Tai Pei, Fried Rice, Frozen Meals

Tai Pei Fried Rice for the Win!

This post was sponsored by Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Every so often, I like to take a recipe breather and introduce you to an innovative pre-made food product instead. I do this because I am a realist. I know you’re busy. Unless you’re Ina Garten or Martha Stewart (circa 1980), it’s impossible to make every meal from scratch. Seriously, who has time for that?! Even me, a professional food writer, stylist, and recipe developer often opts for pre-made, easy meals. Between my work, my toddler, and every day life, home cooked food is …

Wine, Cabernet, Chardonnay

Welcoming Autumn with JaM Cellars

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code. Confession time: I am an Autumn-file. The second that the summer heat drops just one degree, I am busting out chunky knit sweaters and pumpkin spice. The moment it is socially acceptable (or even questionable) for me to start celebrating Fall, then it is happening. And like Mary Poppins hitching a ride on a northernly gust, it is time for me to jump on the seasonal train. So join me as I …

Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza-15381

Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza

If you have been following along with the blog, then you are well aware that October was National Pizza Month. Yes, awesome. I know. And to celebrate that sacred month of observance, I teamed up with Mama Mary’s® to bring you two sponsored recipe posts: the first was the seasonally appropriate Spicy Harvest Pizza and the second is today’s Mascarpone Rainbow Pizza. You heard me right… Rainbow. Pizza. And yes, I know it’s already November but who said we can’t drag this out a bit longer?! As previously admitted, pizza is a weekly dinner staple in my household. It’s easy to whip …

The Strawberry Harvest-15160

The Strawberry Harvest

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Autumn has arrived and with it comes baking season, my friends. Literally, my favorite time of the year for two reasons: baked goods and more baked goods. Oh, the carbs! So, as you can imagine, I struggle a bit to find balance and nutrition in my Fall routine. But I have learned the hard way that the key to both my happiness and health during this …

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Watermelon, cheese dip

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay + Swiss Watermelon Dip

Thoughts of summer are often filled with beach trips, popsicles, and sunshine. But thoughts often gloss over the inconvenient realities, like the sweltering heat. You know the type of day:  you look outside at the bright blue sky, put on a nice outfit for a day in the sun, and then you go outside where you’re hit with a wall of fire. Within a few minutes your overheated and look like a wet dog that got trapped in a Roman bath house. The last thing you want on that sort of day is a heavy meal and drink. Feeling refreshed …

Sweet Meets Spicy-13910

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. …

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Top 10 Summer Foodie Must-Haves

Summer is upon us and with that comes the “Top 10” lists. Top 10 places to vacation. Top 10 beaches to visit. Top 10 summer beauty products. Well, with the help of Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores today I’m bringing you my own countdown… Top 10 Summer Foodie Must-Haves! Oh yes, my friends. This is the one list you’re going to actually want to scroll through because if you’re anything like me, then food gets blood pumping through your veins. As a fun bonus, I decided to make this list about food-themed items, not necessarily food itself. I’m talking about food-themed decor, clothing, and …

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes-13367

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes

One of the many perks of my job is that I get sent free booze all the time. Yes, I know it’s awesome. Firstly, it is very important to note that I drink responsibly and I highly encourage you, my spectacular reader, to do so as well. Of course, I do not take this lovely perk for granted. I am so very lucky to sample these wonderful libations from some of the best drink brands around and pinch myself that this is my day job. To the delight (and sometimes, chagrin) of my friends and family, I like play mixologist …