Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

It’s very rare that I make the same thing two nights in a row. Sure, we use leftovers with the best of them, but if I am cooking it is extremely uncommon for me to cook the same thing on two consecutive nights. This little factoid is important because as soon as I made these roasted chickpeas and my husband tried them he made me promise to make them the next night for dinner as well! That’s when I knew I had a winner!

I love chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and thought I used them a lot. I make homemade hummus, throw them in salads, stir them in soups, and even toss with pasta. So I couldn’t believe I have never had them baked. It’s a whole new world!

 Not only are these good enough to eat two nights in a row, but they are also easy enough to make even if you want them every night of the week! Active prep time is about 90 seconds and then you just pop ‘em in the oven while you get the rest of dinner ready.
Just drain the garbanzos and then pour onto a couple layers of paper towels. Then, grab another layer of paper towels and place them on top. Rub back and forth gently (you don’t want to squish them!) until most of the skins have slipped off. Then gather up the skins and toss them out and put the beans in a bowl.
Toss with the spices and stir. Then turn onto a baking sheet.
Bake until brown and crispy. Time will vary between 30 and 45 minuted depending on how dry your chickpeas were before baking. Just start checking them at 30 minutes and about every 5 minutes after.
Serve ‘em up! We had ours with some grilled salmon on night one and baked chicken on night two, but they’ll go with anything! Michael also mentioned that he thought they would be great as an alternative to peanuts or almonds as a party snack or appetizer – which they would!
Enjoy!

Recipe: Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. Dry between 2 layers of paper towels, rubbing gently to remove skins. Discard skins and place chickpeas in a bowl.
  4. Toss with next 4 ingredients and pour onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Stir the beans at least once during baking for even browning.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Hey there!

You guys, I have a problem. Last week my Dad called me and said we needed to have a serious talk. I was like, “woah, what’s up Dad?” He told me he had to talk to me about something that he’d been thinking about for a long time, and he couldn’t keep quiet any longer. After he read this post from last week, he just knew he had to act. That’s when I realized…I was having a quinoantervention. That’s right, my dad told me there was only so much quinoa he could take. How can one live on quinoa alone?! If anyone could test that theory, it’d be me. So, here goes…I’m addicted to quinoa. There. I said it. Admitting it is the first step, right? So, in honor of my dear ol’ Dad, you’ll not find a speck of quinoa on the blog this week. Well, unless you have leftovers from making this…or this….or these... Ok,
Ok, I’ll stop.
Full disclosure Dad, the quinoa ban only lasts till all my Super Bowl leftovers are gone…enjoy it while you can. :)
So, as we continue our week to some of the best Super Bowl snacks in the world, I give you homemade soft baked pretzels.
I made these last year for Super Bowl and they were such a hit that I’ve made them for pretty much every large gathering since and they are always everyone’s favorites. If you search the internet, you can find lots of recipes for “quick” or “easy” soft baked pretzels and if that’s what you want, fine, but they won’t be anywhere close to as delicious as these are. It’s not even that these are difficult to make, it’s just that they take time. You use yeast, and when you use yeast you have to let it rise. You also boil the pretzels before baking them, which may sound unnecessary, you may even be tempted to try one of the recipes out there that only requires baking. But if you want that true soft pretzel soft on the inside crisp on the outside texture this is the only way to go.
Plus, the whole process is kinda fun :) Folding the pretzels was a little tough (for me!) at first, but I got the hang of it. Michael kept trying to get be to “swing and twist” them like the pretzel makers at the mall do. Let’s just say I ruined quite a few pretzels that way!
I highly suggest a side of nacho cheese to go along with these, as well as some good mustard. I also suggest making about twice as many as you think you need, and swiping some to save in the kitchen before putting them out for the wolves. I’m not greedy, I swear! It’s necessary.
Enjoy!

Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Pretzel salt or Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
  3. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
  4. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
  5. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Baked Buffalo Wings

You guys…T-6 days till one of the greatest days of the year!

Super Bowl Sunday! I love the Super Bowl every year. The snacks. The drinks. The football. The snacks. The commercials. The snacks.

Did I mention the snacks??? :)

But if it’s possible, I’m even more excited for this year since my hometown team – the San Francisco 49ers – are in the big game! Full disclosure, I’m a bit of a bandwagon fan…my real hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks, missed out and a chance at winning it all because they couldn’t play defense for 30 seconds at the end of the game (I’m not bitter), but when you live in the area and have a husband that watches every game, pre-game, and post-game you get to know the team and have some Bay Area pride. I am also loving the Bro Bowl/Harbowl/Superbaugh business that’s going on. I think I like it because I imagine what it would be like if it were me going up against one of my siblings in the biggest game of the year. Someone is winning some serious bragging rights at next year’s Thanksgiving!

