Holidays

If you’ve been reading Sugar and Charm for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Moscow Mules. From our original Apple Cider Moscow Mule to our blueberry version, we love adding a twist on the classic libation! 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Mule and we’ve joyfully teamed up with the […]

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Gingerbread Moscow Mule Recipe
Holidays

These charming DIY pipe cleaners snowflake coasters are perfect for holiday entertaining! They’re easy to make and a cute way to add a little holiday decor to your table! Supplies: Hot glue gun, scissors, white pipe cleaners Directions: Cut three 3 inch even pieces of pipe cleaner for the base of the snowflake Cut six 1 inch even pieces […]

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DIY Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Coasters
Holidays

I decided to do something different with this years gift guide! I chose some of my personal favorite things we’ve purchased this past year and items we absolutely love and use daily! I kept it pretty simple with just a few selects, but I truly think these items make great gifts and I’m grateful for […]

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A Charming Holiday Gift Guide
Holidays

We’re counting down the days to Christmas and baking up a snow storm in the kitchen! We made some absolutely delicious, homemade holiday marshmallows that pair perfectly with hot cocoa! There is something extra sweet about homemade marshmallows, especially ones that are shaped as gingerbread men and snowflakes! They taste better than any store bought […]

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Homemade Holiday Marshmallows
Holidays

We were so excited that Evine.com asked us to collaborate with them to create a beautiful, simple and effortless holiday dessert spread!! I immediately knew I wanted to make something festive, using a snowy and neutral color scheme. I was pretty happy browsing Evine online and fell in love with their Waterford crystal collection, including […]

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A Charming Holiday Dessert Bar
Holidays

 Oh how we love this Italian Rainbow Cookie recipe! And can we all just admire how beautiful and charming Italian Rainbow Cookies are?! I absolutely love the striped color combo (perfect for Christmas!) and the smooth, bittersweet chocolate topping. They are also insanely delicious!! The ingredients in these classic Italian treats are interesting… almond paste, […]

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Italian Rainbow Cookie Recipe
Holidays

One thing I enjoy about having my own little family are the new traditions we’ve started together. Of course carrying on traditions from our childhood are important too, but one thing that I’ve started doing with my family is a traditional Christmas brunch. To be honest, I don’t really remember having Christmas brunch as a […]

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Christmas Brunch Tradition!
Holidays

I absolutely love crafting around the holidays! From creating adorable gingerbread houses (okay let’s be honest, they always turn out a little messy!), to hosting a charming wreath making party… anything where I can relax and be creative just for fun is something I fully enjoy! I really loved the idea of putting together this […]

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Host a Charming Wreath Making Party
Holidays

With the holidays finally upon us, we’re getting creative and crafty with Nestlé Toll House to make some edible chocolate chip cookie ornaments! Such a sweet surprise for your guests. We used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (the morsels come in the box, so no need to buy […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ornament
Holidays

 If there’s one thing I look forward to every morning, it’s my homemade latté using illy espresso! We drink them religiously in our house! I’ve been using the ground espresso in the silver tin for years and love that it’s served all over the world. When we were in Italy, most of the cafes were […]

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A Charming Holiday Espresso Bar!
Holidays

     We brought our wrapping paper, fresh greens and charming tags to the Clinique counter, at South Coast Plaza Macy’s, yesterday for a gift wrapping workshop! We spread some holiday cheer and wrapped presents for the customers who bought Clinique! Everyone loved the fresh greens, charming gift wrapping and holiday tags, and the best […]

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Charming Gift Wrapping and Holiday Tags
Charming Friday Links

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and I can smell the aroma of cookies baking in the air!! We figured Charming Friday Links all about holiday cookies were in order to inspire your cookie baking this week! SO, turn up those cheery holiday tunes, make a hot toddy and start baking! We had the wonderful Holly […]

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Charming Friday Links: Holiday Cookies!
Holidays

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I use emojis!! I love them so much that I wanted to wrap some of my Christmas presents in them, haha! So we created the most adorable printable emoji wrapping paper for you to use too!! Download the links below, then just have them printed at your […]

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Printable Emoji Holiday Wrapping Paper
Holidays

