Goodbye, Sugar!-15242

Goodbye, Sugar!

I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it. The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the …

The Earl’s Tea-15185

The Earl’s Tea

As the leaves change color and the wind gets a chill, it is time to bring out your favorite warming items. Now most people envision cozy wool socks, a flannel blanket, blazing fire, and a cup of something hot to hug your soul. I will admit, that’s pretty much my perfect Autumn list… but with one tiny change. Alcohol. I’m not saying you should have a glass of booze in lieu of a steamy mug of warm goodness. No. I’m saying pour some libations in that mug and life will be a whole lot warmer. Take for instance today’s recipe. The first …

September Kitchen Artillery-15142

September Kitchen Artillery

Most people assume that the only perk of my job as founder and head eccentric here at The Frosted Petticoat is that I get to eat all the leftover photo shoot food. Well, yes that is true, but it it isn’t the only major perk. The other, beside my ever-expanding waistline, you ask? SWAG! Oh me, oh my do we get sent a lot of free products. From juicers to bottles of alcohol, our mailbox is always full. We get so much, that we no longer have a place to store all this stuff and our family/friends are no longer …

Coconut Cardamom Coffee-12652

Coconut Cardamom Coffee

Coffee bars are all the rage at parties these days… and to that I say “Hallelujah!”  With so many delectable combinations, why shouldn’t you have an area of your fete dedicated to the addictive drink?!  Newlyweds Paige and Joel did just that at their stunning California nuptials and it was clearly a hit.  Check out their beautifully detailed day and make up a batch of our inspired Coconut Cardamom Coffees to sip on. COCONUT CARDAMOM COFFEE INGREDIENTS 1 cup of dark roast coffee 2 tablespoons of coconut milk 1 teaspoon of cardamom 1/4 cup of whole milk Coconut (shredded) INSTRUCTIONS …

The Importance of Being Anise-14624

The Importance of Being Anise

Growing up in a Middle Eastern family means that I have a very special relationship with the anise seed. From refreshing drinks to kebab seasoning to dessert adornments, it’s one of the defining flavors of my childhood. But once I started coming out of the fog of childhood, I realized that most of my American friends had never heard of the seed. If you find yourself in this category, then I have one thing to say to you – you’re wrong! You actually are very well acquainted with the flavor… licorice. The pure, unadulterated anise seed taste is a pungent licorice …

Sweet Meets Spicy-13910

Sweet Meets Spicy

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review You know how most people associate a song with a memory? Like whenever the “Macarena” comes on the radio, you are instantly transported back to the devastation you felt as your pimply-pre-pubescent self messed up the choreography at the middle school dance? No? Too specific? Well, you get the gist. Besides a few nightmarish memories triggered by melody, I tend to actually equate memories with food instead. I will always think of special father-daughter breakfasts when I eat chocolate chip pancakes. …

Coffee & Donuts DIY Party-13200

Coffee & Donuts DIY Party

Let me tell you a little bit about the designer of today’s feature. Her name is Carolyn and she is awesome! To surprise her husband, Justin, on his 30th birthday, she threw the (dare I say) most badass party ever in the history of badassery. That’s right, she threw her husband a Coffee & Donuts party.  Alright, Carolyn is officially the best wife around. When I saw these photos, my first thought was “How do I become friends with Carolyn?!”, my second thought was “I need to recreate this!”. So, if you plan on jumping on this fabulous bandwagon and want …

The Starbucks Cozy Collection-12586

The Starbucks Cozy Collection

  Let’s set the scene:  It’s blistering cold outside.  Snowflakes fall as the wind rustles through the trees.  Even though it’s mid-day, the sky is shaded by a thick layer of frost-filled clouds. On a day like this, can you think of anything better than cozying up with a blanket, cookies, and a delicious cup of hot cocoa?!  I thought not!  The afternoon that I received Starbucks® Cozy Collection in the mail was just that sort of bone-chilling winters day.  And it couldn’t have been more timely… I squealed with delight upon opening the box, because clearly my day was about …