“I dream of painting, then I paint my dreams” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

The simplicity of the great brunch or breakfast dish is the thing of dreams!

But the elegance is unmatched and truly tastes like a dream.



Cara Cara Dream Oranges

  • 4 Cara Cara oranges, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey 

    Preheat oven to broil.
    Arrange oranges on lines baking sheet and evenly sprinkle brown sugar over oranges.
    Broil oranges for 3-5 mins, making sure not to burn.
    Arrange oranges on a serving plate, sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with honey.

    (Note – for easier consumption, you can peel oranges first but just not quite as pretty)



“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” ~ Martina Navratilova

I got a HUGE compliment from my husband!

He told me that the ham I baked for Christmas dinner was the best ham he had ever had!

BTW – he turned 50 this month, so that means the best ham in FIFTY years!

(Happy Birthday REP!)

It was a good Ham – for the first time ever, we ended up eating the whole whopping thing.

We had ham sandwiches, fried ham in biscuits and chopped ham in farmer omelets, etc.

Made me feel very frugal. 🙂

So if you have a hankering for a good ham (would be great for Sunday dinner) or just a great compliment from your hubby (or wife). You need to give this very delicious but very easy ham a try.

Best Ham Ever

(adapted from South Your Mouth)

  • 6-8 lb. bone-in, cured ham
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup prepared dijon mustard
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1½ cup of coke
  • 1 Large turkey baking bag

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Score the Ham 1/4 inches down in a diamond patter.

Place the ham in the baking bag on it’s bottom (cut side out). Place bag on a roasting pan.

Mix mustard and sugar together in a small bowl until combined. Spread mixture over the whole ham (in the bag).

Place orange wedges around the base of the ham and pour coke around the bottom on the ham (not over the top – you do not want to wash your sugar mixture up.

With a puff of air into the bag, close the opening tightly and with a sharp knife, cut 3, 1 inch slits on the top of the bag.

Cook for 1.5 – 2 hours.

Let ham rest for 30 minutes before serving.



“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.” ~ Mother Teresa

When I’m trying to eat healthier, one of the things I try and keep on hand are ingredients for smoothies. Frozen fruit, yogurt, juice, protein powder etc.

They are tasty, filling and if you make them right – good for you.

I usually have the typical one with strawberries, blueberries and bananas but I wanted to switch it up a bit.

The following recipe did just that and it did not disappoint.

Citrus Banana Oat Smoothie

(adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup prepared quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 large banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Pour everything in blender and blend until smooth.

Makes 2 servings. Around 260 calories per serving.