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Holidays

Holiday recipes, foods, and ideas to make those days even more special.

DARK AND STORMY RUM COCKTAIL

DARK AND STORMY RUM COCKTAIL

A Dark And Stormy Rum Cocktail is a very masculine drink that’s refreshing and full of flavor.  The ‘dark’ comes from the black rum and the stormy comes from the ginger beer. It’s similar to a Moscow Mule, but using rum instead of vodka.   The…

GRILLED BBQ PORK CHOPS

GRILLED BBQ PORK CHOPS

Why not take advantage of the last of the warm evening grilling opportunities.  These grilled bbq pork chops are juice, tender, and so flavorful with the dry rub and the barbecue finishing sauce. I like to serve the chops with Old Fashioned Fried Apples, Southern…

SOUTHERN POTATO SALAD

SOUTHERN POTATO SALAD

Southern potato salad is a creamy, tangy, flavorful side dish that goes perfectly with grilled meats, burgers, fried chicken…almost everything.  This is comfort food that evokes happy memories of family picnics, barbecues, parties, and potlucks. Growing up in Pittsburgh one of my favorite summertime activities…

DECADENT CHOCOLATE BOURBON BALLS

DECADENT CHOCOLATE BOURBON BALLS

These decadent chocolate bourbon balls are a no-bake treat that packs a boozy wallop.  They are a lovely addition to your Kentucky Derby party or any holiday cookie tray.   I love serving little candies that are just for the adults.  They always feel indulgent and…

LEMON YOGURT PANCAKES

LEMON YOGURT PANCAKES

Lemon yogurt pancakes are a light, sweet, and decadent breakfast treat.  But because of the addition of Greek yogurt, they are a little more healthy and have a bit of protein.  Shhhh, don’t tell the family.   Pancakes are something that I only make when we…

GRILLED TEQUILA LIME CHICKEN

GRILLED TEQUILA LIME CHICKEN

This easy grilled tequila lime chicken is full of spicy Southwest flavor and yet is easy enough for a weeknight meal. I love keeping a container of grilled, boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge.  They make it so easy to slice and put on…

KEY LIME CHIPPERS

KEY LIME CHIPPERS

These Key Lime Chippers are the perfect combination of zesty, tangy citrus cookie, and creamy, smooth, white chocolate.  It’s a refreshing lime treat on a summer’s day. This recipe is all about things that I love.  Cookies.  I mean, who doesn’t love cookies – both…

DECADENT CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES

DECADENT CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES

Summer mornings, especially these days, call for a fun, different breakfast.  There is nothing better than these Decadent Cinnamon Roll Pancakes to start the day in a most delicious and fun way.  All the flavor of your favorite breakfast pastry, this recipe even has a…

BALSAMIC FRUIT SALAD

BALSAMIC FRUIT SALAD

Happy 4th of July!  This Balsamic Fruit Salad is a super easy side dish for your holiday celebrations and takes very little time to throw together. Sweet, juicy watermelon and blueberries go so well with the salty feta cheese.  The balsamic glaze adds a tangy…

BROWN SUGAR AND BOURBON BAKED BEANS

BROWN SUGAR AND BOURBON BAKED BEANS

These Brown Sugar and Bourbon Baked Beans are the perfect barbecue side dish.  Tangy, sweet, and just a hint of smoky bourbon flavor, this dish is a crowd-pleaser.  I like to serve it with Fall Off The Bone Baby Back Ribs, Southern Cornbread Salad, Southern…

FALL OFF THE BONE BABY BACK RIBS

FALL OFF THE BONE BABY BACK RIBS

Grilled meats are just perfect for backyard 4th of July parties, and these fall off the bone baby back ribs will not disappoint.  They are tender, juicy, sweet, and just a little spicy.  Start them in the oven, then finish them on the grill. Another…

HOMEMADE ORANGE CREAMSICLES

HOMEMADE ORANGE CREAMSICLES

Perfect for summer days, these homemade orange creamsicles are reminiscent of the childhood treats we loved so much. There’s something about grabbing an icy treat on a hot afternoon that just feels wonderful.  I’ve felt this way since I was a kid and would bolt…

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

Who doesn’t love onion rings or bacon?  This fun Father’s Day side dish combines both for a flavor sensation.  Then just to kick it up a notch, glaze the bacon with maple syrup!  Insanely good!  Treat Dad to a hearty, fun meal by adding an…

FRESH WATERMELON SHERBET

FRESH WATERMELON SHERBET

Is there anything that says summer more than a creamy, cold, watermelon dessert?  This no-churn frozen dessert recipe is fresh, bursting with watermelon flavor, and has only 4 ingredients.  Plus, no-churn means that you won’t need an ice cream maker to whip up this delicious…

JALAPENO GUAVA MARGARITA

JALAPENO GUAVA MARGARITA

It’s 5 O’clock somewhere!  Reason enough to kick back and relax with this sweet and spicy cocktail.  Sweet guava juice and homemade, a spicy citrus/jalapeno simple syrup pair with tequila for one of the tastiest margaritas around.  Make it a cocktail party by serving these…