Holiday Attractions for Families

The holidays are here and the kids are out of school. What to do to keep the whole family entertained as well as keeping holiday spirits high? I've compiled a list of my favorite holiday theme parks and attractions around the country that kids of all ages, including adults, will enjoy! Plus, I've added in recommendations on where to grab a healthy bite for all sorts of special diet diners ; )...more

Day 2 - Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Gift 2 - Give honor to those who serve you   Twelve Gifts of Christmas - Day 2 Reviews and interviews at Book Readers ...more

Day 1 - Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Gift 1 - Give others the benefit of the doubt. Twelve Gifts of Christmas - Day 1 Reviews and interviews at Book Readers ...more

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast30 minutes or less, Breakfast, Vegetarian ...more


Are you still thinking of what to get your friends and family this holiday? I did some holiday shopping over the weekend, and have some great gift ideas to encourage more home cooking and healthy eating for our loved ones. Here are some of my favorite picks that are all under $50! [Read more]...more

A Mouse In My House

Pretend we’re meeting for lunch to discuss all of the fun adventures we had over Thanksgiving break.  Here’s what I MIGHT tell you:...more

Wine for the Holidays: How to Find the Perfect Wine with Zero Stress

I’ve been working in the wine industry for 13 years now.  Through all of the years that I’ve been the wine selector for holiday meals with the family, holiday parties with friends, or wine events that I’ve hosted and organized for wineries/wine companies I’ve learned a few things. And what I learned is to simplify because getting complicated about wine just isn’t necessary....more

pineapple upside down birthday cake

For me, baking desserts started as a way to relieve stress. If I could turn eggs and sugar and lemon peel into tart, refreshing circles of heaven, I could certainly ace a calculus test or resolve a fight with a friend. Eventually, the habit turned into a hobby-- and I started to love experimenting in the kitchen. I never have enough excuses to concoct new creations... so when my boyfriend's birthday popped up on my iCal, I got excited. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, figuring I could put a twist on whatever he chose. Well, he picked pineapple upside down cake....more

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Can you believe its December? And you know what that means, don’t you? Yep, cookie making season is officially here!I love baking cookies, especially Christmas cookies. There are so many different kinds, flavors, textures…I think you get my hint. There are just so darn many Christmas cookies to make that one month is not enough time to bake them all in!...more

Easy holiday appetizer: Antipasto skewers with salami, olives and mozzarella

If there’s one thing I dig about the holiday season, it’s…wait for it…appetizers! You thought I was going to say gifts, didn’t you? Well I suppose those are pretty great, too. But back to the food!...more