Recipe: Carmalized Onion Toast

This is based off a Tapas plate we get at Sangria in Sarasota. We have recently discovered it, and it is super yum.

1 sweet onion
Olive oil
Balsamic glaze (optional)
Goat cheese
French bread of some sort, sliced into 6 pieces, about 1/2 inch thick.

In a large pan, drizzle 2 tbs olive oil and heat to medium.

Meanwhile, slice up onion into slices. Doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, you could do a rough chop, too, as they cook down to very little.

Add onion to pan, and stir. Continue to stir periodically, taking care not to but the onions. Heat at medium is good, though I continued to lower the heat. Keep watching and stirring occasionally until onions get all brown and gooey.

I then added a dash of salt and a splash of balsamic glaze… This is optional.

Heat oven to 350, and quickly crisp the sliced bread. Let cool.

Once the bread is cool, layer on some goat cheese, and then top with onions.

The sweet onions with the tang of balsamic and the creamy goat cheese make for a wonderful few bites! A great little appetizer to start off an evening.


Recipe: Walnut Molasses Pie

This came from Taste of Home years ago, and I hung onto it after making it the first time. So easy to make, but high in calories! Take care with portion size. I made this for work recently, and it got raves!


3 eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)


In a bowl, whisk the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, molasses and vanilla until blended; stir in walnuts. Pour into pastry shell. Cover edges with foil.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes; remove foil. Bake 12-17 minutes longer or until top of pie is et and crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before cutting. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 537 calories, 30 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 242 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.


Crock Pot Recipe: Turkey Taco Chili

I made this up on my own, though I’m sure there are many similar recipes out there. We are always looking for new ways to make healthy dinners, and ground turkey isn’t our favorite. But, this is super yummy! Also, crock pot anything is my best friend.


1 lb. ground lean turkey
Taco seasoning
Can of pinto beans, or any kind
Small can mexican corn
Small can green chilis
Small can chopped black olives
2 cups water
Dash of chili peppers
Dash of salt


Chop up 1 onion in big chunks. Put in bottom of crock pot.
Add ground turkey, mixed up
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Add taco seasoning to water, mix, then dump in crock pot

Cover, and cook on low 8 hrs. Salt & pepper to taste.

Stir and enjoy! I added a bit of cheese on my serving, along with a few tortilla chips.

Recipe: Quinoa and Grilled Zucchini

I have recently become a fan of Quinoa. People seem afraid of it, but it is so yummy, and really just as easy to make as rice. I brought this dish to work the other day, and people RAVED about it! I think I’ve turned many onto this awesome grain. Give it a try!

1 large avocado, ripe
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup lightly packed cilantro

1/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 large zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch thick coins
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
couple pinches of fine grain sea salt
2 cups quinoa, cooked, room temperature (1 cup uncooked quinoa)
1/4 cup slivered almonds (or any nut you like…)
1/4 cup feta (or goat or whatever you have on hand…)

Soak 1 cup uncooked quinoa for 15 minutes. Then rinse for 3 minutes.
On stovetop, mix your 1 cup uncooked quinoa, with 1 ¼ cup water. Bring to boil. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer 35 minutes. (depending on how you like your quinoa, reduce water. I usually use only 1cup, I like mine a little crunchy). Let cool to room temperature.
Blend avocado, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, yogurt, water, and salt in a blender and set aside.
Chop up zucchini into chunks nice sized for grilling. Then toss it with olive oil, garlic and salt. I grilled the zucchini in foil for about 15 minutes.
Mix everything together, and add the nuts & cheese at the end. Enjoy!
Serves 4 to 6.

An Afternoon on Perch Lake

View of the cabin from the lake
View of the cabin from the lake

My dad has spent countless hours at our property at Perch Lake. He’s cleared it, built a cabin, cleared an amazing beach out of nothing, put in a dock, made a walking trail (this is one HECK of a trail.. We took the Rav down it… Mom almost had a heart attack) and too many other things to list. I don’t know how he does it but I know we will all appreciate it one day. We had a nice start the other afternoon, when we headed out for a boat ride. Enjoy some photos below.

