Fancy Beans

This is a recipe I got from the back of a can of Bush’s Beans.  I have changed it a bit over the years.  It is an excellent side dish that I usually serve with white rice and store bought Rotisserie chickens for a quick, healthy dinner!

Fancy Beans


  • 2, 15 oz cans of Bush’s black beans, drain and reserve juices
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1, 14.5 oz. can of dice tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 squirt or more of Sriracha-depending on how spicy you like it(My family only likes the Trader Joe’s brand)


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil.
  2. Saute the onion and green pepper until tender.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beans and thyme.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the vinegar, sriracha, and reserved juices from the beans.
  6. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Serve over rice(I usually serve this with Minute Premium White Rice.  It literally cooks in 5 minutes!)

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Sur La table

Sur La Table

Yum to that Poke Bowl!

My husband was finally off from work today.  We had an appointment and then had a really good lunch at Kapow in Boca.  I got the Poke Bowl and it was so good!  It had tuna, salmon, rice, guacamole, and tons of veggies.  Right in that same shopping center is Sur la Table.  We happened to stroll in and I kind of drooled through the whole store…  Here’s a peak at some of my favorites from today’s visit.

  • This is the first thing I saw when I walked in the store.  How beautiful is this Le Creuset Flower Cocotte?  The color alone is amazing.  Then the shape is just too cute!  It’s on sale from $234.95 to $199.96!  BTW, I may have hinted that this would be a perfect Mother’s Day/birthday gift for me since my birthday is in may…

***I didn’t see this one in the store but OMG!***⇒⇒

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  • I also spotted these Le Creuset Petite Salt & Pepper Mill Set.  I am always drawn to the different colors.  These are adorable and on sale from $60.00 to $49.96.  This set would be a great housewarming gift with a set of matching kitchen towels!  They come in 11 different colors.



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Can’t Have a Party Without a Punch

A month or two ago my husband and I headed to one of my favorite spots. A used bookstore. 😳I really do love it🤷🏻‍♀️. I went straight to the cookbook section and ended up purchasing two books. One of them is The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook. It’s over 400 pages of recipes from 1959! I was actually surprised by a lot of it. This must have been the era of jell-0. So many recipes included jell-o. A lot of the recipes I would never make. But some of them I would! I can’t even tell you how many recipes for punch were in there. One for every occasion including Valentine’s Day and weddings! So why not a punch for our Easter Day Scavenger Hunt? My son Matthew read through all the punch recipes in the cookbook and narrowed it down to four. He’s my little health-nut and was pretty shocked at how many included jell-0 and added sugar. Once him and I got over how much sugar punch has, we picked the perfect recipe to recreate. They called it pink lemonade. We changed it up a bit and made it into a punch. And honestly it looked beautiful. We all enjoyed it. It was delicious and refreshing for a perfect Easter Day. This can really be served on any occasion through spring and summer. Maybe Mother’s Day. Kids or no kids…

Pink Lemonade Punch


  • 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate(12 oz.)
  • 3 cans of water
  • 2 cups of cranberry juice
  • 1-2 cans of blood orange soda(I used San Pellegrino blood orange soda)
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1 lemon
  • A lot of ice


  1. Pour lemonade, water, and cranberry juice into your favorite beverage dispenser.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add all the cherries and about half of the juice from the cherry jar.
  4. Add a lot of ice to keep it extra cold.
  5. Pour blood orange soda in to make it nice and bubbly. The more you add, the more bubbly it will be.
  6. Stir gently and add more ice.
  7. On top, add thin lemon slices to garnish.


My beverage dispenser is one of my favorite things.  I had gotten 2 on sale at Walmart for $5 each!  But there are some really pretty ones that make a statement.  I will be upgrading soon…

This is a nice basic one

I really think the next one I get will have a stand like this one.  It makes sense because then people can fit their cup under the spout…  ⇒

I love the double dispensers because you can do iced tea in one and lemonade in the other, etc.  FYI, this one is only $25.49.  That’s more than 50% off!

But this is my favorite because of the texture on the glass and it has a stand!  Love it!   ⇓

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May is a crazy month for us.  We have tons of birthdays(including mine) and Mother’s Day.  So I like to do my shopping early so I can get good deals and thoughtful gifts for everyone.  I also like to plan out what I want for myself.  Lol.  I get a whole weekend.  My birthday is May 12th and Mother’s day is may 13th.

Before I start I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Our job never ends…

Especially my mom.  She’s a special one.  She is beautiful, sweet and loves everything beauty, fashion and food!

