Best Aged Eggnog

My friend Ben has been perfecting his egg nog recipe for years, so I was thrilled when he said I could share it with you all! When I asked for the recipe, what I actually got was a spreadsheet comparing the exact ingredients in many other recipes and how he modified and perfected his own […] Read more…

The Naughty Dirty Chai

Here’s another vodka-based winter cocktail for those who want an option other than bourbon (which is easily my go-to drink when the weather gets cold). The Chai spices mingle beautifully with the coffee liqueur and cream (but anyone who’s had a Chai Latte can confirm). This recipe has only 3 ingredients and batches very easy […] Read more…

Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

These cookies were the brainchild of the Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, made famous by Dorie Greenspan in her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours, and given their current name by Dorie’s neighbor, Richard Gold, who is convinced that a daily dose of these cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness. I […] Read more…

Rosemary Vodka “Tonic”

When the weather turns cold, most turn to cocktails made with bourbon or whiskey, but it’s harder to find vodka-based winter drinks. So, when I needed a holiday party cocktail that was a little lighter—to serve along side my Chai Spiced Old Fashioned—this herbaceous vodka “tonic” seemed perfect. The Green Chartreuse and Rosemary Simple Syrup […] Read more…

Hot Toddy

My hubby and I have a fun holiday tradition with our friends in Seattle—the first weekend in December, we caravan out to a Christmas tree farm, trek across fields looking for our perfect tree, and toast to our friendship over hot toddies. I’ve perfected my version of the Hot Toddy over the last few years—replacing the […] Read more…

Ginger Simple Syrup

Homemade Ginger Simple Syrup is one of my favorites to make. It adds extra flavor to cocktails like the Hot Toddy (in place of the traditional honey). And to settle an unhappy tummy or just a non-boozy treat, just add a couple dashes of Old Fashioned Bitters, a splash of Ginger Simple Syrup and too […] Read more…

Chai Spiced Old Fashioned

The warm flavors of this Chai Spiced Old Fashioned make a comforting seasonal drink. Along with the single serving recipe, I’ve included instructions for a batch, so you can easily make head and serve at Thanksgiving or your next holiday party. Read more…

My Emergency Survival Kit

Today was the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill—worldwide people practiced how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in the event of an earthquake—so, I thought it would be a good time to chat about other ways to be prepared in case of a disaster! With all the natural disasters in the last month and half—floods, fires, earthquakes—it really lit […] Read more…

Perfect Margarita

I come from generations of margarita drinkers. My palette has been honed from a young age—when I was a little girl I stole salt off the rim of my grandma’s cocktail (I may have stolen a drink when no one was looking). Let’s skip over the tragedy of the 80s—when you could buy a tub of mix, […] Read more…

Berry Basil Sparkler

I love hosting or attending themed parties of any kind. And, I love signature cocktails even more! So, when zulily asked me to create a cocktail as part of a fun July 4th themed Facebook Live, of course I was all in! I wanted to create a libation that used seasonal ingredients, was light and […] Read more…

Classic Sangria

Sangria is a fun and refreshing cocktail to make for a party, a barbecue or even a festive Tuesday night. This recipe is a place to start, but it’s easy to make it your own with fresh fruit and wine that you have on hand. Read more…

San Francisco

The hubs and I finally made it to San Francisco for the Memorial Day weekend. Although three days isn’t nearly enough time to experience all the city has to offer, we got some recommendations from friends and packed in as much as we could. Here are the highlights of our weekend filled with art and […] Read more…

Mint Julep

It’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but also it’s a delightful cocktail for any sunny day. Instead of the traditional method of muddling mint leaves, I like to make mint-infused simple syrup. It’s more user friendly for your Derby party, and it’s great to have on hand when you need a spur of […] Read more…

Mini Derby Pie

Invented in 1950 in Prospect, Kentucky, Derby Pie is also known as “Pegasus Pie” and “May Day Pie” because the original creator, the Kern Family, has sued to protect its trademark “Derby Pie” name 25 times—including Bon Appetit who tried to claim the term is generic. Well, whatever it’s called, it’s a delicious staple at my Derby Party every […] Read more…

DIY Pom Poms!

zulily asked me to do a pom pom making tutorial on Facebook Live. I’m using tulle in the demo, but you can use yarn, strips of scrap material, or ribbon. Check out the video to learn how to make different sizes of pom poms and adorn everything from baskets, handbags, flip flops and accessories.  Read more…

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

My friend, Shannon (doctor by day, pastry chef by night), bakes these festive White Chocolate Cherry cookies every holiday season. Now that I live a million miles away from Shannon and her delightful desserts, I felt like this was the year to add them to my own baking playlist. These amazing treats are based on […] Read more…

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

I recently became a Seattle Art Museum member just to get a sneak peek during the Member Preview event for Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit. The show officially opens today, October 11, and runs until January 8. It’s beautiful and inspiring. The walls of the gallery are lined with his sketches and […] Read more…

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