summer crostini with prosciutto, goat cheese, & homemade cantaloupe jam

simple homemade crostini topped with salty prosciutto, tangy goat cheese, & an easy homemade cantaloupe & honey jam. these 4-ingredient crostini are just as simple as they are elegant. perfect to serve as an appetizer at your next dinner party or to bring along with you to any summer parties you have this year! say hello to my little friends. pahhhhhahaha. so cheesy. BUT ACTUALLY CHEESY…do ya see that goat cheese?!?!?! hahahahaha. HA. you GUYS!…

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the best guacamole ever. (period.)

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a foolproof, restaurant-worthy method to making the best guacamole at home, every single time.  this guacamole recipe will soon become a staple recipe in your house.  don’t be surprised when all your friends start requesting it whenever you see them!  there are a few guiding principles in my life: there is no such thing as too many pairs of pretty shoes. celebrations call for some bubbly (even if the only thing you’re celebrating is the…

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ham & gruyere puff pastry twists with sesame seed & fennel

homemade ham & gruyère twists recipe via playswellwithbutter.com | served in bite-sized form, they make a great little snack for an elegant brunch gathering & they're equally delicious when you have friends over for cocktails & appetizers! | brunch ideas, easter ideas, elegant appetizers, easy entertaining |

these ham & gruyère twists, inspired by those beautifully golden ham & cheese croissants you see at any fancy-pants french breakfast spot, have perfectly puffy pastry, salty ham & nutty gruyère cheese, & are finished with a sprinkle of sesame & fennel.  served in bite-sized form, they make a great little snack for an elegant brunch gathering & they’re equally delicious when you have friends over for cocktails & appetizers.   you GUYS.  you know…

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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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medjool dates with almond butter & dark chocolate

medjool dates with almond butter & dark chocolate via playswellwithbutter | a perfectly simple medjool date snack: medjool dates packed with creamy almond butter & a bittersweet piece of dark chocolate. just as satisfying as an indulgent candy, but made with completely natural & wholesome ingredients, this medjool date snack will absolutely become one of your favorites!

a perfectly simple medjool date snack: medjool dates packed with creamy almond butter & a bittersweet piece of dark chocolate.  just as satisfying as an indulgent candy, but made with completely natural & wholesome ingredients, this medjool date snack will absolutely become one of your favorites!   you guys.  holy crap buckets. life is balls-to-the-walls crazy at the moment.  chris & i close on our home this week (!!! whaaaaat?!?) & i cannot believe that we will soon be homeowners.  we…

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grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli

grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli via playswellwithbutter.com

crispy grilled fries tossed in an abundance of fresh herbs & served with a made from scratch lemon pesto aioli.  there is no better or easier snack to watch  a football game with this season, especially since you most likely have all of the necessary ingredients your pantry already & both the grilled fries & the aioli come together in under 15 minutes total.  score! guys.  tomorrow, it is SEPTEMBER!!! september is my all-time favorite month…

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spicy candied nuts with bacon

spicy candied nuts with bacons via playswellwithbutter | not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack

not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack for any special guy in your life.  make a double batch to keep some for yourself – you’ll thank me when you do! ahhhh, dads.  they are pretty easy creatures to figure out.  just give ’em some…

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perfect guacamole

a method for the *perfect* guacamole (every single time!) via playswellwithbutter.com

guacamole.  the great unifier, a solution to all of life’s problems.  wallowing over a bad break-up?  guacamole.  celebrating a promotion?  guacamole (& margaritas!).  vying to win the popularity contest at your upcoming office pot-luck or hoping to make new friends at a super bowl party?  guacamole. guacamole, guacamole, guacamole. my love affair with guacamole began back in my college days, when i learned the secret tricks to making the *perfect* guacamole. *perfect* guacamole?  you may…

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