• The Life of Chance
  • Cranberry Bourbon Martini
  • Food Photography Tips: Eggnog French Toast Casserole
  • Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole
  • Food Photography Tips:  Carrot Cake
Chance

The Life of Chance

I’ve taken a little break from the blog recently.  On December 28, 2014, I lost my best friend and companion of almost 12 years, Chance.  Thank you for all of the nice emails and messages checking on him during his battle with kidney cancer, it meant the world to me. This is Chance’s story. It…

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Cranberry Bourbon Martini – Cranberry juice, honey, lemon & bourbon come together to create the perfect holiday cocktail!

Cranberry Bourbon Martini

I saved this post for a festive Cranberry Bourbon Martini I recently made for Christmas day.  Not just because it’s Thursday, either. Because it’s probably one of the best Christmas presents ever. I started working as a food blogger with Our State Magazine early in the year creating monthly cocktails and recipes using locally (North…

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Food Photography Tips: Photographing French Toast Casserole

Food Photography Tips: Eggnog French Toast Casserole

This is my second post in a series of Food Photography Tips where I show you “behind the scenes” of how I photograph my recipes.  Today I’m sharing how I photographed an Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole. Luckily I had plenty of time to work with photographing this dish… it doesn’t work out that way…

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Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole - Make ahead the night before for a hassle-free breakfast!

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole

This EASY Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole will make your Christmas or New Years breakfast as hassle-free as can be! I’m not a huge breakfast eater (I know, I know… it’s the most important meal of the day) but I’ve always cooked breakfast on Christmas and New Years.  What’s so great about this recipe is…

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Food Photography: Cake Photographing Carrot Cake

Food Photography Tips: Carrot Cake

This is the first post in a series of “behind the scenes” food photography in my little corner of the world here in eastern NC.  I always seem to have readers emailing or friends asking how I photograph the food I make for the blog.  Sometimes I’ll finish photographing, look around at my big ole…

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Perfectly moist and chock full of carrots, pecans and raisins!

Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfectly moist and chock full of carrots, pecans and raisins… this Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is going to be the star of your dessert table this Christmas! I’ve never considered myself much of a baker and my cakes don’t always come out very pretty.  But I’m here to tell ‘ya… you really…

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Bourbon Coconut Date Balls ~ Crispy, chewy, sweet & salty... perfect holiday treat!

Bourbon Coconut Date Balls

Crispy, chewy, sweet and salty… these Bourbon Coconut Date Balls are the perfect holiday treat! I have a confession to make:  Never in my life have I made date balls.  NEVER.  I guess it’s because during the holidays, I’m always making a ton of Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls for everyone.  I absolutely LOVE making holiday…

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Buffalo Bacon Chicken Dip

Buffalo Bacon Chicken Dip

Using leftover or pre-cooked chicken, this Buffalo Bacon Chicken Dip is a cinch to prepare and comes together in about 30 minutes! It’s the season for holiday gatherings with tables overflowing with appetizers.  It’s also the season for hectic schedules, shopping and deadlines.  If you’re pushed for time and need to throw together a delicious…

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• Apple Pie Bites -Delicious, quick & easy mini apple pies made with Pillsbury crescent rolls in less than 30 minutes!

Apple Pie Bites

These incredibly delicious (and easy) Apple Pie Bites are going to be your go-to dessert in a hurry! Honestly, when I took the first bite… I thought, “how can something this easy be so damn good?”.  In less than 30 minutes you can whip up these tasty little apple pies that are a perfect last-minute…

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Broccoli Au Gratin - a creamy & cheesy crowd-pleasing broccoli side dish!

Broccoli Au Gratin

This cheesy and creamy Broccoli Au Gratin is sure to be a favorite side dish at your next potluck or holiday dinner! I’ve never been a fan of plain broccoli… it has to be drowned in cheese, ranch dressing or in a casserole of some sort. Creamy sauce is drizzled over crisp-tender broccoli, then topped…

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