You decide what’s next

You can help me decide what type of recipe to try out in my test kitchen as a #PinterestPinTest. Vote below.

Dont forget to also add your favorite Pinned dishes in the comment section below so they are included in the selection. Polls close Monday morning so chop chop!


Its the end of another long week and I for one am looking forward to the weekend. Funny how a long holiday weekend could make the following workweek feel like an eternity! That being said, I have a gem for you on this #FollowFriday. A new blog that is about to take off and has a niché that separates it from the rest.

Hit & Miss Cuisine is the brainchild of Victoria Goodman. A 20 year old with no professional training but loads of love for cooking intrigues me. She has a fresh take on blogging about recipes. Its not about reblogging or posting about an existing recipe that everyone has already tried. She is all about trying stuff out and posting whether it works or not. How refreshing! In a time where we take a half dozen selfies til we find one that works, knowing this blog is about the hits & misses is just plain awesome.

I hated cooking at first. It was just something that I was forced to do. But one day, I decided I didn’t want to cook the same old things so I searched the internet for an interesting recipe and stumbled upon a Chef John recipe on Allrecipes. Chef John became my culinary mentor. -Victoria Goodman

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Inspiration came from wanting to break the cycle of boring meals and we are all reaping the benefits of her journey. I encourage you to check out Hit & Miss Cuisine. A year from now you can say ‘I knew her when…’

One Dish Dinner

With all the cooking (and cleanup) for Thanksgiving dinner, prep work for meals in the days before should be quick and easy. My favorite types of quick meals are one dish dinners. Something you can prep in either one skillet or even a baking dish. Its fast, cleanup is a breeze and all the flavors blend so make a delish meal.

I did a littl20151117_142146-1e dish of my own with what I had on hand and I have to say, it was yummy. I grabbed some white rice, baby potatoes, frozen brussels sprouts, baby carrots and a can of chicken broth. I layered it all in a 13×9 pyrex dish and seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. I layered boneless, skinless chicken breasts on top and seasoned them with grapeseed oil, salt & pepper.



Toss it in the oven at 350 for about an hour & take it out to turn the chicken over, stir the veggies & add more broth if needed. Bake it for another 20 minutes or so and serve with warm rolls. Deliciousness!20151117_150517

Recipe E-Book

With so many sites offering recipes, keeping the public’s interest is key. Think about it…you have Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, Food Network, Cooking Channel and countless more…it’s dizzying! I found a site that offered free e-books of their recipes and wanted to share them with you.

bbq_page_001If you check out Cook Dojo, prepare to be flooded with hundreds of recipes all sorted alpha style. I was so pleased to see they offered e-books of some of their most popular recipes. I am a huge breakfast person. I mean, you had me at eggs. When one of the options was a free breakfast e-book, I was practically giddy! They also shared a bbq e-book and I have to say, I am already anxious for springtime to fire up the grill and get down!

There aren’t any pictures so you will have to imagine the yumminess that will ensue but it’s worth the clicks to browse through all the options. Enjoy the attached e-books and let me know if you try out any of the recipes!

Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Keeping with the holiday theme, I wanted to share a gem with you. It’s a site targeted to those interested in gluten free diets but the info definitely has mass appeal. Of course, I initially found this when I was happily pinning, and was pleasantly surprised at the content available on the native site. You can tell time, effort and care has been put into producing a quality site. Introducing Fave Gluten Free Recipes.

While cruising through the info they share on all the deliciousness you can create on a gluten free diet, I was pleased to see they also offered a detailed grocery list to make shopping a no-brainer.

‘Your gluten free Thanksgiving should be stress free, and this ultimate grocery list will help to make your holiday shopping completely painless.’


Stress free? Yes please! I mean the detail they go into is incredible. They provide a store bought option for each item listed and in turn, also offer a homemade recipe. They cover all bases and show options for not just the main course, but the sides we all know and love too.

Want to download the info? They have free e-cookbooks. We all love free stuff right? Are you a visual learner? They have how-to videos. They even have a test kitchen. Knowing its not just a list that is compiled from info across the internet gives it legitimacy not seen everywhere online. Fave Gluten Free Recipes take their site to another level making it interactive…yes, you can share your recipes and blog along with them too.

I can spend an hour just writing about all of their features and still not be done. You just have to see it for yourself. There is so much to learn, try out and share with others. Check it out…they are definitely bookmarked for me!

Country Apple Fritter Bread

We have all done it…pinned something to our favorite boards and either forget or just don’t have the drive to try them out. Well I am going to share my successes and failures as I cruise through some of my favorite pins. Welcome to my first #PinterestPinTest!

