Blue Ridge Cocktail-15549

Blue Ridge Cocktail

One of my all-time favorite things to do is go hiking. Now, I am not talking professional ankle-boots, water bladder, bear whistle in my pocket hiking. I’m talking about driving past a pretty trail on a weekend afternoon, hopping out of the car, noticing that I fortuitously happen to be wearing yoga pants and tennis shoes, and going for an impromptu hike… sort-of-hiking. It’s spontaneous, adventurous, and good for the soul. You know what one of my other all-time favorite things to do is? Drink a good cocktail after a spontaneous day. In my opinion, that is also good for …

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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 …

The Accident-Prone Cook-15362

The Accident-Prone Cook

Life is full of twists and turns. Believe it or not, my background is not in the culinary or design worlds. I went to law school and worked as a trial attorney in my early professional years. Lucky for me, I quickly realized that I had chosen the wrong career path and through a series of very fortunate events, I found myself here. Editor-in-Chief, food stylist, and recipe developer of The Frosted Petticoat. Food was always a passion, but it wasn’t until it became my career that I realized it can be a dangerous world. That’s why I am happy …

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Goodbye, Sugar!

I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it. The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the …

Seven Daughters Moscato Veneto-14849

Seven Daughters Moscato Veneto

There are two categories of people that go to the beach: the boring and the fun. The boring ones are those that pack things like goldfish crackers, visors, and long-sleeve rash guards. You know who you are! The fun people, on the other hand, are the ones that kick off their shoes the minute the gravel turns into sand and bring along an icebox filled with the #1 essential for a good day at the beach… booze! Whether you are a shore-dwelling bird or a water-bound mermaid, you always have two things on hand for a trip to the ocean: …

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Sweet Meets Spicy

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review You know how most people associate a song with a memory? Like whenever the “Macarena” comes on the radio, you are instantly transported back to the devastation you felt as your pimply-pre-pubescent self messed up the choreography at the middle school dance? No? Too specific? Well, you get the gist. Besides a few nightmarish memories triggered by melody, I tend to actually equate memories with food instead. I will always think of special father-daughter breakfasts when I eat chocolate chip pancakes. …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

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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 …