Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

Strawberry Champagne Cocktail recipe from

I catered my first dinner party last weekend!  And like I said on Instagram…Full disclosure: it was for my Mom and she totally paid me with overnight babysitting.  I’ll take it!  It was a really good experience though, I found out a couple of things.  1. I love cooking and preparing fun foods for other […]

25 New Restaurant Copycat Recipes

New list of 25 favorite and best restaurant copycat recipes from

Back in 2012 I compiled a list of my favorite restaurant copycat recipes.  I even had a taste test night and sampled 5 of them for a dinner party.  We rated them by taste and how close they were to the original.  Since it’s been a few years, I thought I’d do part deux.  Here’s my […]

The Best 25 Healthy + Whole30 Recipes

25 of the BEST Healthy and Whole30 Recipes from

I have to first give kuddos to my husband and sister for participating in a 28 day detox routine this January which included eating Whole30, a series of protein shakes and other supplements.  We completely changed up our standard weeknight meals as a result, shopped and prepped on Sundays, and cooked easy but healthy/non-processed dinners. […]

Barbecue Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Barbecue lettuce wrap recipe from

I think I would barbecue outside even if I lived somewhere in the snow – everything tastes SO good on the que!  It’s been unusually sunny and warm here in Northern California and I’m taking full advantage of it.  Cooked up some chicken with some really tasty sauce – I used the new Kraft Original but […]

The Best Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta topping made in the food processor from

Last weekend we got to head up to Lake Tahoe and stay with friends in their timeshare on the South Shore.  To try and pay our fabulous hosts back for having us, I cooked up dinner and made this scrumptious appetizer.  You can actually make the bruschetta topping in the morning so all you have […]

Healthy + Homemade Tomato Sauce

the best veggie and vegan tomato sauce recipe ever from

This is the most flavorful and delicious veggie pasta sauce – scratch that, one of the best pasta sauces period.  Our good family friend made it for one of our homemade ravioli nights.  I nabbed the recipe and tweaked it just a bit.  It’s all vegetables, herbs and a little olive oil and salt- nothing […]

Valentines Day Raspberry Cheesecake

The best mini cheesecakes with raspberry lemon topping from

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years.  It was really fun with my 3 year old daughter, she was way into Christmas and keeps asking why it’s over – she hasn’t liked my answer so far… So, this is my Mom’s old cheesecake recipe that I made into little bites along […]

Top 10 Popular Posts & Recipes of 2014

The best recipes of 2014 from the popular blog

Continuing with tradition, my most popular posts of 2014 were: 1. Two Day Portland Trip Itinerary – I can’t believe this was #1, you are awesome Portland! 2. Crockpot French Dip Sandwich 3.  2nd Annual 5 Days of Fudge Recipes: Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge 4. Grilled Peach Salad with Corn and Tomatoes 5. Cheese and […]

Easy Appetizer: Cheesy Apple Crescent Rolls

NYE vegetarian appetizer Easy appetizer with apples and cream cheese in a crescent roll from

Happy almost 2015! What’s everyone doing for NYE this year? Z, my 3 year old, is having a little party for her friends, it’s going to be an “East Coast New Years” (since we are on the West Coast – done at 9!).  My sister did a “Noon Years Eve” party a few years ago […]