Brunch Recipe – Eggnog Bread Pudding

eggnog bread pudding

We’ve had a wonderful, family filled holiday with lots of food, drink, and fun {unfortunately it’s ended with a stomach bug making it’s way through the house}. I cooked a lot of favorite recipes which allowed me to update photos on the blog of my delicious broccoli casserole, and fruit & nut wild rice, and […]

Christmas Cocktail – Rudolph’s Shiny Red Cocktail

Christmas cocktail

Nothing completes your Christmas entertaining like a color-coordinated cocktail with seasonal flavors. I created this red drink using a bottle of Effen Vodka that was sent to me to sample, cranberry juice {of course}, plus the addition of something bubbly! The mixture makes a pretty pale red cocktail that I like to call “Rudolph’s Shiny […]

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies recipe

By now I’m sure you’ve probably participated in whatever cookie exchange you had planned for the holidays, but don’t let that stop you from making these yummy coconut oatmeal cookies. This is the recipe I contributed to Bird’s Party magazine and I’m sharing the recipe with you PLUS a little bonus. Set aside some time […]

Winter Dinner Party Ideas – Black & White Plaid

new years eve bar

Looking forward to New Years Eve? This dinner party design I created for The Party Dress magazine is perfect for ringing in the new year or celebrating a special birthday. The idea was to work with a plaid theme, but I didn’t want to do the flannel, rustic, or traditional red that has been done […]

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 […]