Head to Handsome Biscuit in Norfolk, VA!

03/30/2015   |   No Comments »

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I have come to find more and more that Norfolk, VA, a city nearby my hometown of Virginia Beach, has some of the best little spots to eat.

Recently, after a long day of presenting to young 15 and 16 year olds at Granby High School, I stopped by a tiny little place called Handsome Biscuit. It was quirky, unique, and affordable. It was also very delicious. They offer all scratch-made items, and everything is served on a sweet potato biscuit. Read the rest of this entry »


Simple Fried Chicken and Waffles Recipe

03/27/2015   |   No Comments »

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Chicken and waffles is a classic comfort food combo. 

You’ll love this easy-to-follow recipe that’s filled with shortcuts, like using frozen waffles! Really, you just need to focus on whipping up some delicious, fried and flavorful chicken tenders, by following my instructions below. Then, quickly toast up some frozen waffles, place your fried chicken on top, add butter and syrup, and you’re ready to eat! Read the rest of this entry »


5 Belly Burning Foods for Bikini Season

03/25/2015   |   No Comments »

Yep. Unfortunately, that time of year is rolling around again. That time of year when you need to start thinking about looking decent in springtime shorts and skirts, followed by those summertime tanks and bikinis.

And, if you are like me, your body has likely been hibernating for a few, wintery months. So, in order to jump start your journey-back-to-bikinis, I decided I’d blog about a few of my favorite belly burning foods:

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The Complete Kitchen Knife Guide [Infographic]

03/23/2015   |   No Comments »

Today, I’d like to share this complete kitchen knife guide infographic from Fix.com, which features everything from cleavers to bread knives, listing the best uses for each knife. It also discusses knife storage and maintenance — an important part of knife ownership, especially if you start investing in a quality (read: expensive) knife collection.

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Comfort Food: Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

03/20/2015   |   No Comments »

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This recipe marries two of my favorite things: macaroni and cheese and bacon.

The bacon really takes this comfort food classic to a whole new level. And you really can’t beat the amazingly decadent flavors created when making your own, homemade cheesy macaroni — complete with lots or butter and breadcrumbs.  Read the rest of this entry »


St. Patrick’s Day: Classic Irish Potato Soup Recipe

03/17/2015   |   No Comments »

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s time to prepare some classic Irish dishes to go along with our green beer (or, with a nice pint of Guinness).

One of my favorite celebratory dishes to prepare this time of year is traditional Irish potato soup. Although this is a classic dish, everyone’s recipe for it is different. I’ve included a link to one from YourIrish.com below. Read the rest of this entry »


Girl Scout Cookie Recipes: Thin Mints Martini

03/16/2015   |   No Comments »

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Don’t you just love Girl Scout cookie season?!

One of my favorite Girl Scout cookies is the Thin Mint. I love eating Thin Mints on their own, but I also enjoy using them in fun, experimental recipes.

For this recipe, I used them as my inspiration for a chocolatey dessert martini, which combines chocolate vodka, chocolate milk liquor, and creme de menthe. The glass is drizzled with chocolate syrup and the rim is dipped in crushed Thin Mints. It’s so good! Read the rest of this entry »


Warm and Delicious Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe

03/13/2015   |   No Comments »

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Have you ever had Italian hot chocolate? If not, you’re in for a serious treat, especially if you’re a chocolate lover. 

The Italian version of hot chocolate is much richer and thicker than what you may traditionally think of as a hot chocolate here in the U.S. It’s actually almost pudding like, but still more of Read the rest of this entry »


Appreciating the Little Things in Marriage

03/11/2015   |   No Comments »

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I wanted to write a little piece on the little things that make us happy, and how it makes us very appreciative.

As many of you know, I am a newlywed. I am about 5 months into my marriage. One thing in particular that my husband does that makes me so grateful is the dishes every night — without question. It’s truly a dream I found a man who is the best dish washer around. And, ladies, I promise I am not giving him up anytime soon. Sorry. It is one thing he does in our marriage that I am truly grateful for. Read the rest of this entry »


Sweet Chili Cranberry Meatballs Appetizer Recipe

03/09/2015   |   No Comments »

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March 9 is National Meatball Day! 

To celebrate, consider making my Sweet Chili Cranberry Meatballs appetizer recipe. It’s a fun dish for parties that adds a tasty twist to the standard meatball-and-toothpick app.

The recipe calls for using frozen turkey meatballs, which I recommend because it will make the dish a lot healthier….which means you can feel good about gobbling up more than one! Read the rest of this entry »