Hurricane BTW Opens in West Palm Beach
December 14, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post.  However; all opinions are my own, Last Saturday, December 9th I attended the grand opening party for Hurricane BTW (Burgers-Tacos-Wings) in their new location, West Palm Beach for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The kids had a blast getting tattoos and playing Foosball while we listened to the  Steeltown Religion band and ate some wings! My husband tried the wings with the Boss sauce. I had the Honey Pecan Chicken Salad. It has mixed greens topped with chicken tenders, honey roasted pecan, bleu cheese, diced tomatoes and dried cranberries.  It was delish! The kids had wings too! They also have a kids menu with boneless wings. They also loved the Foosball table in the back. The wing eating contest between West Palm Beach Police and WPB Fire …

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Celebrate the Holidays with Cheeseless Crab Nachos
December 12, 2017

All opinions are mine alone. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Louis Kemp. #CrabDelightfulHoliday #CollectiveBias Last year our family traveled to Arizona to spend the Holidays with my parents.  The kids love it and they usually get to see snow in the mountains.  Here in Florida, there's no chance of seeing snow.  They are a little bit sad about not returning this year but as we are moving there next year we thought we would stay for our last year in Florida.  So, as we are staying in town for the Holidays, it still means parties and festivities galore!  Will there be pines trees and snow outside? No! But we can bring the celebration to other people's homes. I love celebrating …

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How to Make 4 Ingredient Scottish Shortbread
December 8, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias I grew up with a British mother.  So, when we are together we drink a lot of tea.  And we use china tea cups.  No mugs.  My mom uses tea cozies and I've had my share of them also.  We always have a "biscuit" or a cookie, or shortbread to dunk in the tea.  It's just the way things are.  There are no exceptions.  This has been my life.  Tea with mom equals a tea party.  Hover over the image below to start shopping for your tea party! Since I live in Florida, I drink it more when she comes to visit.  So, I dust off the electric …

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Henry's Seasonal Fall/Winter Menu Launches
December 3, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post.  However, all opinions are my own. I had the opportunity make another visit to Henry’s in Delray Beach a few days back and I had a blast. This time I had my husband with me and I was looking forward to sharing the experience with him.   We started with cocktails, well I don’t drink so, he started with cocktails… he tried the Spicy Peach Margarita and the Blood Orange Cosmo. He liked both, but his favorite was the Spicy Peach Margarita. It is a very unique cocktail, not what you would expect from a family restaurant in an upscale neighborhood. It was a great start to a great meal! For the fall/winter menu Chef Dan Moore created 18 new menu items which complement …

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How Junior's Made Me Fall in Love with Cheesecake
November 19, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post for Juniors.  However, all opinions are my own. Juniors just celebrated 67 years in business. Founded by Harry Rosen in 1950, Junior's landmark restaurant, located in Brooklyn, is known as the home of New York's best cheesecake. It was a pleasure meeting Kevin Rosen, the third generation owner running the business with his brother. As soon as we sat down, we were served pickles, which is nice because it keeps your mouth and your hands busy while not filling you up. I started with the Pastrami smoked salmon, which is exclusive to the Boca Raton menu. At first, I thought it was a combination of Pastrami and smoked salmon (that would have been weird), but it is smoked salmon with Pastrami spices (no meat). Kevin Rosen, the owner, highly recommended it and I'm so glad …

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Henry's Classic American Cuisine Does Thanksgiving Dinner To Go
November 18, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post for Henry’s.  However;  all opinions are my own. Henry's, located in West Delray, was completely packed when I walked in one hour before closing on Thursday.   There was no sign of slowing down. We were greeted by their general manager, Cindy, who made me feel like I was family right away.  The crowd was upscale, and I could tell that most of the people were regulars. I had always been intrigued by this restaurant because of the decor.  It's very sophisticated, but modern and inviting at the same time.  They serve classic, yet elevated American cuisine where you can find something for everyone which makes a great place for the whole family. Even at eight o'clock at night, kids …

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Fit Foodz Cafe Boca Raton
November 15, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post for Fit Foodz Cafe.  However; all opinions are my own. I try to live a healthy lifestyle.  I exercise and try to eat as clean as possible.  I also try to demonstrate healthy eating habits to my kids and I can say that they are pretty health conscious now.  Neither one of them eat red meat, which was not my choice, but theirs. When I was pregnant with my first son six years ago I had a food aversion to red meat and have not been able to eat it since.  I am not vegan or vegetarian.  I just listened to my body.  I love healthy options. I always feel better eating gluten free, however, I do not have any food …

