Be Mine

For the long weekend, I decided that I would go home in order to spend Valentine’s Day/the long weekend with my family. This year my valentine was this adorable pup, and really I can’t complain!

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My parents are pretty low-key in terms of Valentine’s Day, but since I was home I  wanted to do something special for them. So I decided to cook them (what I thought was) a romantic dinner! Mind you, they had to deal with my company, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t mind. I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures of it, but I was pretty proud of how it all turned out! I even printed out little menus (I got this template from pinterest), which made it feel a little more special than a typical dinner.

Though I probably should have posted this before Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d still go ahead and share the menu of what I made/served for each course.  I will be posting my recipes for a couple of  them later this week as well! Hopefully it will give you ideas if you’re cooking a romantic dinner for someone special (or even just your parents).

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Course one: Smoked Mozzarella fondue! I found a couple variations of this recipe online, but I’ll post my spin on it this week! To go with it I roasted some garlic in the oven and made homemade baguettes. Both were so delicious!

Course two: Classic caesar salad, with diced bacon and parmesan crisps. I make a homemade caesar dressing, but store bought would be just as good!

Course three: Sausage Penne a la Vodka Sauce. I will also post this recipe later this week!

Course four: Skillet cake with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. I found this recipe through Pinterest about two years ago, and it quickly became a favorite of mine. Recipe courtesy of the Willow Bird Baking blog.

So that is how I spent my Valentine’s Day! Feel free to share how you spent yours!

Xo,

Lauren

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Hi everyone! I hope that you all had a great Christmas, and are excited for 2014! I feel like I say this every year, but I can’t believe that Christmas has already come and gone. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great Christmas and was fortunate to spend it with my loved ones. BUT, I will say it felt a little different this year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, though the best way I can describe it is that it almost didn’t feel like Christmas. And I feel so guilty saying that! Perhaps because I’ve been going, going, going lately, I wasn’t really able to prep for Christmas in the ways I normally do. I did a little baking, but not much. A watched a couple Christmas movies, but not that many. I decorated for Christmas, but not to the extent I normally do. You get the gist, right?

As part of our gift this year, my family took a trip to Disneyland (my favorite place on earth!) the week before Christmas. We had an amazing time, and I’m missing it like crazy! For the holiday itself, we spent it at my parent’s house with my Dad’s family, and drove down to Portland the next day to celebrate with my Mom’s side. I’m extremely close with my whole family, so it was a blessing to be able to see everyone!

I did receive a few snazzy gifts for Christmas this year, so I was thinking of maybe doing a sort-of haul about them here! What do you think? I feel like Christmas/Birthday/Other holiday hauls can sometimes seem braggy, and I in no way want to do that. But I am excited to share and perhaps do reviews about a few things! Be on the lookout for those. Have a great week everyone, and a happy new years!

Friendsgiving!

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Last night a group of friends and I decided to have a little early Thanksgiving dinner. Really there isn’t anything “little” about Thanksgiving, but you get the gist. Anyways, I’ve heard of people having “Friendsgivings” for years, and was so excited that I finally got to partake in one! Does that mean I’m officially a grown up?

My friend Amy was the one who came up with and hosted the event, because somehow she won a Turkey and wanted to use it. We decided to make it potluck style, and each picked something to bring. I loved to bake so I decided I would contribute pies for the event. Honestly, I’ll take any excuse to bake something 😉

Everything was so yummy, and we actually had a pretty impressive spread for a bunch of college students. It was so great to be able to have a sit down dinner with all of our friends! It is sort of weird though that actual Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, I feel like I’ve already crossed it off of the holiday checklist. What are your plans for thanksgiving?

Xoxo,

Lauren