Chocolate Irish Crème brûlée

If you have followed me for a while you probably know that my husband will spend the next eight months in Arizona for a job. The girls and I are staying behind in North Carolina. My husband and I decided we just can’t uproot the girls again, especially for a temporary job. Our hope is that once the season is over he will find a job back in our area. So over the past two weeks we have been doing a lot of special things with my husband, like taking him to his favorite Indian restaurant, out to the movies, treating him to surprise lunch with our girls at a great little Mexican place we discovered, and making him many of his favorite foods. Well, crème brûlée happens to be one of my …

instant pot giveaway

Instant Pot Giveaway

If you haven’t already jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, that’s okay, because I’ve teamed up with some blogging friends to give an Instant Pot away to one lucky reader!! The IP-Smart Series is a bluetooth enabled electric pressure cooker designed with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It is a kitchen partner that works with you AND for you. There are many reasons to pick up this special cooker! Why is the Instant Pot Better? Very Easy to Use and Clean. Extensive Safety Mechanisms Throughout the Cooker. Best-in-Class Customer Service and Support. Strong Fan Base and Online Community. Convenient, as Simple as Pressing a Button With your Instant Pot, green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 4 – 7 minutes, fresh or frozen. To …

Carolina Sweet Tart

Carolina Sweet Tart

After we got engaged Colm and I talked a lot about where to get married. We had no family in Connecticut (we didn’t move to North Carolina until much later) and I really didn’t want to go back to Iowa to get married when most of our friends were out East. Colm joked that we should get married in Belfast (Northern Ireland, where he is from). And I said “Yes, we should! That would be amazing!” We arranged a trip to Ireland that February to make plans. Colm told me he knew the perfect place to have our wedding, Belfast Castle. We would be in Belfast on Valentine’s Day so Colm surprised me with reservations at their wonderfully extravagant prix fixe dinner. A friend of Colm’s worked at the castle and arranged for us to have …

Purple Passion Potion #5

Purple Passion Potion #5

Many moons ago, when I was in college, there was this “totally awesome” drink made out of Everclear called Purple Passion. It came in a 4 pack or a 2 liter bottle, tasted a little like grape soda on steroids and was very popular with college girls (of legal drinking age, of course) because it didn’t have a super strong taste of alcohol. The bonus was you only needed a couple drinks to feel buzzed. It made a resurgence in the mid-90’s and again in 2014, but they changed the recipe and it was never as good as the original. I was feeling very nostalgic for Purple Passion the other day looking through some old photos, so I decided to set out and recreate the recipe. I didn’t have any Everclear …

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Looking for a beautiful & delicious dessert to serve your Valentine? My Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle is the perfect dessert to woo her heart (and her sweet-tooth)! This scrumptious trifle is created with home-made lemon pound cake, raspberry jam, fresh strawberries and blueberries, layered with a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. It’s a can’t miss dessert for your cheesecake lover.

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm #gottobeNCbeef

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm

Disclosure: “Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm” is a post sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. Growing up in Iowa, in rural Iowa to be more precise, it’s pretty hard NOT to be a carnivore. Iowa is ranked 7th in the states for cattle production and 1st in hog production (North Carolina is 2nd). Although I grew up in town, I was a country girl at heart (still am!). My best friend lived on a farm and I spent as many weekends as I could with her, helping with her chores and riding horses every chance we got. In my …

Copy Cat Chick-fil-A Garden Market Salad

Copycat Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad

My favorite salad is a Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad. It’s sooo good. The flavors are so yummy together and honestly I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and not get tired of it! But I always crave it on Sunday when Chick-fil-A is closed! So now I just make my own (if I can keep berries in the house, my kids can eat them by the pound faster than locusts!) You just have to try it!! Now I tweaked the Chick-fil-A recipe a little bit towards my personal tastes. I don’t like blue cheese so I used goat cheese crumbles, and I like a lot of flavors and textures in my salad so I added some dried cherries. Their tartness goes really well with the sweet strawberries and tangy …

Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS seem to wait until the last minute to pick up classroom Valentine’s for my kids. You know how it goes, you see them in the stores and think “There’s still time to pick up something. I’ll buy them next time.” Then BOOM! it’s the night before the party and you really don’t want to run out at 10pm to pick up a box of pricey Valentine’s from the limited options at the corner store. With five daughter’s I’ve done this more times than I’d care to admit. So this year I decided to sit down with my girls and design our own Valentine’s. We had a lot of fun thinking of sayings and picking the images to use. We were so proud of what we created, we …

Homemade Almond Flavored Marshmallows

Homemade Almond Flavored Marshmallows

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, my family LOVES hot chocolate. It’s one of our favorite cold weather treats. My girls like to drink their hot chocolate with lots and lots of marshmallows. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Actually, I prefer mine with fresh whipped cream. But that has changed since I tasted homemade marshmallows. A neighbor dropped off a Christmas gift last week with some homemade hot chocolate mix and freshly made peppermint marshmallows. Oh my goodness they are so much better than the store-bought kind. My girls were fighting over who got the last one. To keep the peace I asked my neighbor for the recipe so we could make some ourselves. I can’t believe how simple it was! And there’s no limit to the flavors you can …