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raspberry baked brie

November 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Smuckers 10.Final

For the past few years, my attempts at holiday entertaining have been pretty limited.  There was the year Chad and I cooked a turkey while our newborn napped, and then ate pumpkin pie and went to sleep at 9 o’clock.  There was the year I burned the potatoes, followed by the year that my entire extended family ate take-out because I was afraid of burning the potatoes two years in a row.  (I wish I were kidding!)

And yet, starting in October, any time I consider a new recipe, this little voice in the back of my head starts asking: Would this work for a dozen people?  Could this recipe be a holiday recipe?  Because if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that holidays are the ultimate test of any recipe: they have to be easy, simple, and virtually foolproof. 

So this year, I have a plan.  My plan involves cheese wrapped in puff pastry because what plan involving those ingredients could ever go wrong?

The best thing about this plan?  This recipe only has four ingredients (really!) and it’s spectacular.  Your friends and family will fall all over themselves complimenting your skills in the kitchen, and you can just keep your lips zipped about the fact that it takes less than five minutes to prep.  You’re welcome!

My secret weapon is Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread, which is naturally sweetened with honey for perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor!  It’s the perfect complement to rich cheese and fresh berries — and it’s made with simple ingredients and no preservatives, so it’s a product that I’m happy serving to my family.  I used the Triple Berry Fruit Spread in this recipe, but you have to try to Blueberry Lemon!  It’s out-of-control delicious. 

To make my raspberry baked brie, I paired brie cheese with Smucker’s Triple Berry Fruit Spread and fresh raspberries.  The result was an amazing combination of melted cheese, softened berries, and crisp pasty.  The whole thing was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

For more inspiration, check out a ton of other recipes using Smucker’s Fruit & Honey on their website!

This post was created in partnership with Smucker’s. As always, all opinions are my own!

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Tags: appetizers · food · sponsored

fourth of july party!

July 17th, 2013 · 10 Comments


A few weeks ago, Chad and I decided to celebrate the Fourth of July with a last-minute party for some friends at our house! We kept it super casual and low-key, and I made a selection of quick, simple appetizers that people could nosh on before we all got in the pool. It was the perfect way to spend a holiday, and it made our mid-week day off so much more special!

I’ve gotten so much use out of these beautiful Noritake serving platters — they seriously go with everything, and they’re just the right size to lay out mini bites for a group! These are a mix of patterns from the Metaal and Evening Glow patterns, along with their beautiful Rockford goblets! I use these absolutely all the time — there’s something very sophisticated about using actual china for parties, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to plastic plates and paper cups!

I’m putting some of the recipes below! The cake was just from a mix — I know, it’s sacrilege to admit it, but we decided to have people over that morning and I wanted something super quick and easy. We also grilled fish and meat on our backyard grill, but I didn’t get any pictures — next time!

And if you guys want to check out more Noritake China, use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 15% off any order on their website!



Tomato and Nectarine Crostini

1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 plum tomatoes, diced
3 nectarines, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
Flaky sea salt
Ground pepper

Toast the baguette slices until slightly golden.  In a separate bowl, mix together the tomatoes, nectarines, olive oil, and sea salt.  Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper. 



Corn and Kale Salad

4 ears fresh corn, husks removed
2 cups kale, washed and cut into about 1-inch strips
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp flaky sea salt
Ground pepper

Boil the corn for about 10 minutes and allow to cool. Cut kernels off cobs and place into a mixing bowl. Blanche the kale for 30 seconds in simmering water, and add to the corn. Add lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder and parmesan cheese, and mix together. Server warm or at room temperature.



Tags: appetizers · food · parties · sponsored

summer soiree

April 16th, 2013 · 5 Comments


This past weekend, I was originally planning to go out of town but wound up cancelling the trip at the last minute (nothing’s wrong — just too much coming up at once for me to get away).  Chad was already planning to be gone for the weekend, so when faced with the somewhat unappealing prospect of being in our house for three days by myself, I came up with a plan: I threw a party!

Our pool wasn’t finished until November, which is getting chilly (even in Texas), so we haven’t had much time to really enjoy it in the last few months.  So I figured that now that the weather is in the 70s and 80s pretty regularly, I’d have some friends over to chill out poolside for some cocktails and light summery dishes. 

Sadly, I got married in the days before Pinterest, when I had to scour bridal magazines for little bits of inspiration — but now I channel all those lovely pictures into party ideas!  Lately I’ve been loving whimsical, eclectic pieces — so I wanted this party to have a soft, feminine feel.  For the tables, I tons of gorgeous pieces from BHLDN, which has pretty much the most beautiful, unique pieces I’ve ever found.  I fell completely in love with these mix-and-match plates and bud vases, and threw in basically every champagne glass I could muster up.  Fortunately, they all look great together! 

Since we had a big fashion blogger contingent, obviously we had to do a group pic!  I bought balloons with the idea that they’re be effortless and pretty, but they mostly just ended up in the pool.  Fortunately, we fished them out for at least one photo!

On the table: BHLDN bud vases (these are a steal at $8!), BHLDN votive candle holders (I mixed strawberry and gold, and filled them with flameless LED candles), Williams Sonoma serving dish, BHLDN cake platter, BHLDN petit four plates.  Champagne glasses: BHLDN coupes, Vera Wang Love Knots Toasting Flutes, Tiffany & Co. flutes, Noritake Rockford Goblets.










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