Vibrant Cast-Iron Cactus Sugar Cookies

Coming back to the desert called for an awesome brunch spread amongst friends (can’t forget the mimosa bar!) along with big, chewy cactus cookies – a plate full of pricks in vibrant colors. Each guest took one home as a parting gift! I scored a cast-iron cactus mold at the one of the best Goodwill stores…

The No Recipe Zucchini Chip

I’ve been noticing a lot of Zucchini Chip recipes on Pinterest lately. I mean, they are EVERYWHERE. But you don’t need a recipe to make these crispy lil gems. Recipes are for those who color within the lines. Those that lack creativity.  The unimaginative. All you really need is a dehydrator. So grab a zucchini (organic,…

Jalapeno Basil Watermelon Margaritas

What is more refreshing than a watermelon? A watermelon margarita with some kick! This is the ultimate summer drink but when you live in Florida this drink is popular all year loooong. It’s sweet. It’s salty. It’s spicy. It’s perfect. Ingredients 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced ¾ cup white tequila (a decent brand) ½ of a…

Chevy’s Spicy Tomato Juice

Lately, I’ve been one lucky girl with my husband cooking most meals these days. Not only is he killing it in the kitchen, his juicing skills have put our family in outré health mode. One weekly visit to the local farmers market to fill paper bags to the brim with fruits and vegetables, we have…

Spicy Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Sure mayo is delicious but we all know it’s not the healthiest of condiments. With American favorites like tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches, it’s nice to know we can swap out the white, creamy goodness with a wiser choice. When we make wise choices we are winning, right? Avocado being a HUGE staple in…

Chevy’s Frozen Pool Party Piña Colada Drinks

It was a pool party on the rooftop down in the Yucatán. Hotdogs, raw veggies and watermelon were the main course, but the real hit was the frozen  piña colada pineapple drinks created by Chevy.   We sipped the cool drinks from the pool ledge as we volleyed the ball back and forth over the net.…

Jeff’s Louisiana Spicey Shrimp Boil

Jeff Thompson is no stranger to seafood boils. In fact, he could probably have his own boil and seafood cookbook. Louisiana born and bred (in case you couldn’t tell from the accent), Jeff is just as passionate about his seafood as he is about his dinner guests. After attending countless shrimp and crawfish boils hosted by…

Quick & Easy Peach Frozen Yogurt

It’s HOT in Florida which means frozen anything can be eaten year-round. My peach craving finally won  so to cure my desire for the fuzzy fruit and help me cool off at the same time, I decided to make Peach Frozen Yogurt. Some might say I’m a yogurt fanatic but it really satisfies my tart-tooth. I…

Pretzels: Baking the Alphabet

What better way to learn how to spell your name than in pretzels? I think all toddlers and Germans will agree. It is edible playdough. A dream come true for little people. The warm, soft breaded delights are believed to be the world’s oldest snack. Originating from Southern France near 610 A.D., Monks created pretzels…

Blameless Balls of Meat

Let’s be honest, Italian food isn’t exactly the healthiest of foods. Mama Mia! It tends to be loaded with carbs that put a damper on squeezing into that slinky dress or tight-as-hell jeans. Omitting breadcrumbs means fewer carbs if you are into that sort of thang. Fresh herbs bump up the flavor on this healthier version…

How Vegetable Gardening Benefits Children

My three-year-old son has been gardening since he could walk. I can recall living in the historical district of downtown Phoenix in a 1926 tudor house with blue trim that allowed for oodles of gardening room. My son loved to hand the germinated plants over to me as I stuffed it in the soft, black…

Pizza Sauce Express

Tailored to your liking, nothing beats homemade pizza. Making pizza is something the entire family can participate in, reaping the benefits as triangle pieces are passed around the table and satisfyingly devoured. Most people think pizza is time-consuming to create, which is simply not the case. Here is a speedy pizza recipe so you can…

Travel Snack: Avocado and Tuna

Avocado and tuna: Sound nutritious but not delicious, right? Go with me on this one when I tell you the combination is pretty darn tasty. It is packed with Omega-3’s and offers the “good fat” (monounsaturated fat) that your body craves. The quick and easy snack is even doable on long hikes or road trips.…

DIY Garden Pesto

It’s  garden time again and I always get a little hasty when waiting for the veggies in my garden to mature. Herbs grow the quickest so the first dish of the season was pesto. Super easy. Super Delicious. Here’s my recipe: Thyme-Oregano-Basil equaling to a bunch Olive Oil Small Lemon Garlic Sea Salt Pepper Fresh…

Gobble A Green Thanksgiving for 2014

[edit November 24, 2014] Before I begin an article on Thanksgiving let me clear up any confusion about what you may have been told about the gut-filling holiday that began in 1621. Poor documentation of the first holiday allows for people to speculate its meaning and traditions. I prefer to accept a more modern explanation…