Mango and Rosemary Compote…and ABC’s The Chew!


Do you get to actually watch television? I’ve heard of people who are able to. Me? Notsomuch. I WANT to watch it, but I find it distracts me when I am trying to actually work, and with Facebook and Twitter on my computer being distraction enough…well – you see my dilemma. That being said, I’m […]

Orange and Vanilla Cream Fresh Fruit Tart


I love the look of those fancy tarts you see in the bakery window.  You know the ones – the glassy fruit topped tarts, looking glazed and gorgeous, and you just want to HAVE IT. Must. Have. The. Tart. Well, I never actually BUY them.  And as it turns out, I can make them in […]

Deep Fried Sugared Pasta and Strawberry Crunch


Sometimes I just can’t leave well enough alone. Like – pasta is good, right?  And dessert is good…but how often do you have pasta for dessert? Well, I did. I took a perfectly good lasagna noodle and deep fried it, tossed it with powdered sugar, and topped it with simple, sweet,  and sassy strawberry sauce. […]

Chilled Strawberry Soup

dixie-strawberry soup

I don’t know about y’all, but this snow? Enough already.  I mean, it’s almost April, and there’s been snow on the ground here for a week.  I’m over it, I want to wear a sundress, and I’m even willing to shave in order to do it. Yes, really.  That’s a big deal for me. Let’s […]

Mini Banana Pudding Cheesecakes


I’ve been thinking of these for quite some time now… Banana Pudding Cheesecakes. When my friends at McCormick asked me to come up with a brunch worthy recipe using their great vanilla and almond extracts, I knew this would be the way to go.  It just had to be done.  So thanks, McCormick, for sponsoring […]

Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish


Store bought Danish? Really good.  In fact, if I go more than 6 months or so without making fresh, from-scratch Danish, I think store bought Danish is better than anything I could make myself.  As if my tastebuds are ticked off at me for denying them the real thing, and so they convince my brain […]

Orange Pomegranate Scones from Budget Gourmet Mom

As you may know, I am not what you’d call a “People Person.”  Like, at all.  Meeting new people is hard for me – I am backwards, awkward, and well, people scare me in general.  But as soon as I met Krista, the force behind Budget Gourmet Mom, I immediately loved her. Sweet. Sassy. Downright […]

Orange and Almond Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce


I write very little about my in-laws.  My family?  Well, I grew up with them, and while I may not name names, or tell every little story I want to, I am allowed.  They are required to love me, no matter what. The in-laws? Well, they are not bound by blood or contract.  And? All […]

Going Bananas with Dole {and a Giveaway!}


Maybe you follow me on Twitter.  If you do, thanks.  I hope I don’t bore you to tears…I just pretty much say whatever I want, when I want.  Sometimes, my filter doesn’t work.  Or maybe I don’t actually HAVE a filter. Whatever.  Filters are overrated. But my point is this:  If you follow me on […]