• Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon

    Roasted pineapple. Another inspiration from our quick trip into NYC. We did have one meh meal at a place that shall remain nameless, but the silver lining (besides providing us with a laugh) is that it turned us onto the idea of roasted pineapple. It is addictive, you have been warned. Serve this over ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, oatmeal, pancakes, grilled chicken, pork tenderloin or even fish! Or you can just eat it straight off the pan out of the oven. You get the picture, this can go on anything! Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon Ingredients: 1 Whole pineapple cored and cut into cubes 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil…

  • What to wear for Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday in my family. This year we will be having a very low key family filled Thanksgiving and remembering what we are grateful for in this life. I am sure I will be wearing something comfortable and casual… but dressing up is fun too! It is only two weeks away so here are some ideas of what to wear when gathering for the holiday. The mixing of textures and fabrics is the key for these outfits. Velvet is so hot right now and give me a chunky knit any day! I also have a handful of friends heading to warmer climates for the holiday…

  • Roasted Gnocchi

    Oh my goodness. The power of roasting things in the oven truly is transformative. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately because it’s pretty mindless and I need that. There is truly some great content on Pinterest so it’s a win-win. I stumbled across this recipe on The Kitchn and was intrigued. Throwing potato gnocchi in the oven instead of boiling? Would it work? Not only does it work, it is AMAZING and the possibilities are endless. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is a perfect and addictive hors d’oeuvre and my kids gobbled them up. (On a side note; my brother would…

  • Pepper Cheese

    This is a classic. My mom and I have been making it for years and I always make it the same day I make gazpacho. Cusinart is already out and you have leftover pepper and onion. Easy peasy. It is the perfect thing to have in your fridge for a snack or whip out as an hors d’oeuvre when friends stop by. Also, totally kid approved! Ingredients: 1 Pound good sharp cheddar (white or orange) 1 small pepper or half large, any color 1/4 red onion Instructions: 1.Rough chop pepper and onion and add to cusinart. 2. Pulse until a fine dice with a good amount of liquid.Place small strainer…

  • Secret Source: Walmart

    I love finding a deal… Walmart is full of them. They have REALLY stepped up their style game, and really, their quality too! I have a full set of marble melamine plates (you can find them on My Favorites Things Page!) that match this platter and they are the BEST. Look what other treasures I have found to set up the perfect backyard soiree. Click on corresponding number to shop image!    1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…

  • Food 52 Shop

    Normally I am scanning through Food52.com for all the amazing recipes. Once in a while I will scroll through their shop section. It never fails to make me want to completely redo my entire kitchen, overhaul my cabinets and set a perfect tabletop for a midweek meal. It is such a well curated space, it is inspiring. With the next round of holidays coming up (Easter & Passover are the perfect time to bring out your best for family gatherings) I wanted to share a few items I have and love and what I currently have my eye on from Food52.com. Copper & Brass Louise Trays – These are just so…

  • Raspberry Compote

    Raspberry Compote is the perfect topping for homemade yogurt. Or ice cream… or toast… or pound cake… or over goat cheese… or swirled into pancake batter. See where I am going here? It takes anything and elevates it; perfect for entertaining or just making Sunday morning breakfast a little more exciting! Bright, slightly sweet and so easy to make; this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire! Raspberry Compote 12 oz of raspberries (2 small containers or one of those big long ones) 1-3 Tablespoons of real maple syrup (all dependant oh how sweet you like it, if it was just for me I would do a heaping…

  • My Favorite Cookbooks…

      Most asked question? Of me anyways… “What is your favorite cookbook?” That is a TOUGH question. I could never pick ONE favorite… I have a cookbook obsession. I have A LOT of cookbooks. Truthfully, I read them like I read novels. I am quite content to curl up on the couch with a cookbook and read. It could be a brand new purchase, one checked from the library or one I have had for years. I love them. I love thinking about the way ingredients work together and how to implement the different methods of cooking. Let’s not overlook the gorgeous photography and clever layouts in these books. Some…

  • Resolutions?

      I will be honest. New Year’s Eve is not my favorite “Holiday”. So much build up and pressure to have plans for the night and have all of these resolutions in order to have a bright and shiny new year. No thank you. I do LOVE new chapters, fresh beginnings, a reset. So I take it as that. A great time to refocus and turn in a little bit. I would much rather focus on ways I would like to be, things I would like to do and perhaps accomplish rather than setting perimeters and restrictions (No sugar! Workout every day! Eat more Kale!).  Know what I mean?  …