Much Needed Vacation

Last week my family took a wonderful vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. We stayed at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort and had the most amazing time.


The resort was beautiful and the weather was perfect!!!

IMG_2833The view from our room was to die for. We couldn’t wait to check everything out , so we slipped on our suits and headed to the pool.




All the pools were so pretty. We even found this perfect swim area for the baby, so he didn’t have to constantly be in the sun.


These circles around the sun happened the second day we were there.




The older two had fun exploring the grounds and taking some fun pictures.  Mommy, Daddy and baby enjoyed some cold drinks and down time by the pool.

FullSizeRender-5The food was endless and there was so much to choose from.


The baby loved having his vegetable cerviche poolside. :)


We ate at every restaurant, grill and buffet, but our favorite was the hibachi restaurant. Everyone was so nice and the baby loved the show.


We didn’t get to take a vacation last year with me being very prego, so I was really happy that we went and made some special memories that I will cherish always.



“I Made Quiche”

I was blessed with a loving Grandma named Vera. She was kind and caring and just so damn cute!!    She always made me feel loved and I do believe I got my love affair with food from her.  On holidays,  that we celebrated together she would always ask what she could bring and even if you didn’t ask for it she would always bring a quiche. I have many memories of her coming through the door and yelling  ” I made quiche”  while my brothers and I laughed about who she was really making that quiche for. I recently found some of her recipes, so in honor of her I am going to share her Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche recipe.

Here’s what you will need:


– 1 pie crust

– 1/4 lb sliced deli ham

– 1 cup of cubed swiss cheese

– 4 eggs slightly beaten

– 2 cups cream

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Here’s what you do:

Roll out pie crust into a 10 inch pie pan and bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Then place ham and cubed swiss cheese in pie crust.


Lower temperature in oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, cream, salt and pepper  and pour over top of the ham and cheese.


Bake for 45 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean and top is lightly golden.


It is best to let it cool a bit, so it sets properly before serving.

I lost my Grandmother almost 10 years ago and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do today, to just have her walk through that door with a quiche in hand.


Here’s to a beautiful Lady.

Happy Easter and Enjoy!!



You Are Never To Old For A Kit Kat Cake!!

I don’t know how it happened, but this week I am becoming the mother of an adult. My older son will be 18 on Saturday and I know everyone always says this, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where the time went!! With that said, I love celebrating my husband and kids and on their birthdays they get to pick out treats and dinner and of course the cake. The Kit Kat cake has been a favorite in the past and is so easy to make.  It wasn’t picked for this birthday, but for some reason I felt the need to make one.

Here’s what you will need:


– box of yellow cake mix

– tub of chocolate icing

– large bag of M&M’s

– a few king size packs of Kit Kat’s

Here’s what you need to do:


Bake two cakes according to the directions on the box and let them cool completely. I made two six inch cakes, but you can make eight inch cakes if you want. You will just need more Kit Kat’s and M&M’s.  I shaved off some cake from the top, so the Kit Kat’s  would fit just right. Ice your cake and make sure to be generous on the sides to help your Kit Kat’s stick. Don’t worry too much about the top because it will be covered.


Break apart the Kit Kat’s and stack them around the cake.


Refrigerate for 20 minutes to help the cake set. When the cake is set fill the top with M&M’s and it’s ready to be served.


This cake is just so cute and the kids just love it!!

Enjoy :)



Must Have Magazine!!!


If you are like me and you love to find and try out new recipes, then this is the magazine for you!!


This magazine is full of so many different recipes, that you can be busy cooking for weeks if you wanted to from just one issue. Just last week my family enjoyed a great moroccan chick pea soup and some yummy vietnamese meatballs served in lettuce cups. I have learned about so many ingredients that I never knew existed and I have added to recipes that needed a little kick. I save every issue that comes and cherish them as much as some of my favorite cookbooks. This magazine is a must have for me and would be great for anyone who loves food as much as I do!!!

Hope you like it :)



Healthy Hummus Wraps

It’s that time of the year when everyone starts thinking about how summer is right around the corner and how they need to loose a few pounds before it gets here. I have definitely been treating myself this winter and since the baby is going to be one in May, its time I get myself back on track.  So when two of my girlie friends were coming over to visit, I thought it would be great to make a yummy healthy lunch for us.

