• Fun with Food

    Christmas Sangria

    Do you LOVE festive drinks? I do – they are so fun! And pretty. The perfect addition to any gathering! Bourbon and whiskey are awesome base liquors for festive holiday drinks because they have such complex flavors. But, I have a confession – I don’t actually like bourbon or whiskey – eek. I know… I try so hard to like them! But, I really just want wine all the time! That is why I created this fab Christmas Sangria recipe – because even though some people don’t like whiskey/bourbon, almost everyone likes sangria! Right?? The colors of this Christmas Sangria are stunning – rich reds and greens. I swear this…

  • Fun with Food,  Snacks

    18 EASY Appetizers for Thanksgiving

    I LOVE THANKSGIVING!!!!!!! I know that I have already mentioned this (a million times over), but it is my FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER! Family, friends, and endless FOOD!!!! It is the best. But planning any gathering  can be STRESSFUL! Even among the closest of friends and family! Stress no more, I’ve got a few roundups coming your way! Starting with (drumroll please), 18 EASY Appetizers for Thanksgiving. Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread by Half Baked Harvest Has anything ever looked better? The answer is no. Mini Quiche Four Ways by Culinary Hill Am I the only human in the world obsessed with quiche? I’ll even take the ones coming straight from…

  • Fun with Food

    Paris, France

    The past month has TRULY been a whirlwind – between starting a new job and travelling, it seems as though we have been going non-stop since mid-May. Now that we have finally settled back into a routine in Columbus, post-fourth of July festivities, I feel as though I can reflect on all the amazing things that we have done and smile! Of course the most memorable of those “amazing things” was going to Paris, France for our one-year anniversary in May! Jake and I have always talked about going to Paris together – we even discussed it as a potential honeymoon option! Ultimately though, I was worried we would be…

  • Sweet, dense, braided Greek butter cookies, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea! These melt-in-your-mouth sweet vanilla almond morsels are incredibly easy to make and even more delicious to eat! One Koulourakia will just not be enough! | NOMaste Kitchen
    Desserts,  Fun with Food

    Koulourakia (Greek Butter Cookies)

    Koulouraki – pronounced koo-loo-RAH-kee-ah. Also known as, Greek Butter Cookies or Greek Easter Cookies. I know what you’re thinking… first Hamantaschen now Koulourakia? Where do these crazy names come from? Well, naturally, they come from the two largest groups of crazy food loving people – the Jews and the Greeks! Its true – I am not Greek! Its all Greek to me! Ha, ha, get it? I have a best friend named Hypatia – she is actually not Greek either. But her name is Greek. I do love Greek food. But who doesn’t? So why am I making Koulourakia? Here in Columbus, Jake and I have two incredible friends – Mike and…

  • Fun with Food,  Work with Me

    DIY Food Photography Backdrops

    I AM TAKING THE LEAP! I am going to attempt to create my own Food Photography Backdrops! EEK! And I am taking you all along for the ride with me – whether they turn out great, or terribly. I will share the results! I will explain my successes, challenges, and struggles – what went well and what was a disaster. Here goes nothing – Welcome to DIY Food Photography Backdrops! For a while now I have been working on improving my photography. I switched over from using my iPhone to a real-big girl DSLR camera. I signed up for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud so that I could better…

  • Desserts,  Fun with Food

    14 Fun Valentine’s Day Desserts for February 14th

    I have been loving making recipe roundups lately for you all, so let’s keep it up! Once a month, I will try to make some sort of fun recipe roundup to share. This month – seeing as it is February – it ONLY seems reasonable that we have a Valentine’s Day themed roundup! Here goes nothing: 14 Fun Valentine’s Day Desserts for February 14th. Valentine’s Day Honestly, what a strange holiday! All about love, flowers, hearts, and candy. Some people LOVE it – some people HATE it. But there is no escaping it! Just as the New Years decorations are being taken down – up come the pink and red hearts!…

  • Fun with Food,  Snacks

    26 BEST Superbowl Snacks

    IT IS OFFICIAL! We are less than one week away from the big day – what day am I talking about? THE SUPERBOWL!! DUHHHHHH! What? I didn’t know that Haley was such a big fan of sports! Guys – let’s be real. I am a mediocre sports fan. Yes, duh, I am a born and raised Patriots fan – I love Tom Brady just as much as the next guy or gal from Massachusetts. But what do I love the most about the Superbowl?  THE SNACKS!!! Again, duh. Have you met me? The Superbowl is just a fantastic excuse to eat, drink and be merry with friends and family. Oh…

  • Fun with Food,  Health Trends

    Food Find Friday – Silk Almondmilk Yogurt

    I love the grocery store. Think what you might about me for this, but I really do! I love picking out what I am going to eat for the week – seeing what’s on sale and maybe should become a surprise guest on the menu. And most of all, I love trying new things. This past week when I was perusing the organic foods aisle (I still have so much to learn about organics) I saw something interesting. Yogurt alternatives. Now, I am not a vegan. But, I do like almond and soy milk! So why not yogurt? As a result, or Food Find for this Friday is…. drum roll…

  • Fun with Food

    Food Find Fridays – Fig and Thyme Crisp Crackers

    So while I was still working on The Hungry Bride, I had a really fun posting tradition! Every Friday was “Etsy Feature Friday!” What does this mean? Well – on The Hungry Bride I posted a lot about wedding planning. So on Fridays, I liked to have a special feature post about an Etsy product or series of products that I had my eye on! For example, marquee lights, personalized stamps, guest book alternatives, personalized matchbox favors, custom ring boxes, etc. I figure – why not continue the tradition but with something more NOMaste focused?! Say hello to Food Find Fridays! Food Find Fridays will focus on all my new…