Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Classic Rewind: Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Game day is around the corner and you’re going to need some awesome treats to serve your guests. That’s why today, we’re revisiting one of our most popular game day recipes, Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon. Oh yeah, baby! Get all the rewind details below… Before we get to the recipe’s nitty gritty, I need to lay something out on the line. I love throwing Big Game Day parties and I am quite the awesome hostess at them. Why? Because I am not a fan of football. I know, burn me at the goal post! My game day hosting fabulousness …

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows

Every great host has to have a few trick up her sleeves. A signature cocktail whipped up like a professional mixologist; an insanely good lamb chop dish even your mother-in-law can’t besmirch; and a seemingly impossible dessert that only you know how to make. Well today I’m going to help you with the last one on that list. Low-calorie Homemade Elderflower marshmallows. Alongside newborn puppy kisses or a romp through a field of wildflowers, marshmallows are one of life’s greatest small joys. I could literally munch on those little heavenly sweet clouds everyday. Add to that the fact that I …

Whiskey Rose Nougat for Holiday Gifting

Holiday Gifting: Whiskey Rose Nougat

Thank you Karo® Corn Syrup for sponsoring this post. The holiday season is upon us! And that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts. I used to find gifting the most stressful part of the holidays. There are just too many people and so little money to balance between. You want everyone to feel special, but if you’re on a budget that can put undue strain on both your wallet and your conscience. About 5 years ago, I had a delicious epiphany… I’ll gift homemade goods! I know this isn’t some amazingly novel idea, but it is one that …

Circus Pink & Gold Dessert Table, Baby Shower,

Luxe Circus: Pink & Gold Baby Shower Dessert Table

Continuing with our new “Entertaining” series, today I’m featuring this beauty of a baby shower. Put together by a lovely group of vendors in El Paso, Texas, this Luxe Circus is not to be missed. With a pink and gold baby shower theme, the dessert table is the particular star of the show. Photographer Elise Taylor breaks down the details: What a way to celebrate the impending arrival of a bouncing baby girl!  Glam meets three-ring-circus with all the shades of pink worthy of a little princess, accented with touches of gold in this exquisite design by Three Sisters Events. Who …

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Brain Food: Pineapple Vodka Spiked Jello

Halloween is days away and it isn’t out of the ordinary to start craving some brains. Do not fret, today’s post is not some Walking Dead, post-apocalyptic recipe celebrating psychopaths. If you’re interested in that sort of recipe, then might I suggest you visit this website and then hopefully scratch me off of your kill list. For the rest of us, let’s revel in the gory delights of All Hallow’s Eve and whip up a recipe that is sure to give your party guests nightmares for days years to come. So start perfecting a booming, evil laugh and get let’s …

Heluva Good Dip, Chocolate, Halloween Recipe

Crunchy Habanero Mummy Fingers with Heluva Good! Dip

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Planning a frightful Halloween party this month? Need scary-good recipe inspiration? Then you have come to the right place, Boys and Ghouls! Lucky for you, I have just the thing that will make your holiday celebration one that is to die for. How do Crunchy Habanero Mummy Fingers dipped in Buttermilk Ranch flavored Heluva Good! Dip sound?! I announced last month that I was happily serving as a brand ambassador for the always delectable Heluva Good! Dip …

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Almond Lavender Fudge

David and Goliath. Rocky and Drago. Tesla and Edison. Every good story has an arch nemesis that must be overcome by sheer will, grit, and resolve. My arch nemesis is fudge. I curse the sight of that thick, chocolaty nectar! Why, you ask? Because every time I attempt to make it, I fail. And trust me, nothing will kill your soul more than being bested by a tiny block of sugar. Well today I have good news. I have taken down Goliath. With spatula in hand and determination in my heart, I finally perfected fudge. Almond Lavender Fudge, to be …

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Lollis & Pops: Candy Heaven for the Nostalgic Soul

Like many children of the late ’70s, early ’80s (yes, I’m that old), growing up I had only one life-goal that needed to be accomplished. I was going to find a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was positive that this was better than winning the lottery. My 7-year-old mind came up with all kinds of wild schemes to procure one of these life-altering scraps of paper. From eating my way through thousands of pounds of chocolate to bribing unwitting playmates to do my ticket-search bidding, I (quite, literally) drew up blueprints. But as every year passed without …