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  • Timing worked out serendipitously for sure. Many weeks ago as I was planning the third recipe in my mango series, cupcakes were on my radar. What I hadn’t done was check the calender! I was born on a Friday, a MONTH after my due date and weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs 12 oz!! – my poor mom. I arrived one day before my
  • I don’t have a favorite color, a favorite movie, a favorite flavor of ice cream… but, I do have a favorite fruit. It’s no secret I’ve got a huge crush on mango! One of the most juicy, most luscious fruits in existence, it’s perfect to indulge my sweet tooth. My mom and dad have a prolific mango tree, and this time of year
  • What can I say about my dad, Bob Beall, except that he is one of the best people I’ve ever known, and a role model in every way. He has just the right amount of focus and drive, he leads with quiet fortitude and humility, and exhibits incredible goofiness and love for life. He is kind, gentle-hearted, and down to earth, allowing him
  • I’ve long had the idea to do a special post in honor of my mom for Mother’s Day. Coconut cream pie is one of her all time favorite desserts, so, Mom, this one’s for you-and all the other coconut cream-loving moms out there! I have to say, it was tough to choose given my mom has a lot of favorite treats. My first
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed… It’s not what you’re thinking, no one’s getting married! This is my Easter post, and I’ve got three recipes that bring this old saying to “Topp” of mind. Lots of people have an Easter main they make every year, usually a honey ham or a leg of lamb. So I focused on dishes
  • You may recall reading about my recipe box in an earlier story. I received this wonderful gift from my aunt Adrienne years ago, and cherish the heirloom recipes it contains. This dish, Mrs. LaPlant’s Shrimp, is one of the many jewels. On the back of the card Adrienne notes that Bob LaPlant was the first Bealls store manager,
  • This is a super fun and tasty appetizer, but you could also serve it with mashed potatoes and make a meal out of it. I do it more frequently as the former because I can prep everything ahead and cook the meatballs just before guests arrive so they are warm and sticky as they come out of the oven. Toota was my dad’s great aunt,
  • When it comes to the holidays in Florida, the only “white Christmas” you’ll find is on our sandy beaches. Creating holiday cheer in the Sunshine State takes a little effort – from lights on palm trees to tinsel draped evergreens, to catching a glimpse of Santa decked out in red swim trunks. Most Floridians can’t imagine it any other
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