Open-faced Pineapple Turkey Summer Slider

It’s Monday, and it seems like your socks need to be rocked.

 Drop your glasses, shake your asses

Face screwed up like you having hot flashes

Which one, pick one, this one, classic

 … *gasp* bad words

Also, that song will now be in my head all day … I’ll be strolling down the street , yelling Eve at the top of my lungs.

 That’s some classy stuff right thhhuuurr.

I annoy myself … on the constant. True story. 

I like it when my food looks pretty, I feel like it’s half the battle.

Especially these days, I’m trying to eat healthy and I know that healthy doesn’t have to taste or look like cardboard but sometimes it can get boring. A woman can only drink so many smoothies, and eat so many kale / spinach salads.

 I’m on a new sweet-salty-savory combo kick these days. And pretty – when life fails, get pretty.

 And then I made this pish-posh meal. It looks fancy pants, but is a breeze – that’s the good stuff. Wow your tummy and guest by making it seem like you got all Haute and bothered, when actually you’ve been sipping margaritas with your feet in the pool all day.

 I actually had no intention of writing about this recipe, therefore I have little to no pictures, but then I tasted it.

And it would be wrong ( and probably a little greedy) if I didn’t sprinkle some sum-sum-summaaa time in your life.

Annoyed. I know. Sorry.

 Open-faced Pineapple Turkey Summer Slider

Grilled Pineapple:


1 Large Pineapple


Slice the pineapple into 1inch rounds – set aside, as you will grill these at the very end.


 Sweet Onion Bourbon Jam:


5 Large onions

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Bourbon Rum

1 Tsp. Sea salt


Finely slice each of the onions – no need to be neat, they will melt down either way.

Over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil.

Add onions to pan and brown for 25 minutes.

Add 1 tbsp. of bourbon, cover and reduce heat to low.

Allow to cook for 40 minutes, mixing occasionally.

 The onions will caramelize and begin to melt down. Add sea salt.

Remove from the heat and set aside for your burger

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Turkey Rye Burger:


1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 large egg

4 Cloves of Garlic – minced

¼ cup fresh parsley – chopped

1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt

½ Tbsp Ground pepper

½ Tbsp chilli flakes

2 slices of day old rye bread broken into small pieces ( you should end up with about a cup and a half of pieces)



Mix together all of your ingredients, forming 4 large-thick patties.

Grill your burgers to your liking.

Before turning off the grill, add your pineapples to the BBQ for 2 minutes on each side ( just long enough, to get those delicious char marks)


Cranberry Compote:


4 cups Fresh Cranberries

¼ Tbsp Cinnamon


Preheat oven to 450 oc

Wash and dry your cranberries. Scatter onto a baking tray.

Roast for 40 minutes, turning half way through to avoid sticking.

 Remove from the heat, place in large bowl and add cinnamon. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth.

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 Layer all of your components and chow down!!

Sunday’s With Joy: Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

With all the cookie munching going on around here and while burying myself in mounds of butter, sugar and flour I noticed LTSL has been lacking something.

Something VERY important.

A salad.

Children of the playground, the fact is life is about balance.

It should be a mix of eating healthy, exercising, laughing, loving, having great friends and family … aaannndd of course a cupcake – – or two. But all in moderation.

Personally, I work out and eat well Monday to Thursday and then on the weekend (yes, my weekend starts on a Friday🙂 )  I allow my body to rest and indulge in a little sweet satisfaction.  Honestly, I hate working out. HATE IT. I cry, scream and curse the entire time. But after – – I feel like superwoman and I’m happy to go about my day.

I also do it because I like eating things like this … and do we even have to go into my cookie cravings.  But I save that for the weekend.

During the week, I need salads – whole grains – lean meats and to have my cupcake kicked when I work out. I crave fresh vegetables and the crunch of an apple … or two.

I need it all. And it needs to be pretty. And delicious.

This week, I worked my magic and added a splash of Sunday’s with Joy and….


Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

1/2 Cup of Joy The Baker‘s Honey Mustard Cashews (see below for alterations)

2 Firm Mangos ~ thinly sliced

1/2 Sweet Bell Pepper ~ thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot ~ thinly sliced

2 Cloves of Garlic ~minced

2 Tbsp each of fresh Cilantro ,Basil, Mint and Thyme ~minced

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Tsp Granulated Sugar

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce

1 Cup of pre-cooked shrimp, seasoned to taste with Salt and Pepper


Joy The Baker’s Honey Mustard Cashews

*Note: I used Joy’s recipe, that can be found in her fantastic book … buy it, trust me. It’s a classic and a keeper. It doesn’t even have time to sit on my shelf. I substitution Maple Syrup for the mustard and used Almonds instead of cashews.


Shrimp Mango Salad

Prepare all of the ingredients, as advised above.

Toss together all of your vegetables and seasonings.

In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and Sriracha.

Add your salad dressing, to your vegetable and herb mixture and toss.

Top with shrimp and sprinkle with Almonds.

With all this yummy action, I don’t mind skimping on the sweet treats for a while.

Enjoy my sugarpies


Opa! Quinoa Kale Greek Salad

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a pool boy.

