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Food is typically a big production for me, but sometimes it's about the little pleasures. These are my favorite daily, delightful treats. 0

My Top 7 Favorite Delightful Treats

The thing I love most about food is the pleasure aspect of it. Food can be such a delight. That’s why I love feeding my family and friends so much. While food at our house is usually a big production, sometimes it’s about the little pleasures. The daily, delightful treats. That’s what this post is about. Here’s a list of my absolute favorite delightful treats 1. Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes Shortbread is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and Effie’s Homemade Oatcakes are like buttery, tasty, whole grain shortbread biscuits. When whole grain is involved, all traces of guilt completely dissolve....

Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

Here's another Fireball Whisky drink recipe, this time made with peach nectar. The combo of peach & cinnamon in this drink tastes just like Peach Cobbler! 0

Peach Cobbler Cocktail 🍑 Another Fireball Whisky Drink

After seeing the popularity of my Fireball Cranberry Sour, I have decided that another Fireball Whisky drink recipe needs to happen. The last one was more of a fall drink on account of the cranberry, but this Peach Cobbler Cocktail is perfect for spring and summer. (Although I’d drink either any time of the year!) So simple—peach nectar and Fireball. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, but never thought to put them together. (Probably because most of the Fireball in our house gets put into shot glasses before I ever have a chance to get my hands on it.)...

Delight in the refreshing botanicals of this cranberry, gin and lavender martini. Welcome spring by sipping a cocktail with a light, floral essence. 0

Lavender Martini with Cranberry + Gin

There’s something about the impending arrival of spring that makes me want to craft cocktails that taste and/or smell like flowers. So when I spotted this fancy-looking lavender simple syrup at the liquor store, I knew I was destined to make some sort of lavender martini in short order. My bar setup at home is pretty simple. We’ve got a decent selection of staple spirits on hand like gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum. Also, we keep a few supporting flavors like peach schnapps, cointreau (and triple sec—similar flavor; lower price point), chambord, creme de cacao, and creme de menthe, etc. My...

These quick and easy chicken fajita lettuce wraps are full of flavor, high on nutrition and protein, and perfect for low carb meal plans. 0

Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps

For the better part of the last month, I’ve been following a fairly low carb meal plan as part of the Metabolic Aftershock exercise program (more on that to come). Since I’ve not really ever followed a low carb diet much, I’ve been trying to think up creative recipes and ways to do low carb. I’ve always loved the gingery chicken lettuce wraps that are common in Asian restaurants, but wanted to try something a little different. Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps is the direction I went, and it’s definitely a keeper recipe! We love doing “Taco Tuesday” (even if it’s...

Peach Clementini Martini 0

Peach Clementini | A Fresh Squeezed Martini

After nine months of cooking, I gave birth to our second child in August. Right before I got pregnant, I started really getting into using gin in my craft cocktail making at home. Specifically, martinis. Needless to say, my cocktail crafting went by the wayside for a while. I spent the better part of nine months looking forward to my first dirty gin martini when I was finally off the clock. That martini was lovely. Well worth the wait. (And so is baby Veda!) Soon after, I started trying my hand out at a few other craft gin martinis at...

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine's Day Dinner at Home 0

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year. That leaves plenty of time for prepping and cooking a killer dinner at home. Lots of people go out, but it’s the perfect time to do up an exceptional Valentine’s Day dinner at home. It’s probably better to treat yourself to a night out some time after the big Valentine’s Day rush. You’ll have a more relaxing and enjoyable evening when the restaurants are less crowded. That being said, we all want Valentine’s Day to be really special. This is when we want to dust off our most impressive cooking skills and...

101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home 6

101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home

Small plates are my new favorite thing. If they are Spanish in nature, they’re called Tapas. Tapas were essentially my first exposure to the concept of making a bunch of small plates into a meal. And I’ve been developing a love affair with small plates ever since. Now that Rob and I have a kid (and a second one on the way!), we’ve been doing more at-home date nights. One of my favorite ways to make an at-home date night feel special is to make a bunch of small plates that we can share. At first, I started out with...