Last-Minute Fiesta: Nacho Mama's Taco Party

I love to host gatherings at my house.  It gives me an opportunity to really clean my house and show off my limited Rachael Ray-ish party skills  Sure, spending time with family and friends is a bonus but what if you want to host a party with people who relatively strangers?Contrary to popular belief I am not the most outgoing gal, at least not on purpose. Oddly, I worked in the service industry most of my life and could fake it most of the time....more
sounds like a lot of fun AND yummy too!!more

Mango Avocado Salsa

An ideal side dish or condiment for that Cinco de Mayo get together, Mango Avocado Salsa is quick and easy to throw together. Not too hot, but full of flavor, it goes with just about everything.Of course you can serve it with tortilla chips or pita chips. Personally, I just ate it straight out of the bowl....more

Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas for Your Cinco de Mayo Party (Tutorial, too!)

 Say adios to the salsa and chips and make something really authentic for your Cinco de Mayo party: Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas....more

The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Menu Planner

Cinco de Mayo is on Monday, and you know what that means: It's time to fiesta! Aside from Southern food, Mexican food is my favorite cuisine, so naturally Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. I'm not typically one to post a roundup for every holiday and occasion. However, I have so many Mexican-inspired recipes here that I just love so much, and I want to help you plan the ultimate menu for the holiday. So whether you are throwing a big blowout or just enjoying some Mexican food at home, I've got you covered. ...more

Bookish Baby Shower!

Howdy Bookworms!I am very excited today because I officially get to check an item off my Bookish Bucket List! That’s right, kiddos, I helped put on a Bookish Baby Shower for one of the members of my book club and it was so much fun! “C” is our resident pregnant lady, expecting a little lady of her own come July. How could we NOT put on a shower? I mean, look at how adorable “C” is!...more
Super super cute!more

May Day Birthday

May Day, is not a commonly celebrated holiday in the United States, unless you have a child whose birthday falls on the date, like I do.Sixteen years ago, when I arrived at the birthing center on May 1st ,all the nurses marveled that I was having a May Day baby. In an epidural fog, I planned to research the holiday for when Abigail,was old enough to appreciate it....more

Cider Balsamic-Roasted Figs With Cheese

Photo credit: Nancy Anne Harbord...more