10 DO’S & DON’TS FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING + SALMON-POTATO BITES RECIPE

holiday entertaining-wine pairings

I have exactly one week and one day to prepare for our annual Christmas Cocktail Party…I have the house partially decorated as you know, and I do have my menu planned out. Now I just need to do all the shopping and prepping that goes into “show time!”  To be honest, after putting this event […]

CURRIED PUMPKIN SOUP + STUFFING BALLS {AND A GIVEAWAY}

curry pumpkin soup and stuffing balls

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. This year for Thanksgiving I made something new – curried pumpkin soup.  I actually made it early in the week and when our travel plans were cancelled due to the winter storm, we were able […]

EASY ENTERTAINING RECIPES :: COCKTAILS & SPICY PECANS

cocktails and spicy pecans recipes

I’m so excited to be spending this holiday season in our new house. The neighborhood is proving to be quite the social scene and our calendar is full of social events! Of course I love being the host as much {if not more} as I enjoy being the guest, so I like to keep plenty […]

Spanakopita Appetizer Cups

spanakopita cups

If you’re a fan of the Greek pastry spanakopita, I have a modern appetizer idea for you. I love those little triangles that are often served at cocktail parties but the thought of working with layers and layers of phyllo sheets is daunting. I do, however, LOVE to use the little filo cups that are […]

Chris’ Bacon Ranch Club Sandwich

bacon ranch club sandwich

How do you build the perfect sandwich? I may be a bit of a sandwich snob in that I don’t care for run of the mill “meat and cheese on white bread”. I DO, however, love a dressed up sammy with lots of flavors and texture….and bread….you know it’s all about the right bread. I […]

Sweet And Spicy Corn Dip

Sweet & spicy corn dip

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes around here. My front rooms are both set up for photo shoots – 2 different themes – and my kitchen island is full of product samples I need to create recipes with. I’ve also been editing tons of photos that I’ll share next week – the rest […]

Easy Bean And Corn Salsa

bean and corn salsa

I have a great “transitional” recipe to share with you today. This bean and corn salsa is one of those all-purpose dips that’s great for summer cookouts as well as fall tailgating. I acquired this recipe from a neighbor at a backyard cookout years ago, and it’s positively addictive. It’s easy to make, but be […]