New Years Resolution - The Swap

New Year’s Resolution: The Swap

This post was sponsored by Splenda Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I was reading an article the other day by a psychologist that said the best New Year’s Resolutions are the simple ones. I don’t know if there’s any actual science behind this theory, but it certainly resonated with me. Sure, I could make grand goals and lofty statements, but reality often dictates that major changes are hard to maintain. So this year, I’m sticking to a simple idea that will only take small decisions to enforce. My …

Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board Tutorial

Tutorial: Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Diamond®. The opinions and text are all mine. You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The relatives are coming to town! Oh yeah, ‘tis the season for judgmental holiday guests. They will criticize your every hosting move, while handing out back-handed compliments as generously as Santa hands out presents. So, this year, pull out all the stops with the most fabulous, undeniably magical entertaining trick to have ever existed… a Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board! Even your mother-in-law will be …

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Elderflower Marshmallows

Every great host has to have a few trick up her sleeves. A signature cocktail whipped up like a professional mixologist; an insanely good lamb chop dish even your mother-in-law can’t besmirch; and a seemingly impossible dessert that only you know how to make. Well today I’m going to help you with the last one on that list. Low-calorie Homemade Elderflower marshmallows. Alongside newborn puppy kisses or a romp through a field of wildflowers, marshmallows are one of life’s greatest small joys. I could literally munch on those little heavenly sweet clouds everyday. Add to that the fact that I …

Autumn Nachos and Savory Apple Pie Dip

Autumn Nachos and Savory Apple Pie Dip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own. If you have ever hosted a holiday gathering at your home, then you know there is one snag that is hard to overcome. I’m talking pre-meal snacking! Your guests have arrived, the hot cider has been poured, but dinner is still an hour or two from being served. So what do your guests start doing? Snacking on anything they can get their hands on. But fret not, for I have come up with a delicious solution… Autumn Nachos and Savory Apple Pie …

Whiskey Rose Nougat for Holiday Gifting

Holiday Gifting: Whiskey Rose Nougat

Thank you Karo® Corn Syrup for sponsoring this post. The holiday season is upon us! And that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts. I used to find gifting the most stressful part of the holidays. There are just too many people and so little money to balance between. You want everyone to feel special, but if you’re on a budget that can put undue strain on both your wallet and your conscience. About 5 years ago, I had a delicious epiphany… I’ll gift homemade goods! I know this isn’t some amazingly novel idea, but it is one that …

Bacon Wrapped Filet with Chardonnay Pumpkin Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Filet with Chardonnay Pumpkin Sauce

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own. As pools start to empty and the last rays of summertime begin to fade, I become unreasonably excited. Why, you ask? Because autumn is coming! Pumpkin spice, chunky sweaters, hot cider… I would argue that it is actually the most wonderful time of the year (and yes, that was some major shade I just threw, Santa). Fall is also the beginning of the holiday season, where family, friends, and entertaining reign. You will inevitably be hosting dinner and you’re going to need a phenomenal entrée …

Brazilian Cheese Bread, TruffleHunter, White Truffle Brazilian Cheese Bread

White Truffle Brazilian Cheese Bread

There is one ingredient that dominates my pantry. Truffles. I am pretty obsessed with this rare treat and I cannot walk past a truffle-flavored item in the store without purchasing it. It’s an expensive problem. But if there is one thing I’ve learned from my truffle hoarding, it is that there is a huge difference in quality between brands. And given the price of the coveted ingredient, it is essential to know which products are worth the investment. So, that is why I’m sharing my new favorite product, TruffleHunter’s White Truffle Oil, with you today. And to commemorate my utter …

Ice cream, potatoes, potato ice cream

Rosy Red Potato Ice Cream

Thank you Potatoes USA for sponsoring this post. Make a delicious and convenient meal for your family tonight with potatoes! There are many perks to having a diverse family, but one of my favorites is food fusion. Like America itself, my dinner table is a melting pot of ethnicities and flavors that fuse together in delicious harmony. Between my husband and me alone, we represent 6 different cultures: German, Russian, French, Armenian, Irish, and Lebanese. No lie, our daughter’s favorite foods are hummus, spaetzle, croissants, boiled potatoes, and chicken kebab… like every toddler, she’ll only eat beige. So when I …