Bringing Café Quality Coffee to Your Kitchen: 6 Quick Tips

There is something magical about sipping a well-prepared cup of coffee. Whether taking the beverage during the day's break or the evening after a busy day, it brings excellent stimulation to the body, making you feel re-energized. Perfecting your brewing to enjoy a velvety texture and rich sip is all that matters. With the right tips, you can up your coffee game and be a new rival to your favorite coffee shop. Here are six practical tricks to prepare café quality coffee with ease.

Bringing Café Quality Coffee to Your Kitchen: 6 Quick Tips

Fresh Spring Recipes from Stemilt Perfect for Last-Minute Easter Inspiration

 Whether you plan to whip up an Easter Sunday feast or are just looking for some bright, new recipes to ring in the start of spring, the family-owned tree fruit experts at Stemilt are here with all the creative (apple) juice!! You can find even more recipe inspo here and don’t forget that a Lil Snapper by itself makes for the perfect spring snack Easter weekend and beyond. Check the store locator to find some delicious apples near you!

A fresh starter: 

Apple Quinoa Lentil Salad


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, cutting cook time to between 8 and 10 minutes, to render a firmer grain. Drain, as necessary, fluff with fork and set aside.
  2. Cook French green lentils according to package directions, cutting cook time to between 10 to 15 minutes, to render a firmer lentil. Drain, as necessary, and set aside.

Note: test quinoa and lentils before pulling off heat and adjust cook time, as preferred, to achieve a firmer bite.

  1. Meanwhile, toast chopped walnuts in a skillet set over medium high heat, stirring intermittently.
  2. After about 2 minutes, drizzle nuts with maple syrup; stir consistently for approximately 1 more minute to coat nuts thoroughly. Remove from heat to cool.
  3. Whisk ingredients for vinaigrette in a large bowl.
  4. Add sliced apple to vinaigrette and mix well to coat (this helps keep apples bright). Add parsley and “cooled” maple-sweetened walnuts to bowl.
  5. Then add cooled quinoa and lentils. Mix salad thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.
  6. If desired, allow salad to sit in fridge for 15 to 20 minutes so flavors can mix and mingle.
  7. Plate salad with a topping of fresh arugula and serve.

Note: If you plan to store salad in fridge, keep arugula separate until ready to plate. Salad, without arugula mixed in, will keep nicely in fridge for 3 to 5 days.

For the main course:

Easter Ham with Apple Glaze


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place the ham in a large roasting pan, fat-side up. Optionally, you can score the fat. Press the cloves into the fat, spacing them evenly across the ham. Bake for two hours.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Place the apples, apple cider vinegar, and water in a large saucepan.
  4. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool briefly, then puree in a blender.
  5. Press the mixture gently through a fine mesh strainer to remove thicker pieces of pulp, so that what remains looks smoother and less like applesauce.
  6. Place the mixture in a medium saucepan along with the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and ground cloves.
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat, stirring periodically, for 15-20 minutes to bring the flavors together.
  8. After the ham has cooked for 2 hours, pour the apple glaze over it and continue to cook for another hour to 1 1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
  9. For the last 30 minutes, slice the remaining 3 Fuji apples and spread them around the bottom of the roasting pan, coating them with the apple glaze. Let rest 10 minutes or more before carving.

10 Porkalicious Recipes You Should Definitely Try

Pork, with its rich flavors and versatile nature, has been a beloved ingredient in kitchens worldwide. Whether it's a family dinner or a special occasion, pork dishes have a way of bringing warmth and satisfaction to the table. In this culinary journey, we dive into ten porkalicious recipes that are not just mouth-watering but also showcase the incredible versatility of pork. From traditional roasts to innovative fusion dishes, these recipes are sure to tantalize your taste buds and add some excitement to your cooking repertoire. Let’s embark on this flavorful adventure!

10 Porkalicious Recipes You Should Definitely Try

2024, Less Alcohol & More Wellness Mocktails

Let 2024 be the year that you get control of your drinking. Doing research on my mother and her alcoholism, lead me down a rabbit hole of realizing that I didn't really have control over my own drinking. Did you know if you consume more than 10 drinks for men or 7 for women in a week then you are classified as an alcoholic in the medical community? It is really a low bar for some, but is it? Some say they like to have a glass of wine to wind down at night. But is it actually a glass? Because a glass of wine is only 5 ounces. My sober life all started with my journey through Dry January. And what helped me was finding alternatives. These wellness mocktails I found will really help you on your sobriety journey.

