Mardi Gras Game Night

Gumbo, hurricanes, and king cake cupcakes served in a colorful dining room I’ve always wanted to throw a Mardi Gras-themed party! I invited my friends over for a causal game night and because I just couldn’t resist, I turned into a little Mardi Gras dinner. I served my favorite chicken and sausage gumbo and hurricanes before…

Hurricanes

A classic New Orleans cocktail that’s perfect for Mardi Gras! Several years ago I had the most delicious hurricane at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Lafitte’s is the oldest bar in the United States, having served pirates in the 1700s, and makes a mean hurricane today. I wrote about that trip and noted Lafitte’s…

King Cake Cupcakes

Cinnamon cupcakes filled with cinnamon whipped cream cheese and vanilla cream cheese frosting I don’t want to oversell these, but they are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. They’re so moist and the filling is incredible. I used a melon baller to scoop the center out of these beauties and then filled them with the…

Isn’t It Romantic

Thank you to Warner Brothers Entertainment for inviting me to screen this film! I got to preview the comedy Isn’t It Romantic tonight at the Dallas screening. I expected to like it because I adore Rebel Wilson but I did not expect the entire theater to guffaw during the entire 88-minute run. It’s hysterical! The movie centers…

Earnest Donuts

Let’s talk about donuts. I am positively obsessed with the pastry magic that is Earnest Donuts. Dallas Donut blogger Rory (@donutdigest) told me about Earnest Donuts and asked if she could bring some over for my Cinderella Ball. I was ecstatic because donuts are having a total moment in Dallas and I often see them pop…

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna

A mind-bending evening of enchanting acrobatics The women reign supreme in Cirque du Soleil Amaluna. Based on The Tempest by Shakespeare with aesthetics reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amaluna is an evening jam-packed with contortion, gymnastics, and suspense. I was invited to experience the show by Cirque du Soleil during its tour in Dallas and I asked…

Pineapple Yogurt Bowl

Go on a backyard vacation with my easy pineapple yogurt bowls! I am missing my beloved Caribbean terribly today and was inspired to take a little vacation in my own backyard with a tropical breakfast: pineapple yogurt bowls. My dog Gabby was into it. My longtime readers know that I adore pineapple. It’s one of my…

Spinach Feta Pasta Salad

I wasn’t planning on photographing yesterday’s lunch but it was too delicious and I just had to share. I will be making this again and again and again. Full of veggies and crunchy almonds and tossed with a super light lemon zest dressing, this pasta salad won’t weigh you down! This takes minutes to prepare,…

Disney Dinners: Cinderella Ball

An elegant ball with French flair inspired by Cinderella  I quite literally had a ball on Saturday night. What a way to end my 12 Months of Disney Dinners series! I spent all of 2018 hosting Disney themed dinner parties for adults (see them all under the Disney Dinners tab here on my website) and…

Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms

How gorgeous are these mushrooms!? I loved warm, cheesy stuffed mushrooms but cooking mushrooms in a ballgown just isn’t practical, so I served a chilled stuffed mushroom at my Cinderella Ball. Bonus? It’s *almost* sky blue, which was totally on theme! I gave them the adorable name Bibbidi Bobbidi Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms at the party….

French Cheese Board

I truly believe the key to happiness is hard meats and soft cheeses. You can quote me on that. This board combines a variety of French cheeses with salty cured meats, olives, fruits, preserves (Okay, fine, I forgot to set out the fig preserves. They’re still in my pantry!), and honey arranged beautifully with herbs….

Tortilla Roll Ups

My mom has been making tortilla roll ups as long as I can remember. I make them for most big parties I host because they’re so fast and easy to make and it’s a filling appetizer that requires no cooking. What’s not to love? These are bursting with flavors and color thanks to the green…