 Sugar and Charm Holiday Gift Guides 2015 are here! We’re super excited about our gift guides this year!! Gift buying can be challenging so hopefully we can help take some of the guesswork out of your gift buying this year! I wanted to feature items I love, my family loves and the team here at […]

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Sugar and Charm Holiday Gift Guides 2015
Holidays

  We’ve been knee deep in wrapping paper and candy canes decorating for Christmas here at S&C… aka my house!! When I was perusing JoAnn’s for Christmas crafts, I found these awesome gold rings (they have all different sizes at the store) and knew they would make the coolest wreath! So I had my friend Erin from […]

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Modern Christmas Wreath and Garland
Holidays

Since our marbling projects did so well this year, we decided to make DIY marbled ornaments!! We tried a few different ways to make them (a spray paint method, dip method and a similar method we did for these) and found that the easiest and most effective way is actually very simple!! We ended up […]

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DIY Marbled Ornaments
Holidays

Did you know you can make candy cane cotton candy from just using crushed candy canes?! AND would you believe it if I told you, I actually prefer eating it in the form of spun sugar rather than a cane? Ho ho ho!! So, we teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers for a […]

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Candy Cane Peppermint Bark Fudge
Holidays

We’re smitten with these origami Christmas trees!! A festive and creative Christmas craft that you can use to decorate with for the holidays. They look super charming on a shelf, you can make a garland from them or tie them to a present. And, all you need is a piece of paper and some scissors. Super easy. […]

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Origami Christmas Trees
Holidays

If there’s one special holiday treat you should make this year, it’s these red wine truffles! We teamed up with Barefoot Wine to create the most decadent and delicious red wine truffles made with Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. We all know wine and chocolate compliment each other nicely, but pairing them together in a dessert is […]

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Red Wine Chocolate Truffle Recipe!
Holidays

If you’re not familiar with Panettone, it’s a traditional Italian bread that’s a staple around the holidays. It’s a sweet bread with fruit and citrus zest. Catie (who works with us, here at S&C) and Zan are both Italian and remember growing up with this bread every Christmas! We thought it would be awesome to make […]

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Homemade Panettone in a Can
Holidays

             Creating a charming holiday table setting for Christmas has been a passion of mine since I was a kid! My mother would go nutty as a fruitcake, decorating the table and entire house around Christmastime, and a little of that was passed down to me, haha! It’s all about the company and the food prepared, […]

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A Charming Holiday Table Setting
Holidays

I’ve been having so much fun incorporating GODIVA chocolate into my holiday entertaining! With a rich Belgian heritage, GODIVA chocolates have been delighting the senses since 1926 with premium ingredients and unique recipes, so it’s been a dream creating special desserts and entertaining ideas the past few months! I’m super excited to share this incredibly […]

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GODIVA Chocolate Parfait with Toasted Gingerbread Marshmallow Fluff
Holidays

‘Tis the season for gift wrapping and we know there will be a lot of it going on this week!! If you want to add a little charm to your gifts we’ve created 3 festive and charming printable Christmas tags! They’re large and look great on ALL sizes of gifts… even small ones! Print the Christmas tags […]

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Charming Printable Christmas Tags
Holidays

My son started preschool this year so this was my first time buying Christmas presents and sending a little token of appreciation to his teachers! I think it’s important to “spoil” our teachers a bit and the holidays (as well as the last day of school) are the best time! Teachers work hard and make […]

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Box
Charming Giveaways

Yay for the holidays!! We’re so excited to take part in this amazing 24 Merry Days Giveaway this year and team up with Drop for one very merry giveaway that includes a Drop Kitchen Scale AND an iPad mini. Check out the video to see the Drop Kitchen scale in action. Together, the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale […]

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24 Merry Days Giveaway – Drop Kitchen Scale and iPad mini!
Holidays

I can’t believe we’re only a week away from Christmas! We envision Santa’s workshop looking a little like this cozy room! Gingerbread cookies hung, a bag full of presents and a charming Christmas tree!! Oh what holiday fun! Below is a little inspiration guide to this one festive and charming room! Santa’s Kitchen Workshop Cake […]

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One Charming Room: Santa’s Kitchen Workshop
Holidays

