How to Choose Wine for Your Thanksgiving Meal

How to Choose Wine for Your Thanksgiving Meal - Ever get paralyzed by the thought of choosing a bottle of wine to serve your guests? Don

Ever get paralyzed by the thought of choosing a bottle of wine to serve your guests? Don’t fear the wine aisle anymore. The Wine4.Me App can help. Broiled Bruschetta This past weekend, I prepared a big Italian feast for my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and all the kids. Since we had six adults in the […]

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Day Appetizers

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Appetizers - Have a selection of appetizers on hand for your family and guests on Thanksgiving so no one gets hangry!

Have a selection of appetizers on hand for your family and guests on Thanksgiving so no one gets hangry! I don’t know about you, but it’s rare that I have a meal ready when I think I will. I might invite guests over for dinner at 6, but it may actually be 7 before we […]

9 Homemade Dips that Are Healthier & Cheaper

9 Homemade Dips that Are Healthier & Cheaper - Make your own dips this football season. They

Make your own dips this football season. They’ll be cheaper and healthier. And taste way better. I am a dipper. Totally. Ever since I was a little girl, chips and dip have made my eyes light up. Doesn’t matter what kind: sour cream and onion, guacamole, 7-layer dip, even Cactus Dip! Yep, I ate weird […]

Give Day-Old Bread New Life

Give Day-Old Bread New Life - Snap up that day-old bread at the store and give it new life in recipes!

Snap up that day-old bread at the store and give it new life in recipes! Bread is expensive, particularly if you want quality bread with few preservatives and additives. Since Trader Joe’s changed their distributor, my favorite Harvest Whole Wheat Bread is now off our radar. The replacement is, in a word, unsatisfactory. It’s been […]

Stovetop Hot Cocoa

Stovetop Hot Cocoa - Morning hot cocoa is only about five minutes away and only contains five ingredients. That

Morning hot cocoa is only about five minutes away and only contains five ingredients. That’s a great way to high five the morning. As much as I’ve complained about the heat this summer, my kids still want hot cocoa in the mornings. I still drink hot tea, so who am I to talk? The mornings […]

Mint + Tea = MinTea

MinTea - Mix up a batch of this minted ice tea for a delicious and refreshing drink that costs just pennies!

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s been hotter than blazes here this summer. Usually I can wear sweats through June and most of July since warmer temps don’t hit until August. I think we’ve been sweating in shorts and tank tops since May. I know: California problems. It’s the drought, I tell ya. […]

Quench Your Thirst

Quench Your Thirst - Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you

Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you’re out and about? Save some coin and make it healthier at home. Chances are pretty high that when you’re out and about on a summer day, you’re tempted to grab a quick soda, smoothie, or frap before you head home. I know the […]

Olive Bruschetta and Elegant Afternoon Snacks

Olive Bruschetta and Elegant Afternoon Snacks

This post is sponsored by California Ripe Olives and Kitchen Play. This olive bruschetta is utter deliciousness! It’s the perfect summertime snack and a must-make for your next party. As I type, I’ve just returned from the airport where I dropped off my friend Amy. Amy is a wine blogger and world traveler. She was […]

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Appetizers

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Apps - Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers.

Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers. The weekend approacheth! That means time to tone down the activity — at least a little — and get ready for some relaxation and/or socializing. I’ve been working like a fiend this […]

Broiled Bruschetta

Broiled Bruschetta - Bruschetta made with prime summer tomatoes is absolutely out of this world. Put your feet up and enjoy this easy appetizer that can be made in advance and quickly prepped under the broiler.

Bruschetta made with prime summer tomatoes is absolutely out of this world. Put your feet up and enjoy this easy appetizer that can be made in advance and quickly prepped under the broiler. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way […]