Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples-10227

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples

Some kids are born into British royalty, some into money, but little Elijah was born into ridiculous creativity!  For cutie pie Eli’s first birthday, his mom decided to center the festivities around his birth month of October.  Styled and photographed by the uber talented parent, this is one birthday that’s going to be hard to match.  Complete with a gourde theme, beautiful details, and a dreamy rustic setting, you’ll be wishing you were born into this creative family!  Adding our own twist the festivities, we were inspired to create a Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apple recipe to match little Elijah’s wonderful …

Mango Piña Colada Popsicles-14752

Mango Piña Colada Popsicles

With sunshine, sand, and surf, summer brings with it something else… guilt. You know, the guilt you feel when you want to dive into that super fruity drink poolside or that refreshing ice cream on a sweltering day. Guilt because it’s also swimsuit season and a time when you are wearing the least amount of clothing for the year. So you want to splurge, but you also want to be healthy. I know because I am currently in this quagmire myself.  Well my friends, life is too short to not enjoy yourself a bit. So let’s find a compromise between …

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Watermelon, cheese dip

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay + Swiss Watermelon Dip

Thoughts of summer are often filled with beach trips, popsicles, and sunshine. But thoughts often gloss over the inconvenient realities, like the sweltering heat. You know the type of day:  you look outside at the bright blue sky, put on a nice outfit for a day in the sun, and then you go outside where you’re hit with a wall of fire. Within a few minutes your overheated and look like a wet dog that got trapped in a Roman bath house. The last thing you want on that sort of day is a heavy meal and drink. Feeling refreshed …

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, …

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 …

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill-12692

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill

There is one tradition that is a must in my household come Easter and its name, my friends, is baking.  From sweet hotcakes to a rustic bundt, it’s a requirement for the holiday.  Not only is it wonderful to get spoiled with a bit of sugary decadence, it’s a wonderful bonding activity that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family.  My mom learned the art from her grandmother and made it an integral part of Easter celebrations during my childhood.  Plus I always got to lick the bowl… obviously, the best memories I have as a …

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 …