Christmas Tablescape – Decorating With Ornaments

Christmas tablescape ideas

Several weeks ago I was invited to participate in a “mystery box” design challenge for Pottery Barn. The premise was that they would send a box of ornaments {I didn’t know which ones} and I would use the ornaments to decorate for entertaining. The one key point is that they NOT be hung on a […]

Game Day Party Ideas + Cheesy Chorizo Dip Recipe

game day ideas + chorizo queso dip recipe

It may be 2 weeks until Christmas, but we still have football on the brain around here too. My husband is a Fantasy Football fanatic {plays in THREE leagues} so weekend days still involve game watching. Super Bowl is just around the corner too, so I teamed up with Velveeta & Rotel brands to share […]

Top 5 Tips For Holiday Entertaining

top 5 tips for holiday entertaining

We’re hosting our annual Christmas cocktail party this Saturday, and I still have so much to do to get ready – like get the tree decorated! I’ve hosted this party so many times that I’m not stressed about it anymore. I’ve learned what’s important for me to take care of, and what I can let […]

Festive Holiday Treats – Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

chocolate and m&m biscotti

There’s so much to do during the holidays that sometimes it’s great to have a few shortcuts up your sleeve. One of those shortcuts is dressing up store bought items to make them more gift worthy or party worthy, like these ‘Deck the Halls’ Biscotti from Dove chocolates. I teamed up with the brand to […]

Christmas Cocktail Party Ideas

Christmas cocktail party ideas

It’s official – we’ve decided to host our annual Christmas cocktail party, and the invitations are sent. Last year we did not host it because there were lots of transitions going on with jobs and moves and lives {friend’s, not ours} and it sort of seemed like the end of an era. After-all, we’ve been […]

Savory Rosemary & Parmesan Bread Pudding

rosemary & parmesan bread pudding

As one of Alexia Foods Tastemaker Bloggers I get to sample a variety of side dish items {breads, potatoes & fries, veggies, even appetizers}. One of the things I like to do is transform these items into NEW recipes like I did with the waffle fries here. This time I turned their rosemary & olive […]

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon

This year for our Thanksgiving dinner I decided to try something new…something green to help lighten the load next to the mac-n-cheese, pumpkin cake, stuffing, etc…something like – Brussels sprouts! I know what you’re thinking – “Brussels sprouts??!!” Well, don’t hate on these little guys until you’ve given them a real chance and eaten FRESH […]