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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seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way

seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way via playswellwithbutter

earlier this week my hubby, chris, & i celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  this milestone has had me in a pretty emotional, grateful, & reflective headspace for quite some time.  we enjoyed every single moment of our wedding day & life has blessed us in more ways than one in the year since.  chris & i both very actively planned our wedding weekend together – from the rehearsal dinner to the playlist we handed over…

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09.12.2015…one year later.

our milwaukee wedding via playswellwithbutter

i’m changing things up a little bit this week as monday marked an important milestone in both my life & my relationship with my husband: our one year wedding anniversary.   the most common thing you’ll hear from any bride is just how quickly the wedding day will fly by.  you spend months & months planning & preparing for every second of the big day & once it finally arrives it’s like you blink & it’s…

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red wagon pizza co. | mpls

red wagon pizza company in sw minneapolis via playswellwithbutter.com

red wagon pizza company is a family-run neighborhood pizza joint in southwest minneapolis.  offering a variety of brick-oven pizzas that span far beyond your traditional pepperoni, red wagon pizza is the perfect spot for a sunday night date. great casual ambiance for couples & families alike, expansive beer & wine selections, delicious pizzas, & top-notch service.  what more could you want?  happiness is truly served here. a little over a year ago my husband (then-fiancé) chris…

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caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato

caprese turkey burgers with pesto, fresh mozzarella & heirloom tomato via playswellwithbutter

caprese turkey burgers are the perfect ode to summer.  ground turkey is mixed with farmer’s market kale pesto & grilled to perfection, topped with gooey fresh mozzarella & a beautifully ripened slice of heirloom tomato, these crowd-pleasing caprese turkey burgers definitely need to make their way into your labor day weekend itinerary.  so.  not only do i have a freakish obsession for september, i totally have a thing for holiday weekends. i know what you’re…

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grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli

grilled fries with fresh herbs & lemon pesto aioli via playswellwithbutter.com

crispy grilled fries tossed in an abundance of fresh herbs & served with a made from scratch lemon pesto aioli.  there is no better or easier snack to watch  a football game with this season, especially since you most likely have all of the necessary ingredients your pantry already & both the grilled fries & the aioli come together in under 15 minutes total.  score! guys.  tomorrow, it is SEPTEMBER!!! september is my all-time favorite month…

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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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