A little sweet, a little savory, a little spicy

Candy Cane Biscotti

imageBefore I get started on this, let me share with you that I’ve lost all track of time.  Seriously, during a casual conversation yesterday, it was brought up that next week is Christmas and I was in total surprise!  It’s not that I haven’t been preparing….decorating, baking and shopping, but more so that I have been so immersed in all the holiday activities I honestly thought I had at least two more weeks to go! Continue reading “Candy Cane Biscotti”

Product Review: Arctic Chill Stainless Cocktail Muddler

image I just received a great little gift idea for the hostess or cocktail lover on your shopping list!  A few weeks back I was contacted by Rizzi at Artic Chill to do a review for their Cocktail Muddler.  I took a quick look at the product on their website and knew instantly this would not be just another gadget cluttering up my kitchen drawer, but one very useful and uniquely designed tool.  The Arctic Chill’s muddler is made from stainless steel and features a grooved nylon head. Continue reading “Product Review: Arctic Chill Stainless Cocktail Muddler”

Pumpkin Minestrone

image

We are having some beautiful fall weather in South Florida!  When fall comes to Florida, it’s more of a pretend season.  It will be 80 degrees and locals will pulling out their boots, light sweaters and scarves…pretty silly looking to the vacationing Northerners who are walking around in their shorts and sundresses.  When you live here for awhile, you feel the change of seasons and get very excited. Continue reading “Pumpkin Minestrone”

Bloody Halloween Red Lentil and Beet Soup

imageI bloody love Halloween.

And I love this soup.  In fact, it will make a reappearance in December for a gorgeous red Christmas soup, minus the drips and fake bloody hand.

Halloween wickedly crept up on me this year.  I’m usually all decorated for Halloween by now.  Pumpkins, skulls, skeletons, witches and brooms tastefully decorating my home.  Thousands of ideas, too little time. Continue reading “Bloody Halloween Red Lentil and Beet Soup”

Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella

image

How quickly time passes… last week I was vacationing in the beautiful surroundings of Italy and now…well, it’s all a cherished memory as I work my way back into the daily routines of my life.  Yet, I brought back a different me from this trip.  A woman who once feared venturing out alone, pretty low on the confidence pole and decision doubting, to a renewed, refreshed, totally in awe of life and beauty, humbled by my inner strength and a new amore la vita, love of life! Continue reading “Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella”