Celebrating National Hat Day Today

I bet you didn't know that today is National Hat Day! And in honor of this holiday, I'm celebrating by strapping on my motorcycle helmet and taking my Vespa out for a ride later this afternoon {weather permitting}, while my husband rides his Harley Davidson....more


You'll find two level of answers of why people travel. The first is probably the most obvious one the reason we quote to others and present ourselves. We travel to ensure that we learn more about the world, know more about different cultures, attend activities and are able to see views....more

When you didn't go home for the holidays

The holidays are a big deal in our household. Although Christmas is not my favorite holiday (it's Halloween, in case you are wondering), I really enjoy giving the "perfect" presents, and the food and the extra time spent together. I like the decorations and find joy in the idea that we are celebrating each other and another year of being together....more

Nutmeg Logs

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie SeriesIt's almost here! The grand finale of 12 days of Christmas Cookies is just around the corner. Thank God! I do like baking and I love you all to death, but I have other shit to do. And I really want to still fit in my jeans come New Year's. You know- without holding my breath until I pass out....more

Holiday Breakfast Ideas

EmPowered Nutrition It's the week of Christmas, which means last minute shopping, wrapping, & party planning! With all that excitement, simpler things like breakfast may be forgotten. Here's some simple ideas for a festive, holiday breakfast.  ...more

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie SeriesI know what you're thinking. Today's cookie looks very unassuming. And yes, you would be right. But I'm gonna trot out that old cliche about how looks can be deceiving and in this case, it's absolutely true. What you see here is a slab of brown cookie, rather flat.  Decidedly not dynamic on the surface. Below that upper crust, there is a world of gooey goodness waiting....more

Gift Guide for your Guy (Boyfriend, Love, Guy You're Dating)

It’s always stressful to start dating someone new weeks or even a couple of months before their birthday. What’s the gifting protocol? How much do you spend? What do you give?Holidays can be equally stressful for newly minted couples. How much do you spend? What do you give? It’s too soon to spend a lot of money. You likely don’t know each other enough to know what they have always wanted. But you can still get them a gift that they will love, that means something, and that will even give you brownie points for being so awesome....more

Gingerbread Dessert Dip

EmPowered Nutrition This gingerbread dessert dip is the perfect dish to bring to your next holiday party. It's silky smooth, super festive, & has a secret ingredient that no one will believe! You might want to double the batch because it's so delicious! ...more

Candy Cane twists

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie SeriesYou know that kid who is attracted to sprinkles on everything? Sure you do. This is the same kid who always wants the rainbow ice cream or the insanely fluorescent colored marshmallow cereal. To them, it's really not about how these things taste. When you're a kid, it's about the idea of how it tastes. Like a technicolor lip gloss flavored dream, where every day is a sugar coma induced trip through a Candyland inspired landscape. I was that kid. In some ways I still am....more

Honey Pecan Teacakes

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie SeriesHave I got a treat for you. Today, I am actually featuring one of my own recipes. It's an adaptation of a commonly known cookie called snowballs, Russian teacakes, or Mexican wedding cakes. Whatever you call them, their buttery deliciousness is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of warm, fragrant tea. My mother made these every year and when I embarked on my own holiday traditions, I made it a point to include these staples in our cookie repertoire....more