Happy National Egg Day!



Did you know that today, June 3, 2016, is National Egg Day?

Are you a fan of eggs? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?

My family uses a lot of eggs during the week, for meals as well as in recipes.

One of my family’s favorite dinners is pepper and eggs on a hard  roll. I simply cut up some green peppers, sautee them in a pan until they are just about to get soft, then mix in some eggs (pre-mixed with a little milk or water). I move the egg and pepper mixture around until its fully cooked (scrambled eggs). We spoon some of the mixture on hard rolls (or hamburger rolls) and enjoy.

Mmm… I’m craving that right now!

In honor of National Egg Day I made one of my all time favorite egg dishes. My mom used to make it for me when I was younger. She referred to it as an “egg in a basket.” I’m sure it goes by other names too.


Here is my recipe.


  • Egg
  • Slice of bread
  • Butter


  1. Butter both sides of the bread.
  2. Using a small glass (like a juice glass) make a hole in the center of the bread and remove the piece you cut out.
  3. Place the bread in a non-stick pan like the 10″ Calphalon Classic Nonstick Fry Pan that I used.
  4. Crack ope the egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the middle of the bread.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you see the egg white start to turn white.
  6. Using a spatula carefully flip the bread/egg over and then cook it for a minute or two longer (you want the inside to still be liquid).
  7. Remove from the pan and place on a plate and enjoy! If done correctly the inside of the egg will still be liquid (like a soft boiled egg). You can use the bread to soak up the liquid as you eat it.
  8. As a bonus you can also cook the circle you cut out from the bread for an added treat.

Buttered Bread




Egg 1

Egg 2

Egg 3

Egg in a basket

This is SO GOOD! I make this often for me and my family. It’s so easy to make too.

Another great egg dish is a breakfast sandwich. You just need a small pan (Calphalon’s 8″ Nonstick Fry Pan is a great choice), an egg, cheese and a toasted English Muffin. Simply fry an egg (crack it open in the pan, cook a few minutes until the egg whites turn white, flip it for another minute or two – you want the middle to be liquid). Put it on a toasted English Muffin, top it with cheese and enjoy. Of course you can add other toppings too (bacon, ham, mushrooms…).

Fried Egg


Egg Sandwich


Calphalon was kind enough to send me new fry pans to whip up my egg recipes with. I received a 10″ and 8″ pan. The smaller pan is ideal for making a single fried egg. It’s the perfect size for it. It’s also ideal for an individual omelet or scrambled eggs for one.

The 10″ pan is a bit more generous in size. You could easily fit a few fried egg in it, or two “Eggs in a Basket.” You could also use it to make an omelet or scrambled eggs for two people. It can also be used for another breakfast favorite of ours – pancakes!

I love the way these pans look. They have really nice handles. I also appreciate the tall sides.

The best part is that these pans are non-stick. For me, having non-stick pans are a must. I don’t want to have to add butter or oil to my recipes just to make them not stick to the pan. I’m also not a fan of non-stick sprays (I try to limit the amount of spray products in my home due to our asthmatic cat and because it’s harmful to the environment).

I have other non-stick pans which are not 100% non-stick. So far I have not had an issue with the Calphalon pans and sticking. So far they are the best non-stick pans I own.


Clean up is a breeze.

I also appreciate that these pans are lightweight. I suffer from Carpal Tunnel and sometimes my right wrist hurts (I’m right handed). These pans are light enough that I shouldn’t have a problem using them when my Carpal kicks in.

If you are interested in learning more about these specific pans visit Calphalon Classic 2-piece fry pan set on the Calphalon website. You can also go to Calphalon.com to learn about other products they offer.

The pans retail for $39.99.

You can also find the Calphalon brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What is YOUR favorite egg recipe? Did you have a egg today in honor of National Egg Day?

Are you familiar with Calphalon products? If so, what is your overall opinion about them? I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a free pan set to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


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5 Ways to Get Fancy with Avocados at Your Next Dinner Party



Are you a fan of avocados? Up until recently I really didn’t care much for them. After making homemade guacamole I have been learning to like the unusual green fruit (it really is a fruit, not a vegetable).

You can find the super easy to make guacamole recipe that I made for Cinco de Mayo here – Spice Up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole.