2024, Less Alcohol & More Wellness Mocktails to try this Dry January

Homemade Grinch Bites

Happy holidays! Have you checked out our non-alcoholic holiday drinks or where you can stream your favorite Christmas movies? How about the GRINCH? WHich version is your favorite? Personally my favorite is the new Dreamsworks version, I love that Pentatonix is the carolers that chase the Grinch through Who-ville. Hilarious! I fell in love with Pentatonix back when they were solely on YouTube.

I have shared this recipe before, but it is so easy and so much fun!

Homemade Grinch Bites

Homemade Grinch Bites: Cake Pop

Best Air Fryer for Feeding Large Groups | SURPRISED ME

Air fryers have taken the culinary world by storm and for a good reason. The biggest advantage of an air fryer is its compact size, fast cooking speed, and relative healthiness.

There are times when its usefulness diminishes significantly when you're hosting a party, family gathering, or simply have a large group of hungry guests to feed, a standard-sized air fryer may not cut it. That's where a large air fryer shines.

My New XL Air Fryer Stands Out!

Recently I purchased a new fancy and large air fryer to help me out, it is called Typhur Dome Air Fryer, which can handle more food in a single layer (e.g. 32 chicken wings, 12-inch pizza), saving my time and ensuring everyone gets their crispy favorites without delay.

The Science Of Tender Meat And How It Actually Works

Tender meat is something everyone wants, but very few people get it. Most of us wind up with a tough pork chop that has the same texture as an old leather hiking boot from the 1970s.

The Science Of Tender Meat And How It Actually Works

The problem is our collective misunderstanding of the science of tender meat. Most amateurs get it totally wrong.

Fortunately, this post is here to help. We ask what makes meat tender and how you can achieve it. Learn all the tips and tricks you need right here.

High Protein Appetizers to Serve at a Dinner Party

There are numerous reasons to serve high-protein appetizers at your next dinner party. You may need to keep your guests happy and free of hunger pains if serving a buffet dinner or if several guests have delayed arrivals. Or you may simply want to opt for choices that are healthier than appetizers high in sugar or carbohydrates. Sugary foods tend to leave us craving more food which can lead to filling up on the appetizers before your dinner party advances to the main course.

High Protein Appetizers to Serve at a Dinner Party

Appetizers high in protein promote a feeling of being satiated, stabilizing blood sugar levels, slowing digestion, and reducing appetite. Better still, there are high protein appetizers for everyone’s dietary preferences including the meat and fish lovers among us, as well as treats specially designed for vegans or vegetarian guests.

Protein-Loaded Appetizers to Love and Serve

Pineapple Chicken {Easy Crock Pot Dump Meal}

With my daughter practicing almost every day after school for her play, my son in sports, between my husband's chaotic work schedule, nannying for my niece and nephew a few days a week, and church activities...some days I just don't have time to cook! We are working off paying off debt this year which means less traveling than I would like and more cooking at home than I want. But jokes aside, cooking at home is really so much cheaper than going out these days especially with rising inflation prices. 

ingredients for crockpot pineapple chicken in ziploc bags ready for freezer

My husband randomly bought a few pineapples because it was on sale, thus why I usually do the grocery shopping. He kept saying he would cut it so we could have fresh fruit available, but of course he never got around to it. But I absolutely despise food waste. So, I decided to take my hand at pineapple chicken. And because there were two pineapples, I made one for now and one for later in an easy freezer-friendly safe bag.

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

A Family Picnic Guide: Recipes and Tips for an Outdoor Feast

When the weather starts to get nice, there's nothing better than packing up a picnic and enjoying a meal outside. If you're looking for some new ideas for your next picnic, you've come to the right place. This blog post will provide you with recipes and tips for the perfect outdoor feast!

outdoor picnic display with sunshining through trees

Fruit Punch Infused Cupcakes Perfect for Valentine's Day

I first created this recipe (and took these pictures) back in 2018 for a campaign with Tampico. They decided they liked my fruit punch infused popsicles better, but I was checking out timehop and decided to share this recipe that's perfect for Valentine's Day because it was such a hit in our house. I threw a little get together for my husband's birthday and these cupcakes were enjoyed so much that a few friends asked for the recipe. But the best part? It is SO super easy to recreate!