Excited to share this fun project we created for The Glitter Guide today! If you’re looking for an easy last minute gift these pine scented, striped soy candles are such a lovely way to spread a little Christmas cheer! Not only do they smell amazing, they look so charming on a table. Head on over to The Glitter Guide […]

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DIY Pine Scented Soy Candles
Holidays

Tis’ the season for holiday gatherings and fun-filled festivities! It’s always special to have a little activity for guests to do during a party, so we created this festive DIY gingerbread house station! By putting together this charming station, guests of any age will be able to make their own jolly gingerbread houses to take […]

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Tips for Creating a DIY Gingerbread House Station
Holidays

I truly love a good gourmet gift box. There is something so special about receiving a package full of unexpected quality goodies! The days of cheesy gift boxes with waxy chocolates are out. Now there are several high end gift box companies that provide curated gourmet gift boxes that are full of the best wines, […]

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5 Wonderful Gourmet Gift Boxes
Holidays

A few years ago (wow time flies), I did a video on photo print wrapping paper and have since wrapped several of my presents like this! We recently re-shot the idea for FYI which will be broadcast on the FYI channel! I realized I never took any good photos of it and it’s such a […]

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Photo Print Wrapping Paper
Holidays

We’re ending Sugar and Charm’s cookie week with 10 charming ways to decorate Christmas cookies! There is definitely an art to decorating sugar cookies. I find that the consistency of the frosting has to be just right so it’s not too thick or too runny. I always use meringue powder to make it. Also, having […]

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10 Charming Ways to Decorate Christmas Cookies
Holidays

Yes, these are the best butter twist cookies ever! They’re SO delicious! It’s an old Italian recipe that’s been passed down a few generations from my husband’s grandmother who got it from her mother who was an immigrant from Italy. They were made and cherished every Christmas. My mother-in-law was a little hesitant to give out the […]

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The Best Butter Twist Cookies Ever
Holidays

I love how festive this Chocolate Peppermint cookie turned out! The actual chocolate cookie is somewhat similar to a Whoopie Pie, but a little less cakey. It even has sour cream in the batter! The filling is inspired by a traditional Oreo cream, but with a whole lot of crushed candy canes. Like an Oreo, they’re […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe
Holidays

We’re big fans of Munchkin in our household. From sippy cups and snack catchers to bath toys and training items, we use it all! I was so thrilled recently to have the opportunity to create some fun little holiday-themed projects and a table setting perfect for toddlers! I’m also going to be doing an Instagram […]

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A Fun Winter Toddler Table with Munchkin
Holidays

I feel like most things kids do or play with are somewhat educational as they’re always learning with new activities and games. But this year instead of compiling a list of toys that are the most popular or trendy, we rounded up a few of our favorite educational gifts for kids. We’re looking forward to getting our […]

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Educational Gift Guide for Kids
Holidays

Cookie week continues with a recipe my mother-in-law has been making for years! She originally saw the recipe in Bon Appétit and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Even though they’re not a Sugar and Charm original recipe, I wanted to share them because they’re by far the best homemade Biscotti I’ve ever had. […]

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Holiday Biscotti with Cranberry and Pistachios
Eats & Drinks

We’ve had such a blast teaming up with Triscuit to create three tantalizing appetizers with the incredibly delicious Triscuit Cranberry & Sage crackers. First we created a delicious Turkey Salad topped with Cranberry Sauce “leftover” appetizer for the day after Thanksgiving. Then we made a yummy Green Bean, Stuffing, and Brie appetizer. For this last one, […]

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Easy Holiday Appetizer: Ham and Cheese with Jalapeño Jelly
Holidays

Here’s a holiday gift guide for the amazing men in our lives! The prices range from $24 to $399… so you can just buy depending on how much you love them. TOTALLY KIDDING! These are just a few of the items we’ve been charmin’ on this year! Gift Guide for the Guys 1. Carry On Cocktail […]

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Gift Guide for the Guys
Holidays

It’s not a big surprise that Christmas is my favorite holiday! For children, Christmas morning is pure magic and now that I have my own family I find so much joy in creating these beautiful holiday memories for them. It’s always been a tradition to indulge in a Christmas dinner feast, but in our house I […]

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A Charming Christmas Brunch
Charming Giveaways

