A Tale of Two Cities: Charlottesville and Charleston

So I’m not quite Charles Dickens, nor is this about London and Paris, or a war (you get the point), but it is about two delightful and charming cities I’ve visited recently. Let’s start with Charlottesville……Jason introduced me to Charlottesville, which is one of the most charming and wonderful cities. […]

Soup for Spring: Cauliflower Soup

I  enjoy eating soup all year long, but since the weather is finally warming up like to have a lighter soup to compliment the foods I eat in the spring and the weather.  This soup will add a nice course to a meal without adding calories and fat (I know […]

Feasts with Friends and the Best Brownies Ever!

I have always loved entertaining guests for brunch, dinner, and overnight stays. Recently, we have had two sets of dear friends come visit. We had Bryan, Christina and Harper come down and visit us for a long weekend, and decided what better way to welcome them to the south than […]

Mexican Style Pulled Chicken

I created this recipe after watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network last week, which featured a place calledTaco Taco in San Antonio. The owner is this adorable Greek lady who decided to start a taco restaurant, and they showed her making her pulled chicken, which looked incredible. […]

Somethings in life are not a total success: smoked salmon for instance

Trying new things, whether they be recipes, activities or life events, results in successes and failures. I constantly strive (and struggle) to not get caught up on the less than desirable results and focus on what I got out of it and what I learned to do better or different […]

Granny’s Chicken Spread, But Only 90 Calories!

This is a chicken spread that Granny made for us growing up during the summer, and I loved having on days spent at her house playing in pool. It is delicious and filling, but doesn’t leave you feeling like a brick in the pool. I have made it and taken […]

Two Awesome, Healthy, and Easy Dinners

I’m sure many of you like me get home from work and are starving and exhausted and don’t want to labor over a stove like you did over your computer all day. In my current “retired” state, I am still finding that by the end of the day, I have […]

Cold weather and hearty meals (by which I mean smoked meat, of course)

Cold weather makes me crave hearty meals, and for some reason hearty meals always mean meat to me–steaks, burgers, ribs, wings, chili. This year for my birthday, Jason gave me a smoker, which has been a fun new toy to entertain me and fill my cravings. I started with the […]