Our Mini Family

Jan 21, 2017

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 107

Happy Saturday!

After spending last weekend in Southern California and running all around town with our travel itinerary, it's really nice to be able to just relax and play it by ear this weekend. We had a blast in California no doubt, but we pretty much did not rest all weekend and worked all week long. Today, we're taking it slow and then we'll be headed out to our weekly spin class and having a light brunch afterwards. 

This upcoming week, I'll be focusing my efforts on tying up whatever loose ends I have from last year--mostly taxes. Now that I'm self-employed, I don't really mind doing taxes. It's a great way to look back on my financial successes, as well as help me focus on my goals for the new year. But for now, I'll be resting up and enjoying my weekend until the madness of work returns again on Monday morning. 

Jan 18, 2017

11 Game Day Dip Recipes

Yummy, savory party dip recipes that are perfect for your next football party or tailgate!

Cheese dip, and crab dip, and pizza dip OH MY!

No matter how you like your game day dip, I promise you will find at least one dip recipe here that you will want to try! Game day would not be the same without party appetizers, and no party is complete with chips and dip. 

Today, I'm sharing a collection of curated dip recipes from some of my food blogger pals that I think you're really going to enjoy. If you are planning on celebrating the night of the big game (or if you're just there for the funny commercials), be sure to save this post to try some of these dips with your friends and loved ones for your next game day! Also, be sure to enter the PayPal cash giveaway!

A Couple’s Guide to Buena Park, California

Check out all the details from our couples weekend in Buena Park, CA!

After a handful of weeks following Christmas and the holiday insanity, Adam is finally finished with all of his mandatory over time he's been assigned at work. To celebrate, we wanted to take some time together away from home and enjoy a little getaway to relax and rejuvenate after a stressful couple of weeks. 

Over the weekend, we traveled to Southern California and checked into a hotel in Buena Park! With so many attractions nearby with a focus on children's activities, we were unsure if we would be able to enjoy our time sans kids. Adam and I are pretty much grown up children anyway, so we figured we would have a blast even if we were only able to do "kiddie" stuff. But as it turns out, with the help from the Visit Buena Park welcome center, we were able to plan our couples weekend and we had a wonderful time even though we don't have any kids! 

Below, you'll find an overview of our weekend in Buena Park with a focus on what couples can do (without children). So for all of you parents out there, call grammy, grampa, or your favorite babysitter and pack a bag so you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend in Buena Park with your spouse!

Jan 14, 2017

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 106

Good morning!

After a busy and somewhat stressful week, Adam and I are ready to have some fun this weekend! 

We have some exciting plans in the works this weekend, and although we cannot share just yet what we're doing we'll be sharing more about what we're up to later on today--be sure to check out my Instagram page to see what we're doing today for fun, or you can follow along with our adventures on Snapchat!

Let's just say today is going to include lots of delicious food, good times, and lots of amusement!

Jan 10, 2017

Buffalo Wings Popcorn

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Game day just got better with our new favorite snack recipe--buffalo wings popcorn! 

My husband and I enjoy spending time together and going grocery shopping for our traditional game day staples (e.g. fries, cheese, beer, vegetables and ranch, chicken wings, etc). A few weeks ago, while we were walking around the deli at Walmart, the smell of buffalo wings was so strong and it smelled so tasty I just had to have some buffalo chicken wings. 

When I went up to the counter to order some wings, Adam grabbed me by the shoulder and stopped me when he said, "wait, I have an idea!" 

He bent down and began digging through our grocery cart until he finally held up a single box of popcorn. That was when he said it would be tasty to make buffalo wing flavored popcorn. Laughing at first at how silly it sounded, imaging chunks of chicken wings inside a bowl of popcorn I told him it sounded like a good idea but that it wouldn't taste right. After a few minutes of Adam explaining his idea and what ingredients he'd use, that's when the idea of my husband's eureka moment finally started to settle in. We hurried around the store finding everything we needed, and then went straight to the checkout and headed home. Game day arrived just a few days later, and lo and behold, Adam's idea became our new favorite game day snack!

Jan 9, 2017

Italian Waffle Cookie Smores

Move aside, graham cracker! Smores with Italian waffle cookies is my new favorite!

All I see is Valentine's Day candy everywhere I go and honestly I am SO hype because let's face it I love having an excuse to enjoy some chocolate! I know it's only January, but Valentine's Day is the next big holiday we celebrate for and I'm rather happy about it--mostly because it involves chocolate!

You may already know this but, like many other people, I am kind of a chocoholic! Some of my favorite chocolate recipes I've shared on the blog include my chocolate and caramel cakettes, lemon zest and dark chocolate bundt cake, and this roundup of must-try chocolate recipes I curated from some of my favorite food bloggers. 

If you're looking to get inspired to enjoy a chocolate treat this Valentine's Day, we definitely recommend having a smores! Maybe you prefer your smores with traditional graham cracker, or maybe you like to switch it up with white chocolate rather than milk chocolate. No matter how you enjoy your dessert on the sweetest holiday of the year, there's no denying this Italian Waffle Cookie Smores is a decadent treat perfect for smores lovers!

Jan 7, 2017

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 105

Happy Saturday!

After another incredibly long week, Adam and I put in almost 200 hours of work!

We were fortunate enough to have an at-home pizza night for our weekly date night which is always fun, but we haven't left the house in 7 days and we're going to spend this morning running errands together which will probably feel like a date in itself haha (oh the joys of working from home!) When your home is your office it is a strange sensation when you struggle to learn the boundaries between when you work and when you rest. Times like this cause some confusion and sometimes I find myself unsure of what time it is since I haven't even been outside since I've been glued to my desk working so much. 

I'm hoping we'll make it to a spin class, grab some brunch, and then buy some groceries together later this afternoon. Other than that, my weekend plans will consist of enjoying the fresh air and getting some exercise! In the meantime, I'm ready to party with you and see what awesome projects you've been working on!

Jan 3, 2017

11 Game Day Snacks for Your Party

Get tailgatin' ready for the BIG GAME with these delicious, easy game day snack recipes!

The biggest night in football will be here before we know it!

Adam and I always make plans to watch the big game! Whether we're staying in and having a low-key viewing party with some friends, or if we're downtown rooting for our team at the bar with hundreds of other strangers we always make the night memorable. The only thing that tends to stay the same year after year is the fact that we absolutely MUST have tasty, cheesy and decadent game day appetizers!

Below you'll find a curated assortment of some of the yummiest, easy-to-make appetizers perfect for football parties, tailgating, and even just for a small get-together on game day. In addition to these recipes, I'm also sharing a cash giveaway you can enter to win before you start scrolling through these recipes and start drooling.
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