Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria

This Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria is a great alternative to beer for the Big Game.  The cranberry and apple flavors are a winter’s delight, and maple syrup instead of sugar adds a fun New England flair!

Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria

It’s almost that time of year again!  The Big Game is upon us, and it’s time for the third and final recipe from Football Foodies!  We started out with “tailgate-theme” foods, for which I posted these Chowder Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers.  Then we had “team-theme” which brought us New England Rum Punch.  Now it’s “Big Game theme” and I’m sticking with the theme “drinking keeps people warm” theme and bringing you another cocktail!  

Maple Cranberry Apple SangriaNote: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.Big-Game-recipes-graphic Continue reading →

Dasheene in Soufrière, St. Lucia

Dasheene St. Lucia

Welcome to paradise!  Also known as Dasheene Restaurant at Ladera Resort. We were lucky enough to spend our honeymoon overlooking the Pitons, sipping on the best punch ever, relaxing day in and day out.  If you are a long-time reader of the blog (thank you by the way if you’re out there), you’re probably thinking “wait didn’t you get married, like, almost 2 years ago?”  Why yes, yes I did.  But the thing is, so much was going on!  I started a new job, Matt was traveling back and forth to NYC every week, then Matt got a new job, then we bought our first home, then I got a new job, and on and on it goes!  But we were determined to get the honeymoon done in 2016, and in October, we knew we were running out of time!  We found a week we could both go, and we just booked it!  TWO WEEKS OUT!  Yes we are crazy and booked an international trip on two weeks notice.  We are nuts, I know.Dasheene St. Lucia

BUT the thing is: I had been researching locations and resorts for months on end.  We knew where we wanted to go, which resort we wanted to book, and how long we wanted to stay.  So when it came down to booking time, I was well-prepared!  Choosing Ladera was relatively easy, given what we were looking for, but I will go into that in my next post on the trip in general :)  This post is focused on, you guessed it, the FOOD! Continue reading →

New England Rum Punch

New England Rum Punch This rum punch is tart and refreshing!  The perfect alternative to a beer during a game!

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.
New England Rum Punch
Hey football fans!  We’re back with another round of Football Foodies, a group where a bunch of bloggers gets together to share all of our favorite recipes during the season!  If you remember my last post, Chowder Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers, you’ll remember that my husband is from New England and is a Pats fan, so I’m repping his team in this little round up :)  So of course when I learned this one was “team themed” I turned to him for some advice on what New Englanders loved…New England Rum Punch Continue reading →

Chowder Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

chowder stuffed jalapeno poppers
Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

So last weekend the Panthers played the Patriots in their first preseason game.  Anytime these two play each other, it’s interesting, as we have sort of a “house divided.”  My husband is from New Hampshire and has been a Pats fan his entire life, so I think we know who he was rooting for 😉  With the official start of football season around the corner, it’s time to tailgate!

In celebration, I’ve teamed a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you 64 tailgating recipe ideas for a fantastic football party.  I’ve put all the links to their amazing recipes below for you to enjoy this season! Continue reading →

The BEST Pork Carnitas and My Best Friend’s Cookbook!

These pork carnitas are the PERFECT weeknight meal and a new staple in our household!  Absolutely love them!  The pulled pork recipe as well as the carnitas are from my best friend’s new cookbook Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People.  Get your copy now on Amazon!The BEST pork carnitasI have been procrastinating writing this post for weeks.  Partly because I’ve been busier than usual but mostly because I honestly can’t seem to find words that will be good enough for what I want to say to you about this recipe, this cookbook, and my best friend.  I’ve told you about my bestie Phi before.  I talk about her a lot on this blog.  We’ve gone everywhere together… from Kansas City, to Arkansas, to California, to Chicago (twice), to Michigan, to Portland, to Orlando, to Charlotte, and Raleigh.  I may be forgetting someplace, but bottom line, we are obsessed with each other.  #OBSESSED. Continue reading →

Chocolate Pudding Pie and Healthier Chocolate Treats (eCookbook!)

