Fun Fall Treats – Halloween Snacks and Desserts

I love this time of year! Maybe because it is the beginning of cool weather and the holiday season.. but I want to BAKE! My son is finally at the age where he can help me and actually enjoy sharing in the process, so I have been searching for some cute little treat ideas that we can try this season.Here are just a few yummy recipes I found:I am not a huge "Halloween" decor fan, but the idea around this little snack is cute. It's simply chocolate pudding with crumbled oreo on top, dressed up with a cookie. I figured I could do this anyway I want - maybe some yucky creepy worms instead? Or candy corn on top? hmmm..I am a Rice Krispy Treat fanatic! They are so easy to make and can be "fashioned" into anything you can imagine - or will stick together as. :) Here, make a batch … [Read more...]

Football Tailgate in Style!

Starting in early August it isn’t unusual to hear me humming the well-known Holiday Song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.  Mom’s usually like this time of year because it’s Back to School & our regularly scheduled programming but I like having my kids (college & high school aged) around so BTS is bittersweet, it’s my favorite time of year because it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!I enjoy hosting Football get-togethers but I also want to be able to actually watch the game rather than fussing over food, beverages, etc. so I tried to choose some items that would allow you to do the same. Worst case, I’ve got 2 rules:Help yourself If you cheer for the other team, you’ve got to sit on the floor!Enjoy my picks from Swoozies & enjoy the game the next time you share your … [Read more...]

Our Hostess Gifts for Fall!

Whether you are headed to a Back to School Class Coffee, Halloween Extravaganza or a fabulous Pre-Holiday Cocktail Party here are some FAB gifts to bring along & impress your host or hostess (because bringing a bottle of wine is SO 2008)!Lilly Market Tote These $10 totes are darling & Lilly Pulitzer is always appropriate year round. They hold quite a few groceries or other items that one might collect during a busy shopping outing. They can be customized, but the plain would allow you to keep a few on hand just in case you get a last minute invite!State Oven Mitt I absolutely LOVE these! As with another item you will see later in this post, this is a great gift for someone you might be visiting long distance. It does involve a little pre-planning but what a hit it will … [Read more...]

Fall Festivities – Party time!

Every fall I love to have friends over for a chili dinner and s'mores for dessert.. When the first chill is in the air and the leaves begin to turn I start brainstorming ways to decorate a festive fall table.There are so many beautiful and budget friendly ways to decorate and have a very festive party! Here are some creative ideas:This example of the perfect outdoor fall decor (by Country Living) is made by using natures best decorations! Hay, fall flowers, pumpkins.. all easy and inexpensive - perfect for an outdoor party.Too cute idea for the table or to add a bit of fall ambiance to your home. Trim the stem off of a small pumpkin. Using hot glue or floral wire - attach fake leaves, berries, and candle to top. So cute!A great party favor to thank your guests for … [Read more...]

Modernism Week – A Designer’s Delight

 Those who have enjoyed the grandeur that is Palm Springs, California, will attest to its sunny warmth, paradise-worthy weather and the brilliance of its authentic desert style.  Add to this a magical conglomeration of innovative work by superb artists, set against the backdrop of exquisite, color-filled natural landscapes, native palm trees swaying in the wind and the majesty of the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance, you have the award-winning recipe for the spectacular Modernism Week.  This annual event genially showcases where mid-century architecture, fashion, art, and design meet contemporary ideas and thinking; it is an understatement to merely suggest that it is a designer’s dream to attend.  The impressiveness of this extraordinary event, however, extends far beyond … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me.One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings.I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]