4th of July Cosmopolitan – Star Spangled Patriotic Cosmo Cocktail

Patriotic 4th of July Cosmopolitans

The cosmopolitan is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice. This 4th of July Cosmopolitan takes the drink to a patriotic height with the addition of a fun red, white and blue glass rim. The cosmopolitan cocktail, affectionately referred to as the “cosmo,” gained popularity during the 1990s when Carrie Bradshaw frequently mentioned the drink on…

4th of July Candy Jars – Patriotic Party Table Decor

Patriotic candy jars

Are you having a party for Independence Day or Memorial Day?  These 4th of July Candy Jars will be a hit with the kids (and the young at heart!) This patriotic party table decor idea will dress up your dessert table with red, white and blue colors and put your guests in the party spirit…

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes – Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Individual strawberry shortcake

These mini strawberry shortcakes are individual sized portions of the summer time favorite. Flaky buttermilk biscuits are layered with fresh summer strawberries and a home made strawberry syrup that oozes over the layers and the whipped cream topping. One of the joys of growing up for me was my mother’s strawberry shortcake. She used Bisquick…

Patron Pineapple Cocktail – Fruity Tequila Drink

Patron mixed drinks

This Patron Pineapple Cocktail is like an upgraded margarita with a tropical twist to it. The fruity tequila drink combines the sweetness of pineapple with Patron silver for a cocktail that is big on citrus and long on summer time taste. It’s cocktail hour and I’m in the mood for something that has pineapple in…

Butterscotch Squares – Easy Butterscotch Bars Recipe

Butterscotch blondie squares

These butterscotch squares are rich and surprisingly addictive. They have a decadent and flavorful center with a crunchy texture that comes from the chopped pecans. The sweet butterscotch morsels dot the fudgy golden brown batter and make a tasty topping, as well. These slices are one of my favorite bar recipes. You will be amazed…

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Chicken – Easy 30 Minute Recipe

Garlic chicken parmesan recipe

This creamy garlic Parmesan mushroom chicken recipe features tender chicken breasts and mushrooms swimming in a rich garlicky Parmesan sauce. The easy recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes and you’ll be delighted to see the last drop of sauce gone from the plates! We have chicken often during the week at…

Recipe for Roux – Making a Roux to Thicken Sauces and Gravy

Garlic Parmesan Cheese sauce with thyme

A basic roux starts with butter and fat of some sort. The traditional recipe is 1:1, but it depends on how thick you like your finished sauce to be.  This recipe for roux shows how to do a white roux, step by step, and also gives suggestions for making a blonde, brown and Creole roux,…

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Easy 30 Minute Meal

cream of chicken soup pot pie

Time to get cozy with a chicken pot pie – soup style.  If you love the flavor of chicken pieces with vegetables smothered a rich white gravy, you’ll want to dig into this creamy chicken pot pie soup.  It’s so hearty and filling and super easy to make. I love the taste of chicken pot…

Dragon Fruit Margaritas – Cinco de Mayo cocktail from a Cactus!

Dragon Fruit margarita

Good cocktail recipes can sometimes contain unusual ingredients.  Using them turns a normal drink into something really special. Your guests will be surprised and delighted when you tell them that you are going to make dragon fruit margaritas tonight. Are you a margarita lover? This tangy Mexican drink has dozens of varieties and the flavor…

Brownie Cheesecake Bar Recipe – Easy Brownie Bottom Fudge Dessert

brownie cheesecake slice

What is not to love about such a pretty dessert?  This brownie cheesecake bar recipe has a creamy cheesecake topping that is layered on top of a fudgy, nutty brownie bottom and drizzled with dark chocolate. They are easy enough for a busy week night and pretty enough for any special occasion. This tasty slice is one…

Baked Chicken Paprika Drumsticks – Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free

Plate of smokey paprika chicken

These baked chicken paprika drumsticks have a smokey taste and they are fork tender and spicy. The recipe is super easy to make and the fresh herb and spice rub takes just minutes to prepare. The recipe is a Whole30 recipe and fits into the Paleo diet, as well. My husband loves really spicy food…