Spicy Harvest Pizza-15303

Spicy Harvest Pizza

Fun fact: October is National Pizza Month. Now normally I don’t observe cockamamy made-up holidays, but this is one I can get behind. I probably shouldn’t admit this publicly, but in my household we make pizzas at lease once a week for dinner. I can hear the divide forming between my readers: the ones that think this is awesome and the ones that think this is grossly irresponsible. To the former, I send you a virtual high-five. To the later, I say that pizza is (quite, literally) what you make it. So, I often make much healthier takes on the stereotypical pie… …

The Vintage Suitcase-15215

The Vintage Suitcase

Vintage collectors hold these truths to be self-evident… that all vintage is created superbly. Yes, if you’re a vintage collector then you know that ‘back in the day’ things were often just made better than they are now. Better quality, better craftsmanship, better longevity. That is why I personally prefer an antique mall over a neighborhood mall. The items pre-1970 were made to last and you get more bang for you buck. Plus, vintage items always just look really cool. I’m superficial when it comes to looks, so sue me. That’s why my heart jumped out of my chest when I …

The Strawberry Harvest-15160

The Strawberry Harvest

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Autumn has arrived and with it comes baking season, my friends. Literally, my favorite time of the year for two reasons: baked goods and more baked goods. Oh, the carbs! So, as you can imagine, I struggle a bit to find balance and nutrition in my Fall routine. But I have learned the hard way that the key to both my happiness and health during this …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Autumn Entertaining at Home-15071

Autumn Entertaining at Home

The end of Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. And the end of summer means the beginning of the Fall. To which I say, ‘Yahoowee!’ I am an Autumn gal, through and through, so I look forward to this time of year like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fresh baked pies, and richly mixed cocktails. Aaah, I cannot contain the squeals! The one thing I am remise to say goodbye to is the unique feel of a patio party. In particular, there is something so romantic about the mood that comes with stringed …

Scottish Oat Cakes-15049

Scottish Oat Cakes

Much to the chagrin of many a child, it is time to go back to school. With school comes a long to-do list for the parental units… shopping, scheduling, carpools, and meal prep. Well, I am pretty much useless to you when it comes to most of those things, but I certainly can help in one department. Let’s get our meal prep on, baby! I have teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, to bring you a wholesome back to school breakfast that will make all generations smile. Scottish Oat Cakes, anyone? I spent some time …

JaM Cab + Ice Cream-15019

JaM Cab + Ice Cream

Labor Day is just around the corner and it often serves as a marker of seasonal milestones… the end of summer, the beginning of school, the start of pumpkin spice season, and the end of ice cream’s yearly reign. So it is only natural that the holiday serves as one last long weekend to sit back, relax, and enjoy the last fleeting days of warm weather. What better way to do that then with a glass of wine and a bowl of homemade ice cream? The sweetly named, JaM Cellars, sent me a few bottles of their JaM Cabernet to …

Tuna Avocado Crostini-14999

Tuna Avocado Crostini

I am relatively new to the mommy game, but that does not mean that I do not already have unreasonably high expectations for my daughter’s eating habits. Part of this parental delusion stems from the fact that I work in the food world and am positive that she will love everything I cook up. The other part of this delusion comes from my (clearly) unbiased opinion that she is a perfect child and shall never do wrong… that’s the same part of my brain that thinks she will sleep through the night and miraculously clean up after herself. I can dream, …