If you’re familiar with 24 Merry Days you’re probably pretty excited it starts today! I’m honored to be participating with 23 fabulous bloggers. Starting today until December 24th, each blogger will be giving away AMAZING prizes from incredible sponsors on their sites! I know the prizes and they’re all marvelous like a SMEG refrigerator, Loeffler Randall bags, […]

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24 Merry Days!
Holidays

I was thrilled to participate in Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge this year! The challenge is to take a box of unexpected items and design an area they give you. My area was outside, so I infused my love of sweets and entertaining to create a charming hot cocoa stand! The goal was to incorporate all of […]

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A Charming Hot Cocoa Stand
Holidays

For me, GODIVA always conjures up memories of decadent indulgence in one of the most delicious chocolates you’ll ever eat. So when I was asked to help create a few fun ideas for them, my sweet tooth and I were overjoyed and ready for the task! I wanted to make something that was as luscious […]

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Godiva Chocolate Truffle Eggnog
Holidays

Frozen cocktails aren’t traditionally thought of as winter drinks, but there’s something cozy about sipping on a wintery cocktail in front of a fireplace. Especially when it’s this Bananas Foster frozen cocktail. Maybe one of the most delicious holiday drinks ever. It’s made with vanilla ice cream, rum, caramel, cinnamon and bananas of course, which […]

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Frozen Bananas Foster
Holidays

This year’s DIY Advent Calendar is definitely my favorite so far! These tiny wooden houses lined up on my mantle are just about the most charming Christmas decor ever! I made the advent wooden houses out of Balsa wood, which is soft and easy to cut with scissors. We created an awesome printable template so […]

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DIY Wooden Houses Advent Calendar
Holidays

We had to put the half gallon of apple cider we have from our apple picking adventure to good use, so Moscow Mules it is!! As much as I love a standard Moscow Mule and our popular Blueberry Moscow Mules I wanted to put a fall twist on it and this one is by far my favorite […]

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Apple Cider Moscow Mules
Eats & Drinks

Sometimes I like starting my weekend with a stack of homemade pancakes, slathered with butter and drizzled with syrup! When it’s just the three of us, I’m not as concerned when our pancakes are done at different times and we’re kind of just eating as they’re done. But if I’m hosting guests, I’d rather have breakfast […]

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Caramel Apple Skillet Baked Pancake
Holidays

Happy Monday! Here’s a sweet and very easy blondie recipe to start off the week! This is my favorite recipe for the best toffee chocolate chip peanut butter blondies ever! I usually make these to bring over for play dates or if we’re having company because they’re absolutely delicious, rich and moist. They’re always a […]

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Toffee Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
Holidays

Merry Christmas Eve! If you’re looking for a fun project for the kids or teens to do during the holiday break, these Candy Cane Sugar Scrubs are all-natural, incredibly easy to make and smell delicious! I used a few drops of fresh pomegranate juice to give it the “reddish” color, organic peppermint essential oil for […]

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Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Holidays

It’s a tradition for us to make a batch of creamy homemade eggnog around the holidays. I wanted to switch things up, so I made a Butterscotch Eggnog recipe from the Winter Cocktails book. It turned out better than I expected. Rich and creamy with a touch of butterscotch from the brown sugar. Adding the Maker’s […]

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Butterscotch Eggnog Recipe
Holidays

Our first Christmas in our home called for a Sugar and Charm holiday party and toy drive benefitting one of my favorite Los Angeles non-profits, Baby2Baby. I’m happy to report the party and drive were a festive success! My sweet friend (pun intended) and pastry chef Sarah baked some of the most incredible cookies for the Cookies […]

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Cookies and Cocktail Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Holidays

‘Tis the season to be baking, fa-la-la-la-la… that’s what I sing to myself when I’m in the kitchen on my third sugar cookie recipe because the other ones didn’t make the cut. Oh yes, the dough is flying! I absolutely love decorating sugar cookies, especially around this time of year, but I’ve never been a […]

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Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies
Holidays

If you’re feeling crafty and festive, you’re gonna love this DIY candy cane Christmas tree! Did you know you can heat candy canes to a pliable consistency? I’m definitely making it on the naughty list as I’m sure Santa wouldn’t appreciate me messing with his favorite peppermint candy! I turned the heat to 225, placed […]

