Avocado and Strawberry Margaritas

avocado and strawberry margarita recipe @createdbydiane

May is just about upon us and with Spring in full swing here in Southern California that means lots of get togethers! Cinco de Mayo is at the top of my list for a really fun day to enjoy some delicious food and drinks and enjoy all spring has to offer, like beautiful flowers and the seasons … [Read more...]


Lemon Waffle Cookies

Lemon Waffle Cookies from @createdbydiane.jpg

Now there is no reason not to have waffles all day long... These waffle cookies remind me of fresh made waffles and ice cream at the board boardwalk, I'm not sure why....it must be the sweet smell of them baking or that slightly sweet lemony taste of lemonade I recall getting there too. I have … [Read more...]


Celebrating with Star Cookies

Celebrating with Star Cookies from @createdbydiane

Every party needs cookies, don't you think? Baby Showers are no different and today it's time to celebrate! Stephanie of Back for Seconds just had a baby boy and to welcome her new arrival a group of bloggers are getting together to throw her a virtual baby shower today. I made … [Read more...]


In Remembrance


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4th of July

Red White and Blue Collage @Createdbydiane

Happy 4th of July! I've been sharing lots of Red, White and Blue treats this past week or so and here is one more. Stars are so cute and I found these cute star sprinkles and just couldn't wait to put them all over cupcakes. They are a simple and fun way to decorate cupcakes for July 4th and can be … [Read more...]


Mango Pecan Muffins with Mango Icing

Mango Pecan Muffins

These aren't just any muffins, no these are Mother's Day Muffins...actually they are Mango Mother's Day Muffins. Ok say that five times fast! I made some muffins so that on Mother's Day morning I know I will be waking up to a real treat! Do you do the same thing? Do you plan out your own … [Read more...]


Happy Valentine’s Day {gingerbread Valentine’s}

the heart of the HOME Valentine's Gingerbread House

Happy Valentine's Day I love LOVE it's the most amazing thing to feel it and to give it!  I had a gingerbread house that I didn't get around to decorating in December, can you guess why....you guessed it, too busy. I may or may not have another one too...who says gingerbread is only for … [Read more...]


Dreaming of a white Christmas

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I've been dreaming of a white Christmas, I won't even tell you for how long. I always wish for snow just one day a year would be great! It's sure has been cold enough, it's possible, it's been in the 30's. In Southern California, that is COLD!!! But still no snow. I hope you'll be enjoying this … [Read more...]


50+favorite blogger best recipes {book 100% proceeds benefit the American Red Cross}

heart baked goods createdby-diane.com

I LOVE food and I LOVE hearts, I'm not the only one who thinks about food all the time and I'm so glad that food bloggers have joined together to create this wonderful book. I'm excited to tell you of a project that has been in the works for a while. It's here! It's here! After literally MONTHS of … [Read more...]


Peppered Salami Pressed Sandwich {great to bring to the beach}

Peppered Columbus Salami pressed sandwich

        Summer is filled with lots of running around, if your trip includes a day at the beach, picnic or just a fun lunch with friends. This is a great sandwich. It can be prepared a day or two before, which is great for getting out of the house quickly to … [Read more...]


Found Salsa Sensations, Do you think I should win?

finally some Salsa Sensations for my #salsacraving

I  found Salsa Sensations! I've entered to win a contest to be Salsa Sensations Delegate at BlogHer. I posted two videos one where I was looking for Salsa Sensations and the other I share my Taco Pizza Recipe The response from all of you has been WONDERFUL!!!! I couldn't begin to thank you … [Read more...]


Looking for Salsa Sensations?

Salsa Sensations available at Walmart They have a great locator on their website here, so you can locate some near you. Why am I talking about SALSA??? Well I entered to win Salsa Sensations Video Contest to attend the BlogHer Conference. I'll need your help to win! Here is my … [Read more...]