Holiday Cocktail Party


I’ve always talked about having a cocktail party but did not have much time in 2012 because I was still trying to get my life in order. I have been a single mom for 2 years and have a full time career. I was occupied rebuilding my life as well as my family’s. Needless to say, by the end of 2012, I was ready to entertain again and have a party with my girl-friends.

I added a little bit of a challenge for myself when prepping for the party. I wanted to see if I can make healthier versions of traditional hor d’oeuvres – maybe vegan, maybe raw – plus with minimal number of ingredients. Well, given the amount of food left (or lack of), I think the attempt was a success. Not only were these foods appetizing, it was also a lot of fun making them.


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Rise & Shine Green Juice Recipe

Green Juice


Most mornings I like to start my day with either a smoothie or fresh juice.  I caught this energizing green juice recipe on an episode from Giada at Home and  make it a few times a week, it’s a good mix of fruits and veggies.  Having a juicer is a good investment, I have a Breville Juicer, which I purchased because of the positive reviews and I must say I can’t complain.

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe




I’ve only had Butternut Squash Soup at restaurants and wanted to attempt to make it at home.  I used a recipe from Emeril Lagasse, with a couple of minor adjustments and served it at Thanksgiving Dinner.  For some reason, I always had it in my mind that making soup at home was labor intensive, but realized that it’s actually pretty simple and will venture out into trying other soup recipes.  This was a delicious recipe, especially for the Fall/Winter season. Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Pudding Recipe



Pumpkin Pudding

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without Pumpkin Pie.  I love Pumpkin Pie, but am not a big fan of the crust, so Mia and I made a Pumpkin Pudding version using Paula Deen’s recipe minus the crust.  We also topped it off with fresh whipped cream.  After a big meal, it’s refreshing to have a light airy dessert to end the night. Continue reading

Layered Poke Recipe

Poke Recipe

Our friend, Janet was over last Friday night and she made her version of Poke (pronounced po-kay) a traditional Hawaiian dish.  Janet can throw down in the kitchen and people are always asking her to open a restaurant, but the thrill for her is cooking from the heart for her friends and family, she envisions what they like and uses her magic to concoct a tasty dish.  She gets most of her cooking inspiration from dining. When she eats a dish she likes, she will go home and create her own version and her trick is to not measure, but eyeball everything. We decided to make an impromptu stop at the market to pick up the ingredients for Poke, and voila 20 minutes later it was ready along with some glasses of red wine, and lucky Steph who happened to be at the front door just in time to sample the dish.  This is an easy to prepare dish that’s a unique option to bring to a party! Continue reading