Ground Beef Manicotti – Hearty Italian Main Course Recipe

Ground Beef Manicotti

This ground beef Manicotti adds a nice mix to the normal manicotti recipe with just beef and  ricotta cheese.  It is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables and not complain.  The whole dish is topped with to save on time and then sprinkled with your favorite cheese.  I used Cheddar but…

Greek Salad with Calamata Olives and Goat Cheese

Greek Salad

This tasty Greek Salad combines tomatoes, green peppers and cucumbers in a tangy lemon and olive oil dressing.  It has and for a nice change and makes a great side dish. Team up your lunch with this delicious Greek Salad This easy to make salad pairs well with grilled lamb chops, basic quiche or many…

Lemon Garlic Broccoli – Tasty Side Dish

lemon garlic broccoli

This easy Lemon Garlic Broccoli is a great go to recipe to make on those busy week nights when you are strapped for time.  Easy Lemon Garlic Broccoli Recipe The recipe could not be easier to make. Just saute everything and add some cheese in the last few minutes and add to any meal. The…

Portabello Mushrooms Stuffed with Laughing Cow Cheese

Stuffed portabello mushrooms

I really love stuffed portobello mushrooms. They are so creamy, warm and delicious.  I make them all the time and am always looking for new ideas on how to prepare them.  This idea for using Laughing Cow cheese came to me in my sleep last night. Laughing Cow Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. Normally I just use…

Veracruzana Cocktail – Pineapple Basil Tequila

veracruzana cocktail

Hello Summer time and its long evenings!  Perfect for refreshing fruit cocktail recipes. This Veracruzana Cocktail is my drink of the day. The list of ingredients  in it is a reminder of everything we love to help us unwind on a sizzling summer day. Veracruzana Cocktail – Perfect Summer Fruit Drink The recipe combines tequila, pineapple,…

Malibu Earl Grey Paradise Punch – Refreshing High Ball

Cocktail recipes are so much fun to share with friends. This Malibu Earl Gray Paradise Punch is a great drink to share with friends.  It combines traditional Earl Grey Tea (will Delight your English buddies) and Malibu original rum for a refreshing summer time drink. Malibu Earl Gray Paradise Punch – Great Summer Drink When…

Tikka Masala Curry with Canneloni Beans and Cashews

Tikka Masala Crock pot curry from thegardeningcook.com

My husband and I love Indian curry and we love to eat this when we go out to our favorite Indian restaurants. Here in Raleigh, Indian restaurants seem to be jinxed. We just get a favorite one and then it closes.  So, it was up to me to come up with my own version of…

Tom Collins Drink – Refreshing Summer High Ball Cocktail

Looking for some perfect spring or summer time cocktail recipes? The Tom Collins drink is a refreshing gin sour that is an excellent sipper for hot summer evenings.  This recipe uses combination of simple  sugar and lemon juice with gin and club soda. Tom Collins drink – Easy to make High Ball Sour The Tom Collins…

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – Classic Italian Dish

eggplant parmesan

Traditional eggplant Parmesan dishes can take quite a long time to prepare if you make your own marinara sauce. This easy eggplant Parmesan recipe uses bottled marinara sauce for those nights when you don’t have time to make the whole recipe from scratch. Flavors abound in this Classic Eggplant Parmesan Recipe To keep the calories lower, the…

Asparagus Crostini Appetizers with Gouda Cheese and Proscuitto

asparagus crostini

Are you having friends over for drinks any time soon?  The right appetizer can set your entertaining off in style.  These Asparagus crostini appetizers are simple to make, but the delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and Gouda cheese will make your guests think you spent hours in the kitchen making them.  They…

Flower Nails – Decorative and Pretty Accents for your Hands

flowered nails

A few times in my life, I’ve found myself spending lots of times on taking care of my hands. Those times are sort of fleeting though.  I spend so much time digging in the dirt in my garden that nice nails are just something to dream about, not have.  For that reason, these pretty Flower…

Camping Foods – Creative Ideas for Easy Meals

It is getting close to that time of the year again.  We’ll be hitting the roads for some fun summer vacations.  Camping is one of the great ways to share the outdoors with family members.  These camping foods ideas will give you some inspiration and are all easy and fun to do. These Camping Foods…

Baked Onion Rings – Healthy and Delicious

Oven Baked Onion Rings

One of my favorite restaurant side dishes in baked onion rings.  I love the crispiness of the outside and the hot and delicious onion flavor inside the coating.   But the original version is full of fat and calories.  These baked onion rings have all the flavor of deep fried ones but are much more healthy.…

Dinner At the Irregardless Cafe – Vegetarian Delight

It was my birthday this week, and my family and I went out to dinner.  My husband is a meat eater, I am a vegetarian and my daughter is a vegan, so we were looking for a place with a nice mix that would suit us all.  The Irregardless Cafe fit the bill nicely. Raleigh,…

Cheesy Penne Pasta With Tomatoes and Pecans

cheesy penne pasta

This Cheesy Penne Pasta is nutritious and healthy, and packs a flavor profile that you will just love. Cheesy Penne Pasta – Healthy and Nutritious To make the recipe suitable for vegetarians, I used the following ingredients:  , , .  The almond milk and hidden pecans gives a nutty taste and texture and the sauce…

How to Apply Blush for A Chiseled Look

Have you ever wondered how those high profile models and actresses get that perfectly chiseled look with their cheeks? The answer is not in their bone structure, but in the way they apply blush. Follow these tips when you apply Blush for a Chiseled look. Many people just grab their blush and drag along the…

How To Apply Eye Make up For a Professional Look

eye make up

I don’t wear much make up most of the time.  But when I go out, I do like to wear some eye make up, a bit of blush and some lipstick.Applying Eye Make up so that the finished result is professional takes a bit of practice. If you follow these tips, though, your eyes will…

Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

Charming Bird Cage Planters

I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for planters.  Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. These lovely Bird Cage Planters fit that bill just beautifully. Bird Cage Planters Turn Trash into Treasure. Whether you…