Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the ‘Host/Hostess’

Welcome to our multi-part “Holiday Gift Guide” series! We hope that you’ll find some great ideas for all of the folks on your shopping list. As always, let us know if you have gift guide requests in the comments. If the people on your shopping list are anything like me, they’d probably love to receive gifts that might make hosting parties and get togethers a little easier and a lot...

The Pear-fect Martini

I was Karen Walker, aka Anastasia Beaverhausen, for Halloween and no Karen costume would be complete without a strong martini in hand. Rather than toting around a more traditional, dry martini I opted for a fruity version. I’m so glad I did because this has easily become one of the easiest and tastiest cocktails I’ve made in quite a while. INGREDIENTS: 2 ounces pear vodka (I used Absolut) 1 ½...

Polished.

Don’t get me wrong—I love a gel manicure every now and then but they can really take a toll on my nails and, let’s face it, I’m not living on Oprah’s budget. It’s taken years of practice, but I’m now able to achieve a salon look at home. Here are a few of the polishes you can expect to see on my fingers all autumn long. These formulas are tried...

Autumn Essentials

Call me basic, but I’ve been dreaming of autumn since August. As a kid, I never understood why ‘grown-ups’ were so anxious for summer to end but, let’s face it, I’m basically a grandma and autumn gives me the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a flannel blanket, drink hot tea, and watch Mountaineer football. Because I have so many cool weather must-haves, I thought it only made sense to...

Amateur Chef, Expert Eater

I have two cooking “styles”–I’m either a lazy mofo and eat mac and cheese with sliced hotdogs, or I go nuts and cook absolutely everything. I’m talking, “pull out all of your kitchen gadgets and finest ingredients and dirty every dish in this house”. When the weather breaks and the farmers markets are back in business, I troll the booths for ramps, strawberries and rhubarb. In an effort to branch...