May 27th, 2011 |

Sweet Strawberry Desserts

With strawberry season in full bloom, I find myself looking for creative ways to use them…..and my sweet tooth immediately directs me towards dessert recipes!  Since so many people tend to make berry pies for Memorial Day weekend, I figured I would supply all of you with some of my latest finds.

Strawberry Chiffon Pie
Strawberry Italian Ice
Fresh [...]

May 26th, 2011 |

Salsa Bar

Looking for a simple way to “wow!” your guests at a Memorial Day BBQ?!  How about a salsa bar!  Set up a variety of different types of salsas (and guacamole if you really want to get fancy!) with one large bowl of chips.  Your guests can mix and match flavors to their liking.  Here are a few suggestions [...]

May 12th, 2011 |

Flower Power Cupcakes

With Spring in full bloom here in Chicago, these cupcakes caught my eye!  All You Magazine has come up with three simple ways to dress up basic cupcakes to look like flowers using cookies, gummy candy and jelly beans.  I think these would be darling for a garden party birthday party, or a summer [...]

May 5th, 2011 |

Polenta and Eggplant Stack

I’m always on the look-out for gluten-free recipes….especially ones that look mouth-watering good!  This polenta eggplant stack from Woman’s Day looks absolutely delicious and will be tested out in my kitchen this evening!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp olive oil
1 small eggplant (8 oz), halved, sliced (3 cups)
3⁄4 cup chopped onion
2 small zucchini (8 oz), sliced (2 [...]

April 29th, 2011 |

Cabana Lunch + Creative Salad Bar

Event Planner, Beth Beattie, sent me over these pictures from a recent Cabana Lunch she planned for a client.  My still-cold-in-Chicago-self was drooling over them, wishing I was sitting oceanside!  But then the party planner in me kicked in and I saw this amazing salad bar vessel that Beth had made for the event.  It’s genius!   [...]

April 26th, 2011 |

Simple Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I’m a sucker for Mexican food (especially since so much of it is based around corn products….which works nicely with my gluten-free lifestyle!), so when Cinco de Mayo comes around, I like whipping out a few new recipes to celebrate with friends!  Food Network has a great collection of recipes hand-picked by their celebrity chefs, and [...]

March 15th, 2011 |

Birthday Brunch for Kate Landers

I love being a part of any type of celebration….but especially birthday celebrations.   So when my dear internet-friend, Kate Landers, contacted me about doing some items for her own birthday brunch, I was thrilled to be able to design for her!  She fell in love with the custom-designed bamboo print I used [...]

March 7th, 2011 |

Luck of the Irish Dinner Party

St. Patrick’s Day is a HUGE holiday in our family.  Always has been….always will be!  It’s a great opportunity to gather friends and family during this bland month for a little festive cheer and some delicious food!  Whether your celebration is big or small, these recipes from Williams-Sonoma are sure to please!

Stout-braised Short Ribs
Irish Soda Bread
Corned [...]

February 8th, 2011 |

playful panini POPS!

Perfect for your next playdate, valentine’s day party or kid’s birthday party, Panini Happy came up with this adorable idea!  These are basically mini grilled cheese sandwiches on a stick, so you can choose whatever bread and cheese you like. It’s probably best to stick with the semi-firm cheeses, as soft cheeses may melt too much [...]

February 4th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Year of the Rabbit

Starting this week, we welcome the “Year Of The Rabbit” and a two week long Chinese New Year celebration.  My friend, Melisa from Project Nursery came up with unique party concept to celebrate her son’s first birthday.  Darling Chase is 1/4 Chinese, so when it came time to choose a theme, Melisa’s husband cleverly [...]

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