JaM Cellars, Chardonnay, Mother's Day

Recipe for a Perfect Mother’s Day

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay near you? Check out their easy-to-use Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code and the Butter will be waiting! Whether you are looking to spoil the mother in your life or want to drop some serious hints to your significant other, I have the ideal recipe for a perfect Mother’s Day. But before we get to the ingredients, let me start off by saying that this recipe is catered towards moms that still have children in the house. This is for the frazzled mom. The mom who …

Chinet Cut Crystal, Easter Brunch, video tutorial

How To: Set a Whimsical Easter Brunch

The most common email I receive from readers asks how one can recreate my photo shoot tablescapes. To which I always reply: layers! Layering is the key to creating a stellar holiday table. To show you just how easy it is, I have teamed up with Chinet Cut Crystal to create today’s Whimsical Easter Brunch tutorial. You’ll see how each layer of both decoration and practical pieces can perfectly create a setting of whimsy and magic. And by adding Chinet Cut Crystal products to the mix, you’ll have a convenient, durable, and stylish dish set at your disposal. Plus, the …

le creuset, sur la table, kitchen appliances, sale

Quick Pick: Sur La Table’s Winter Sale

For this week’s ‘Quick Pick’, I’m talking stocking your kitchen for the new year. And what better way to do that than with Sur La Table?! The fabulous kitchen appliance haven is having their annual Winter Sale until 1/29/18 and you can save up to 60% site wide. Pretty sweet (and savory) deal if you ask me. Here are a few of my favorite items to give your 2018 a delicious start. Instant Pot Ultra It’s one of the best selling appliances of 2017 for good reason! The cooking possibilities are endless with this multi cooker; use it as a slow cooker, …

French, New Year's Eve Party, Wine, Cheese

French Foodie New Year’s Eve Party

While casually perusing my work emails, I came across a name that made my heart stop. Email sender: The French Ministry of Agriculture. My pulse raced and my brow dripped with sweat as I fumbled to open the fortuitous email. Was I discovered to be the lone surviving ancestor to a recently deceased vintner, thus making me the heiress to a French vineyard?! Would my dreams of living out my days drinking wine in the Loire Valley become reality?! So many unrealistic thoughts ran through my mind, like that of a child contemplating Narnia. Not surprisingly, my Merlot dreams were …

football, tailgating, tablescape

Tailgating Tablescape Décor Hack

Versatility. Versatility is the word for the day. Take your tailgating party to a new fabulous level for your game day viewing pleasures. And the best way to do that? Light it up! I have teamed up once again with Jasco to use their Enbrighten Café Lights to transform my game day table to a tailgating centerpiece of a football-lover’s dreams. I have a confession to make. I do not own a truck and thus cannot tailgate in the traditional sense. However, I do not let that stop me. Instead, I whip out the folding table and go about my …

Santa, Sweet Tea, Holiday Tea, Mulled

Santa’s Sweet Tea Station

The moment that the last trick or treater leaves my doorstep, I am in full Christmas mode. Yes, I am one of those people. Sure, I love Thanksgiving just as much as the next red blooded American, but I live for yuletide cheer. On November 1st, I have my ugly holiday sweater on and I am in full decorating mode. If it were up to me, it would be Christmas year-round in my household. So when I had the opportunity to team up with Milo’s Tea to create a holiday-themed drink, I couldn’t have said ‘yes!’ faster. Who’s up for …

crux kitchen, appliances, kitchen, gift

Kitchen Wish List: Crux Kitchen Appliances

One of the amazing perks of my job as a food writer, stylist, and recipe developer is that I am sent foodie samples all the time. Sure, it feels a bit like Christmas morning every time a sample package arrives from a brand, but I also don’t take it lightly. I understand that I am in a unique position and do not want to take it for granted. I am ridiculously lucky that this is my career and I spend my days tasting sweets and testing out new gadgets. The way I see it, I have a responsibility to you …

Football, party, tyson, chicken

Homegating Tutorial: Chicken, Beer, & Football

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. If you are an avid reader of the blog, then you know that I am not a sports fan. But what I am a fan of is throwing parties. So in a sense, I actually am a fan of sports because it’s an excuse to throw a party. Are you following me? If I have a reason to use my kitchen, mix up a cocktail, and put together a kicking tablescape, then I am all for it my friends. JJ …