Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce

Enjoy a super easy and extremely flavorful dinner when you make Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights as well as serving to guests on the weekend.   About a year ago I tried a hot pasta with cold sauce dish at a favorite Italian restaurant. I haven't been able to forget about it and decided to find a recipe to replicate the amazing tomato and basil flavor. Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce is … [Read more...]

Mango Banana Smoothie with Lemon

Welcome to summer breezes, homegrown vegetables, and frosty fruit drinks! You'll love this easy and refreshing mango banana smoothie that whips up in a matter of minutes.   This sunny yellow smoothie features the tropical flavors of mango and banana, with a bit of citrus-y lemon goodness mixed in. It also incorporates a bit of healthy rolled oats, honey, and chia seeds.     I found the recipe for a mango banana … [Read more...]

Blackberry Lemon Muffins

Blackberry Lemon Muffins combine the fruity goodness of blackberries with the citrus-y appeal of lemons. The combination of flavors makes for a delightful muffin that's perfect for breakfast or snacking.   Today I'm joining several other bloggers to bring you a collection of seasonal summer recipes! A special thank you to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's delectable event. I've been working on a Blackberry Lemon muffin … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipes and Turkey Day Tips

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Are you ready?  If you'd like to try some new Thanksgiving recipes this year or are in desperate need of a few tips to get you through the crazy days of cooking and baking, look no further!  I've rounded up some tasty recipes for you and at the end of the post I have a couple of infographics to help alleviate the stress of the holiday and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones. When I host Thanksgiving, or any … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup

To make guests feel special at your Thanksgiving meal, offer a beautiful bowl of Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup. The complex flavor and rich color make this soup an impressive start to any meal. Sweet carrots are balanced by fennel to bring you a unique starting course. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make!   I love making vegetable soups, especially creamy ones with amazing color. To start a big meal like Thanksgiving, you only need … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy French Fries with Dipping Sauces

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of McCain Foods, Inc. The opinions are entirely my own. I'm noticing a trend in my life right now. More time spent on holiday preparations and less time cooking, which means grabbing snacks or meals on the go. Do you ever get so caught up in a project that you realize you missed a meal? When I'm burrowed into decorating and meal planning, I often find myself snacking on fruit or anything … [Read more...]

Mini Cream Cheese Fruit Tarts

Although this post is sponsored by Welch's® Frozen Fruits, all opinions are my own. Kids are back in school, the grass doesn't need to be mowed as frequently ... you'd think life would be less busy now that summer's over, but no. I feel like fall season is full-on party season. There are football games, school open houses, family birthdays, and more to attend. Seems like every time I turn around I need to make food to take somewhere. I always … [Read more...]

27 Vegetarian Soup Recipes for You!

Happy World Vegetarian Day!!  In honor of celebrating vegetarians around the world, I'm sharing a round-up of 27 vegetarian soup recipes. From light and healthy to rich and creamy, you're sure to find a soup recipe from this collection of delicious soups from my fellow bloggers. Special thanks to each of them for sharing their recipes for all of us to enjoy. Just click the links below each image to find the recipes. Quick Vegetarian Chili  |   … [Read more...]

Black and White Chili: Enjoying a Little Me Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite past times is losing myself in a good magazine. In high school I'd immerse myself in fashion magazines, whether I was by myself or with a group of girlfriends. Today I still enjoy spending a little "me time" with inspirational magazines. This past weekend I enjoyed thumbing through PEOPLE … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Peppers

Hubby and I have been struggling to keep up with our vegetable garden this year. I haven't been able to get all the tomatoes canned before they wither on the vine. We were worried all the peppers would spoil until I had the genius idea to freeze them.  Okay, the genius idea wasn't mine ... I read somewhere that you could freeze them. It's so easy to freeze peppers and I want to share it with you in case you have the same surplus … [Read more...]

How to Make a Naked Cake

Do you love cake but find yourself scraping off a lot of the frosting before eating it? Say hello to the naked cake! It wears a bit of frosting between the layers but the sides are bare. Cake designers have elevated the naked cake to a work of art and I feel they're often prettier than their fully-frosted counterparts. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create your own beautiful version of a naked cake. I actually think this style of cake is … [Read more...]

Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aidells® & The Wine Group. The opinions and text are all mine. Summer! It heightens all the senses. Windows are open to smell the roses rambling along the fence. The sight of fireflies flickering in the fields delights children of all ages. And flavors from the garden enhance any dish you prepare in the kitchen. Today I'm sharing a tasty Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta recipe that's … [Read more...]

Red and White Wine Pairings

I don't really know how it happened, but a few years ago I developed a keen interest in wine varietals and how they enhanced the flavor of food. Without a doubt, a fine wine makes food taste better. A good pairing will pull out the nuances and layers of flavor, which is why having a glass of wine with a meal has become so popular.  Today I'm sharing a couple of red and white wine pairings with selections from Sequoia Grove, a winemaker in the … [Read more...]

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