This chocolate pudding pie is super easy and comes together faster than any other pie I’ve ever made.  The filling made from instant pudding mix, so it takes like 10 minutes start to finish, and then you just let it chill in the fridge for two hours.  That’s my favorite thing to do these days…chill for two hours.  So it’s not surprising I like a pie to do the same 😉

Chocolate Pudding Pie

So it’s been a little over two months since #FreshCoastRetreat and I’m having major withdrawals.  I miss the amazing inspirational sessions and the delicious meals.  I miss the fantastic fireside chats and beautiful sunsets.  I miss all the incredible people, and I want to go back… right.now. Continue reading →

#FreshCoastRetreat (Muskegon, Michigan)

#FreshCoastRetreat was held in Muskegon, Michigan in a beautiful home overlooking Lake Michigan.  To read more about what we did on the Fresh Coast, keep reading!

#FreshCoastRetreat in Muskegon, Michigan

photo by: Alejandro Photography

So if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (thank you if you do by the way!) you know that I was in Muskegon, Michigan last month.  I was there for #FreshCoastRetreat, a retreat for food bloggers set on the gorgeous Lake Michigan! Continue reading →

Tasting Menu at EVOkE (Charlotte)

I was lucky enough to experience a tasting menu at EVOkE in Charlotte.  It was a meet up for Charlotte Food Bloggers and was a delightful time!

So in case you don’t know by now, I LOVE Charlotte.  It’s full of incredible things to do, delicious meals, and interesting people.  I had the pleasure of recently meeting a whole new group of interesting people through the Charlotte Food Bloggers group!  I had been posting all over Instagram about my Charlotte girls’ weekend, and the Charlotte Food Bloggers left me a comment about joining their group.  I admit I was totally fan-girling and what like “whatttt, I can be a part of this group??” and was super excited.  I applied right away and Susannah (who I’ve adored for years) and Chrissie (who is also a lawyer!!) let me join the group!
Tasting Menu at EVOkE (Charlotte)The first “eat-up” event was at EVOkE, which if you will recall is where Phi and I had the most incredible brunch just a few weeks prior.  The menu was posted on Facebook just before the event and I was SO excited as soon as I saw it.  The menu was as follows: Continue reading →

Planning the Perfect Girls’ Weekend in Charlotte (NC)

Ready to plan the perfect girls’ weekend?  Like NOW?  Look no further, I’ve got your destination and a fabulous itinerary… all you need to do is to grab your bestest bestie and get ready for a fabulous girls’ weekend in Charlotte!  Below is your guide to planning the perfect girls’ weekend in Charlotte (NC)!Girls' Weekend in Charlotte
Y’all.  I honestly don’t even know where to start with this post, because I seriously have SO MUCH TO SAY.  Charlotte, North Carolina, aka The Queen City, has been my home since I was born.  I was born in Presbyterian Hospital and am what they call a “unicorn” here in Charlotte…someone who is actually FROM Charlotte.  I grew up here in the lovely QC and left after high school for a four year stint at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (which did include a semester in Rome!) and three years at UNC Law School in Chapel Hill.  After practicing law in Raleigh for about 3 years, I was THRILLED to return back to my hometown!Girls' Weekend Charlotte

The Hornets may be a different set of Hornets, but they will always have a special place in my heart (hello, that’s why my dog is named Muggsy!) and though this amazing city has grown and changed in many ways in the ten years I was gone, it is the one place I know I can always call home and I adore it in ways I can barely express…but I will try!

So let’s dive in shall we?CharlotteNCvisitOrderintheKitchen046 Continue reading →

Chicken Pilau

Oh y’all…this is it.  Chicken Pilau.  The recipe that eluded me for over a year. Want to know why? Because even though this traditional Southern dish is spelled pilau it’s pronounced “perlow.”  PERLOW y’all.  So first of all, let me set the scene for you.
chicken pilau Continue reading →