The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

4 Easy Tips for the Smoothest Hummus Ever

Hummus is one of the easiest healthy appetizers to whip up and serve for nearly any occasion. From an intimate family gathering to a backyard barbecue, this simple blend of chickpeas and seasonings seems to fit.Paired with gluten-free pita bread, ...more

Get 'Fed Up' With the Documentary's Filmmakers

This past weekend, a new documentary hit theaters that asks hard questions about what Americans eat and why. Fed Up examines the effect of added sugar on the American diet and our high rates of childhood obesity and chronic disease, and asks hard ...more

How to Feed a Toddler: A Day of Healthy Meals

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well, we've been enjoying plenty of sunshine and deck time! Sofia will stay out there until it's bedtime, which has been great, cooking dinner is 100 times easier when she's occupied. ...more

The Best Fruit Smoothie Ever?

When I started this journey of finding the right combination of foods to make the perfect fruit smoothie, I tried many things and--yes--experienced some really bad smoothies. Yet, I'm so excited that I started this journey because I feel that I'm getting to the "perfect fruit smoothie" stage. Let’s set a basic foundation first. ...more

Wino! DIY Coaster Made From Wine Corks

Having a husband in the wine industry means we have A LOT of corks lying around. No, it's not from all the wine we drink (I promise), but it is pretty cool. I mean, think of all the project possibilities! Today, we attempted our first cork project, and I will say these coasters came out pretty cute! So if you want to give it a try (I am sure you have some corks lying around, right?), here is how we did it. ...more

How to Use a Whole Watermelon: Make Granita

What to do with a whole watermelon? ...more
That looks so good! I always crave watermelon italian ice in summer, and this is much healthier, ...more

Orange and Pecan Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread is one of my family’s favorite things to eat. I love it because it is so versatile. We can play around with the flavors and create a savory Mexican cornbread, a sweet breakfast cornbread, or serve it up plain as a perfect side to corn chowder or chili ....more

JalapenoTurkey Burger

Lots of smoky flavor and melted cheese in this moist, Jalapeño Burger!...more

The Carpet Picnic (with Sweetcorn Fritters)

Once you have moved to a country that boasts outdoor living, it is really hard to admit that for a few months of the year, the living is best kept inside, where there are fires and a distinct lack of Antarctic winds. The children, being 50% mule and 50% whirling dervish, are even more reluctant to give up on the idea of eating at the beach. That is, right up until the point where we are eating on the beach and they realise that we weren’t lying about the Antarctic winds....more

Seeing Your Children Fly

A few months back, when the kids and I were figuring out our summer plans, I promised them that we would head down the shore more often this year. As a kid myself, we spent countless summers at the Jersey shore, and it remains a place near and dear to my heart. And one of my favorite things is being to share something I enjoyed myself as a child, with my own kids now ....more

Southern Girl Blog Community Presents That’s Fresh Friday Link-Up #33

Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday!...more

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I love making my own seasonings at home. You never need to worry about not having them on hand, thus  avoiding running to the store like a maniac last minute :o, and they always test better in my opinion. Making your own seasonings can also save you some money. I highly recommend giving it a try. Here’s my version of the store bought Taco Seasoning mixes....more

Spicy Tomato and Feta Sliders

This recipe uses heart-healthy lean beef, Red Gold’s spicy tomato blend and feta cheese for a mouthwatering burger with loads of flavor! ...more

Knife Skills…How to Cut Up ANY Melon

Whenever I am at a BBQ or casual dinner party I am always volunteered by someone to do the unwanted task of slicing up the melons. ...more

Cherry Custard Tart

Cherry clafoutis ranks as one of my top 10 favourite desserts. Set aside the fancy French name, you have the timeless combination of baked cherries and custard. It is a simple and comforting treat that I only get to indulge in summer ....more

Summer Happenings and Garden Notes for 2014

I can hardly believe we are almost halfway through Summer. ...more