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Holiday Survival Guide 2016

I love turkey dinner with all the fixings, tinsel, Home Alone, fake snow and holiday music as much as the next person, but unfortunately life doesn’t always imitate art. For many people, especially families with school aged or younger children, the holidays can resemble more National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation than It’s a Wonderful Life. This […]

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Meet & Greet with Chef Curtis Stone this Sunday Plus, SAVE on your Thanksgiving meal!

Calling all local foodies! This Sunday, the amazing and talented award-winning Chef Curtis Stone will visit the newly remodeled Winn-Dixie store located at 951 W State Rd 434 in Longwood. There will be an autograph signing and meet and greet from 1-3 p.m. During this event, 10 fans will have a chance to win a signed copy […]

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Fellow Holiday Procrastinators, we’re breaking up

  While out looking for Christmas décor two weeks before Christmas, I walked by an aisle of décor for Valentine’s Day. And a children’s clothing store? Hardly any Christmas attire left, but all the Valentine’s outfits were on full display. O.M.G. It’s TWO MONTHS before that holiday. I visited three stores two weeks before Thanksgiving […]

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree: Thinking Outside the Can

Fall is officially here! Especially with the last few days of brisk, cool weather! If there’s one thing that says fall… it’s pumpkins! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake. Of course Publix has rows of perfectly aligned pumpkin purée striping it’s aisles, but I want the real deal: home roasted, homemade, perfectly natural pumpkin purée. But […]

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Thanksgiving For Kids

  This is the first year we are hosting my entire family for Thanksgiving. I am excited, especially about having my first shot at hosting a kids table for the big feast. We’ll have five kids at our Thanksgiving dinner this year, ranging in ages from 2 1/2 to 8 years old. I want the […]

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Spicy Cranberry Salsa

Ingredients: 1 12 oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water or orange juice Orange or lemon zest 1 jalapeño or serrano chile (de seeded) 2 tablespoons lime  juice 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar Salt and pepper to taste Chopped cilantro Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Balls

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Balls

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Balls 2 Tbsp butter1 box stove top stuffing½ c chopped onion 1/4 c finely chopped celery 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1 pinch pepper 1 large egg, beaten 12 slices or more bacon 1. Sauté the butter, celery, garlic, and onion until translucent along with the garlic and pepper.2. Add this mixture to the […]

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Kristi’s Pumpkin Roll

Kristi’s Pumpkin Roll I make this every year, the night before Thanksgiving, and chill it overnight for our Thanksgiving morning brunch. It’s always a hit! Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup pumpkin 1 teaspoon lemon juice 3/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 […]

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