New Year’s Eve Cocktails

new-years-drinksRing in the new year with one of these cocktails, they are sure to bring a little festivity to any party.

pomegranate citrus sangria // mint chocolate irish cream liqueur // clementine rosemary vodka // blackberry lemon gin and tonic // coconut eggnog coquito // vanilla pear cocktail

Have a fabulous start to the New Year and may you be celebrating with great friends.

See you in 2013,



Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal-cookies-twoOatmeal Chocolate Chip have always been my preferred cookies, they were definitely something I was unwilling to give up when I became gluten free. These cookies are somehow able to be both crunchy and soft, the perfect combination, and the chocolate adds a nice touch.

DSC_0486 DSC_0498 DSC_0500DSC_0516oatmeal-cookies-directioins-2Get the printable recipe card here.

Have a very merry Christmas,


Stocking Stuffer Guide

Here are a few items your loved ones will surely enjoy finding in their stockings or under the tree on Christmas Everyone needs a patent leather belt – $30
2. Adorable recipe cards for the cook in the family – $12
3. A little polka-dot case to hold a few cosmetic essentials -$60
4. A sleek leather case for the new iphone – $38
5. How cute is this double sided Mr. & Mrs. mug – $24
6. These gemstone magnets will look awesome on the fridge – $36
7. A leather tassel is a fun way to keep track of all those keys – $32
8. Playful socks to wear Christmas morning – $12

Order soon to ensure arrival by Christmas. Can you believe that Christmas is only a little over a week away? So much to do and so little time.


Gold Animal Magnets

This is my second magnet making post in two weeks… I guess I just like a fun decorated fridge. While a bit more difficult than these magnets, they are still relatively simple once you get down a system for cutting the animals in half (that sounds somewhat sad, but believe me, it is for the good of the magnets and makes them all the more fun).
SuppliesI used the same spray paint from this post, I got the plastic animals from Michael’s, and the magnets from my hardware store (I got the strong ones because the toys are surprisingly heavy).

DSC_0296 DSC_0311I spray painted both sides of the magnets and cut the animals in half using a hand saw.DSC_0321Then I spray painted the animals from all angles and glued the magnets onto the back after they were dry.

DSC_0389My favorite is the hippo, which one do you like best?

Stay tuned for some holiday inspired snacks.


Holiday Prep

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Here are few things that could come in handy during the holiday season. I may have to indulge and get myself a few pre Christmas gifts, I mean they will be more useful in the days leading up to Christmas, right?1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6.

I hope you are getting in the spirit, this always seems to do the trick for me.


Wood Jewelry Hanger Tutorial

Whoops, it’s been a bit since my last post. I guess life has gotten in the way, actually it’s more like my discovery of Homeland and Downton Abbey (my obsession has led to quite a few late nights recently). But last night I finally got around to getting this DIY on the wall.

Let me preface this tutorial with the fact that this is my first foray into wood work, and by wood work I mean using a drill and getting the wood cut at my local hardware store. So the claim that anyone can do this is the truth.

1. Find some colorful and fun knobs, I picked these ones up at Anthropologie, but you can also find them at your local hardware or antique store.

KNobs2. Using the sander smooth the edges and all the sides, this could also be done by hand (particularly if you are looking for a workout). With a sander it took me about ten minutes to make it completely smooth to the touch.

DSC_03133. Rub the stain onto the wood, I used a rag to do this and started lightly and kept adding until I got the color I was looking for. I wanted the stain to vary in darkness so that the wood looked used and old. A paintbrush would work well too.DSC_03195. Allow the stain to dry overnight. Then, mark and drill your holes. With a 16 inch piece of wood, I placed my knobs 3″ apart with 3.5″ on each end.

DSC_03696. I put these metal devices on the back  to hang the piece of wood. I also drilled into the back side with a larger drill bit so that the bolts could rest inside the wood, allowing the back to be flush. backThe final product:
DSC_0374final product