DIY Whipped Cream Canister (or wine bottle) Cozies

DIY Whipped Cream Canister Cozies -

I have a bit of a confession to make.  Though I’m easy going as it relates to how friends serve food and drinks in their homes, I have a bit of a pet peeve in my own home: I don’t like whipped cream canisters as part of the entertaining landscape.  I don’t care if they are fetched from the fridge to top ice cream and returned not to dally on the countertops.  I do care if a family member takes them out of the fridge to fill their mouths with a big hit of whipped cream (you know who you are!), … CONTINUE READING

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum (with mocktail option)

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum self-serve -

The Holiday season is beginning and I have a recipe everyone is sure to love because it’s so darn easy and delicious!  Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum.  Made in a slow cooker, it can be put on to simmer and left for self-serving during longer gatherings or after you’ve been out for a chilly outing.  It popped to mind in anticipation of Halloween which is usually is freezing cold in Colorado, often with snow.  Though I’m generally on candy duty at home, my crew dips in and out of the house between … CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Travel Tips for Large Groups and Extended Families

BreckBlogRetreat Blue Trees Downtwon Breckenridge CO -

Earlier this month I went on my first blind date.  It was with 8 other women food bloggers I’d never met.  Well technically, I had met one at a gathering about four years ago, though it was only a brief introduction.  The rest were a mix of some I’d known ‘virtually’ for awhile, some I’d had brief interactions with online and some were brand spanking new. We headed to Breckenridge, Colorado for a long weekend with the goal of getting together to share and learn from each other … CONTINUE READING

Drink If You Dare Shooters

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I’m feeling a bit sheepish.  And honestly a bit guilty.  When I look back over my posts from the last few week it looks like nothing but a Halloween party.  No real sustenance or meals to serve at the dinner tables.  Mutilated Zombie Cupcakes, Infected Brain Cocktails that glow in the dark, Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Dessert Pizza, Screaming Witch Crudities.  Well I guess there were some Vietnamese Spring Rolls (with a how to roll them tutorial) and Taco Pasta with Black Bean noodles thrown in, so I … CONTINUE READING

Candy Coated Caramel Apples

Candy Coated Caramel Apples recipe -

I’m not sure there is a more iconic fall treat than a caramel apple.  They all of a sudden pop up in grocery stores around this time and then disappear by December. Such an elusive treat and so easy to make at home! One year after my kids returned from Trick-or-Treating we were doing the compulsory sort through their candy bags discarding anything open, and passing gluten-filled treats to my husband.  One house in our neighborhood had given out caramel apples enclosed in hard plastic from … CONTINUE READING

Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Dessert Pizza

Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Dessert Pizza -

I have always loved carving Jack-o-Lanterns at Halloween.  Never able to turn away a misshapen pumpkin or commit to only one design, our porch is usually illuminated with a small army of rustically carved glowing squash.  ‘Rustically’ makes it sound like there might be some cozy charm in the attempted artistry.  That would be a generous overstatement in those I’ve personally crafted! We are sorely behind this year.  The middle of September ticked by slowly, threatening to never to give way to … CONTINUE READING