A young good-looking man, that is well toned but not huge. He should have great hair, and the greatest smile.

He would be kind, and have amazing hands to delicately massage sunscreen on me.

His day would be spent brining me iced cold drinks and yummy snacks as I sit by the pool lounging in the sun – in a classy but still sexy bikini.

In this little wonder world, I would also be a size 2 and continuously scarfing down cupcakes …

A girl can dream can’t she?

Instead, I work Monday to Friday – suffer from humidity inflicted frizz ball hair and I don’t even have a pool.  

Size 2 – nope.

Scarfing down cupcakes … well that still happens :) 

In both my dreams and reality one thing stays the same – – I don’t want to do anything when it’s scorching hot outside.  

So we resort to bingeing on  salads.

This week, we went Greek and it was perfection. Add some grilled chicken or salmon and you’ve got yourself a meal!!

Opa! Quinoa Kale Greek Salad

1/4 Cup Quinoa

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Onion Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

1 1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Chopped Cucumber

1/2 Cup Baby Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Chopped Red Onions

1/2 Cup Kalamata Olives

1 Cup Shredded Kale

1/4 Cup Goat Cheese


Over medium heat, bring water to a boil.

Add the black pepper, onion powder, salt and garlic powder.

Add the quinoa and boil for 20 minutes ( or until all the water has absorbed).

Once the quinoa has become soft and yummy, fluff-er up!

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together quinoa – tomatoes – cucumber – onions – olives and kale.

Last but not least, top with crumbled goat cheese.

Refrigerate until ready to chow down on !! 


Stay sweet my loves, if anyone minds lending me their pool boy … let me know😀

ohh and one more thing – – don’t forget to enter my tripple whammy cookbook giveaway😀 … and now,

Stay Sweet xox

Baby Tomato Antipasto Salad

Kiddos …

This recipe isn’t deep-fried.

It isn’t drenched in barbecue sauce.

There isn’t gooey cheese … and it doesn’t involve using beer to complete the recipe (although, who says you can’t enjoy a nice cold beer with a meal ?!?! :))

It’s not even finger food to be honest.

But it’s delicious. And it’s fresh. It’s loaded with veggies. And the word Antipasto makes me feel a little Italian (pretty much my lifelong dream)

It’s delicious and if you want, you can make this along with all your yummy goodies for Superbowl sunday.

Orrr …. I have a wicked-good idea!!

How about you make this salad today – – load up on it until Sunday and then go carb-cheese-anything&everything deep fried  crazy come Game Day🙂

Genius huh? – – I’m all for balance😉

I’ll be honest – – that’s my plan annd I caaannn’ttt waaaaiiiiittt!!

I have to be honest though … I don’t know a single thing about football. I don’t know who’s playing this weekend ( I over heard someone say something about the patriots … mmmyea… okay, that sounds good – – don’t yell at me if im wrong). I don’t know what end zone means … nor where any of the players are supposed to run.

On the other hand …

I know it’s good to get a touch down and I know there will be amazing food on sunday. But until then, I shall chow down on this deliciousness until it’s wing day

– care to join me ?

Baby Tomato Antipasto Salad

4 Containers of Baby Tomatoes ( approximately 6 cups)

1 Cup Black Kalamata Olives

1 Cup Pimento Stuffed Manzanilla Olives

1 Cup Marinated Artichokes

1 Cup Roasted Red Peppers – chopped

2 Cups Small Pearl Bocchini cheese

5 Cloves of garlic – minced

1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley

1/3 Cup Fresh Thyme

1/3 Cup Fresh Rosemary

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Tbsp Sea Salt

3 Tbsp Black Pepper


In a large bowl, add all of the the ingredients.

Mix well and ….

Eat’em up or refrigerate until you’re ready to mangia!!

Buon appetito Sweet Hearts!!


Triple Berry Fennel Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Want to know something weird – I adore fruits in my salad…. but I don’t like fruit salad.

I’ll eat all the fruits in a fruit salad separately – – but add them all in a bowl and I’ll pass – weird right? I think I just don’t like them touching … I know, that sounds creepy – – sorry😦

Want to know something else, I adore salads. They’re just so fresh and versatile. Whatever you have on hand, throw it on top some greens – add some grains, nuts or seeds and *bham* you have yourself a salad.

Winter, spring, summer or fall – – I would be content to eat salads morning, noon and night (but then after, please pass me the most luxurious, butter filled cookie you have ;))

It’s about balance. If I eat a salad or two, I can eat desert ( a hundred times – – what, *who said that* lol)

So, ladies and gents – – I present to you one of my favourite salads.

Triple Berry Fennel Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Triple Berry Fennel Salad

3 Cups Baby Spinach Mixed Greens

1 Medium sized head of fennel, finely sliced

1 Cup sliced Strawberries ( approximately 5 large strawberries)

1 Cup Blackberries

1 Cup Blueberries


Easy-peasy : take all of the above and mix together.

Maple Mustard Salad Dressing

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1/2 Tbsp  Ground Garlic Powder


Whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup.

Add the Dijon Mustard, Black pepper and ground garlic powder.

Refrigerate until ready to use, or add this liquid love to your salad and enjoy!!

Be Sweet, my loves