a moment…

i know this isn’t my normal type of post and no this post won’t contain a recipe so you can stop reading now if you don’t want to hear me get preachy but i needed a moment to say something…

lately, i’ve been seeing a lot of posts pop up on the blogs i read regarding others on the internet who steal their recipes / images and represent the content as their own. and that’s exactly what it is… stealing. many of the blogs out there are registered llcs and many blog writers do what they do either as a side job or, if they are part of the lucky few, as their full time job. while i currently do not land in either of those categories, i just do this for fun and to bring smiles to people’s faces, i feel like i need to say something to the five of you and my parents that read this. ūüôā


a vast majority of the recipes i’ve posted on here have not been the product of my own geniusness. a few here and there have been but most i’ve found on a blog or cookbook or magazine or another source. but i have and will always give credit where credit is due. the geniuses that come up with these and other recipes spend countless hours testing and retesting until it’s perfect. yes, i may make some modifications but i will always note where the original recipe comes from. if it comes from a blog, i will always link back to the original. always. if it comes from a cookbook, i will always tell you. if it came from a magazine, you’ll know. there are some recipes in my arsenal that will come your way that i don’t know where they came from and i’ll tell you that. there was a time, i would copy and paste to word so all i have is the recipe and not the original source. if i would have known then that years from that moment, i would need to credit the source, i would have made sure to remember but what can i say. if a recipe is something i actually came up with, you’ll know that too.

and as for me stealing anyone’s pictures… believe me, you’d know. i know that my food styling skills need work and while mine may not be the best out there, they’re just that. mine. i promise that i take every shot on here, questionable or not.

all of that leads me to this pointers… in a world of facebook and pinterest if you come across a recipe that isn’t from the original source, please don’t keep spreading it. when you come across a pin that has an awesome sounding recipe, if the full recipe is in the description, click through the pin to the original source and pin from there.

and all this doesn’t just apply to food bloggers. this applies to ALL bloggers and writers and any one who puts their creativity and talent out there (internet or pen to page or paint brush to canvas or whatever).

i know someone out there is say “so what?” well to you sir / madam, i say, how do you feel when you work extra hard at work on a project and that lazy person next to you steals all your work and claims all the glory for their own? a little pissed right? or maybe you’re that person. because that’s exactly what this is… the information that you see on the screen, the information that is out there when a blogger hits the publish button is their hard work.

so please. the people who spend their time coming up with these awesome recipes (and other awesome stuff out there) deserve the love and respect.



top 12 from 2012

happy new year’s!!

hope everyone had a safe and good one… and hopefully now you’re eating all the good luck foods (pork, greens, black eyed peas, noodles, etc.).

i can’t believe that another year has passed. i don’t like this getting older and having time fly by. it’s a tad ridiculous.

i know that this post is technically a year late but i figure what better way to kick off the new year than by looking back at the top 6 viewed recipes and my top 6 recipes.


ok on with it!


chicken parm meatballs

chicken parm meatballs

can i just say that this was the most viewed recipe and there is definitely a reason why? i mean meatballs are delicious but stuff it with cheese and have it taste like chicken parm? to.die.for.

spicy dr. pepper pulled pork

dr pepper pulled pork

this is a perfectly spiced pulled pork. it’s perfect for any occasion.

jello poke cake

jello poke cake

such a traditional dessert. there is a reason that this is a recipe that is in everyone’s kitchen. super light and refreshing. yum!

lemon sugar cookies

lemon sugar cookies

it’s no shock to anyone that i love my cookies and adding lemon to a basic sugar cookies just elevates them that much more.

mexican chocolate crinkle cookies

mexican chocolate crinkle cookies

yet another cookie recipe. and yet another winner.

cowgirl cookies

cowgirl cookies

the last and final of your top 6 which is quite fitting… they are delicious and they’re meant to be shared.


pulled pork nachos

pulled pork nachos

you liked the pulled pork… i loved the nachos that came from it.

