My Husband’s All Time Favorite Dessert: Vanilla Almond Cheesecake

I ask Joe every year what kind of cake or dessert he wants for his birthday and every year, so far, he has said this cheesecake. Lucky for me, it is super simple and I can almost make it with my eyes closed. The original recipe comes from my lovely Godmother, Meriwether, in Asheville, NC. I’ve written about this recipe before but it has been … Continue reading My Husband’s All Time Favorite Dessert: Vanilla Almond Cheesecake

What’s Cooking?!

Hope you had a happy St. Paddy’s Day yesterday.  We had some delicious Guinness on tap and a lovely dinner with friends in Chapel Hill.  This week I ordered a meal delivery kit from Plated with 4 dinners to take care of Tuesday-Friday and they sound delicious. Leave me a message or email me if you haven’t tried Plated and you’d like a discount … Continue reading What’s Cooking?!

Meal Plan for a Cold, Rainy Week

This week is mostly comfort foods that I’m craving in this chilly, grey weather.  Last week, our favorite meal was Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta in the Crockpot – so good and easy! Here’s my plan of attack this week: Monday: Roasted Chicken and Parmesan Carrots  Tuesday: Sausage and Peppers from Papa Spuds  in the Crockpot Wednesday: Grilled Salmon and Crazy Feta with Crudites Thursday: Out Friday: … Continue reading Meal Plan for a Cold, Rainy Week

Meal Plan for Valentines Week

The best thing I made all week was Korean Beef for an Olympic kickoff party.  I cooked it overnight in the crockpot and it was the gold medal winner! Saturday: Korean Beef in the crockpot Sunday: Grilled chicken on a salad Monday: Easy Lo Mein Tuesday: Dukkah-Spiced Shrimp Wednesday: Spicy Chicken and Vegetables Thursday: Strip Steak and Potatoes Friday: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken  Saturday: Chicken and … Continue reading Meal Plan for Valentines Week

Meal Plan for 2/4-2/11

My favorite meals from last week were Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls (I think I ate these leftovers for lunch 3 days in a row!) and  One Pot Pasta which was billed as a vegan recipe but I added grilled chicken.  I also have to give two thumbs up for Annie’s break and bake Chocolate Chip cookies found in the refrigerator section  – they taste homemade, have all organic … Continue reading Meal Plan for 2/4-2/11

5 Makeup Ingredients to Avoid

The beauty industry is currently a wild west where companies can and do use harmful chemicals. In the last few years there has been a surge in companies creating “natural” or “green” cosmetics, so how do you understand which products are actually safer? And of those companies, which products actually work? Here’s some tips for what to avoid if you want your makeup to be free of the … Continue reading 5 Makeup Ingredients to Avoid

Meal Plan for the Last Week of Jan

What I made last week:  Monday:  Grilled Chicken with Greek Orzo Salad Tuesday: Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Braising Greens and Ajo Blanco Sauce Wednesday: Hawaiian Chicken bowls with Brown Rice and Nori Thursday: Moroccan Salmon with Cauliflower “Couscous” Friday: Blackened Chicken with Marble Potatoes & Broccolini Saturday: Indian Spiced Chicken with Spinach and Cucumber Salad  Sunday: Buffalo Meatballs  (delicious and prepped in 10 minutes – would be … Continue reading Meal Plan for the Last Week of Jan