My kids like avocados. They like to smear mashed avocado on their toast or crackers.

Avocados are great year round, but the prime Peruvian Avocado season is June through September (Avocados from Peru are often considered the world’s standard), which is the time of year that people often host backyard barbecude and dinner parties for family and friends.

Did you know you can “dress up” an avocado to make them look really fancy?

Avocados from Peru are a great way to add flavor and flair without adding cost or hours of prep. So no need to break into the chardonnay just yet, because here are a few tips on how to add a dash of fancy to your next dinner party without breaking the bank:


Marbling Madness: When an avocado is mashed into a slab and frozen, it adds a whole new level of classiness to any dish. The bright yellows and greens of an avocado look brilliant as a backdrop to tasty grilled fish, plus your creativity will shine through by cutting the marbled block into geometric shapes! Careful, though–Avocados have high fat content, so they won’t stay frozen for long.

Avocado Ribbons: Anybody can cut an avocado into slices, but have you ever tried shaving an avocado? All you need is a y-shaped peeler and a steady hand to create beautiful ribbons and curls of avocado—perfect for adorning salads, pasta, and pizzas. You could even make a deconstructed guacamole if you want to go the modernist route. http://bit.ly/1X5yAH2

Grilled Deliciousness:Who doesn’t love seared grill marks on their meals? Scoop out the avocado flesh and throw it on the grill for a few minutes. This unique take on barbeque will spice up the average burger plus give the avocado an extra boost of flavor.


Living Centerpiece:Using a special avocado sprouter (yay Pinterest!), take advantage of every aspect of the avocado by submerging the pit in water. In just a few short weeks, you’ll have a beautiful blossoming centerpiece that will last until it outgrows your table and be the center of attention! http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/08/14/simple-home-horticulture/.

Avocado Daiquiri: You can drink your avocados too! Try this recipe for avocado daiquiris–it’s quick, easy, and the addition of chilled creamy avocado will make a great impression. If that doesn’t work, you can always break out the Pisco!

What is YOUR favorite way to enjoy an avocado?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Summer time cocktails



Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend. What are your holiday plans?

My birthday is this weekend, as is my daughter’s. We’ll be heading upstate to my father’s house to have a combined birthday party (pizza! cake!). Aside from that, we have nothing else planned.

Memorial Weekend is party time for many people across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with backyard barbecues, bonfires on the beach or sitting around a campfire.

If you are looking for some cocktails to try out this weekend, here are a few you might enjoy.

Freshly French HR

Freshley French

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
lemon slice for garnish

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

Summer breeze

Summer Breeze

1 ½ oz. DANZKA Cranraz Vodka
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. cranberry juice
pineapple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a highball glass and garnish with pineapple slice and serve. 

Barefoot in the Garden HR

Barefoot in the Garden

1 ½ oz. SIA Scotch Whisky
1 ½ oz. elderflower liquer
¾ oz. lemon juice
splash of club soda
Mint sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Sia Scotch Whisky, elderflower liquer and lemon juice.  Shake and strain into a tin.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Botanicals on the beach

Botanicals on the Beach

1 ½ oz. UNGAVA Gin
2 oz. coconut water
½ oz. soda
½ oz. simple syrup

In a shaker with ice add in all liquid ingredients except soda.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda.

Mint Mahem HR

Mint Mayhem

1 oz. LUCID Absinthe
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda
4-6 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel.  Add ice, Lucid Absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

What is your favorite cocktail?

What are YOUR plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Spice up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole


Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, The date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Here in the United States, most people don’t celebrate that monumentous victory. They rather eat and enjoy Mexican cuisine. I suppose that is OK. I certainly don’t mind tacos from time to time. Maybe I’ll make Spaghetti Tacos for dinner tomorrow night.

You can find my recipe here – After a long day of childhood you need…  (please note that the giveaway on the post is over).


Essentially most people see Cinco de Mayo as the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.

A staple for any Cinco de Mayo celebration is guacamole.

I have never made guacamole on my own. I have only enjoyed it at restaurants or pre-made from the grocery store. I honestly assumed it was too much work to make it on my own. WOW! Was I sure wrong.

The Litehouse foods brand sent me a guacamole kit to make my own guacamole dip for my family.


