the best bloody marys (+ tips for a diy build your own bloody mary bar!)

these best bloody marys are going to be your favorite addition to your weekend brunch line up! they start with the perfect homemade bloody mary mix, which infuses tomato juice with tons of flavor. invite your friends over for a casual saturday brunch & prepare diy build your own bloody mary bar for a fun way to let your guests build their own best bloody marys!

these best bloody marys are going to be your favorite addition to your weekend brunch line up! best bloody marys start with a perfect homemade bloody mary mix, which infuses tomato juice with tons of flavor from citrusy lemons & limes, tang from worcestershire, & punchy heat from hot sauce & fresh horseradish.  invite your friends over for a casual saturday brunch & prepare diy build your own bloody mary bar for a fun way to…

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buffalo chicken sliders

buffalo chicken sliders make the perfect game day snack & the best part is that they come together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! | game day recipe, easy entertaining, buffalo chicken recipe, sliders recipe |

hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed full of spicy buffalo chicken, topped with tangy feta (or bleu cheese, if you prefer!) & thinly sliced roasted red peppers & baked until warm & crusty, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect game day snack!  the best part is that these buffalo chicken sliders coming together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! so let’s…

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little celebrations lately: march ’17

little celebrations lately: march ’17

holy smokes, guys, how is tomorrow already MARCH??  i feel like i say this every month, but i don’t know where time is going…this year is FLYING.  i wanted to stop & pause for a moment to reflect on where the last month took us & also give a sneak peek of all the good things in store with a new monthly plays well with butter post series, little celebrations lately.  i dabbled into these kinds of…

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dirty chai affogato with homemade chai ice cream

a modern twist on affogato, this dirty chai affogato "drowns" a generous scoop of homemade chai ice cream with a shot of hot espresso | dirty chai | masala chai | affogato | affogato recipe | easy dessert for a crowd | easy entertaining | homemade ice cream recipe

a modern twist on affogato, this dirty chai affogato “drowns” a generous scoop of homemade chai ice cream with a shot of hot espresso.  homemade chai ice cream, steeped with masala chai spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, & star anise, requires only 20-minutes of active cooking time & is so simple to make ahead.  at your next dinner party let your guests “drown” their own affogato with fresh brewed espresso, & you’ll wow them with this…

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marsala pasta with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms

rigatoni tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms, cozy enough for a date night at home & easy enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends | pasta recipe | creamy marsala pasta sauce | easy pasta recipe | date night recipe | date night idea

a comforting marsala pasta, with rigatoni noodles tossed into a creamy marsala pan sauce with spicy italian sausage & mushrooms.  marsala pasta is cozy enough for a date night with bae on the sofa (& totally guy-approved!), but also easy & elegant enough to throw together for a spontaneous weeknight dinner with friends.  paired with a big, hearty red wine, this marsala pasta will have you ditching the reservations & enjoying a pasta feast from…

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winter citrus mimosas with blood orange & honey

an update to a classic mimosa, these winter citrus mimosas are lightly sweetened with a homemade blood orange & honey syrup | mimosas | mimosa recipe | brunch cocktails | cocktails | cocktails recipe

an update to a classic mimosa, these winter citrus mimosas are lightly sweetened with a homemade blood orange & honey syrup. the deep flavor of the blood orange & the floral sweetness of the honey are balanced perfectly with bright acidity of grapefruit.   winter citrus mimosas are SO easy, elegant, & most importantly: seriously delish.  invite your best gals over for a weekend brunch & enjoy winter citrus mimosas aplenty…& hell, i’ll definitely say…

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chai cocktail with golden raisin rum & vanilla chai syrup

chai cocktail | cocktail | hygge ideas | date night | a chai cocktail with golden raisin-infused spiced rum & a homemade vanilla chai simple syrup. this chai cocktail is just as perfect for date night at home as it is for celebrating with friends & loved ones this winter season.

a chai cocktail with golden raisin-infused spiced rum & a homemade vanilla chai simple syrup. this chai cocktail is just as perfect for date night at home as it is for celebrating with friends & loved ones this winter season.  the rum takes on the subtle golden sweetness of the raisins, & the simple syrup is infused with chai spices, ginger & vanilla.  shaken with fresh-squeezed lime juice & topped with fresh grated nutmeg, this chai…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the kitchenista in your life

homemade holiday gift basket for the kitchenista in your life | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series | a homemade gift basket perfect for the young & trendy person who is just starting to take interest in food & dining. this gift basket features some prosecco for a festive holiday cocktail, on-trend bar gadgets, & chrissy teigen's cookbook.

treat the kitchenista in your life (you know, the trendy food-lover on your christmas list) with a homemade kitchenista gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift  basket series! pair chrissy teigen’s cookbook with the makings for an easy & elegant signature cocktail & tie it together with some on-trend barware & you’ll totally knock the socks off of any kitchenista! ’tis the season for holiday parties at work, secret santas, family gatherings,…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the beer lover in your life

homemade holiday gift basket for the beer lover in your life | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series | treat the beer lover in your life with a homemade beer gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift basket series! pair a few great bottles of craft beer with a couple of festive beer glasses & a few handmade bar snacks & you'll totally knock the socks off of any beer nerd!

treat the beer lover in your life with a homemade beer gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift  basket series! pair a few great bottles of craft beer with a couple of festive beer glasses & a few handmade bar snacks & you’ll totally knock the socks off of any beer nerd! ’tis the season for holiday parties at work, secret santas, family gatherings, & one-too-many wintery cocktails with friends.  &…

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homemade holiday gift basket for the coffee lover in your life

treat the coffee lover in your life with a homemade coffee gift basket this holiday season. a beautiful basket with locally roasted coffee, locally brewed nitro cold brew, a cute mug, & delicious homemade scones makes perfect secret santa gift, hostess gift, or christmas gift for any italian-lover in your life! | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series

treat the coffee junkie in your life with a homemade coffee gift basket this holiday season with the plays well with butter holiday gift basket series! pair a beautiful coffee mug with a bag of locally-roasted coffee beans, a growler of nitro cold brew, & a batch of homemade chai scones & you will be giving your coffee lover the ultimate coffee gift – get ready for a hefty caffeine buzz! ’tis the season for holiday…

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