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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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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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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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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