Universal Studios : Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hogsmeade Entrance

You didn't think we'd let the fun end in Key West did you? Of course not! We decided to tack on a couple of extra days to our journey. We said goodbye to my brother, rented a car at the airport and made the drive from Key West to Orlando. Which, making the 3 hour drive through the Keys during the daylight is a remarkable drive. Unique and beautiful. Our Orlando mission was crystal clear. Harry Potter. We are both HUGE Harry Potter fans and after the recent expansion which added Diagon Alley, … [Read more...]

Review: P28 High Protein Foods

P28 Trial Pack

If you are like us in that you love to eat, but also love to be healthy, then finding balance is a constant struggle. We find ourselves cutting out a lot of "bad" carbs like white potatoes, breads, bagels and chips because they hold very little nutritional value. Now I get super excited when I find a new brand that's found a way to cut down on the net carbs and pack a punch of protein in some of my favorite carb or fat heavy foods. So I was dying to try the P28 products when I heard about them. … [Read more...]

Key West : Danger Charters Wind & Wine Sunset Sail

Key West Sunset 5

For our last Key West post, we're going out with a bang. Just like our last night in Key West....we went out with a fun-filled, tipsy, wine filled Sunset Sail, compliments of Danger Charters. They're little office is unassuming and located on the pier right at the end of Front Street. Get there early b/c they leave on time. Can't have you missing the boat! Now before we get into this, I WISH I could recall the list of 8 exceptional wines they served us...but I can't. We were on vacation, and … [Read more...]

Key West: Key Lime Pie Throwdown

Key Lime Pie Company key lime pie slice

Well you knew we couldn't visit Key West without discovering for ourselves who has the best key lime pie on the island. Even during our short trip, we still managed to fit in three local key lime pie bakeries and we think we've found the very BEST! They all tout themselves as the original and as the best, well I'll let you decide for yourself. First up was the Key West Key Lime Pie Company claiming to be the Original for over 100 years - it's right on their sign. Their pies are award-winning … [Read more...]

Key West : Where We Ate

Old Town Bakery - Key West

So, this is more important that the last post, right? Let's be honest, it's all we really care about. Food. With 3 short days in Key West, we did not have time to eat everywhere we would have liked to, but suffice to say we did pretty doggone good for such a short trip. Hog's Breath Saloon - Duval Street One of the quintessential spots to hit up in Key West. It's famous, they have t-shirts, and well...yeah. We both had the fish tacos...to be honest they were not the best I've ever had, but … [Read more...]

Key West: What to Do

Mallory Square - sunset 2

Fun fact: My husband's(much) younger brother currently lives in Key West, FL. Why? Well, ask the United States Navy. That's where they've put him for the time being. So, it gives us a terribly convenient excuse to take a mini-vacay...which is exactly what we did in the fall. We made the absolute most out of our time down there in just 3 quick days. So, let's talk about the bevy of things you can do to keep yourself entertained! Bonus: these are all family friendly activities! We've added a … [Read more...]

What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Sweet potato casserole 2

To get us in the mood for Turkey Day - but let's be honest here I don't need to be put in the mood for a day full of glorious carbs that don't count (shhh...don't tell Tony H.) - I thought we'd pull together a collection of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. So here's what may or may not be on our table this year... The Big T - The Turkey: We've gone brine and we're never going back. The best turkey we've EVER made. Seriously. Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey Dressing / Stuffing … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


I'm sharing a recipe from our Panache Bake Shoppe days that was a seasonal favorite among friends, taste-testers and customers. Bonus: it's perfect for this time of year, for your Thanksgiving table and I've made the cupcake recipe into a bread to giveaway at Christmas! The flavors in this cupcake are so perfectly balanced - a super moist pumpkin spice cake sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate chips, topped with the perfect cinnamon cream cheese frosting!Photo courtesy Erin … [Read more...]