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Eat Yourself Silly BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

It’s summer and BBQ is the favorite buzzword when it comes to summer cooking.  We love to sit on the patio, kick back, relax and fire up the grill.  I always have my hubby barbecue extra chicken so lunch the next day (and beyond) is a snap.

One of my favorite recipes for left over barbecue chicken is this Eat Yourself Silly BBQ Chicken Salad full of healthy veggies.  I shred my left over chicken and mix with spinach (or lettuce), black beans, corn, avocado, jicama, green or red onions, Roma tomatoes and cilantro, toss with Ranch Salad Dressing, top with tortilla strips and serve.  Enjoy!

Eat Yourself Silly BBQ Chicken Salad

4th of July Poprocks Firecracker Cookies

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

4th of July Poprocks Firecracker CookiesWhether it’s for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, we seem to be on a mission to find the coolest red, white and blue, items and ideas to celebrate America.

I have to say, the Pop Rocks Firecracker Cookies are a hit with kids of all ages!

Not sure what Pop Rocks are? Ask any kid and they’ll tell you all about them, in great detail.

These might look like pretty cookies decorated with cute little sprinkles, but wait until you bite into one!

The unsuspecting guest that mindlessly pops one these babies in their mouth is a sight to behold.

The ensuing Pop Rocks explosion deserves a spot on candid camera.
Decorate your favorite cookie recipe with a touch of frosting and sprinkle with red and blue Pop Rocks.  (Strawberry and Watermelon flavors are red sprinkles.)


  • The moisture in the frosting will make the Pop Rocks start popping, so either put less frosting on or wait until you are about to serve them to frost and add the Pop Rocks.  My cookies could be heard across the room popping away right after I frosted them.
  • If you want to keep it a secret that you’re using Pop Rocks, put them in a container or plastic bag if you’re adding them to your cookies later or away from home.
  • If you live where it’s humid, your Pop Rocks might all be popped out before you can serve them.  By the next day, the Pop Rocks added flavor to the cookies, but sadly, no popping.


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Hula Dancer Summer Cocktail Recipe

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Hula Dancer Cocktail Recipe |

It’s the first weekend in June and it feels like summer!  Summer calls for a special kind of cocktail.  A cocktail that takes you away…that takes you to the tropics…to a warm place on a sandy beach, you get the idea.

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The Hula Dancer is just such a cocktail.  It immediately transports me to the tropics!

It’s a great cocktail to serve at any summer party.


2/3 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple Vodka
1/2 oz. vanilla rum
1 oz. lychee puree
Splash of fresh lemon juice
3 oz. pineapple juice

To make:

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass, then add a little Grenadine for that gorgeous pink color. Garnish with floating orchid or a drink umbrella.

If you made this cocktail or are going to make it, please leave us a comment and let us know and be sure to pin to your Pinterest account so you can find it for your next party!

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4th of July Barbecue Ideas

Friday, May 31st, 2013

4th of July Barbecue IdeasMy husband loves any excuse to barbecue and 4th of July is no exception.

Ribs is one of our all-time grilling favorites. These Apple-Glazed Baby Back Ribs are to-die-for!  Serve them with corn, coleslaw, Wild Harvest Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and salsa and you’ve got a great holiday menu.

For dessert, I love the look and taste of the Patriotic Parfaits. Easy to make ahead and no trouble to serve so you can lay back and get ready for the fireworks.

And don’t forget to send fun invitations to your guests!

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If you make one of these recipes, please comment and tell us how you liked them!

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Secret Ingredient: Bean Desserts

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I admit, I was sceptical.  I mean, beans … in dessert? Seriously?  But they’re right, you can’t taste them!  They add fiber and protein and no one will guess they are in the recipe, provided you don’t spill the beans.

I love chocolate, and anything I can find to make desserts even a little bit healthier, I’m all for trying them. If you make one of these, let us know the results.

Secret Ingredient: Bean Desserts

Blueberry Banana Bean SmoothiePinto Bean FudgeChickpea CandiesChocolate Black Bean CookiesBlack Bean Chocolate Cake, White Bean Blondies

I’ve Got a Secret Fruit Salad Recipe

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Secret Fruit Salad Recipe With all the yummy fruits in the stores, it’s hard to not over buy.  One of the best kept secrets is to soak berries and other fruits in water and white vinegar 10:1 solution to clean the the fruit. I’ve had soaked strawberries last over a week.

I use my salad spinner to make quick work of cleaning and rinsing all the fruit. Add white vinegar water 10:1 solution to the bowl.  Put all your fruit in the strainer and the strainer into the bowl portion of the spinner and soak for 15 minutes or more.

If the fruit is all floating to the top, you can put a plate or bowl on top to sink the fruit into the vinegar-water solution (optional.) After soaking the fruit, just raise the strainer part of the salad spinner up, rinse the fruit under the faucet and you’re done.

One of my favorite recipes to use all the fresh fruit is “I’ve Got a Secret Ingredient Fruit Salad.” So just what is the secret ingredient?

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Almond Roca Recipe

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Almond Roca RecipeAlmond Roca is one of my absolute favorites and unless it’s Christmas, the closest I can come to is grabbing a Heath bar at the grocery store checkout to curb my cravings. That is until I tried this yummy, easy recipe:


Mint Julep Brownies for Kentucky Derby Party

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Mint Julep Brownies for your Kentucky Derby Party

Coming up with the menu for your Kentucky Derby party is probably one of the most important parts of your party.  With the actual race lasting two minutes, food will be a critical part of entertaining your guests.  These Mint Julep Brownies with Candied Pecans have a hint of mint and bourbon that creates a very interesting and addicting depth of flavor and would be a yummy addition to your menu.  Click here for recipe.

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Cajun Margaritas

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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If you’re looking for a fabulous margarita to serve for a Cinco de Mayo party, low country boil or your backyard barbecue, try these delicious Cajun Margaritas.  Make your own chile infused tequila for this drink, add orange liqueur, hot sauce and jalapeno peppers to give this frosty cocktail a real kick.

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Peel A Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds!

Monday, March 18th, 2013


OMG! Who’s been keeping this secret!  I love garlic and peeling it is the least fun part of cooking, not to mention the time it takes to do it.  Peeling an entire head of garlic in less than 10 seconds is a secret no longer.  Pass this along, pin it, post it and tweet it to all your friends!

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