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Cilantro Lime Chicken Bites

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bites - A super quick and easy dinner idea that's made with chicken, cilantro, lime, and garlic. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

My name is Sharon and I am addicted to anything and everything with cilantro & lime. There, I said it. Ever since I tried the rice at Chipotle, I’ve been obsessed with this simple, yet powerful combination. It’s such a refreshing flavor, with a little bite from the citrus. I love it! Now, if I see anything on a menu with these two ingredients together – cilantro lime sauce, cilantro lime steak, cilantro lime anything- you can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be ordering it.

I’ve already tackled a few cilantro lime recipes myself- this cilantro lime rice and these grilled cilantro lime skewers. Those skewers are unbelievably flavorful but they take some time to marinate so it’s not something I tend to make in a pinch.

But these cilantro lime chicken bites, on the other hand, are perfect for a last-minute meal since it can be made in less than 20 minutes. Plus, because of my previously mentioned obsession with cilantro and lime, I already have all the ingredients sitting in my fridge so there’s nothing extra I need to buy.  How much easier can you get?!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bites - A super quick and easy dinner idea that's made with chicken, cilantro, lime, and garlic. Ready in less than 20 minutes! Cilantro Lime Chicken Bites - A super quick and easy dinner idea that's made with chicken, cilantro, lime, and garlic. Ready in less than 20 minutes!Cilantro Lime Chicken Bites - A super quick and easy dinner idea that's made with chicken, cilantro, lime, and garlic. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

Tiramisu Frozen Coffee

Tiramisu Frozen Coffee - Make your morning coffee even more exciting with a boost from the flavors of tiramisu. Made with double-strength coffee, milk, creamy marscapone cheese, crushed ladyfingers, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice, this tiramisu frozen coffee will transform your morning routine!

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Coffee has always been a huge part of my life. I can thank my Colombian heritage for that. When my grandmother would visit from Colombia, she would bring me and my sisters these little coffee candies. I was maybe 10 or so and was completely OBSESSED with those candies. So you can say my love affair with coffee started pretty early!

Fast-forward to adult life and you can find me enjoying at least one cup hot coffee every morning during the workweek. I cannot function without it; coffee runs my life. Who’s with me???

Tiramisu Frozen Coffee - Make your morning coffee even more exciting with a boost from the flavors of tiramisu. Made with double-strength coffee, milk, creamy marscapone cheese, crushed ladyfingers, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice, this tiramisu frozen coffee will transform your morning routine!

But on the weekend, I like to jazz up my coffee routine a bit. I have more time on weekend mornings so why not spend a little more time making a fancy, indulgent coffee beverage?!

Enter my newest coffee confection: Tiramisu Frozen Coffee.

Tiramisu Frozen Coffee - Make your morning coffee even more exciting with a boost from the flavors of tiramisu. Made with double-strength coffee, milk, creamy marscapone cheese, crushed ladyfingers, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice, this tiramisu frozen coffee will transform your morning routine! Tiramisu Frozen Coffee - Make your morning coffee even more exciting with a boost from the flavors of tiramisu. Made with double-strength coffee, milk, creamy marscapone cheese, crushed ladyfingers, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice, this tiramisu frozen coffee will transform your morning routine!Tiramisu Frozen Coffee - Make your morning coffee even more exciting with a boost from the flavors of tiramisu. Made with double-strength coffee, milk, creamy marscapone cheese, crushed ladyfingers, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice, this tiramisu frozen coffee will transform your morning routine!

Blackberries & Cream Slider Doughnuts

Blackberries & Cream Slider Doughnuts - Super fluffy yeast doughnuts that are tossed in sugar and then stuffed with a layer of cream cheese filling and topped with juicy blackberries. The perfect treat for any breakfast or brunch!

I have a confession to make…I typically don’t to get super excited for the start of spring. Of course I’m happy to put away my coats and ready for swimsuit season. However, it was never close to the rush of excitement that I get during the start of fall.

But things have changed, people! I’ve gotten a taste for the incredible spring produce so far and man, it’s been unbelievable. Have fruits and veggies always tasted so much better this time of year?! Keep the spring produce coming!

Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with berries. Okay, let’s be real…I’ve had a love affair with berries my entire life. How could I not?! Juicy and sweet and full of nutrients and antioxidants? You can’t beat that.

But recently, the berries have been even better than normal (thanks berry season!) so they’ve been my inspiration for many of the posts this month. Just look at this berry trifle, these blueberry muffin tops, and these berry mimosas. And now I have another berry-rific recipe for you: Blackberries & Cream Slider Doughnuts!

