The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

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

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment. ...more
I make coffee ice cubes which solves the problem of the ice watering it down. :)more

10 Summery Lasagna Recipes for National Lasagna Day

Just like Garfield, I hate Mondays and love lasagna. National Lasagna Day falls on a Tuesday this year—so I am practically purring with delight. I've collected 10 ideas that run from cheesy classic to super-vegan, with lots of smart variations (and even dessert!?) in between. ...more

The Lip Smacker Burger

There are a number of things that my husband and I miss about living in Tallahassee. It’s a much smaller town compared to Phoenix obviously, but it had its charms. It was my home for 11 years while I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees so obviously we miss being around so many crazy Seminole fans! ...more

Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites make a quick snack recipe! Made of just three ingredients, this simple treat is healthy and delicious! ...more

Boozy Blueberry Lemon Curd Popsicles

Isn't it strange how sometimes the simplest of things can sometimes pose the biggest challenges? Take these Boozy Blueberry Lemon Curd Popsicles, for instance... TAKE ANOTHER BITE» ...more

Premium Asian Spice Kits Giveaway

Share Do you like cooking Asian food? Have you ever had a time when you just could not find that special spice to cook your favorite Asian dish? If so, you’ve come to the right place! ...more

Nectarine and Rainier Cherry Galette

I surprised my kids and husband with this homemade galette for dessert this week. I had just a few Rainier cherries left and a couple ripe nectarines that needed to be used up along with one leftover pie crust. I got this galette made and in the oven in 10 minutes ....more

Baked Spaghetti

This Baked Spaghetti is a dressed up version of spaghetti perfect for a potluck or for bringing in to a family for dinner. I need to find a new doctor. The one I have now always leaves me feeling confused and frustrated ....more

Kale Salad with Tomatoes and Avocado

Lately, I have been trying different kale salad recipes. I like this particular one because it is not only healthy but also simple and consists of fresh ingredients. I love the combination of kale, tomatoes, red onions and avocado ....more

Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes and Zucchini

A summer comfort meal with baked chicken,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

One of the great things about living in Ohio (at least the part of Ohio where my parents live) is the prevalence of farm stands and gardens. ...more

Cheddar Olive Thyme Bread

This Cheddar Olive Thyme Bread fills your kitchen with wonderful aromas as it bakes. An easy and delicious loaf, perfect combination of ingredients. Bread ....more