Super-Fast Dinner Idea

Need a super-fast dinner idea? Well, you’re in luck!

While flipping through the pages of RedBook Magazine, I came across a recipe from Chef Michael Symon’s latest cookbook, 5 in 5 for Every Season.  It calls for five simple recipes and doesn’t require much prep. Basically, you throw everything in a skillet and boil water to cook the pasta. It’s really easy and tastes amazing.  Plus, it’s husband approved and includes bacon!

Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

What you need:

1 lb fresh orecchiette pasta- I used an organic version from Whole Foods Market
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
4 cups of sliced Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
{Kosher salt and pepper to taste}

What to do:

In a large pot, bring 5 qts water to boil. Add in pasta and cook until al dente. Check pasta box for details.

Place a skillet over high heat, add in olive oil and bacon and cook until crispy — about three minutes.

Once the bacon is cooked to perfection, add in the sliced Brussels sprouts and cook for about a minute until they begin to wilt down. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add in the cooked pasta and stir together.

Remove from heat, add in Parmesan cheese, garnish with parsley and serve.


Enjoy! xoxo

3 DIY Ideas for Easter Brunch

With Easter Sunday quickly approaching and weekend brunch fresh on my mind, I scoured Pinterest for three ideas to turn a simple brunch into a fabulous fête.

With a DIY approach, I opted for ideas that included easy to put together stations leaving more time for the hostess to mingle instead of serve. Enjoy!

1. Mimosa Bar

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You can’t go wrong with champagne! Grab your favorite bottle and pair it with orange, cranberry, peach and pineapple juice. To complete the cocktail {or mocktail} add a few bowls of sliced fruits for garnishes on the side.

2. Bagel Station

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This station  is easy to setup! Just buy a box of bagels from your favorite shop, a few varieties of cream cheese,  and add a plate or two of your favorite proteins and vegetables. Your guest can grab and go or mingle while they smear!

3. Waffle Bar

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Waffles are a great make-ahead finger food that can be served on a plate, skewer or attached to a cup of pure maple syrup.  Plus,they can double as a dessert, if served with a creamy hazelnut spread, whipped cream or even jelly!

A sunset picnic at Estancia Culinaria

Florida is having the most amazing weather lately, and since this is a rare occurrence my husband and I took full advantage and went on a picnic last weekend for Valentine’s Day.

FarmPhoto1But it wasn’t just any ordinary picnic…We attended an amazing event at Estancia Culinaria in Miami.  The ten-acre organic avocado farm is an oasis of calm, graced by horse paddocks, a coral rock chapel and walking trails that make you feel like you are anywhere but Florida. It’s a magical place and one worth checking out if you are planning a wedding or special celebration.

FarmPhoto6The avocado farm hosted a sunset Valentine’s Day picnic complete with blankets, champagne, culinary delights by New York Food Co., live romantic music and professionally styled picnic decor by Unearthed Vintage.  The well-planned afternoon was amazing and hopefully the event will turn into a Valentine’s Day tradition.

I am so happy we decided to forgo the usual restaurant reservations for something completely different. It was an afternoon filled with love, new friends and memories!  I can’t wait to do it again, or host my own sunset picnic, soon!


Want to host your own sunset picnic? Grab a quilt a few pillows and a picnic basket.  With a little imagination, you can create a simple and chic treat for you and your loved ones.  Need a little inspiration? Here’s a simple set up to get you started.

Picnic in the park

Creamy Artichoke and Kale Dip

Easy Superbowl Recipe!
If you are looking for an easy appetizer to serve this weekend, you need to try this creamy artichoke and kale dip from Food Babe. I whipped it up a few days ago and it was a huge hit!  Check out the recipe below.  And, don’t judge the recipe by my last minute iPhone photo!
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Food Babe’s Creamy Kale and Artichoke Dip
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Serves: 8
  • 1 bag of frozen artichoke hearts thawed and chopped
  • 4 cups of finely chopped kale, spinach, Swiss chard or collards
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup organic sour cream (or ½ cup sour cream and ½ Greek yogurt)
  • 3 tbsp organic mayo
  • 3 tbs Parmesan or manchego cheese, plus more for top
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and place into a medium-sized baking dish
  3. Top with additional cheese if desired
  4. Bake for approximately 30-45 mins covered
  5. Remove from oven, and let sit for at least 5 mins before serving with homemade pita or tortilla chips