smoky pineapple vanilla bean mezcal margaritas

smoky pineapple mezcal margaritas with vanilla bean are the perfect fun cocktail to celebrate cinco de mayo! the smoke & bite of good mezcal is balanced with the natural sweetness of pineapple juice & vanilla bean. | cinco de mayo party, margarita recipe, mezcal, easy cocktail recipe, cocktail, summer drink, party drink |

smoky pineapple mezcal margaritas with vanilla bean are the perfect fun cocktail to celebrate cinco de mayo! the smoke & bite of good mezcal is balanced with the natural sweetness of pineapple juice & vanilla bean.  these pineapple mezcal margaritas are seriously easy to make, seriously elegant to serve, & seriously delicious! happy cinco de mayo week!!! i’m having such a hard time containing my excitement right now.  i freakin’ love cinco de mayo.  is…

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springtime kale pesto pasta with perfectly seared scallops

a kale pesto pasta perfect for springtime! al dente pasta tossed with homemade kale pesto & topped with perfectly seared sea scallops & toasted pine nuts. seriously easy to throw together, & elegant enough to serve for date night, girls' night, or any dinner party you have this spring! | pasta, italian food, pesto, scallops, italian recipe, seafood recipe, healthy |

a kale pesto pasta perfect for springtime!  whole wheat pasta tossed with homemade kale pesto & topped with perfectly seared sea scallops & toasted pine nuts.  this springtime dish has bold, fresh flavors, while still feeling hearty & comforting.  seriously easy to throw together, & seriously elegant enough to serve for date night, girls’ night, or any dinner party you are hosting this spring! guess what? this kale pesto pasta with perfectly seared scallops is going…

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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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three ingredient weeknight palomas with izze sparkling grapefruit

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without frills or fuss. these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you'd like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! | cinco de mayo recipe, cocktail recipe, girls night idea, girls night cocktail, paloma recipe, easy cocktail, tequila |

weeknight palomas with three simple ingredients, perfect for when you need a cocktail without any frills or fuss thanks to the beautiful grapefruit flavor of izze sparkling grapefruit!  these weeknight palomas are perfect for whenever you’d like to have some girlfriends over on a whim for some laughs (+ chips & guac, of course). plus…cinco de mayo is right around the corner…#justsayin! you know those weeks when it’s tuesday but it feels like it should be…

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croque monsieur paninis

croque monsieur paninis are an easy & delicious lunch or brunch meal. a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter ham leftovers or to entertain a couple of girlfriends for a casual weekend lunch (just don't forget the rosé!) | croque monsieur, sandwich, french recipe, girls night, easy recipe, easter, easy entertaining |

these croque monsieur paninis have everything there is to love about croque monsieur PLUS everything there is to love about paninis:  creamy béchamel, salty ham, melty & gooey swiss cheese & good, chewy french sourdough grilled & pressed to golden perfection.  a seriously simple, yet seriously elegant way to use up easter leftovers or entertain a couple of girlfriends for a weekend lunch (just don’t forget the rosé!).  can we talk about guilty pleasures for a…

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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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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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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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best-ever weeknight eggplant lasagna

best ever eggplant lasagna via playswellwithbutter | with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight. with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.

with its layers of hearty bolognese, creamy ricotta, melty mozzarella, & grilled eggplant, eggplant lasagna the perfect make-ahead dish for a busy weeknight.  with less than one lasagna noodle per serving enjoy all the best flavors of lasagna with none of the guilt.  so…i totally have a confession to make.  when i told you a few weeks back about all why september is the best month ever, i left out one very, very important reason: …

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pasta bolognese with bucatini

pasta bolognese with bucatini via playswellwithbutter | classic italian comfort food lightened up as a "fauxlognese" by using ground turkey & tons of veggies without compromising any of the flavor! bring an authentic taste of italy into your home with zero guilt!

bolognese, a traditional meat sauce hailing from the bologna region of northern italy, is quintessential italian comfort food.  both rustic & elegant at the same time, it is so, so easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a high-quality flavorful meat, pantry staples, aromatics, vino & some tlc.  i lighten up my bolognese up as a “fauxlognese” by using ground turkey & amping up the veggies with extra carrots & onions.  served with…

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