Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian Lemonade is a creamy, smooth refreshing lime drink native to Brazil. This version is just like the one Tucanos Brazilian Grill makes!

Brazilian Lemonade is a creamy, smooth, refreshing lime drink native to Brazil.  This version is just like the one Tucanos Brazilian Grill makes!

In honor of my 33rd birthday tomorrow I’m sharing one of my favorite drink recipes!  Consider it my birthday gift to each and every one of you.  I know that sounds a bit backwards but I always thought it would be lovely to be able to give gifts on your birthday instead of receiving them!

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Summertime White Sangria

This white sangria is the perfect sweet, fruity, wine drink to serve at a BBQ or cool off with all summer long. I can never decide if the best part is the drink itself or munching on the delicious wine soaked fruit after!

This white sangria is the perfect sweet, fruity, wine drink to serve at a BBQ or cool off with all summer long.  I can never decide if the best part is the drink itself or munching on the delicious wine soaked fruit after!

I was 19 when I fell in love with sangria.  It was springtime and I lived in the north of Spain.  For a 19 year old girl, anything can seem magic and romantic and even more so for […]

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Mirlandra’s Magnificent Frozen Mango Margarita

Refreshing and delicious, this Frozen Mango Margarita is the ideal summer drink. It is the perfect blend of tequila, sweet mangoes, and tangy lime.

Refreshing and delicious, this Frozen Mango Margarita is the ideal summer drink. It is the perfect blend of tequila, sweet mangoes, and tangy lime.

Ah Margaritas!  I have never been able to resist your sweet and tangy fruit allure.  It is a siren call to my soul!

There is something magic about that combination of fruit, lime juice and a good tequila.  I just did a recipe for watermelon margaritas and I’m already back for a tasty mango version.  I know, I […]

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Instant Pot Refried Beans

These Refried Beans get their amazing flavor from a smoked ham hock, several aromatic veggies and a bit of bacon drippings. I lick the spoon every time!

These Refried Beans get their amazing flavor from a smoked ham hock, several aromatic veggies and a bit of bacon drippings. I lick the spoon every time!

I am completely crazy about high quality Mexican food.  I do like some of the canned refried beans in the store but none of them come close to this amazing recipe.

My husband loves Mexican food but dislikes beans in general.  The notable exception to that rule is this refried bean recipe.  He loves these […]

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Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Refreshing and delicious, this Frozen Watermelon Margarita is my favorite summer drink. It is the perfect blend of tequila, sweet watermelon and tangy lime.

Refreshing and delicious, this Frozen Watermelon Margarita is my favorite summer drink. It is the perfect blend of tequila, sweet watermelon and tangy lime.

I have fallen in love with the Frozen Watermelon Margarita.  It is just so DARN good!  The recipe is simple, it whips up fast and they disappear right away at girl’s night.

Initially I was hesitant about the combo of watermelon and tequila and lime.  However, it turns out to be some sort of heavenly magic!  Part of […]

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Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole

This Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole is delicious, easy to make, and full of bacon. Try my secret trick for amazing texture!

This Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole is delicious, easy to make, and full of bacon. Try my secret trick for amazing texture!  I serve this all the time as a side dish or main dish.  It is also a favorite of ours for holiday dinners!

The history of this dish goes way, way back. Sometime during my teen years I was invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the home of a professional chef. She was a friend of friends who graciously included […]

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5 Minute Restaurant Salsa

5 minutes. 5 ingredients. 1 perfect salsa! This recipe is fast and easy but makes some of the best salsa I have ever had! We eat it on everything from breakfast burritos to chips. It is a healthy way to add some veggies to our life and great flavor to our food. It is great mild or spicy.

5 minutes. 5 ingredients. 1 perfect salsa!  This recipe is fast and easy but makes some of the best salsa I have ever had! We eat it on everything from breakfast burritos to chips.  It is a healthy way to add some veggies to our life and great flavor to our food.  It is great mild or spicy.

I may be addicted to this salsa but I don’t care!  Right now there is always a quart of it in the […]

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Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting

This Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting tastes just like whipped chocolate cheesecake! It is a simple chocolate cream cheese buttercream that pipes beautifully unto cupcakes or cakes. A hint of almond extract brings out the bold chocolate flavor making this frosting a chocolate lover's dream!

This Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting tastes just like whipped chocolate cheesecake!  It is a simple chocolate cream cheese buttercream that pipes beautifully unto cupcakes or cakes.  A hint of almond extract brings out the bold chocolate flavor making this frosting a chocolate lover’s dream!

I am convinced that this frosting makes the world a better place!  It is easy, light and fluffy, beautiful and absolutely delicious!  This is my favorite go-to chocolate frosting.  It is hands down the best I have ever […]

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Smoked Sausage & Bacon Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad has all the good stuff: smoked sausage, bacon, cheese, ranch seasoning and chives. Everything you love about baked potatoes in a salad! I'm also sharing my easy secret to perfectly cooked potatoes that don't turn to mush when you make them into potato salad!

Loaded Potato Salad has all the good stuff: smoked sausage, bacon, cheese, ranch seasoning and chives. Everything you love about baked potatoes in a salad!  I’m also sharing my easy secret to perfectly cooked potatoes that don’t turn to mush when you make them into potato salad!

Potato salad is one of those popular dishes that shows up at food events all year long.  There are many variations on three main kinds.

German potato salad usually has an oil based dressing and […]

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Classic Deviled Eggs

These Deviled Eggs are true classics - creamy and perfectly seasoned with Dijon mustard and finished with smoked paprika. Instant Pot instructions included.

These Deviled Eggs are true classics – creamy and perfectly seasoned with Dijon mustard and finished with smoked paprika. 

Deviled eggs have become an iconic American dish.  They show up on the table around Easter and Thanksgiving without fail.  Many people feel like it’s not a party until the eggs come out!

Food that is “deviled” simply means food cooked with spices.  Usually this means mustard, black pepper or other strong spices.  I’m a firm believer in using Dijon mustard for that […]

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