Friday, November 6, 2015

Cocoa Chat 11.6.15

If we were grabbing hot chocolate today, we'd have a lot to talk about. Probably starting with the bump in the room. Our family is growing - our little one's guess-date is the end of February. We are over the moon!

I'm feeling a ton better now and love the "honeymoon" second trimester. More energy, less gagging/puking, a visible bump - it's great. Things that I'm loving right now: Blooma prenatal yoga, my Snoogle Pillow, and hot chocolate, especially peppermint cocoa.

My house is transforming. We've been up to our eyeballs in house construction since August and I think (knock on wood) we are nearing the home stretch on most of it. The basement is almost finished and all that's left is figuring out our carpet order. The electrician finished up last week and I'm pretty excited about all the light we have down there now.

I came home from a weekend away to find that my sweet husband had finished painting our living room upstairs. It's incredible. We literally have a different home. I'll do a project post soon so you can see the whole transformation.

Last weekend, I wrapped up wedding season. We didn't have ton this year, but most were out of town. New Jersey, Oregon, Ohio. This kid and I have been coast to coast this year all in the name of love. Since we were in Ohio, we made a quick stop at Kappa Headquarters!

Let's see, I went back to school this fall...for a total of 8 days. I'm getting my Professional Train the Trainer Certificate through the University of Minnesota (I guess that makes me a Gopher at last). What I love about it is that I'm finally getting formal education to back up my almost decade of experience as a trainer and facilitator. It's been a blast. And I'm a huge nerd, I know.

Give to the Max Day is coming up on Thursday, November 12th. As a lifelong advocate for women and girls, I support the Center for Girls' Leadership each year. Investing in girls means establishing a firm foundation for the next generation of women leaders in our world. We couldn't do this work without your support on Give to the Max Day. Please consider making a gift of any size to help us promote leadership to middle and high school girls!

Alright, that's it for now!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Easy Entertaining // Bacon & Date Dip

I love to entertain. Whether it's one friend for a glass of wine, my parents for Sunday night dinner, or Friendsgiving, I want it to be special. And easy. 

Last summer, I threw a wedding shower for my dear friend Lindsay. Since the party was after work, I wanted an easy menu that threw together quickly. My friend Angie put me on to this dip and now it is a staple at my parties. It receives rave reviews every time and it's just special enough that it brings a new factor to the appetizer table. 

Bacon & Date Dip - aka The Best Dip Ever

1 package of bacon
1 bag of dates (from the baking aisle)
10.5 ounces of Chevre (goat cheese)

Cook bacon in a skillet until cooked through but not crispy. Once the bacon is cool, chop into small pieces and add to a microwave/oven safe dish. Mix the bacon and equal parts dates and heat up in the oven or microwave until the warm. The bacon and dates should start to caramelize together. Add the goat cheese to the mixture and heat until warm. Do not overheat.

To make this recipe even easier, cook and chop the bacon ahead of time. On the day of your event, all you'll need to do is mix and warm.

Serve with your choice of crackers. 



Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Shark Bathroom: Part 2

Ooo, we are so close to being done with our basement bathroom! We have a couple plumbing things to take care of before we're completely up and running. But, here are a couple progress shots of the walls, tile, and paint!

No more teal, no more sharks!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Shark Bathroom: Part 1

So, I haven't been completely honest with you. Two years ago, I let you see our scary ugly basement, but I didn't even show you the worst part: the shark bathroom. You might remember the "artistic" previous owners decorated with spray paint and they spared no expense in the basement bathroom. I think they really let their creativity shine. I'll let the photos speak for themselves:

I. Just. Can't. Even.

So, K and I decided to get on it and make this hot mess disappear. I can't wait to show you the difference. It's spectacular. But then again, the bar is pretty low...

Also, there are no actual sharks depicted, just fish, crab, and squid. But the name has stuck since the day we moved in. So long, sharks!

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