difficult time ripening them at home. For some reason, they go from unripe to mealy in a blink of an eye. Who loves mealy peaches?!! Not I! It is just as bad as eating a mealy watermelon. That my friends, always puts me in a sour mood.

So, I'm excited that peach season is around the corner in my area. There is nothing like fresh, sweet, succulent tree-ripen ones. I'm looking forward to the many ways to enjoy them: grilled, in cobblers, in salsas, in salads, or my favorite...straight from the trees. Peaches are like tomatoes in a sense, since the off-the-shelf versions do not ever compare to the freshly picked ones.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fruit Filled Taquitos





Fruit Filled Taquitos

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If you are on Pinterest looking at food with any regularity, you must have come across a recipe by Jo from Jo Cooks for Apple Pie Taquitos. Jo wraps canned apple pie filling in soft tortillas, brushes them with melted butter, rolls them in cinnamon sugar, then bakes them until lightly golden. Although I have never made her taquitos, they looked incredible! After seeing Jo's recipe pop up again this week, I was inspired to come up with one for July 4th using a similar concept.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Virgin Tropical Sangria

Virgin Tropical Sangria

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If we were to judge people by the kind of beverage they drink, then I must be one of the most boring people, because my drink of choice is plain old water. Waah waah! Whether it's the middle of the day, lunchtime, dinner, eating at home, or dining out, water is what quenches my thirst. That is not to say I don't like other beverages, I do...just with less frequency. Perhaps that explains why there is a disproportionate amount of drinks to food ratio on this blog. You see, the last time I served y'all a drink was last August when I made this beauty. It's about time I offer you something to quench your thirst!