food and fun

Hello, my friends! It’s been a long time since my last post and with good reason. My husband and I are expecting our first child!! I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant and if you’re curious what the gender is, you can probably guess based on the random craving I’m having today:

























Yep, it’s a girl!

I’m told from this Ted Talk by Ina May Gaskin that Amish women normally make loaves of bread after going into birth. While I don’t plan on suddenly becoming Martha Stewart, I have been experiencing an odd cooking interest over the past week, so I’ll let you know if my cupcake recipes pan out.

Other than that, I just returned from ASAE Annual 2013 (#ASAE13) in Atlanta, Georgia where I was able to catch up with many of the association pals that I love, attend fantastic sessions, and present my session with David DeLorenzo, CIO, National League of Cities on Future Proofing Your Association’s Technology. A marvelous write up on our session by Ernie Smith is in Associations Now). I also contributed a few takeaways from my visit to the DelCor blog.

Here’s a fun photo from the Memberclicks Small Staff ShinDig at #ASAE13



What are you celebrating this summer?

What were your favorite moments from #ASAE13?



Another lovely weekend with a rare moment alone. December is becoming a busier month with holiday parties, the rush of work trying to get completed before offices close, tech conferences, and all those gifts that need to bought in time. December also happens to be a month filled with inspiration for me. Perhaps it’s because I’m seeing so many friends in such a short window of time or all the visual stimulation from online shopping, but here are a few things I’m most excited about this weekend:

Grace Coddington’s memoir. 

I want this/need this. I’m a big junkie for biographies and recently read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a fun, quick read that had me chuckling to myself non-stop. I’m also reading Stacy London’s The Truth About Style which is semi-autobiographical, so this would be an awesome gift for myself. Take a look at my other gift ideas on Pinterest. 

Grace Coddington Memoir

Moscow Mule 

An American classic cocktail originating from the vodka craze in the 1950s, this drink is easy to make and perfect for a little holiday shindig. My friend Svetlana (the force behind made this for me during a quick visit yesterday and perhaps it’s my Splenda-loving/sugar-hating ways, but I’m always shocked by how delicious ginger beer can be in a cocktail.

Moscow Mule

Jessica Pratt

San Francisco native Jessica Pratt’s debut album is a soft, folksy gem reminiscient of Linda Perhacs and Karen Dalton. This release seems to be perfectly suited for the cold months, like a warm sweater that you wear. Not that I bake too often, but if I did this would be my baking soundtrack.


What’s inspiring you this weekend?

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Unofficial #ASAEtech Council’s MARCH RADNESS Happy Hour last week, and even bigger thanks to DelCor for sponsoring the event. Contributions from those who attended equalled 180 meals, a wonderful way to kick-off DelCor’s 10th Annual Food Drive!! If you’re interested in learning how your association can get involved, please contact Bill Walker, Marketing Manager, Delcor at BWalker[at]Delcor[dot}com.

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Follow updates on upcoming association tech news via #ASAEtech or @kyleecoffman.


I wouldn’t be a true DCer if I didn’t love a solid happy hour that also supplies me with an excuse to write silly limericks and support a good cause.

As part of my work on the ASAE Technology Council, this year I’ve been put in charge of organizing the Council’s monthly happy hours which occur on the third Thursday of every month, after our Council meeting at ASAE headquarters.

That’s why I’m super excited that DelCor is sponsoring and co-organizing MARCH RADNESS, happening this Thursday, March 15 from 4-8pm at P.J. Clarke’s in DC

Be RAD & celebrate March Madness! Come to the Unofficial #ASAEtech Council & DelCor Technology Solutions MARCH RADNESS Happy Hour on Thursday, March 15 between 4-8pm at P.J. Clarke’s (Washington, DC).

The happy hour will act as a kickoff to DelCor’s Community Food Drive. Help us fill the POT O’GOLD with a $10 contribution to celebrate 10 years and learn how your org can support this year’s food drive.

RSVP TODAY and BRING YOUR PARTY GREEN for hoops and hops.

LISTEN: to the MARCH RADNESS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST to get your groove on.

The first drink’s on Delcor for the first 30 of you to arrive!!!

Have an awesome limerick? Add it to the Facebook Event Page for a chance to win some exciting gifts at the Happy Hour!

Follow the discussion on Twitter at #ASAEtech 

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Bar-Cöde last night for the ASAE Technology Section Council’s second unofficial happy hour, which will be a recurring monthly event for the association tech community in 2012. Here’s a few captured snaps from the event:

Battle of Daves: Dave DeLorenzo and Dave Coriale



























































Big plans are underway for next month’s event.  More details coming soon….

Have a great idea for a future event? Hit me up @kyleecoffman or at kyleecoffman[at]

My fellow friends and I felt so inspired by The Cocktail Party, we decided to start a DC Chapter of our own last week. We invite you to join The Cocktail Party DC Chapter on Facebook. Come post-turkey, we’ll be sipping on this Midnight Manhattan from Epicurious.

– 1.5 oz cherry-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon
– 1.5 oz cherry-infused Graham’s Six Grapes Port
– Ice cubes
To garnish: 3 spirits-soaked cherries
For the cherry-infused spirits:
– 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
– 8 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
– 8 oz Graham’s Six Grapes Port
Put 1/2 cup of cherries into each of two clean jam jars. Top one jar with bourbon and the other with port, and store them in the fridge for a week. To serve, strain the alcohol (reserving the cherries) and combine the bourbon and port in a highball glass over ice (Plonk shakes it with ice and strains into a martini glass). Garnish with the spirits-soaked fruit. Serves 1.

Follow the cause via #occupymymartiniglass