entertaining

Sparkling Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini

December 8, 2016
Sparkling Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini | brighteyedbaker.com

I don’t know what I love most about this recipe – the goat cheese, the sparkling cranberries, or the fact that it meant I got to work with wine for the day (always a win-win). The best part though might just be that these crostini are probably one of the EASIEST appetizers you could possibly […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Sausage & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with JaM Cabernet

August 21, 2016
Sausage and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - a super-simple & tasty appetizer! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

 It’s come to my attention that summer is (sadly) on its way out the door, and since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I say that instead we pull out the red wine and throw a few more last-minute summer get-togethers. It’ll be easy because I gotcha covered with the basics: a couple bottles of […]

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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Happy Hour with Crios Wines: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer

October 21, 2015
Happy Hour with @criosbysbw: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer - A cocktail that's perfect for red wine lovers, full of its rich, juicy flavors plus a little bit of sweetness and spritz. #CRIOSinspires | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know what’s weird? Being on your own for the first time ever. Going to the store and realizing you have to stock a fridge that’s totally empty. Coming home and confronting the fact that – hey! – you don’t have any leftovers ready to eat and you actually have to cook dinner after you’ve been […]

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Soaking up Summer: Spritzer Season!

August 31, 2015
Soaking Up Summer: Spritzer Season! - Savor the rest of summer in the outdoors with Barefoot Refresh spritzers.

A big thank you to Barefoot Refresh for sponsoring this post and giving us all a reminder to soak up summer! It always surprises me how summer seems to stretch itself out into the late days of September — fall might seem right around the corner but it’s definitely not quite time to say goodbye […]

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5 Tips for Bright & Easy Entertaining

August 19, 2015
5 Tips for Bright & Easy Entertaining  - Simple ways to inspire you next get-together and make it more for fun, fresh, and relaxing. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

When it comes to entertaining, I’m all about the fun of it; the last thing I want to do is be the hostess stuck in the kitchen who’s too busy to actually enjoy anything. BUT, I’m also that person who wants to host parties and get-togethers just so I can channel my inner Martha  – serve desserts on cake […]

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Sweet Potato Rolls + a ThermoWorks DOT Giveaway!

November 16, 2014
Super-soft and pillowy bread rolls that are easy to make and perfect for serving a crowd.

SO. If you keep up with my constant stream of food-obsessing on Instagram – (hi and you’re awesome!) – you probably saw these rolls make an appearance the other day. It was a total case of spur-of-the-moment baking that turned into something I had to share ASAP. So once again, my bread-loving self is going to […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini

September 23, 2014
Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini - a simple but elegant appetizer that packs a punch of flavor.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m a firm believer that pretty much anything involving bread + cheese is bound to be good. As I say that I’m mentally challenging myself with memories of grilled cheese sandwiches made from plain ol’ white sandwich bread and extra-basic american cheese, but even then, it’s still grilled cheese. When you take good bread and amazing cheese […]

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The 3-2-1 Margarita

July 26, 2014
The 3-2-1 Margarita - a super simple and spot-on take on the classic summer cocktail. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and – hey! – the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I’d-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Restaurant-Style Salsa

July 23, 2014
Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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