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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spicy white chili with pulled chicken & beer

white chili via playswellwithbutter | packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina. oh, & if that didn't win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole. #boom.

white chili is the perfect warm & comforting meal for a chilly fall day.  packed with flavor from a carefully built base of onions, chili peppers, & warm spices, this white chili is braised with beer, loaded with pulled roasted chicken breast, & thickened with masa harina.  oh, & if that didn’t win you over, spoonfuls of white chili make for the perfect vessel for guacamole.  #boom.   i told you a while back that september is my all-time…

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mocha protein smoothie with iced coffee & oats

mocha protein smoothie via playswellwithbutter | perfect for a fast, on-the-go breakfast, this healthy mocha protein smoothie is easy to make, packed with protein & fiber to keep you full until lunch, & comes with the kind of caffeine buzz that's the perfect way to start the day

perfect for an easy, on-the-go breakfast, this healthy mocha protein smoothie is a snap to make, is packed of protein & fiber to keep you full until lunch, & comes with the kind of caffeine buzz that’s the perfect way to start the day! there are two kinds of people in the world: early birds & night owls. i happen to be a total morning person; i always have been (yes, even in college!), & i think…

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san francisco, ca: seven tips fit for traveling foodies

7 tips for a killer foodie adventure to san francisco via playswellwithbutter

so you finally did it.  you bought tickets to go to san francisco, foodie mecca of the west coast.  & as soon as you booked your flight, you were overcome with the sense of dread that comes along with the realization that you have no clue how you’re ever going to whittle down your sf foodie bucket list into a realistic itinerary.  & let me tell you…i hear ya, i do.  read on for the biggest tips…

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a day trip to wine country | napa & sonoma, california

a day trip to wine country - napa & sonoma via playswellwithbutter

one of the things on our bay area bucket list for our recent trip to san francisco was to make it out to wine country.  however, since our trip was going to be pretty quick (fly in to sfo saturday afternoon, fly back home to minnesota first thing tuesday morning) we really struggled with whether we’d be able to spend the time we wanted to in san francisco & also make the trip up to…

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tartine | san francisco, california

tartine cafe, san francisco, ca | playswellwithbutter

tartine bakery is a seriously legit bakery in the heart of san francisco’s uber cool & artsy mission district.  led up by CIA trained chef-owners who also happen to be a hubby & wife duo, tartine bakery serves up top-notch breads, classic french pastries, & american-influenced baked treats alike.  tartine does baked goods so well that locals & tourists alike will wait over 30 minutes in a long line that winds down past the side of…

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friday favorites | 09.23.2016

friday favorites 09.23.2016 via playswellwithbutter

last week was a big one for me & chris.  we celebrated our one year anniversary!  (& in case you missed it, the milestone put me right back into complete wedding-brain mode & i did a mini wedding series.  check it out! i shared our favorite wedding photos (courtesy of the fabulously talented ren of studio 29) here. here are the seven ways we threw tradition out the window to make sure we did our wedding day our…

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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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no longer newlyweds: the five best things we learned in our first year of marriage

our milwaukee wedding via playswellwithbutter

the wedding may be over & the dreams of your honeymoon may be long gone.  the time has come:  you’re married.  every day.  from now on.  marriage is hard enough that you don’t need to figure it out with your husband or wife all on your own once the honeymoon high is over.  here are a couple of the best tidbits of marital advice we received on our wedding day, plus a couple that we’ve…

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