Traditionally a Cuban staple made with black beans and rice. I chose to mix it up a bit by substituting red kidney beans, leaving out the traditional oregano, giving it a Moroccan twist with ground cumin and a bite with the Spanish smoked paprika.
- 6 rashers of bacon (chopped)
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 red bell pepper (deseeded and chopped) … Continue Reading
What's more fun than throwing a party? Sending guests home with uniquely awesome favors, that's what. Here are ten party favors ranging from colorful to simple to brilliant to amazing and you can make them yourself! … Continue Reading
Ages ago, I made a Raggedy Ann cake for my niece Jenna. I used every square inch of my (then) tiny apartment kitchen. Everything was going fine, until I started to slather my 7-minute frosting on the cake. It crystalized and started to look and feel like I added SAND to it. Oh, my, glob. I was in tears. It was such a mess, I had to remake everything. Frosting AND cake. Before the Raggedy Ann Episode, I… Continue Reading
These days, no party is complete without a photo booth. They're not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they're a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world.
While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. your computer, digital camera, printer, phone) isn't very complicated. In fact, it's relatively straightforward. And, when you combine the "photo taking device" with some custom photo props or easy DIY backgrounds, your photo booth becomes the life of the party.
Follow along as we share everything you need to know about creating a custom photo booth for the… Continue Reading
This one of my favourite, 'on the table in 15 minutes' meals, inspired by one of Jamie Oliver's recipes. The garlic beans are a perfect compliment to the salty pork and crunch of the blanched broccoli. For a extra bite add in some fresh chili when cooking the… Continue Reading
It doesn't have to be the holiday season for you to whip out the fun banners and garlands. Whether it's a birthday, a party, or you just want to be festive, here are 10 garlands and banners that you can create for any occasion!… Continue Reading
I'm not talking about red, white, and pink kitchens here. I'm talking about all out Valentine's decorations in the kitchen. If you think that might be taking the holiday a bit too far, take a gander at Julie's love-infused kitchen. It just… Continue Reading
Wine and cheese parties are my favorite kind of bash to host, because the clear theme eliminates the need to cook a million different apps and mix drinks all night. But if you don't know much about wine, it could be a little daunting. Well have no fear my friends, because I'm going to share some fool-proof tips and resources with… Continue Reading
If you've always wanted to throw a party, but thought that your place was simply too tiny to actually pull the trigger, this post is for you. Sure being limited by square feet can be a problem, when it comes to parties, but I have good news. There are easy ways to fix those common space-related issues. Here are six tips for throwing a great party in a small… Continue Reading
While this meal takes a little planning and prep it's well worth the effort! I've made it with ground beef, but traditionally you'd use ground lamb and can bulk it out with some parboiled rice if you… Continue Reading
I'm having some friends over for brunch next week, and I'm pumped about it because I rarely have the opportunity to cook breakfast for guests. It's the perfect excuse to experiment with smaller portions, and also try my hand at some new DIY projects for the table. Here are some of the clever ideas I've gathered so… Continue Reading