Pumpkin Everything!


That’s all I’ve been hearing lately! Once September hit pumpkin flavored anything has been the latest ingredient in all categories of food. However the reason for my Pumpkin Apple Soup is because to me it’s not only pumpkin season its SOUP SEASON!!!! I played around with some apples I had recently picked at Pennings Farm in Warwick NY and I had noticed I had a can of pumpkin. Being the savy chef I find myself being I decided to pair the two and makes soup. Go to my Recipe Page for the full details.

Summer Casserole

I saw this recipe on Pinterest, altered it and added shrimp. May I present to you my Zucchini Squash and Corn Casserole. With all this rain Jersey has been having, I’ve been in the mood for cozy food. The hardest part of this recipe is chopping the veggies. Other than that it is super simple and super delicious! Below is the full recipe. Enjoy!

2 large zucchini

3 small yellow squash

1 large yellow onion

2 garlic cloves

2 cups canned corn

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 8oz. Package of white cheddar cheese

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 eggs

Oil for coating baking dish

Preheat oven at 350. Chop all veggies and put in a large bowl. Mix is all other ingredients. I used my hands for the mixing. Coat a 9×13 baking dish. Pour mixture in and bake for 50 minutes.

Adding the shrimp is completely optional. If interested I used old bay seasoning and 1/2 of a lemon to season the shrimp. I cooked them on medium and added them on top of the dish.

Mario Badescu


So this is my current summer skin care regimen. I get asked all the time about my skin and what products I use. I do have a habit of skincare hopping but I’m just a product fanatic and love trying anything new. This product line is definitely more affordable than most high end skin care lines. They have a huge selection for all different types of skin. My skin changes with the seasons. Fall and Spring are huge adjustment periods for my skin. I get extremely dry in the winter and more hydrated in the summer all due to the change in weather. The non foaming Enzyme Cleansing Gel has the best smell I think, it glides on and off the skin cleaning out your pores. Now everyone say this with me GLYCOLIC ACID! That has to be my favorite aging ingredient in skincare. I’m super sensitive as well although glycolic acid tends to be very gentle on me. The toner leaves my skin feeling refreshed and definitely toned. The Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex face cream has been extremely effective so far. I feel as though my complexion is more evened out and hydrated just enough. Last but not least and probably the most important product to me anyway is eye cream. The Hyaluronic eye cream restores moisture and is formulated to smooth the eye area. I would say this is for the prevention of crow’s feet to the early signs of eye aging. Fun fact here is that’s the part I hate most about my face and am most self-conscious about. So best believe I am trying to take care of it now and keep up my good skin habits. If you have ever tried Mario Badescu comment below and let me know what products who love, hate or have an interest in trying!

Fresh Eating


I had this dinner planned all weekend for tonight. I was so pumped to finally make Shrimp Rolls with Corn Salad. I recently did my food shopping at ALDI and got these precooked frozen shrimp that were perfect for this recipe. Please refer to my Recipe Page for the full recipe of both dishes

Chicken of the Sea

IMG_3151I’m always looking for different ideas to substitute proteins in my diet and I came across these Tuna Burgers from Trader Joe’s. They were absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend giving them a try. The first time I made one I put it over cauliflower stir fry rice. Tonight I roasted some vegetables and cooked some tri -color quinoa to meal prep for the week. I mixed it all together and added some dried cranberries. I would’ve thrown in some raw walnuts if I had some but I was all out. I pan cooked my tuna burger on medium heat covered and put it over my veggie quinoa mix. Cant wait to chow down at lunch time this week.

Viva la Mexico!

We just got back from a much needed vacation in Cancun, Mexico without our son. We stayed at the Riu Palace Peninsula. The entire property is gorgeous and the food was delicious. My favorite was the Mexican restaurant. The red snapper was phenomenal! Our room was a corner villa suite that had a jacuzzi tub outside on the balcony as well as in. We literally lounged every day by the beach and pool and even though there was a lot of seaweed, the beach was so tranquil and just what I needed. I loved the hammocks on the beach ¬†and the day beds were perfect to completely let go and relax. Wednesday was the foam pool party with a DJ which was a total blast and every night at 9pm there were 15 minutes of fireworks. There is live entertainment every night in theatre for guests that choose to stay on the grounds. Our last day we decided to go and hit the jet skis. Again a total blast and only a few minutes of walking away. What I like about Cancun is you can leave the resort and go into town and do other excursions and still be safe. The resort has so much going on that if you decide to just hang around you will have a great time regardless. I highly recommend this resort to singles, couples and families. It’s a very diverse crowd and has little bit of everything for everybody.