how to build the ultimate holiday gift basket for your favorite foodie

how to build the ultimate holiday gift basket for your favorite foodie this season | a plays well with butter holiday gift basket series | building a gift basket this holiday season is the perfect gifting solution for any foodie in your life. whether you need a hostess gift, something to drop off for a neighbor for whom you feel particularly grateful, or something that will knock the socks off your brother-in-law with elusive tastes, food gift baskets are so easy to pull together & are sure to wow!

building a gift basket is the perfect gifting solution for any foodie in your life this holiday season.  whether you need a hostess gift, something to drop off for a neighbor for whom you feel particularly grateful, or something that will knock the socks off your brother-in-law with elusive tastes, food gift baskets are so easy to pull together & will absolutely wow.   read on for my method to building the ultimate food gift basket &…

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perfect pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust

perfect pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust via playswellwithbutter | an amazingly light & fluffy cheesecake that packs a punch of pumpkin flavor. it will be the perfect update this holiday season to pumpkin pie at your thanksgiving, friendsgiving, or christmas table!

an amazing pumpkin cheesecake that makes a delicious update to classic thanksgiving pumpkin pie. this pumpkin cheesecake packs a punch with all of the pumpkin flavor you’re looking for out of a thanksgiving meal. it is super rich & decadent, as all good holiday desserts are, but this pumpkin cheesecake also has such a light & fluffy texture that it’s almost mind-boggling. this pumpkin cheesecake’s rich filling & zingy gingersnap crust will definitely keep you coming back for…

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25 make-ahead meals for an easy & healthy week

25 more make-ahead meals via playswellwithbutter | with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.

it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan of meal prep sunday & make-ahead meals.  with just a little planning in advance & a little organization over the weekend, you can set yourself up with a week’s worth of delicious meals that will come together faster than you could order pizza or pick up chipotle.  check out these 25 ideas for make-ahead meals that will help you make it through your busy week! well, i…

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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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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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