kale pesto

kale pesto via playswellwithbutter | easy, delicious & versatile, kale pesto will become a fridge staple in your house!

kale pesto is the easiest (& most delicious!) way to use up extra farmer’s market basil & kale that you may have on hand in the late summer months.  healthier than a traditional pesto, this delicious kale pesto is chock-full of all of the superfood benefits of kale: dense in fiber, nutrient rich, & great for digestion.  pair this kale pesto with anything from pasta to a simple summer vinaigrette (or even a caprese turkey…

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perfect mai tais

perfect mai tais via playswellwithbutter | your hawaiian vacation may be over but your enjoyment of tropical cocktails doesn't have to be! make a mai tai at home easily with ingredients you already have at home!

your hawaiian vacation may be over but your enjoyment of tropical cocktails doesn’t have to be!  the amazing hotel wailea staff taught us how to make their lilikoi mai tai at home with 7 easy steps & i’ve been sipping away this liquid sunshine ever since we made it back to the mainland.  read on & make one of these delicious island cocktails asap – you SO won’t be sorry!  cheers! like i mentioned the other…

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tiki cocktail mixology at hotel wailea | wailea, maui

perfect mai tais via playswellwithbutter | your hawaiian vacation may be over but your enjoyment of tropical cocktails doesn't have to be! make a mai tai at home easily with ingredients you already have at home!

tiki cocktail mixology with hotel wailea’s head bartender?  sign me up!  we learned tricks & tips for recreating hotel wailea’s delicious tropical tiki cocktails at home in a 1-hour complementary mixology class taught poolside at hotel wailea.  it was a highlight of our stay & has been keeping us very well refreshed ever since!  when we arrived at hotel wailea, i was so excited to learn that the next morning before the pool opened, hotel…

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hotel wailea resort | wailea, maui

hotel wailea | wailea, maui via playswellwithbutter | after researching a handful of resorts for our 3-day couple’s getaway in maui, hotel wailea quickly stood out. a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu. it was the perfect place to relax, unwind, & enjoy the beautiful hawaiian sunshine.

after researching a handful of resorts for our 3-day couple’s getaway in maui, hotel wailea quickly stood out.  a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu.  it was the perfect place to relax, unwind, & enjoy the beautiful hawaiian sunshine.  it’s very…

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manoa falls & musubi | honolulu, hawaii

manoa falls & musubi | honolulu, hawaii via playswellwithbutter.com | manoa falls is an easy hike centrally located in oahu with tons of gorgeous lush tropical scenery leading up to a beautifully secluded 200-ft waterfall. great for an oahu adventure & beautiful photo ops along the way, manoa falls is absolutely a must-see for any traveler adventuring on oahu.

manoa falls is an easy hike centrally located in oahu with tons of gorgeous lush tropical scenery leading up to a beautifully secluded 200-ft waterfall.  great for an oahu adventure & beautiful photo ops along the way, manoa falls is absolutely a must-see for any traveler adventuring on oahu.  my travel philosophy is quite simple: travel often, eat well, & experience to the fullest.  while i do believe a traveler should seek out authentically local…

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kcc farmer’s market | honolulu, hawaii

kcc farmer’s market | honolulu, hawaii via playswellwithbutter | the kcc farmer’s market is easily the top recommendation i’d have for any foodie traveling through oahu. we make our way back year after year because it is truly a food lover’s vacation dream: it is the best place to taste hawaiian treats & pick up some food souvenirs to bring back to mainland us & share the taste of aloha with your loved ones.

the kcc farmer’s market is easily the top recommendation i’d have for any foodie traveling through oahu.  we make our way back year after year because it is truly a food lover’s vacation dream: it is the best place to taste hawaiian treats & pick up some food souvenirs to bring back to mainland us & share the taste of aloha with your loved ones. it’s no secret that i love farmer’s markets.  to me, farmer’s…

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hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde

hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of a rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl.  top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer. so i told you earlier this summer that chris & i were soon headed to…

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dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with walnuts, pecans, & sea salt

dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with walnuts, pecans, & sea salt via playswellwithbutter | not your average chocolate chip cookie, dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies have the perfect crunchy yet chewy texture & are loaded with rich chunks of dark chocolate, walnuts, & pecans. finished with just a kiss of sea salt, these perfect cookies will have you coming back for more!

not your average chocolate chip cookie, these dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies have the perfect crunchy yet chewy texture & are loaded with rich chunks of dark chocolate, walnuts, & pecans.  finished with just a kiss of sea salt, these perfect cookies will have you coming back for more! a few weeks back i told you all about my mom & how we cherish our girls’ weekends (especially when they include netflix marathons & bogart’s…

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friday favorites | 06.17.16

friday favorites 06.17.2016 | plays well with butter

summer is finally in full swing in minneapolis!  this is admittedly a sentiment that any midwesterner, & especially any minnesotan, would usually be suspicious of saying out loud as there is always the chance that the last snow of the season might come late…but i’m feeling a little bold today & will just go out & say it: summer is here.  our quiet little street gets busier this time of year.  we live pretty close…

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friday favorites | 05.13.16

friday favorites 05.13.2016 | plays well with butter

tgif!!!  i’m not sure about you, but this weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.  minneapolis has constantly been covered with overcast, rainy skies this week & i am beyond ready for some sunshine & some free time (& let’s be real – some cocktails, too). like i mentioned last week, chris & i have reached the inevitable point in our year when summer really begins to ramp up & our weekend schedules are packed…

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