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To-Kill-A-Lime Tequila Lime Sauce by Lidl

By far, my favorite homemade recipe for grilled shrimp is Grilled Herb Shrimp by Barefoot Contessa. I was tempted to hop in the car and run to Giant and grab what I needed to make the marinade, but why bother when I could save a trip and the prep time and use a bottle of To-Kill-A-Lime Tequila Sauce already in the pantry? I marinated the shrimp in a Ziploc bag for a few hours before firing up the grill. 

They turned out wicked flavorful. I served them with Rice Pilaf by Lidl and a simple salad. I can't wait to use this "zesty Mexican-inspired" sauce as a marinade for steak and shrimp fajitas and fish tacos!

I used the time it would have taken to make the marinade from scratch to catch this shot instead! 

This time, I'm glad I took the easy route!

No Bake Chocolate Avocado Pie

While out here on the Chesapeake Bay, my focus is on delicious no fuss food so we can maximize our time on the beach. This also means that I may not always have time to catch the perfect photo but  promise the flavor will not waiver. 
Living in a bathing suit all summer inspires me to find SOME meals that are on the lighter side. This quick and easy No Bake Chocolate Avocado Pie recipe did not disappoint. It took less than 10 minutes to make with the help of a Keebler Chocolate Ready Crust and Reddi Wip whipped cream.



Here came the true test. What would my very picky eater Morgan think? He didn't feel like posing for the picture, but his plate says it all!

No kidding, when I looked over and saw him scarfing down the pie I ducked behind the breakfast bar and did a little dance. Score! 
No Bake Chocolate Avocado PieIngredients
3 large ripened avocados 3/4 cup 100% maple syrup or agave  1/4 cup high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Ghiradelli) 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. salt  …

SHÉHÉRAZADE Shawarma Marinade by Lidl

Yesterday's forecast called for severe storms in the early evening. I wanted to prep a quick and easy dinner in the morning so we could have time to play in the bay before the storm hit. Now was the time to try the SHÉHÉRADE Shawarma Marinade by Lidl and make Shish Kabobs. I quickly cut up a package of chicken thighs and threw them in the fridge to marinate for the day.

I also had on hand a box of Rice Pilaf by Lidl and while that was cooking, I made a crisp Indian Cucumber Salad (Kachumber) via The Spruce Eats. The dressing was so simple. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper... that's it. 

This creamy Lebanese Garlic Sauce inspired by Jo Cooks was a cinch to make. It took less than 5 minutes to whip together and is fricken delicious!

Garlic Sauce 1 Cup Vegetable or Canola oil1/3 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice6-8 peeled garlic cloves1 egg white (optional)1 tsp saltPlace all ingredients into a food processor or blender, cover, and process until smooth. This recipe…

I'm Loving Lidl's Sauces and Marinades

Last Saturday we packed up and headed to our borrowed beach house for the summer. 

Before heading out, I stocked up on a bunch of Lidl's Sauces and Marinades for quick and easy meals at the beach. Lidl has a great variety to choose from, and look at the prices!!! So far we have tried Ya Mon Jerk Style Marinade, To-Kill-A-Lime Sauce, Nashville Style Barbecue Sauce, and Bailando Habanero Mango Sauce. All have been bold and flavorful. Scott especially enjoys the Nashville Style Spicy Barbecue Sauce, which definitely has a kick to it. 

On our first night I served up this grilled steak marinated in the To-Kill-A-Lime Sauce, with a refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Salad, and fresh grilled corn. So good! 

The next night I used the Nashville Style Spicy Barbecue Sauce for BBQ Chicken. 



The then I turned up the heat even more with the Bailando Habanero Mango Sauce. . 

It reminds me of Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero sauce. It's sweet, sticky and HOT, HOT, HOT!

Can't wait to share with yo…

Onesie Cupcakes

Onesie cupcakes are my absolute favorite baby shower gift. They are adorable, affordable, and easy to make. The cupcakes are made out of onesies and baby socks.  Check out this 30 sec YouTube tutorial!


I prefer packaging them in cupcake boxes for easy transport and you can hide the extra socks! Michael's and JOANN Fabrics usually have an assortment of cupcake boxes to choose from.

Carlty Bryer's Wicked Good Fig Cake

Carlty Bryer. The Man. The Myth. The Legend. 

These pics are from last summer but the memory of his "just out of the oven" fig cake served with a cold scoop of Breyer's vanilla ice cream is fresh on my mind. He couldn't wait to pluck the ripe figs off the tree at the beach house and make this wicked easy cake inspired from a recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.




Whether you are lucky enough to have fig tree in your back yard or can find them in your local grocery store, Carlty's quick and easy fig cake is a must have recipe. It's FIGGIN awesome!

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Carlty Bryer's Wicked Good Fig Cake

Next Wave Mussels

We are about to take teleworking to a whole new level, getting ready to pack up and spend the next two months at one of our favorite hidden spots on earth. Over 60 days of toes in the sand on a secluded beach, sunrise and sunset walks to the light house searching for shark teeth, warm night time swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, and beach side breakfasts and BBQ's. Just to be clear, while this may sound like the Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous (we do have an old guy with a charming Mainah accent) we are able to swing this on an educator and mental health therapist's budget thanks to our dear family friends with a beach house.

The only thing I love more than being in the kitchen is being on the beach, so quick and easy meals are essential. One of our favorite quick and easy bayside meals is Mussels over Linguine in a Garlic Butter Sauce. Thanks to Next Wave Seafood, we can whip up this meal in less than 15 minutes and under $10.


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Vegan Ricotta

This Ricotta recipe is nuts, literally! I had no idea that you could make a Ricotta substitute out of almonds. Wow! I just used this recipe to make my Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna and the result was unbelievable. I would not have known that it wasn't actual Ricotta cheese if I hadn't made it myself. This is a must have recipe for Vegan, lactose-free, dairy-free, and plant-based diets.


GNG Tip: Using blanched slivered almonds instead of raw almonds is a huge timesaver. If using raw almonds, you need to soak the nuts in hot water for 3 hours before processing. 
What makes this recipe unique from most of the Vegan ricotta recipes out there is the addition of truffle oil. I found this golden nugget tip at Yummy Mummy Kitchen. I purchased Truffle Oil by The Truffleist which was a hefty $25 at Whole Foods. It may seem like a lot, but it's worth it and you get a lot of mileage out of a bottle! I have included substitutions for the truffle oil on the recipe card if you do not …

Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado Toast

Last Fall I was asked to cater a breakfast for Morgan's former phenomenal teachers and staff at The Center for Young Children at the University of Maryland. This Chipotle Roasted Corn Avocado Toast was a cinch to make and a huge hit. I promised CYC staff that I would get the recipe up on the blog, so here it is. Just in time for summer!

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My little SIL Rachel introduced me to avocado toast a few years ago on a family vacation in Scottsdale, AZ. No surprise here, I even took a pic to document.


What is your favorite avocado toast combination?