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Deck 84 Rolls Out Their Fall/Winter Menu
November 14, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post. However; all opinions are my own. As you drive through busy Downtown Delray Beach, you'll meet Atlantic Avenue Bridge, where Deck 84 sits overlooking the beautiful views of the Intracoastal waterway.  It's a view I could sit and watch all day. I was invited to meet Executive Chef Michael Romano and experience his new fall/winter menu.  It was amazing.  If you're looking for casual waterfront dining, signature frozen drinks, Tiki cocktails (shown above) and craft beers coupled with delicious dishes like their signature Tuna Steak, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and 10oz Special Blend Deck Burger, you've found the perfect place.  Whether you want to have a drink under the Florida sun or pull up in your own boat for dinner, you will enjoy …

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Louie Bossi's Rolls Out Their Holiday Cocktail
November 3, 2017

  This is a Sponsored Post for Louie Bossi's.  However; all opinions are my own. If you've been to Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, you know that it is filled with action and life.  You can sit outside drinking coffee, people watching, and have a great time.  But you can also go for dinner, alone, or with a group of people and watch the night fly by. Louie Bossi's is the place you want to be if you are looking for amazing Italian food and ambiance mixed together.  The inside is hopping, I really enjoyed eating outside. The outside décor is pleasant, romantic and unique looking. Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria is a highly acclaimed Italian restaurant located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Known for its …

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Burtons Grill & Bar Opens In Boca Raton
October 17, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post for Burtons Grill & Bar and TilsonPR.  However, all opinions are my own. I recently experienced the preview opening for Burtons Grill & Bar, in Boca Raton, Fl.  located at 5580 N. Military Trail in the Park Place shopping center.  It is a contemporary restaurant with a classic look that can seat about 300 guests. Burtons Grill & Bar has something for everyone. Not only every palate, but your lifestyle too! If you're looking for something quick for lunch they have it, if you want to dine in a contemporary/upscale atmosphere with your hubby, they have that too! Half portions are available, so if you are trying to not over do it, they have you covered there as well. Do you want something customized? Not only do they allow it, they encourage …

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Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Opens In Boca Raton, Florida
August 7, 2017

Thank you to Blue Moon Mexican Cafe for hosting us.  All opinions are our own. Let the Fiesta begin in Boca! Blue Moon Mexican Cafe recently opened in Boca Raton and we just checked it out.  It has a really unique vibe and I love the decor! My favorite of  piece, of course.  I do love the unique, warm vibe you get as you dine. You know when you see barrels of Patron tequila, the bar is exceptional! Experience eclectic, Mexican cuisine sourced from top quality vendors and farmers using the freshest ingredients in the 90% scratch kitchen.   At Blue Moon Mexican Cafe you will find Mexican/American favorites including Moon Fajita’s, Baja Chicken Tacos, Fish Tacos and the Burger Loco.  The guacamole and salsa are made daily with all …

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4 Ingredient Salmon Fold It With a Kick
July 18, 2017

This is a Sponsored Post for Smart For Life.  All opinions are my own. I have been back on the Smart For Life Diet for a couple of months now and I've lost 15 lbs.  So, I'm starting to incorporate healthy foods that were not on the "list" of foods I was able to eat, such as fruit.  This is considered the Maintenance Plan.  I can slowly incorporate other healthy foods, but in moderation. While on the Smart For Life Diet, I have been eating a lot of salmon. I love salmon.  I eat it 2-3 times a week.  I could eat it every day raw if it was possible.  Then I'd lay on the couch in a happy salmon coma.  Salmon is a good source …

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4 Ingredient Artichoke and Dip Recipe
July 9, 2017

This is not a sponsored post, however, my obsession with Kraft Olive Oil is completely my own and I will continue to recommend Kraft as my "go to" mayo. When I was a poor, starving, struggling model in Greece in my 20's, I'd leave the models hotel and go stay the weekend at my aunt’s house.  She always made sure I ate properly.  That's what family does. Let me rephrase:  That's what a Greek family does.  You will never starve around the Greeks, lol. I remember one evening I walked into the kitchen and she was making artichokes. I had never tried artichokes before and she let me try them with a special dipping sauce.  I didn't even know that artichokes had a "meat" on them that …

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How to Make Cocomocha Raspberry Waffles
June 29, 2017

This is a sponsored article for Brooklyn Bean Roastery. Some of the links in this article might be affiliate links which means If you click on it and purchase something, I will receive a commission. I love waffles.  Big, fluffy waffles.  But I can't make them AT ALL.  I also love chocolate, coconut and raspberries together.  The problem is time.  I never have time to cook and tend to talk myself out of it because I have this unrealistic goal of making them from scratch.  I'd also like to pick the raspberries fresh off the vine.  I can't do that either, lol.  But I can, however make cocomocha raspberry waffles that look and taste like home made.  I'm up for it, are you? Let's focus on the …

