Christmas Round-Up: Recipes, Tablescapes and Dining Out

Christmas is less than a week away! Can you believe it?! I know I am currently writing up my big grocery list, wrapping the last of the gifts, and pitching in where I can to help prep the celebrations I am going to. I had so much fun doing the Thanksgiving inspiration post that I thought I would extend it out and do a Christmas one as well! It’s not too late to add some delicious and inventive dishes to your lists, get some table decorating inspiration, or book your family’s table out.


DIY Bloody Mary Bar-By Elizabeth Palmer Kitchen

I have dying to do a post on bloody mary’s for a while now. They are one of my all-time favorite cocktails. It’s actually the first drink that my fiance and I have on each vacation we take. It’s kind of our “We’re about to have a great time” benchmark. While I never quite got around to coming up with the perfect idea, my amazing blogger friend Elizabeth Palmer Starnes who writes Elizabeth Palmer Kitchen, did! Elizabeth has put together all the essentials to make your own bloody mary bar. Start planning your brunch parties now! I’m thinking it would go perfectly with BTP’s Bruchetta Bar idea for a casual summer lunch soiree.


Red, White and Booze Berry Popsicles Recipe

Hello Readers,

After a week long hiatus due to a nasty little summer flu that had me bedridden for a week, I am back just in time for the summer holiday. Today’s post is all about a fun, adults only, recipe to celebrate the patriotic weekend ahead. I came across zipicles in a recent trip to World Market. Essentially, these are the long plastic packets that hold the techa-colored fruit pops we loved so much as kids. Who knew they made and sold these empty packets for you to create your own? I had seen plenty of ice pop molds for sale but nothing like these before. Of course I had to purchase to try for myself.


Star Spangled Sangria Recipe

The Fourth of July is approaching which, for me,  includes fireworks, beach, and BBQ’s. It also, is a time to reflect on our freedom and of course display some patriotism. We all know that for Fourth of July weekend anything and everything is red, white, and blue inspired. This goes for decorations, outfits and even food! I have hopped on the bandwagon with this next recipe.


Deb’s Iced Tea with Tart Cherry Mint Ice Cubes Recipe

Happy National Iced Tea Day!

In honor and observance of this food holiday for my all-time favorite beverage (I drink unsweetened iced tea almost every day…even in the winter!) I am bringing you a fun and easy summertime recipe.