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Gettysburg – Food, Drinks, & History

Although I am not one to divest too much personal information on this site, today’s post does require a bit of backstory. So, here I go.  I am married to a (quite handsome) physician-scientist and his career comes with a lot of relocating and traveling. One might say, I am the medical version of an army brat. I have lived on both coasts, the Midwest, and now I am currently residing in the South. Although some might think this constant relocating can be hectic (which it certainly can), it does give me the opportunity to experience new and exciting places. …

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Try the World: Thailand

Do you have a wandering soul but a poor-person’s budget? An adventurous personality with a wallet full of moths? A nagging urge to explore and yet no money to do so? Fear not, my economically crippled wanderluster! You don’t need to hop on a plane to experience all that the world has to offer. Thanks to Try the World, you can travel to exotic places from the comfort (and relatively cheapness) of your own home. And since I receive requests to review the foodie subscription boxes out there, I thought I’d start with this one. So I sent my tastebuds …

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Cinnamon Crunch Fruit Jellies

This post was sponsored by Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. This Cinnamon Crunch Fruit Jellies recipe is perfect for wholesome snacking the whole family can enjoy! There are ironies in life that are simply cruel. A jeweler’s kid who doesn’t like diamonds. A lactose intolerant ice cream shop owner. A wanderlusting world traveler with a deathly fear of flying. Or a recipe developer who’s daughter is a picky eater. Yup, that last one is me. I also have a traveling soul trapped …

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Valentine Rejects Bark

Today’s recipe is for the rejects. The has-beens. The losers. It is also for the lazy. The procrastinator. The anti-Valentine. It’s my ridiculous easy recipe for Valentine Rejects Bark. I am not kidding about how easy this recipe is. It’s so easy, even a love-spurned grump can do it blindfolded on a lonely Valentine’s Day night. I originally started making this bark years ago, as a visceral ritual of candy repurposing. It’s perfect for that random, flavorless cupid candy you get on the day of from a co-worker, friend, or let’s face it… your mom. Yup, I am in my …

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are my own.  With the Big Game just around the corner, it is time to get yourself prepared. Unwashed team socks, check! Matching jerseys for the whole family, check! And game day snacks, well let’s check that one off together. With the help of Tyson Foods, I am going to elevate your ‘Homegating’ game with a snack hack you won’t want to miss. Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon, compadres. Before we get to the recipe’s nitty gritty, I need to lay something out on the line. I …

Rose Ginger Ricotta Delight - Rose Ginger Ricotta Delights

Rose Ginger Ricotta Delights

If I were to tell you that this is my last Christmas post for the season, what would your reaction be? I imagine there are two schools of thought among my readership. The first being sadness because you would get an I.V. drip of yuletide if it were available. The second being happiness because you are fed up with everything Santa. If you find yourself in the first camp, welcome my friend. If you are in the second camp, this is a place of peace and merriment so you should just get the hell out. Alright, now that I’ve done …

Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa - Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa

Need a last minute drink recipe to impress your holiday guests? Then gather around and take notes! At the request of some of our loyal readers, I have whipped together a super easy, ridiculously delicious boozy hot cocoa recipe that you won’t want to miss. And since we’re doing this so last minute, let’s just cut to the chase… Spiked Spicy Peppermint Cocoa. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of whole milk 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 ounces of peppermint liqueur 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Step 1:  In a medium size sauce …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …