Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821
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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
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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 …

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine-12609
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Apple Pie Infused Moonshine

Moonshine.  The not-so-sweet nectar of the North American backwoods.  Personally, I find it quite difficult to swallow, being more of a whisky gal myself.  But when I was sent today’s lovely Texan nuptials, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by their wonderfully creative favors.  Let’s be a little adventurous and take another stab at the strong beverage with our inspired Apple Pie Infused Moonshine recipe.  And in the meantime, check out Anna and Erick’s beautifully rustic day. APPLE PIE INFUSED MOONSHINE   INGREDIENTS 1 jug of moonshine 4 Honeycrisp apples 5 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon of allspice 1 tablespoon of cloves INSTRUCTIONS …

The Starbucks Cozy Collection-12586
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The Starbucks Cozy Collection

  Let’s set the scene:  It’s blistering cold outside.  Snowflakes fall as the wind rustles through the trees.  Even though it’s mid-day, the sky is shaded by a thick layer of frost-filled clouds. On a day like this, can you think of anything better than cozying up with a blanket, cookies, and a delicious cup of hot cocoa?!  I thought not!  The afternoon that I received Starbucks® Cozy Collection in the mail was just that sort of bone-chilling winters day.  And it couldn’t have been more timely… I squealed with delight upon opening the box, because clearly my day was about …

Terlato Wines & Camille Styles-12007
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Terlato Wines & Camille Styles

Are you looking to spoil your girlfriends for your upcoming bachelorette weekend? Or send newlyweds a special treat to welcome them home from their honeymoon?  Then you’re going to want to pay close attention to today’s post.  Terlato Wines has teamed up with published entertaining author, Camille Styles, to create the dreamy wedding inspiration kits.   To our delight (and farm animal-like squeals), we received two of these packages.  Filled to the brim with thoughtful details, these kits take a wedding theme to the next level.  Curated by Styles, each kit highlighted a different milestone, from a summer bridal shower …

Woodland Brandy Cocktail with Libbey Glass-12017
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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
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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
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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 …