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…

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…

Disney Dinners: Princess and the Frog

A New Orleans menu served in a swanky swamp We’re going down to the bayou for the second dinner party in my Disney Dinners series! When was the last time you watched Princess and the Frog? I watched it for the first time in years while researching for this dinner party and decided It’s an underrated…

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

A silky smooth gumbo that can be made days in advance! A traditional gumbo starts with a labor of love: a roux that’s the key to traditional New Orleans style gumbo. That’s the hardest part if this recipe. if the roux burns, you’ll have to start over but don’t let that deter you. It’s not…

French 75

One of the best champagne cocktails I’ve ever had was the French 75 at Arnaud’s in New Orleans. (Read about my trip here.) I have long since wanted to recreate Arnaud’s French 75 and I think I’ve finally done it. This, my friends, is one hell of a cocktail. Simple syrup is easy to make…

Spring Travel Ideas

Raise your hand if you’ve got travel on the brain! It’s not just me? Popular this spring is Cuba since airlines celebrated the travel ban lift with incredible roundtrip deals. Flights to Europe are also unusually low. We’re talking $400-$500 for London, Frankfurt, Milan, and Paris. The trick, I’m reading, is to fly back seven days…

2016 Wrap Up

2016 was a big year! I traveled to Disneyland, New Orleans, Glen Rose, and Turks and Caicos, I hosted three major parties (The Rose Table en Blanc, a Masquerade Party, and a Mistletoe and Holly Affair), and I sold my home in my beloved Fort Worth and moved to a small lake town just outside…

New Orleans Travel Guide

“Everything in New Orleans is a good idea.” – Bob Dylan New Orleans Travel Guide History, beauty, and seafood in the bayou.  I have been wanting to visit New Orleans for such a long time, which puzzled a lot of people close to me. I suppose it’s because I’m more of a Sunday morning person than…

Bananas Foster Layer Cake

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Bananas foster is my favorite non-chocolate dessert. I can’t get enough! I often make traditional bananas foster sauce at home to serve over vanilla ice cream. You can absolutely save this recipe for that OR you can take the sauce and turn it into a frosting like…