Mom, Maggie & Mocca enjoy the beach
Mom, Maggie & Mocca enjoy the beach
Maggie waits for Mocca in the water
Maggie waits for Mocca in the water
My Mom & the Toller
What a gorgeous day for a boat right!
Dad & the Toller man the pontoon
Dad & the Toller man the pontoon
Abnormally calm Perch Lake
Abnormally calm Perch Lake
Mocca decided a nap was in order
Mocca decided a nap was in order
Picture perfect Maggie
Picture perfect Maggie

Recipe: Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is amazingly yummy.

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (the amount you use is really up to you. I use as little as possible)


1. Place vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper into a blender (or use an Emulsion Blender, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET ASAP!).
2. Pulse to combine, then add the olive oil in a steady stream with the motor running.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 165 | Total Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 0mg
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Recipe: Grilled Coconut Shrimp (Healthy!)

Grilled Coconut Shrimp
Super Delish!
We have made this a couple times and it gets better and better! Highly recommend if you are looking for a coconut shrimp fix, and don’t want that deep fried YUCK.

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I go MUCH lighter on this, was too much the 1st time)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
skewers soaked in water

1. Combine the jalapeno, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, coconut, olive oil, and soy sauce in a food processor; blend until smooth. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and allow to marinate at least 2 hours.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
3. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing each shrimp near the head and tail.
4. Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning frequently until nicely browned on all sides and the meat is no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 169 | Total Fat: 10.9g | Cholesterol: 115mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database

“Famous” Lemon Chicken Recipe

Lemon Chicken recipe is always a hit with guests, and easy to make.

From Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Cookbook


1 tsp. lemon zest

Juice of a lemon

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or oregano

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

2 garlic cloves, minded

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 (4 to 5 ounce ) boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/4 pitted kalamata olives, halved (I use capers instead, no chopping involved…)

Olive oil spray for the grill.

To prepare the dressing.. whisk together the lemon zest and juice, the basil, honey, mustard, garlic and salt and pepper. Whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a slow stream. Set aside.

To prepare chicken: It is best to POUND the chicken breasts so they are all the same thickness. I sometimes don’t have time for this and things seem just as tasty but if I can I do it. Other than that, just plac the chicken breasts in a plastic bag, poured the half the dressing over them, and allowed them to marinate for a few hours. Sometimes I only do 30 minutes depending on how much time I have. So 30mins to 3 hours!

If using a gas or charcoal grill, spray the grill with olive oil spray and prepare a medium hot grill.

Discard the marinade and grill the chicken until it is opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Place the chicken on platter and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

This chicken is AMAZING and we always love it, and guests always want the recipe! Give it a try.

Turkey Meatball Soup

Turkey Meatball Soup (We got two meals out of this)


1 TBSP. olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped (I hate celery, I used a dash of celery seed instead)
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 can petite diced tomatoes
5 cups chicken stock (I used 4 as that is what size I had)
1 lb. ground turkey
Handful of parsley, chopped
1 egg
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (I used the low fat stuff)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pinch nutmeg
4 handfuls fresh spinach (I used an entire container of the organic stuff in the plastic bin)
Salt & Pepper to taste
For Spice if you want: a few dashes of Tobasco or Red Pepper Flakes – this is what we did.

1. Heat a large pot to medium heat and add olive oil. Sautee the carrots, celery, onion, and fennel seed until onion is a light golden brown. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken stock, then turn up the heat and bring the soup to a slow boil.

2. While the stock is coming to a boil, mix ground turkey, egg, parmesan cheese, garlic, and nutmeg together. Roll into about 20 balls and drop into the soup – a note here: I would roll them into much smaller balls. It is a little boring, but I wound up chopping the meatballs into quarters as I ate it.

Wait until you have all the meatballs rolled out before you drop them into the soup and try to add them all quickly so they all cook at the same rate. Cook the meatballs in the soup while it simmers for about 10-15 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for an additional 10 minutes!

It will smell, and TASTE amazing, and best part is super low in calories carbs and high in protein!

Nutrition: 256 calories, 26 g protein, 11 g carbs, 12 g fat, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 832 mg sodium

Adapted from Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine, and given to me by Sara B.!