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How to Make A Mini Victoria Sponge Cake
June 20, 2017

This is a sponsored post for Stash Tea.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  I love a good cake.  But the calories must be worth it these days, as I am on a diet (the story of my life).   I am a "Brit" as they say.  But I'm half British and half Greek and while I do like some of the British food, I tend to lean on enjoying Greek food more. So, when I find something that is British that I love, like a Victoria Sponge Cake, I must share it.  I feel like I would be doing my readers a disservice by not sharing it. The Victoria Sponge was the favorite sponge cake of Queen Victoria, and has become a famous British tea-time sponge …

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How I Survived Mother's Day Brunch
May 17, 2017

I love reading all the funny stories online about Mother’s Day and how Mothers all around the world spend the day that celebrates the most unpredictable and most rewarding job of their lives. Some want to be alone at a Spa and have quiet time all to themselves, free of any diaper changing, LEGO building, princess tea parties.  Some want to simply take a hot shower for longer than five minutes.  Some want to spend the day with their kids after having breakfast in bed.  And some like to go out to brunch.  I like to go out to brunch. I can hear the gasps through this post.  "Why, oh why would you want to subject yourself to that?" you might ask. For one day out of the …

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Bird Nest's For Easter Treats
April 9, 2017

  Everyone is getting ready for Easter and I'm still creating Easter treats, lol.  You know me, Betty Crocker.  I just love making holiday treats.  These nests are a little different from the Florida nests. Why? Because they are from up North.  Notice that they are white, which means they are covered in snow.  I might do some Florida nests too, but I didn't have any milk chocolate or dark candy melts, lol. Here is the recipe.  But I warn you, they are yummmmmmmy. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:12] They are cute for Easter decorations or Easter baskets.  The best thing is that they are colorful and tastes yummy. If your looking for a fast treat (for example, school parties), these nests are so cute. I'd love to know how it works out! Or make sure …

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How To Eat Healthy On A Busy Schedule
March 18, 2017

Life is busy, whether your a mother or not.  Snacks are a big business and when you have kids, their snacks become your snacks.  Before you know it your living off of animal crackers, lol. Our busy lives force us to make bad decisions sometimes.  I have been working on this ever since I had children.  My struggle for balance is a daily challenge.  Eating sensibly is one of those challenges. We all want to find a better way to eat.  But does it have to be complicated to be healthy?  Sometimes it seems like a lot of work.  I weigh my food for portion control and count my macros.  I use an app to keep track of all my meals.  They have to be cooked fresh.  …

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Realtree Coffee MAX - Get Your Double Caffeine On!
March 17, 2017

Some days I really need a boost.  Most days I have three cups of coffee.  I try to cut down to two but always end up going back to three cups of coffee.  It's not just about the boost either, it's about taste and the comfort I get from sitting down and relaxing with my mug.  It might only be for five minutes, but it's something I look forward to three times a day. Because being a mom is tiring.  Being a forty-six-year-old mom to two boys under five is just exhausting.  It's worth every second, but it's truly exhausting. Sometimes I don't have time for my second as I'm rushing through the day and then the window of time for me to have my last cup …

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How to Make a Nonalcoholic Chocolate Coconut Tiramisu
March 15, 2017

  It's no secret that I love my sweets!  I also love anything creamy and chocolatey.  I've always wanted to make Tiramisu but I assumed it was too hard to make. Not so! I did some research and testing, lol, and I came up with a fabulous recipe for Tiramisu with a twist.  I added Java Factory Single Cup Coffee in Choconut, a delicious chocolate, coconut flavored coffee. It is one of the easiest recipes I've ever made!  Unbelievable!  And I've been missing out all these years...haha Check out my recipe [amd-yrecipe-recipe:10] The best part of this recipe is the flavored coffee used to soak the ladyfingers.  Make sure you have a Keurig and only use one single serve cup of Java Factory Single Cup Coffee in Choconut.  To make it stronger, …

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How to Make a Salted Caramel Pecan Crunch Ice Coffee
March 8, 2017

I drink coffee every day.  Usually, a simple coffee with creamer will do the trick.  But sometimes I like a really extravagant coffee.  When I'm in the mood for ice coffee, I usually go all out. I love salted caramel and whipped cream.  Throw in some nuts and crunch and I've got a delicious ice coffee. It's either all or nothing.  I don't do boring. So, I came up with a recipe for delicious home made ice coffee. The most important ingredient is Java Factory Da Bomb Single Serve Extra Bold Dark Roast Coffee.  It's double caffeinated!  Whoohoo!  This is perfect for an ice coffee because it's stronger and even if the ice melts it, it still has a kick! [amd-yrecipe-recipe:9] To grind the pecans and parlor perfect topping, use …

