GiftsForYouNow Back to School Giveaway

by Sandy on August 10, 2014

Welcome to our first ever Back to School Giveaway! These adorable personalized backpacks are form and would make fantastic gifts for anyone. In fact, I think I need one for me!


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Back To School Giveaway  1 Winner receives a set of two Backpacks
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What is so great about a watermelon salad?  Bacon!  And a room with a view that is straight out of paradise.  Here is my take on the Watermelon Bacon Salad Recipe

Watermelon Bacon Salad Recipe from the Halekulani

I have to tell you about my amazing stay in Hawaii. Usually, I am not the kind of girl to hang around the hotel, sit on the lawn or eat at hotel restaurants when I’m on vacation.  We are usually going 90 miles an hour to see every sight we can see and ride every attraction we can find then, come back to the hotel at midnight and crash.  I mean really, who pays for a hotel so they can stay at it?  The Halekulani has changed me, turned me into one of those characters from a soap opera who lives in a hotel and hangs out in the glittery restaurant and has the staff cater to their every whim… yep, that’s the new me.

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay at the Halekulani for our 35th Wedding Anniversary and I have to say… I am truly spoiled.  We hardly even left the property.  The Halekulani sits right on Waikiki Beach.  Our room opened up right on the ocean and our balcony looked over the beach, the pool and the famous open air restaurant named House Without a Key.  At night, we left the patio doors open for the live hula music to float in on the ocean breeze…  Ok, ok, I’m not going all “poetic” on you but, really, it was beautiful! [click for recipe…]


Sarsaparilla Tiramisu with Caramel Sauce

by Sandy on June 25, 2014

Tiramisu just may be the perfect no-bake summer dessert recipe.  You won’t believe how easy it is to put the Southwest flavors of caramel and sarsaparilla into this creamy, classic and turn it into a summer dessert for the whole family.

Sarsaparilla Tiramisu with Caramel Sauce Recipe
Finally! A dessert fit to wrap up our annual Spaghetti Western Fiesta celebrating Clint Eastwood’s birthday! I know you have been waiting on pins a needles in anticipation.  I  mean really, how do you wrap things up without dessert?  And, what is the most Italian of desserts?  My favorite, tiramisu.

It’s true, it’s true, cowboys do love their coffee but, caramel and sarsaparilla are the perfect Southwest combo to go with the creaminess of the tiramisu. It is a very subtle flavor and not at all as strong as you would think. I also add a little Mexican chocolate to the sarsaparilla to dip the lady fingers into. The chocolate adds some of the “bitterness” of the coffee and actually adds to the sarsaparilla flavor. [click for recipe…]

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Green Chile Pesto Caprese Salads Recipe

Green Chile Pesto Caprese Salad with Whole Tomato by Sandy May 30, 2014

Green chiles and tomatoes are a perfect pair for a Southwest Caprese Salad.  I’ve used my Green Chile Pesto Recipe to put a Spaghetti Western spin on a salad fit for Clint Eastwood, himself. “Salad!  We don’t need no stinking salads!”   Oooops… that was a different western movie.  But, I’m sure many of the […]

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Yee Haw! Spaghetti Western Week Returns with Green Chile Cheese Calzones

Green Chile Cheese Calzone Recipe by Sandy May 27, 2014

Green Chiles and warm, melt-y cheese are Southwest flavors that are perfect together. So, I rolled them up in an Italian calzone to celebrate our very own Spaghetti Western Week. Welcome to our second annual Spaghetti Western Week! We just can’t let the birthday of Clint Eastwood, Mr. Cowboy, Mr. Southwest go by without throwing […]

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4 of July Summer Fun!

by Sandy May 16, 2014

Most of you know I am away on a short vacation to celebrate my anniversary. While I am away, I will be gathering lots and lots of recipe inspiration and, hopefully, picture or two. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to share a 4th of July Giveaway with you that is hosted […]

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Kalua Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Hawaiian Kalua Pork Tacos from the Slow Cooker by Sandy May 5, 2014

Who said making healthier and “cleaner” food choices has to be boring? I’ve added this Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Tacos Recipe to this week’s Clean Eating Challenge for a fun way to but healthy back on the table. Hawaii count down begins….. NOW! Yep, we may actually get to Hawaii this month!  Life and business […]

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Grilled Mango with Honey and Pistachios Recipe

Grilled Mango Skewers with Honey by Sandy April 27, 2014

Grilling mangos brings out their natural sweetness. Just drizzle them with a little honey and a sprinkle of chile powder for a fast and easy grilled dessert or side dish. Summertime is not the time for heavy desserts around these parts.  I like to go a little lighter by throwing some fruit on the grill […]

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