Food and Drinks


Earlier this year, I worked on a handful of recipe videos for Krusteaz®, and this recipe is actually my personal favorite of the bunch… I hope you like it too! The combo of sauteed pears and creamy Gorgonzola is such a yummy mix of sweet & savory, and the candied walnut garnish adds a nice […]

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Well, with Thanksgiving next week, the holiday season is officially upon us… and on that note, I have SO many good things to share with you today! We’re going to start with some stylish, yet surprisingly simple holiday entertaining ideas, then you’re going to find links to download the chalkboard-style holiday printables that I designed […]

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{Please note that this is a sponsored post for Anheuser Busch. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only write about products that I genuinely like and would recommend to a friend.} If you haven’t hosted or attended a fiesta-inspired holiday get-together before, now is the perfect time to change all that… because […]

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If you’re looking for something new to serve at game day get-togethers that’s creative, but also totally doable, look no further! These Cheeseburger Turnovers feature a tasty golden crust, lots of cheesy goodness, and a surprise pickle chip inside for added flavor. They encompass that great comfort food appeal that we all love – especially […]

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Everyone knows one of the best parts of Halloween is the candy, but there are a few obvious downsides of letting our kids (and ourselves – let’s be honest!) chow down on a bit too much sugar. On that note, I’m excited that Shana Rosenheck from POMP Party offered to share a few quick & easy recipes that will add […]

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CHEERS to new experiences! Last month, I designed a cocktail party for Fisher-Price® that was hosted in a different sort of venue than I’m personally used to… right smack in the middle of their tradeshow booth. This was at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, so there were a decent amount of logistical hurdles […]

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Have you ever tried grilling flatbread directly on the BBQ? There’s something so great about seeing those beautiful grill marks on the bread…especially when you’ve made them yourself! Grilling flatbread is surprisingly quick to do, but there are definitely a few small-yet-impactful tricks that will make the process a LOT easier – and I’m speaking […]

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Happy Thursday! I’ve got some fun news to share with you guys today about a different sort of project we’ve been quietly working on over here for the past couple months! ;) Krusteaz® recently asked me to collaborate with them on a creative campaign starring their brand new Flatbread Mixes. The creative concepting & prep […]

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share my son’s 9th birthday party.  I’ll give you a clue to the theme – this party has vintage style office props and is black and white with pops of color.  We had a Vintage Detective Party with a detective training session and a criminal case to solve.  […]

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As far as my typical weeknights go, last night pretty much took the {fresh-fruit-topped-boston-cream} cake. I invited a few girlfriends over for dinner as part of a collaboration with Pier 1. There was yummy food, sparkling sangria, the glow of twinkle lights… and a giant gold Yoga Frog covered in butterflies. ;) But before I […]

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Hello from Louisville, where the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby® is only a few short days away! I really wanted to do something extra special to the wine glasses for our recent Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands, and came up with a fun idea for turning the bases of the glasses into (very […]

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Crafting, wine, girlfriends, and a whole lotta sparkle? Yes, please! This beautiful, gold be-decked Holiday Wine & Crafting Party from Megan of ONEHOPE Wines just looks like the perfect way to soak in the joy of the season… and that’s exactly why Megan decided to host it in the first place! I love all the thoughtful […]

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If you’re looking for something really FUN and unique to serve at your next get grown-up get together (or to gift to someone that loves a good party), I’ve got just the thing for you! My friend Jeanne Benedict recently released a book called Cocktail Pops that’s filled with over 50 recipes of spiked ice […]

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When Vanessa sent over her recent Modern Glam Thanksgiving Dinner Table, styled for CUCINA Enoteca, one of the first things that jumped out at me were these beautiful, “wine-splattered” napkins. They added such a fun pop of color to the table… and you can never have too much wine on the table, right? ;) Vanessa […]

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  While sitting in a restaurant having cafe in Vegas a couple years ago, I noticed a server pushing a bar cart around the restaurant that was filled with lots of different ingredients for mixing up a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to your liking. I remember thinking how a “mini mobile bar” like that would […]

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Yesterday morning I went on one of our local news stations in San Diego to talk about Halloween Party Ideas – and decided to focus on creative food & drink ideas that are actually lower in sugar. (We’ll be sharing photos of everything from the segment soon, but in the meantime you can check out […]

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When it comes to Halloween, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to get your hands on sugary treats. I will admit that the amount of “fun size” candy I’ve personally consumed already is already verging on SCARY… and it’s not even October 31st yet! :0 On the flip side, it IS possible to serve […]

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Yes the long weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying ourselves! ;) Let’s start Monday off with a unique drink recipe by Mixologist Chris Hudnall. Golden raisins, tequila, honeydew juice and more creatively paired flavors make up the Buddy Miles Cocktail, a drink that sounds like a fabulous conversation piece and exquisite adult treat […]

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Celebrate the end of summer with a sweet twist – and one that’s extra easy and LIGHT, I might add! I recently partnered with NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener to come up with a “summer inspired” dessert that’s tasty and carefree (in other words easy to make + “guilt free”)… and I hope you enjoy these […]

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I was recently invited to come up with a couple “Sweet Summer Send-off” inspired recipes for NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener, which I’m excited to share with you today! And speaking of today – it’s already LATE AUGUST… how the heck did that happen so fast?! Anyways, I loved the idea of a sweet & […]

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