Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites


As magical as pregnancy can be, I am just about ready for this one to be over- 38 weeks, tired, uncomfortable and in need of a good workout (and a good glass of wine!). I am not even that excited about Holiday eating because there isn't much room in my belly for it. What I am saying is I don't think this will be my year of desserts. Maybe I will save the splurge calories for post-baby when I have room and am burning even more calories nursing. I do love a good cheesecake so I might make an exception for my favorite pumpkin cheesecake....but when I was thinking of cheesecake I remembered … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Round-Up


I don't bake a whole lot of cookies year round, with the exception of good ol' chocolate chip cookies so when it comes December I LOVE trying new cookie recipes. Baking is just more fun in December. It's a fact. Cookies are great to bring to the Holiday table, office party or just to have on hand for Santa. Like I said in my last post, I always do roll-out sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies to decorate with the kids, but as you can see from this Christmas Cookie Round-Up, there are so many more options! I absolutely love these peanut butter kiss cookies . They are flourless, gluten … [Read more...]

Tips for Easy Gluten Free Entertaining

Easy Gluten Free Entertaining |

Most people today have a child, spouse, friend or family member that is gluten intolerant and with the Holidays quickly approaching there will be many opportunities for entertaining gluten free guests.  Entertaining can be stressful and intimidating enough but by adding food allergies or special dietary restrictions it can make the experience overwhelming if you don't plan properly. Hopefully these tips will help you feel more confident and at ease when serving your gluten free guests. Don't worry, it's not as difficult as you might think! Talk with your guests first- get … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Congratulations to the winner of the goodie food box Jessica F. you have been emailed! I finally busted out the pumpkin this week. I already feel like the month is off to a quick start so don't want to waste any time! Pumpkin desserts are one of my favorites this time of year- pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie (of course), pumpkin swirl brownies and these pumpkin cheesecake bars. I just want to warn you that the majority of the dessert I post or will post over the Holidays are "splurge worthy" recipes. I don't do anything super crazy to lighten up desserts because I don't … [Read more...]

Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes

Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes |

This is hands down one of my favorite appetizers ever. I made it for the first time a while back when my mom was in town and we ate it several nights for dinner. Wine and crostini. What more do you need? By the way, have you ever wondered the difference between crostini and bruschetta? I had to look it up but it's really just a difference of the bread used. Bruschetta, form the Italian word "bruscare" is to roast over coals and is made from Italian or sourdough bread. Crostini are toasted from a finer-textured bread like a baguette. They are both topped with a variety of delicious toppings … [Read more...]

{Guest Post} Pea Pesto Crostini from Flavia’s Flavors


You guys still checking in? Good, because I am so much closer to being unpacked and back to regular blogging and I have a treat for you today! I am thrilled to have one of my cyber friends guest-posting for me- Flavia from Flavia's Flavors is here to share a delicious Italian recipe (her specialty) with you!  Although I've never met Flavia in person, I just know we'd be good friends. She is so sweet, helpful and constantly offers words of praise and encouragement to other bloggers. Plus she lives in Texas so I feel connected to her! Please enjoy her post and send her some love by checking out … [Read more...]