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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spicy candied nuts with bacon

spicy candied nuts with bacons via playswellwithbutter | not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack

not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack for any special guy in your life.  make a double batch to keep some for yourself – you’ll thank me when you do! ahhhh, dads.  they are pretty easy creatures to figure out.  just give ’em some…

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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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bulletproof coffee protein latte

bulletproof coffee protein latte via playswellwithbutter | a dreamy, creamy latte that is beyond delicious, of satisfying protein & healthy fats, & completely easy to make at home via playswellwithbutter.com

bulletproof coffee protein latte.  a dreamy, creamy latte that is beyond delicious, chock-full of satisfying protein & healthy fats, & completely easy to make at home with no fancy equipment required.  oh, & it only requires 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  do i have your attention yet? i first heard of bulletproof coffee a few years back.  a former co-worker, who was super into nutrition & even jumped on the paleo…

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the ultimate cheese board gift basket

the ultimate cheese board gift basket | plays well with butter

this weekend was a busy one – it completely (& sadly) flew by!  between watching chris run in his first ever half marathon & hosting the in-laws, practically every moment was jam packed with places to be & people to see.  for a homebody like me it was quite a change of pace from recent weekends, which have for the most part only blissfully involved parenthood marathons on netflix & ice cream on our sofa. …

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bogart’s doughnut co. | mpls

bogart's doughnut co. via playswellwithbutter | delicious donuts hand-made in the heart of south minneapolis

remember that show “wife swap”?  in the event that you’re not the reality tv junkie that i proudly am, it was a terrible reality show on abc that aired when “survivor”, “big brother”, “trading spaces”, & “american idol” were on the rise & other pretty garbage reality concepts started creeping out of the woodwork.   the premise of “wife swap” is simple:  the producers of the show would find two moms with differing philosophies on…

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perfect guacamole

a method for the *perfect* guacamole (every single time!) via playswellwithbutter.com

guacamole.  the great unifier, a solution to all of life’s problems.  wallowing over a bad break-up?  guacamole.  celebrating a promotion?  guacamole (& margaritas!).  vying to win the popularity contest at your upcoming office pot-luck or hoping to make new friends at a super bowl party?  guacamole. guacamole, guacamole, guacamole. my love affair with guacamole began back in my college days, when i learned the secret tricks to making the *perfect* guacamole. *perfect* guacamole?  you may…

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