The Definitive Christmas Movie Roundup

In which Julie gets tipsy on red wine with her best friends and teaches you all about Christmas movies and cookies. How do you know you have the best tribe of friends? When one of them suggests a potluck to watch Love, Actually together and ALL THREE OF YOU bring the same thing: a bottle of red wine and a box of Trader Joe’s Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s. Best cookie, best drink, best movie, best gals. THAT, my friends, is a perfect night. There are moments in Love, Actually that rip my heart out. Like when Emma Thomson goes into the…

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Happy Whatever You Celebrate

  You are appreciated and loved, friends. Thank you for hanging out with me. Thanks for talking with me about books, cocktails, and recipes. Thank you for being my people. Whatever you celebrate, I hope it's filled with joy and peace and happiness. If you are not celebrating anything today, I still wish you joy and peace and happiness, today and all days.

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It's Practically Here!

Are you almost at meltdown point yet? Is your head ready to explode from too many Christmas carols? Will you scream if you have to go to the mall again? Is your body begging you to lay off the champagne and chocolate and eat a damn vegetable? No? Me either. Party on, righteous dudes. Joe and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary this week with dinner at Umami Burger and a trip to see our favorite comedian, Jake Johannsen afterwards, while dodging fans of the new Star Wars movie. Which is, coincidentally, exactly what we did on our anniversary last year.…

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Santorini, s'agapo!

Book Four in The Way to Her Heart Series published last week. In this book, Chef London Demerez goes to the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. She drags along her handsome French boyfriend, Laurent, for a holiday, but finds herself in an unexpected complication that challenges their young relationship. I love all of the books, but in all honesty Greece was the most fun to write. Things get real for Chef London - high drama! Oh, that lovely lady just can't seem to get her act together. YET. I'm pretty sure London is headed toward a happy ending, but she's overcoming some obstacles along the way first. It's the…

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