The Better Homes and Gardens Cooking Experience
Join me at the Better Homes and Gardens Cooking Experience in Des Moines, Iowa, October 10-11, 2014, for a fabulous, exclusive Holiday Event!
Good morning my dear friends! I am getting a little bit of a slow start today; I had the most exhausting but exhilarating day yesterday! I’m still coming down from the high…
It all began around 3 am, as I tiptoed around my dark little bedroom, pulling the last minute details together to head up to NYC for a visit to the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event. The magazine editors put together the most wonderful day of learning and fun for us bloggers, and it was such a blast to meet so many new friends! I could go on and on about how every little detail was considered, but really, I want to focus on what is coming up next in the BHG world, because I want this to be about you!
If you are reading this blog, then it’s probably pretty safe to say that you love food, right? I’m sure you’re probably a lot like me, watching food shows on TV, pinning recipes, reading food magazines and cookbooks… you probably own a tattered copy (or two!) of that iconic red plaid cookbook…?
Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to see the test kitchens at Better Homes and Gardens? Meet the editors? Get a first-hand glimpse of how all the magic happens?
It can be a reality, friends, and we can do it together. !!!
In about a month, I’ll be flying out to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit the main headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens, and I want you to come too! They’re hosting their first-ever “Cooking Experience,” and the event is open for anyone to attend! Just consider this post your personal invitation from moi 😉
There will be a tour of the photography studios, test kitchens and gardens, and you’ll get to hobnob with the best and brightest in the business. Scott Peacock will be there, teaching us all about his favorite comfort foods, layered with flavors that are perfect for the holidays. And Gesine Bullock-Prado will be sharing her simple steps for creating spectacular centerpiece desserts, and how to make your slow cooker look great (and cook great!) on your holiday table. Ya, that’s right, this is all about the holidays! Great timing, right?
Says Gayle Butler, Editor in Chief: “This cooking experience gives us a chance to bring our holiday pages to life and invite consumers into our kitchen to engage with editors face to face, meet other entertaining enthusiasts, and learn simple and inexpensive ways to make their holiday shine.”
What do you say, wanna meet me there? Let’s do this! Here’s the link to get your ticket.
PS- Have you looked at Better Homes and Gardens magazine lately? They blow me away every month. I’ve been a loyal reader for well over a decade, but I’ll never forget when I first “discovered,” it so many years ago.
I don’t quite remember what it was that possessed me to first crack the pages, but up until that point I had always dismissed it as a magazine for my mom and grandmother. It is around 90 years old, after all. So, there I was, a young 20-something career chippy, newly out on my own, with a condo and a fun group of friends and family that I wanted to entertain and impress. My socks were pretty much knocked off when I realized that Better Homes and Gardens had all the inspiration I needed, right there in one place. Entertaining ideas, gorgeous design, decor, fashion, and food… And guys: so fresh and youthful. Classic, yet so on-trend. Just flawless. I’ve been a disciple ever since, and I get a little thrill every time I open my mailbox to find the newest issue.
If you haven’t checked it out recently, I urge you to pick up a copy. I think you will be really surprised by how colorful and modern it is! Here are a few examples of the kind of thing you can find there:
1. All-Time Favorite Recipes
2. Stylish Budget Decorating
3. Party Planning
4. Container Gardening
Follow Better Homes and Gardens for tons of inspiration on how to infuse color and creativity into every aspect of your life:
Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram
Have a great weekend everybody! Talk to you again on Monday!
All images displayed in this post are copyrighted to, and have been used with permission from Better Homes and Gardens.
This is a sponsored post; but all opinions expressed here are straight from my heart.
I would LOVE to go. It’s just not going to work out, though. Maybe some another time! I hope you have a blast! Your site looks really cute, btw! 🙂
Oh, too bad, Tiffany! I’d love to meet you in person… but I get around so maybe we’ll bump into each other at another event some time soon 😉 Thanks so much for noticing, sweetie!
Yay, I’m so glad you had a great time this weekend, I loved seeing the pics 🙂 The BHG cooking experience sounds awesome too! Definitely wish I could come but I can’t wait to hear all about it:) Love love love your new look too Allie, it’s so so pretty!
Aw, thank you so much Kelly! Maybe next year when your little ones are a little bigger 😉 Enjoy your week, my dear!
Super cute new look, Allie! I would love to be a part of an event like this but the timing is so bad. I hope you have an incredible weekend!
Too bad! I’d love to meet you Jen! But I know that it’s a tricky time of year. I understand! Thank you so much and you enjoy your weekend too, dear!
I’m loving the new look Allie!! So beautiful! And after having a great time this week with BHG I’m seriously considering Iowa now!
I would be so thrilled if you could come, Zainab! I hope that can happen, for reals. 😉
LOVE your new site!! And this BHG event looks like so much fun, wish I could go with you!! Hope you have a great weekend!
Aw thanks, Cate! I wish you could too! Wish we could have spent more time together the other day- I think we were both being pulled in so many different directions. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to hang out again soon. You enjoy your weekend too, dear!
I can’t join you, but I hope you have a wonderful time! Iowa seems like the most random place ever, but I know you are going to have a blast! And, congratulations on being so successful yourself, being the person that gets to help host such an event. You are inspiring!
Girl you are the sweetest! Thank you so much but I have to be honest- I am not hosting. I’m purely there as a guest! They just asked me to write about it. And it does seem like a random place, lol! To be honest, I never thought I’d ever want to go there, but this opportunity was just too good to pass up! I’m really looking forward to it; thanks again for being so sweet and supportive! xo
This is such a fab idea! I think a road trip to Des Moines may be in order! hmmmmm…
Oh ya? That would be so awesome if you could come, Justine! I bet they would looooove you, girl. Alice from Hip Foodie Mom will be there too! And Amanda from I am Baker… It’s gonna be a blast! Let me know if you decide to come, k?
Sounds wonderful! I would love to go, but unfortunately will be traveling. Maybe next time! Jealous!
Oh too bad! This is going to be so much fun. Hope you’re going someplace amazing, Liz! Enjoy 😉
I’m still so jealous!
Aw! Don’t be jealous just come! We would have such a blast together and I’ll introduce you around. Think about it 😉
I would love to!! Wedding planning, however, has seriously depleted my funds 🙁 Plus I work on weekends *sigh*