Claiming Your Glass

Everyone has been there before. You’re at a party, and as much as you try to keep track of your glass, you inevitably place it amongst 4 other identical red wines. There’s that awkward moment where you try to see if you can recognize your lips on the rim, and then the person who is…

Morning Berry Smoothie

For those times when cereal is just not going to cut it, try this delicious and healthy fruit smoothie. It was my go to breakfast all summer. Morning Berry Smoothie Ingredients 1 Cup+ Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt 1 Banana, preferably frozen 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries 1/2 cup frozen Raspberries 1 tbls Honey 2 tbls Orange…

Monkey Bread

It would not be Christmas without my Aunt Dottie’s Monkey Bread. The only question is who is going to be the first to sneak a bite before the meal is served. Most likely suspect… Paul! Aunt Dottie’s Famous Monkey Bread Ingredients  4 cans jumbo refrig. biscuits (or 6 cans reg. size) 3/4 cup sugar 1t….

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

A DIVA Brunch is not complete without this dish. Easy Cheesy Potatoes Ingredients 2 large bags frozen hashed brown potatoes 2 cans potato soup 1 pint + low fat sour cream 1 bag + shredded Cheddar Cheese ½ cup + Parmesan Cheese Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Place mixture in…

Drunken Watermelon

My former company had a team outing to a Kid Rock concert. It was a late summer, Michigan afternoon concert being held at an outdoor venue. We naturally were planning a tailgate, so I decided to make my first drunken watermelon. Refreshing & delicious… and potent! Drunken Watermelon Ingredients Whole Watermelon Vodka Funnel Kabob Stick,…

Red Sangria

What is nice about this version of sangria is that it does not contain any of the sweet liquors like most sangrias. The carbonation of the Izze Sparkling Water and San Pellegrino add a nice refreshing kick to the sweet red wine. And who doesn’t love a cocktail with fresh fruit? Ingredients Diced Fruit: 1…

Pretty-in-Pink Bubbles

Erin was pregnant with her first baby, a little DIVA!, so we decided to throw her a surprise baby shower. Lauren created several baby themed beverages for the event. Don’t worry – the future Mama stayed away from the concoctions! Ingredients for 1 Cocktail 1 ounces Raspberry Liquor, such as Chambord 4 ounces Champagne Splash…

Chocolate Bark with Dried Cherries & Almonds

I love chocolate. Milk, dark, semi-sweet, white…. I’ll eat it all. Last December my mom, my aunt, and I took a girls trip to Chicago. Another DIVA had recommended this fabulous Italian restaurant, Osteria Via Stato, not far off of Michigan Avenue. After we had stuffed ourselves (I had the most incredible lasagna), the waitress…

Summer Salmon Pasta

Salmon is one of my family’s go-to meals. It is not only delicious, but considered to be healthy due to it’s high levels of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D content. As such, my mom and I have created a few standard ways to prepare salmon. This particular dish uses lox, which is a…

Individual Oreo Cheesecakes

This dessert is a slight modification of a Martha Stewart dessert. I came across it on Food Gawker, and had to make it at my next dinner party. Even though I’m not a huge cheesecake person, these were delicious and everyone loved the intrigue of having their own miniature cheesecake. Next time I make these,…