Merry Christmas!

It’s been a busy 7 days for me (and everyone else, I’m sure!). The holidays sure know how to take up a bunch of your time. And I LOVE it! If I could do what I did in this time span for the rest of my life, I’d die one happy girl.

Here are some fun things I worked on for the holidays…

Chocolate-Dipped Candy Cane Stirrers 

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Wedding Invitation Ornaments

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Homemade Organic Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub


Fun Christmas Present Wrapping

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Christmas Eve Dinner –  Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Dill, Cucumber & Orange Champagne Relish

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Merry Christmas (a few days too late) everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Big Kiss!

Burger Toppings

I write this post in honor of my two coworkers, Jon and Matt. These guys truly had me rolling on the floor at work last week. I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but we were all shedding some laughter tears.

Anyway, they ordered a bunch of meat from some Amish farm (stay tuned for the name of it). They were even more excited when they found out that their large order was half off. So 27 pounds of beef, lamb, turkey, and I’m sure a bunch of other type of burger patties later, these guys needed some help in getting a variety of topping ideas. Otherwise, they will be caramelizing onions every night for the next few weeks.

So here are some of my suggestions…

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  1. Rachael Ray’s French Onion Dip Burger
  2. Guacamole Burger
  3. Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Turkey Burger
  4. Cheddar, Maple Syrup-Bacon and Fried Egg Burger

Burger Toppings

  1. Feta, Arugula, Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes Lamb Burger
  2. Texican Burger – Jalapenos, Refried Beans, Pico de Gallo and Monterrey Jack Cheese
  3. Jamaican Jerk Burger with Pineapple
  4. Crab, Asparagus and Bearnaise Sauce Burger

There are tons of different options out there, but I figure this would be a great start! I definitely plan on trying most of these myself!

What toppings do you love on your burger?


Browned Butter Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This post will be short and sweet because I really need to go shower and get ready for the big day of eating.

I made this delicious goodness as my contribution to both of the dinners we will be going to today. One is for Nick’s side of the family and the other is for mine…I’m still trying to get my Russian family to fall in love with sweet potato dishes. We’ll see what they think about it this year. All I have to say is this dish smells absolutely delish!

Here are the steps that I took…first peel, coarsely chop and boil the potatoes.

Then make the butter, bourbon and brown sugar mixture. (Looks like I forgot to take a pic of this step…ooopsies)

After you mash the potatoes with the sweet, alcoholic butter mixture, layer the mashed potatoes with the chopped pecans. Repeat once more.

And viola! You’re done! Yay!

Here’s the recipe if you decide to save this one for next year…or just a random dinner.

Enjoy your day and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Shower time 🙂



Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

THIS happened last night…

We had leftovers for dinner. A rarity in our house since I never cook large enough meals to have leftovers. Two nights ago I made Mexican Stuffed Peppers to last a couple of dinners, so I didn’t have to focus on cooking the following night. You would think that I would do something else with my free time…but everything I ended up doing, brought me back to the kitchen. So I decided on DESSERT!

To be honest, I hate baking. It requires too much measuring and I have screwed up more often than I have succeeded. It’s disappointing after all of the time you put into it.

Luckily, there’s no baking involved here. Just some stove top action and the help of the good old fridge. And really, it took no time at all. Such a great treat, and def worth the calories (381 per peanut butter cup, to be exact). Don’t let that deter you – just have salad for dinner  😉

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 8

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Sugar In The Raw (or you can use whatever sugar you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips (milk chocolate would work too)
  • Sea Salt

In a small pot, heat Peanut Butter and Butter until melted (I did this on high heat and then lowered it so that it wouldn’t bubble). Add sugar and allow to melt while stirring. Take the mixture off of the flame and mix in the Graham Cracker Crumbs.

Spoon the mixture evenly into a lined muffin tin and then pop it in the fridge for about 15 minutes, allowing it to cool.

Have a glass of wine.

After 15 minutes, get back into the kitchen and make the second mixture. In that same small pot (which you rinsed after that first sip of wine), heat Chocolate Chips and Milk until smooth. Take the muffin tin out of the fridge and top off the peanut butter mixture with the melted chocolate.

Sprinkle a tiny bit (optional) of Sea Salt on top of the concoctions and back in the fridge the tin goes.

Give it about 30 minutes to cool. ENJOY!!

…better late than never

Happy 4th of July!!

Hope everyone enjoyed their mid-week holiday! I had a great day….but I do wish I took at least Thursday and Friday off…

Must remember to take those days off in 7 years. 

So after a day at the beach with all of the in-laws (brothers, sisters, mother), Nick and I hosted a little BBQ at my parents’ house. We all combined forces and hit up the grocery and liquor stores… Everyone got the ingredients they needed, and we put on a sweet spread in less than 2 hours!

I made a typical Greek salad and helped chop some veggies for a TO DIE FOR Eggplant Salad that Nick was making…thanks mommy and papi for teaching him! Everyone scarfed it down before I could take some descent pictures.

{I’ll definitely share the recipe soon}

But what I’m really proud of is the American Flag Platter that I made!

Tell me what you think about this combo….Watermelon and Feta! Sooo good! Sweet and salty goodness in your mouth! LOVE!



Or for Labor Day 🙂