Friday, June 30, 2017

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

I've never met a dessert I don't like.  Cookies, pies, cakes, bars, cheesecake, milkshakes; the list goes on and on and I wouldn't turn down any if they were put in front of me.  Along with eating them, I love getting in the kitchen and making desserts.  No matter how easy or challenging, I enjoy the "baking therapy".

That doesn't mean that every single time I go in the kitchen I have success.  I face my share of challenges, failures and disasters.  But, I pick up and keep on going when that happens.  One of the most challenging desserts I make is cheesecake.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Strawberry Salsa

I have always been an avid salsa lover, but as of late my addiction has become even more intense.  Take me to a Mexican restaurant and place a bowl of chips and cup of salsa in front of me and I am a super happy camper.

I've never met a salsa I didn't like.  Regular tomato, tomatillo, fruit infused salsas and fruit salsa.  I've had several different fruit salsas but I think my favorite fruit based salsa is strawberry salsa.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

S'mores Milkshake

When I think of summer, one of the things that immediately comes to mind is s'mores.  What is it that is so magical about a slab of milk chocolate and charred marshmallow squished between 2 subtly sweet crackers?  Oh, and the mess that goes along with it.  The string, gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate all over your mouth and fingers.  I mean, all dignity and manners go out the window when it comes to s'mores, right? 

Right!

Well, sometimes a bonfire isn't in the cards.  Or the mega mess that goes along with the proper way to eat a s'more.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is one of my all time favourite salads.  Fresh tomatoes and basil plucked off the plants in my back yard paired with fresh mozzarella and a maybe, just maybe a drizzle of balsamic reduction.  Ummm...yum, nothing better! 

Although, in my humble opinion, it truly doesn't get much better than that I decided to twist things up a bit.  Instead of tomatoes, I combined delicious watermelons and sweet berries and subbed those for the classic tomato option.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first.  Well, until the first bite...and then I was SOLD!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Blackberry Lemon Spritzer

The lazy, carefree days of summer are upon us!  During this warmer months I can think of nothing better than a simple, cool, refreshing drink that utilizes some of natures candy. 
Blackberries are one of my favourite fruits.  I can pop them in my mouth one after the other and truly indulge myself, or throw them in a pie, cobbler or tart.  Another option is to drop them into the bottom of a glass, muddle them and whip up a delicious cocktail or mocktail. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

How do you Pop? Pop Pop Shoppe

Popcorn. 

One of life's best and most tasty treats.  What is it that's so tantalizing, so addicting, so amazing about that simple snack.  Little kernels of fluffy, light and crunchy corn puffed up and doused with butter and sprinkled with salt is absolute perfection!  Is there anything better?

Well, until last night I would have said no.  But, I had the opportunity to go to a fun little shop that  that specializes in that popular little treat and they are doing all sorts of crazy, tasty. amazing things with that simple little kernel.  My friends, my world is forever changed with the plethora of flavors the Pop Pop Shoppe has to offer.
The Pop Pop Shoppe is the cutest little shop that has recently opened here in Little Rock.  They are based out of Texarkana, Tx with one shop there as well as their production facility.  So to say that I'm excited that they chose Little Rock to open their second store front is an understatement!  Finally a store that shares my excitement for this classic movie treat!

Monday, November 21, 2016

SRC: Savory Granola


One of my favorite breakfasts and snacks is granola.  Over the years I've become quite fond of making my own granola and experimenting with various recipes.  But, in all the granola recipes I've made, I can't recall a time I made a savory granola. 

So, when I came across this recipe from Simple and Savory for this month's Secret Recipe Club I knew exactly what I was going to make!  That' didn't, however, keep me from browsing through Anne's delicious recipes and reading a few stories here and there.  Oh, my goodness, does she have a blog full of mouthwatering recipes: baked pasta with kale and sausage, slow cooker southwestern chicken soup, banana chocolate and walnut overnight oats, DIY sauerkraut, kale salad, and healthy almond joy bites just to name a few. 


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