Naptime Lifestyle: Everyday Favorites for Everyday Life

Fall Cookbooks 2016 | The Naptime Chef

Fall Cookbook Pre-orders

Fall is super duper cookbook season and I have been doing a lot of pre-ordering lately. Here are few that I’ve paid for and can’t wait to arrive. I am curious, what books are on your list?

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Birthday Cakes

Some of my favorite cakes for birthday celebrations!

10 Faves: Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Her very own olive tree so she can enjoy amazing olive oil year-round, (Food52, $160 and up) A gorgeous box of Meyer lemons, always. (White Flower Farm, $35) Beautiful perfume for spring that smells like wild strawberries with a hint of parsley. (Jo Malone, $70) The new bestseller she won’t be able to put down. […]

10 Faves: Spring Kitchen Gear | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Spring Kitchen Gear

Well, we’ve had temperatures in the 60’s all week and the daffodils are pushing through. I think this means that spring is here to stay! (Famous last words, now we’ll end up having a snowstorm next week!) The arrival of spring always inspires to take a fresh look at our meals. It is time to […]

Wine Love:

Wine Love:

As I continue to pursue my wine education both in the classroom, and at home, I find myself constantly searching out new wines for tasting practice. Sometimes I go to our amazing local wine shop and chat with the owner, other times I challenge myself to pick out something interesting at our local big box liquor store. Either way, it is always an exercise I enjoy and I usually (not always) come home with some new gems to record in my wine journal for future reference.

February Favorites

February Favorites

A few of my favorite things this February.

Revol Porcelaine | The Naptime Chef

Revol: The Prettiest French Bakeware

It’s been a while since I tried a new piece of bakeware. The dishes I was given over a decade ago for my wedding are still going strong. But recently I had the opportunity to try some beautiful pieces from Revol and decided to give them a go. I didn’t need a new tart pan or chicken roaster, but their pretty designs intrigued me and I wanted to see how they’d fit into my everyday cooking and kitchen aesthetic.

Wine Love: Natura Wines

Wine Love: Natura Wines

I’ve been working hard at learning a lot of about wine over the past six months. It is an area I’d like to write about more extensively. Today I am proud to share the first installment of my new Wine Love column. It features wine and all things related that I love. I hope in the future this includes reviews of my trips to wine destinations! First up is my review of Natura wines. Last year I was sent a few of their wines to try and today I am excited to share my thoughts on them.

10 Faves: Valentine's Day

10 Faves: Foodie Valentine’s Gifts

Foodie gifts for Valentine’s Day 2015.

10 Faves: Books of 2015 | The Naptime Chef

10 Faves: Books of 2015

This year has been another great one for books. I am very proud that my second book was released at the end of April and has been well-received. I had a great time traveling around meeting everyone at book signings and chatting about food and recipes with so many of you! This year I also had the pleasure of speaking with a lot of fellow authors and meeting many of them in person. Here are some of my favorite books of the year. I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

Habitat by Lauren Liess | The Naptime Chef

Habitat: A Chat with Lauren Liess + Giveaway

This fall I received a copy of the new decorating book Habitat: A Field Guide to Decorating, and instantly fell in love. There is something about the book that just pulled me right in and I read it from cover to cover. I love Lauren’s aesthetic and must have tabbed over 50 pages to reference for ideas as we chip away at our house and plan for our addition. I paid special attention to the kitchen section since that is my main focus at the moment. Luckily for me, Lauren had time to chat and she answered a few questions I had about her kitchen design techniques!

10 Faves: Holiday Gifts for Your BFF 2015

My 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Summary

The summary of my 2015 holiday gift guides!