Valentine’s Day {Menu} at Home

Since we are expecting a nor’easter (which is the norm around here lately) tomorrow we’ve decided to cancel our reservations at Catch and enjoy dinner at home for Valentine’s Day. Adam will be taking over the appetizers & main course parts of the meal and I’ll be in charge of the drinks + dessert. Here is what is on our menu!

Appetizer:

Fresh Peach Crostini with Whipped Honey Feta & Balsamic Drizzle (via Iowa Girl Eats)

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Main Course: 

Caesar Salad with Heart Croutons (via Martha Stewart)

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Classic Shrimp Scampi (via Brown Sugar)

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Dessert:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries (via The Yummy Life)

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Drink: 

Strawberry Heart Mojitos (via Young Married Chic)

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Eating in also saves money + calories and we could afford to save a little of both right now in anticipation of our 9 day trip to California! 3 more weeks til we’re out of this snow can’t come soon enough… What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? If you’re staying home, what’s on your menu?

 

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Halloween Friday Favorites

Can this year slowwww dowwwwn? I didn’t realize Halloween was next week until my little brother texted me asking what he should dress up as. I used to go out on Halloween and buy 3 outfits for the “events”. But now I’m much more of a homebody so I think I’ll just be me this year. I do however, like any excuse to decorate – so here are my Halloween favorites!

Favorite way to store drinks at a Halloween Party

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Favorite Halloween nails

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Favorite Spooky Drink (add champagne)

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Favorite no mess pumpkin design

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Favorite Halloween sweet treat

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Favorite creative couples costume (DIY)

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Favorite tablescape

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Favorite non-sweet Halloween treat

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Favorite Halloween party decor

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Favorite casual piece to wear to work on Halloween

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Favorite creative kids costume (DIY)

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Favorite Halloween centerpiece 

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Tailgating Tips & Recipes

This past weekend I traveled to Maryland for the Redskins game. I’m a huge football fan so anytime I can watch a game live, I make the dreaded trip down the NJ Turnpike. Tailgating before a game is essential to having a good time. Seasoned tailgaters always come prepared (and so should you), so here is a list to make sure your tailgating party is a success.

1. Show up Early

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In order to get the full enjoyment out of tailgating, you need to make sure you leave yourself enough time before the game. We show up about 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up. That should give you plenty of time to cook the food, play some games and just hang out with your group.

2. Find a Good Parking Spot

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We park in the same spot for every game. There is always someone playing music with their speakers, we’re close enough to the bathrooms and in a spot with easy leaving access to beat the traffic at the end.

3. Get decked out.

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Show your team spirit. This past week was particularly tricky in the dressing department. The parking lot was windy and chilly and the stadium was HOT. Bring layers so you can accommodate the weather change.

4.  Don’t forget the booze.

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Alcohol is expensive inside. We’re talking $12 for a beer and $14 for a liquor drink. Drink (responsibly) before the game to reduce the amount of purchases you will want to make inside.

5. Bring delicious food!

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Knowing what is on the menu for the day gets me excited. We like to make a variety of finger foods because food is also very expensive inside (not to mention,  unhealthy). Here are some of my favorite tailgating recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip

Pizza Rolls

Touchdown Brownies

Avocado Egg Rolls

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Potato Rings with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Dip

White Pizza Dip

Mini Pretzel Dogs

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

Beer Mac & Cheese

Bourbon Bacon Baked Beans

Apple Cider Margaritas

Grown Up Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Football Dip

Oreo Football Truffles

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Less than a week until we’re in Florida so the days seem to go by very, very slowly. On the agenda for the weekend is a vegan doughnut baking class, golf and hopefully getting a pre-tan before the real tan next week. Here are some of my favorites from around the blogosphere this week.

Favorite Sip: Blueberry Mojito

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Favorite Mini Style: How cute are these kids? I hope my kids will let me dress them up like this one day!

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Favorite Living Room Decor: I would be scared to have a white couch…but I absolutely LOVE them with navy.

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Favorite Fantasy: Dream Closet

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Favorite Meal: Breakfast for Dinner — Bacon & Eggs PIZZA!

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Favorite Place: Can I be here right this second please?

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Favorite Men Style: I’ll probably never be able to talk Adam into wearing colored pants

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Favorite Lust: This lipstick reacts with the chemicals in your body, it turns your lips their own, personal shade of pink! Fabulous!

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Favorite Wrist Candy: Black on Black

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Favorite “Rest Day” Workout: Leisurely bike rides with my husband

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