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 

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 

PICKLED DEVILED EGGS

PICKLED DEVILED EGGS

This is a vintage recipe that is as tasty today as it was decades ago.  Pickling the eggs gives them a tangy, sweet flavor that goes so well with the creamy, deviled yolks.  It’s subtle and so delicious. Back in the day, this was an 

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD SALAD

SOUTHERN CORNBREAD SALAD

This old-fashioned Southern salad is surprisingly delicious and veggie-filled.  It’s a dish that you would expect to see at a barbecue, family reunion, or a potluck dinner – homey and satisfying.  You know, the one you find yourself craving for days to come.  I like 

BARBECUE BLOODY MARY

BARBECUE BLOODY MARY

This Barbecue Bloody Mary recipe is a tangy vodka cocktail with a surprising punch of flavor from the addition of barbecue sauce.  This lovely libation is the perfect blend of salty, savory, smoky, and tangy.  What could be a better way to start off brunch, 

SOUTHERN STYLE COLESLAW

SOUTHERN STYLE COLESLAW

A sweet and tangy Southern Style Coleslaw, this crunchy slaw is one of the easiest dishes to make.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to burgers, barbecue, or fried foods.   Walk away from the premade deli coleslaw.  You don’t need that soggy, watery slaw any longer.  If 

CARAMEL MACCHIATO GELATO – NO CHURN

CARAMEL MACCHIATO GELATO – NO CHURN

Imagine an easy dessert recipe that’s so rich, creamy, and bursting with flavor, you’ll never want to eat store-bought gelato again.  Impossible? Not with this recipe.  With only six ingredients, a spatula, a mixer, and 2 bowls, you can whip up this creamy Italian style 

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM BARS

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM BARS

Step back into your childhood with this nostalgic recipe for homemade strawberry shortcake ice cream bars.  Fresh fruit and cream will bring a bright flavor to the bars and the strawberry/cookie crumb will transport you back in time to a happy summertime place. I saw 

GRILLED PIRI PIRI CHICKEN

GRILLED PIRI PIRI CHICKEN

This is an impressive, sweet, and spicy grilled chicken dish that will take your tastebuds on a flavor adventure.  Did I mention that it is also easy? My love of Piri Piri chicken started when I discovered it on a trip to South Africa, where 

CREAMY BROCCOLI SALAD

CREAMY BROCCOLI SALAD

This is an easy, make-ahead salad that always gets rave reviews from everyone who tastes it.  Made with fresh, raw broccoli, scallions, raisins, and a homemade slaw dressing that is just amazing. I love this salad.  It has all the yummy elements.  It’s fresh, crisp, 

EXTRA FLAVORFUL JALAPENO POPPERS

EXTRA FLAVORFUL JALAPENO POPPERS

These poppers are warm, cheesy, creamy, and spicy little bites of pure heaven.  There’s a reason that jalapeno poppers are the ubiquitous tailgating or game day appetizer.  They’re delicious and very easy. They’re also a huge crowd pleaser – so make plenty. I think every 

FRESH STRAWBERRY KEY LIME MARGARITAS

FRESH STRAWBERRY KEY LIME MARGARITAS

Since I embarked on this new writing/blogging career, I am so grateful for no longer feeling that stressed out, anxious,  Sunday afternoon dread.  Do you know what I mean? Those Sundays where you feel great in the morning and as the day goes on, you