How we do Homecoming in Texas

You’ve probably heard the term that everything is bigger in Texas. The same can be said for our football Homecoming celebrations.  Down here we wear mums, they’re like giant corsages, and they can get pretty elaborate.  It started as a simple chrysanthemum flower with a few ribbons to show off school pride, but over the years they’ve evolved into enormous decorations that are personalized with symbols from the girl’s favorite […] Read Full Post

Halloween Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairing

When I realized I was too old to trick-or-treat, I decided it was time to start dressing up and stay IN for Halloween!  It’s such fun inviting guests over, decorating and serving some spooky inspired nibbles and sips.  Here are a couple recipes I made and wine I plan on serving.  But before we get to that, I wanted to share some tips for flawless entertaining. Don’t overcommit. When someone […] Read Full Post

Halloween Cocktail, Black Widow Martini

XO Cafe Martini When Halloween rolls around, I’m in the mood for a sultry drink that is both devilish and angelic.  I created this recipe using two of my favorite new liqueurs, a chocolate and Mexican chili infused tequila called Patron XO Cafe Incendio, and an orange infused tequila called Patron Citronge.  With a splash of (good) coffee and cream, it’s sweet, spicy and packed with depth and flavor.  The best part is, […] Read Full Post

Halloween Inspired Food Kids Will Love

Monster MouthMonster Mouths, recipe below Before the kids head off to trick-or-treat on Halloween, I like to feed them a balanced dinner packed with protein and fruit.  But it doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Here are some Halloween inspired finger foods that kids (and adults will love).  Mummy hot dogs, ‘vampire’ sandwiches and ‘monster mouths’, it doesn’t get more creative or fun than that! Give these easy recipes a […] Read Full Post

DIY Halloween Decorations

Crafts Wide DIY craft close up CommandCommand Party Banner Anchors, Command Party Mini Spring Clips, Command Party Ceiling Hooks Halloween decorations can transform your home into a creepy witches den, but if you’re like me, it’s easy to get carried away and blow your budget on too many Halloween ornaments.  Instead, ask your kids to help out and make this Candy Corn banner.  The video tutorial shows how to paint and assemble it, along with how […] Read Full Post

Halloween Foods To Make with Kids

When you bring your children into the kitchen, cutting, stirring, folding and mixing, they learn where their food comes from and what a labor of love it is to prepare your own meal.  I loved getting my boys together to make these Halloween treats, even if they made a little mess! We used cookie cutters to make ‘frightening’ sandwiches in the shape of ghosts, scary cats and pumpkins.  Plus we  […] Read Full Post

Candy Corn Whoopie Pie

unnamed-2Candy Corn Pebbles Whoopie Pie unnamed-1 How can a Halloween classic, Candy Corn, get any better? How about making them into whoopie pies, complete with flecks of orange, yellow and white.  I found this box of Pebbles Candy Corn cereal with a simple recipe on the back so I tried it out and it was delicious.  My son, Baer, especially loved licking the cream filling off the whisk, and we enjoyed […] Read Full Post

Switch Up Your Lunchbox Routine!

Sushi-Sandwich-Final Right about now you’re slapping some mayo on a couple slices of bread, throwing in some turkey and calling it lunch.  That’s not just a sorry excuse for a sandwich, it’s also a boring way to break up mid-day monotony! Lunch is to be celebrated people, so let’s rethink even the simplest lunchtime staple, the turkey sandwich, and add some crunch and flavor.  I love to make these ‘Sushi Sandwiches’, […] Read Full Post

Superfood Mini Muffins and Other Healthy Snacks

Superfood Mini MuffinsSuperfood Mini Muffins When it comes to after school snacking, I’m weak.  ‘Can I have a marshmallow?’ ‘Sure’, is usually my response. But with healthy little bites like these Superfood Mini Muffins, I know my children will reach for these instead! You know I’m not a baker, so if I can make these from scratch,  I swear you can too.  We’ve all heard about the benefits of eating quinoa and […] Read Full Post

Quick and Easy Weekday Breakfasts

yogurt parfait Over the summer I fell into a lazy breakfast routine of feeding the kids a simple scrambled egg and toast, or a bowl of cereal.  Well, my kids are over it and now that the school year is in full swing I’m determined to plan ahead and cook healthy breakfast foods everyone will enjoy.  Last night my son even helped bake delicious pumpkin muffins stuffed with cream cheese and he […] Read Full Post