entertaining

Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale

February 1, 2017
Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If you know me well, you know that the one thing you can *always* find in my fridge is a bottle of champagne. This probably makes me sound much more sophisticated than I really am; truthfully I just drink it like most people drink red or white wine, because bubbles make everything better (says me). I’ve […]

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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! {Giveaway Closed}

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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