Cinnamon vinaigrette

Cinnamon vinaigrette.  Sounds a little strange, right?  Stay with me here, this easy vinaigrette is addicting.  It packs a powerful punch, with just enough sweetness and spice to spruce up sliced fruit or salads.


Try this on a spinach salad with fresh strawberries, green apple slices and grilled chicken, delish!

Cinnamon Vinaigrette //

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon agave syrup

Whisk all ingredients together and enjoy!

Best ever banana chocolate chip muffins


Raise your hand if you’ve ever had grossly over-ripe bananas hanging out on your counter, left to die a slow and painful death. I’m with ya, in fact last night I finally decided to do something about it as I just couldn’t watch them suffer any longer. Turns out, over-ripe bananas make the best muffins. With a little help from a tried-and-true Food & Wine recipe, I whipped up a batch of the best ever banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had. It was super easy and as luck had it, I had all of the ingredients on hand. You seriously need to try these!


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients //
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 6)
3 large eggs
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus a few extra!)

Directions //
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter, bananas and eggs; mix thoroughly. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until the batter is evenly moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for about 28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a rack to cool completely.  **Important note: I only baked my muffins for 24 minutes as they were already golden brown and I didn’t want them to dry out!  Keep an eye on yours and plan accordingly.


It’s Friday…come on get happy (hour)

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  My husband and I have a Friday night happy hour ritual.  Not out at a trendy gastropub with lots of friends…but at a small bar in our basement (aka the “man cave”)!  It works for us.  The company is good and the drinks are cheap(er)!

I love happy hour about as much as I love Fridays.  It’s such a great, celebratory way to kick off the weekend.  The only problem is, I would never get home from work in time to participate.  That’s why about a year ago I decided to forego the mad dash to get to the bar on Friday before 7pm and start hosting happy hour at home.

Here are a few simple menu suggestions to create an at home happy hour that beats the bar!  P.S. The recipes are quick and easy too, because we all know that last thing you want to do after a grueling commute in rush hour traffic is slave away in the kitchen for an hour or two!

The Drinks:

(Photos and recipes from Martha Stewart)

Find these easy recipes here:
Beer // Lemon Shandy
Whiskey // Whiskey Lemonade
Vodka // Blackberry Crush
Rum // Pineapple-Rum Cocktail
Apéritif // Campari and Orange

The Food:
(Photos and recipes from Martha Stewart)

Find these easy recipes here:
All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Artichoke Dip
Avocado Bar
Spicy-Sweet Pretzel Mix

What’s on your happy hour menu?