Hot Eats and Cool Reads: 2020

Dec 14, 2020

Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake with White Chocolate Glaze Recipe

This delicious chocolate pound cake combines three different types of chocolate between the cake and the glaze! Add crushed peppermint candy canes to share during the holidays, or just stick with the white chocolate glaze for any time of the year!


Chocolate Pound Cake with White Chocolate Glaze


Chocolate pound cake from above with glaze and peppermints


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Dec 7, 2020

Cheesy Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Stuffed mushrooms are a delicious party food appetizer for any get together like New Year's or game day! They have three different kinds of cheese, garlic and a few other simple ingredients. Baked to perfection and SO delicious!


Cheesy Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms


Cheesy Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms on white plate and wood platter


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Nov 30, 2020

Oven Baked Rice Pilaf Recipe

Jasmine rice, spices and vegetables give this easy rice pilaf all the good flavors! The rice is sautéed in butter, and baked until it's light and fluffy! It's an affordable side dish for any meal and will feed the whole family and then some!


Oven Baked Rice Pilaf


Oven Baked Rice Pilaf on plate


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Nov 20, 2020

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

A bright splash of cranberry flavor transforms the classic Moscow Mule cocktail into a new festive favorite! This delicious drink is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's and is simple to make! Cheers!



Cranberry Moscow Mule



Cranberry Moscow Mule close up with fresh cranberries and lime



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Nov 13, 2020

Dairy and Gluten Free Garlic Coconut Lime Chicken Recipe

This amazing dinner idea is dairy free, gluten free and especially delicious! Featuring garlic, chicken broth, lime juice, coconut milk and cilantro. Easy to make, very affordable and perfect for those busy days when you don't have much time for dinner. 



Garlic Coconut Lime Chicken


Chicken on plate with rice and fork



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Nov 6, 2020

Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe

This tasty side is great for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Sunday dinner! It is easy to make and will switch things up from regular stuffing. It features sliced white mushrooms, cooked wild rice, onions and celery!


Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffing


Stuffing in casserole dish



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Oct 28, 2020

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe

These easy from scratch gingerbread pancakes are great for fall and taste like gingerbread cookies! Serve for Sunday brunch, the holidays or for breakfast during the week! Freeze or refrigerate the extras and great with chocolate chips!


Easy Homemade Gingerbread Pancakes


Pancake stack on red plate



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Oct 25, 2020

Bailey's and Kahlua White Russian Cocktail Recipe

This sweet, smooth and creamy coffee flavored cocktail comes together in just minutes! Just skip dessert tonight, you will love sipping this delicious drink instead! Great for the holidays, or any occasion!


Bailey's and Kahlua White Russian Cocktail


This sweet, smooth and creamy coffee flavored cocktail comes together in just minutes! Just skip dessert tonight, you will love sipping this delicious drink instead! Great for the holidays, or any occasion!



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Oct 22, 2020

Instant Pot Cheesy Bacon and Corn Chowder Recipe

This easy Instant Pot dinner recipe is full of your favorite savory flavors! Crispy bacon bits, cheddar cheese and juicy corn kernels give this creamy chowder some great texture and taste! Perfect for those busy weeknights during the fall and winter when you need something good to warm you up!


Instant Pot Cheesy Bacon and Corn Chowder


This easy Instant Pot dinner recipe is full of your favorite savory flavors! Crispy bacon bits, cheddar cheese and juicy corn kernels give this creamy chowder some great texture and taste! Perfect for those busy weeknights during the fall and winter when you need something good to warm you up!



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Oct 15, 2020

Simple Bisquick Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Need an easy and fast breakfast idea? These cinnamon muffins use basic and affordable ingredients including Bisquick for a tasty snack. Also great for the lunch box, potlucks, picnics or even the holidays!


Simple Cinnamon Muffins



Need an easy and fast breakfast idea? These cinnamon muffins use basic and affordable ingredients including Bisquick for a tasty snack. Also great for the lunch box, potlucks, picnics or even the holidays!



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Oct 9, 2020

Spice Rubbed Oven Roasted Pork Loin Recipe

This super simple, no fail oven roasted spice rubbed pork is a perfect weeknight meal, fancy dinner for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because! The leftovers are perfect for soups, sandwiches, enchiladas and more!


Spice Rubbed Roasted Pork Loin


This super simple, no fail oven roasted spice rubbed pork is a perfect weeknight meal, fancy dinner for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because! The leftovers are perfect for soups, sandwiches, enchiladas and more!


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Oct 2, 2020

Easy Caramel Roll Biscuit Bites Recipe

Get breakfast on the table fast with these 4 ingredient caramel roll biscuit bites! Easy, delicious and use any flavor ice cream to make it different every time! The whole family will love this recipe!


Caramel Roll Biscuit Bites


Get breakfast on the table fast with these 4 ingredient caramel roll biscuit bites! Easy, delicious and use any flavor ice cream to make it different every time! The whole family will love this recipe!


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Sep 24, 2020

Smothered Swiss Steak Recipe

This old school comfort food is a great dinner idea! The sauce is packed full of flavor from the onion, bell pepper and tomatoes, but also a secret ingredient! Sure to be a family favorite!


Smothered Swiss Steak Recipe


This old school comfort food is a great dinner idea! The sauce is packed full of flavor from the onion, bell pepper and tomatoes, but also a secret ingredient! Sure to be a family favorite!



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Sep 13, 2020

Mom's Easy Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe

This delicious and easy fall apple dessert has been passed down through the family and is such a favorite! Great with any type of apple, this recipe is great for Thanksgiving, Sunday dinner or any occasion. 


Mom's Easy Homemade Apple Crisp



This delicious and easy fall apple dessert has been passed down through the family and is such a favorite! Great with any type of apple, this recipe is great for Thanksgiving, Sunday dinner or any occasion.



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Sep 3, 2020

Baked Buttery Garlic Mushroom Rice Recipe

This hearty and flavorful rice side dish or meatless main dish is pure comfort food! Serve with your favorite protein, use any mushroom you love and enjoy every bite!


Baked Buttery Garlic Mushroom Rice


This hearty and flavorful rice side dish or meatless main dish is pure comfort food! Serve with your favorite protein, use any mushroom you love and enjoy every bite!



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Aug 7, 2020

Simple Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Dinner is on the table in 30 minutes with this easy Mexican recipe! All the flavors of a traditional fajita, baked in the oven, served on a flour tortilla with your favorite toppings! Great with chicken, steak, pork or shrimp!


Simple Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas



Dinner is on the table in 30 minutes with this easy Mexican recipe! All the flavors of a traditional fajita, baked in the oven, served on a flour tortilla with your favorite toppings! Great with chicken, steak or shrimp!



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Jun 7, 2020

One Pot Sausage, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Pasta Recipe

This easy dinner idea is ready in 30 minutes and is made in one pot! So simple, affordable and delicious! Great for busy weeknights and the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day!


One Pot Sausage, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Pasta



This easy dinner idea is ready in 30 minutes and is made in one pot! So simple, affordable and delicious! Great for busy weeknights and the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day!


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May 24, 2020

Delicious Rhubarb Fluff Recipe

Looking for an easy and tasty spring or summer dessert? This wonderful Rhubarb Fluff Dessert Salad uses fresh or frozen rhubarb, any flavor red jello and a few other simple ingredients! 


Delicious Rhubarb Fluff



Looking for an easy and tasty spring or summer dessert? This wonderful Rhubarb Fluff Dessert Salad uses fresh or frozen rhubarb, any flavor red jello and a few other simple ingredients! It's such a crowd pleaser and perfect for any occasion!



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May 17, 2020

Veggie Portobello Mushroom Pizza Recipe

This easy and delicious lunch or dinner recipe is vegetarian, but it would be even more delicious by adding sausage, pepperoni, ham or chicken! Customize with your favorite toppings, herbs or cheese!


Veggie Portobello Mushroom Pizza



This easy and delicious low carb lunch or dinner recipe is vegetarian, but it would be even more delicious by adding sausage, pepperoni, ham or chicken! Customize with your favorite pizza toppings, herbs or cheese! These portobello mushroom pizzas are a perfect weeknight meal!



