How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

April 16, 2018
Say good-bye to the can ~ and make your own flavorful chicken broth at home!  Just follow these simple steps on how to make Homemade Chicken Broth.  You'll be surprised at how easy it is, and how much flavor gets packed into that broth when you make it yourself.
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I'll admit, I usually use canned chicken broth.  And I'd bet most of us probably do.  

It's just so stinkin' convenient to grab a few cans at the grocery store, keep them handy in the pantry, and pop a can open whenever I need some chicken broth for a recipe I'm making.  I'm seriously all about convenience most of the time.

But when we do say good-bye to that can?

Blueberry Crisp ... dee-lish

April 12, 2018
Enjoy the flavors of fresh blueberry pie without the fuss of a crust ... make easy-as-can-be Blueberry Crisp instead!

Easy-as-can-be Fresh Blueberry Crisp Image ~ enjoy the flavors of fresh blueberry pie without the fuss of a crust!

I may just have a new favorite fruit dessert.  

I don't know why I didn't think of this before.  Apple crisp? ...  Make it all the time.  Pear crisp? ... Yes, with walnuts.  It's divine!  But blueberry crisp?  Took me forever to think of it.  

And now that I've tried it, I'm hooked.  

Cake By the Ocean Cocktail

April 9, 2018
No matter where you enjoy a Cake By the Ocean cocktail ... be it at the ocean, in the backyard, or in your own living room, ... one thing's for sure ~ it's just plain fun to drink.  With its fruity tropical flavors, tasty cake vodka, and playful sprinkles rim, I dare you to try to drink this fun cocktail and not smile!
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Cake By the Ocean Cocktail Image ~ With it's fruity tropical flavors, tasty cake vodka, and playful sprinkles rim, I dare you to try to drink this fun cocktail and not smile!


There sure is a plethora of flavored vodkas that have popped up out there, aren't there?

I swear, every time I go to the liquor store, it seems the vodka row just gets longer and longer.  From fruit flavored, to toasted marshmallow, to root beer, to whipped cream ... and everything in between!  A new flavor {or 100} gets added every time.

To up the fun and flavor factor of this drink, sprinkles are adhered to the glass rim with vanilla frosting.

Truth be told, I'm not a fan of most of these flavored vodkas.  Give me just a good classic regular vodka any day.  Or if I'm really feeling wild and crazy, pass me a bottle of vanilla vodka to whip up a Chocolate Martini, Thin Mint Cocktail, Coconut Snowball Cocktail, or a Gingerbread White Russian.  But truly, that's about as wild as I get with my vodka.

Until now.

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

April 5, 2018
Filled with a tasty combination of sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and flavorful spices, Baked Jalapeno Poppers pack a wonderfully delicious spicy punch without the fat of frying.

Baked Jalapeno Poppers Image - Filled with a tasty combination of sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and flavorful spices, Baked Jalapeno Poppers pack a wonderfully delicious spicy punch without the fat of frying.

I totally think jalapeno poppers are appropriately named.  Don't you?  Because when it comes right down to it, they truly are so easy to just "pop" in your mouth.  Both because of their perfectly poppable size ... and because of their fabulous flavor.

As much as I love them, until now I've never really made my own poppers at home ... purely because I don't like to fry.  And I always thought, how can you get that characteristic crunch of a jalapeno popper's coating without frying?

But now I've discovered this BAKED Jalapeno Poppers recipe.  Which means no frying! ... yet still delivers up the popper's characteristic crunch.

How to Make Mojitos

April 2, 2018
Follow these simple steps on how to make Mojitos and you'll be whipping up the best darn cocktails in town!  With its refreshingly well-balanced combination of ingredients, everyone will be asking you for your Mojitos recipe.  Whether you're willing to share your secrets? ... Now, that's up to you.
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A mojito is one of my absolute favorite cocktails to enjoy.  When it comes to mojitos, it's all about that mint!  And the lime.  And the rum.  And how those flavors all play together.  

A refreshingly delicious traditional Cuban cocktail, mojitos are a simple mix of just five basic ingredients ~ mint, fresh lime juice, sugar, white rum, and sparkling water.

The lime, sugar, and mint are muddled, or smashed, together in the glass itself to release all the wonderfully flavorful oils from the mint leaves.  The cocktail is then topped off with a shot of rum, ice, and sparkling water to create one refreshingly thirst-quenching drink. 
A refreshingly delicious traditional Cuban cocktail, mojitos are a simple mix of just five basic ingredients. 
But the combination of those five simple mojito ingredients can easily go awry.

Southern Strawberry-Coconut Punch Bowl Cake

March 28, 2018
Enjoy classic Southern Strawberry-Coconut Punch Bowl Cake with scrumptiously creamy layers of angel food cake, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and coconut.  You might call it trifle, but in the South we call it punch bowl cake!

Classic Southern Punch Bowl Cake Image ~ Scrumptiously creamy layers of angel food cake, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and coconut.

So you've heard of a trifle, right?  But what about a punch bowl cake?  Your familiarity with this term probably depends upon where you live.

Because the term "punch bowl cake" is a decidedly Southern thing.

Yes, in the South we call these beautifully layered, absolutely creamily delicious desserts punch bowl cakes.  Layers of cake pieces, fresh fruit, and something yummy-and-creamy are all piled together in a gorgeous glass bowl.  And the result is nothing short of amazingly delicious.

The glass bowl, of course, just so happens to quite frequently double as a punch bowl.  And you guessed it, that's exactly how these cakes got their name.

Corn Fritter Casserole

March 26, 2018
Whether this Corn Fritter Casserole actually qualifies as a "fritter" is open for debate.  But one thing's for sure ... its baked cornbread-like batter surrounding the tasty, creamy corn tucked inside makes for one delicious comfort food casserole, indeed.  It's perfect alongside ham for Easter or Christmas, great with turkey for Thanksgiving, or a tasty side for everyday dinner.

Corn Fritter Casserole Image ~ its baked cornbread-like batter surrounding the tasty, creamy corn tucked inside makes for one delicious comfort food casserole, indeed.


Comfort food vegetable casseroles are right up my alley.  There's just something about the creaminess of vegetables slathered in sauce or cheese, or baked up in a tasty custard-type batter, I love.

Some of my favorites?  The classic Creamy Broccoli Casserole my Mom always makes for Thanksgiving dinner.  Or the custardy  Corn Pudding we discovered while on a trip to Chesapeake Bay's Tangier Island.  And when I'm trying to eat lower-carb?  I adore digging in to a pan full of Cauliflower {Just Like} Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

When it comes to comfort food vegetable casseroles, this creamy Corn Fritter Casserole sure fits the bill.   

Yes, I know there are much much healthier ways to enjoy my vegetables.  And most of the time, I do indeed eat my veggies in their more pure, simpler, healthier form.  But when they're around, a good vegetable casserole is something I just can't resist.

And when it comes to comfort food vegetable casseroles, this creamy Corn Fritter Casserole sure fits the bill.
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