Ok, back to the snacks! You absolutely, positively, cannot under any circumstances have a Super Bowl party without buffalo wings. Don’t even try. It’s basically un-American. So make them. Better yet…make these.

Buffalo wings are probably one of the easiest Super Bowl snacks to make…and one of the most delicious to eat! These buffalo wings are baked, which I strongly prefer to their deep fried cousins. One they are baked you simply toss them in a mixture of butter, cayenne pepper, and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Don’t even think about trying another sauce. Frank’s and wings go hand in hand. No need to get too fancy here.

This quick and easy recipe is a crowd pleaser every time. I serve mine up with some homemade “blue cheese dressing.” AKA a container of blue cheese crumbles mixed with a cup of greek yogurt. No one will ever be the wiser. And you can dunk away without guilt.

Be sure put these wings on your menu for Sunday. Just be sure you grab a few…quick. Before you know it, the plate will look like this!
Enjoy!

Recipe: Baked Buffalo Wings

Ingredients

  • Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s hot pepper sauce
  • Wings
  • 5 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix pepper sauce ingredients in a medium bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in hot sauce; keep warm.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Set a wire rack inside each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Toss wings in oil, salt, and pepper. Divide wings between prepared racks and spread out in a single layer.
  3. Bake wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, 45–50 minutes. Half way through, switch position of racks.
  4. Toss wings in Buffalo sauce. Serve immediately.

 

Viva Las Vegas!

Hey there!!!

So, it’s been far too long since I promised to share my Las Vegas extravaganza with you! So, even though I’m still stuffed to the brim with turkey and can’t wait to read about what you all were eating last Thursday…I’m going back to Vegas.

Appropriate for a Monday dontcha think?? :)

Guys, this was my first trip to Las Vegas and I LOVED it! There is so much to see I felt like I was walking around with googly eyes the whole time (and I probably was!). I’m not the best gambler, but I did try my hand at some slot machines and a little bit of roulette and blackjack. Funny thing about Vegas is…you never seem to win when you gamble. Hmmmm…..

In between gambling, sight seeing, and LOTS of people watching, we ate some really, really good food. My favorite meal was at Bouchon. Living near wine country, Thomas Keller is kinda a big deal, so I was really excited to try this restaurant and it totally lived up to my expectations. Especially the chocolate croissant. If it’s possible for a single food item to change your life this chocolate croissant did it for me. We ate really well in Vegas, but it was definitely the best thing I had the whole trip. I’d go back to Vegas just to pick me up another one of those crunchy, buttery, chocolatey, pieces of heaven.

I’m drooling on my keyboard.

The burger wasn’t bad either.

Another fantastic meal was the buffet at the Wynn hotel. This buffet was the size of an airplane hanger! There was every type of food you could possibly want or hope for, and an entire room devoted to dessert! As you can see I took full advantage.

It was all great, but the homemade ice cream was the best. They were making it right there in front of me! I got chocolate (complete with chocolate chunks!) and coffee (again with the chocolate chunks!) and ate every last bite. There will be time to work out later, right??

Speaking of dessert…

It seemed like everywhere we turned there was another fantastic chocolate/pastry/dessert/goodie shop with beautiful delicacies like these just waiting for me to snatch them up! Let me tell you they were just as delicious as they were beautiful.

Can you imagine taking a platter of fruit/cookies/marshmallows/pretzels/etc. to this giant chocolate fountain?? Heaven.

Between all that eating, we had lots of fun too! I say my first Cirque Du Soleil show!

It was so great! There was so much going on I didn’t know where to look! A couple times I even had to cover my eyes because I was sure one of those crazy acrobats was going to drop directly into my lap at any moment.

And then there was the whole reason for the trip…

Garth Brooks! I’ve love Garth since I was a little kid and seeing him in concert was always on my bucket list. My wonderful hubby got me tickets for what turned out to be his very last show at the Wynn. It was amazing. I laughed. I cried. I sang along like a maniac. It was a perfect night.

We even stopped for dessert after ;)

Such a wonderful trip! Back tomorrow with a new recipe! Now, back to seeing if I can mail order those chocolate croissants….

 

Jalapeño Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Hey there!

Guys, I have so much to share with you! Last weekend Michael and I went to Las Vegas! It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in awhile and I am so excited to tell you about our travels, all the fun we had, and the food! OH THE FOOD! One particular meal may have changed my life. Just sayin’.