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I pinned this recipe just a few days ago and couldn’t wait to try it out. The weather is cold, my oven is warm and I like baked goods. Trifecta! The recipe is below taken directly from The Baking Chocolatess. I omitted the glaze and the hubby suggested pecans for the next time. I guess he liked it!

  1. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 2/3 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1/2 cup milk or almond milk
  10. 2 apples, peeled and chopped (any kind), mixed with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a 9×5-inch loaf pan and spray with non-stick spray or line with foil and spray with non-stick spray to get out easily for slicing.
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In another medium-sized bowl, beat white sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  4. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended in; add in vanilla extract.
  5. Combine & whisk flour and baking powder together in another bowl and add into creamed butter mixture and stir until blended.
  6. Mix milk into batter until smooth.
  7. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apple mixture, then half the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  8. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.
  9. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer and top with remaining apple mixture, then the remaining brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  10. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using knife or spoon.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 50-60 minutes.

If you test this out, let me know what you think. Would love to hear how others may add or modify it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Everything!

Tis’ the season for Pumpkin everything! Can you sense my excitement? From cookies and breads to yummy comfort drinks, I am sooo happy! After Halloween, I did the pumpkin puree thing. I added my spices and had a bowl of yumminess just waiting for all my Pinterest recipes to take shape. I am hoping to pop out some pumpkin bread this week. Stay tuned!

As you can probably tell, I am a coffee addict, a java junkie, a frap fiend if you will. You can imagine the combo of coffee and pumpkin makes this time of year even merrier for me. Ive done the pumpkin spice thing and enjoyed my fair share of morning lattes but this holiday season, I am expanding my drink menu to include some new concoctions.

I came across a blog that had a page of all things pumpkin. I know, shocking! Well Grabbing Lapels has some recipes I will definitely be using over the last weeks of 2015. One of which includes a fall favorite…rum. Malibu has a spiced rum that is delicious and I am excited to try it out. Oh and for you calorie counters…70 calories per serving. Not the latte, just the rum. Mix at your own risk!

malibu pumpkin spice

The other I want to try is RumChata and Pumpkin Pinnacle. I love horchata and was introduced to RumChata about 2 years ago. It changed my cocktail menu instantly. Definitely a fan favorite. The Pumpkin Pinnacle is just downright delicious so the combo is life changing! (Stop laughing) As a cold drink, its probably better to serve in a warm house while the oven is on so if you live in a cold climate, bundle up or get baking!

pumpkin spice

I was not only able to get some inspiration for holiday drinks, but I expanded my drink menu as I clicked through the links. If you would like to see more than just these two, check out the printables provided as well.


Its the end of the work week, you know what that means…its #FollowFriday. I have enjoyed a great, interactive week with you fellow bloggers and what better way to give back than to highlight a blog of the week.

My selection this week is Art and Kitchen. With so many recipes to choose from, it was difficult to select one to share but when I came across the white fall sangria, I knew this was the one! Once you delve deeper into the blog and discover just how the recipes come alive, you will notice just how much love is put into each one. With all of the fresh ingredients and the stories behind them, the recipes are written indications of love via the delicious vehicle of hand crafted meals.

I appreciate each entry and look forward to trying some of these over the holidays. Cruise on over to the page and take a look for yourself. Hope you all enjoy Art and Kitchen as much as I do. Happy #FollowFriday!

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Soup Weather

Excuse me while I do a happy dance! I dont know about you, but I loooove cold weather. Its time for scarves, sweaters & soups. I mean a pot that has a little of this and a little of that transforms into a LOT of deliciousness. There are days when I get so obsessed with pinning soups, time gets away from me.

The next soup I want to make is this yummy roasted poblano & corn soup that I pinned from Iowa Girl Eats.  If it comes out as good as this looks, I may have to make it late in the day. If I make it early, there might not be any left for the hubby!

poblano soup

Ive even tossed my hat into the mason jar soup mix arena. Imagine a bowl of cream of asparagus soup from scratch but it would only take minutes. That appeals to me…fast, yummy & easy. Some of you may be getting these for Christmas…just sayin.

Cream of Asparagus


Its Halloween Eve and with that comes the start of the HOLIDAY SEASON! Yes, its time to unpack the platters for Thanksgiving and the stockings for Christmas. Am I the only one who is wondering where the heck this year went?! Its all happening so fast…I cant help but feel a little frazzled. There is so much to do. Thankfully, we all have so many ideas to share and tips to help get through these next two months. With that, I would like to make the next 8 Fridays all about learning and sharing with one another. Whether you have decorating tips, great recipes or some life hacks that will make this time of year just a little easier, I wanna know all about them! So if you see me cruising through your pages and posts, know that you have inspired me.

Its #FollowFriday…enjoy!