Here is what you will need:IMG_2663

– sliced red onion

– container of hummus

– jar of marinated artichoke hearts

– jar of roasted red peppers

– pitted kalamata olives

– crumbled feta cheese

– bag of spring mix salad

– balsamic salad dressing

– whole wheat wraps

Here is what you need to do:


Brown up the red onion in a little olive oil. Remove the onions when they are soft and slightly browned and place in a bowl.  Do not clean out pan!!! Use it to warm up your tortilla wraps.  


Slice up your red peppers, kalamata olives and toss your spring mix salad lightly with the balsamic dressing. Warm up your tortillas and it’s time to assemble. I like to put a layer of hummus, then onions, artichokes, red peppers, olives, feta and top with salad.


You can try to wrap it all up, but I just treat it like a taco and gobble it up.

IMG_2657Bon’s Birthday is in a few days, so our friend Lynn brought some yummy cupcakes  (accompanied by fresh fruit of course) to celebrate. The baby just loves a good Happy Birthday sing a long. :)




Cracker Barrel Pit Stop :)

My family loves a road trip. My family loves a road trip even more when we make a stop at a Cracker

So on a recent road trip to visit a college for my older son,we were delighted to see that sign in the sky. Even the baby was curious to check it out. We sat down for lunch and ordered some of our favorites.We stuffed ourselves with chicken dumplings, biscuits with apple butter and some fun grilled sandwiches and of course big glasses of sweet tea to wash it all down.


The baby tried everything and seemed to love Cracker Barrel as much as the rest of us.

We finished up lunch and headed into the store where the older two stocked up on candy and I checked out all the fun kitchen stuff.

In my opinion, it just isn’t a road trip without a good old Cracker Barrel pit stop!!



A Big Pot Of Seafood Yumminess.

Whenever the winter seems like it is never going to end, I like to remind myself of the warm days of summer by cooking up a big pot of seafood. I got this recipe from a super fun 4th of July celebration overlooking the Long Island Sound. It was a great day with great people that I love.528412_438434266177567_1706477461_n

Here’s what you will need:IMG_2581

– bag of mussels

– 1lb of shrimp peeled and cleaned

– 1 dozen clams

– 5 red potatos quartered

– 3 ears of corn cut in half

– stick of butter

– handful of chopped parsley

– small bottle of white wine

– head of garlic

– salt and pepper

– lemon to finish

– large loaf of crunchy french bread to soak up all the yummy seafood broth

This recipe is suited for my family of 5, so if you are making it for a large crowd just double or triple if need be. You can also add lobster tails if you would like.

Here’s what you do:

IMG_2582 Melt the stick of butter, add the white wine and the cloves of garlic that are separated and peeled. Cook covered for about 3 mins on medium heat. Stirring occasionally.

IMG_2583Add the quartered potatoes, corn that is cut in half and chopped parsley. Stir,  cover and let cook for 10 minutes.


Add the clams. Give a good stir to settle them in and cook covered for 5 minutes. Then add shrimp and mussels. Stir and cook covered until shrimp is cooked and all shells on mussels and clams are open.

IMG_2585When done, flip pot over into large flat pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve with fresh lemon and a bunch of cut up french bread.




Disco Fries!!

Back in the day after a fun night of dancing at the club, nothing was better than a big plate of Disco Fries. We would pool whatever money we had left and head to the nearest diner. The plate of french fries covered in melted cheese, crispy bacon bits and brown gravy would be gone in seconds. Nowadays the only dancing that is going on is at the Mickey Mouse Club in my den, which is a good enough reason for me to make some and my family is happy to gobble them up.

Here’s what you will need:IMG_2552

– bag of frozen steak fries

– pack of sliced mozzarella cheese

– large jar of brown gravy

– jar of bacon bits

Here’s what you do:IMG_2553Bake your frozen fries in the oven at 400 degrees until golden and crispy. You are welcome to fry them in oil and they will probably be much more tasty. Its just easier for me to do it this way.


Transfer cooked fries to oven proof dish and cover with cheese slices and bacon bits.


Bake until cheese is melted. Serve with warm gravy.

Yummy :)



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