Berry Mimosas

Berry Mimosas - A refreshing and simple mimosa made with mixed berry simple syrup and prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a few berries and you've got yourself the perfect drink for summer!

Another holiday, another gorge-fest. I am still full from all the incredible food I ate yesterday! We had a simple, yet satisfying day with my husband’s family, full of the best burgers and hot dogs that I’ve had in a while, amazing potato salad, and, my favorite, baked beans. This is what I call comfort food.

I made this carrot cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it was a huge hit. Believe it or not, it was my first-ever carrot cake. I was how shocked at how great it turned out! Super moist and dense and wonderful. What amazing things did you enjoy yesterday?! I want to hear all about it!

Okay so now for today’s recipe. I realized that I hadn’t shared a drink recipe since these killer cranberry lime mojitos. That was four months ago! Shame on me. I have definitely been making drinks at home since then so I apologize for keeping them from you.

So today I am finally sharing my latest and greatest cocktail: berry mimosas! Triple berry mimosas, to be exact.

Berry Mimosas - A refreshing and simple mimosa made with mixed berry simple syrup and prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a few berries and you've got yourself the perfect drink for summer! Berry Mimosas - A refreshing and simple mimosa made with mixed berry simple syrup and prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a few berries and you've got yourself the perfect drink for summer! Berry Mimosas - A refreshing and simple mimosa made with mixed berry simple syrup and prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a few berries and you've got yourself the perfect drink for summer!

Mini Ham & Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions

Mini Ham and Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions - A mini, buttery pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, diced ham, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. These small little quiche are perfect for serving at parties and brunches.

Oh man…Easter is almost here, guys! I am so ready to dig into some rich, creamy chocolate. I have a huge chocolate peanut butter egg waiting for me to eat the second I wake on Easter morning. And then I’ll probably be making my favorite chocolate cake on the planet for breakfast. Yay!

If you’re new to the blog, I gave up chocolate for lent. It’s been strugglesville for the last 40 days and, man, am I ready it to be over. Clearly.

Today’s recipe is also a great one to serve on Easter: mini ham and cheese quiche with caramelized onions. It’s an adaptation of the first-ever quiche I made, which happen to be on Easter. I had a go-big-or-go-home attitude that year so I just had to make this deep-dish quiche from Tyler Florence. He made it look easy enough so why not?

Well, I failed to realize how long this baby took to bake in the oven. Sure, the recipe says it cooks for 1 hour and 45 minutes but scroll to the bottom and it says you also need to let it cool for 30 minutes so it can set. Otherwise, you’ll have a gloopy mess when you try to cut it. My family was not pleased about eating late, I’ll just say that.

But there was no denying the rich, creamy, buttery flavors of this quiche so I didn’t want to eliminate it from my repertoire completely just because it’s annoying to bake. Therefore, I opted of making this quiche into mini bites instead of a huge deep-dish. It cut out 1 1/2 hours of time! Man, did they turn out beautifully, or what?!

Mini Ham and Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions - A mini, buttery pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, diced ham, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. These small little quiche are perfect for serving at parties and brunches. Mini Ham and Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions - A mini, buttery pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, diced ham, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. These small little quiche are perfect for serving at parties and brunches. Mini Ham and Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions - A mini, buttery pastry crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, diced ham, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. These small little quiche are perfect for serving at parties and brunches.

Traditional English Trifle

Traditional English Trifle - This traditional English trifle is a layered dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in sherry, fresh berries, vanilla pudding, and fresh whipped cream. The combination of these flavors and textures will blow you away!

So much of what I learned about cooking comes from Food Network stars like Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, and Giada de Laurentiis. The way they talked about food and knew so much about it captured my attention immediately. I started watching when I was about 13 and have been obsessed ever since. But now I also watch a few new favorites like Pioneer Woman and Farmhouse Rules.

Baking, however, is a different story. My first memories of baking were with my grandmother. She taught me how to make some her famous recipes, like her apple pie, and even bought me my first cookbook. And I still have it! And maybe I still cook from it…Hey, those children’s recipes are still really good as an adult!

When I got a little older, she taught me one of the most beloved recipes in our family. Ever since I can remember, we’ve had it on Christmas Eve after dinner and if I ever try to make anything else, my sister would most definitely veto. Say hello to our family’s traditional English trifle!

