How to Create the Ultimate Cheese Platter

December 6, 2016

Filed Under : Entertaining - Lifestyle

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My favorite way to do date night these days, is at home, glass of wine in hand and a full cheese platter spread in front of us…and maybe some pajama pants on too ;). For one of our nights in Florida recently, we did just that! We watched the sun set while snacking on grapes and sipping on wine, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We finished off the evening by pulling out the laptop and catching up on our netflix shows together.

Even when we go out for our dinner, I’ll often prefer tapas over a formal entree. When we have date night at home, we love to create our own tapas or cheese platter spread. Whether it’s an evening in or if you’re having guests over and entertaining this holiday season, here are some tips to create the ultimate cheese platter that is sure to be a hit with your guests..

1 | Choose from a variety of cheeses. A good rule of thumb is to choose something soft, hard, blue, and a spread. My favorites right now are the pesto gouda from Trader Joe’s, colby jack, and Trader Joe’s blueberry goat cheese. If you’re going to be adventurous with a cheese like pesto gouda, it’s always a good idea to have a ‘safe’ option as well.

2 | Select the bread. You can choose crusty bread, like slices of a baguette, or simple water crackers to maximize the flavor of the cheese. I love to opt for pita chips or whole wheat crackers.

3 | Add some fruit. Cheese is pretty dense and filling, so it’s good to pair it with something light, like fruit. Grapes and strawberries are my go to! Dried fruit like apricots are another great choice.

4| Pick something crunchy. A basic trail mix is a great option to include, or if you are like me and are haunted by your never satisfied sweet tooth, you can choose something sweet like chocolate covered almonds.

5 | Don’t forget the extras. Grilled or pickled veggies are a great compliment to a cheese platter, as well as cured meats, such as salami, ham, or sausage.

Happy entertaining!

The Perfect Fall Boot

December 5, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Style

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We are back from our trip to Florida and have had a busy week last few weeks with Thanksgiving and birthday celebrations. Piper turned one and I turned 26! I wore this outfit one evening on our trip away, and it was perfect for the weather down south. It was 70’s and sunny all week, so the light blouse was perfect and the boots kept me warm and cozy when the sun went down at night. I am seriously living in these boots and they have been my best fall purchase. They have enough of a heel that you can dress them up, but they’re also cozy enough that you can dress them down. Plus, they are warm and fuzzy on the inside! And you can’t beat warm and fuzzy!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Him

December 2, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle

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APPLE WATCH | CHEMEX COFFEE MAKER | MAPLE PEN CUP | PUFFER VEST | COFFEE BOOKBLUE TIE | LEATHER BELT | MESSENGER BAG | THE NORTH FACE JACKET | GRAY BEANIE | UGG BOOTS

Scofield is my favorite person to shop for every Christmas. Well, I take that back … he’s got some tough competition with Piper this year ;). Gifts are one of my top love languages, so whether it’s receiving or giving them, I look forward to it at every holiday. I remember our first married Christmas and how much trouble I had thinking of gifts to buy for Scofield. I grew up with all sister’s, so men’s shopping had never been my forte’. Four years in, I think I’ve gotten the hang of it a bit better. But if you’re in the same shoes I was in a couple of years ago, I’ve rounded up my favorite holidays gifts for you above! Hope you find it helpful. Happy Shopping!

Inn on the Beach

November 29, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Travel

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We are back from a few days away, along the gulf coast of Florida. It was our first trip, just Scofield and I, since Piper was born. It was just as hard as I imagined it would be to leave her for a few nights, but it was also very needed. We slept in, lounged on the beach, and went out for dinner late at night. It was glorious!

We visited St. Pete Beach, which is the cutest little town in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area. It was quiet and peaceful, yet also full of character with so much to see. When we were planning our trip I was a little bit bummed because we didn’t have time to get away until mid November. What we quickly came to realize is that the St. Pete Beach area literally has an endless summer…like heaven on earth status. It was 75 degrees and sunny with clear skies our entire stay. And, since it was the fall, there weren’t crazy crowds on the beach or long waits at restaurants. I mean, pinch me! If you want to escape the cold and winter blues, consider the gulf coast your new best friend.

We spent most of the trip relaxing and hanging out on the beach, but there are so many fun options for activities in the area. A few recommendations below…

Sites to see:
Dali Museum – We didn’t get to visit this trip, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this museum. Even if you’re not typically into visiting museums, this one will change your mind.
Pier 60 – This pier in Clearwater has beautiful views and holds nightly festivals.
Crystal River –  It’s about a 2 hour drive from St. Pete to the springs, and worth the drive if you have a long enough stay. I grew up taking family vacations to Florida, and we would always go swimming at the the different springs. They are so beautiful, and there is nothing in the world like them. Completely clear water, and if you go in the cooler months (which I recommend), you can even see/swim with manatees!
And of course, Go to the beach! – The sand was white, the water clear, cool, and calm. Absolutely stunning! This was our favorite part of the trip. St. Pete Beach has been a top rated beach multiple times, and needs to be experienced by all
Don Cesar Hotel – This ‘pink palace’ is a site to see, even if you don’t stay overnight. Take a walk on the beach to admire it, or book a day at the spa.

Where to eat:
Wildflower Cafe – If you are a sucker for brunch like me, then you’ll love the Wildflower Cafe. If you visit, be sure to try their Wildflower Signature Crepe.
Lighthouse Donuts – Nothing calls for donuts like vacation, am I right!?
Snappers Sea Grille – We went here for dinner one night, and it did not disappoint! It had the cutest atmosphere, with outdoor seating, romantic lighting, and beautiful decor. I ordered the coconut crusted mahi mahi with a mango chutney over a fried banana. All of the flavor combinations on the menu were on point.
Seared 1200 Chophouse – If you aren’t into seafood, this is a great option for you. I hear it’s much like Snappers Sea Grille, but with steak instead!

Where to stay:
Inn on the Beach – This is where we stayed, and I cannot say enough about it! It is a beautifully renovated inn, that had me swooning over every detail. There is a main building, with all of the rooms, and then two separate properties you can also rent. We stayed in the cottage, and fell head over heels! The kitchen was on point, and the king size bed was calling my name all week (#momlife). If you’re hoping to relax, the cottage is the perfect place to do it. My favorite part was the private patio connected to the cottage. It was surrounded by tropical foliage that made it extremely private, a walk way, a place to sit and have your coffee, or a table for dinner. It was so beautiful and cozy, and seriously guys, I was so in love! If you make your way to St. Pete Beach, I highly recommend the inn.

Now, back to the cold winter months. But it’s all good because, HELLO CHRISTMAS!

Thank you so much to Inn on the Beach for having us!

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