Valentine Fruit Punch Infused Cupcake Recipe

Grill Lover’s Guide: What You Should Cook on Your Pellet Grill

If you love to grill and have finally branched out from the confines of your backyard barbecue in favor of using a pellet grill, then this article is for you! We'll go over all sorts of tasty dishes that you can cook on this versatile device so that you can start cooking up some truly tantalizing food. Read this article now to unlock the secrets of your favorite BBQ pallet!

Benefits of Cooking on a Pellet Grill

Easiest Spinach Dip Ever Made Fancy with Wildgrain

I received complimentary products to provide this post. All opinions are my own.

I know you have heard me talk about Wildgrain before, like when I made my Italian Crockpot Chicken. This time I am bringing you the easiest spinach dip recipe ever but making it fancy thanks to Wildgrain Subscription Boxes. Save $10 off your first box of Wildgrain and get FREE croissants for life when you use code DIANA10.


I recently was sent an awesome box from Wildgrain that was full of artisanal breads, pastas, and pastries. I decided to make this spinach dip recipe because I received the Rosemary-Garlic sourdough bread from their mixed box, and I had a holiday party to attend. Everyone absolutely loved it! Definitely was a crowd pleaser. We brought none home, which is a win in my book. My mother-in-law also asked me to make it for our annual Christmas Eve get-together. Personally, I think it would be great at a New Year's Eve Party as well.

Easy Spinach Dip Recipe

3 Pumpkin Spice Protein-Packed Recipes Perfect for Fall

If you are like me, then you are finally fully getting to the fall season. I have lost sixty pounds and since I don't want to back track my progress, but still want to enjoy all things autumn, I am sharing three pumpkin spiced protein-packed recipes that are perfect for you to continue enjoying fall.

3 Never-Fail Desserts That Your Family Will Enjoy

Nothing is more enticing than enjoying a decadent dessert after a meal. According to statistics, 32 percent of people eat dessert after a meal at least twice a week. Family desserts are a great way to spend quality time together while giving your taste buds a memorable treat. You can get creative by trying various dessert recipes rather than buying them regularly. Doing this also helps you better control what you and your family eat, keeping issues like allergies in mind during ingredient selection and preparation. Are you wondering which desserts you and your family can enjoy? Here are some tasty treats worth considering.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with Southside Market Sausage

We are back-to-school in our house. I have been trying to come up with not only breakfast recipes that I can make easily on weekend mornings, but also meal prep breakfast ideas as well as breakfast for dinner. Yes, I have been looking for all the breakfast ideas. And that is when I saw Breakfast Casserole and Tater Tot Casserole. Then I thought I could make a mash up of this. So here we have Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with Sausage and of course I used our Southside Market Original Fresh Rope Sausage because it has great spicy flavor, and it is so easy to work with.

Crock Pot Tenderloin Recipe {Easy Family Dinner Idea}

We used venison for this recipe because my husband goes hunting for a hobby, but you could even use pork or other types of tenderloin. I prefer deer meat because this recipe cuts out the "gamey" taste if there is any. Plus, with inflation at an all-time high and my husband having all the necessary stuff for hunting, using deer meat just makes financial sense for us. But I realize it isn't for everyone.

Crockpot Tenderloin Recipe

Crockpot Chop Steak {Easy Family Dinner Idea}


My husband is a hunter so we used deer chop steak for this recipe, but you could use any chop steak. I love a good crockpot, slow cooker recipe during the cooler fall months. And this one is so super easy and such a crowd pleaser. I have added some links to the seasoning packets I use, if you want to skip the preservatives and make your own.

Crockpot Chop Steak Recipe

4 Quick & Easy Foods to Make for a Party

As enjoyable as a party is, it’s something the person throwing it has to put a lot of time and effort into. If you’re in this position, you’ll need to worry about entertainment, inviting guests, and even making sure the house itself is set up right.

And then there’s food, which can be one of the more complicated aspects. The foods to make for a party can depend on multiple factors, which could make the situation stressful. It doesn’t need to be, however. Instead, a few particular options can make sure everyone has something they’ll enjoy.

Certain options shouldn’t take much time and leaves you with a little more time to relax before the party.

Foods To Make for a Party: 4 Quick & Easy Options

The Flavorful Taste of Pork Pulled Carnitas

Craving for something new and delicious? This kind of food may be unfamiliar to you. Then let me introduce you to the one that surely you will get addicted to. It is the best of the rest of the Mexican food that you can prepare. It is the Mexican version of pork pulled. When you want to go to Mexico, you must try this famous carnitas before going back to your hometown.