I like to take advantage of that fresh start feeling in January and use it to motivate healthy eating habits, especially coming off an indulgent holiday season. For me, it’s all about getting fresh, local ingredients into my meal plan.  I have SIX tasty recipes below full of crisp, fresh, local Little Leaf Farms greens, plus ideas for reducing food waste, how to make cost-saving homemade dressings, and how to get out of a lunchtime routine rut. Get inspired with the recipes and ideas below! read more

I’ve got an easy, no-bake, make-ahead holiday dessert recipe to share! It’s a layered cookie trifle, made with layers of whipped cream, chocolate mousse, and chocolate chip cookies. The ingredients get layered in a big bowl, and then finished on top with some of Fancypants Bakery snowman cookies for a festive decoration (I added some rosemary sprigs for little wintry “pine trees” too!). Get the full recipe below: read more

Let’s get into the holiday spirits! I have a soft spot in my heart for a festive bar cart, and setting mine for the holiday season is favorite pastime.  A few tips to bring your bar up to Santa’s standards: 1) Bring in the decorations. I like to add garlands, bottle brush trees, and some seasonal greenery to my display so that it looks holiday-ready! 2) Add in some cocktail flair. Put some themed stirrers or paper straws, tie ribbons around the base of stemmed glassware, and put out a pretty bottle opener. 3) Go big with your garnishes. I love to use fresh rosemary sprigs, fragrant citrus slices, sugar cubes, and candied cranberries this time of year to really make the cocktails feel special! 4) Pick a signature drink. I’ve got a few of my favorite crowd-pleasing winter cocktail recipes below to get you started on your holiday sprits menu – cheers! read more

I love a tasty gift – from homemade simple syrups, to boxes of cookies, even samplings of semi-homemade seasonal candies. These are my favorite kinds of presents to share with neighbors, teachers, and as little thank-you treats at the holiday season. I am sharing a few ideas for making and packaging these special treats with my friends at Christmas Tree Shops today – one of my favorite spots for finding seasonal wrapping and packaging supplies! read more

It’s Elf on the Shelf season! I have a soft spot in my heart for the little guy and get a kick out of thinking up silly scenarios for him. Last year I snapped pictures of all of best elf-antics and have over 20 Elf on the Shelf ideas to share to keep you inspired. My best advice for doing the Elf on the Shelf is to start small – the first year I only did it for two weeks before Christmas, not the whole month – and have fun with it. Sometimes the simplest set-ups have been the ones that garnered the best reactions!   read more

I have gotten really into making shrubs for my cocktail recipes over the past few months – I love that they can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a long time! With the holiday season in full swing, I knew a cranberry-infused shrub was next on my experiment list. It’s as easy as combining the cranberries with equal parts water, apple cider vinegar and sugar in a jar and letting it all hang out in the fridge for a few days. When you’re ready to make your drink, add a splash of your infusion to a glass of chilled Prosecco and top it off with fresh rosemary sprigs and more festive red cranberries (frozen ones will keep your drink extra cold!). Get the full recipe below, and PS: These monogramed cocktail glasses are from my limited-edition collection with Wren Home! Shop the collection on wrenhome.com read more

My ideal December weekend activity: Christmas carols on the stereo, a crackling fire in the fireplace, and festive cocktail in hand while I hang out with family and friends. This holly jolly gin punch fits the bill for festive cocktails, combining gin (I like Barr Hill), cranberry juice and ginger beer and fragrant, juicy orange slices. You can make the cocktail as an individual serving, or multiply the measurements by the number of guests and mix it in a pitcher for a party-size batch! Scroll down the easy recipe (and PS: my festive shirt is on major sale here!) read more

It’s that time of year again, my annual Thanksgiving recipe round up! I’ve got over 40 recipes from my archives with all of the tasty inspiration you need to get from cocktail hour to dessert. The best side dishes, from timeless classics to unique varieties, and tips for how to make every part of your meal come out delicious. Get inspired and build your Thanksgiving menu!  read more