Ali, Jen, our Mom and me


Jewelry is a perfect Mother’s Day gift.  Of course it all depends on their style.  Here are a few that caught my attention…


  1.  These are so pretty.  They are on the big side, but so pretty!  $36   
  2. Love these hoops…  They come in 3 other colors.  I like the white ones.  $36
  3. Beautiful Set of 2 Twisted Gold Cuff Bracelets  $42
  4. BaubleBar Set of 2 Crystal Encrusted Stud Earrings  $42
  5. Ice Flower Stud Earrings  $34
  6. I love a delicate necklace like this one  $38
  7. This might be my favorite in silver!  BaubleBar Block Nameplate Pendant  $78

Of course a gift for the kitchen is one of my favorite types of gifts.

  1.  Still have my eye on this cast iron dutch oven in Caribbean Blue  $73.86  Paired with this, would be a great gift…
  2.  For a tea drinker!⇒⇒
  3. For a coffee drinker like me!  This percolater again because it’s amazing!
  4. OR this espresso maker again because it’s also amazing!
  5. Love, love, love…
  6. Wow, so pretty⇒⇒
  7. For the wine drinker…  Lorren Home Trends Siena White Wine Glass

And I have been eyeing Hunter at Target.  This would be a great Mother’s Day Gift  packaged together!  Perfect!  I’ll take it!

  1.  Women’s Waterproof Ankle Boots – Navy/Red
  2. Over-Sized Tote Bag – Navy

Maybe the most perfect gift would be this Quiche Dish with a homemade zucchini pie(My Grandma’s recipe).  Nothing like a beautiful dish, homemade cooking and time together to eat and enjoy…

I know while making this guide for you, I checked off some gifts for me and other mom’s we celebrate in May.  Hope I gave you some good ideas!

Happy May and Happy Shopping

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Amazon Favorites

Amazon Favorites 4/2018

We all know Amazon is amazing.  I signed up for the Prime account about 2 years ago.  It still amazes me that I order something and get it 2 days later with free shipping.  Every time I think about something that I can’t find in the stores and realize Amazon has it, I’m wowed.  It’s changed Christmas shopping for all of us I think.  And now that Toys R Us is closing it’s stores, shopping will be changed forever.  If you haven’t signed on Prime yet, you should…

It actually includes a lot more than free shipping.  It took me a year to figure that out!


Prime Delivery
Prime Now
Release-Date Delivery

Early Access to Deals
Prime Savings in Video Games
Shopping with Alexa
Prime Pantry
Amazon Elements for Prime
Amazon Dash for Prime

Prime Video
Prime Music

Prime Reading
Amazon First Reads
Audible Channels
Twitch Prime

Prime Photos
Share Your Prime

  1. Amazon Prime is definitely my first favorite:  Sign up <a href=”http://Try Prime Discounted Monthly Offering” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here for only $5.99/month!
  2. I recently ordered this IPad stand.  The stand is perfect when I am in the kitchen so I can view recipes and blog while I’m in there.  71xBbWYCjnL._SL1500_
  3. We finally used this beach umbrella.  It provided loads of shade and we really did love it!  It was extra windy that day and we were scared it was gonna blow away, but it didn’t!  It’s sturdy and x-large so it will cover 2-4 people under it(depending if you are in a chair or not)  I am not the beach goer that will be playing volleyball in my bikini.  I’m the beach goer that you will find sitting in a beach chair under the shade with a drink and a book.  This was perfect for me!71xN7fBxoOL._SL1180_
  4. I am a coffee lover.  And I am very loyal to my Farberware Percolator.  Amazon sells the 4, 8 or 12 cup pot.  The smell of coffee in the percolator is amazing and I don’t think I can live without it.  I make my pot at night and plug it in in the morning.  Four cups brews in about 4 minutes!  Perfection…  81guMMsAQeL._SL1500_ (1)
  5. I saw these Stoneware Berry Baskets recently and have a serious obsession with them.  Aren’t they the cutest?  They are sold as a set of 4 in the prettiest colors.  They would be perfect to bring to a friends house with some fresh berries and homemade whipped cream!  These are definitely one of my favorites!


6.  I saw wooden measuring spoons similar to these on Food Network and fell in love         with how sweet they are.  Aren’t they adorable?


Well, these are a few of my Amazon Favorites right now.  Every day I discover more favorites.  Looking forward to sharing more soon!

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Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is one of those things that is so easy to whip up, but makes a big statement.  It’s almost as easy as opening a tub of cool whip.  And oh so much better.  I use it to top pies, gelato and fresh berries.  A couple of weeks ago my sister Ali was in Florida for work.  She got stuck here due to the snow up north.  Yay!  So I made a quick dinner and bought some store bought pies(apple and cherry).  I whipped up this cinnamon whipped cream to top the pies and it was amazing.  This is nothing original.  Honestly, you can whip up whipping cream and add nothing to it and it is amazing.  You can also add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, etc.

My mom, Ali, and I


Cinnamon Whipped Cream


  • 2 cups of whipping cream(heavy cream)
  • 3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla


  1. At least an hour before put your beaters and a large bowl you will be using to mix it, in the freezer.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the bowl.  Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.


A must have for your whipped cream is a simple mixer just like this.  It will do the job!

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