American Pie

…..and they were singin’ Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie….

Alright, alright, song and dance over. The song gets stuck in my head everytime I look at this beautiful pie.

(I’m totally going to be one of those Mothers that sings and dances in public and embarresses the kids. I can tell already.)

This pie just screams American pride, and although it may look intricate and difficult to assemble, it’s…

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Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Red, White, and Blue Sangria

I look forward to 4th of July every year. The BBQ’s, the fireworks, the friends and family, but all of this really translates into celebrating the birth of our amazing country. What better way to honor our forefathers and this country than incorporating the colors of our flag into..well, everything!

Including……

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Yep, that’s right! The red, the white, and the blue. This sangria is not only…

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I’m Going…..

I’m Going…..

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…..on a vacation!!! Yep, you heard it right. A well deserved, week long beach vacation with my wonderful family. Which means one sad thing for you guys; I won’t be posting on here for a week. I know, I know, you’re all so heartbroken.

All joking aside, there is no WiFi at our beach house, so although I will be making delicious summer foods and snapping pictures, I won’t be able to post them….yet!

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Soothing Aloe Mint Lotion

Soothing Aloe Mint Lotion

 

I’d like to start off today’s post by introducing you to a new section on my website. It’s called, “The Kitchen Spa” (the tab is up in the menu bar). I’m really excited about this section, because as much as I like cooking from scratch, I like making my own bath/body/beauty products, too, from things that you will most likely find right in your kitchen!

Your skin is the biggest organ on your…

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken Parmesan is probably one of my favorite meals in the whole world. It’s crispy, rich, fried chicken with tart marinara and soft, gooey mozzarella,and sharp parmesan cheese, typically served on top of spaghetti. As delicious as it is, it’s quite a heavy meal, especially on a hot summer day. But, I had a hankering for this scrumptious dish, and I had to get creative.

When its a hot and…

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How To: Make The Best Tacos (With Homemade Tortillas and Taco Seasoning)

How To: Make The Best Tacos (With Homemade Tortillas and Taco Seasoning)

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I used to think of tacos as a quick weeknight dinner that came in a box, with mostly crushed taco shells, and goo called ‘sauce’ in a foil packet. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED taco night. But, the things I had been eating my whole childhood werent real tacos.

I beg of you; Drop the pre made taco kit boxes right now! I’ve got a super quick and easy recipe for your own homemade taco kit that will…

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Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

Have you ever met anyone who DOESN’T love Mac and Cheese? I certainly haven’t! It’s a classic American comfort food that makes us all smile and say, more please! When it comes to Mac and Cheese, I can be quite a glutton. I always end up eating a ton of it, and forget all about a side of yummy veggies to balance it all out. So what did I do?! Added veggies TO the mac, of course! When you can’t…

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Summertime Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

Summertime Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

I’d like to present to you…the best of all comfort foods and favorite of Americans everywhere…..Lasagna. But, this isn’t your ordinary lasagna…it’s much, much, healthier. No, no, don’t close out this window!

Now, don’t be mistaken; it may be a healthier version of the classic, but it most certainly does not lack in flavor! There’s a rich, creamy-ness from the ricotta, a spicy bite from the…

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How To Cook The Perfect Burger

How To Cook The Perfect Burger

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It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy! And when it comes to summertime and food…it means one thing: Grilling season! What better way to start off the 2014 grilling season than a tutorial on how to make the perfect burger every time?

Burgers may seem like a simple enough thing to make, but it can be reaaaaally easy to mess them up. Heck, I even still do once in a while.

It has taken me a long…

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My Big Ole’ Birthday Bash!

My Big Ole’ Birthday Bash!

 Welp, this post is a month over due, but better late than never, as they say! I had the best birthday, surrounded by my wonderful family and friends….and of course, lots of incredible food!!!!

Since I was trying to enjoy the moments of my special day, I didn’t get too many behind the scenes/ personal photos, but I made sure to take a second to snap photos of the food to share with you guys. I…

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