Hot and Spicy Hot Cocoa

Drinkable hot chocolate—what isn’t to love? There’s nothing like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold, snowy day to warm you from the inside out … or to cheer you up when rain is putting a chill in the air. Even in warm weather, hot cocoa is great in pretty much the same way…

Peppercorn Steak with Hawaiian Pepper Smoked Pineapple

Family luaus may now have a new menu item. Picture mouthwatering, perfectly seasoned steak made even juicier by the sweet and tangy taste of pineapple. Steak is great, spice is wonderful, but smoked pineapple makes this dinner sublime! Every bite is delicious, making this meal a family favorite. It is surprisingly easy to make and…

Spicy Mango Salsa

Sweet and spicy, spicy and sweet. Any way you say it, Spicy Mango Salsa is the perfect treat. There’s nothing like salsa; it’s the perfect snack or appetizer. But our Spicy Mango Salsa takes salsa to the next level. This perfect blend of spice and sweetness not only is great for snacking but also unleashes…

Verbena’s Super-Duper Blue Cheese Dressing

Your favorite dish is simply naked without this dressing. Before the “salty/sweet” craze there was blue cheese … and the Super-Duper Blue Cheese Dressing does sweet justice for your palate. Enjoy the sweet, salty, and slightly spicy flavor with a creamy texture that complements your favorite salads and makes your dips scrumptious. Dress up your…

Awesome Mango Lassi

Awesome Mango Lassi If you’ve never been to India, you are about to taste India coming to you. The Awesome Mango Lassi is just that awesome. But awesome isn’t enough to describe the beauty of this drink. Long before there were yogurt drinks for kids, there was the Lassi.  Refreshingly sweet full of that delightful…

Amazing Deviled Eggs

You might now want to serve these at your next church picnic, these are Amazing Deviled Eggs are just to devilishly good. With the perfect combination of light texture and tantalizing flavor you will be tempted to eat more than just one. Be careful it may have you doing naughty things like licking your fingers…

Easy Luscious Lemon Pound Cake

Mmm mmmm mmmm this luscious pound cake will make you want to skip the main course and go straight to desert.  My Luscious Lemon Pound cake is everything a good dessert is supposed to be, full of flavor, pleasingly sweet, and a treat to the tongue. Serve this at your next dinner party, BBQ, church…

Very Lemon Chicken

Nobody will have to ask “What’s that flavor?” because they will be able to tell exactly what it is with this Very Lemon Chicken.  Full of flavor, with the right balance of sweet and tart will make any chicken proud to be on your plate. You simply have to try it, and when you do…

Verbena’s Virgin Bloody Mary 

Have fun with a virgin. No this isn’t sex on the beach. It’s a whole other level of pleasure. You are going to fall in love with Verbena’s Virgin Bloody Mary. It may be a virgin but it has all the spice, flavor, that will make you say “More, More, More” Dive in…you’ll never forget…

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THE 30-DAY RESET INTRO

My mom always told me, “Work expands to the time allotted.” She was so right. That’s why I set out to redesign my life. The pain of not having the dream life I wanted—the picket fence and beautiful flower garden, with time to cook and to read on the porch—led me to pledge that I…

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“On the 28th Day of the New Year the Wish I Gave To Me…  I Do My Daily Affirmations!” “On the 29th Day of the New Year the Wish I Gave To Me… I Enjoy At Least One Weekly Sunset!” “On the 30th Day of the New Year the Wish I Gave To Me… A Daily Gratitude…