Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

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I love a good, hearty tomato soup, especially this time of the year.  I’ve seen so many good recipes for soups lately and had to give this one a go.  This recipe has my favorite pasta, Tortellini; three cheese at that!  It’s a smooth and creamy consistency with a delicious jolt of tomato tang and flare. Continue reading

Red Velvet Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting


Red Velvet Cake is one of my favorite cakes of all time.  I even made red velvet cookies a few months back, and they were a real hit!  This past Christmas I decided to bake a homemade Red Velvet Cake for the first time ever.  The night before Christmas Eve I did my first run through of a recipe I’d found on Pinterest.  Needless to say, it was a fail…for many different reasons.  The main ones being that the recipe said to cook the cake on 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes.  This couldn’t have been more wrong!  I should have skimmed a few other recipes, and compared (which I later did). Continue reading

Hot Spiced Caramel Apple Cider

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Hot Spiced Caramel Apple Cider is my amazing husband’s creation.  One of his favorite drinks is Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice, and this is his dupe for it.  Most drinks that the both of us like from Starbuck’s, we can make at home.  We’re not big coffee drinkers, actually neither one of us drink coffee.  The plus for us is that the drinks we get at Starbuck’s are easily dupeable. Continue reading

New Orleans Style Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

I absolutely love seafood gumbo! I’m not a huge fan of the traditional tomato based gumbo, but I am of the seafood one. Gumbo is an original New Orleans dish known throughout the world for being savory and delicious. It is literally a dish you can dress up or down, depending upon the ingredients and presentation.


New Orleans Style Seafood Gumbo


  • Shrimp – I used frozen for convenience.
  • Crab Meat – I used pre-cooked for convenience.
  • Zatarains Gumbo mix
  • Rice (I used my good ol jasmine rice, but you can whatever type of rice you prefer)
  • Okra
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Gumbo seasoning
  • Bay Leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. I began by following the instructions on the back of the Zatarains mixture to cook the base. I added in extra rice, even though the base came with rice. I let boil for roughly 10 minutes, and then added in vegetables and seasonings. I let boil again for roughly 10 minutes, before adding in frozen shrimp and pre-cooked crab meat. Reduce heat to med-lo and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. *Don’t skip on letting the gumbo simmer, because you want all of the flavors to saturate.
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I absolutely loved this gumbo!  It was so savory and rich, that I ate on it for a week straight.  This recipe makes a pot-full, so its great for serving for a large party of people.  Its also good if you want to have a meal that will last you all week, because it will definitely give you a break from having to cook.

By far, this is one of my favorite soaps/stews I’ve ever prepared.  Do you have any favorites?  Go-tos that you like to serve for your family? – I would love to add to my repertoire, so let me hear it!


Ultimate Southern Style Cheddar Cheese Grits

Ultimate Southern Style Cheddar Cheese Grits |

If your from the South, odds are that you know what grits are…and that you love them as much as I do.  Down here we eat them pretty much anytime, whether it be breakfast or dinner, although they are a traditional breakfast food.  I thought I’d share my super quick and easy recipe for how I make my delicious and insatiable cheddar cheese grits.  You only need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes. Continue reading