the breakfast sandwich…

food and wine has now told the world what nashville has known all along… sweet 16th has the best breakfast sandwiches in the country!!! (click here to go to the food and wine website).  granted, there are a number of other contenders as well.  however, we hold fast to the truth that  no other breakfast sandwich holds a candle to our east nashville gem. for those of you who have not ventured to our side of town….SHAME ON YOU!!!!  you need to rememdy that situaiton... Read More

keeping your bubbly…

if you are a fan of the bubbly, like i am, you typically run into a little problem.  you have to drink it all or lose some.  it’s hard to keep it overnight.  they have fancy cork things that keep it, but i’m just not paying for that. here is the budget friendly way to keep your bubbly. 1.  place saran wrap over opening. 2.  wrap hair tie 3.  drink tomorrow yep, that’s all it takes.  no fancy cork thingys required.  Read More

east nashville ~ porter road butcher

that’s right folks…i’m back!!!  life has finally slowed down a bit, so i want to try and update y’all on what all is going on with me and around me.  to start off, here is a new addition to the east nashville family… PORTER ROAD BUTCHER!!!! the fantastic porter road butcher staff!!! yes, we have.  our beautiful little gem of a side of town has a bona fide butcher shop.  they have fresh eggs, milk, and ALL kinds of meats. i don’t think i’ve... Read More

delicious but…

you have to stop laughing at how they look first. that took me about five minutes… hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.....i don't care who you are...that's funny... you could definitely make these at home if you can find tiny bananas…and it might be a fun project with the kiddos.  but, if you want to just buy them at the store and keep them in the freezer, here is the box.  they really are quite yummy.  🙂  Read More

dear trader joes…

i love you. i usually take my lunch with me to work.  but, last week, i didn’t have time to pack it.  so, i stopped at trader joes to get a sandwich and these began to stare at me while i was in the checkout line.  so i gave in.  and, i AM SO GLAD that i did.  these were amazing.  it was just enough to really satisfy without loads of calories. the vanilla/caramel/dark chocolate combination was perfectly BALANCED. and, if you need a little something to wash it down,... Read More

how to make your own pesto….

i have two sisters. one is half italian.  we all have the same parents….kinda confusing, isn’t it? well, she went abroad in college for a semester to italy.   and, about 5 years later, she came back half italian.  with that half comes large hand gestures, bigger laughs, more humor, more cooking, more wine, just more of living life to the FULLEST.  she makes family dinners that would put top chefs to shame. so, she teaches me lots of wonderful things in the kitchen,... Read More

it’s all greek to me…

here is the deal.  i am trying to incorporate lots of protein into my diet.  and, sometimes protein isn’t fun.  unless you go GREEK. CHOBANI!!!!   i found a 12 pack of CHOBANI at costco for $12. That is sooooo cheap for this protein packed treat.   if you haven’t already been turned on to greek yogurt, this is your chance.  there are lots of different types and i just happen to like chobani the best.  the reason greek yogurt is better is because it... Read More

kale cakes…

i realize that few of us look at kale and think, “i should make a cake out of this….”  but somebody did!  and, i am grateful for their creativity. they are like the kale version of potato pancakes...also wonderful!!! a couple of weeks ago, my friends at SWEET 16TH bakery shared this recipe with me.  it is mary’s father’s recipe.  i have never met the man, but if he had a fan club, i would be in it!  thank you so much, mary’s dad, for sharing... Read More

braiding eggs…

my sweet friends who own SWEET 16th BAKERY make amazing treats.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.   and, one of those amazing items is CHALLAH.  this is the most amazing bread EVER....(no, i did not take this picture...) i do NOT know how to make challah.  sure don’t.  what i DO know how to do is eat challah.  it is the comfort bread that speaks to my soul.  i literally just pull chunks of it off.  i took it on the plane to belize and shared it with hungry travelers around me as... Read More

easy and delicious TILAPIA…plus some garden photos…

i did not know until the last couple of years that i like fish.  not all fish, but i like the “not too fishy” fish.   and, talapia is high on my list.  so, monday night i got home to a new front garden due to my amazing mom being in town…this is what happens when she is left by herself while i am at work… so beautiful!!! agapanthas, salvia, coleas, ajuga, and torenia added... she mixed the ajuga (it's the dark one) in with torenia. the ajuga is... Read More

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