Lavender Mint Chocolate Truffles

These lavender mint chocolate truffles are that little something special you can slip into someone’s stocking or give as a delightful hostess gift. They’re so easy to make and even easier to eat. While lavender can easily make things taste old lady soapy, this chocolate truffle recipe uses a subtle hint of the flower to cut the edge of the mint and to mellow the dark chocolate into something a bit unexpected ....more

Jam Shortcrust Christmas Cookies

These easy Shortcrust Christmas cookies might just be the bell of the ball this year. Not only are they ridiculously easy to make (no cutting out or decorating them even) but they taste so rich and decadent you’ll definitely need to make multiple batches of them. You might recognize the term shortcrust from “shortcrust pastry” which is typically used for pie crusts ....more

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe and Chocolate Fudge Recipe

This easy fudge recipe gives you practically foolproof creamy and decadent fudge every time. Oh, and did I mention you can easily change up the flavor to make peanut butter fudge OR chocolate fudge using the same basic recipe? Who doesn’t want easy this time of year? ...more

Moscow Mule vs Paris Mule

The Moscow mule is a classic cocktail that’s traditionally served in a bright copper mug. That unmistakable serving vessel is not only a true standout, but it keeps your drink icy cold – which is the best way to drink it. But why not mix things up a bit and serve a Paris Mule in those copper vessels instead? ...more

Homemade Gift Ideas – Scrabble Coasters

Every year I do a series of homemade gift ideas because I know I’m not the only one who likes to give handmade Christmas gifts to some of the people on my gift list. This year I thought I’d throw in a couple of non-food gift ideas for you too. I’ve been doing so much DIY in this new house of ours, that it was bound to rub off on the blog at some point ....more

Healthy Snacks and Sporting Events

Healthy snacks and sporting events don’t exactly sound like they belong in the same breath, unless you’re talking about orange slices and little kids right? But guess what? I found that healthy snacks and adults going to watch major sports actually can, and do, go hand in hand ....more

Black Friday Deals 2014

There’s Black Friday Deals 2014 and there’s what Black Friday Deals you in 2014. Remember…some days you’re the windshield and some days you’re the bug. And on those days you need a nice strong cocktail recipe to help you forget ....more

Not Cooking a Turkey This Year

I’m not cooking a turkey this year! Wouldn’t you just love to say that? Just can’t see yourself to cooking a turkey this year? ...more

Quince Your New Favorite Fall Fruit

Quince – This weird looking fruit that was once nearly impossible to find is becoming more and more available at your local grocery store, but do you know what you can do with it? This quince tart is my version a dessert found at LA hangout Huckleberry. Their quince tart with pastry cream is a crowd favorite and now you can make a version of it in your own kitchen ....more

No More Kale: A Tangy Turnip Greens Recipe

A tangy turnip greens recipe to wake up your taste buds and still get those good for you greens. I like kale recipes, but isn’t it time for something different? This is a recipe that you can put out at Thanksgiving and re-direct attention away from those questions like “why didn’t you bring someone to dinner?” or “Whatever happened to so-and-so?” Turnip greens are pretty different than the kale you’ve been sucking down like a good little girl/boy ....more