praline bundt cake

praline bundt cake 2

yes this recipe uses a cake mix… do i care? absolutely not. my mom found the recipe a couple years ago from the paper and there’s good reason i continue to make it.

vanilla bean sandwich cookies

vanilla sandwich cookies

perfectly vanilla. seriously.

hot cocoa thumbprints

hot cocoa thumbprints

i COULD NOT stop eating these. and i found my new favorite buttercream in these.

my favorite shrimp and grits

shrimp and grits

there is a reason i call them my favorite. i absolutely love shrimp and grits and these are perfect (at least for me!)

cherry lemonade

cherry lemonade

the only drink recipe on the blog so far. i loved this and am experimenting with using other fruits. perfectly refreshing… even more refreshing with a splash of vodka.

so that’s the top 12 of 2012. now onto find the top 13 of 2013!

oh and have you made your resolutions yet? i’ve made a couple such as… really learning how to stage the photography on here and posting twice(!) a week on a schedule!

here’s hoping that you and i both stick to our resolutions and have a very happy new year!!


take time for a pause

this post is going to be short and sweet…


when i took on this blogging and subsequently martha’s cookie madness, i did it for fun. i’m still having fun but it has overwhelmed me slightly over the last week so i took it off. i’ll be back with more stuff real soon. promise.

i also wanted to take a moment to send thoughts and prayers to colorado today. i cannot imagine the horror that that community is going through and i geniunely hope that they can find the strength to move forward during this time.


the long and short of it…

so here’s the deal…. i pinterest. a lot. it’s actually a tad ridiculous. i mean i could sit there and pinterest for a living. saddest part… i’ve only been introduced this miracle (or evil?) in the last week or so. i know. it’s bad.

i say that because that obsession leads me here. to this. i never really had a desire to truly blog about anything in particular. i mean i livejournaled when that was cool. i thought about doing a blog when i was into sex and the city. but did i ever give it a wholehearted attempt and actually have a focus? no. not in my wildest dreams.

that’s where pinterest comes in…

see i love food. like seriously love food. i’ve been watching food network since i was in middle school. (and when i started watching it, i watched it in secret late at night like it was something devious, an addiction.) and i love everything about food. i’m borderline certifiable about it. i stammer and get all googly around chefs i obsess over (see Susan Spicer¬†and John Besh). so friends introduced me to pinterest and said that i could discover all kinds of recipes. and boy did i. in the measely little week or so i’ve been “pinning” i’ve pinned a total of 287 times. and for the record i have 7 boards – DIY, home decor, fashion, vacation spots, food, undefined and party ideas. ok so logically, if i’ve pinned to all the boards equally i should i have 41 pins per board. but who pins equally? not me. oh no not me. i pin over half my pins to my food board… like 154 pins worth.

it’s sick.

i know.

but the point of that joyous little story is that pinning the recipes brings me to all kinds of food blogs and i figure, if they can find time, i can to. i’m not looking to compete or even be half the blog that these people turn out… but i simply want to write and talk and dream about food. i figure, i can take pictures of my food when i try something new. i can share my recipes. that i can do. i can’t promise that i’ll post something every day (because i know i won’t). mainly because, i don’t always try something new every day. a lot of times, i stick to my tried and true. see i work full time. and a lot of evenings i just want to pass out on my couch. but i figure this will make me a little more inspired. if i think i have to share with everyone, maybe i won’t be lazy and i’ll attempt more of the recipes i pull out of the 4 (FOUR!) food magazines i subscribe to. so this is me… starting to do that.

and all the recipes are a complete variety… i feel i should clarify that. i like to cook AND bake. i like a meal from start to finish. from the cheese plate appetizer to the last bit of rum sauce on a piece of bread pudding.¬† so you’ll find everything here.

enough of the long and the short of it. no recipe in this post… only a little fyi background… but i am making taffy apple cupcake pops tonight so look forward to that being the first recipe post… YAY!!