Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath-15672

Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner, so you know what that means? It is baking season, my friends! Sure, receiving gifts and celebrating with loved ones is nice and all, but the true joy of the season for me is baking. Yes, I am very specific and fickle with my standards for happiness. During the holiday season, I am a baking machine. Every chance (or far-fetched excuse) to bake something and I am on it. Need me to bring something to the office party? Boom, Bavarian chocolate cake! Oh, you want to go meet Santa Claus at the mall? Kazaam, stained glass …

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The Thanksgiving (Prosecco) Table

If you have ever hosted Thanksgiving Day festivities, then you know that it can be a daunting task. Cleaning, decorating, cooking, entertaining, eating, napping, and then cleaning again. It’s a lot of work. So, to help ease the blow of hosting hoards of relatives, I have a simple and fun recommendation: a Prosecco table. I have teamed up with Mionetto Prosecco for this sponsored post to share with you my go-to party drinks solution. Instead of walking around all night re-filling everyone’s glass, just set this station in a corner of the room and go enjoy your turkey. Here is what …

Spicy Harvest Pizza-15303

Spicy Harvest Pizza

Fun fact: October is National Pizza Month. Now normally I don’t observe cockamamy made-up holidays, but this is one I can get behind. I probably shouldn’t admit this publicly, but in my household we make pizzas at lease once a week for dinner. I can hear the divide forming between my readers: the ones that think this is awesome and the ones that think this is grossly irresponsible. To the former, I send you a virtual high-five. To the later, I say that pizza is (quite, literally) what you make it. So, I often make much healthier takes on the stereotypical pie… …

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Autumn Entertaining at Home-15071

Autumn Entertaining at Home

The end of Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. And the end of summer means the beginning of the Fall. To which I say, ‘Yahoowee!’ I am an Autumn gal, through and through, so I look forward to this time of year like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fresh baked pies, and richly mixed cocktails. Aaah, I cannot contain the squeals! The one thing I am remise to say goodbye to is the unique feel of a patio party. In particular, there is something so romantic about the mood that comes with stringed …

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 …

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 …