Healing Herbs and Spices


Going through Pinterest this morning, I came across this photo. What do you think?

Do you cook with herbs and spices? Have you used them for other things besides cooking? I know I will drink mint tea if I have an upset stomach, but I notice the chart says to try basil. This seems like an interesting task.

This has me thinking, could herbs and spices really help with ailments? Looks like I have some research to do. It would be nice to see which items that we have in our pantry can help us obtain a healthy lifestyle.

Have you tried any of these? Got some tips to share? Feel free to comment and let me know!!

Kitchen Decor

Do you watch HGTV? Or see different ideas for decorating your kitchen in magazines, online and even on Facebook? Decorating your kitchen does not have to be a tedious task nor is it something that has to be done fast and in a hurry. Just like decorating any other room in your house, take your time to create a space that you will enjoy spending time in.

Have a favorite color or two? Use those to spruce up your kitchen. Shades of one particular color work well.


These cabinets were painted but no worries if you don’t have the option to paint. Accent pieces work well. What can you do to give your kitchen some color?


Colored vases, mason jars or plates hanging on the wall give your cooking space a life of its own. No one wants to cook or entertain in a boring dull kitchen.

What can you do to add more color to your kitchen? We have so great ideas coming up for you.

Labor Day Weekend Dessert Listing

Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means the summer is just about over, not happy about that! So what will you be making for this weekend? Cookies, pies, brownies, bars? Maybe some sorbets or ice cream? Let me know. I would love to feature you on my blog with what you are making this weekend.

As for me, there are a few things on my list that I would like to make, just don’t know if I will have the time to do it but I will definitely try.

1. Cake Pops
2. Orange Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
3. Red Velvet Cupcakes with  Cream cheese filling and Frosting
4. Whoopie Pies (Yeah I said it!!)

These are the four desserts I want to make this weekend, hopefully time will allow these things to happen. Ready to see what you will be making!!!

Hello August

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Hey Everyone!! We made it to August which means summer is almost over (I’m not happy about this.) But it also my birthday month, so that gives me something to be excited about. Since it’s my birthday month I am going share some of my favorite things and lessons that I have learned this past year.

It's my birthday month

It’s my birthday month


Things I learned:

– It’s okay to make mistakes, just learn from them.
– As you move forward in life your circle gets smaller
– No, is a complete sentence. No explanation is needed.
– Take care of you first and don’t apologize for it.
– Take some time to enjoy you.
– Date yourself.
– Being different is a great thing.
– Read a variety of books.
– Take a social media break.

Things I love about myself

– I’m happy with my body type, it took me years to get to this point.
– Cerebral Palsy doesn’t define who I am, but it has become my super power.
– My facial expressions will tell you how I really feel.
– I’m addicted to books.
– I travel a lot (I go somewhere every month.)
– I’m spoiled and I know it.
– I love the bond I have with my family. I talk to my parents and siblings a few times a day.
– I don’t mind being single.
– I am quick to take a trip or go to an event by myself.
– I’m really passionate about writing.

One thing that sticks out about this whole year, is that I don’t know how to cook for just one person! This is crazy. I will cook a meal and have enough for at least 3-5 people. I really need to make smaller portions, especially when most of the time it’s just me eating the food. This is something that I’ll have to tackle soon.

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Check Out Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Groupon Coupons

I have a confession to make…I love Groupon. I’m always on there looking for deals. They have great opportunities for gifts, getaways and things to do in your area. One thing I really like about Groupon are their coupons. They have so many to choose from. You can often find really great deals for almost anything. The coupons are for things you would use in everyday life and the best part is you can look for them directly from your phone.

I’ve used Groupon coupons for trips and various attractions and I love how I can now use them for local retailers. It’s so easy to use and who doesn’t love to save money? Here are just some of the retailers that I have found and used on Groupon Coupons.

  • Kohl’s
  • JC Penney’s
  • Macy’s
  • Home Decorators
  • Tea Collections
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • BJ’s
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Sam’s Club

Sometimes you can catch the 1-day free pass for there Sam’s Club and get some really good deals. If you don’t see the Sam’s Club one, BJ’s has a $5 deal for a membership too. The Popcorn Factory usually has really great gift coupons for the popcorn lovers in your life. Groupon Coupons is definitely one of the first places I look for deals when shopping. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have any favorite retailers on Groupon Coupons?

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TS July Client Promotion

Corn and Black Bean Salsa has improved.

So I received some messages from clients and readers asking if I would post the client and host promotion information for Tastefully Simple not only on my website but also here on the blog. It’s a great idea, not sure why I didn’t think of it before but I will make sure that I continue to keep you all updated.

This is a sponsored post. Affiliate links are included.


Tastefully Simple does very well with providing their clients and party hosts with really awesome gifts and discounts. Each month they try to offer the host or client an extra incentive for purchasing our products. For the month of July the client promotion is the Corn, Black Bean Salsa at a discounted rate of $3.99 with a $50.00 buy (before tax and shipping). If you purchase directly through my website once you add $50.00 worth of product in your cart the system will automatically ask if you would like to add the current promotion. If you place your order directly through me I will ask if you would like to take part in the monthly promotion.

Corn, Black Bean Salsa has tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chiles, sweet red peppers, vinegar, cilantro, garlic and chipotle peppers. It’s a great addiction to any dinner, get together or just eat it as a snack.

