Easter Crafts & Cocktails

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  So I had this great idea a couple years back to have an “Easter Crafts and Cocktails” party, but as life would have it, the invitations were made, but never sent due to – you know – life getting in the way and it not working out; however, I haven’t let go of the [...]

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Orange Splash Cocktail – Courtesy of Southern Sophisticate

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 My friend Stacie has been a part of my life professionally and personally for many years.   No matter what creative venture I choose to throw at her, she has always been 100% supportive of my endeavors. It all started with her noticing my love for cooking and entertaining way back in 2006 and bringing [...]

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2002 Kelham Vineyards Merlot – The 5-year wait is over!!

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 “There might be a little dust on the bottle…….just one of them thangs that gets sweeter with time”… Five long years ago after only a few months of dating, I dragged my slightly-reformed Corona and Crown-loving hippy boyfriend to the rolling hills of the most gorgeous place in the United States, if not the world [...]

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Pomegranate Bellini and DIY Festive Champagne Glasses

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“She’s crafty, she gets around….She’s crafty, all over town!”  Not me exactly, but I would say that I can be crafty (and thrifty) every now and then.  As for being all over town, I can say that is partly true, because I have been all over town hitting up every Dollar Tree for their pretty green glassware.  [...]

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Winter White Sangria

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I KNOW I have said many time before, but I LOVE red wine!! My love for this gorgeous vino surpasses time of day or time of year.  Give me a good heavy Napa cab at 58 degrees and color this girl happy.  HOWEVER…….I realize that not everyone shares the exact same love as I do, [...]

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!! – Thirsty Thursday Wine Smoothie and Cookbook GIVEAWAY from They Draw & Cook!!!

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I love smoothies and I love wine, but wine + smoothie = I’m not sure……until I saw this super cool illustrated recipe from They Draw & Cook led by brother/sister team Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell.  I love red wine and can pretty much drink it at any temperature, but at 95 degrees outside in [...]

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“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – Cherry Cocktails with my new “frog” Bibi

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“When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeiing, Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating. Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder, Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.” – Emily Dickinson I have [...]

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Thirsty Thursday – Sparkling Mojito with Prosecco

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Food Thoughts of a Chef Wannabe a fellow food blogger invited all her food blogging friends to add a drink recipe to her Thirsty Thursday Facebook post.  I have been wanting to recreate the AWESOME sparkling mojito that my sister and I slightly overindulged on at Casa Marina while we were on our sister-sister vacay in Key West [...]

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“The Breakdown” – Coconut Shrimp Soup

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So this is the first official post for “The Breakdown”.  I absolutely love having a great meal at a restaurant and knowing that it isn’t too complicated to try to recreate at home.  I know a lot of restaurants aren’t totally willing to give up their most popular recipes, so I thought it would be [...]

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I’m Such a “Jerk” – Lychee Mimosa

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I went to Jamaica with every intention of coming back with an authentic Jamaican recipe to share on my blog.  I made arrangements with Chef Andre to meet  for a cooking class at our resort and learn how to make classic jerk marinade and as vacation would have it the only knowledge of anything “jerk” that I came [...]

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