Cameron’s Coffee

October 22, 2009

I had the pleasure of touring Cameron’s Coffee a short while ago and I was absolutely amazed by what they have done and I wanted to share it with all of you. I have drank Cameron’s Coffee for six years and swear by the quality and flavor. I started by drinking their French Roast, and […]

Blackened Chicken Chopped Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

May 31, 2013

2# (roughly) boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 cobs fresh corn, kernels removed 1 pt. blueberries 1 pt. grape tomatoes – halved 6 strips thick-cut bacon, fried and chopped 1 8 oz. brick feta cheese, chopped 1 orange pepper, seeded and chopped 2 avocados, rough chopped Blackening Seasoning – 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tbsp. coarse […]

Pumpkin Pie Swirl Bread

September 30, 2012

I love pumpkin pie, so that obviously is the inspiration for this yeasted loaf of bread which just kind of crossed my mind to try.  I have to admit, I was shocked this turned out with my first try.  I wanted to create something that had a swirl of deliciousness inside of it as well […]

Lemon Brownies

January 4, 2015

Zucchini Spaghetti

November 8, 2010

I am always trying to think outside the box and look at food differently.  I love pasta, but sometimes do not want the additional carbs associated with them.  With Fall’s arrival, comes heavier foods with more substantial flavor yet there are times I crave something with a lot of flavor but still light.  Here I […]


November 25, 2014

Crumb Cake Bread

August 20, 2010

Have I mentioned I love crumb cake, it’s the crumb really that I can’t resist.  Here I took my crumb mixture and inserted it inside my Grandmother’s Heirloom Bread recipe.  This is delicious toasted and slathered with butter for breakfast. 1 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar or honey5 tsp. yeast1 cup water2 tsp. […]

Outdoor Furniture – Meadowcraft

May 22, 2009

It has been over a decade since I invested in an outdoor furniture collection and I am still 100% satisfied with my decision as the day I did it. What is even more amazing, is that it still looks today, like it did back in June of 1998 when it rolled off the truck and […]

Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Revel

January 4, 2015

No other ice cream recipe is easier, and more perfect for Valentine’s Day. Simply whip 2 c. heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks. Whilst that is beating mix 1, 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk with 3/4 c. of red velvet cake mix and 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine the two and place half into […]

Feathered Fowl Cookies

March 20, 2009

An icing technique called feathering is when you make lines with a contrasting color while the main background color is still wet allowing the colors to blend. You then take a toothpick or skewere and drag it through the lines to create the look you see here. I would say that this is the easiest […]

Birding – Bird seed

May 23, 2009

So I readily admit that when I saw the commercial for this, I though ‘hmmm, this is a marketing snafoo, that can’t happen.’ How could a bird seed actually attract twice as many colorful birds? Then, the thought left my head as I began to think about homemade croissants. A couple of days later I […]

Beth Collier’s Chocolate Pie

February 11, 2013

I love how the refrigerators’s coldness makes little brown crystal balls on top of the meringue. This is a favorite of mine for Valentine’s since it was the first date I had with  my husband back in 1987.  My Southern maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Claire, made this every Christmas.  Instead of keeping it in the refrigerator, […]

40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken Soup

June 24, 2012

This recipe is inspired by the classic 40 cloves of garlic roasted chicken recipe, translated into a comforting bowl of soup.  2/3 of the garlic is roasted, while the other 1/3 is simmered with the broth at the end.  I would suggest roasting and peeling the garlic ahead of time as it can be a […]

Raspberry Compote

January 3, 2015

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

January 3, 2015

Constellation of Leo

August 1, 2010

I am a Leo, and have been told many times that I am one to the core. I thought starting this month since my birthday is on the 6th, that I would feature each sign and talk about their traits in detail. The ruler of Leo is the Sun. The glyph is generally thought to […]

Trix Krispies

March 26, 2015

These treats are good any time of year, yet I created this idea for Spring/Easter.  The copper egg cookie cutter is a custom size – 5″, available at  I use vanilla-bean paste in this recipe because it adds little flecks of vanilla beans throughout, yet you can easily use vanilla extract – totally fine. […]

Collecting American Fostoria

May 3, 2010

I was over at a friends home this last week, and when I went into her cupboard for a pitcher I noticed she had a piece of American Fostoria.  I reached for it and she immediately ‘poo poo’d’ me by saying ‘don’t use that, that’s old lady.’  I reminded her that it was American Fostoria, […]

Fire and Spice Nuts

January 1, 2015

Customized nuts are an easy way to tailor a snack and make it your very own. Here I use an often underused pantry item, Chinese Five Spice powder to create an unique treat that is hard to resist. This recipe calls for fancy, mixed nuts – feel free to use your favorite type of nuts. […]

banana flip

June 14, 2009

Tortilla chips from scratch

February 12, 2010

Chips made yourself are so much more flavorful than what you buy at the store, not to mention a lot cheaper. Using my Waring Deep Fryer, I set the oil temperature for 375 degrees. I cut 6″ four tortillas in four and drop them in batches of ten into the oil. I fry them until […]

SHOP – LUX Summer Soap

June 7, 2012

Awaken your senses with the season of abundance, Summer.  Imagine the smell of fresh-cut grass and laundry hanging out to dry; our blend is packed with the scents of this favorite season.  A creamy, rich bar studded with leaves of dandelions, petals of nasturtium, and skin-loving oil of sunflower to nourish your skin.   This bar […]

Fava Beans with Chianti

August 21, 2012

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”   I have been working on a spread regarding iconic movie dishes and there was no way I could not include this famous dish referenced in ‘Silence of the Lambs’.  The killer in the movie was […]

SHOP – LUX Spring Soap

March 7, 2013

Beautiful purple and blue flora abound in this bar.  Lilacs announce that Spring has arrived with it’s profusion of aroma and blooms.  Wild, Spring violets help to bring calm, while Blue Vervain is legendary to help induce creativity.  Sprinkled with violet leaves for gentle exfoliation and packaged in handmade paper with a profusion of flowers […]

The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Ever!

September 15, 2010

Living a life where you have to eat gluten free can be difficult, and variety is not a luxury most can afford.  I have developed the most delicious gluten-free sugar cookie recipe that unless you eat them side by side with a regular sugar cookie you would not know you are missing anything.  Not only […]

Wood Slab Cake Stand

November 25, 2014

Black Velvet Brownies

September 26, 2012

Deep, dark and delicious – I would say these brownies are more like a dense and chewy, middle-ground between fudgy and cakey. We all decided to not do anything else with them as far as frosting them as they were perfection alone. I parchment the pan because it inevitably is the time I don’t, they […]

My Shades of Love Cake is available at Williams-Sonoma

January 11, 2013

What an honor to have the cake I created almost a year ago now available for purchase at Williams-Sonoma.   Now you can have the cake shipped direct to you, anywhere in the world.  The four-layer vanilla-bean cake is frosted using the best ingredients possible and is made by the amazing Jamie Cantor at Platine […]

Constellation of Scorpio

November 1, 2009

The sign of cosmic purpose, Scorpio is considered the success sign. Self contained and self centered, concentrated Scorpios usually succeed in what they set out to accomplish. Scorpions are known for their intense and powerful natures. They are willful, proud and calm with an electrifying undercurrent of seething intensity. Purposeful and animated with force, they […]

VISUAL – Roy Fairchild-Woodard

May 14, 2009

I have heard people say you should only buy art as an investment or it should match the kon-tents of your room. I say forget about all of that and throw it out the window. Art should be purchased because it imbues a sense or feeling when you look at it. I do not care […]