The kit included all the essentials…

  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Avocado slicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Lighthouse Guacamole Herbs & Spice Blend
  • Avocadoes
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Fork
  • Chips

Check out just how simple this recipe is.

Guacamole Recipe

I was able to whip up freshly made guacamole in minutes. I can’t believe how easy it was.

Be prepared to drool…

Guacamole 1
Guacamole 2

It was so good that I almost ate the entire bowl of guacamole myself.

I have used several Lighthouse herbs and spices over the years. What I love most about them is that they are incredibly fresh tasting. They taste like they were freshly ground from your garden. They do not taste bland or stale like other herbs and spices found on store shelves.

Litehouse has such a nice variety too including (of course) the Guacamole seasoning, Red Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Dill and Italian, to name a few.

Lighthouse herbs and spices are available at many retail locations across the country.

If you would like learn more about Lithouse herbs and spices, as well as their dips, dressings and more, visit LitehouseFoods.com. Be sure to check out the brand on social media too. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever tried Litehouse products? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about them?

Do you like guacamole? What do you think about this easy recipe?



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Introducing Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder



I love peanuts and peanut butter. I eat it several times a week. I enjoy it as a sandwich, on toast, on crackers and my personal favorite, with tart Granny Smith apples. What I like to do is spread peanut butter on a burrito wrap, top it with some chopped up Granny Smith apple, then roll it up and enjoy. It’s one of my “go-to” grab-and-go breakfasts.

I also love to get a bag of roasted peanuts whenever we go to the country fair. I also add peanuts on top of ice cream or just enjoy “as is.”

Oh yes! I forgot to mention that chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I love chocolate and peanut butter combined.

I’ve tried many peanut butters over the years – crunchy, creamy, flavored – but I have never had Peanut Powder before. It’s like peanut butter, but in a powdered version.

Santa Cruz Organic offers consumers two different Peanut Powder. One is regular and the other is will milled chia seeds.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

Why choose Peanut Powder? Because it gives you the same great roasted peanut flavor but with fewer calories and less fat.

I compared Santa Cruz Peanut Powder with a popular name brand peanut butter and this is what I found.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons is 285 calories.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons is 70 calories.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons equals 24 grams of fat.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons equals 2 grams of fat (3 grams for the powder with the chia seeds)

Peanut Powder

Wow! That is a huge difference. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder also has less carbs than the brand name creamy peanut butter. When it came to protein, the brand name creamy peanut butter had more than the Peanut Powder.

So how does one enjoy Peanut Powder? It’s simple, simply add it to your favorite recipes, smoothies or desserts. You could mix a spoonful in your oatmeal for a peanut butter flavored oatmeal. You could also sprinkle a little bit on top of your ice cream.

The Peanut Powder tastes exactly like peanuts because it IS real peanuts, it’s just chopped up so fine that it’s a powder. *Santa Cruz Organic’s Peanut Powder is made with ONLY organic peanuts. That’s it. There is no added ingredients, flavors or colors.

*All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified


Santa Cruz Organic has a recipe on their site that utilizes their Peanut Powder. It’s for an Apple Peanut Granola. It not only provides a nourishing breakfast but it also doubles as an easy and portable snack. Best of all, there are no “mystery ingredients” because you’ll know everything that went into making it. It’s a quick and easy recipe and you can adapt it to suit your family’s tastes.  

You can find the recipe on their site. I omitted the salt and added in walnuts and raisins (in addition to the pecans).

This recipe is made with applesauce and maple syrup, both of which were surprise ingredients to me. Santa Cruz Organic also makes applesauce. The brand sent me both Peanut Powders to try out (with and without Chia seeds) as well a a jar of organic applesauce.

Granola Recipe

My kids love it and I plan on making more. They mostly used this as a snack, but my daughter did add it to her yogurt and I think it would make a delicious ice cream topping too.

You can find more recipes like this on the Santa Cruz Organic website.

I think Peanut Powder is a unique idea. I love that you can still the same great peanut butter-like taste, but with much less fat and calories. I like the idea of challenging myself to find yummy ways to incorporate it into recipes too.

If you would like to learn more about Santa Cruz Organic, their Peanut Powder and/or Applesauce, visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. You can also find the brand on social media. The links are found on the top of their website.