Traditional English Trifle - This traditional English trifle is a layered dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in sherry, fresh berries, vanilla pudding, and fresh whipped cream. The combination of these flavors and textures will blow you away! Traditional English Trifle - This traditional English trifle is a layered dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in sherry, fresh berries, vanilla pudding, and fresh whipped cream. The combination of these flavors and textures will blow you away! Traditional English Trifle - This traditional English trifle is a layered dessert made with ladyfingers soaked in sherry, fresh berries, vanilla pudding, and fresh whipped cream. The combination of these flavors and textures will blow you away!

30 Irresistible Springtime Sweets

30 Irresistible Springtime Sweets - A collection of 30 sweet recipes that are perfect for Springtime celebrations, including Easter-themed treats, Carrot Cake Treats, Fruity Desserts, and Gorgeous Spring Cakes

Easter is next week, people! Next. Week. Are you panicking yet??

Have no fear! I am here to help you get your food preparations in order, specifically those foods on the sweet end of the spectrum.

I have curated a list of some of the more delectable treats that are perfect for Easter, as well as your other Springtime events (Mother’s Day, etc). You’ll find the list broken up into four categories: Easter-themed Treats, Carrot Cake Treats, Fruity Desserts, and Gorgeous Spring Cakes.

Check out the list below! Which ones are your favorite?!

Easter-themed Treats

Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M’s – Certified Pastry Aficionado

Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M's® - Chewy edible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles with M&M’S® milk chocolate candies, rolled into egg shapes, and dipped into fun colored candy melts to make them look like Easter eggs. The perfect treats to make for Easter! #SweeterEaster

Surprise Cupcake Baskets – Sheri Silver

White Chocolate Easter Bark – The Gracious Wife

Blueberry Muffin Tops

Blueberry Muffin Tops - Everyone knows the best part of the blueberry muffin is the top. Why not make them just the way you like them - with just the tops! Follow this simple recipe and you'll get perfectly fluffy, soft, and slightly crispy blueberry muffin tops.

The countdown to Easter has begun! I’ve got tons of amazing recipes on the blog now that are perfect for Easter brunch, and many more on the way! Don’t you worry – I’ve gathered the list of ideas here so you won’t have much additional planning to do.

As for my Easter plans, they involved gnawing on a chocolate peanut butter egg that’s sitting on my bookshelf right now, just staring at me. It’s been 33 days without chocolate and I only have 13 left to go! Those last two weeks are the hardest. Pray for my husband.

Today’s recipe is a little nostalgic for me. I first made it about seven years ago (yikes, I can’t believe it’s been that long!). It was for the first Easter brunch that was hosted at my mom’s house back home. I was super excited to make some traditional Easter fare so you know I went all out.

One of the things I was eager to try were these Blueberry Muffin Tops. Yes, you heard that right…not the entire muffin, but just the muffin top. After all, that’s the best part of the muffin, right?!

Blueberry Muffin Tops - Everyone knows the best part of the blueberry muffin is the top. Why not make them just the way you like them - with just the tops! Follow this simple recipe and you'll get perfectly fluffy, soft, and slightly crispy blueberry muffin tops. Blueberry Muffin Tops - Everyone knows the best part of the blueberry muffin is the top. Why not make them just the way you like them - with just the tops! Follow this simple recipe and you'll get perfectly fluffy, soft, and slightly crispy blueberry muffin tops.

Warm Banana Pudding (Southern Style)

Warm Banana Pudding - Made with pound cake, homemade vanilla pudding, sliced bananas and topped with toasted meringue, this Southern warm banana pudding taste so velvety smooth that you'll never want to make another banana pudding ever again!

As you’ve probably heard me say before, moving to the South has broadened my tastes, without a doubt. Had I never moved to Atlanta, you can be sure that I never would have made these pecan bars, or these biscuits, or these cherry hand pies. It has inspired me in many ways and forced me to try things outside my comfort zone.

And also gain about 10 pounds.

Another Southern dish that I fell in love with after moving here is banana pudding. Well, in all honesty, I first tried banana pudding on a visit to Atlanta, about a couple years before moving here. But who’s really keeping track??

Almost every restaurant and grandma here has their own take on banana pudding: I’ve had it in a parfait-form, with crushed pralines instead of wafers, and even served warm!

And that’s what we’re talking about today: warm banana pudding (aka Southern Style banana pudding).

Warm Banana Pudding - Made with pound cake, homemade vanilla pudding, sliced bananas and topped with toasted meringue, this Southern warm banana pudding taste so velvety smooth that you'll never want to make another banana pudding ever again! Warm Banana Pudding - Made with pound cake, homemade vanilla pudding, sliced bananas and topped with toasted meringue, this Southern warm banana pudding taste so velvety smooth that you'll never want to make another banana pudding ever again!