Summer in Chicago

Not a lot of people consider a summer vacation in Chicago but I’m here to tell you: they should. There is no shortage of fabulous summer activities in this beautiful lakeside city. My friend Candy and I had the best time exploring Chicago for two nights. Here’s what we did! The Drake Hotel We had…

How to Grow Tomatoes

There is almost no greater gardening joy than plucking a tomato off the vine and tossing it in your mouth when it’s still warm from the sun. I adore growing my own tomatoes, though I wasn’t always great at it. My tomato plants were leggy and didn’t produce much fruit because I didn’t know what…

Scoops Ahoy: Stranger Things Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins!

Stranger Things are happening at Baskin Robbins I’m almost too excited to even write this post. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things on Netflix, please watch it and report back. I was late (read: years late) to the Stranger Things party because no one ever properly explained how awesome the show is to me. Stranger…

How to Make Lavender Sugar

This article is sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Views and opinions are my own. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of flying to Chicago to teach a workshop on how to make lavender sugar at the Millennium Art Festival as part of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day’s Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour. In fact, this…

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Chicago and for good reason: it’s elegant, classic, historic, and has enviable views. This summer I had the pleasure of staying at The Drake during a recent trip to Chicago with my friend Candy and we could not have loved our room – or…

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

The perfect Independence Day cupcake! Looking for the perfect patriotic cupcake for your Independence Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place! Here almond (sub vanilla extract if you’d prefer!) cupcakes are filled with a dreamy cream cheese filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. Part of the batter is tinted red and blue and swirled…

SIX the Musical

You might have noticed by now that I’m a huge fan of theater. (If not, please go see my dinner party inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and report back.) During my trip to Chicago, I got to see the north American premiere of SIX the Musical, a show that took West End by storm,…

Mrs. Meyers Giveaway

Exciting news! I want to help make your house smell like a garden. I’ve partnered with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day to give YOU a whole bucket of goodies. One lucky winner will receive dish soap, hand soap, herb seeds, all-purpose cleaner, a Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day t-shirt, and candle in an adorable bucket. Mrs. Meyers Clean…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The ultimate moonlit summer garden party Welcome to my first ever theatre-themed dinner party! As a lifelong lover of the arts, this is an exciting moment for me. I’ve wanted to host A Midsummer Night’s Dream party since I first read the William Shakespeare play in high school. It’s an enchanting theme for a party…

Love-in-Idleness

A glamorous champagne cocktail Is this not the most beautiful amber shade? Named after the flower that Puck uses as a love potion on the Athenians in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this cocktail is sure to make you fall in love with it. I created Love-in-Idleness for my Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I…

Midsummer Cheese Board

Peaches and pink blueberries and honeycomb, oh my! There’s just something about a cheeseboard that’s so inviting. I came up with this one for my Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I wanted all earthy, sweet things because, well, fairies love sweet things and dinner was imagined to be in a forest. The earthiness came from the…

Kissing Cherries Chicken

Airline chicken topped with the most incredible cherry sauce over a bed of rosemary roasted potatoes  This dish is a winner. If you’re looking for the perfect summertime chicken dish, you’ve come to the right place. (Technically, you could make this all winter with high-quality frozen cherries, if your heart desires.) Here a fresh cherry sauce is spooned…