Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice

A big pot of this Dirty Rice is a crowd pleaser. I like to serve it alongside cold fried chicken and a scoop of cole slaw.   There’s nothing fancy about this dirty rice recipe, but it sure does taste good. I’m always looking for ways to use leftover white rice. Squirrel is a...

Thirsty Thursday: Basil Ginger Gin Fizz

Basil Ginger Gin Fizz

Sweet basil and fragrant ginger get combined to create a summer-y boozy beverage with a pop of fizz. As I was perusing Cooking Light magazine the other day, I came across a basil and ginger infused beverage and I thought to myself, “Hmm, that’s an interesting combination of flavors.” My brain was shaking its...

Dirty Chai Tea Latte

Dirty Chai Tea Latte {Espresso + Chai Tea}

Chai tea gets down and dirty with a shot of espresso to create this Dirty Chai Tea Latte. It’s delicious served over ice or hot. I think I’ve confessed my love for all things coffee in the past, but I have a major need to do it again. Me and coffee are like this…...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars are a healthy blend of natural ingredients. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened. If you’re like me and love the classic chocolate chip cookie, then you’re going to love these energy bars. They taste like the sweet, buttery cookie, only they’re healthy, full of protein, and naturally sweetened...

Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Coconut Mojito

Pineapple Coconut Mojito

This Pineapple Coconut Mojito is a combination of tart lime juice, sweet pineapple, and creamy coconut milk. It’s a refreshing way to keep cool this summer. The heart wants what the heart wants, and today my heart heart wants a few of these pineapple coconut mojitos.

Strawberry-Banana Cake Batter Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Cake Batter Smoothie

This Strawberry-Banana Cake Batter Smoothie is a frothy blend of frozen bananas and strawberries, creamy vanilla yogurt, a few scoops of funfetti cake batter, and sweet vanilla almond milk. It’s a fun smoothie for the kid in all of us! I’m always looking for ways to stay cool during the blistering hot months of...

Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Shortcake Martini

Strawberry Shortcake Martini

This Strawberry Shortcake Martini is a sip-able version of the classic layer cake. It’s a combination of strawberry shortcake vodka, vanilla vodka, strawberry jam, and cream. It’s the perfect summer cocktail and a great way to enjoy cake without all the work. It’s been over a month since my last Thirsty Thursday post. I...

Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

This Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is a creamy blend of sweet sun-dried tomatoes and fire-y roasted red peppers. This healthy dip is perfect for snacking. If you’re looking for a healthy snack to munch on in-between meals, as an appetizer, for a picnic, or when you’re just plain bored and need...

Caprese Pasta Salad ~ #SundaySupper

Caprese Pasta Salad {Vegetarian}

Ripe tomatoes, sweet basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese come together to create a flavorful summer pasta salad. I’m all about fresh, vibrant recipes in the summer. This Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad is made with fresh ingredients straight from the garden. As we all know, straight off the vine tomatoes are the absolute best....