Garlic-free Sun-dried Tomato Spinach Pesto

If you’ve ever had fresh made pesto, you know that it’s just about one of the best things ever. The only problem with that is…I’m allergic to garlic, and there’s garlic in EVERYTHING, including pesto. So, in my quest to cook and eat healthier, I looked around for an easy, tasty pesto without garlic and discovered that it’s actually super simple! The spinach part…well, that wasn’t really on purpose. I’m not sure if it’s a Florida thing, but fresh basil is hard to come by outside of an actual basil plant. I just happened to have a large amount of fresh spinach and said “why not?” Thankfully, it turned out deeeee-lish. Here’s how I make it:


  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (almonds work, as well)
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Makes: about ½ cup pesto. Prep/cook time: 5 minutes.

  1. Add the spinach, olive oil, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, cumin, parmesan, salt, and pepper to food processor.
  2. Pulse until mixture is creamy and evenly mixed, scraping sides of bowl periodically. Add ingredients as needed, to taste.
  3. Transfer to air-tight container and refrigerate.

Coffee Sugar Scrub DIY

If you know me, then you know I love coffee. I love everything to do with coffee. The smell, the taste, the action of drinking it. It’s pure heaven….Mmm…coffee…

Pardon me, I was having a moment. So yeah, I love coffee! Over the holidays, I was surfing Pinterest (as many do) for some pinspiration and discovered several recipes for DIY coffee sugar scrub. “Hey! I can make that!” I said to myself. Because I talk to myself. It’s cool, I’m not crazy…Anywho, I thought I would share how I did it!

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 parts used coffee grounds (upcycling, baby!)
  • 2 parts sugar (you can use white, brown, whatever floats your boat)
  • 1 parts oil (I prefer coconut, but you can use whichever)
  • Any add-ins/flavors. I’ve done vanilla and pumpkin spice in the past. For this batch, I used dark chocolate cocoa powder. Smelled amaze-balls, y’all.

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Mix 3 parts (cups, tablespoons, random spoonful) coffee grounds, 2 parts sugar, and 1 part oil in a medium bowl. Add any mix-ins, like vanilla or chocolate for scent.

Step 2: Stir.

Step 3: Test it out on your hands to make sure the proportions are right for you.

Step 4: Transfer to container of your choice! I’m a mason jar kind of girl, personally.

Step 5: Enjoy your newly exfoliated and nourished skin!

How to make easy guacamole with stuff that’s in your fridge

Who doesn’t love fresh guac? The other day I realized I had two good sized avocados that were about to be over ripe. So, I checked around my kitchen and realized I had all the fixins’ of one of the best snacks of all time: guacamole! 🥑


  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • Onion (I had like a little red onion, so that’s what I went with, but typically yellow is the way to go)
  • Chilis (jalapeños work best. I happened to keep hatch green chilis on hand 🤷🏼‍♀️)
  • 1-2 tsp lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving size: 40 g

1. Dice the onion and tomato into small pieces.

2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit (either by using a knife or just squeezing it out if the avocado is ripe enough), and scrape into a bowl.

3. Add the tomatoes, onion, about 2 tsp hatch chilis, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and mix.

4. Depending on your preferences, you can add more spices to the mix. I like a good amount of flavor, so I added 1 tsp of cayenne and 1 tsp cumin.

5. Grab your favorite chips and enjoy!

How to Use Your Indian Leftovers – and what to do when you mess it up

So, on Friday, The Hubs and I had our weekly splurge night at this delicious Indian restaurant not far from us. We had pakora! Naan! Butter chicken! Navratan korma! Rice! Wine! So much nom.

But, what the hell do you do when you’re left with just the butter sauce, and no chicken?? Defrost some chicken, of course.

Here we go…

Step one: Season chicken with vaguely Indian-sounding flavors. I used curry powder, cumin, and The Hubs’ fancy-looking garam masala powder. Throw in a pan with some olive oil and cook on medium.

Step two: flip chicken halfway through to brown evenly on both sides.

Step three: Chicken will be done when it reaches 165 degrees or higher. Don’t have a instant read thermometer? I didn’t either, but thankfully The Hubs asked for one for our wedding! Thanks, babe.

Step four: Pull the chicken off and slice into pieces. Pour the leftover butter chicken sauce into the pan to heat up, with the plan to add the chicken when the sauce is hot. Watch the sauce OVER heat and burn a little, then add the chicken. Oops.

Step five: Get the other leftover Indian food (we had more rice and navratan korma still), heat that up in the trusty microwave, and mix it in. Cross your fingers that it tastes good.

Step six: Pour yourself a big glass of wine and enjoy your bastardized Indian leftovers with whatever floppy-eared pup you have available while watching your favorite HGTV home renovation show.

What leftovers or dishes have you had to rescue? Let me know!

How to defrost chicken quickly

Want to cook some chicken, but it’s frozen solid? Or did you just forget to pull it out of the freezer, even though The Hubs (aka my husband) asked you several times…Yeah, that happens a lot. But, thankfully, it’s pretty easy to quickly get it de-frozen (that’s totally a word!).

Step one: get your chicken and a bowl. (Shout out to Costco’s giant bags of frozen chicken – you the real MVP here.)

Step two: put the chicken in a plastic bag.

Step three: add COLD water to the chicken bowl. Don’t add hot water, you’ll get sort of cooked, gross chicken.

Step three: wait about 30-60 minutes, check and/or flipping halfway through. If you need to, dump out the water and put fresh water in. The point is to get the ice up to thawing temperature.

Step four: cook the chicken! I pulled my chicken out to add it to some leftover butter chicken (yum!) for dinner.

Let me know how you cooked yours!