This Thanksgiving, We're Thankful for This Champagne Punch

Food is more important on Thanksgiving than any holiday of the year – well, in the Hayden family anyway. We have lots of from-scratch family recipes with special steps and particular methods. It can get a little overwhelming, and we have to make shortcuts somewhere. That’s why we always serve up punch in a punch bowl on Thanksgiving.

A Special Cocktail for my Mom this Mother’s Day

Here’s a Mother’s Day cocktail recipe inspired by my mother to cheer yours (or you) because, let’s face it, as a mother, she could probably use a cocktail right now. My mom had a cocktail like this somewhere and loved it, so my husband recreated it for her. It’s a twist on the French 75. We call it Mom’s American 75.

What My Porch Has Taught Me About Mother’s Day

The front porch is a symbol of the close relationship with my mother and the relationship I hope to achieve with my daughter. We spend so much time on this porch that decorating and preparing it has become a project my mother and I work on together every year around Mother’s Day.

A Very Hayden Thanksgiving

While I am notorious for saying everything is my favorite - my family relentlessly makes fun of me for this - Thanksgiving is our favorite family holiday. That’s because it’s about giving thanks for two other favorite things: family and food. Here are some favorite family traditions, old and new, that make the day special.

The Fourth of July Cocktail – The Firecracker

If anyone knows how to celebrate with style, it’s Martha Stewart. Here’s a cocktail from a couple years back that we have enjoyed on summer evenings, but especially appropriate for the Fourth of July.

A Tribute to My Father: The Unseen Crawl Space

To honor the engineering-minded home builder father I love, I share with you one of his favorite spaces in our Clayton home renovation – the crawl space under the addition.

Celebrate Blackberry Season with a Delicious Blackberry Fizz

 Blackberry season comes but once a year. Here’s a recipe for a sparkling cocktail with blackberries to celebrate it right! We made these over the weekend for Mother’s Day and enjoyed them so much, we had to share. Think French 75 with a seasonal twist …er … muddle. The blackberries are delicious right now so try this blackberry cocktail while you can.

Punch-Up Your Opening Day

 Our Birds are back. And so are punch bowls! Punch is a wonderfully low-maintenance cocktail to serve so you can enjoy the game while guests help themselves. If you’re having an opening day get-together, we have a great all-purpose punch that looks decorative and festive in a punch bowl on a buffet. Its red color makes it great for your Cardinals gathering or really any celebration! 

3 Out-of-the-Box Winter Family Fun Ideas

Even though December started with 50-degree highs, it has quickly turned wintry. There’s sure to be more winter weather on the way. Snow will fall and icicles will form. That also means there is a host of new outdoor fun that can be had. So many of us have Norman-Rockwell-like scenes in our minds of sledding and snowball fights. But in today’s video game console culture, it becomes more important than ever to instill memories in the minds of our children.

Creative Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks

It’s Halloween and that family outing last week to the corn maze has resulted in your living room becoming a storage place for gourds. Now it is time to get carving. Before you go hacking into your first pumpkin, take a look at just a few of our tips to make this year’s pumpkin carving a memorable one.

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