Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa-13946

Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa

If you’re an avid follower of the site, then you know I’m a sucker for reinventing the old. With the accessibility of the digital age and the advent of such heavenly websites as Pinterest, you don’t have to look too hard to find competent classic recipes. Want to make a traditional tasting apple pie, you’re set. That is why I like to play with a good thing and you will often find unusual twists on foodie classics in this forum. So, with that said let us dive into a fresh take on the incomparable mimosa. The timeless drink is 50% …

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. …

Pink Flamingo Cocktail-13855

Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Most cocktails at a party are like broken records. You keep seeing the same classics over and over again – Coke & Rum, Mimosa, Manhattan. It’s time to change things up. How about adding a fun (and a bit cheeky) signature drink to your next event? Take for instance, this fabulously retro Flamingo themed backyard party. Colorfully kitschy, this shindig calls for an equally tongue-in-cheek libation. So, try out our inspired Pink Flamingo cocktail and take a gander at this addictively fun affair. Photographer Marc Edwards walks us through all the immaculate details: PINK FLAMINGO    INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Organic Pink …

Fresh from Florida-13822

Fresh from Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Have you ever been wandering through the aisles of a market and found yourself wondering where the produce came from? In this day in age, farmers’ markets and local produce shopping is the exception not the rule. Most people simply don’t know where their food comes from or even which country it originated from. It’s a bit sad when you think about it, right? Humans went from hunter-gatherers to subsistence farmers to uneducated mass consumers. Of course, there were thousands of years between those transitions, …

Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials-13784

Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials

It’s almost June and that means that you’re probably dusting off the grill and preparing some epic outdoor get-togethers. But barbecuing is one of the easier things on the to-do list for a backyard shindig. One of the harder things to gauge is how much booze you need for the bar! And I’m just going to come out and say it… nobody is going be happy unless there are enough drinks to go around. So, do yourself a favor and print out my (bare-minimum) essential list below and then check out today’s beautiful outdoor wedding for inspiration. Oh yeah, and …

Afternoon Tea Party Ideas-13719

Afternoon Tea Party Ideas

If you have read this blog before, then you know that I am a sucker for a good tea party. There’s something so appealing about the marriage of an elegant get-together with a decadent sweet indulgence. So yes, essentially I view a tea party as a sophisticated way to pig-out. Now you know the true reason I love tea parties so much… a highly civilized justification to be a glutton.  So you can imagine my squeals of joy when Lipton Tea approached me to put together an unique afternoon tea party using their Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango teas. Without hesitation, I …

Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule-13613

Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are all the rage right now and I’m majorly digging it! Part of my excitement is that I’m not a big fan of vodka and I prefer drinking the libation in a flavorful cocktail (much to the chagrin and embarrassment of my Russian husband!). But hey, straight vodka is not for everyone. So if you’re a lightweight like me, you’re going to love today’s Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule recipe inspired by newlyweds Cally and David’s awesome wedding reception. Enjoy! CUCUMBER MINT MOSCOW MULE     INGREDIENTS 2 ounces of cucumber-infused vodka (I recommend Iceberg Vodka!) 1/2 ounce of …

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 …