2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes-13367

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes

One of the many perks of my job is that I get sent free booze all the time. Yes, I know it’s awesome. Firstly, it is very important to note that I drink responsibly and I highly encourage you, my spectacular reader, to do so as well. Of course, I do not take this lovely perk for granted. I am so very lucky to sample these wonderful libations from some of the best drink brands around and pinch myself that this is my day job. To the delight (and sometimes, chagrin) of my friends and family, I like play mixologist …

The Voveti Spring Cocktail-13022

The Voveti Spring Cocktail

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to add some serious fruit to your cocktails. I’m talking fruity infusions, fruit-themed drinks, and garnishes galore. It truly is the perfect time to celebrate the season and all things blooming. So, I was egging to get mixing when VOVETI Prosecco tasked me with the “difficult” job of creating a Spring themed recipe using their alcohol. Naturally my mind started running at 100 MPH with flavor combinations – prosecco and hibiscus, prosecco and lavender, or prosecco and jasmine. But ultimately I settled on ingredients that were a little easier to come by this season… …

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie-12929

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie

Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Yup, March is a time to finally get around to that pesky New Years’ Resolution that’s been haunting you since January 2nd.  I personally have been slowly working on my nutrition since last autumn, when I happily welcomed my baby girl into the world. I subscribe to the “slow-but-steady” tribe, so I’ve been making little tweaks to my daily routine – cutting down portion sizes, eating more greens, and doing “baby curls” every hour (you know, when you use your baby as a dumbbell… don’t worry, she think’s it’s hilarious!).   I was …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine-12609

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine

Moonshine.  The not-so-sweet nectar of the North American backwoods.  Personally, I find it quite difficult to swallow, being more of a whisky gal myself.  But when I was sent today’s lovely Texan nuptials, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by their wonderfully creative favors.  Let’s be a little adventurous and take another stab at the strong beverage with our inspired Apple Pie Infused Moonshine recipe.  And in the meantime, check out Anna and Erick’s beautifully rustic day. APPLE PIE INFUSED MOONSHINE   INGREDIENTS 1 jug of moonshine 4 Honeycrisp apples 5 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon of allspice 1 tablespoon of cloves INSTRUCTIONS …

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 …

Woodland Brandy Cocktail with Libbey Glass-12017

Woodland Brandy Cocktail with Libbey Glass

    Baby it’s cold outside… so why not cozy up to the fire with loved ones and a unique cocktail in hand?!  With all the family get-togethers, secret Santas, and rendez-vous under the mistletoe, it’s a great season to show off your mixology skills.  As a frequent party hostess, I make sure that every event has a signature cocktail to go along with the night.  Not only is it a fun way to incorporate a theme, it also serves as a memorable conversation starter for your guests.  That’s why I was thrilled to team up with Libbey Glass for …

Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake-11686

Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake

  If you’re anything like me, then you take pride in throwing an amazing party. But as joyous as the holiday season can be, it is often paired with a smidgen of stress.  From surviving the mall crowds to hours of wrapping gifts, it’s not all fun and games.  So how do you avoid being overwhelmed and transform the holiday from good to great?  My secret?  Creative shortcuts!  That’s right, I like to cut corners and cheat a bit when it comes to hosting. Today with the help of Walmart and Sara Lee, we’re going to offer you one inventive …