What to do in Key West
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chili lime chicken tacos

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos

I love tacos.  I love chicken. I love spice.  I love... well, you get the idea.  Chili Lime Chicken Tacos is the answer to my cravings.  So easy to make I will probably make this a lot this summer.  You will too. Step ...


grilled pineapple salsa

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Nothing says summer like grilling.  That said, I found a recipe for Grilled Pineapple Salsa, that goes with not just chips, but Chili Lime Chicken Tacos.  The grilled pineapple adds a smokey flavor and the jalapeño adds the perfect spicy bite. I chose ...


white chocolate chip key lime island cookie recipe

White Chocolate Chip Key Lime Island Cookie Recipe

I was inspired by the recipe on the back of the package of white chocolate chips to make this version.  The original recipe, I thought, considered the Island to be Hawaii and I wanted my Island cookies to reflect Key West.  So... ...


fruit salsa

Fruit Salsa

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner which means the stores are full of fresh fruit.  Yay... fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries... well you get the idea.  Here is a quick and absolute yummy treat to make with all of ...


hennessy drink recipes

5 Hennessy Drink Recipes for Summer

It's summertime and you are spending more time outside ... poolside, backyard, or even your Tiki Bar.  What you need are some really good cocktail recipes.  After all, beer and wine can be a little boring.  Try one of these Hennessy drink ...


subway raspberry cheesecake cookie recipe

Copycat Subway Raspberry Cheesecake Cookie Recipe

This copycat Subway Raspberry Cheesecake Cookie recipe makes the best cookies.  I made a batch and took them to work and they were gone ... almost instantly.  Everyone raved about the taste of the cookies and, well how gosh darn good they ...


cuban black bean soup

Cuban Black Bean Soup – A taste of Key West

When you are in Key West, you know it.  Not because it's warm and there are palm trees everywhere.  You know you are in Key West because of the food, the smells, the music and ... well let's face it... the vibe. ...


scooby snack drink recipe

Scooby Snack Drink Recipe

This green shot reminds me a lot of a Pina Colada.  The coconut and pineapple, obviously are a reoccurring theme in tropical drinks and shots.  The melon liqueur add an unexpected freshness to this shot.  This Scooby Snack drink recipe will be ...


bushwacker drink recipe

Bushwacker Drink Recipe

Think of this drink as a creamy chocolate pina colada.  Yep, the Bushwacker drink recipe is that good.  But, a quick word of caution, these don't taste like they have much alcohol so they go down very easy.  Take it easy with ...


blue moon margarita

Blue Moon Margarita

Imagine sipping a drink as blue as the ocean.  You can hear the ocean and the sound of steel drums.  Are you in heaven?  In Key West?  In your back yard?  This Blue Moon Margarita will transport you to paradise no matter ...


margaritaville frozen concoction maker

3 Must Make Drinks Using the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker

When we remodeled our basement a few years ago, we added a Tiki Bar.  Our own version of Margaritaville.  We rushed out and bought our own Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker.  But, I struggled to find really good recipes.  When we were in ...


strawberry daiquiri mix

Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

Store bought Strawberry Daiquiri mix is sweet and filled with lots of sugar.  It is so easy to make your own and you don't have to wait for strawberries to be in season. Step 1: In a blender add strawberries, sugar, hot water and ...


margarita cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

After making homemade margarita mix, I became obsessed on the many different ways I could use it.  These margarita cupcakes are easy to make, since they start with a mix.  But, best of all, they can be taken to parties and work, ...


margarita ice cream

Margarita Ice Cream

Margarita Ice Cream.... doesn't that sound heavenly?  It is so easy to make and best of all, you don't need an ice cream maker. Step 1: Whisk together lime juice, tequila and triple sec.  Fresh lime juice is best, but if you don't have ...


margarita mix

Homemade Margarita Mix

Homemade margarita mix... let that sink in.  It is really as yummy as it sounds.  A good, no a great drink starts with really good ingredients and a margarita is no exception.  Fresh is always best and this mix you will find ...


Citrus Margarita

Citrus Margarita

In my younger days, margaritas were not my go to drink.  Most margaritas have a "bite" that takes an acquired taste.  But, once I began to experiment with flavors, I found fresh mixes made the best drinks.  This Citrus Margarita is the ...


lunchroom butter cookie recipe

Lunchroom Butter Cookie Recipe

Remember those yummy butter cookies we had for lunch when we were kids?  This is the recipe.  They are not as sweet as a shortbread, but have a very buttery flavor.  With only four ingredients, which most of us have on hand, ...


pink panty dropper drink recipe

Pink Panty Dropper Drink Recipe

So, I am surfing around the internet, and find a recipe for the Pink Panty Dropper ... say what?  I, of course, clicked on it and read about this ... punch, drink, mass quantity libation.  All I could think of was... really? ...


strawberry white chocolate cake mix cookies

Strawberry White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

These are so pretty and pink.  Perfect for Valentine's Day or a baby shower... imagine, these on a white plate with pretty flowers all around.  Yep... wouldn't last long in my house.  I made these using a new kind of M&M.  They ...


Jagermeister drink recipes

7 Best Jagermeister Drink Recipes

Jagermeister is a very popular liqueur.  Obviously the best known drink is the Jager Bomb, but how about trying something new and different?  We think these are the 7 best Jagermeister drink recipes. Dr. Jager 1 1/2 oz Dr. Pepper 1 1/2 oz Jagermeister Pour into ...


Pignoli cookie recipe

Pignoli Cookie Recipe

What are pignoli cookies?  They are are yummy, chewy macaroon style cookie from Sicily, Italy.  This pignoli cookie recipe is so simple and quick.  Pignoli means 'pine nut' in Italian.  When you see a pine nut cookie it probably will be a ...


b52 drink recipe

B52 Drink Recipe and other Variations

This is certainly a throw-back drink.  I asked my twenty something son about the B52 and he gave me that blank stare... once again, I am showing my age.  The B52 drink recipe is very easy to make and is actually quite ...


Panera Shortbread Cookie Recipe

The Best Panera Shortbread Cookie Recipe Ever

I love shortbread.  More specifically, Panera's shortbread.  This is the best Panera shortbread recipe ever!  It is quick and so easy to make. Step 1: Combine butter, cake flour, confectioner's sugar, baking soda and vanilla.  I use a mixer with a paddle attachment.  I ...


white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie recipe

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

White chocolate and macadamia nuts seem to be made for each other.  They are so tropical.. the crunch of the nuts and the soft flavor of the white chocolate... takes be back to any Island.  These cookies will certainly remind you of ...


peppermint vodka

4 Ways to Enjoy Peppermint Vodka

Did you buy a bottle of peppermint vodka and now wonder how in the world you are going to use it?  Well, here are four yummy ways you can enjoy peppermint vodka all year round. Peppermint Cooler For those warm summer days, try this ...


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