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. 


Enjoy!

xoxo,
Alex

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!

xoxo,
Alex


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!

xoxo,
Alex

Saturday, May 16, 2015

On My Kindle Right Now

I have a kickass lineup on my Kindle right now and I'm struggling to keep up. I get my books from the library so if I don't plan it right, I can be on a million (ok, only 15 at a time but still) waiting lists and then all of a sudden, all the books are ready. So here's what I'm attempting to plow through right now:


Best problem ever, huh?

xoxo,
Alex

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