Dessert, Happiness is homemade, Recipes

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake! When I was a little girl, I liked the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon so much. As an adult, I like the dessert even better. In the past, I've made this dessert in a trifle bowl --- known for its pretty presentation. Layering a mason jar "nicely" with custard and strawberry glaze was definitely a… Continue reading Strawberry Shortcake

Baked, Dessert, Happiness is homemade, Recipes

Happy Day Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Live, Love, Bake! You know the saying, stressed spelled backwards = desserts. Bake your world a better place. I do! There are several healthy benefits that come from baking & cooking. Clearly not everyone will agree...example my son. He assists at times but it's not something he enjoys. For me baking relieves stress, stimulates senses,… Continue reading Happy Day Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Happiness is homemade, My Style, Recipes

Rigatoni with Summer Squash and Tomatoes

Squashing it! A light, simple & delicious meal. The moment I saw this pasta summer squash dish by Tyler Florence on the Food Network, it was instantly added to my 'try it' list.  Does anyone else enjoy the aroma of garlic & onions cooking (or sauteing)? It smells so good! Summer squash, cherry tomatoes, garlic,… Continue reading Rigatoni with Summer Squash and Tomatoes

Happiness is homemade, Recipes

Watermelon Salad with Roasted Pecans and Feta

The first time I had this salad was 5 years ago in the Bahamas. The view was spectacular and so was the salad. Sweet simple summertime goodness! There are several different ways to prepare this salad. Add lettuce, nuts, cheese, mint, cucumbers, tomatoes... the choice is all yours!  I used a Spring mix of lettuce,… Continue reading Watermelon Salad with Roasted Pecans and Feta

Baked, Brunch, Happiness is homemade, Recipes

Berry French Toast Casserole

Weekend brunch! Are you a breakfast or brunch person? I love both : ) Since brioche is slightly sweet, it was the perfect choice. I prepared the casserole in the evening to refrigerate overnight ...couldn't resist nibbling on a strawberry & a piece of brioche. Brioche is so darn good! It was a gorgeous morning!… Continue reading Berry French Toast Casserole

Home Cooking, Home made, Recipes

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

My first attempt making spinach ricotta filling 20 years ago wasn't so great. It didn't taste like feet but the flavor was definitely off. My family (troopers for eating it) had a good attitude. I was debating between stuffed shells vs manicotti. The stuffed shells were great & the creamy ricotta filling was on point!… Continue reading Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Happiness is homemade, Home Cooking, Home made, Recipes

Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizza is one of my favorites! It's not your regular pizza, which I love until I step on the scale the next day. Flatbread is lighter plus making it at home allows you to add any toppings your heart desires. Inspired by my Mom, who used to love this combination! Green peppers, red onion,… Continue reading Flatbread Pizza