The $20 gift wrapping challenge!

gift wrap

Since the world didn’t come to an end today, I am sure procrastination has finally expired and everyone is in the throws of a gift wrapping bonanza. Every year when we make our Christmas budget (the elusive one in my head), I never account for the cost of gift wrapping. I like my gift wrapping […]


Dutch Oven Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Loin

Pulled Pork Loin

Stuffed pig! That is pretty much what the holidays make me feel like.  Self will, be gone and Stretchy Pants, get ready for action.  My Christmas countdown also contains a bit of excitement for the countdown until the holiday excuse for overindulgence ends and I can get back on track with my normal daily food […]


Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

mint chocolate cheesecake

    My very favorite ice cream flavor is WITHOUT A DOUBT mint chocolate chip.  I remember as a kid going to Baskin Robbins and getting a giant waffle cone and having them fill it as full as they could and eating every bite of it!  Many years ago after I overcame my cheesecake fear, I […]


National Day of Rememberance



Maple Pecan Cobbler

maple pecan cobbler

This past Thanksgiving we headed out on a 10 hour trip to visit my in-laws in East Texas.  They live in a little town between Longview and Tyler called Daingerfield.  You truly know you are a city girl when you are in East Texas.  You have to drive somewhere to get anywhere, but it is […]


Cheddar Olive Bites

olive bites

It is a rare occasion when my husband requests that we have people over for dinner. I think this is likely true for 75% of men in relationships. Typically our weekends involve me telling him what our plans are or who we are having over for dinner, but for some reason he got the hankering […]


Shortbread Cookie Sandwich with Caramel Chocolate Ganache and Smoked Almonds


Thanks to the organization of the very talented Lindsay Landis of Love & Olive Oil and Julie Deily of The Little Kitchen, the 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap was a great success with over 400 food bloggers baking up a storm and sending cookies across the world. Along with the success of the event, […]


Bria Bistro’s Panna Cotta with Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I truly believe food tells a story.  When I cook I find myself creating a memory or I often use a memory to help me create the food.  For the November Breakdown article for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine , I met with Chef Tabor Luckey of Bria Bistro, Harding House and the Bridge Building all in Nashville and […]


Holiday Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

holiday salad

A dinner party’s delight, this spinach salad with a champagne vinaigrette will add festive color to your menu.  It can be the light start to your progressively heavier dinner lineup or can be served for a ladies lunch followed by grilled fish and seasonal vegetables.  Whatever the case, your table will be sad without this beaut!  […]


Pomegranate Bellini and DIY Festive Champagne Glasses

pomegranate bellini

“She’s crafty, she gets around….She’s crafty, all over town!”  Not me exactly, but I would say that I can be crafty (and thrifty) every now and then.  As for being all over town, I can say that is partly true, because I have been all over town hitting up every Dollar Tree for their pretty green glassware.  […]