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Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Sometimes simple is just the best and this simple mushroom and spinach salad is no exception! The mushrooms here are soaked for a short bit in lemon water to take that raw flavor away and the dijon dressing just really brings it all together. This […]

Aperol and Soda

Aperol and Soda

Looking for a great way to make a mixed drink that requires almost no work and tastes great, then I introduce you to Aperol! Aperol is an Italian liquor made with Rhubarb and it is slightly sweet and slightly bitter and it goes so well […]

My Famous Blackened Spice Rub

My Famous Blackened Spice Rub

Homemade spice rubs are so easy to make and with a little inspiration from others or your own imagination, you will be on your way to some amazing meals after you make your own! I call this my famous blackened chicken spice rub because I […]

Greek Yogurt and Avocado Dip

Greek Yogurt and Avocado Dip

Greek yogurt and avocado work perfectly together to make a creamy and delicious dip. This dip can be used for chips, veggies, french fries or even on top of chicken or as a dressing. This is perfect for those overripe avocados that you thought you […]

Homemade Golden Milk Mix

Homemade Golden Milk Mix

Golden Milk spice blend is an extremely delicious and healthy way to boost your immune system and is full of anti-inflammatory properties. Traditionally these 4 spices make up this blend: tumeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. I like making my blend without the black pepper […]

Basil Simple Syrup

Basil Simple Syrup

Basil Simple syrup is a wonderful addition of flavor to sweeten your iced tea, lemonade, cocktails and popsicle.  The fragrant basil adds a wonderful floral not to the simple syrup and makes a normally boring drink amazing! Print Recipe Basil Simple Syrup Ingredients1 1/2 cups […]

Amazing Homemade Pesto

Amazing Homemade Pesto

  Pesto is an amazing fresh and vibrant sauce that can be added to pasta, meat or used as a dip.  Traditionally pesto is made with pine nuts but this version uses almonds which I think tastes so much better. Add this recipe to your […]

Healthy Homemade Mango Lassi

Healthy Homemade Mango Lassi

  Mango Lassi is an Indian drink that is made in the hot Indian summers and is a twist on the more traditional Lassi which is a plain sweetened yogurt drink.  This is such a healthy drink and it is very easy to make requiring […]

Mixed Berry Jam with Rosemary

Mixed Berry Jam with Rosemary

  Homemade Jam is so simple to make and so good!  It requires very little effort and you can customize it like I did here with your own additions.  With some fresh or frozen berries, you can have a homemade treat in an hour!   […]

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

  Irish soda bread is a traditional Irish bread that was baked by the poorer class of people in Ireland using only basic ingredients and used to go along with their soups and stews.  It is a very easy bread to make and does not […]