These fruit cones are like mini cornucopias and are perfect for a party.

This weekend we had some friends over for a house party and one of the items I served were these mini fruit cornucopias. I had the idea pinned on my “party ideas” pinterest board for over a year and am happy I finally got to use it.

I had a busy, but really, really fun weekend. I had some good friends over for a party, I met and spoke with Anthony Bourdain … you know, the usual stuff. ;-) (I will tell you more about the latter in the future. I saw him while visiting the set of ABC’s The Taste, but I can’t share or say anything more beyond that for now.)

Sweet! Hollywood

Sweet! Hollywood is a Willy Wonka-esq candy shop located on Hollywood Blvd in the heart of Hollywood.

I read about it when it opened a few years ago and have been wanting to visit ever since. Inside, you’ll find a huge assortment of candy, including many hard-to-find throwbacks to your childhood. You can also design your own custom chocolate bar.

This is a homemade copycat version of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino that also uses real pumpkin.

I’ve already indulged on quite a few Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino’s lately. But they can get pricey when you drink too many, so I’ve also made some homemade versions. While the Starbucks recipe doesn’t use any actual pumpkin, I added some pumpkin puree to mine to give it a real pumpkin flavor. I also used brewed coffee rather than espresso shots since not everyone has an espresso maker.