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Fasalakia Freska (Greek Green Beans and Potatoes)
February 18, 2017

Picture this: Athens, Greece, 1979.  I've had a long day at the local beach with my cousins.  We come home, eat some watermelon and have our siesta. Around four pm we are woken up by the aroma of my Yia Yia's cooking.  It is the best smell ever, the kind that lingers throughout the house.  I could hear her telling the dogs to get out of the kitchen while they were at her feet hoping for food to fall. Us kids would sit around the table in the kitchen and eat, always with a salad, feta cheese, kalamata olives and fresh bread.  These memories are the best memories of my life.  My Yia Yia never knew this, but I am extremely grateful that she taught my mother how …

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How to Make Homemade Cranberry Nut Granola
February 14, 2017

I love granola.  I've tried so many varieties and the one I like the most is the First Watch Granola.  The thing is that it's gets expensive buying it from a restaurant just to use for your yogurt!  So I decided to make my own. It was so delicious I thought I'd put it in mason jars and give it as gifts.  So now I have to make more! haha. There's nothing better than getting a gift that is made from the heart. It's such a simple way to give something special and tasty too!  All I did was make granola and put in in mason jars.  I cut out a circle of fabric and wove it into the lid.  Then I just a put a ribbon …

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Indulging On Valentines Day
February 10, 2017

For myself, I know that whenever a holiday comes up it triggers my eating patterns.  I want to celebrate.  In my mind celebrating means indulging.  But the problem is that it doesn't stop on the holidays.  It sets me up for bad eating habits.  Then I slowly get back into my unhealthy eating patterns.  I feel bad physically and emotionally and the cycle starts over. Whoa is me... But I found an easy solution to indulge without feeling all the guilt. And it's chocolate!  I can't live without chocolate.  Dr. Sass does not shy away from putting it in his cookies and protein bars.  Perhaps that's why I keep going back, lol. Smart For Life just came out with Chocolatey Protein Coins to satisfy my sweet tooth.  …

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3 Ingredient Valentines Cookie Pops Using Thin Mints
February 8, 2017

Girl Scout season is almost over.  Some might be sad but not me!  The hustle and bustle of Girl Scout sales has over welcomed it's stay with me as I cannot stop stuffing my face with Samoa's. Sa - Mo -Whoa is me! So I figured out a way to get rid of them.  Eh hem, I mean- give beautiful Valentines Day Cookie Pops. This is a simple 3 ingredient recipe.  You can either gift these cute pops or use them for decoration (yeah, right. Good luck with that!).  These Thin Mints inspired cookie pops are yummy!  Yummy in my kids tummy, that is. See there is a method to my madness.  I personally do not like sprinkles.  Yep, your heard that right.  I DON'T LIKE SPRINKLES!  Therefore, …

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Brooklyn Beans Boardwalk Blend Coffee Single-Cup Coffee
February 4, 2017

Lately, I've been trying to cut down a little on coffee.  By cut down, I mean go from drinking three sixteen ounce cups of coffee a day to one sixteen ounce cup and one-two ten ounce cups. Sounds like I have it under control, right? lol Drinking the single serve coffee is what's helping me do that.  My Keurig only allows the pod to brew up to ten ounces. I suppose I could brew two single serve coffees at once, but then I think I might have to enter a 12 step program for my addiction to coffee. Brooklyn Beans Roastery has the best single serve cups of coffee because they have such a variety.  With different flavors and types of roasts, I have a lot to choose from.  …

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Score Sweet Rewards at Walmart with Diet Dr Pepper
February 2, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeSweet Earn a $5 Walmart eGift Card when you buy $10 worth of Diet Dr Pepper®! Simply upload an image of your Walmart receipt at DrPepper.com/Walmart showing purchase of $10 worth of Diet Dr Pepper in a single transaction. Earning rewards is sweet! You know what else is? A FREE digital adult coloring book. Check it out today!

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Abby's Nut Butters
January 30, 2017

For the holidays, I was looking at different types of gifts to give.  I was trying to get away from the usual gifts I purchase and came across Abby's Better Nut Butter.  Uh...oh.  I am in trouble! Of course I had to try three, not one.  You know, to see which one I liked the best so I could let everyone know.  That's how I am, so thoughtful. lol. Not only was I putting total goodness in my body when I ate these nut butters, but they were absolutely delicious.  The Date Pecan is out of this world!  The Cashew Coconut is dreamy. It all started with Abby Kirchir's mission for a healthy snack.  With the encouragement of her mother, she started selling them at Farmers Markets and …

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