This is a product that I enjoy. Most of the time I’ll just open the jar and dip a chip in. Tastes wonderful on tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or even with scooped into some avocado halves. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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Cooking Does Not Have to be a Chore!

Fast food and daily take out does not always have to be your ‘go-to’ option for any meal. You can cook your favorite meals and enjoy them at any time. Cooking is not a chore but an experience that you can enjoy.

  1. Pick a recipe that you want to try out. This doesn’t have to be something extravagant, it can something as simple as baked chicken and vegetables. Just make sure it’s something you want to eat.
  2. Make it a family affair. If you have kids, get them to help you in the kitchen. Use cooking as a game to help with vocabulary, spelling and even math. If it’s just you and your significant other, make it a date night in the kitchen!
  3. Pretend You Are On TV. That’s right, pretend you are the host of your own food show. Get creative and talk your way through the show. You can even record yourself, just to see how it goes when you are done.
  4. Play Music. Do you sing in shower? Or just around the house in general? Well this is another way to enjoy your music. Sing, dance and have a good time while you are cooking…we do!
  5. Have fun. This is chance for you to try something new, you are not being graded so enjoy it.  Once you are done cooking, plate your food as if you are serving it at a restaurant. Presentation is everything. Take a picture to include with the recipe for the next time you make it.

Cooking should always be fun. You work hard during the day and need time to relax, let cooking become an outlet for you. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you mess up, skip a step or change an ingredient…it’s okay. Cooking is a fun experience.

Foodie Friday: Quick Snacks for Memorial Day

Grilled Banana Split

Happy Friday Family!! The weekend is among us and it’s a holiday weekend too. Many of us have Memorial Day off, it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season. In honor of this wonderful holiday we are going to celebrate it with some ideas for cookouts, get-together or even just a relaxing weekend at home. Foodie Friday is all about easy, no fuss food ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!!

Grilled Banana Splits – So we came across this recipe while watching the Food Network and have loved it ever since. Cut the ends of the banana off, open the peels and spread butter, sugar, and chocolate shavings on them. Wrap them in foil and grill for about 4-6 minutes until chocolate and butter has melted. It’s okay if the peels turn brown. Remove from the grill, open and scoop your favorite ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Fruit Kabob – This one is definitely kid friendly. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them (if you decide to grill your fruit) Have a variety of fruit on hand, cut in bite size pieces. You can use, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, mangoes, grapes, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Arrange the fruit on the skewers and enjoy. If you would like to grill your fruit after you place them on the skewers, grew until heated through, about 4-6 minutes; during the last-minute of grilling brush fruit with honey.

Corn On The Cob – There are two ways you can do this besides boiling it. Either leave the husks on or shuck them and wrap the corn in foil. Either way it’s good. Soak the corn in water for about 15 minutes before grilling. This will help if you don’t want charred kernels. Grill corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning over every 5 minutes. During the last 5-7 minutes, spread butter on the corn then wrap it back up with either the husks or the foil. Once you remove it from the grill let it stand for about 5 minutes then enjoy.

BBQ Pork Deviled Egg

Barbecue Deviled Eggs Recipe


12 large eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Garnish: paprika


  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
  4. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.

We know what you are thinking, pork in my eggs….but yes the smoked pork gives it a meaty flavor. Don’t want to use pork, try chicken, turkey, shrimp or tofu.

Try these out and let me know what you think. As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet or an email. What are some of your favorite Memorial Day goodies?

Taste Test Tuesday: Cinnamon Muffin Melts


Fluffy cinnamon covered muffins or donuts. We don’t think it matters what you call them. Today they are our feature item for Taste Test Tuesday.

Cinnamon Muffin Melts are an excellent treat for anytime of the day. Need a quick breakfast treat to compliment a pot of coffee or tea? These work really well. Moist, tasty and just the right amount of sweetness makes this treat a staple in our pantry. All you do is add butter and water to the mix, bake and enjoy. Easy right?


Be sure to check out these great treats and much more on our site Tastefully Simple We even have other recipes for you to try with these Cinnamon Muffin Melts.

Thanks a bunch!

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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can seem like a huge ordeal. Some people even think they have to go out and buy additional storage units, baskets and containers; when you can just use what you already have.

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  • Mount your pot holders on your cabinet doors using plastic hooks.
  • Mount your aprons on a hook on a nearby wall, no more digging them out a drawer.
  • Store your dishes by usage. Every day use, place those on bottom shelves within easy reach. Special occasion dishes, put those in the cabinets on top.
  • Group all of your bake-ware together.
  • Store pots and pans as close to the stove as possible, makes them easier to reach when cooking.
  • Keep storage bags and wrapping materials together for easy clean up.
  • Store all of your lids in the same place.
  • Use dividers in drawers as placeholders for utensils.
  • Short on space, stash some items in wicker baskets or decorative mixing bowls on the counter.
  • Organize your pantry via category: seasonings, canned goods, dry mixes, etc.
  • If possible, use an over the door hanger to store small items like snack bars, decorative sugars, cupcake liners, etc.
  • Mount the kitchen phone, reminders and papers to the wall instead of placing them on the counter.

These are just some tips to help you get organized in the kitchen. We’ll be sure to keep adding to this list.