Two weeks ago I had the privilege to host my 8th annual Christmas fundraiser party. In my first year it started as a simple living room cocktail party where a handful of my closest friends brought a toy to donate. In year eight the celebration, number of people and donations continues to grow. This continued experience gives back to me just as much as it does for the organization we contribute to. Every year my heart grows seeing all of the love and support from my family and friends. Their generosity is astounding and their excitement to help is ever-growing.
Today’s recipe is exactly as it is described in its title, simple. In browsing through pinterest months ago I had caught a photo of someone “smashing” their baked potatoes. I loved how they looked and the thought of a little extra crisp to my traditional baked potatoes sounded fantastic. I started to play around with doing this smashed approach to baby potatoes and they came out great. This side dish pairs perfectly with a nice weekend steak and wine duo.
Every Christmas season I start to brainstorm what small bites I’ll be whipping up to entertain guests and bring to all those holiday parties. The ironic part is that I typically get asked to bring the same two appetizers for every occasion. One dish being my “mom’s” famous recipe for cranberry meatballs. The other, raspberry brie cups. Why haven’t I put them on the blog yet you ask? Well, it turns out my mom’s recipe for the cranberry meatballs are actually one that was trademarked by Oceanspray (But I encourage you to look it up; it’s SUPER easy and they always win over the crowd). As for the brie cups, they may come one day but, today isn’t the day!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The sparkling lights, festive décor, and of course lots and LOTS of holiday food. Get your winter jackets, mittens and hats ready to go out into the cold for some of these awesome festive events around the state this month.
Today I’m here to save you all from having to brainstorm a last minute Thanksgiving contribution for your celebrations! This is an easy as pie, 4 ingredient recipe that can be used as an appetizer or to supplement the dinner’s bread baskets.
This recipe has Sunday cooking written all over it! It’s warm, it’s comforting, it can feed the whole family and boy is it delicious. I was stuck by a massive craving for shepherd’s pie last week. And since I do all the cooking, what Missy wants, Missy gets!
On the heels of the honorable announcement that Star Tavern has been awarded the title of #2 Best Pizzeria in America voted by the American public themselves on The Daily Meal, it seemed only fitting that I would finally share my love for this restaurant.
What do you do when you get invited to five fantastic weddings for close friends and family while trying to plan and pay for your own? You accept them all and figure it out of course! At least, that’s what my fiancé and I have done this past year. We are blessed to have so many great people surrounding us and to be asked to share in so many special days. However; the both exciting and daunting part of this year’s festivities was that four of the weddings happened to be out of state. We wanted to do everything we could to make it work financially without compromising our savings for our own big day!
If you’re looking for an easy Sunday Funday recipe to feed the football crowd huddled around your TV, today’s recipe is the answer! I’m always offering for friends and family to come to our house to watch the football games. I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s my escape technique from watching the games (I know… blasphemy! I don’t enjoy watching football…) But, if I host the gathering, it gives the appearance that I enjoy it and I can hide away in the kitchen cooking up food for everyone. It’s also a good opportunity to try out recipes on people 😉