Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the finest resorts in the California wine country. Known for its world class spa, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is conveniently located just minutes from Sonoma Plaza and hundreds – that’s right, hundreds – of wineries. It’s also home to a Michelin-rated restaurant, complimentary fitness and wellness…

Benziger Family Winery Partners Tour

A step above organic, this Biodynamic vineyard is a sight for sore eyes Wine Spectator called Benziger’s tour “the most comprehensive vineyard tour offered by any winery in California.” Now I can’t speak to every single wine tour in California but I can confirm that Benziger’s Partners Tour is incredible. You take the trolley around…

Roasted Banana Popsicles

Get ready for The Year of the Pop. I got a Zoku popsicle mold as a birthday gift a couple of years ago and have made precious few pops but that’s about to change. I often crave things I’ve never had and this is one of them. Never in my life have I eaten a roasted…

My First Time at Medieval Times

I can’t believe I finally made it to Medieval Times after a fifteen year quest! The evening did not disappoint. Medieval Times is a themed dinner show during which six knights battle on horseback and on foot. The show gets the audience involved by having each section root for a different knight during the tournament. There…

Delicious, Easy Brunch

I had some friends over for brunch yesterday and couldn’t believe how easily this came together! I honestly think was my best brunch spread yet. I baked the coffeecake the day before and made the Belgian waffle batter (a double batch) the night before. The morning of the brunch, I made two pans of maple-glazed…

Giant Ham and Cheese Omelet

This was such a hit at brunch! This is my favorite method for serving eggs to a crowd because it turns out perfectly every time and the clean up could not be easier. I make this same method with all sorts of variations, often involving leftover grilled veggies (yum!), but this is hands down my…

Champagne Rose

Are you sick of me raving about Chambord? Because I am not sick of drinking it! This two-second champagne hack is sure to impress your friends and is better than any champagne cocktail I’ve ordered at a restaurant. I hope you love this rose-hued drink as much as I do! This may very well become my…

Maple-Glazed Bacon

This is just the best bacon in the world. It’s also my favorite way to cook a large amount of bacon because the oven does all the work and you need not clean bacon splatters off of your stove later. You know how much I hate to clean! Many recipes online tell you to set the…

Maple Berry Yogurt Parfaits

This is hardly a recipe but as my loyal readers know, I’ve had a ton of requests for more or less serving idea so here we are! One brunch hack I love is to serve fruit, yogurt, and granola in either a wine glass, martini glass, or margarita glass. This frees up valuable placemat real…

Fiori di Sicilia Blueberry Coffeecake

I really could not love fiori di sicilia any more. It’s a magical extract. One splash and bibbidi bobbi boo, you have yourself one fancy coffeecake. You can easily bake this in an 8″ or 9″ square pan if you prefer. When I have company, I usually bake this in a round cake pan and…

Belgian Waffles

I’ve lost track of many batches of Belgian waffles I’ve made. I make them all sorts of ways but most often I make them with maple syrup in the batter served with butter, blueberries, syrup, and a dusting of powdered sugar. I use King Arthur Flour’s Belgian waffle recipe as the base and then have…

Tropical Fruit Platter

This is hardly a recipe but I’ve had a lot of requests for simple serving ideas like this so here you go! Saving the pineapple top really adds a lot to your platter. P.S. I wanted to add mango to this but my store’s mangos weren’t ripe at all. Ugh! If you find delicious mangoes,…