On the lookout for some pretty new holiday dessert ideas? Check out the lovely – and mouth-watering! – ideas in BHG’s Irresistable Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes gallery. The gallery features 21 different recipes and also includes ideas that would work well for Thanksgiving, like this gorgeous Chocolate Harvest Cake and elegant Pistachio Cake with White […]

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Maddy from Inspired Bride and Amanda from Bake It Pretty recently put together this absolutely stunning “Winter Wonderland” themed dessert buffet… seriously, how gorgeous is this?! Better yet, they’ve broken the buffet down into a series of detailed DIY posts for each individual element – from the winter wonderland cupcakes (pictured below) to the dessert […]

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We’ve covered a ton of Halloween dessert & treat recipes this month, but not a lot of ideas for when you (or your kids) need to eat something other than sugar! So here are 10 creative ideas for Halloween-themed meals that loved ones & party guests are sure to get a kick out of… 1. […]

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Here’s a fun Halloween party idea that can be tailored to adults OR kids… Jello Jiggler “Bites” or “Shots” with gummy body parts trapped inside! I tried this idea both ways; the orange jigglers were non-alcoholic and the yellow ones were the “cocktail” version – utilizing water and vodka – and both worked out great! […]

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Here are a few new-found favorites from Martha that I recently discovered in her “Creepy Treats” gallery… which honestly leans more towards “clever & stylish, with just a dash of creep.” (Except for maybe the Ladies’ Fingers cookies, which easily qualify as full-on creepy!) 1. Devil’s Food Cake with Flame Tuiles –Is is just me, […]

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After a short summer break, I’m excited to be contributing regularly over at Real Simple again… starting with today’s feature – Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be.  If you think being pregnant means no “fun” drinks for 9 months, think again!

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Who knew that black olives could make for such a spooky topper to deviled eggs? These Spooky Spider Eggs are the perfect appetizer for Halloween parties! Just slice up some olives to use with your own favorite deviled egg recipe – or even store-bought apps if you’re pressed for time! I’m loving the combination of […]

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Sam Zien – known to most as “Sam the Cooking Guy” – and his super-fun cooking classes are a local favorites here in San Diego, but you can also get a taste of him on his Discovery Health show (nationally), his own show (certain markets), and in his first cookbook – Just a Bunch of […]

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The special Halloween Tricks & Treats issue of Better Homes and Gardens that’s currently on stands is totally packed with the TONS of great ideas for Halloween! I picked up a copy this weekend and was instantly smitten with several of the ideas – especially the Gothic Gala (great adult party), Magic Show (cute kids […]

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I’m loving the designs in this 17 Frightfully Good Halloween Cupcakes gallery from BHG for 2 reasons: 1. They’re clever & creative. 2. Most of them seem pretty simple & easy! A few favorites pictured above, {clockwise from top left}: 1. Peeking Monster – would actually be great for Monster birthday parties year-round, too… and […]

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Attn: Sweet Tooths – Did you know that there’s an entire website dedicated to “crafty recipes” starring m&ms, Snickers, Dove Chocolate, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and MilkyWay?! BrightIdeas.com is exactly that… and there are oodles of fun treats on there for all sorts of occasions. In honor of the sweet-&-spooky holiday that’s right around the corner, […]

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Kids bored with lunch? Get ready for a serious dose of creative juice that they’re sure to love! Funky Lunch has an entire gallery of artistic sandwich creations – from Hello Kitty to Sponge Bob and everything in between… there’s even a Grand Piano design with the top propped up! These ideas are super cute […]

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I was browsing BHG for some good end-of-summer treats and came across this mouth-watering All-Time Favorite Pie Recipes e gallery! The top picture (Black Raspberry Cream Pie) is what immediately caught my eye, but there are plenty of other tempting treats for all sorts of tastebuds – from fruit-lovers to choco-holics! Pictured above: Black Raspberry […]

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“Treat Cones” are such a fun way to display candy & other goodies at a party. They’re easy to make and can be tailored to pretty much any party theme or color palette, so the sky’s the limit on the style! The cones pictured here are from a French Circus-themed baby shower that I styled […]

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Amy Atlas has done it again! Her recent Moroccan-Inspired Dessert Buffet is quite possibly one of my favorite dessert buffets she’s created yet… not only because of the fabulous pattern that is incorporated throughout the entire thing – but also due to the vibrant aqua and orange color palette. Yum! It’s ultra-contemporary, yet warm & […]

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For my fellow wine lovers (and those of you good with a video camera!): This summer Black Box Wines launched the “You Got Boxed” contest to challenge its fans to share boxed wines with their friends. For a chance to win, contestants secretly serve guests Black Box Wines (in lieu of traditional bottled wine) and […]

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Last week, my husband and I attended the “Aloha Kitchen Challenge” at Roy’s Restaurant in La Jolla, which felt a little bit like experiencing an Iron Chef event first hand (or an episode of Hell’s Kitchen where the head chef is a whole lot nicer!). The “Aloha Kitchen Challenge” is actually a gourmet competition that […]

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Gretchen from b.a.s.h.ful Events sent over some pictures of this adorable Lemon & Lime Candy Buffet they created recently… how cute is this?! There’s so much great DIY inspiration in these pics – from the cute display tags that all feature the same fun pattern to the way everything was individually wrapped so that it […]

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Happy Friday! I thought it would be fun to do something cocktail-related today… seeing as it’s the weekend and all! While going through some saved emails this morning, I stumbled on 4 cocktail recipes that were sent to me earlier this summer (Pom-Tini, Blackberry Collins, First Class Punch, & Cherry Bomb) under the subject line […]

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While working on the 4th of July dessert roundups this year, it quickly became clear that Martha deserved a post all to herself! There were just too many great ideas to choose from in her Red, White, and Blue Desserts gallery…here are 8 of my personal fav’s: Pictured at at top: Individual Red, White, and […]

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