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 …

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 …

Bites by Chef Quezada-10371

Bites by Chef Quezada

Oh boy, do we have a special treat for you today!  Chef Sandra Quezada of Tunnel Bistro in Texas is sharing with us some of her favorite summer dishes.  And the best part?  She’s even given us some of the delectable recipes.  From an ingenious tequila shot in a hollowed out cucumber slice to a mouth-watering shrimp cocktail served in a coconut, these are the dishes that warm-weathered dreams are made of.  So get ready to jot down these exclusive recipes and feast your eyes on these scrumptious plates, it’s time to sit poolside with Chef Quezada! TAMARIND MARTINI     INGREDIENTS 1 …

Dinner with Giada & Frangelico-10547

Dinner with Giada & Frangelico

There are magical milestones in a person’s life… falling in love, eating a croissant in Paris, having a baby, binging wantonly during the holiday season and not gaining weight.  You know, the basics every self-respecting dreamer fantasizes about.  Well, I just had one of these moment.  As if the spatula gods looked down on me with favor, I received an invitation to an exclusive dinner party hosted by Frangelico and Giada De Laurentiis.  How did I receive such an invitation, you ask?  Why do unicorns poop rainbows? I have no clue!  But like all of life’s mysterious moments, you don’t question …

The Freixenet Bridesmaid-7472

The Freixenet Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids are a huge and often undervalued part of a wedding day.  They not only serve as a form of living wedding decor (literally), they are many times the errand-women of the event.  It’s always nice to see when these dedicated ladies are given the appreciation they deserve.  So, you can imagine my elation when Freixenet hired me to create today’s sponsored post.  The sparkling wine company challenged me to come up with some unique DIY ideas that any bride could do to honor their bridesmaids.  With their belief that all love sparkles on a wedding day, I knew it was going to be a fun …