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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porter spiked cold brew iced coffee

porter cold brew iced coffee is a rich & creamy iced coffee cocktail perfect for springtime & summer weekend brunch vibes! the intense coffee flavor of cold brew coffee meets its perfect match in the slightly sweet & roasty flavors of dark porter beer. porter cold brew iced coffee will be your go-to coffee treat this summer! | cold brew coffee, brunch cocktail recipe, coffee cocktail recipe, spiked coffee, iced coffee |

porter cold brew iced coffee is a rich & creamy iced coffee cocktail perfect for springtime & summer weekend brunch vibes!  the intense coffee flavor of cold brew coffee meets its perfect match in the slightly sweet & roasty flavors of dark porter beer.  finished with a splash of cream (or two!), porter cold brew iced coffee will be your go-to coffee treat this summer! two years ago, when chris & i moved to minneapolis,…

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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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the best bloody marys (+ tips for a diy build your own bloody mary bar!)

these best bloody marys are going to be your favorite addition to your weekend brunch line up! they start with the perfect homemade bloody mary mix, which infuses tomato juice with tons of flavor. invite your friends over for a casual saturday brunch & prepare diy build your own bloody mary bar for a fun way to let your guests build their own best bloody marys!

these best bloody marys are going to be your favorite addition to your weekend brunch line up! best bloody marys start with a perfect homemade bloody mary mix, which infuses tomato juice with tons of flavor from citrusy lemons & limes, tang from worcestershire, & punchy heat from hot sauce & fresh horseradish.  invite your friends over for a casual saturday brunch & prepare diy build your own bloody mary bar for a fun way to…

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buffalo chicken sliders

buffalo chicken sliders make the perfect game day snack & the best part is that they come together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! | game day recipe, easy entertaining, buffalo chicken recipe, sliders recipe |

hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed full of spicy buffalo chicken, topped with tangy feta (or bleu cheese, if you prefer!) & thinly sliced roasted red peppers & baked until warm & crusty, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect game day snack!  the best part is that these buffalo chicken sliders coming together in 20 minutes from start to finish & feed a crowd of up to 12 people…it doesn’t get easier than that! so let’s…

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little celebrations lately: march ’17

little celebrations lately: march ’17

holy smokes, guys, how is tomorrow already MARCH??  i feel like i say this every month, but i don’t know where time is going…this year is FLYING.  i wanted to stop & pause for a moment to reflect on where the last month took us & also give a sneak peek of all the good things in store with a new monthly plays well with butter post series, little celebrations lately.  i dabbled into these kinds of…

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