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…

Lavender Frosting

Looking for the best lavender frosting recipe on the internet? You’ve found it! I spent hours researching methods for making lavender frosting before my Midsummer Night’s Dream party and didn’t like any options I saw online so I decided to try what made sense to me and it’s the most incredible frosting. My mom quite dislikes…

Chocolate Lavender Dream Cake

Layers of dark chocolate cake and lavender frosting piled high with blackberries and fresh cherries This is the dreamiest cake you’ll ever have. I came up with this show-stopping cake for A Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I wanted lavender for the “dream” angle since lavender helps you sleep. I did hours and hours and days…

Kuhlman Cellars

I love how Kuhlman Cellars feels about wine. I recently toured the laid-back Stonewall vineyard on a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas and something on the tour stuck in my: “It takes a long time to make wine. You should spend a long time enjoying it.” That sums up my own feelings about wine! A true…

Ice Cream Party on the Dock

Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can Put a Square There! Nothing says summertime to me quite like ice cream. It’s the quintessential summer dessert. I have so many happy memories of ice cream sundaes after a day in the sun, so I decided to host a…

Picnicking at Shakespeare in the Park

I cannot believe I’ve never been to Shakespeare in the Park before, especially since I love any and every excuse to eat outside on a picnic blanket. Up until my dear friend Matt Holmes was cast as Christopher Marlow in Shakespeare in Love, I had never even heard of Shakespeare Dallas and now I want to…

Visiting Grape Creek Vineyards

A stroll through Tuscany in the Texas hill country Even driving past Grape Creek Vineyards is impressive. The hills have rows and rows of impeccably manicured grapevines and it only gets more stunning from there. I visited Grape Creek last week on a media trip to Fredericksburg and Grape Creek was the first stop on…

Peach Burrata Salad

There are few things as wonderful as fresh peaches in the South. I brought these beauties back from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, which is known for their incredible peach season, and couldn’t wait to play with them at the lake house this weekend. I made this gorgeous salad for dinner with my mom along with…

Visiting Pedernales Cellars

This week I visited Pedernales Cellars in the Texas wine country on a media trip to Fredericksburg. This was my first time to visit Fredericksburg (despite being passionate about wine and fluent in German) and I absolutely loved the rolling hills, gorgeous scenery, and outstanding wine. Pedernales Cellars is located on the famous Hwy 290…