The Holidays are not easy for a lot of us. For many suddenly being put together with relatives or in-laws or even certain friends, or maybe having no one to be with, all of these combinations plus the memories the holidays evoke and the yearnings of anticipation set us up for a miserable time. How can we overcome this scenario and have a great time? Here are are some solutions based on real people.
Fall is here — it's getting chillier every day, at least here in New York — so why not warm things up with some hot cocktails? Whether you're planning on entertaining a date, a group of friends or just yourself, these cocktail recipes are perfect for these crisp autumn days.
Are you a busy mom who is constantly trying to feed herself, her kids and her husband — all while making healthy choices? And then your kids' friends come over and you find yourself having even more mouths to feed? There are few things more frustrating than finding yourself strapped for time at the end of a long day, with no idea of what to make.
In case you didn't know, this Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates the victory of Mexican soldiers over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Although it's only celebrated regionally in Mexico, pretty much everyone in the U.S. uses it as an excuse to make margaritas and tacos and party down.
Ladies, take a breather from thinking about men, and pause to focus on your gratitude for the great gal pals you have in your life! In the spirit of friendship, this Valentine's Day, or before, hostess a fun and easy Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating Party! It's fast to set up, inexpensive to do and the bonus is you get to join the party! I coined this celebration "Gal-entine's Day" just for you and your gal pals—no guys allowed!
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Whether it's Christmas and you're under the mistletoe or the clock is striking midnight on New Year's Eve, he'll want to kiss you if you mix up one of these recipes we just discovered.
There's no other time like the holidays to examine your life and how lucky you are to be surrounded by friends and family. While you're at it, you might as well take a look at your relationship with your significant other and see just what makes you click. We're not suggesting you sit down and have a deep, intense one-on-one under the mistletoe (although that's always fun, too), but instead make a game out of it. Tokii is here to help.
I have to admit that as much as I love the idea of cooking, it can be exhausting to prepare meals from scratch all the time if you also have a job and a life. Some days, tinkering around in the kitchen feels relaxing, and if you're in a relationship, what's more romantic than cooking up a meal your partner will love? But other times, I just want to read a book or listen to music while munching on takeout.
I'm not a huge drinker, but there's something about the season that just makes me want to sit on the patio and sip a fun drink out of a pretty glass. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the hours of sunlight. Maybe it's the abundance of fresh fruit and herbs. Maybe it's the fact that my kids are home from school. OK, so maybe there's no maybe about that one. It's the kids. They're driving me to drink. Here's what's in my glass ...
When I had children, there was the fleeting fear that my days of throwing fabulous parties had come to a finale of their own. I ushered this thought out the door – right along with the suggestion of elastic-waisted mom jeans – and reaffirmed my commitment to throwing memory-making soirees. Sure, the parties and my style have had to evolve, but now that the bottles of white I serve are as likely to hold white grape juice as Chardonnay, here’s what I’ve learned about entertaining post-Mommyhood.
There is something about fresh cut flowers that inspires us to feel pretty, sexy and alive. It’s no wonder petal powered potions are making a comeback this summer. If you are entertaining friends or in the mood for a fresh and flirty night cap, here is a selection of flower-infused liqueurs (and recipes) that are bound to make a splash this season!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> Lavender Cello Liqueur by Loft: In the culinary world, the herbes de Provence combination of lavender, thyme, rosemary and savory has become a classic cooking staple but not until now has a stand-alone liqueur made use of the sweet taste of this pretty purple flower. Much like the lemony Italian digestive limoncello, Lavender Cello liqueur has a sweet taste but with the light floral flavor and scent of lavender. For a new twist on the traditional Daiquiri try the following: