This week is the first time that I’ve felt like Fall is really in the air. I’ve noticed the leaves in the yard starting to turn colors, my sweatshirts are getting some use more often, and I have to bundle up when I take Sophie outside in the mornings. When the evenings start getting chilly, I tend to start staying in and hibernating a little bit, which means making more dinners at home. I still don’t want to spend all night in the kitchen (because I’m trying to finish the 4th season of Love Island…let’s be honest), so finding a recipe that’s both delicious and easy to make is at the top of my list lately. This avocado & spinach pesto pasta is the perfect meal to make in between seasons when you’re having a hard time saying goodbye to Summer, but looking forward to cozy nights in too.
Anyone else feel like everything just blurs together when working from home? It’s like groundhog day every day lately and by the time Wednesday or Thursday rolls around I’m in the need of a midweek pick me up. Lately I’ve been reaching for this double chocolate coffee bark to perk me up. We’re talking TWO layers of chocolate, topped with chocolate covered coffee beans. Yeeeah, I know. Amazing, right? The recipe is simple to make and you can store the bark in an airtight container on the counter or at your desk to sneak a piece whenever you need a little extra push during the day.
If anyone needs a little ray of sunshine right now today’s cocktail recipe will do just that! These blood orange gin and tonics are not only delicious and easy to make, they are also SO pretty! Plus, I know you are all sitting at home right now (or you should be!) so you have the time to mix one of them up!
Also, I need to address that, yes, this post was supposed to be the March cocktail of the month, but I got behind and was focused on other things, like spring break getting canceled and heading home in the middle of the corona virus quarantine. But, lucky for you guys, you get TWO cocktail recipes and videos this month instead! Woohoooo! If you haven’t followed along with my cute (and free!) printable cocktail calendar yet, being stuck at home for the next month is definitely a good time to jump on board.
Life’s been a little crazy lately, as per usual, and I feel like I’m playing catch up around here, but there’s been SO much going on in our little rental house. Josh left for Florida to head back to work for the upcoming baseball season, I started a new job here in Charlotte, which I’m still getting used to after taking the last four months off, and we’ve been knee deep in alllll the house plans, which I’ll be sharing more about soon. But despite how chaotic things have gotten, I wasn’t about to miss out on posting the recipe for this Valentine’s day passion cocktail, which also happens to be the February cocktail of the month! It’s easy to make and makes enough for two! Which means you can share it with someone special, your bestie, or just refill your own glass when it’s getting a little low.
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After getting married last year, I became a stepmom, which added a whole new element to dinnertime at our house. I hadn’t prepared many dinners for kids before and now trying to find something that my stepson will actually eat is a challenge (he’d eat chicken fingers for every meal if he could). This easy cheeseburger pasta recipe is simple to make, delicious, and it comes together in no time. And with the name “cheeseburger” in the title, it’s easy to get the kids on board too! It definitely reminds me of a boxed version my mom used to make when I was little, but it’s SO much better and just as easy!
Due to the lovely rainy weather in Charlotte lately, there was a slight delay in getting this month’s calendar cocktail shot and posted on the blog, but it’s finally here! (And I even shot a video too! Find it below.) These grapefruit rosemary mules are crisp, refreshing, and I love the citrus kick from the fresh grapefruit. The cocktail recipe is an easy one and I’m sharing the easy way to make your own rosemary flavored simple syrup too!
I couldn’t help but squeeze one last blog post into 2019, because this one is so simple and is a perfect appetizer to make to ring in the new year! My family has an on-going new year’s eve dinner tradition that I love. We always get together as a family to game plan our appetizer line up, then my mom gathers all the ingredients and makes all the yummy treats. (Don’t worry…we help too). For “dinner” we just fill up our plates with snacks. What’s better than that?! You get a little taste of everything and can keep going back for more until you’re stuffed! It’s the perfect way to indulge one last time before the holiday season is over. Whether you’re braving the crowd to celebrate with friends or staying in and celebrating in pj’s and eating appetizers like me, this easy apple and brie appetizer takes no time to throw together so you can enjoy them before heading out, bring them with you to a party, or snack on them while hanging on the couch.
This week I’ve been wrapping and shipping out Christmas gifts like a mad women and have been trying to plan out the last details for our Elf on the Shelf. My stepson also notified me that chocolate chip cookies are the ONLY acceptable option to bake for Santa Claus (since they’re his favorite), so I’m on the hunt for the perfect recipe. If you’re still in the mood for some holiday baking, this gingerbread bundt cake recipe should definitely be added to your list. It tastes like how I imagine the holiday season would, if the holiday season had a taste. It’s got all of those warm and spicy notes and the glaze is sooooo good too.