Plum Harvest Jam-10212

Plum Harvest Jam

Aaahh, fall!  The leaves, the cool breeze, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes in the air.  It truly is a magical time of the year and what better way to celebrate it than with a wedding?!  I myself was an autumn bride, opting to ditch the normally warm weathered nuptials for a chilly shindig.  There’s something irresistibly romantic about the season and it’s clearly on display in today’s wedding of Katie and Daniel.  These east coast lovebirds decided to celebrate their love in their favorite month, October… and it couldn’t have been more dreamy!  We were so inspired by these …

Camomile Pumpkin Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Camomile Pumpkin Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Today is officially the 30 day mark of my #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge, posed to me by SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. For a quick intro and recap, read my post here. I am happy to report that I came, I ate, I conquered. Cue the ‘Rocky’ music and a half-hearted attempt at running up the stairs and punching thin air. All kidding aside, I actually followed through with the challenge to replace all added sugar with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The sweetener has no calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients and it was thoroughly an eye-opening experience. With this task, I was forced to acknowledge …

Honey Apple Chutney-11472

Honey Apple Chutney

Today’s sweet South African couple married in stunning shabby chic style.  From gorgeously eccentric floral arrangements to a pretty pastel palette, their day was the stuff that romantic dreams are made of.  We were so inspired by this gorgeous affair, that we created a Honey Apple Chutney recipe to match their adorable favors.  So make sure to grab the delicious recipe and we’ll let event photographer Christine Murray take it from here: Siraj and Sonya have the type of love that makes you believe in all that’s good in this world. Together they are calm, yet crazy in love. Holding …

How to make a Flavor Bomb-15343

How to make a Flavor Bomb

I have a dilemma which I am pretty sure is a plague upon your own household… wasted food. I cannot tell you how much food I throw away each week. From leftovers to an unopened bag of rotten spinach, it is something that weighs heavily on my conscience. Not only am I letting perfectly good food go to waste, I am also throwing away perfectly good money. And I have heard from many of my readers that this is not a novel issue. So, what can we do about it? Well, I’m going to start posting easy ‘dump’ recipes up …

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 …

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa-13748

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa

If you follow the blog’s social media feed, then you know that I have been fortunate enough to live in two of America’s greatest cities… Los Angeles and New York City.  Growing up in relaxed Los Angeles was juxtoposed by a fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle in my 20s. Well, now in my early 30s, I decided to split the difference and move to Texas. And before I even started unpacking my bags, I started hitting the Texas foodie scene… hard. What can I say? I’ve got my priorities straight. In the short time (i.e. less than a month) that I’ve lived in the Lone …

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience-14894

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience

You know that exhilarating moment right before your open a gift? Oh, the promise! Oh, the anticipation! Oh, the excitement! That is until you actually open the gift and it is a green tie-died scarf your friend clearly picked out of the clearance rack. You smile half-heartedly in the best attempt at enthusiasm you can muster, and quickly shuffle the gifted monstrosity to the side. Well my friends, I am on a quest to rid the world of horrifying gifts and I will do this by revealing to you my most coveted secret gifting weapon… UncommonGoods. Oh yes. If you …

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog-11672

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog

The bucket list… most people’s list include things like skydiving and swimming with sharks.  Mine?  Well, mine has more food-centric goals like diving into a tub of jello and eating a full size chocolate sculpture of Marie Antoinette.  So you can imagine my squeals when I received an invite to eat lunch with Curtis Stone in a cranberry bog created by Ocean Spray in Rockafeller Center.  Not only did I get to eat a Thanksgiving themed lunch with Curtis Stone, I got to do it while wading knee deep in a cranberry bog.  This is stuff that foodie dreams are …