But first…It’s Thanksgiving week! Yipee! I love Thanksgiving. Who doesn’t? A holiday centered on food? Sign me up. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the variety of food you get to eat. And it’s not just dinner, oh no, there are appetizers too. And if you are in the need for a Thanksgiving appetizer that will knock your socks off, look no further.

Jalapeño Corn Dog Mini Muffins.

You’ve got all the things you love about a corn dog (don’t lie, you know you do) packaged up in a perfectly pop-able bite. Just for good measure add a kick of jalapeño and you’ve got a crowd pleasing app that will keep everyone around the coffee table and outta your hair in the kitchen. Just make sure you keep a few in there for yourself!

This recipe starts with a pretty basic corn muffin recipe. Mix it up and all you need are a couple “embellishments.”

The only trick to making these super simple muffins is filling the muffin tins. You need to grease the pan really well, then add a little bit of batter to the bottom, then drop in the hot dog, then fill the batter up the rest of the way. As an alternative, you could chop the hot dogs up into small pieces and stir them into the batter with the jalapeños. I’m sure it would taste delicious, but I like having the hunk-oh-hot dog in the middle like a Thanksgiving surprise!

I’m telling you, this quick and easy appetizer might just become part of you Thanksgiving tradition!  Give it a try and you’ll see!

Enjoy!

Recipe: Jalapeño Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 hot dogs, cut in 1/2″ chunks
  • 2 jalapeños, finely chopped
  • Cooking spray
  • mini muffin tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine the first 3 ingredients.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk mixture; stir just until moist.
  4. Stir in chopped jalapeño.
  5. Coat mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon a little batter into the bottom of each well. Add hot dogs. Fill with batter to just below the top.
  6. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for about 5 minutes then remove from the pan and serve warm with a side of ketchup.
  8. Note: You may find that the tops crack due to the steam created from the hot dog…don’t worry, they taste just as good! :)

 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Hey guys!

Every once in a while a recipe comes along that you know will be in your back pocket for many, many, years to come. I am pretty positive I’ll be making these homemade peanut butter cups for my grandchildren! Oh, speaking of children…my sister gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl this week! She is perfect and I am so excited to be an aunt! Now, she just needs to hurry up and grow some teeth so I can feed here these peanut butter cups and forever be her favorite relative ;)

I made these peanut butter cups as an extra treat for a dinner party I was going to, and they were a hit!

There are some things I aways make from scratch…some things I sometimes make from scratch…and some things I never even think of making from scratch. I had never thought of making peanut butter cups from scratch, and judging by the reaction at the dinner party, hardly anyone else has either! “You made these?” “How did you do that??”

The truth is, they are really easy…ish.


Ok, so they are kinda labor intensive, but they only require 4 ingredients, and only one really annoying part…after that, it’s a piece of cake (or chocolate!) :)

Let’s get that annoying part outta the way. To get the outer layer of chocolate that surrounds the creamy peanut butter filling, you have to do a little…coaxing. Melting the chocolate is easy, just use a double boiler until it’s smooth, but then, you have to make sure the chocolate gets all around your mini muffin cups. This takes a little time and can get a little (or a lot!) messy. Just use your fingers to make sure the chocolate is totally covering the mini muffin cups. A few things to remember…#1 make sure to spray the muffin cups really well with cooking spray #2 make sure the chocolate isn’t super hot before you touch it!

Once your cups are coated, put them in the fridge to cool. While they are cooling make the peanut butter filling. Just combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. Stir until very smooth and then give it a taste. You will be blown away. It tastes exactly like what’s inside a Reses Peanut Butter cup!

Once the chocolate is cool, fill the cups with the peanut butter filling. The best way to do this? Put the filling into a big ziplock, cut the corner off, and pipe the filling in. Once you are finished, take a small dish of water, dip your finger in the water and tap the pointy tops down (you want the peanut butter filling to be pretty level).

Next up, the second layer of chocolate. This is much easier (though just as messy!) as the first layer. Dollop some melted chocolate on top of the filling and take your finger and swirl it around until all the peanut butter filling is covered and the chocolate seals all around the cup. It’s pretty easy and you can give the tops of your cups a pretty design :)

Then, just pop ‘em in the fridge and wait till they set. I think they are best served right out of the fridge, or even freezer. Once you taste them you will instantly forget about any hassle in making them because they are SO good. Better yet, let the kids make them! They’ll love playing with their food!

Put these peanut butter cups on your list..I promise you’ll  be a hit at any holiday gathering! This recipe is definitely going in my permanent collection. How old to babies have to get before they can eat chocolate?? ;)

Enjoy!

Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz jar creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 2-lb bag (or 2 1-lb bags) of high quality chocolate chips (you can use milk or dark chocolate, or do like I did-use both!!)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Cooking Spray
  • Mini Cupcake Papers

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler
  2. Spray about 45-50 mini muffin cups with cooking spray, making sure to coat the entire cup
  3. Spoon chocolate into greased cups. Use your fingers to make sure the cups are totally covered with chocolate
  4. Put the cups in the refrigerator to cool
  5. Meanwhile, mix the peanut butter filling. Combine melted peanut butter, melter butter, and powdered sugar. Mix until very smooth. Spoon into a large ziplock bag and cut off the corner, this will make it very easy to pipe into the cups!
  6. Remove the cups from the fridge when they are completely cool. Pipe peanut butter filling into cups. Tap down the points by dipping your finger in water and smoothing the tops.
  7. Make sure the chocolate is still melted (re-warm if necessary) and spoon over the peanut butter filling. Swirl the chocolate with your finger to cover the filling and seal the edges.
  8. Put cups back into the fridge and let cool. Serve chilled.

Recipe via One Good Thing via Rad Megan

 

Everything’s bigger in Texas!

Even the parties!!!!

And, apparently, the spiders!

This ginormous tarrantula was on the wall at the wedding site. In honor of the spooky halloween months I dressed him up on PicMonkey (<—love that site!). He was as big as my hand, easy. But not even Harry (what we named him, obviously) could spoil and amazing evening.
My wonderful friends Meagan and Carl tied the knot in Austin, Texas last weekend. So. Much. Fun. I loved Texas. I wish I could pull off ya’ll so badly. I just can’t. Not even in Texas. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t try! :)
Have you ever seen:
#1 A more beautiful bride?
#2 Cuter flower girls?
#3 A more fantastic bridesmaid dress/bouquet color combo?
Me neither.
I gotta say we had some amazing food in Texas…and the wedding was no exception. Pulled pork sliders and grilled cheese and tomato soup appetizers? Yes please! Thank goodness I got my greens in with a sweet nectarine and feta salad because I devoured my fried chicken AND steak dinner. That’s right. I said and.


Instead of a photo booth they had props and an area where you could take your own fun photos. Such a cute idea! I definitely took advantage!
P.S. that cake was some of the most decadent red velvet cake I have ever tasted. I had two pieces. Don’t judge me.

Because it was an evening wedding, instead of lots of flowers they had lots and LOTS of candles. They were everywhere! It turned the entire space into this enchanting fairy land (just what the groom was hoping for I’m sure!) :) It was incredibly gorgeous and romantic as was the entire wedding.

After dinner it was time to PARTAY. Like, seriously. They had an awesome band and it was like being at the most awesome dance party AND rockin’ concert ever. Best of both worlds? I think so! You know you have had a great time when you are sweating through your silk dress and your hair which had long ago been pulled up into an oh-so-necessary-ponytail looks like you just hopped outta the pool. That’s the kind of night it was. So awesome. I wanna do it again!

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is filled with fun!

Make your Monday better with a GIVEAWAY!

*This contest is now closed. The winner is Kari! Please email me at sugarspiceandbacon@gmail.com to send me your address. Congrats! Thanks to everyone for playing!*

Hey all!

I had an absolutely fabulous time in Austin for my friends’ wedding. I enjoyed some fabulous BBQ, lots of delicious Tex-Mex, a few amazing cocktails, and tons and tons of fun with fantastic friends.

So…I’m feeling pretty great this morning. Great enough to try to make your Monday a little better with a giveaway!

In honor of my newly married friends, I’m giving away this Cuisinart Immersion Blender so that yu will never have to worry about not being able to make this soupagain! 

This is the immersion blender I use and I LOVE it! It gets tons of use in my kitchen and does it’s job every time. I know you will love it too!

If you need some more ideas of what to make with it, here are a few!

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Soup with Lemon Creme

Roasted Garlic Broccoli Soup

Asparagus, Green Onion, and Broccoli Soup

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below!

You can also enter by:

Following SSB on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway

Following SSB on Facebook

Good luck!!!! Winner will be drawn on Sunday 10/7!

 

Eat, Drink, & Be Married!

Hey there!

