Good Morning and happy Friday friends! I hope you are all having an amazing holiday season. Whatever you celebrate I hope it was filled with family, friends, laughter, and good food & drink. I also hope you keep the celebrations going throughout the weekend no matter how you are spending New Years Eve.
Me? I am planning on picking up all of my favorites – onion dip and lays chips, chips and salsa, mini hot dogs – and staying in. Oh yeah we are getting fancy. You don’t have to go out and spend your night at a bar or a club to make New Years special. And a relaxing night is exactly how I want to ring in 2018.
I hope you all have a very happy New Year, and I will see you all next Friday with some exciting announcements.
Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! We have finally made it to the week where everyone is running around getting last minute shopping done, hitting the grocery store and liquor store for holiday weekend prep, and cramming in as much holiday goodness as you can. As the holiday stress mounts, (“what am I going to wear to the Christmas party?” “I hope they like their gift!”) take a couple moments to sit back and think about all the things you love most about the season. Because it really does go by way too fast and January will be here before we know it.
Favorite Starbucks Holiday Drinks.
This is a really difficult one for me because I really do love them all. My all-time favorite would have to be the classic Gingerbread Latte, but the Eggnog Latte, Chestnut Praline, and Peppermint Mocha are close runners up.
Favorite Holiday Movies.
This one is also hard because I have so many in so many different categories. So let’s break them up shall we? Favorite ABC Family Movie: The Snowglobe. Favorite Classic Movie: The Year Without A Santa Clause. The Movie I can Watch a Million Times: Christmas with The Kranks. Favorite Hallmark Movie: Let it Snow (who doesn’t love Candace Cameron Bure). The Movie You Have to Watch Every Year: Tied Between Elf & The Grinch.
Favorite Holiday Tradition.
Christmas Eve is big in my family, and every year we do the Feast of the 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve.
Favorite Christmas Song.
This actually isn’t a Christmas song but more like a New Year’s song, however “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” is one of my favorites.
Favorite Holiday TV Show Episode.
The Office Christmas Episode in Season 2 is the best! “Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame”
Favorite Holiday Treat.
Gingerbread all the way.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them. I hope you all have an amazing and festive week!
If I haven’t driven this fact home yet, the holidays are definitely my favorite time of year. It consists of an entire month full of eating and drinking with the ones you hold most dear. What could be better? And with all that togetherness comes holiday parties
It is easy to get a little overwhelmed when hosting a holiday get together, especially when trying to plan a menu. That is why today I am sharing with you some of my no fail go-to appetizers courtesy of my favorite place in the world besides Target… Trader Joes. They have a TON of incredible appetizers, dips, treats, and desserts (and I have tried a lot of them). These are just a few of my favorites.
01 Mini Brie en Croute. Brie is my favorite cheese, especially around the holidays. There is nothing better than some brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry. These little guys provide all of the deliciousness with absolutely none of the work.
02 Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I am obsessed with spinach and artichoke dip, and Trader Joes version is amazing. Your guests will never know it was frozen. Just top it with some parmesan cheese and pop it in the oven for a couple minutes and you have an amazing and quick dip.
03 Pita Chips with Sea Salt. These guys are on here because they go perfectly with the spinach dip and any of the other dips you can buy at Trader Joes.
04 Olive Tapenade. OH MY GOD. This stuff is addicting. You just need to go try it ASAP.
05 Fig & Olive Crisps. These are perfect, and go incredibly well paired with the Olive Tapenade or a cheese board.
What are your favorite Trader Joes apps? I would LOVE to hear them.
Here we have it friends, part two of my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series. Today we are talking about things for the guy in your life.
01 Nintendo Switch. Perfect for the gamer in your life, or for the big kid. This nostalgic gaming system is the perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas morning!
02 Wicked Good Moccasins. He will never want to take these off, I promise! The best part is L.L. Bean provides a lifetime guarantee on these so he really never has to.
03 Teti 30oz Tumbler. Perfect for the guy on the go. Keeps your morning coffee hot and your beach cocktails cold. What could be better?
04 Amazon Echo Dot. A tiny little personal asistsant, Alexa will turn the lights off, put on an episode of The Office, and order you Dominos all in a couple minutes.
05 Carry On Cocktail Kit. Whether he is a traveler or not, this little kit is super convenient and perfect for those “I need a drink” moments. It comes in a couple different varieties, but I recommend the Old Fashioned.
It’s that time of year again friends! It is time for a month full of festive blog posts, and I definitely have some fun things in store. So let’s kick off the official start to the holiday season with a Holiday Gift Guide for the lady in your life.
01 Marble Cheese Slicer. This is for the entertainer in your life. Or the girl who just really likes to come home after a long day of work and have a dinner of cheese and wine in style.
02 Gilded Rim Wine Glasses. Perfectly paired with the Marble Cheese Slicer, these gorgeous Pink Gold Rimmed wine glasses are sure to impress.
03 Faux Shearling Vest. The perfect winter wardrobe staple. There are a ton of gorgeous ones out there like this one from Nordstrom
04 Rose Face Mask. This hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, soothing rosewater, and a “smart” algae has definitely become a cult favorite. This is definitely a gift of pure relaxation.
05 Rosé all day Bears. These delicious little bears by Sugarfina are infused with real Rosé and are the perfect treat for the Rosé lover in your life
Stay tuned for part two this Friday!
Good Morning friends! I hope that you all had an amazing holiday weekend. Monday may have come a little too quickly. Although I am prepping for the week ahead and getting back into the swing of things, I can not help dreaming about Christmas trees, good food, holiday movies, and the most delicious boozy hot chocolate. So today I am going to share with you an incredibly easy recipe that will keep you in the holiday spirit all week long.
All you need is Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Milk (or Almond Milk), a bottle of Baileys, some candy canes, marshmallows, and cinnamon. In a saucepan simmer the milk until it is warm. Then in a glass mix in the milk, hot chocolate mix, and a shot of Baileys. Top the glass with marshmallows, cinnamon, and a candy cane. The candy cane will melt and create the most delicious peppermint flavor that compliments the chocolate and the creaminess of the Baileys. The cinnamon takes the whole thing to a new level.
It doesn’t get more festive than this folks. This is the perfect drink to bring us into the new month.
I hope this Monday isn’t too crazy for you all, and you have some time to sneak in a little Cyber Monday shopping.
Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! With Thanksgiving just a mere three days away, it is OFFICIALLY the start of the Holiday Season. I may or may not have begun this Christmas decorating this weekend. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holiday’s so today I thought I would share with you a couple of my favorite recipes that I have found over the years. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner yourself or just contributing with a side dish, these are sure to be a hit.
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry – Kitchn
Bacon and Bourbon Stuffing – A Beautiful Mess
Broccoli, Cheese, and Quinoa Casserole – Fit Foodie Finds
Green Bean Casserole (with bacon!) – The Pioneer Woman
Cranberry Chai Sangria – How Sweet Eats
All the Pie inspo you need – A Cozy Kitchen
Thankful Decor – Target
I hope you all have an incredible week full of friends, family, laughter, good food, and great drinks. I will see you all again next week.