Blueberry Energy Bites – Great Breakfast or Snack Treat

Blueberry Energy Bites

I love energy bites. They are jam packed with wholesome ingredients and give you a burst of energy just when you need it.  These delicious Blueberry Energy Bites have a tasty icing drizzle for a bit of extra sweetness. They are great for a fast breakfast, or as a nutritious snack. I also love using…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin on a plate

Is it a muffin or is it a cupcake? Seriously, who cares? These babies are amazing!  Anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter is a winner in my book. These chocolate peanut butter muffins have a creamy cheesecake peanut butter center surrounded by a delicious chocolate outside. Have them for breakfast, or for dessert. Just…

Caramel Apple Martini

Caramel Apple Martin

Caramel apples are a fun thing to do in the fall but you don’t need to wait for the cold weather to enjoy the taste of them. This delicious caramel apple martini uses Granny Smith apples, chopped nuts and a delicious blend of alcohol for one amazing cocktail. Remember the days of biting into a caramel…

How to Make a Streusel Topping

Making a streusel topping

A Streusel Topping makes a wonderful addition to a muffin, a fruit crumble and many other desserts. Making one is simple to do with these  cooking tips and a food processor, and takes just seconds. Let’s make a Streusel Topping! Most streusel toppings are made of a mixture of three ingredients as a base – flour,…

Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies

Snickers peanut butter cookies

I woke up this morning for a yen for cookies. I have a bag of Easter candy in the corner of my office that keeps calling my name and I decided that I should do something with the candy before it all ended up in my stomach. At least with these Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies,…

Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Carrots

Slow cooker meals are some of my favorites.  There is nothing that makes an easy recipe better than adding ingredients to a slow cooker and letting the appliance do the work for you while you are out and about doing other things. This Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken is simple to prepare and flavored beautifully from…

Easter Egg Nest Cheesecakes

Easter Egg Nest Cheesecakes

Easter will soon be here and now is the perfect time to think ahead to the types of desserts that you want to serve your family. These Easter Egg Nest Cheesecakes are easy to make and they will be the hit of your party table. We love cheesecake recipes in our house, and also have…

Heavy Cream Substitute

Heavy cream substitute

Don’t you just hate it when you are ready to make a recipe, only to discover that you have no heavy cream?  I know I do, and it happens often, since I don’t normally keep it in my fridge all the time. This heavy cream substitute is one of my favorite cooking tips, since it…

Lasagna Roll Ups – A Variation of the Traditional Casserole Recipe

Lasagna roll up

We love Italian food in our house and lasagna is one of our favorites.  For today’s visit to Italy, I decided to roll up my lasagna noodles into neat little individual serving sized lasagna roll ups that will have your family thinking they are in Italy! Rolling the lasagna noodles makes the ingredients hold the roll…

Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

Bailey's Irish Cream Brownie

Are you looking for THE ultimate decadent dessert?  How about some dark chocolate fudgy brownies baked to perfection and then topped with a rich, boozy ganache?  If you said yes, these Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies are for you. I often cook with wine for my main course, but this is the first time that I…

How to Cook Noodles so They Don’t Stick

No Stick Noodles

Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes, and I love the way the big, wide noodles hold the meat and cheeses together so well.  But it can be challenging trying to get your lasagna noodles cooked perfectly, since they like to stick together.  Don’t worry though.  By following these cooking tips, you’ll make sure that you get…

Chocolate Drizzle for a Martini Glass

Going out to one of my favorite restaurants or cocktail bars gives me a chance to sample new and interesting cocktails. I thought it would be fun to do a chocolate drizzle tutorial for my cooking tips guide, so that my readers can see how it is done. Many chocolate flavored drinks use this decorative…

Breakfast Casserole – Bacon Egg & Veggies

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

It’s time for a hearty Breakfast Casserole! I am all about easy recipes.  I don’t have a lot of time to cook but still want to make sure that I serve meals that are visually pleasing and taste good, even when they don’t take much time to make. The hearty Breakfast Casserole features eggs and bacon…

Red Velvet Cheesecake Truffles

These red velvet cheesecake truffles taste amazing.

There could not be any more perfect cheesecake recipe for Valentine’s day or Christmas than these delicious and pretty Red Velvet Cheesecake Truffles.  The combination of the deep red center and the white chocolate topping, drizzled with light red trails of sweetness is the perfect treat to share with a loved on for your special…

How to Make a Heart Shaped Cupcake

Heart shaped cupcakes decorated for Valentine's Day

I am a frugal person by nature.  It was a part of my upbringing and has lasted to this day. Anytime I can do a cooking hack that will save me money in the kitchen, I am all for it. Some of my favorite cooking tips involve saving money.  When I was baking for Valentine’s…

How to Make a Crumb Crust

Making a crumb crust

A crunchy Crumb Crust is a cooking technique that I use for a lot of my recipes.  This delicious crust can form the bottom layer of bar and cheesecake recipes and can take the place of a pie crust anytime you don’t want a double pie crust dessert.  Don’t know how to make one?  Just…

Apple Cheesecake Bars with Caramel Topping

Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Apple Cheesecake Bars have a three layered mixture that features a crumb crust, a creamy cheesecake layer that is topped with cinnamon apples and a luscious streusel topping. The flavor is amazing and, like most bar recipes, these are super easy to make. If you like cheesecake recipes with a twist, you will want…