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DIY Candy Cane Tree
Holidays

I have an abundance of rosemary growing outside and there’s even more growing up the hill from our house! I will never be able to use that much rosemary, so I thought it would be cool and festive (’tis the season!) to make a DIY rosemary wreath! We used fresh rosemary, but I think next […]

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DIY Rosemary Wreath
Holidays

Wow, what a crazy holiday weekend we had! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed getting as stuffed as the turkeys you ate. Before my family left Los Angeles, I hosted a small Christmas gathering. We won’t be together this year, as Zan and I are headed to New Jersey and NYC […]

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Christmas Entertaining
Holidays

I grew up with the $2 Advent calendars sold at the grocery store with the really cheap milk chocolate stashed inside… I know it sounds tragic ; )  I was determined to make something extra special for Romeo to enjoy everyday until Christmas. Let’s be real, Zan will be eating all of the chocolate! Since […]

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DIY Wooden Advent Calendar
Holidays

I’m loving these DIY holiday votives. We’re starting to craft and get things ready for our holiday party! Since I dream of a snowy day (born and raised in Cali = no snow days EVER!), I wanted to incorporate snow into the decor. We made these extremely easy snowy votives to go on the tables. […]

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DIY Holiday Votives
Holidays

Alright, it’s been about 85 degrees in LA the past week, but on the day I made these there were clouds in the sky and fall was in the air. I think it was a sign that my hot chocolate on a stick would turn out delicious! And since it’s freezing here at night, we […]

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick Recipe
Holidays

Giving back is something that should be carried on throughout the year, but around the holidays the spirit of giving is ubiquitous. The holidays can be especially hard for a lot of families who are struggling. Warm clothes, clean sheets and toys are things we take for granted, but if we all do a little […]

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Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
Holidays

Let’s start this off by Zan’s reaction to the pie, “it’s by far the best pecan pie recipe I’ve ever tasted.” Yup, he really said that and I don’t get that reaction too often. And the men who were helping out with our yard devoured 2 jars each. I could tell they wanted more, but […]

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The Best Brown Butter Rum Pecan Pie Recipe Ever!
Eats & Drinks

I was excited when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to try  the new line of dishware they sell at Walmart. Since I have a set of round white dishes, I chose some modern, but classic square dishes in white. They’re extremely durable, beautiful porcelain dishes and a 16-piece set is only $39! I wanted to […]

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Sweet Mornings – The Best Frittata Recipe Ever!
Holidays

We’re welcoming fall with a delicious, rustic pumpkin spice galette. I wanted to make something different than the standard pumpkin pie and I love the way galettes look (and taste!). I like that this dessert has an artisan feel, even though it’s extremely easy to make. This is a no hassle crust too…it’s buttery, flaky […]

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Pumpkin Spice Galette
Eats & Drinks

After having the incredible lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow in San Francisco, I was determined to come home and make some! The pancakes at Plow had a strong lemon taste, which I loved, so I knew I must  not be shy with the lemon juice! I think I got them pretty lemony! It was Zan’s […]

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Sweet Mornings – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta
Holidays

I usually make these cookies around the holidays, but as the years go on I’m learning that they’re actually a terrific year-round chocolate cookie! By far they are my most requested cookie to make because of their fudgy-chocolately-cherry deliciousness : ) Zan is obsessed. One of his friends/co-workers, TJ, surprised us with a jar of […]

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My Favorite Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Holidays

I’ve eaten a lot of brownies in my life (is that such a bad thing?) and I can honestly say these salted caramel brownies are absolutely amazing! I adapted the recipe from the famous Baked brownie, so it’s no wonder they’re delicious! These are super rich, like can’t-drink-without-milk rich, and very moist. I like them […]

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Salted Caramel Brownies Adapted from Baked
Holidays

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, so I compiled a few of my favorite monogrammed gifts! I love personalizing presents and Valentine’s Day is perfect for a sweet monogrammed present.   1. Personalized wreath hanger: My sister bought us one that says The Passantes and I use it year round! 2. Rubber spatulas: […]

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My Top Ten Favorite Monogrammed Gifts
Holidays

