Food and Drinks


Earlier this month, I shared a couple savory recipes for game day that were geared especially for all the bacon lovers out there, so now it’s time to talk about something SWEET. And let’s also make it nice and chocolate-y while we’re at it, shall we?! These Layered OREO Pudding Pops were inspired by the […]

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This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola. Visit them on Pinterest for more creative ideas like these! Game nights are fun by nature, but even MORE so with a little creative twist! And even the simplest ideas can pack a big, colorful punch. Speaking of which… life seems to be extra crazy busy for everyone these […]

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If you’re looking for a cute – and totally doable – way to whip up a little extra holiday magic for your loved ones, I’ve got just the thing! Inspired by the adorable penguin & polar bear Coca-Cola commercials from a while back, I thought it would be fun to make a playful “snowy” cake […]

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Pancakes are a pretty big deal in our house, and sometimes I’m afraid to mess with the flavor too much because my girls usually just like the good ol’ fashioned buttermilk version, just as they are; they even prefer plain pancakes to the chocolate chip version! (I definitely didn’t see that one coming.) So imaging […]

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TGIF! It’s already 5 o’clock somewhere, right? So on that note, let’s talk COCKTAILS. ;) If you’re looking for a festive cocktail idea for Thanksgiving – or any fall celebration, really – here’s a fun Pumpkin Spice Mojito recipe that was sent in by Minibar. (If you’re not yet familiar with Minibar, they are a […]

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I love a good sangria at any time of year, but when it comes to fall celebrations like Thanksgiving or fall bridal showers, it’s the perfect excuse to use up some of those fresh-picked orchard apples… even if you just picked them up at the grocery store. ;) This tasty Autumn Apple Sangria recipe calls […]

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If you’re a pineapple lover like me, then these Sunny Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes should make you extra happy! They start with pineapple rings cooked in butter and brown sugar, and end with drizzle of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon… need I say more? ;) This recipe is part of my Baker’s Dozen […]

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Earlier this year, I had a great time dreaming up ideas for a Pet-friendly TAILgate Party for Petco filled with everything from pet-inspired activities to take-home doggy bags! And now that the NFL season is officially in full swing, we thought it would be fun to come up with even more fun ways to celebrate […]

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We’ve had a crazy round of heatwaves in San Diego this month, so when it came time for my latest Baker’s Dozen recipe for Krusteaz, it felt like a good time to whip something up that was both sweet AND cool. So between that and my current affinity for mini desserts (they look cute + […]

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This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board. This is the time of year when I find myself wanting to soak up every last drop of summer… Does anyone else think the season is flying by way too fast?! It feels like a good time to take a deep breath and just chill out […]

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This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board. California dairy farms produce 20% of the entire nation’s dairy supply, and 99% of them are family-owned! Learn more about them here. As the saying goes – I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream”  – and that includes the grown-ups! And being one […]

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UPDATE 8/4/15 – The contest portion of this post is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone that entered! I had to call in the troops to help make a final decision on the winner because there were some seriously awesome entries… it was definitely not easy! And the winner is…. Sherri Lee – […]

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Sonny and I were brainstorming creative food ideas for our our Kentucky Derby® inspired party theme for 14 Hands Winery, and the famous “Run for the Roses” nickname of the Derby kept coming up. We started racking our brains on what kind of food we could make to look like roses (aside from the ever-popular […]

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Our latest {free!} Derby printables are here! Find links to download new Kentucky Derby® Derby Style Party theme below, courtesy of 14 Hands Winery. Inspired by the stylish ladies & gents who attend the Derby and by the new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend, I set out to design a collection that was modern & preppy, yet anything but pretentious. […]

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When I was recently hired by Seagram’s Escapes to be part of their Keep it Colorful campaign for spring, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dream up something fun and unexpected! Spring party themes almost always have lots of flowers and whimsical, garden-style details, so I decided to try out a very modern […]

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I’m so excited to share this gorgeous, Rustic-Glam Wine Tasting Party with you today! And my personal affinity for a good vino only has a tiny something to do with it. ;) This beautiful party was dreamed up by Silvia Lucena of Classy Detailed Events & Creations, and it’s absolutely filled to the brim with […]

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Have you ever made Coca-Cola® cupcakes before? This was the first time for me, and I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how they turned out! Not that I didn’t expect them to be good, but they were seriously incredibly moist and kind of that perfect level of sweet. This is the kind of chocolate cake […]

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We’re getting REALLY close to the biggest football game of the year, so I’m excited to share another fun game day inspired recipe with you today! These Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites star one of our all-time favorite comfort foods, paired with a tasty cheddar-and-Ritz-cracker crust. You bake everything together in individual muffin cups for a fun […]

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The biggest football day of the year is coming up this weekend – are you ready?! If you’re hosting a football viewing party yourself, I’ve got a few fun goodies to share with you today… starting with these free printable SEATTLE and NEW ENGLAND banners. Just click on the images below to download each banner… […]

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I’ve got another super tasty game day recipe to share with you today… and this one is SO easy, which in my book is actually nothing to complain about. ;) You will need a Crock-Pot or slow cooker, and if you really want to be ahead of the game (pun intended) you can make the […]

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