Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas – Recipes for a Simple but Delicious Mother’s Day Meal

One of the main reasons that I love holidays and special occasions is the food and family.  You get to spend time in the kitchen creating an awesome meal and then get to enjoy it with loved ones.  Sometimes its nice to have someone else do the cooking for you though.  Like on Mother's Day.  Its nice to kick back and just enjoy the meal and family time.  Today I'm sharing some delicious recipes that would be perfect for a Mother's Day brunch.  (Because we are all going to sleep in that day, right?!)  Check out these awesome ideas below.   1./ Cinnamon Roll Crumb Cake // A cinnamon roll meets a cake!  Its like the best of both worlds!   2./ Strawberry Muffins // Its should be strawberry season soon, so fresh strawberries in these muffins would be divine.   3./ Peach and Honey Sangria … [Read more...]

Plan a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta With these Mexican Inspired Recipes and Activities

Cinco de Mayo is coming up. You know, on the 5th of May. {Can we stop for just a moment to think about that? MAY. It's right around the corner. 2014, slow down.} Cinco de Mayo is probably one of my most favorite days of the year. It's a no-excuse-needed-to-eat-yummy-Mexican-food kind of day. It's also, and more importantly, the day the United States celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. And a day to eat Mexican food. Oh, I said that already. Well, it can stand to be repeated. YUM! Today, I've got a bunch of recipes {and even a few decorating ideas} for you to throw a Fiesta like no other! Read on. Pineapple Habanero Salsa - Fresh pineapple is one of my very favorite fruits. If you've never cut a fresh pineapple, don't be intimidated. Make this recipe and cut into your first … [Read more...]

10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps

There's something about those brightly colored, sugar coated marshmallow puffs called Peeps that make us smile. For generations, Peeps have been popping up every year around Easter time to adorn our baskets. They've always been a staple Easter candy in my home. What about yours?? Today I've gathered 10 Sweet Ideas for Easter Peeps that go beyond the basket. /1/ Peeps Cupcakes - These brightly colored cupcakes will gain the attention of every child, young and old.   /2/ Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies - Chewy chocolate coconut macaroons are shaped into cute little bird's nests to create a one-of-a-kind treat for Easter.   /3/ Bunny Truffles - Did somebody say truffles? Oh my! These two treats are just screaming our name!!   /4/ Peeps Sunflower … [Read more...]

Winter Happy Hour with Bolthouse Farms Juices

Getting together with friends and family is a great way to spend winter evenings.  If the weather won’t allow you to get out, invite them in for fun and community.  How about hosting a Happy Hour? Light snacks and drinks mean you won’t be stuck in the kitchen. Start with Bolthouse Farms Juices and try some of these ideas and recipes! ABubblyLife made colorful ice cubes. So simple, but a real “Wow” factor. A Fabulous Fete used a chalkboard sign to give guests the formula to make what appealed to them most. [sc:adsense ] Beautiful “Bunco Berry Margaritas” by A to Zebra Celebrations What’s Cooking Love’s Mango Bellini Mocktails are a bright pop of color.  Bolthouse also has Vanilla Chai Tea.  The Grant Life  created a perfect end to the day with a “Silent Night Cap”. Are … [Read more...]

Festive Slow Cooker Beverages for Holiday Parties

As you make plans for holiday parties, drawing up menus and planning tablescapes, consider adding festive slow cooker beverages to your fare. Spiced ciders, creamy cocoas, mulled wines, and more can be kept hot and inviting for the duration of your soiree. Plus, they are a cinch to make, most only requiring that you add all the ingredients to the appliance and turn it on! Ciders This one is as easy as pouring apple (or pear) juice or cider into your slow cooker, adding some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves and turning it to low. It will be fragrant and delicious in a few hours. But you can also make it extra-special with a few tweaks. Citrus Cider - the addition of orange and lemon juices and fresh ginger is a refreshing twist Spiced Caramel Cider - this is sweeter cider that pairs … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Conquer Your Photography Demons

There is nothing worse than fear and doubt getting in the way when you are trying to be creative. They tend to show up at the most inconvenient times and can trigger internal conversations something like this: You are not good enough. What makes you think you can take a great picture? You have no vision. She/he is a much better photographer than you. These thoughts are not unique to any one individual and the list could easily be a mile long with additional negative thoughts. When you need to be creative, make a beautiful picture or get something done, it helps to have a few things in place to help you conquer your demons and do the work: Establish a ritual. Shoot your morning beverage everyday. You don't need a fancy camera or special lighting, just get started and do … [Read more...]