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Gourmet Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Truffle Oil

I’ve told you before about my love affair with truffle oil! Well, today I’m sharing another recipe using truffle oil that is going to take your tastebuds on an adventure. And did I mention that this recipe is easy, kid-friendly and equally appropriate for a fancy dinner or for an on-the-go lunch? Yummy bacon truffle […]

Seriously...the best salad ever - a make-at-home version of the world famous Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad. It is a garlic and olive lover's delight. and so easy to make.

When we were newlyweds, I tagged along with Bruce on a business trip to St. Petersburg, Fla. We had an amazing, romantic meal at the Columbia Restaurant on the pier, but what I remember most is the salad. No fancy greens, just old-school iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, Spanish olives, ham, cheese and a kicking homemade […]

Champagne Red Velvet Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

Come quickly! I am drinking the stars. So Dom Pérignon exclaimed centuries ago when he first tasted champagne, if you believe the legend. I can’t think of a more evocative way to describe how a sip of champagne tastes — so sparkly, light and magical. Out of this world. Like these adorable star-studded mini red […]

Celebrate like the stars with these Oscar party ideas featuring food and decor from World Market. This Oscars party is all about glitz and glamour with a menu modeled after Wolfgang Puck's annual Governors Ball for the Academy Awards.

I have always dreamed of being a part of Hollywood’s biggest night… Flash bulbs popping, I make my way down the Red Carpet in my vintage Valentino dress, Louboutin stilettos and borrowed Harry Winston jewels, arm in arm with Hugh Jackman. Hey, a gal can dream… Since the Academy hasn’t sent me a ticket for the […]

Host a The Boxtrolls family movie night. Make this "buggy" popcorn snack mix using Pop Secret and your favorite candy and pretend you're one of The Boxtrolls. Click for more family movie night ideas.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Read my full disclosure policy here. We love a family movie night! We try to schedule one every weekend, because it’s one of the many fun ways […]

Looking for a party recipe that you'll make again and again? These Asian style sweet and spicy chicken wings are always a hit. Perfect for the Super Bowl or any kind of bash. And they're easy to make. Just marinate, broil and toss in the slow cooker.

Over the years, I have been slowly building my party menu repertoire, dishes that never get old and are sure to be a hit with my guests. Bonus if they’re easy to make. These sweet and spicy chicken wings are both — delicious and deliciously simply to make, with little hands-on time. These are everything […]

Looking for some quick and easy breakfast ideas that will wake you up and jumpstart your day? Try out this recipe for a breakfast tea and greek yogurt smoothie and pair it with homemade fruity tea loaf.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias I am not a morning person. I burn the midnight oil, but my alarm still buzzes nice and early. (Unless a dog or a cat or a little boy wakes me up first.) So, I’m not […]

Looking for leftover ham recipes? Click over for two easy ham pot pie recipes. Only 5 ingredients for each!

I am not really a leftover person. I’m OK with the same meal two nights in a row, but after that, I’m done with the leftovers, no matter how tasty the dish. For most of our everyday dinners, an abundance of leftovers is not a problem. But when special occasions and holidays roll around and […]

Atta Girl Says 2014 Top Posts

Here’s to another blogging year in the books! It’s been a year of fun projects, recipes, parties, homemaking tips and more to spark your creativity and mine! My aim is to share ideas to make your home brighter and your heart lighter, and these were your favorite non-seasonal posts for 2014. Let’s do this — […]

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe -- perfect for Christmas, New Year's Eve and cold winter days.

Looking for an adults-only beverage that is perfect for chilly winter nights? I’m happy to be sharing my hot buttered rum recipe. As one of my neighbors said when I served her a steaming mug, “It tastes just like Christmas!” Flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, it smells like Christmas, too! Make up a batch of […]