Summer Camping?

Ever had the urge to go camping with 49 other people in the middle of hot and humid Georgia summer? Yeah, me either. However, REI was hosting an event at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA this past weekend. A few months ago my friend Heather** (whom I met along with her husband, Jarrett, at…

Shrimp & “Grits”

I love shrimp and grits, but not nearly as much as my husband. He is the shrimp and grits connoisseur. Since February, we’ve been following a Paleo diet, meaning no grits in sight. Even if you aren’t Paleo, this recipe is delicious and guilt free! Now you can enjoy this southern staple without the heaviness…

“Chorizo” and Plantain Hash with Eggs

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend I got 2 new cookbooks and the first recipe that jumped out at me was a breakfast hash. What’s not to like, right? It calls for homemade chorizo with a recipe included. It doesn’t really taste anything like any chorizo I’ve ever had, however, it tastes DELICIOUS and I gobbled…

The Fluffiest Pancakes

I love pancakes. They aren’t Paleo, but I love them and make them often for my family. These are delicious, easy, and most of all FLUFFY! Ingredients:  1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla 3/4 cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons pinch of salt 2…

Apricot Cake

Summer is here and the farmer’s markets are abundant with fresh fruit and vegetables. My tree hasn’t given me any apricots yet, but I have had 2 nectarines and about a dozen peaches on the way! Fruity desserts are so summery and light – a perfect ending to a summer meal. This recipe was featured…

Chocolate Chip Crack Cookies

Ok, so there isn’t any actual *crack* in these cookies, but they are addictive! I love all kinds of cookies, but these are by far my favorite. Cripsy edges with a soft center make for the perfect balance for these sweet and salty bites of deliciousness. Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and…

Roadtrip to North Carolina

I haven’t been to my hometown in over a year. I was feeling really homesick and when I learned that I would have a 4 day weekend this past weekend, I knew that I wanted to go home. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and lived in the same house my…

Ugh.

So this post has been a few weeks in the making. I can explain. Have you ever had such a strange experience that you just kind of wanted to forget it ever happened? Well, that was my weekend a few weeks ago and I needed a bit to decompress and process it all before I…

Chicken, Broccoli, & Apple Salad

The first time I heard of this salad was from a pre-packaged meal delivery service I had ordered from. It seemed like a weird combination and I was hesitant to try it. As soon as I took my first bite, I knew I had to recreate it. It’s my new favorite salad.  This dish is…

Mushroom Quiche with Fontina and Shallots

Eggs are unequivocally my favorite food. They are so versatile and so delicious. My husband makes a mean over easy egg which I am partial to, but any way you serve them – sign me up! Quiche is so comforting and perfect for any occasion. This recipe is my go to. I’ve been making it…

Asian Meatballs

I love Asian food. It’s one cuisine that I never tire of and always am in the food for noodles, wontons, dumplings, etc. I’ve made dumplings before and they were great, but I’ll admit it isn’t something you just put together on a week night. They are time consuming and in all honesty – who…

Ricotta Yogurt Berry Cake

Yesterday morning I had my neighbors over for brunch. I love brunch. I wanted a sweet element on the menu, but nothing difficult or time consuming, and nothing heavy. This light and airy cake fits the bill and was a hit with my friends. I originally found this recipe in the March 2015 issue of…

Garlic Herb Chicken

Quick and easy : two qualities you definitely want in dinner, right? Look no further.

The French Laundry

This is an “old” story, but I can’t have a food blog without writing about my trip to California. Entertain me.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

I’ve been trying to shop a little more frugally lately, and I kept reading that chicken thighs are a great way to have flavorful chicken for a fraction of the cost. Off to the store I went, and thighs I found. Now what?

Sailing Pensacola, Florida

Ahoy! I am home from a wonderful week spent sailing around Pensacola, Florida! This trip was a course to further my sailing credentials by obtaining my American Sailing Association (ASA) 103 & 104 certifications. Having these now qualifies me to operate up to a 50 foot sailing vessel anywhere in the world! My goal is…

Chicken Skewers with Zucchini Hummus

On any given day, I devote a pretty good chunk of time to scouring the internet for recipes, ideas for recipes, or ways to make old recipes better. Most of the time I find a recipe that I like, but don’t love, so I tweak it until I do. That isn’t the case here. I…

Proper Sunday Dinner

Does anyone have proper Sunday dinners anymore? Our worlds seem so fast paced that I often wonder if any night of the week includes a proper sit-down dinner where everyone is at the table at the same time without distraction. I’m guilty of eating on the run but I am really trying to shift the…

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Don’t you just love pancakes? I know I do. I have several favorite recipes for different types of pancakes but when it comes to healthy pancakes, these rank #1. These are the secret love child of pancakes and oatmeal; what’s not to like? With no added sugar, these are a great way to start the…

Spring Has Sprung!

Here in Georgia, spring has definitely sprung! My garden is in full swing and I cannot wait to eat from it! Hubby and I have been working every weekend to get things going and work on our backyard at the same time. Back in February, we ordered lots of seeds from Seeds Now (they are…