Stone Mountain Fried Chicken

I was born in Brooklyn, New York (this makes me a “Yankee”) but spent my formidable years in the south (Georgia and coastal Carolina). During my southern tenure – I picked up a few souvenirs – specifically: a lingering accent and the ability to say “y’all” like a native; a love for Friday night football…

Read More

Set the Perfect Table for Easter

Table top design is one of my favorite parts of hosting an event (whether private or for my own family).  A great table top is all about layering different textures to create a unique and one of a kind look. When I am designing a table top scheme – I use the following tips and tricks.…

Read More

A Bright & Blooming Easter

As a Christ Follower, Easter is my favorite holiday of the year (Thanksgiving being a close second).  As a Chicago resident, after months of frigid cold tundra, Easter not only represents the celebration of my God’s ultimate sacrifice, but also the end of sub-zero temperatures, puffy coats and salt encrusted vehicles. This year for Easter,…

Read More

Front Door Decor: Make Way for Spring!

I am so over this Chicago weather.  The cold, the snow, the gray – the yuck!  With the first day of Spring fast approaching (Tuesday March 20th!) – I am welcoming a balmy change of temperature (here’s hoping!) by creating the perfect Front Door Decor. When I style my home, I love to use natural…

Read More

Transformed by the Word.

Recently, my church asked me to give testimony about my transformation through Christ.  My relationship with Jesus is just that – a relationship – and it is ongoing.  In this short video – you get to hear from me first hand how God got my attention – and how my life was never the same…

Read More

Shorty’s Short Ribs

When the temps in Chicagoland are sub-zero, it is time to snuggle up inside with a glass of red wine and a hearty meal.  I love making short ribs in the winter.  First, short ribs are easy to prepare.  Second, once all of the ingredients are in the “pot” – there is very little work…

Read More

Anna’s Stuffed Shells: Just what the Doctor Ordered.

I live in the suburbs of Chicago.  Which means that six months out of the year it is friggin’ freezing.  I mean cold.  If you are not from Chicago – take whatever you think is cold and multiply it by 100.  That’s how cold it is here. People from Alaska and other “upper regions” do…

Read More

Chocolate Chunk Christmas Cookies

In this post, Faith Family Fete author Cat Battista discusses her love for “one tough cookie” – the beloved chocolate chunk. Cat puts a seasonal twist on her classic chocolate chunk recipe just in time for Christmas!

Read More

Fave: Green Envee Organics

As a Fox Valley female, I love taking advantage of the incredible boutiques on Third Street in downtown Geneva, Illinois.  I also love taking great care of my skin and body.  So, when “Green Envee Organics” opened up across from the courthouse – I was thrilled! Green Envee founders “Bob and Tim” are cousins who…

Read More