Let’s Make Scones!

We are a scones family. Some families make biscuits, others make cinnamon rolls, but in the Brooks, Catacalos and Whatley households, these warm butteries are preferred. And I’m not talking about those dry, overly sweet behemoths you get from Starbucks. This is my sister Renee‘s recipe. She LOVES tea. So when she’d find a new…

Cupcakes!! (Plus a Perfect “Stolen Moment” Meal)

As I’ve mentioned before, January is one of my favorites of the year (second only to December). After the decadence and celebration at year’s end, this month is the perfect foil to the holidays, all filled with resolutions, resets and commitments to health. But I haven’t hit my healthy stride as usual … for all…

That Pescatarian Life

I eat a pescatarian diet, meaning I eat primarily plant-based plus I include fish and seafood. Going pescatarian has been a defining decision in my life in a lot of ways. I mean, the food you eat and cook and share says something about who you are and where you come from. The choices you…

My Explosion Cake!!

Last weekend, my friends, Aimee and Mia, and I squeezed in a 24-hour-round-trip flurry of a visit to New York and New Jersey. We went to see my bestie, Liz, who’s recently relocated up North for work. Liz invited us to the NYC Wine and Food Festival. We decided that Sunday would be the best…

The Grocery Store Floral Dept. that Gives Me All the Feels

I’ve been to Seattle twice and both times, I’ve had the chance to visit the Pike’s Place Market. There is an absolutely stunning array of flowers there – beautiful, fresh bouquets made of any type of flower you can imagine and starting at $5, they are super affordable. I’ve often wished that I had a…

The Joys of Small Scale Entertaining

It’s really hard for me to throw a small get together these days. We have a big group of close friends. This includes friends from grade school, high school, college and two handfuls of great “work” friends acquired during professional life…plus everyone’s significant others…plus their kids in many instances. Even our family-only gatherings (not counting…

Wedding Flowers…YAAASSS!

Flowers are among my favorite things. I pick up grocery store or farmers market blooms whenever the opportunity presents. Every now and again, I wind up with multiple bouquets carefully place around the house…and I am a happy girl. So, when my best friend asked me to handle the flowers for her wedding, I was…