Have you ever tried Peanut Powder? Are you a fan of the Santa Cruz Organic brand? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out this mouth-watering Easter menu from Tastefully Simple


Group Of Friends Enjoying Outdoor Dinner Party

When you think about grandiose holiday meals, Thanksgiving is usually the first one to come to mind, followed by Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. In my opinion, Easter dinner is following very closely behind Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.

My favorite part of the Easter dinner menu is the spiral ham. Mmm… I’m drooling just thinking about it. We should be picking ours up this coming weekend. Fingers crossed that we find a big, juicy one.

Aside from the ham we usually make several side dishes including a few different vegetables, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rolls. Of course we follow up dinner with a delicious dessert. I usually make my bunny cake and some other sweet treats.



Because I tend to make the same thing over and over again, my family is bored with the meals I make – including holiday meals. That is why I am always on the look out for new and exciting things to make for my family.

Are you familiar with Tastefully Simple? Until recently I wasn’t really sure what exactly the company made.

As per the company:

Tastefully Simple provides exceptional tasting experiences and lifestyle solutions, through simple, delicious food and enriching business opportunities.

Tastefully Simple offers consumers a variety of food options from mixes to spices and from beverages to main meals and desserts.

Tastefully Simple has created a delightful Easter menu that is worth checking out.

Tastefully Simple Easter Recipes

The Chick Deviled Eggs are adorable! I am planning on making those out of the eggs that we color. We are not going to color eggs until this weekend, so I won’t be able to try making the Chicks until then. If they turn out as adorable as the ones in the photo I’ll make them again for Easter dinner.

I love the Flower Fruit Kabobs with Luscious Fruit Dip too. I wish I was talented enough to make flowers and other fun shapes out of fruit. Instead I plan on cutting up fruit into bite size cubes for people to dip into the fruit dip using toothpicks.

The Cheesy Blossoms recipe would make an ideal hors d’oeuvres for guests.

I’ve check out all the recipes on the Tastefully Simple Easter Menu. They are all easy to make and don’t require too many ingredients (many of which you probably already have on hand). Even the Cheddar & Spinach Egg Strata recipe is easy to make and requires few ingredients.

Tastefully Simple was kind enough to send me some of their products used in the Easter Menu recipes. Until now I have never tried products from Tastefully Simple.


One of the products I received is the Italian Garlic Seasoning. Where has this been all my life? It is SO GOOD!!! I’ve been sprinkling it on a lot of things including mashed potatoes, rice, chicken and pasta to name a few. The jar is a very generous size and a little goes a long way (unless you find yourself using it on just about everything in which case it won’t last long – LOL).

Another product they sent me (to make the Fruit Kabobs recipe with) is their Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread.



I couldn’t resist trying it right away. I’ve enjoyed it on toast, rice cakes and crackers. Mmm… just writing about it makes my mouth water. I have a feeling I’ll be enjoying some as soon as I finish writing this post.

I wish my cousin was coming down for a visit soon because she would LOVE the Samba Sangría Slush™ Drink Mix that I was sent. Everything you need is in the bucket. All you need to add is red wine and warm water. I have the wine and I have the water – I just need my cousin because I know this is something she would get a kick over.


You can purchase all of the Tastefully Simple products used in the Easter Menu in one convenient package called the Easter Collection. The package not only includes the Samba Sangría Slush™ Drink Mix, Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread and Italian Garlic Seasoning (mentioned above), it also include the following products:

  • Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
  • Truffle Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix
  • Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix™
  • Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce
  • Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix
  • Cinnamon Muffin Melt Mix™
  • Bountiful Beer Bread Mix

You can use the products in the Easter Collection Menu recipes, or use them however you see fit.

The recipes are found on the website and are available as a free download.

Tastefully Simple Easter

Tastefully Simple also sells other “kits”/collections featuring great recipes and Tastefully Simple products including Family Game Night, Baby Shower, Birthday and Bridal Shower. In addition Tastefully Simple also includes free downloadable party tools, invites and more.

You can even find a Tastefully Simple party being held near you or host one yourself. More information can be found on the brand’s website. If interested you could even become a Tastefully Simple representative too.

For more information about the Easter Collection entertaining kit and other Tastefully Simple products visit TastefullySimple.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom left of their website.

Have you ever tried any Tastefully Simple products? If so, what was your favorite?

What do you think about these products and/or recipes?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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