Archive | March, 2011

Milk + Honey Web Series

30 Mar


When my mom sent me an email with the subject line “Milk + Honey,” I thought hmmm, maybe she’s reading my blog? Then I thought, Ugh! Mom – it’s with two ee’s, not ey! Fortunately, neither of those assumptions were correct. lol.

She sent me a new web series produced by Debbie Allen, Idris Elba and Lance Gross called Milk + Honey. The series is a scripted show based on the story of four African-American women living and working in Hollywood. The ladies strive for success as they deal with balancing both their professional and personal lives.

Love. Dreams. Go.

Enjoy!

Love and Light,
Honee Dee

A Fried Chicken Cupcake?

16 Mar

Here I go again – talking about cupcakes 🙂

Having a quaint house party and want to wow your guests? Check out these crazy cupcake recipes below and click on the title link to get the recipe.  I’m salivating just thinking about them…

OREO CUPCAKES

 

CINNAMON ROLL CUPCAKES

 

 

QUINCE, MACHEGO, and RITZ CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES

 

 

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES CUPCAKES (yes, that is fried chicken INSIDE of the cupcake. Ridic)


 

GIN AND TONIC CUPCAKES

 

ROOT BEER FLOAT CUPCAKES

 

APPLE CRISP CUPCAKE

 

S’MORES CUPCAKES

 

 

BEER AND PRETZEL CUPCAKES

 

CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES WITH STRAWBERRY FILLING

 

 
GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH COFFEE ICING

 

 

RICE KRISPIE TREAT CUPCAKE

Which one is your favorite? If you know me – you know the fried chicken recipe has Honee Dee written all over it.

 

Love and Light,

Honee Dee

Green with Envy

14 Mar

I’m not a huge St. Patrick’s Day person – but I’ve been seeing sooo much green lately, and the items below have definitely caught my eye.

After seeing this party on hostessblog.com, I’m inspired to have a beer tasting party! Who’s with me?

 

Ooorrrrr what about an outdoor dinner party? Perusing one of my favorite sites Pizzazzerie, I came across this beauty. Complete with gorgeous centerpieces and stuffed artichokes! (Get the recipe on foodnetwork.com):

My goal for this summer is to create a delicious candy  bar – and this one from Amy Atlas seems like a great place to start.

And, I wouldn’t be the fab hostess I am without a fab pair of shoes. Hello green loubs! (Yes, I call Christian Louboutin shoes “Loubs.” Everyone has nicknames for their lovers, right?):

 

I hope this leaves you green with envy and inspired to throw a themed party of your own!

 

Love and Light,

Honee Dee

Making a House a Home

8 Mar

I’m at the age now where a lot of my friends are purchasing homes and having great housewarming parties (still kicking myself for being too lazy to plan my own), and I’ve had quite a few friends ask me for ideas on decorations, games and gifts. So, are  you wondering what to give someone who has just recently purchased a home? I have many favorites, but one stands out especially.

I especially love the European tradition of giving a gift to the homeowner and providing homemade treasures to them, in a woven basket, that signify the start of a lovely life in a new home. There are different variations floating around the web, but it goes something like this:

Bread You will never go hungry
Broom Sweep away the evil; Your house will always be clean
Candle You will always have light
Coin Bring good fortune for the year
Honey Represents the sweetness of life
Knife Protect against intruders
Olive Oil Health, Light and believe it or not, keep your husband faithful
Penny Keep the friend from ever being at the end of the knife
Plant You will always have life
Rice Sign of fertility
Salt Represents life’s tears; You can also place a pinch of salt at the threshold of each door and window for good luck; Mend all wounds
Toilet Paper The reason is that the roll is easy to spool out and represents the hope that all problems with the new home will be as easily solved.
Wine Never go thirsty; Your home brings you happiness and joy
Wood Your life/home will always have stability, harmony and peace

The idea is to place a few of items listed above in a basket that can be reused once the homeowner uses or saves all of the contents in the basket.

The great part is, you don’t h ave to choose EVERYTHING that’s on the list. Choose 3-5 items that are your favorite and will be most meaningful for the homeowner.  It’s also a little easier on  your wallet than a $50 gift card from Target 🙂

The above basket is a thoughtful gift idea for the guest that’s looking for something unique and meaningful. Along with honey, why not throw something else in the basket such as the homeowners favorite sweet treat, such as chocolate or his/her favorite candy bar.

And be sure to get “creative” with the type of basket that you put your items in. It can be an eclectic basket from the African Marketplace or a metal tin can from The Container Store. Just be sure it’s large enough for all of your items and in good enough condition so the homeowner can use it once all of the items are removed.

Throwing the party and making the gift is easy… it’s buying the house that’s the hard part 🙂

So, what about you? What are your favorite housewarming gifts to give?

Love and Light,

Honee Dee

All photos from: The Design Sponge