Recipes 2020-04-19T18:37:23+00:00
904, 2020

Tiramisu Cheesecake

By | April 9th, 2020|Categories: Cheesecake, Desserts|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Have you ever taken a bite of something that tastes like a slice of Heaven? This is exactly how I have described this particular cheesecake on many occasions. It’s a rich, coffee-flavored New York style cheesecake topped with ladyfingers dipped in coffee and liquor, and a smooth layer of whipped mascarpone cheese, dusted with cocoa. It’s the type of dessert that if you’re ever conflicted on choosing between Tiramisu or Cheesecake, it is most definitely the perfect combination. […]

601, 2020

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken and Sausage

By | January 6th, 2020|Categories: Chicken, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, and we both fell in love with it. Well, he became practically obsessed with it and has mentioned us moving there many times over the years since our visit. “Have you seen how WHITE we are?? We’d die of skin cancer in like three months!!” has been my response. I remember lathering sunblock with SPF 75 all over me and STILL getting burnt after 1 hour.  […]

2912, 2019

Hearty Vegetable Chowder

By | December 29th, 2019|Categories: Dairy-Free, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Soups, Vegan|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

There are some things I like about the cold weather, even though South Carolina’s weather gives us little sneak peeks of a cold front ALL year long. Fires, tall boots, blankets, but nothing beats any of those more than soup season. My favorite kind of soup is a good, hearty, CHOWDER. Well, the cold weather also brings along colds and other illnesses, which is not good for someone like me, who tends to have issues with chronic sinus infections. Buh-bye, dairy! […]

1612, 2019

Pumpkin Pie Dip with Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

By | December 16th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Cookies, Desserts, Holiday|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Have you ever looked at some food at a party and wondered if it was an appetizer or dessert? This is definitely one of those items that might have you scratching your head wondering, until you’re completely distracted after you start eating it. […]

1312, 2019

Red Velvet Cheesecake

By | December 13th, 2019|Categories: Cheesecake|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

On my original quest for a Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe, I kept running across the Red Velvet Cake layered with New York Cheesecake. That is not what I’m looking for! I thought. But omg, that looks AMAZING and I have to make that, too.  […]

912, 2019

Dairy-Free Keto Green Bean Casserole

By | December 9th, 2019|Categories: Dairy-Free, Freezer Meal, Gluten-Free, Healthy Comfort Food, Keto, Side Dishes, Sugar-Free|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Making dishes that are dairy-free, Keto-friendly AND delicious can be quite a challenge at times. Well, I do love a good culinary challenge, especially when I get to stuff my face with it. I made this for our family’s Thanksgiving feast, and this was the side dish that drew me back in for another scoop on my plate. […]

2911, 2019

Dairy-Free Keto Pumpkin Cake

By | November 29th, 2019|Categories: Cakes, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Holiday, Keto, Sugar-Free|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

You’d think that having a Keto Thanksgiving would mean you’re missing out on some good food, but that was quite the opposite this year. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed every single item on my plate and even went back for second helpings of the Green Bean Casserole that I couldn’t get enough of.  […]

2309, 2019

Best Pumpkin Spice Muffins

By | September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Breakfast, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Pumpkin Spice season is here!!! To be honest though, I eat Pumpkin Spice muffins all year long because they are my absolute favorite. My freezer is typically packed with a variety of jumbo muffins, and they are perfect for our family on the weekends. I usually grab whatever flavors everyone wants the night before, set them on the counter, and breakfast is ready when we all wake up in the morning. All we have to do is turn on the coffee maker and I pop my muffin in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before making my belly incredibly happy. […]

1807, 2019

Beer Bread with Spinach Dip

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The first time I had Beer Bread, it was before I developed a taste for beer. So technically, it was before that one keg party in my early twenties when I was forced to start drinking beer if I didn’t want to be the only sober person there. What I’m saying is that the thought of this tasting good wasn’t exactly in my prediction, but it turned out amazing. Even better was how easy it is to throw together, and how the Spinach Dip is EVEN EASIER.  […]

1607, 2019

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Tarts

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Cheesecake, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sometimes it’s hard to choose between peanut butter and Oreos…so why not have both?? You read my mind. These cupcake sized cheesecakes give you the best of both cheesecake and cupcake world when you sink your teeth in to this New York style peanut butter cheesecake packed with chunks of Peanut Butter Cups on top of a WHOLE Peanut Butter Oreo, then topped with a chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and a mini peanut butter cup. […]

1207, 2019

Cookies ‘n Cream Cake

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Every year for my birthday, I’m asked what kind of dessert I want someone to make for me. Typically, the answer is that I want to make it myself. “What? You can’t make your own birthday cake!” The thing is, I’m always so busy making desserts for other people that this gives me an opportunity to make something that I’ve been wanting to try, and having other people around to help me dispose of it is the perfect time. Plus, whatever gives me ANY excuse to have a social gathering is worth making a cake. […]