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May 3, 2020

The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

These amazing cookies are the perfect treat for dessert, after school snacks or to cure your sweet tooth craving. The combination of chunky peanut butter and mini chocolate chips is wonderful!


The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies



These amazing cookies are the perfect treat for dessert, after school snacks or to cure your sweet tooth craving. The combination of chunky peanut butter and mini chocolate chips make the perfect texture and chewy consistency. These are such a family favorite at our house!


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Apr 19, 2020

Grill or Oven Foil Pack Cheesy Garlic Asparagus Recipe

This side dish is simple to make on the grill or in the oven! Great as a meatless meal too!


Grill or Oven Foil Pack Cheesy Garlic Asparagus



This side dish is simple to make on the grill or in the oven! It combines easy ingredients like asparagus, cheese, garlic, butter and seasonings for a mouthwatering side to go with chicken, beef, fish, seafood or pork! Great as a meatless meal too!



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Apr 5, 2020

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This spring and summer dessert is wonderful for any occasion. The rhubarb and strawberry layer is delicious with the cake and homemade buttercream frosting! Use fresh or frozen rhubarb!


Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Buttercream Frosting



This spring and summer dessert is wonderful for any occasion. The rhubarb and strawberry layer is delicious with the cake and homemade buttercream frosting! This is a crowd pleaser and true family favorite! Use fresh or frozen rhubarb!


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Mar 22, 2020

Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Ham or Turkey Recipe (Plus Vegetarian Option!)

This simple red beans and rice can be made with ham or smoked turkey leg. It uses fridge and pantry staples and is so hearty and absolutely delicious! See recipe notes for vegetarian option!


Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Ham or Turkey



This simple homemade red beans and rice can be made with ham or smoked turkey. It uses fridge and pantry staples like bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, spices, broth and canned beans and is so hearty and absolutely delicious! Great for meal planning and budget friendly!


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Mar 8, 2020

Easy Pink Cherry Fluff Salad Recipe

This delicious dessert salad is great for parties, holidays and potlucks! It will bring you back to your childhood and gets it's flavor from cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple and pecans! 


Easy Pink Cherry Fluff Salad



This super easy and delicious dessert fluff salad is great for parties, holidays and potlucks! It will bring you back to your childhood and gets it's flavor from cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple and pecans! Just like Grandma used to make and ready in minutes!


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Feb 10, 2020

Shrimp Parmesan Orzo with Spinach and Bell Pepper Recipe

This simple and tasty shrimp and orzo lunch or dinner idea is packed full of delicious vegetables! It's ready in less than 30 minutes and you can omit the shrimp to make it completely meatless!


Shrimp Parmesan Orzo with Spinach and Bell Pepper



This simple and tasty lunch or dinner idea is packed full of delicious vegetables, fresh basil, garlic and lemon pepper along with the shrimp, orzo, parmesan cheese, bell pepper and spinach! It's ready in less than 30 minutes and you can omit the shrimp to make it completely meatless!


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Jan 19, 2020

Caramel Banana Bread Pudding Recipe

This heavenly dessert is such a great way to use ripe bananas and day old Hawaiian buns! Drizzle caramel sauce over the top for an easy and decadent dessert for any occasion!


Caramel Banana Bread Pudding



This heavenly dessert is such a great way to use ripe bananas and day old Hawaiian buns! Drizzle caramel sauce over the top for an easy and decadent dessert for any occasion! Double the recipe for a bigger crowd! Great for breakfast or brunch too!



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The BEST Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans, Louisiana

The BEST Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans, Louisiana! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks!


The BEST Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans, Louisiana! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks! Look no further for some great NOLA restaurants!


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My sister's and I got to go on our dream trip to New Orleans in February!

We knew it was going to be an amazing foodie trip and had a whole list of restaurants to try before we left!

In addition to our list, we tried suggestions from locals and places we happened to stumble upon.

I hope you enjoy the places we tried!

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