5 Tips to Make Family Breakfasts Your New Routine

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

5 Tips for a family breakfasts by Coryanne Ettiene

New line of Cobblestone Bread Co. bagels and English muffins. Family meals are an easy way to create a lasting connection, and I’m always trying to find the right balance between a busy week day and family dinners. Try as I might, and as much as it pains me to admit, family dinners are elements of our week that don’t always come easy. They are planned for but never happen as much as I would like, so when the weekend rolls around, my biggest priority is a big family breakfast that allows us to linger around the table and reconnect. . . .Read More

Strawberry Shortcake 2 Ways – be #PartyReddi

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Blog Cover Frozen strawberry shortcake by Coryanne Ettiene

Certain elements hint to a big celebration, every family has their special touches that turn children into excitement charged little bees buzzing around practically giddy with anticipation. For me, that was a can of whipped cream. The moment I would open the fridge door and see that bright red top my heart would nearly burst from happiness while I let dreams of whipped cream swirl in my head. Even today as an adult, the sound of that ever so soft whiz of the whipped cream streaming from the can makes my heart skip a beat, is there anything more symbolic . . .Read More

You’re Invited to a #FruitsAndVeggiesDay Pin Party

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene


With so many great fresh ingredients out there, why not eat more fruits and veggies? And with all the good they do us, it seems only fitting that Dole should launch their new Eat More Fruits And Veggies national celebration. It’s called “Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day” – and it’s the first national holiday dedicated to the idea that eating more fresh fruits and veggies can be good for your health and good for your life. Starting May 21, the holiday will be celebrated on the Thursday before every Memorial Day, just when many of your favorite fruits and . . .Read More

Apple and Blackberry Custard Twist

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Twisted Apple and Blackberry Custard by Coryanne Ettiene

The best part about going from winter to spring is that the grocery stores are full of late winter and early spring produce. And my favorite combination is blackberry and granny smith apples. The tart, the sweet, the crunch, the softness…..really, it is the fruit match made in heaven. My kitchen is anything but quiet, especially on the weekends when everyone is home and hungry. With more time to tinker in the kitchen, and many hands there to help, we never miss an opportunity to bake something as a family that will keep us sweet all weekend long, and our . . .Read More

Easy Macramé Hanging Planters

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

Hanging Planter by Coryanne Ettiene

The older I get the more I turn into my mother and the more I appreciate her. I spent my childhood watching her water her stunning selection of house plants and succulents, always in weathered pots and frequently hanging in Macramé. I never understood the appeal of ‘worn’ pieces as a child, I had to have everything new…and if that bratty young girl that I once was could see me now, buying new pots and making them look old, I’m sure she would be say “Never, Never, Never”. I’ve spent that the last few weeks learning to Macramé – a . . .Read More

#EntertainIRL Twitter Party

May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

#EntertainIRL Twitter Party

I love beautifully staged parties, but when I entertain in real life, it rarely happens the way it does in the magazines. My real life parties are almost always last minute and seldom are elaborately staged. For me, entertaining is more about the conversation, and when good food and good friends come together, it doesn’t really matter if your napkins are pressed, or that you whipped up a last minute finger food buffet. What really matters is that everyone is having a good time, and when the host is stressed or pre-occupied with the details, no one is relaxed. Yes, . . .Read More

#SaladMonth Twitter Party

April, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene


May 1st is National Salad Day and I’m teaming up with Dole Salads for an hour of prizes, great salad recipes and ideas for kicking off your summer with fresh ideas to celebrate both National Salad Day on May 1st, and National Salad Month in May. Lately I’ve been blending my love of grilling and salads together to create my version of a grilled salad. It used to be that I would grill my veggies and meats, and then add them to a bed of fresh, crisp greens…but lately I’m tossing caution to the wind and grilling my Romaine Hearts . . .Read More

#AlexiaSimplySpring Pinning Party

April, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene


Spring is in full bloom and if you love Pinterest as much as I do, I’m sure that you have been pinning every spring baking, spring craft and spring party pin that fills your stream. To celebrate all things Spring, I’ve teamed up with Alexia Foods and some of my favorite lifestyle experts to bring you an hour of prizes, inspiration and spring pins to fuel your cravings for everything spring during our #AlexiaSimplySpring Pinning Party. Alexia Foods is passing out over $400 in cash and prizes during this hour long pinning party, and joining could not be easier. Simply . . .Read More

Provincial Fingerling Potato Salad

April, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene


There is beauty in simplicity, especially when it comes to food. For me, the less complicated a recipe is, the more you can focus on the ingredients and when you can focus on your ingredients, that is when the flavors truly come alive. Fingerling potatoes are a testament to this because they require so little attention that you can make even the most simple of recipes taste like a culinary expedition. When I want all the flavor but not all the cooking, this Provencal Fingerling Potato Salad is perfect served warmed or chilled depending on the seasons. And the beauty . . .Read More

Simple Handmade Monster Doll

April, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

DIY Monster Doll by Coryane Ettiene

As long as I can remember I’ve gone in and out of sewing little treasures.  I dare say, I’ve sewn nothing that requires a pattern… that would be too much like hard work, which is why I stick with the basics like hand sewn dolls, and the usual suspects like aprons, pillows and bunting. Everything I sew has a rustic look because perfection is too hard to achieve when you are working by hand, on a whim and in those little spurts of time that you find hidden in daily life. Last summer I shared this hand sewn doll that . . .Read More