Friday, May 22, 2015

Spicy Guacamole

Spicy Guacamole that takes just ten minutes to make! - get the recipe at
Just in time for a long weekend, this quick and easy Spicy Guacamole is perfect for snacking, topping your burgers, and possibly just eating with a spoon.

This Spicy Guacamole is a fun and very simple dip that I've made three times this month already. My spicy food lovers adore the added heat and I especially love that it comes together in less than ten minutes!

I finally succumbed to the awesomeness of guacamole a couple years ago when I tried this Roasted Garlic and Bacon Guacamole. I made it so many times that summer, I'm surprised my skin didn't turn green. It's truly fantastic. Since then, I've made guacamole a number of different ways and it has grown to be a favorite with our whole family.

If you're looking for more great dips and party snacks, 
check out a few more of our favorites:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rosemary Mushrooms

Rosemary Mushrooms - get the recipe at
Fresh mushrooms, a sprig of rosemary, a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil combine to create a flavor that is much more than the sum of its parts. Rosemary Mushrooms are great when served over grilled steaks, or as a side dish on their own. I tasted a mushroom straight from the pan the first time I made them and it was all I could do not to devour the full pan of mushrooms before our steaks were off the grill!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sugar Free Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Sugar Free Lemonade - get the recipe at
Let me start by saying, I love lemonade. I love it so very much, but you might never know that. See, I have issues with drinking my calories. I can eat my weight in cookies and cakes, but hand me a glass of classic lemonade and I have a hard time being okay with 200+ calories in that form. I am not a calorie counter these days, but so many years of being aware of it all has pretty much turned me off of anything that has an equally sugary counterpart in dessert form. I'm almost always going to choose frosting over a beverage.

Without naming names, I will tell you that over the past ten years I have tried a lot of alternative sweeteners and none of them thrilled me. When In The Raw asked me to try their Stevia In The Raw, to be honest, I was a little leery of it. However, I am simply thrilled to tell you that this sweetener rocks. I made this Sugar Free Lemonade and took it out on the porch to share with the kids. We all loved it and I can promise that it will be made frequently throughout the summer months.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

White Balsamic Vinaigrette - get the recipe at

White Balsamic Vinaigrette is light, sweet, and tangy with just enough oil to coat a salad and not leave it soggy. This vinaigrette is part of my very favorite summer salad recipe. I highly recommend that you shake up a batch today and have it ready to go for all your salads. This dressing is so good on it's own, I've doubled the original recipe and given it its own post.

Try White Balsamic Vinaigrette with one of these salads:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream - get the recipe at
Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream is cold, creamy chocolate with a hint of spicy heat from chili and cinnamon. This ice cream warms your mouth even as you are chilled from the ice cream. The combination of heat with the cold is fantastic.

When some friends requested a chocolate and chili ice cream combination last year, I was excited to finally try it for myself. At the very first taste, I was happy that we were planning to share this ice cream with them and avoid the temptation of eating the entire recipe myself! The ice cream has received rave reviews from everyone who tasted it.

I've made this ice cream over a dozen times now. Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream is my husband's favorite and in over a year of making it, this is the first time I've managed to get a photo of it. He loves to give it away to friends and it still disappears lightning fast every time it is in the house.