This past weekend I had the honor of serving as a bridesmaid for my wonderful friend Jenn’s absolutely perfect wedding. But then again, how could your wedding not be perfect when you get married with that view?? :)

Jenn and Travis were married at the beautiful BR Cohn winery in Sonoma, Ca. It was one of the most amazing wedding settings I have ever seen! The leaves were starting to change on the trees, and there were grapes everywhere! It’s getting just about time for harvest in the wine country and the vines were loaded down with grapes. The best part? You could pick and eat as many grapes as you wanted! I am pretty sure they had no idea what they were getting into making that rule with me there, but I definitely took advantage!

Just a little pre wedding snack – good thing my teeth weren’t purple for the pics!

Can you say CANDY BAR??? See that thing of Jelly Beans? I am 100 % positive that I took down 70 % of that baby. And I’m not even embarrassed! How beautiful was the bride??? Amazing right!

You guys, lets talk about the food…

Mini Burgers and French Fries! Uh.MAZ.ing. The fresh figs with lemon creme and basil were perfect for a warm afternoon (and I am definitely recreating this super simple, elegant app at home!). And that was all before dinner!

Happily ever after indeed. :)

Such an amazing time with amazing people.

Hope you are feeling the love today!

 

Happily Ever After

Hey!

Speaking of celebrations…I had the great pleasure to attend the wedding of two wonderful friends last Saturday. It was up in the wonderful wine country of Northern California and it was amazing. The bride couldn’t have been more beautiful and the party was rockin! I danced my face off all night long. The bride and groom even rocked the dance floor with props from the photo booth! You know that’s a good party!

It is absolutely impossible to drink anything out of those ridiculously cute pink and gold straws and not feel fantastic. Don’t worry, I tested the theory…a lot. ;)

Speaking of amazing, can you guys believe all those wonderful petite desserts up there?! I literally tried every one they had available! How else was I supposed to decide which one i liked best??

Such beautiful table decor!

The pink and gold theme was so elegant and ran throughout the wedding. Even on these oh-so-sweet personalized hershey’s kisses. They happened to be almond, my favorite, so I ate about a million of them…whoops!

The magical evening ended with saying au revoir to the happy couple with sparklers. I happened to make friends with the staff person handing these out and got a dozen few extra. Things were extra sparkly by me! :)

So much fun seeing two people so much in love and partying down to celebrate it!

What have you been celebrating lately?

Love is in the Air!

Hey!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend :)

I’m feeling the love today and I hope you are too! Need some help getting in a lovey-dovey mood? Check out these pics from my sister-in-law’s engagement party!

Is there anything more exciting than an engagement? I absolutely loved being engaged. There is so much excitement and build up to the big day…it’s like every day is Christmas Eve! When you are around engaged people you can’t not be excited. You are just standing there talking to them and for some reason you are totally incapable of wiping the grin off your face. It’s so great.

We had such a great time getting to know some friends and family of the bride and groom. It’s always better to be at a wedding where you know everybody right? Makes pulling Uncle John out on the dance floor a lot easier ;)

Check out those flowers! I had never seen anything like that orange-y yellow one…it felt waxy, almost like a succulent. So beautiful! I’ve been on the search for them ever since!

How cute are those silhouettes? They were all around the tables at the party. And how bout the bright and vibrant color scheme? Perfect, right? My mother in law is an amazing DIY-er. I am always so impressed because sadly, I am NOT. I wish I had a DIY bone in my body but notta one. She, on the other hand, can make homemade picture frames and cake stands and party favors like nobody’s business. It’s great to have her in the family so I can reap the benefits :) Like for example, these amazing cake pops she made for the party!

So cute. And SO good.

Speaking of good…

There was no shortage of food at the party! This is only a sampling, and everything was amazing. I mean, how can you go wrong with the mashed potato bar? I definitely went back for seconds…don’t judge, I had to try all the toppings!!

Such a fun time! And to think, it’s just the beginning of all the wedding fun!! :)


Home Sweet Home

Hey! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I’ve been waiting to share some pics from my trip home but I’m just now getting to it do to some technical difficulties!

That’s me. Feeding a cow. I love home.

I had such a great time with the fam. It was so great to have nothing to do but relax, lay by the pool, read, and help my mom cook. I was totally spoiled by my mom’s garden…

The tiny plot of land in my back yard that I call a “garden” doesn’t even come close! Every day we ate something fresh from the garden, from green and yellow beans, to strawberries, to potatoes, to all kinds of salad greens we used to create some real masterpieces.

I also got to spend some time at Ginny and Pop’s…hence the cow…and this delicious food!

Pop even freshly cut some cherry and apple wood branches to put in the bbq to flavor the food.

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Well, unless it is drinking made-from-scratch pisco sours by the pool on your birthday.

What was it that Dorothy said?

There’s no place like HOME.

:)

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