Citrus Salad with Toasted Coconut & Pistachios

Citrus Salad with Toasted Coconut and Pistachios

I’ve been trying to eat a more healthful diet since falling off the clean-eating wagon during the holidays and being run over repeatedly.  And then there’s the blog.  Someone has to sample my recipes before I share them, right?  I’ve officially delegated that entire job to my husband, my children and whoever happens to be at my home or walking by . . . for now.  And what about winter?  Why do I seem to eat more during winter?  It’s not like I’m preparing to hibernate or anything.

We haven’t experienced too much cold weather here in the south (yet), but we have had an unusual amount of rain and cloudy days that seemed to turn into weeks.  It could be downright depressing for a sun-loving girl like me if I didn’t have my citrus salad with toasted coconut and pistachios to cheer me up. It’s healthy, delicious and nutritious!

I was going to call my salad a deconstructed citrus salad with toasted coconut and pistachios and citrus balsamic vinaigrette, but man, that’s a mouth full!  So I just gave it a nickname.

My citrus salad is light, refreshing and provides a crunch from the coconut and the nuts.  The vinaigrette provides a smooth, sweet finish to this perfect winter dessert or snack.

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4 Ingredient Brown Sugar Shortbread

Four ingredients – that’s all this recipe calls for and I bet you’ve got them in your pantry!

Sometimes I find a new recipe I want to try and when I see the long list of ingredients I tend to put it on my “maybe” list.  You know, that list that never sees the light of day.

These 4 ingredient brown sugar shortbread cookies are one of those recipes that makes the keeper list and you’ll find yourself making them over and over during the holiday season.

Only 4 ingredients - brown sugar shortbread

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Turkey Taco Ring

Every year I try to come up with an easy, creative and tasty way to use the little bit of turkey left from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I don’t have a huge amount of leftovers, but I don’t want any of that bird to go to waste.

After the formality of Thanksgiving day, Friday is usually spent lounging around watching sports and spending some down time with the family.  I usually spend the day in yoga pants and a t-shirt. So I came up with this easy turkey taco ring to match our informal day.

Turkey Taco Ring


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Hazelnut Toffee

Of all the recipes I’ve shared on my blog, the ones that get the most comments, likes, shares and views are always the sweet ones!  And with all the holiday parties fast approaching, I thought I would continue the trend and share my Hazelnut Toffee.

This Hazelnut Toffee is sweet and buttery with plenty of crunch.  You could use dark, white or milk chocolate and substitute almonds for the hazelnuts.




I can remember the first time I used a candy thermometer.  I was shaking in my shoes!  And it was all for naught!  If you’ve never made toffee before, have no fear!  This recipe is easy and fail proof.  You just need a good candy thermometer and a large heavy saucepan and you’re in business.

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