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By Amy Poore

love to cook, I love to eat and I love my new little baby girl most of all. The problem with this was two weeks after bringing her home, the thought of cooking anything beyond throwing a jar of spaghetti sauce on top of a pot of noodles was completely overwhelming.

~Fast Forward two months~

After the realization that I would not be Martha Stewart anytime soon, a little sleep, and a handful of simple, yet tasty recipes, my two worlds collided happily under one roof. Let me tell you - my husband was beyond thrilled. Eating out and take-out was getting old and expensive! Here are a couple of his favorites:


 by Elizabeth Branch

Red velvet is one of my all-time favorite cake flavors! It is basically a less-intense version of chocolate cake, so you can pair it with many, many other flavors. It doesn't always have to be topped with cream cheese frosting, but when in doubt, that is definitelya good choice. But why not switch it up for your next big party? Red Velvet goes well with peppermint, raspberry, white chocolate, and in this case, Oreos. 

This Red Velvet Trifle is similar to Dirt, a dessert made with alternating layers of crushed Oreos and a cream cheese based pudding. This dessert is made up of layers of red velvet cake, cheesecake filling, and chopped Oreos with red filling. 

By Amy Poore

Well, guess what? Spring is almost here - though I'm sure after the recent wintry weather it's hard to believe it. But look at the calendar - see? It IS going to happen, and that means now is the time to start thinking about swimsuit season. That means, of course, that healthy recipes are in order.

It’s tough to keep up a healthy eating regimen, but it’s mucheasier if you have recipes that are also really, really good. Honestly, up until this past year, I haven’t found many recipes that were both healthy and delicious. But I did find a few, and I’m sharing one with you this month! This chopped kale salad is satisfying and nutritious.

Bon appétit!


By Amy Poore


If you’re planning the perfect spring dinner at your house this year, I’ve got a recipe for you: the best ham ever. I’m serious, the orange slices and the Coke and the mustard just give this ham the most incredible flavor. You’ll be glad you made this one – and your guests will too.

Bon appétit!


By Amy Poore

Here's a dessert option that's sure to please, and best of all? It's easy. What spring gathering would be complete without carrot cake? This  super moist carrot pineapple cake is a new twist on an old favorite. It’s packed with flavor and yes, I use baby food to make it so moist (it absolutely works).

Bon appétit!


Spring has finally arrived, and it’s the perfect time of year to sit outside on the porch in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee and one of these fabulous blueberry streusel muffins. Grab a few quiet moments of solitude and treat yourself – it’s worth it. This recipe is one you'll enjoy making for years to come.

Enjoy the spring, and bon appétit!

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