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Favorite Finds from the International Home and Housewares Show

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After five days of exploring the 2019 International Home and Housewares Show, I can honestly tell you that I still love going to this show! With more than 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors, there is so much to see and learn about. The show is held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center in three of its enormous halls. 

What never ceases to amaze me is the creativity of products shown. Yes, all the major brands are there but so are small, soon-to-be-well-known (in my opinion) companies from all over the world. If you have ever wondered how a product comes to life, consider that someone had a need and made it happen. 

Like Get It Right, a company owned and operated by a female entrepreneur who was frustrated with the way her spatulas broke while in use in her kitchen.… Read more

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechauns. Four leaf clovers. A pot of golf at the end of the rainbow….it’s that time of year where Chicago turns the river green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are some food traditions, too, in honor of this day. If baking bread is something you’ve always wanted to do but are hesitant to try it, then this Irish Soda Bread recipe is for you.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This simple recipe has just 8 ingredients in it. Chances are you already have them in your home. If not, a quick run to Tony’s Fresh Market and you are back in the kitchen within the hour.… Read more

Wine Tasting Around The World

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Wine tasting and exploring three wineries from around the world including VIK from Chile, Ruffino from Italy and Kim Crawford from New Zealand.

How much fun would it be to travel the world touring wineries, tasting wine, learning about their history and operations and even talking food and wine parings? If you are a wine drinker, sampling wines from a variety of vineyards is part of the enjoyment you get from each glass. Having the opportunity to explore wines from around the globe just enhances not only the taste but the education on how each bottle is produced.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with 3 winemakers from Italy, New Zealand and Chile.… Read more

8 Healthy Food and Beverage Trends for 2019

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Keep your health goals by trying these eight new food and beverage trends that include nut butters, olive oil, breakfast bowls, spices and protein packed coffee.

Raise your hand if you promised yourself you would do better when it comes to eating healthier this year.

 

Most of us really do want to make good choices. We read ingredients, look at calorie count, follow serving sizes and get exercise into our schedules. And then week three starts and we are back to our normal diet. With the best of intentions to help you keep those resolutions you just made, I am sharing 8 new finds to help you achieve your health goals in 2019.… Read more

Three Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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This post was sponsored by Splenda Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

 

Easy solutions to keep your New Year’s resolutions by substituting ingredients, supporting your muscles and energy and choosing lower calorie drinks.

That first step into the new year means you can continue doing things the way you always have or you can take the plunge into changing your habits to a path that makes you happy. I guess you could call it a resolution but I really think it is just a coincidental benefit of the start of the new year.… Read more

An Interview with Certified Master Chef Derin Moore

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An interview with Certified Master Chef Derin Moore of Reynolds Lake Oconee on creating a top rated culinary destination for members, guests and golfers.

Are you familiar with the title, Certified Master Chef? This is the highest honor issued by the American Culinary Federation to currently just 68 chefs in the U.S. at the peak of their culinary expertise. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Certified Master Chef, Derin Moore, while visiting Reynolds Lake Oconee located near Atlanta.Chef Derin Moore Reynolds Lake Oconee

The very first thing you notice about Chef Derin Moore is his stature and intensity. And then his warmth, sense of humor and passion for what he is doing comes through.… Read more

Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon

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With guests coming over for the holidays, it’s always fun to have a menu that includes sweet treats that everyone will like. So, yes, lots of chocolate but also desserts with a lighter flavor. I happen to love anything with fruit in it. That’s why I like making these Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon treats. They are fragrant, bright and delicious. Plus, so easy to make! Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon - Entertaining made simple with this light and fragrant lemon cream cheese pastry

If you love to have friends and family over but worry that your cooking skills didn’t carry through from Mom to you, don’t worry! There are so many recipes that will “wow” your guests that won’t have you googling every ingredient or technique.… Read more

7 Chicago Luxury Hotel Suites That Exceed Expectations

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When traveling to a city with world-class museums, architecture that makes for the most memorable of skylines, a magnificent mile of shops, a vibrant theater district, shimmering waters of Lake Michigan and a top rated culinary scene, high expectations for luxury hotel accommodations are not a surprise. Here are seven of Chicago’s most luxurious suites, in no particular order.

7) Ritz Carlton: The Presidential Suite 

Located on the famed Magnificent Mile above Water Tower Place, the Ritz Carlton Hotel stands surrounded by the energy of the boulevard. Once inside, the serenity and grandeur of the hotel’s design welcomes you.

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The Presidential Suite is an expansive 2,900 square feet of luxury.… Read more

Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

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Do you have a favorite cookie? I do. I remember them from childhood at my Grandmother’s house. Molasses cookies. The chewy ones. Well, since Gram baked from the heart and left me no recipe, I had to create one. This was a seriously fun project to be on! Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

After much trial and sort-of error, I have a molasses cookie recipe that I love. It’s so easy and is made with ingredients you have in your spice cabinet, especially this time of year. I use the Brer Rabbit brand of molasses. It has a mild flavor which I like in this recipe.… Read more

10 Technology Gift Ideas for Kids and Adults

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10 Technology Gift Ideas for Kids and Adults

As everyone knows, we are immersed in the world of technology. It is everywhere in our lives with the intention of making us more organized and efficient, able to communicate faster and more often, a resource for just about any research we are doing (recipes, homework, WebMD, etc), entertainment, music, fitness tracking, exploring virtual reality, beauty tips and tools and so much more. Earlier this year, I wrote about how technology is now the norm in kitchens with 10 examples of smart home ideas for your kitchen.  With the holidays fast approaching, I was thrilled to receive an invitation to attend the CTA Holiday Gift Ideas Lunch and Learn sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association, Techlicious and Hostess, Kris McDonald from littletechgirl.com. 

At the luncheon, brand reps were available to educate us on their products, uses and benefits.… Read more