Appetizers

This past week I celebrated my birthday! Birthdays are always a great time to sit back and reflect and this one is especially pivotal as we are expecting our first baby! It has been intimidating to constantly hear how much our lives are going to change with this new addition. What do you say to that when you are really happy with your life currently? We have decided to go into it with the mindset that this addition is only going to add joy to our lives, not take away from our current relationships. It’s all about the love of the journey! Ben & I have a big goal is to find a way to balance our lives & time for ourselves with this new lifestyle that will be focus around our little one. We want to make sure to continue to get together just the two of us and still be able to have time with friends.

I am so excited to partner with Wente Wines (an amazing winery just an hour from us) to bring you our love of this new journey in our lives. If you’ve never made it over to Livermore to check out Wente, you’re missing out! It’s a gorgeous way to soak up some sunshine & amazing wines without the chaos & crowds of Napa. We like to think of it as one of our hidden Bay Area gems!

5 Ways to Find Our Balance with a Newborn:

1. Recognize happy parents equals happy baby. Be willing to be okay with taking care of ourselves!

2. Keep entertaining simple. This easy to throw together party platter looks fancy, but was so much more simple than my usual complicated appetizers that have to be pulled hot out of the oven!

3. Have things on hand for our guests to enjoy, like this Wente wine! If I stay well stocked, that means less trips to the store!

4. Understand that it is okay to take people up on their offer to help. It takes a village!

5. Let people see real life. Things don’t have to be perfect all of the time.

To make a great, last minute, no stress party platter, start with some cheese & crackers. I cut cheddar & pepper jack that we had on hand for our sandwiches into pretty little squares so that they looked a little fancier & fit perfectly on the crackers!

Add some salty pretzels & dip to complement your crisp white wine!


Toss in some colorful fruit & veggies to bring the wow factor to your platter. I love going for blackberries. Not only are they an unexpected fruit on the platter, but they taste amazing when pop a few into your glass of white wine!

Don’t forget some nuts! Bar nuts have been a staple for so long for a reason. They are fun to nibble on, while not taking away from the flavor of your drink. Also, they are easy to keep on hand. Open up that jar, pour, and you’re good to go!

Visit http://www.wentevineyards.com to learn more about their love of the journey and check out their amazing white wine selection!

My Dad’s side of the family always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. We’d get all dressed up and head to my Nanny’s home. She was my grandmother’s twin sister who lived just down the block from my grandma. The whole family would descend upon her house for a feast & the opening of Christmas presents. […]

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Summertime is perfect for light and fresh dishes. I am pretty much obsessed with this Ahi Tuna Poke. For those of you who are unfamiliar with poke, it is a traditionally Hawaiian dish that is popping up on menus all over the place. You start with a high quality, sushi grade raw fish, then add […]

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In France we got to try so many wonderful different cheeses. Some I was familiar with, some I was enjoying meeting for the first time. Camembert was a new cheese for me and I knew I had to recreate it at home in this Camembert Cheese Dip in a biscuit bowl.  For those of you […]

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Friday nights are made for a glass of wine, some appetizers, and good friends. Okay, really any night is perfect for that, but there are certain weeks where making it to the end of your work week that just feels like a celebration! Sometimes you need an appetizer that you can pick up on your way […]

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You know how sometimes the prettiest dishes aren’t always the tastiest and sometime the tastiest dishes aren’t always the prettiest? That’s how I feel about these Syrah Jelly Brie Bites. They are kind of elegant with all of their colors and I like the red and white for Valentine’s Day, but they aren’t the fanciest […]

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Last week I shared with you how to make Homemade Pesto, today I’m using it in Pesto Bruschetta. It’s super simple and so delicious. When we arrived in Rome, it was crazy late at night. We were starving but most shops had closed up for the night so we ducked into the most adorable little local […]

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Bring Hot Caprese Dip to any party and you will gain instant friends. This dip is so yummy. I love the way the rich, warm cheese is off set with the freshness of tomatoes and basil. I have a group of good friends who get together for wine and appetizers once a month to catch […]

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope that you are all spending time with your loved ones tonight and that you have a wonderful Christmas Day tomorrow! If you’re anything like my family, Christmas Eve is a busy time. My mom has a tradition of gathering clothes for infants throughout December, then on Christmas Eve we […]

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