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…

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…

Chai Spiced Simple Syrup

This chai simple syrup is the perfect way to “spice up” your fall cocktails (pun intended). Try it in bourbon cocktails like the Chai Spiced Old Fashioned, or add a splash to hot tea for a cozy, non-boozy drink. 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…

Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

These cookies were the brainchild of the Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, made famous by Dorie Greenspan, and given their current name by Richard Gold, who is convinced that a daily dose of these cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness. I love baking up batches of these as Christmas gifts for friends […] 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…

SparkleFest: A Celebration of Sparkling Wines and the End of Summer

My lovely friend, Ashley, decided we should go to the first annual SparkleFest, from the folks at Bar Ferd’nand and The Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island. “It’s called SparkleFest and it’s on your birthday, so it’s like they created this event just for you!” I couldn’t disagree. That was obviously the case. They are throwing me a party, so of […] Read more…

Art and Floss

As I sat in the dentist chair at Joseph Zimmer’s office for my routine 6-month cleaning—looking up at the massive glitter art piece on the ceiling—I felt inspired to write this post.   One of the reasons I actually look forward to visiting my dentist, besides the fact that he’s a very good doctor and has […] Read more…

Nectarine Caprese Salad

This versatile fruit salad made with nectarines, blueberries and mozzarella, is perfect for lunch, as complement to dinner, or as a party dish. The sweet nectarines are perfectly balanced by the creamy mozzarella, making this a refreshing fruit salad with substance. Read more…

Vancouver, BC in a Weekend

The hubby and I, and our good friends The Underdowns, took the train from Seattle to Vancouver for a long weekend. It was my first time traveling by train and it was a lovely experience. We sat back and relaxed without the exhaustion of driving or the annoyance of traffic (plus going through customs is just a […] Read more…

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