Homemade Margaritas

Margaritas are my favorite, so this week when I hosted girls night I decided to give making my own mix from scratch a try!


To make your own you will need:

  • 7-8 Limes
  • 1/4 Cup agave nectar
  • Ice
  • Tequila
  • Water


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Chicken Tortilla Soup

This soup is one of our favorites! It’s an easy recipe that you can let bubble all day, and it will make your house smell amazing!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 lbs chicken breast or chicken breast tenders (they were on sale!)
  • 1 10 oz bag frozen corn
  • 2 Cups chicken broth (use more or less for thinner or thicker soup)
  • 1 Can black beans
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Can green chilies
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes



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Homemade Guacamole

I LOVE guacamole. It’s a new love so I had never ventured into making it for myself. However since the theme of this month’s Blogger Recipe Challenge is Mexican Cuisine I decided to give it a go, and I am SUPER happy I did!

To build guac for two you will need:

  • A ripe avocado
  • Medium clove of garlic
  • Half a lime
  • Salt



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Rice Wraps Giveaway – 10 Winners!!

Remember that yummy fruit sushi I posted about?



You have a chance to win a month supply of Rice Wraps and a rolling mat! It’s super simple, just enter below!


Pecan Blondies

For this month’s Blogger Recipe Challenge all the bloggers have been making desserts! These delicious blondies come together in a snap and are super tasty!

You will need:

  • 1 Cup  flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans


Gluten Free Brownies


This post contains an item that I received for free in exchange for a review. If you have any questions about this please see my disclosures page.


This month the bloggers of Blogger Recipe Challenge have teamed up with Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods to bring you all sorts of delicious dessert recipes! This was my second adventure in cooking with an alternative flour, and yet again I was thrilled with the results.

Each blogger was challenged to make two recipes for Bob’s. You can check out my first recipe (Chocolate Pancakes) for a full review of Bob’s Almond Flour. Below you will find my second!


For these fantastic gluten free brownies you will need:

  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 Cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • A bit of salt
  • 1/3 Cup of honey


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees before beginning. Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix your wet ingredients including the butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet to them. Mix well to combine. I used one beater on a hand mixer (it was enough power and made less of a mess to clean!)

Pour batter into a greased 8X8 or 9X9 baking dish, and smooth.

Bake for 35 mins or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Cool before cutting or you will make a mess of your beautiful brownies!!


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Fruit Sushi – Sponsored by Slice of Rice!


This post contains an item that I received for free in exchange for a review. If you have any questions about this please see my disclosures page.


To say sushi isn’t my thing would be an understatement. I am not normally a fan of fish, but I was VERY excited at the prospect of trying something a bit different when we were offered the opportunity to try a BRAND new product. I have to say I was thrilled with the taste, and ease of use it provided!

Slice of Rice is a revolutionary new product that lets people like me, with NO sushi know-how, create delicious and beautiful pieces at home without the mess, and hassle of trying to make our own sushi rice. It simplifies a process that takes many years to master.

Rice Wraps


Slice of Rice rice wraps really are all about the rice, and boy do they do it perfectly! It’s the exact right consistency, and is perfectly flavored with organic rice wine vinegar. These “slices” of rice come individually vacuum packaged and can be stored either in the refrigerator or frozen (they will stay fresh up to 6 months frozen!). About 2 days before you would like to make your sushi remove it from the freezer and allow to thaw. They also recently have introduced a brown rice version, giving you even more options.


(photo courtesy of Rice Wraps)

Slice of rice is super simple to use! The rice is easiest to roll at room temperature, so before beginning to prepare your ingredients remove it from the fridge and using a sharp knife break the vacuum.

For my simple dessert recipe you will need:

  • A fresh ripe mango
  • A fresh ripe Kiwi
  • Nori
  • Slice of Rice


Slice your mango and kiwi into long thin strips.  Cover your rolling mat with a piece of plastic wrap, or a plastic baggie. Lay your nori on the plastic. Place the Slice of Rice on the nori and add your fruit. Roll, and enjoy! Make sure you have a VERY sharp knife to cut the roll, or you will just make a big squishy mess!


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Gluten Free Chocolate Pancakes


This post contains an item that I received for free in exchange for a review. If you have any questions about this please see my disclosures page.


To say I was excited when I was told that Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods would be sponsoring the bloggers of The Blogger Recipe Challenge is a major understatement. One of the amazing things about Bob’s Red Mill is that they have a whole line of gluten free flours! I have people in my life who can’t have gluten, but I find cooking for them a struggle! Bob’s offers a large selection of both traditional and gluten free flours.

I have never used Almond Flour/Meal and I was very pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to cook with. I also love the shape of the packages that Bob’s uses. They recommend storing the flour in either the refrigerator or freezer and these packages were easy to stack, and unlike a box, easy to squeeze in around the other items already in my fridge.

This pancake recipe was an all around pleaser to both the glutenfull and gluten-free friends who tried them! While we were all concentrating on dessert recipes this month I couldn’t help myself from creating a dessert breakfast!

For this recipe you will need:  Redmill

  • 2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey (I used an overflowing spoonful)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
  • A quick pinch of salt.

Combine your dry ingredients, mixing well. In a separate bowl combine your wet ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and mix in the wet. Mix well. Add a hint more milk if needed to get the batter runny enough to use. Pour onto the griddle. BE WARNED – These take longer to cook all the way through! They are very dense!

Cook on a griddle until done all the way through and toasty brown.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Ever had a mug cake? They are a perfect portion of gooey delicious dessert goodness! This month’s Blogger Recipe Challenge is all about desserts and after Google helped me find this recipe.

You will need:

  • A sturdy microwave safe mug
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 2TBS sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 TBS milk
  • 1 1/2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS peanut butter


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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

It took me forever to figure out how to find the basics to put together a broccoli cheese soup that didn’t include a processed cheese food! After bunch of research and several tweeks here is a perfect (and fairly clean!) cheese soup recipe!
You will need:
  • 1 1/4 pounds broccoli chopped into pieces
  • 8oz block extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 TBS salted butter
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 2 cans chicken broth (or use homemade!)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 a small onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced