Christmas Recipes Guest Posts for Cost Plus World Market

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I have had the great honor to be asked to guest post on the official Cost Plus World Market site with not one but four awesome Christmas recipes!! First up – Christmas Spiced Mulled Wine I am CONVINCED if Christmas could be concentrated into one flavor – mulled wine is it. One taste and you […]

Vanilla Cranberry Ice Cream Sundaes with Spiced Gingersnaps

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December 7th and I am posting about ice cream sundaes. I think ice cream is acceptable year round, especially when make it “seasonal” or something. One thing I make every November/December is a double batch of my cranberry chutney. Its normally meant to be served on Thanksgiving, but since we didn’t celebrate this year ( […]

Lamb Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Lamb Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

These lamb carnitas tacos are an amazing addition to my self proclaimed best diet ever, the ” all taco diet”.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect diet? All tacos. All the time. Who doesn’t love tacos?!? The recipe for these were inspired from a recipe that has become a staple in our house ever since […]

Big ol’ Batch of Buttermilk Belgian Waffles and a Magimix Vision Toaster Giveaway

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We eat a lot of Belgian waffles in this house. And by we I mostly mean my kids. And because we eat a lot of waffles, I always make big batches of them to freeze and thaw when needed so I am not waking up at 4 am on school days to make a fresh […]

Aprés Ski Boozy Tea (with homemade vanilla maple creamer) for #holidayfoodparty

Aprés Ski Boozy Tea (with homemade vanilla maple creamer) for #holidayfoodparty

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. Seems to have flown by faster than normal. It feels like I was just packing up Christmas decorations and here I am getting them out of storage already to decorate the house again. I also can’t believe this is the last Holiday Food Party of […]

You know you have made it in life when you have a refrigerator full of cheese

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This is going to be a tough post to write. But I need to, its time. It was December, I want to say the year was 1997 or 1998. We were driving down her dad’s mile long driveway in her white Mazda Miata with the top down like we always did. We were of course […]

Holiday Host Gift Guide with World Market

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The holidays are upon us and that means holiday parties are soon to be happening and one way to say thanks to the party host or hostess is with a nice, thoughtful gift. I have come up with a few ideas from World Market as well as showing some of their  gift basket ideas for […]

Pumpkin Date Shake

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I caved. Its November already and I finally caved in and made something pumpkin. I was pretty proud of myself for holding out for so long but I had the idea for this recipe last year actually and an opportunity presented itself that was perfect timing for sharing this amazingly delicious pumpkin date shake. When […]

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

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I am sure there are probably several thousand recipes online for tomato soup and or creamy tomato soup, but that doesn’t stop me from making up new versions every once in a while. I had a craving for it last week and I figured my kids would love it since they both eat cherry tomatoes […]

Bride of Frankenstein Cocktail – Vanilla Blackberry Champagne Cocktail


Out of all the Halloween moves there are, the Frankenstein ones are my favorite. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the oh so cheesy but awesome Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. One of my favorites is The Bride of Frankenstein. Her hair alone is just so fantastic. So for my last Halloween cocktail for Cost Plus World […]

Creepy Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)

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Yet another awesomely creepy halloween cocktail, this time its a creepy eyeball martini. Or “eyeball tini” as my kids like to call it since Shrek in one of the gazillion Shrek movie drinks eyeball tinis. You could also just call it a lychee, matcha and blood orange martini if the eyeball part grosses you out. […]

World Market Halloween Wine Party #BookOfLife

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I love wine. The Halloween wine selection at World Market is something I look forward to all year and the selection this year did not disappoint. In fact, I purchased just about one of each for my post today. It was fun to come home with a case of wine and other Halloween goodies since this […]