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When women are brave…

Nov 4, 2014
When women are brave…

We sat there, laughing and nodding as we shared our stories and experiences around the long table. The warmth of the restaurant and evening lights matched the glow of the conversation taking place. We started out with generalities and small talk, but quickly, our voices turned to the significant and meaningful. Before dinner was...

Foods for the Soul
Maple Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Oct 31, 2014
Maple Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Easy, lightened-up cupcakes filled with fall flavors! Sweet, cozy & the perfect comfort food treat. Just wait ’til you try that creamy frosting!     To begin a blog post, I normally describe an event that inspired my sweet treats or something that occurred before I baked them. However, the story of what happened...

From Dates to Diapers
Hey, Austin friends! Chef Johnny Iuzzini will be in town for a Holiday Entertaining Cooking Demo!

Hey, Austin friends! Chef Johnny Iuzzini will be in town for a Holiday Entertaining Cooking Demo!

I am so incredibly excited to spend an evening at Macy’s next week with Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini, and I’d love for you to join us, too! Come on out to Macy’s The Domain (Home Department, Level 2) next Thursday, November 6th, at 6pm to see this fabulous Chef in action! He will show us how to...

Amy is the Party
Local Life: Handmade Holidays Craft + Food Swap

Local Life: Handmade Holidays Craft + Food Swap

My buddy Amanda is putting on a fun, pre-holiday swap event on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I’ve been itching to start making jewelry again so if you like kitschy jewelry,...

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Chronicles of Nothing
Halloween as a big kid

Halloween as a big kid

What age did you stop trick-or-treating? Honestly, I never wanted to stop. Well, I stopped when I was able to buy as much candy as I wanted to eat, but when I was a kid it was a different story. I don’t remember every single Halloween during my childhood. I do remember being in high...

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Foods for the Soul
Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Sweet pumpkin pie bars with a spicy gingersnap crust. Topped with the best lightened-up whipped cream, they’re the perfect easy fall dessert!     Throughout childhood, we spent most of our Thanksgivings at my grandparents’ house in southern California. After driving down a little earlier in the week, we spent the holiday watching the...

Chronicles of Nothing
Halloween Decoration Ideas: 5 Easy & Inexpensive Tips

Halloween Decoration Ideas: 5 Easy & Inexpensive Tips

I confess. I started decorating for Halloween in mid-September. The bad news is that I can’t find some of my decorations. They are somewhere in our dark and somewhat cavernous storage unit. It’s not that big, but it’s full. I looked at Target, where I love to buy Halloween decor, but it looked picked over...

Sac Foodies
Home-Run Cake

Oct 3, 2014
Home-Run Cake

With the World Series around the corner, this is the time of year for baseball fans! Get in the spirit of your favorite team with this baseball-inspired cake. Here are a few tips: 1. Use food as decoration – the baseball stitching is done with fresh- cut strawberries, small thin slices work best 2....

Foods for the Soul
Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Sep 29, 2014
Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Dark chocolate brownies with a sweet peppermint drizzle. These literally taste like you’re eating fudge, but they’re secretly healthy!     Growing up, I thought that all brownies came from a box. That was the only way we baked them, whether for a random Tuesday night dessert or a special slumber party treat. While...

The Blue Muse
Thursday 13: Confessions, volume VIII, the Fall edition

Sep 25, 2014
Thursday 13: Confessions, volume VIII, the Fall edition

For the first time in months and months, I woke up to the sound of rain in Sacramento. Aside from a smidge bit of drought relief, the rain put me into a Fall state of mind. So, for Thursday 13, a few Fall-themed confessions...1. I hate Fuji apples. The...

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