playa del carmen

Looking for a hip cosmopolitan vacation spot? Playa Del Carmen, Cancun!

Unlike most people, I don’t typically research locations before I visit them.  Mostly because I don’t want to be influenced by other people’s opinions but also because I like surprises.  I LOVE surprises actually. So if you’ve been to Playa Del Carmen, you probably understand my absolute shock and delight at how cosmopolitan and chic Playa, specifically 5th Ave, is. Continue reading “Looking for a hip cosmopolitan vacation spot? Playa Del Carmen, Cancun!”

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes

What’s the secret and where to find super moist & delicious cupcakes…

 

So you want to know the secret to super moist & delicious cupcakes?  I asked Tirzah from Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery to share her secret with us and this is what she said….”Besides the “secret recipe”, it’s the oven!”  I am dead serious!  Maybe I’m the only one, but I had no idea that there are ovens out there that rotate….they rotate the trays of cupcakes so they are perfectly baked!  Who knew?!

Personally, I’m not a baker…well that’s not entirely true.  I make some killer muffins and amazing chocolate chip cookies both from scratch (cause that’s my thing).  But the one thing I haven’t mastered is cupcakes. Continue reading “What’s the secret and where to find super moist & delicious cupcakes…”

Royce Cafe lebanon Ohio

Get coffee AND great food at Royce Cafe in Lebanon, OH

So I’ve been on a kick lately to explore as many local coffee shops as I can.  I love coffee.  But I’m not the type who wakes up and immediately brews a pot, so I can down 2-3 mugs just to function.  No, I like to make coffee sipping (as I call it) an experience.  Who will I run into on my coffee jaunt?  What kind of atmosphere will I find?  Will the coffee be fabulous or just eh?  Will there be pastries to go along with it or will I be passing out from hunger by the time I make it home?  I mean, this coffee hunting is serious business.   Continue reading “Get coffee AND great food at Royce Cafe in Lebanon, OH”

nepenthe bean salad

Big Sur’s Nepenthe Restaurant Bean Salad Recipe

Let me first say, I am not typically a bean fan.  It’s the texture.  However, one bite of Nepenthe’s Bean Salad and I was hooked!  At first I couldn’t figure out what it was that was so appealing to me and then it clicked….tarragon.  Tarragon is not a spice that I ever use or was even that familiar with but it adds a complexity and flavor to the beans that is unique and that I find irresistible.  This bean salad would be great as a side dish at a barbecue or paired with a burger or sandwich!

Click here for the recipe from Marin Mama Cooks.

And for more information on Nepenthe Restaurant, click here to read my blog post.

*photo credit to Marin Mama Cooks

caipirinha

The Classy Caipirinha

If you’ve never tried a Caipirinha, you’re missing out.  This is the kind of drink I like to order when I visit a *classy* bar. Made with a brazilian rum called Cachaca, it’s a limey drink with a bit of a fruity bite. Somewhere between a margarita and a mojito…but a little classier than both.

(To hear how to pronounce (cai-pi-REE-nya) click here)

For recipe click here.

photo credit: imbibe magazine

 

Lot No. 1 Coffee

Lot No. 1 Coffee Shop, you are my dream come true!

I found my new coffee spot!  Lot No. 1 Coffee Shop, you are my dream come true! You know when you walk into a place and you’re just like…”Yeeesssss!”  That was my instant reaction when I opened the door to Lot No. 1, the newbie coffee shop in Lebanon, Ohio.  I’ve been on a hunt for a new coffee spot where I can sit, sip and blog and I have found it!  It is super inviting and even a bit luxurious! Continue reading “Lot No. 1 Coffee Shop, you are my dream come true!”

wine boxtops meme

Imagine what we could do if wine had boxtops!

I am a big wine drinker.  I lived only a few hours drive from Napa Valley for years!  And now I have kids, 4 of them!  And I’m constantly being asked to send in boxtops!!  My kids fight over who gets them!  Problem is…I don’t have enough time to worry about checking all my food boxes for boxtops.  BUT if wine bottles had boxtops, well….they would be so easy to collect!  I know where the wine bottles are….in my face!

Lebanon Candy Store

Like A Kid in a Candy Store! My visit to Lebanon Candy & Sports Cards

Like a kid in a Candy Store….I came upon Lebanon Candy and Sports Cards completely by accident.  My kids and I were leaving Royce Cafe, just a few doors down, when I spotted it.  I had a moment of terror thinking maybe I should just run before the kids see it, but it was too late.  They saw it seconds later and lost their minds!  I was down 1 kid, so the pain was lessened a tiny bit.  Continue reading “Like A Kid in a Candy Store! My visit to Lebanon Candy & Sports Cards”

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