1007, 2019

Chicken Cheese Ball

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Chicken, Gluten-Free, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

There are several appetizer staples that end up on the menu at my house for every single party, and this is definitely on the list. When I’m trying to simplify the menu for a party and choose three items, it’s at the top. This cheese ball and crackers, veggie tray, chips and dip along with some sort of dessert gives party guests enough to eat without overloading them. […]

807, 2019

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Icing

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Cupcakes, Desserts, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The last few times I have run out of several different types of liquor, it was because I was using them in baked goods. […]

507, 2019

Double Dipped Oreo Truffles

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Desserts|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Back in the stone ages before I started grinding Oreos with a food chopper or processor, I used to grind them by hand. First, I’d start out by putting the Oreos in a large plastic bag, sealing it, then beating the bag on the counter with my fist like it owed me money from ten years ago that forced me into eviction. […]

706, 2019

Buttery Nipple Cheesecake

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Cheesecake|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The first time I heard the name of this cocktail, uncontrollable giggling erupted, and it still makes me chuckle. Since my original Irish Cream Cheesecake was so delicious and popular at Krafty Draft, I started experimenting with other cheesecakes I could use liquor in the recipe…which is what created my style of Happy Hour Cheesecakes. The cheesecake itself is very similar to the Irish Cream, but with a butterscotch ganache and a graham cracker crust. If you look at the topping of the cheesecake, you might understand why I started giggling again while putting it together. I’m terrible.  […]

2805, 2019

Grampy’s Hillbilly Chili

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Beef and Pork, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes, Soups|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the weekend, my parents rented a cabin on the lake for our family to get together by the water. When our family gets together (no matter WHEN), there’s always more than enough food to feed a small army of Olympic training athletes on steroids. My parents always put out more food than they should, and everyone who shows up doesn’t come empty-handed. When everyone is leaving, my mom tries to send food home with them to get it out of the house, and she STILL ends up with way too many leftovers. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?? […]

2205, 2019

Carolina Reuben Pinwheels

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Photo by Kim Byer Ever since I fell in love with the Carolina Reuben sandwich at a downtown shop in Columbia many moons ago, I try to incorporate this fantastic idea anywhere I can. If you’re wondering what a Carolina Reuben is, it’s a southern take on a classic Reuben. However, instead of sauerkraut and corned beef, it’s turkey and coleslaw with swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. […]

2005, 2019

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

By | May 20th, 2019|Categories: Cheesecake|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

While brainstorming different cheesecake flavors with my in-laws one evening, we somehow got on the subject of Caramel Macchiato. My face lit up. I haven’t made that before!! What exactly qualifies as Caramel Macchiato?? So, I looked it up and immediately started formulating a recipe in my head. Vanilla, coffee, caramel…sounds simple enough. […]

1505, 2019

Cookie Dough Dip

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Appetizers, Desserts, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Eating raw cookie dough is one of life’s many pleasures, and I was always chased out of the kitchen as a kid while my mom was baking. Back then, I wasn’t interested in LEARNING how to bake, I was only interested in EATING everything I could get my hands on. […]

605, 2019

S’mores Candy Bars

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Desserts, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Click HERE to watch the video tutorial of this recipe! One of my favorite things to do if there’s a fire pit within eyesight is to roast marshmallows and enjoy a good ole s’more. Unfortunately, that opportunity doesn’t present itself nearly as much as I’d like, so there has to be a good compromise. Well, here it is. […]

2804, 2019

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

By | April 28th, 2019|Categories: Chicken, Freezer Meal, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Click HERE to watch the video of this recipe! Throwing together a quick and easy weeknight dinner has never been so simple…and delicious. […]

2204, 2019

Oreo Cheesecake Tarts

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cheesecake, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

One of the questions I get asked repeatedly is, “How do you NOT eat all of what you make?” This can be a trick question, but mainly the answer is because I’m so used to being around it. The irony of this response makes me chuckle, because this particular dessert had me standing in front of the fridge, holding the door open and staring at these like they were an oasis in the middle of the desert. […]

1904, 2019

Boston Creme Trifle

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Desserts, Quick and Easy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Growing up with two older brothers and being the only girl has made life interesting and entertaining. The level of sarcasm used in every day conversations has always been above average, and is the norm. When I make a new dessert for a family gathering and take it to them to try out, my brothers are always reliable taste testers to let me know what they really think. […]

1604, 2019

Lemon Blueberry Cake

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Easter is quickly approaching, and I’m all about fruity cakes that are packed with flavor. This sparked the idea for a Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing, but here’s the catch…I wanted extra blueberry preserves WITH the lemon cream cheese icing in between the layers of cake. So, here we are. […]