Who doesn’t love a delicious, rich cup of hot cocoa? We had guests over the other night and our friend Brandon asked for a cup of cocoa. After Mariah told me about this recipe, I wanted to try it. I added even more chocolate and a touch of heavy cream in with the milk and it […]

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Easy Ways to Top Off Your Hot Cocoa
Holidays

It’s January and most of us have, sadly, packed up our Christmas wreaths to store away until next year. That doesn’t mean the door should be empty. It’s nice to have a little something hanging on the front door to greet guests. Mariah created the perfect January wreath using sweet grass! I have wreath envy […]

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The Perfect January Wreath
Holidays

I made this festive candy cane peppermint punch for General Mills and it was so incredibly tasty and easy, I had to share it on Sugar and Charm! It’s only three ingredients, so if you need a last minute holiday treat, this is great! You wouldn’t think eggnog and peppermint ice cream would go together, […]

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Candy Cane Peppermint Punch
Holidays

You’re bound to get a giant, jolly’ole ho ho ho when Santa sees these cookies left for him! I’ve been making these Roly Poly Santas for years and now I have a video to show you how! We are off to the Caribbean for a week! Romeo will get to see white sand instead of […]

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Roly Poly Santa Video
Holidays

If you’ve ever made homemade gingerbread you know how amazing it smells for weeks! I made this tree last year and every time I would walk past it I would get a nice aroma of gingerbread, which is usually just what I needed at the time. A little jolt of Christmas cheer! I decided that […]

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Gingerbread Garland and Recipe
Holidays

A beautiful setting from Caitlin of Sacramento Street. Adore her blog and great style. More pics here.   In love with this gorgeous, simple table setting from Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers via one of my favorite blogs Ruffled.  Sarah Does it again! From Honey of a Thousand Flowers, she creates the most gorgeous florals and […]

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Beautiful Table Settings for Christmas
Holidays

This is a gathering I would have loved to be at… this perfect, snowy Montana setting was complete with a centerpiece wreath chandelier that took center stage, a giant fire to stand around while sipping fresh cocktails created with homemade syrups! This diy project and simple gathering with friends that Mariah did has me dreaming of […]

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DIY Wreath Chandelier and a Simple Winter Wonderland Gathering
Holidays

Is this what it looks like when your family gets together to capture a photo for a Christmas card? We took Romeo to the Christmas tree farm to snap a photo of him for our holiday cards. We were exhausted after about… two minutes. Although there were no tears, the child was covered in hay […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Christmas Card Photo Shoot
Charming Giveaways

If you follow me on Pinterest you’ve seen some of my holiday pins. I was looking at my Christmas board and was inspired by the photos, so I thought I would share them on here. Christmas can be busy and it’s hard to tackle all of the crafts and recipes you want to create. I […]

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Christmas Pins and a Giveaway Winner
Charming Giveaways

I’ve been a fan of Knock Knock for years and have collected quite a few of their fun pads. I even did “the easiest craft you’ll ever do in your life” using a Knock Knock pad! AND today this brilliant creative company has gifted a lucky Sugar and Charm reader with a chance to win […]

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Stocking Stuffer Giveaway from Knock Knock
Holidays

I’ve always been attracted to the color and odd shape of dragon fruit. The gorgeous hues of vibrant pink and red makes this one of the most beautiful fruits. It’s similar in texture to a kiwi, but has a mild sweetness and taste. It’s rich in vitamin C, B and contains a good amount of […]

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Dragon Fruit Holiday Cocktail
Holidays

1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 First, I appreciate every one of your comments on the giveaway and I absolutely LOVED reading all of the different holiday desserts you all bake! I was pretty much hungry the whole week with those incredible comments! There was some nice inspiration 🙂 So thank you for entering… see below for the winner! I hope […]

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Holiday Gifts for the Baker
Holidays

I truly enjoyed this drink for days and it is my beloved cocktail for fall. Not only was the cocktail incredible, but the process of making homemade apple cider was so much fun! The apples boiling in the pot with fall spices made the house smell so incredible. I couldn’t help but smile the whole […]

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The Best Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail Ever!
Holidays

This cake is the best fall cake recipe and a great way to use all of those apples you’ve collected from apple picking! It’s dense and super moist and when you pour the hot apple cider glaze over the top… oh my goodness, it’s delicious. I didn’t want to eat the whole cake myself, because […]

