A Communal Table
Ruby Red Moscow Mule
TGIF…. I think it’s fair to say it’s been a rough week. The tragedy that struck Dallas, the city my children call home, has weighed heavily on my heart – as it has everyone’s. As I was typing this post, news of the horrors in Nice came across my screen – and like all of... Read More » The post ...
Pomegranate Fattoush Salad
Pomegranate Fattoush Salad. My new “go to” staycation salad. Huh? Ok, remember when ‘staycations” became a thing? Yeah, me too – and this year I am actually doing one. With the hubs having a new job and our boys only being home together for a couple of weeks, a vacation just wasn’t in the ...
Orange Ginger Oatmeal Crisps
A little crispy, a little chewy and laced with ginger and orange. Meet my newest cookie obsession – Orange Ginger Oatmeal Crisps. I know, it’ summer, so why do I have cookies on the blog? Three reasons. #1 It is never the wrong time of year for cookies IMO. #2 My youngest is home from... Read More
Summer in Provence Cocktail
Being an “empty nester” isn’t my favorite – but it does have it’s perks. One is checking out “happy hours” around town – which is how I first discovered this Summer in Provence Cocktail at Fig and Olive. Which sounds much better than a Blackberry Smash, doesn’t it? But rest assured, putting the ...
5 tips for a Simple and Social Summer Party
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. #SweeterTogether #CollectiveBias Longer days and warm nights are tailor made for parties. Creating fun new memories with family and friends is one of the best things about summer…
Not a Negroni fan? Try the Contessa!!! In case you missed it, this is Negroni Week. A week where we can channel our inner Sophia Loren, don a pair of oversized dark shades and perch ourselves at a cute little outdoor cafe and feel virtuous indeed while we sip a Negroni! Seriously though,... ...
Coconut Cake with Caramelized Pineapple, Rum and Lime Syrup
“You put the lime in the coconut and….” you’ve got the makings of this Coconut Cake with Caramelized Pineapple, Rum and Lime Syrup. I need a vacation. The “sprawl in a beach chair, book in one hand and frosty umbrella garnished adult beverage in the other” kind of vacation. Sigh. Are you with me?
One Pan Moroccan Lemon Olive Chicken
One Pan Moroccan Lemon Olive Chicken… and the olives behind it! Do you ever stop to wonder who is behind that can of tomatoes, pineapple or olives you pick up in your local grocery store? I have a confession to make. I generally don’t either – and I’m “in the food business”. But one of... Read More
Lavender French 75
To wrap up my provencal themed menu of Quick Mussels with Garlic Herb Butter I give you the Lavender French 75. Light and floral, it’s a refreshing way to kick off Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season. Given the French 75’s association with World War 1 and my provencal themed ...
Quick Mussels with Garlic Herb Butter
Aaannnddd…. here is the recipe I promised – Quick Mussels with Garlic Herb Butter. How quick? 15 minutes from prep to table. You can’t even do drive thru that fast… and these Quick Mussels with Garlic Herb Butter are so much better. So much better that after shooting this, I managed to polish off