Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers | An easy twist on the Italian appetizer

A twist on the classic Italian appetizer, these Antipasto Skewers are easy and irresistible! Antipasto Skewers Heavy hors d’oeuvres was the request from our hostess. I always show up with a dessert as any gathering is an excuse to bake up something new (stay tuned for my Turtle Poke Cake), and I needed a non-labor […]

Grilled Peach Melba

Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made these marvelous Grilled Peach Melbas. Peach Melba Have you heard of a peach melba? It’s an old-fashioned dessert with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Named after Nellie Melba, […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning | So easy and delicious that you'll never buy a seasoning packet again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is SO much better than those grocery store packets, and super easy to make! Homemade Taco Seasoning Once I can find homegrown tomatoes at my local farmers’ market, I declare it taco season. I’ve been making my own seasoning for years, just dumping in the usual suspects. Always yummy, but never measured, […]

Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert | Shortbread crust covered with a light whipped cheesecake filling, then decked out like the American flag with luscious, ripe berries!

Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert #SundaySupper

This Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert is a revamping of one of our favorite summer treats for Independence Day. Usually decked out with just strawberries, this version has blueberries representing the blue field and strawberries echoing the stripes of the American flag. Berry Cheesecake Flag Dessert I make an iteration of this dessert every summer. The […]

Deviled Eggs | Jazzed up deviled eggs plus tips for perfect hard boiled eggs

Jazzed Up Deviled Eggs

Bill has a thing for deviled eggs. His eyes practically glaze over when our friend, Sally, brings a platter to our 4th of July party. I thought I’d treat him to a batch, being the nice wife that I am. Jazzed Up Deviled Eggs At our house, I can’t get too crazy. I kept the […]

Picnic Month Collage | Picnic Recipes

BEST Picnic Recipes for National Picnic Month

Did you know July is National Picnic Month? Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Today, along with some of my favorite bloggers, I’m sharing the BEST Picnic Recipes! Whether you are gathering with friends in your backyard or heading to a park for a picnic, you’ll find tons of inspiration for your next outing. Pack your […]

Strawberry Pie Dessert | A dreamy frozen strawberry fluff dessert!

Mile High Strawberry Pie Dessert #ProgressiveEats

This Mile High Strawbery Pie Dessert recipe is a blast from my past. Updated from my mother’s luscious version, this frozen dessert is made with fresh berries. Strawberry Pie Dessert When it came to food, my mom pulled out all the stops for the holidays. I fondly remember her Mile High Strawberry Pie Dessert making […]

Strawberry Waffle Cake | A sensational layered dessert reminiscent of strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Waffle Cake #SundaySupper

Waffles made with vanilla cake batter were layered with berries and cream to create this sensational Strawberry Waffle Cake! Strawberry Waffle Cake At our house, the hubby is the waffle maker. He takes the box biscuit mix out of the pantry and makes a hot breakfast for himself on the weekends. On occasion, I’ll whip […]

Chocolate Satin Pie | Dreamy chocolate filling in a graham cracker crust!

Chocolate Satin Pie #SundaySupper

For our Thanksgiving feast, pumpkin pie is a given. The second pie used to be up for grabs. If my parents were visiting, it would be my excuse to make pecan. Apple was a natural choice, too. But lately, I’ve been making French silk pie…and we’re in a rut. According to the crew, the bonus […]

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Katie doesn’t seem to be suffering too much with both her brothers out of the house. In fact, she was delighted that more of her dinner requests and desserts would be honored. I’d been wanting to combine two of her favorite sweets for years, cheesecake and crème brûlée. A quick Google search brought me to […]


Tomato and Boursin Tartlets #PotluckforChristy

Bill and I were invited to have cocktails and a nibble with some friends at their tres chic home. Katerina claimed to mess up most things she cooked, a gross exaggeration I’m sure, as she made us some amazing goat cheese and tomato tarts. I knew they’d be the perfect appetizer for this Virtual Potluck […]

Chocolate Snack Mix | An irresistible munchie full of wholesome ingredients

Chocolate Snack Mix #ad

When the for chocolate strikes, and you don’t want to down a huge slab of layer cake, a simple Chocolate Snack Mix is a much more nutritious way to get your fix! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Van’s Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. Those bags of […]

Strawberry Shortcake Franco American Style | Shortcakes with spongecakes, roasted berries and cream

Strawberry Shortcakes, Franco-American Style #TuesdayswithDorie

At my house, we eagerly await the local strawberry season. How timely that our berries were ripe just in time to make Dorie Greenspan’s Strawberry Shortcakes, Franco-American Style. Roasted berries were sandwiched between two ladyfinger cakes for one exquisite dessert. My blogger friends have been roasting strawberries for years. Putting them in ice cream, parfaits, cakes and more, […]

Bacon Wrapped Dates…plus a few bloopers~

A hubby quote: “I don’t like dates, but I like these.”  I doubt he ever tasted a date before yesterday, but he loved this easy appetizer and these were the first to disappear at the jewelry party.  It’s kind of a non-recipe from my sister, Mary…we used a small log of goat cheese and medium […]