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Perfect Fall Crunchy Apple Cake
Eats & Drinks

Banana breakfast sandwiches – yum! As expressed in a previous post, I’m telling you again that I really love Tyler Florence’s baby food book, Start Fresh, because that’s exactly where I got this recipe!! The book is not just about purees… it also features recipes for the whole family too : ) There was no stopping […]

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Sweet Mornings – Banana Breakfast Sandwiches
Eats & Drinks

These are called french toast puffs and they’re the most delicious version of french toast ever! A crispy and crunchy outside with a soft, almost doughy like, puff inside. Seriously amazing! See below the pics for the recipe. I’ve been contemplating starting a “Sweet Mornings” Monday breakfast series on Sugar and Charm, featuring some really […]

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Sweet Mornings – French Toast Puffs
Holidays

I make these Peanut Butter Blossoms every year and they are yummmmmmy! They’re a Christmas tradition in our house so I wanted to share them with you all! Since this will be my last Christmas post, I hope everyone has an amazing weekend celebrating this wonderful holiday.  Thank you all for reading my Christmas posts […]

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Peanut Butter Blossoms
Holidays

This year instead of making a gingerbread house, I decided to try a homemade gingerbread tree! I found these star cookie cutters from Crate and Barrel that are for making gingerbread trees. They’re on sale now too! I also followed my gingerbread recipe from last year, which you can find here. This would be an awesome centerpiece for a dessert […]

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Gingerbread Tree
Holidays

Yesterday I made a pinecone tree after I saw one in Target that I really liked. I decided I wanted to try and make my own and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. I plan on making a few different sizes to use for a table-setting each year. With only a few craft supplies […]

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Pinecone Tree Craft
Holidays

Although I love the traditional red and green Christmas decor, these natural colors and Christmas entertaining items stood out to me this year. I haven’t decided on a Christmas table theme yet, but maybe I’ll go with the natural look! What are your favorite Christmas colors? 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

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My Favorite Christmas Items This Year
Holidays

I suddenly had the urge to make a chocolate ganache bundt cake… Hmmm I wonder where that urge came from? ha! I am excited because this was my very first bundt cake! Can you believe I didn’t even own a bundt cake pan? Well now I am the proud owner of a new pan and […]

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Chocolate Ganache Bundt Cake
Holidays

Ahhh, the joys of Christmas and all of the beautiful inspiration around the web. I wanted to share a few photos that inspired me in some way from color to design. These pictures make me ecstatic that Christmas is here. I saw the photos on a few of my favorite design blogs… which I will […]

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Christmas Inspiration
Holidays

Just because I can’t drink at the moment doesn’t mean I don’t need to make the other person living in this house delicious festive cocktails this Christmas! Last night was the perfect night to do so, we watched a Christmas movie and I whipped up a festive treat for Zan to sip on. He is […]

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Bulldog n’ Baileys Holiday Cocktail
Holidays

A change up from the traditional Pumpkin Pie dessert for Thanksgiving… This year you can bring these sugared-cranberry vanilla cupcakes to the party! I know they look a little Christmasy, but they’ll work for either holiday and I highly doubt anyone will turn them away for their cheery look 😉 It’s a basic white cake recipe, […]

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Sugared-Cranberry Vanilla Cupcakes
Holidays

We had a cold and rainy weekend in LA and I was soaking it in as much as I could. I love rainy weekends here since we don’t get them very often. The malls were full of people and Christmas decorations already! Zan and I went to Santa Barbara one day to eat at a […]

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Hot Buttered Mulled Cider
Holidays

These Roly Poly Santa Cookies are the cutest of the cookie bunch! They’re buttery and delicious and you’ll almost feel bad for eating their legs and head, but you won’t regret it once you have a taste! Below is the recipe to make these little guys and you can find a video here! Enjoy!   Roly Poly […]

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe
Holidays

Sorry I haven’t posted for the last two days… I’ve been baking my bum off! Well, not really my bum off, if anything I added to it! None the less these past few days have been crazy! Baking, shopping, cooking, baking more, movies (love Falalala Lifetime!), cookies, parties, etc. I really can’t complain because I […]

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Cookie Day… A Successful Two-day Process!

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