Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Basil Pesto

Shrimp Asparagus Pesto Gnocchi

When I’m cooking on weeknights, I usually go for dishes that keep the dishes to a minimum. After enjoying a delicious dinner with my hubby, the only thing I want to do is lay on the couch with a glass of wine and talk...

One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

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Did you have a nice weekend? We did. It was a mix of fun, strange and just plain laughable. Saturday was spent packing boxes in pajamas for our move in three weeks… and later, Mark rescuing me from THIS: This was the actual size...

Country Frittata with Ham, Cheddar and Basil

Country Frittata

Since my family and I live so far apart, I cherish my time with them and always try to make the most of it. This includes fattening them up by cooking dinner and baking goodies and hugging them until they can’t breathe. But, making...

Homemade Vanilla-Honey Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Isn’t peanut butter the best? It makes a good sandwich on nights home alone, it gives you a zap of energy when you need it, and with bananas and bread, it calms your stomach naturally and effectively… This was especially true after one too...

Chocolate, Caramel and Walnut Turtles

Caramel Walnut Turtles

How old were you when you stopped receiving Easter baskets? I’m proud to say I was 18, and not an Easter goes by where I don’t miss those hollow chocolate bunnies, Peeps, little nail polishes and a $20 bill tucked into the fake grass....

Lemon Cupcakes with Limoncello-Cream Cheese Frosting

Limoncello Cupcakes

When it comes to cupcakes, I’m a vanilla kind of girl. I usually just like the basic stuff –  yellow cake, white frosting, sometimes sprinkles. But, after making a bottle of homemade limoncello, I started envisioning ways I could use it in my baking...

Our Amazing Week in Austin

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For an entire week, my husband and I spent our time enjoying the sights, sounds and sinfully good barbecue in Austin, Texas, and wow, what a week it was! Between visiting friends, exploring the city and searching for our first home, it was a...

Homemade Limoncello

Easy Homemade Limoncello

Yesterday was our last day in Austin, Texas, where it is hot hot HOT, so in saying goodbye to the sizzling weather I’ve dedicated this luscious limoncello recipe to my favorite Southern city. We have had an absolute blast enjoying good friends, music and...

My Spring Favorites & A Special Trip

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Today, Mark and I are leaving for a week in Austin, Texas, and let me tell you, I am weak in the knees with excitement! We visited the friendly, foodie heaven of a city briefly last year and have been itching to explore it...

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Parmesan

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Living in the city like I have for seven years, there aren’t many occasions to enjoy outdoor barbecues like I used to as a kid. So, since my husband and I will be buying our first house outside the city this spring, having friends...