Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil

This summer tomato salad has everything you want in a warm weather, ready for entertaining, easy to prepare summer dish. Vine ripe tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, basil picked right out of the garden only moments before, fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella and paper thin slices of red onion tossed together in a bright and refreshing dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. It’s simple and uncomplicated, but the flavors

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Cucumber Rosemary Paloma + an update!

You may think you’re seeing doubles with this Cucumber Rosemary Paloma or an odd repeat from last week. On the contrary, I promise you this is not sheer laziness on my behalf by giving you a wildly delicious variation of the Raspberry Mint Paloma we featured last week for Cinco de Mayo. You see, a few weeks ago my friend Rachel, from Rachel’s Lookbook, and I had an impromptu girls

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Raspberry Mint Paloma Cocktail

Every year, when Cinco de Mayo rolls around, I suddenly find myself fighting off an uncontrollable desire to overdosing on guacamole, chips, and margaritas. Are you with me on this? I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a holiday that gives us an excuse to indulge in our favorite foods? So it’s safe to say I will be eating enough guacamole to feed a small country. At the same time, I think

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DIY // Modern Hanging Jewelry Organizer

I have an unhealthy amount of jewelry and so much of it never gets worn because I have nowhere to display it. A perfect example of the “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” type of issue. A few years ago I made a similar hanging jewelry organizer hoping to solve my issue and give all of my lovely jewels some equal wear time. Unfortunately, it was a bit small and the way it hung gave

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Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart with Ginger Caramel (GF)

This Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart has proven to be a moment of character building for me, haha. Well, not one those moments that make you question everything about yourself, but this recipe has shown me the importance of persistence! There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that says, “I’ve never failed at anything in life. I was simply given another chance or opportunity to get it right.” It’s a quote

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Currently Loving // Coming in Hot

Currently loving this weather’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. Let me restate that – loving last week’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. This week we’ve experienced clouds, rain, and SNOW! Yep, snow in April! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the beautiful photos of the short-lived snowstorm we had on Monday. By midday, they were pretty much non-existant and the sun actually showed its

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Blood Orange, Thyme, and Fennel Grilled Trout

I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially arrived in all of its glory! I can see the buds starting to come out on the trees and the daffodils springing up from the now-thawed ground. All of that unused energy I stored away, during those winter months stuck inside, has me running around outdoors cleaning up the yard and garden beds.  Mortifyingly it also led me to tear

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Rosemary Pesto Stuffed Pork Loin with Blood Orange Carrots

The other day I was hanging out in the kitchen, chopping up some rosemary and it hit me, I haven’t had rosemary pesto in like, forever. Something about it sounded so good at that moment and before I knew it my mind/stomach started dreaming about all of the yummy things I could do with it. Still coming down after a blueberry + lemon-thyme roulade cake sugar high, I couldn’t let go of

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Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake

This Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake recipe goes way back to my days cooking at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. I used to make this cake as part of one of the cooking classes I taught at the spa. Yeah, can you believe it? They actually trusted me to go out in front of people and talk. I do pretty well when it comes to writing, but the

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Champagne-Chocolate Pots de Crème

I absolutely, one hundred and ten percent love chocolate desserts – which sounds rather cliché, since I’m a girl. Throw champagne into the mix and I’m happier than bird eating a french fry! On the other hand, my husband is not chocolate’s biggest fan, by any means. I fear this may have been my fault and I will tell you why. Way back when we first were married, we went out to

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