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perfect popcorn

Popcorn is literally (and I mean literally) one of my favorite foods in the whole world. I’m one of those people who takes the popcorn bag home from the theater rather than waste a single precious piece of popcorn. I’ve always really loved homemade popcorn as well, but it usually required some kind of bulky,

29 May 2014


This recipe is simply a no brainer. Easy [check]. Scrumptious [check]. Aesthetically pleasing [check]. Foolproof [check]. If you’re looking for an easy way to impress your dinner party guests, handsome next-door neighbor, or your visiting-from-out-of-town relatives, look no further. 5 from 1 reviews carmelitas   Save Print Cook time 30 mins Total time 30 mins

26 May 2014

salted caramel cupcakes

 Okay, so I know salted caramel is super trendy right now – and with good reason. I know for me, personally, I just can’t get enough of it. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like things too sweet (I know I’m mostly alone in this) – so I like to find the combination of

13 May 2014

deviled eggs: three ways

 One of my favorite Easter-time foods has always been deviled eggs – my grandma’s recipe, of course. (It’s normal to eat 10-15 in one sitting, right?) However, with the help of Pinterest, other peoples’ creative ideas, and binging on Chopped episodes, I have discovered a whole new world of deviled eggs. Apparently, deviled eggs can

17 Apr 2014
Photo of hard boiled eggs

perfect hard-boiled eggs [the EASY way]

 I’ve searched the Internet so many times for a simple way to get perfect hard-boiled eggs. I’ve read a lot of articles that included several complicated steps and dishes, and I thought, “Surely, there’s a better way.” I’m not going to lie, I never attempted any of the complicated methods. My grandma taught me how

17 Apr 2014

whole grain peach-banana muffins

It’s about time this special ingredient debuted on my blog. That’s right. It’s banana time. This post is dedicated to my blog’s title, as well as my lifelong obligatory nickname. After all, bananas are the fruit of life. (That statement may or may not be true, but it sounds cool.) 5 from 1 reviews whole grain

12 Apr 2014

[dq copycat] ice cream cake

I’ve never been a fan of the out-of-the-box-mix cake with the store-bought frosting. When I was little and my mom would ask me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I would always want an ice cream cake. And the best was when she would get me my very own custom-designed cake from

11 Apr 2014
Photo of Grandma's deviled eggs

grandma’s deviled eggs

This is Part I of my Deviled Eggs series… stay tuned for some serious fun (think bacon, curry, hot sauce). However, before I share any non-traditional recipes, I have to share the recipe that is near and dear to my heart. Some people like pickles in their deviled eggs. Some like olives. In my family,

01 Apr 2014


Greek food and I are really great friends. I remember the first time I tried tzatziki; despite my inability to pronounce it, I found it extremely delightful. And because I’ve since learned to speak its name with confidence, I decided it was about time to learn how to make it. This fresh, cucumber-y spread is

23 Mar 2014

[st. patrick’s day] mint oreo truffles

 I don’t feel that these bad boys need much of an introduction. If you’ve had Oreo truffles before, you know two things: ONE – they are deceptively easy TWO – they are ridiculously addicting The mint version is no exception. In fact, I thought they were more delicious than the original. (Didn’t think it was

17 Mar 2014
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