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Labor Day Picnic Ideas on KING 5 Seattle

Labor Day Picnic Ideas on KING 5 Seattle

  Say so long, to summer…with an easy, YUMMY, Labor Day picinic! Grab an inflatable buffet bar…and pack it with picnic essentials, like: a cute picnic basket, ice bucket and fresh blooms!      Tuck utentils and salt & pepper packets into fun paper napkins and then  create simple but delicious fresh dishes that will...
Barbecue Like a Boss! My Next Level, Summer Grilling Tips in 425 Magazine

Barbecue Like a Boss! My Next Level, Summer Grilling Tips in 425 Magazine

Follow me on Instagram @monicahart1 All images ~ Rodrigo DeMedeiros, 425 Magazine It’s summer barbecue season, people!! Time to gather outdoors and dine alfresco, under the stars. My kickoff to summer feature, in 425 Magazine, is ALL about the thrill of the summer grill. It’s time to take your mad, summer barbecue skills, to the...
Must Try Weekend Cocktail ~ The Hugo in 425 Magazine

Must Try Weekend Cocktail ~ The Hugo in 425 Magazine

All images ~ Rodrigo DeMedeiros – 425 Magazine Hello HUGO! Sipping  into the weekend… with this amazingly refreshing cocktail that seriously satisfies your summertime thirst. It’s said to be, one of  ‘the IT’ drinks in Europe, and purportedly, originated in The Alps. BUT I promise, it plays perfectly, here in the States and beautifully, in...
Entertaining at Home Hacienda Style ~ 425 Magazine

Entertaining at Home Hacienda Style ~ 425 Magazine

All images by Rodrigo DeMedeiros via 425 Magazine   Mi casa es su casa!   Soak up this ‘Hacienda’ Style, south of the border Invite, from my May feature in 425 Magazine. Rich texture and tropical flora & flowers create an eye-popping   backdrop, for gorgeous, Spanish style street food – from churros…to chopped salad and...
Dig into my at-Home Power Lunch in 425 Magazine, April!

Dig into my at-Home Power Lunch in 425 Magazine, April!

All images Rodrigo DeMedeiros – 425 Magazine Whether you’re planning a weekend mid-day gathering or workweek, at-home power lunch, this spread is for you. Digging this pinstripes and Panzanella Salad bar.   In the April issue of 425 Magazine, ( < CLICK online! Plus, on newsstands now! ) I set out a beautiful and healthful, ...
St. Patrick's Day Irish Mule

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Mule

          We’re ALL, a wee  bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  Loving this f r e s h  spring floral centerpiece for St. Paddy’s,  especially since ALL of these potted plants…can be popped into my garden containers, after the day is done. Ranunculus, Cosmos and geraniums, will brighten up our spring...
CRUSHING Valentine's Day ~ Cover Story 425 Magazine

CRUSHING Valentine’s Day ~ Cover Story 425 Magazine

It’s L O V E at first bite. Talking about the February, Valentine’s cover of 425 Magazine! So honored and hyped to be the “cover girl”  this month with my Valentine’s Day gathering! Thank you 425.   gazine Images: Rodrigo DeMedeiros ~ 425 Magazine   Taking you INSIDE, the cover-story,  where you’ll find everything  you need…for a...
Home Cooking on the Home and Family Show! A behind the scenes look ~

Home Cooking on the Home and Family Show! A behind the scenes look ~

  What a THRILL to be in the kitchen this week, at Home and Family TV  in Los Angeles, cooking with Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison and the Home and Family, family! Had a blast  making my quick and delicious, one-skillet Margherita Pizza – your family will love!   Home and Family  films, on the backlot...
Giving Thanks ~ Gather around my Thanksgiving Table in 425 Magazine

Giving Thanks ~ Gather around my Thanksgiving Table in 425 Magazine

      Rodrigo DeMedeiros Photos – 425 MAGAZINE Warm wool plaid throw table coverings, stacked pumpkins in glass containers, mason jar florals and golden galettes…Welcome to our house ~ for a casual but beautiful Thanksgiving  gathering in the pages of 425 Magazine.         There is still time, to create a simple...
Halloween Chocolate Bark

Halloween Chocolate Bark

  LOVE easy, last minute HALLOWEEN entertaining inspiration and this chocolate bark is my current PARTY CRUSH.      It starts with melted milk chocolate chips, topped with whatever Halloween candy you have on hand.  I used chopped, Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins and pieces,  chopped roasted salted cashews, and M & M’s.      ...
Delicious Autumn Entertaining in 425 Magazine

Delicious Autumn Entertaining in 425 Magazine

  Cider and champagne sips with the crisp apple garnishes…     Roasted veggie spinach salad and fig & blackberry paste from our fig trees….     easy FRESH fall wreaths and entertaining decor … .just a sampling of my 425 Magazine September Invite, featuring FALL’S Bounty!   Find my recipes and Autumn inspo, online...
FUN Summer Picnic with a Twist in 425 Magazine!

FUN Summer Picnic with a Twist in 425 Magazine!

  July is National Picnic Month  y’all !   To celebrate, in the pages of 425 Magazine, I rolled out a super F U N summer picnic with a twist – it FLOATS!  Yep, we hit the waters of Lake Washington with a red & white gingham on gingham picnic, loaded with nostalgic charm, seasonal cherries,...