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Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Creamy Chicken & Salsa Pinwheels and Meatball Stuffed Manicotti!

Happy Sunday TKW Family and Happy 4th of July weekend! First and foremost, THANK YOU to those of you that serve or have served in our military. It is because of your selflessness that my family and I are free from harms way. Thank you for your service. You are loved, honored, respected and appreciated. May God bless you, keep you safe and bring you home soon to your families.

So I’m not going to lie, I kind of didn’t realize it was the holiday weekend until my girlfriend sent me a text asking if I was up to go over their house for a cookout for the 4th. Other than extreme boredom and the inability to do squat while my shoulder heals, I lose track of time. My sleep schedule is so whack it’s not even funny. I mean I’m not sometimes falling asleep until 4am and then only catnapping til 8. I blame it on the recliner.  How people can actually sleep in them is beyond me.

I wish I had more exciting things to share but honestly I don’t. Being house/recliner bound is not as luxurious as it sounds. I’ll try to help out Mr. Fantabulous as best as I can but my contribution is rather bleak. Instead I go and sit with him while he works on the house. Last week he got 4 more doors stained and hung. Oh guys you should see them!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  Once he finishes up putting up the trim and such around it I’ll post a pic. The work he does truly is amazing.

God Bless America!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pizza and Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers!

Happy Sunday and Happy Birthday to me (and to all of my birthday twins out there!)!!!  How was your week?  Mine wasn’t too bad, just long. It just felt like the week would never end. At work, I received some really amazing praise and acknowledgments for all of the work I do and how everything I did for that one massive project I was one was crucial. It’s funny as I’m not one of those workers that looks for praise or stands up and says “Hey look at what I just did.” I’m there to do a job and getting a paycheck is enough. Thing is, I love what I do and it shows. But every now and then, when you’re going those extra miles, burning the midnight oil months on end and giving everything you have to make sure a project is a success it’s nice to be praised and honestly, thanked.

Last week was also a super busy week here in the TKW Test Kitchen. As you saw I posted 3 new recipes:

Buckeye Ice Cream Peanut Butter Cake Bomb
Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostini
Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers

Now those 3 recipes, I’m telling you what guys, they NEED to make an appearance at your upcoming Memorial Day cookouts. Those Peach BBQ Pork Crostinis are insane!  Like I could eat just an entire plate of those as a meal. Then that burger. Oh, Dear Sweet Baby Jesus people! If you do not make this burger you’re committing a crime. It’s literally one of the best burgers I have ever had in my entire life. And that dessert…fahgeddaboutit. I did my Mom proud with that recipe. And if you think about it, when you make all 3 you literally made an entire meal – appetizer, main course, and dessert. You need nothing else!  Well okay, maybe some cool drinks.

This upcoming week I have lots to get done. With Goetz’s Candy Company being one of my newest clients I have more recipes I want to create for them using their amazing products. Plus I have some other client recipes as well as stuff I just want to share. This is the time when I really, REALLY need an assistant (locally I’m afraid) to help me start with video shooting and editing. But for now, I’m managing. I got this!

Spending the day doing ‘me’ stuff!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers and Grilled Flatbread Ham & Cheese Hoagie Pizza!

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day TKW Family!  Mother’s day is tough for me, as is most holidays since both of my parents have passed on. It’s been 29 years since Mom passed and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. Even after all these years I still carry some feelings of anger within as I feel I was jipped out of a life with her as she was taken when I was just a kid. Actually, I was young when she, my father and grandmother passed. And while I there are 5 older siblings, due to the big age difference we aren’t close. So for me, I almost grew up an only child if that makes sense.

You guys would have loved my mom, both my parents actually. Full of life, spitfire and as my Dad would say – “gumption”. Her laughter filled the room and just a smile from her put you at ease. She was the Mom to everyone. You walked into our house and you felt at home. You never left with an empty belly or a doggie bag. Mom enjoyed the simple things – her flowers, bingo, and cooking. While we didn’t have money or ‘things’ she didn’t care. She taught us to work with what we had and use the gifts God had given us.

Mom is the one that taught me how to bake; how to respect the ingredients. She taught me that with just a few basic staples you can create deliciousness. Mom taught me to be myself and that I AM WORTH IT. She’d wipe my tears when I got hurt or when I was picked on. In 18 short years, Mom taught me a lifetime of lessons and values. For that, Mom, I am forever grateful. While it doesn’t get easier I’m able now to think of her and smile as God blessed me with an Angel on earth who so happened was my Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Crispy Crunchy Chicken Fingers and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle!

Hola TKW Family and happy Sunday! So WOW, what a week I had last week!  I REALLY hope you follow me on Instagram as OMG the pictures I posted with my trip to Mexico were insane!  I had an AMAZING time though it made me realize I should really learn Spanish. Sure I can speak French buuuuuuuuuut I’m thinking Spanish is a must-learn as the culture and food are something that I fell in love with! So let’s dish about the trip out. Since I couldn’t find a direct flight I had to fly from Pittsburgh into Houston which isn’t bad. The flight was pretty empty and yours truly flew first class – for every flight! Yeah, I’ll never fly coach again. But anyway, behind me there were a bunch of empty seats. Since my driver picked me up at 1 am, I figured I could sleep on the plane since I knew I was going to have a packed day.

Yeah, that didn’t happen. The lady at the gate decided that in all of the bajillion empty seats on that plane she had to place a couple and their 2, very adorable, four-month old twins. Now I’m totally cool with kids on planes. But yeah.. these kids were sick and they didn’t cry during the flight. Oh no!  They screamed/wailed/shattered glass with their shrieks the ENTIRE PLANE RIDE TO HOUSTON!  I literally wanted to die. My music couldn’t go any louder. Seriously thanks gate lady…

Thankfully my 2nd leg from Houston to Guadalajara was quieter as I got to sleep a bit. As I was getting off of the plane I met one of my fellow writers that were also on the trip. We were the first two to arrive so we, with our brand representatives, chilled out in the airport. Once everyone arrived we went up to Olmeca Altos Tequilla Distillery. So first the roads…. some paved, some not. The roads that were not, well, it was like you had to ride over boulders and go uber slow as you’d kick up red clay dust for miles.

There’s no place like home!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Pressure Cooked Honey Bourbon BBQ Wings and One Pan Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole!

Hey hey hey TKW Family!  SUPPPPPPPPPPPPPER busy day today. OMG I’m a bit frantic right now as I need to pack, clean the house, get all of my posts done for the week, get enough food cooked for a week, get the laundry done, and help Mr. Fantabulous with the remodel. I’ll get more into that a bit later but I fly out tomorrow for an unbelievable opportunity for TKW! So how was your week?  So for me it was the first week post go-live and OMG it was chaotic but we rocked it out like rockstars. All I know is I’m just glad that project is over. I was at my wit’s end (in case you couldn’t tell).

But now I get to relax for a few days. I’m going on a press trip for Olmeca Altos Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico tomorrow for a week. I’ll be visiting their distillery in , the agave fields and learning about their process. Then I’ll be flying up to Mexico City, Mexico for the Mexican cooking classes and touring. I am BEYOND thrilled!  But nervous as I’ve never flown internationally and I have so much work to get done prior. So if you’ll pardon the short post today I need to get a million things done, packed and made today.
I’m a leavin’ on a jet plane…but I know when I’ll be back 🙂

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