Food & Drink | Weeknight Dinners

SHEET PAN NACHOS

February 1, 2018

Sheet Pan Nachos

I bring you this deliciousness just in time for your Super Bowl party this weekend or just, ya know, your random Thursday night dinner;)

These sheet pan nachos are super easy to make and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The cleanup is simple too, which is a bonus! Plus you can get creative with your toppings and mix it up depending on your mood.

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Travel

OUR WHIRLWIND TRIP TO JAPAN

January 30, 2018

Tokyo Kyoto trip guide

We got back one week ago from our trip to Japan! It was such a cool experience and completely exceeded my expectations. Mark had been picked to participate in a conference at his company’s headquarters in Tokyo and I of course immediately jumped on board to go with!

Mark went for 10 days and I joined him for the second half. After travel time, I ended up having 4 nights and about 3.5 days in Japan, and while that sounds super quick, it actually felt like a long vacation because we squeezed SO much in. We even did a day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto!

I only know a few people who have been to Japan, but everything I’d heard is that it’s like going to a different planet… and I have to agree. We had such an amazing time, the people are so nice, public transit is insane and the food is incredible- but it’s really unlike any other big city I’ve ever been to. So today I’m sharing some of the things we did and our favorite moments from our whirlwind trip to Japan.

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Book Club

JANUARY 2018 BOOK LIST

January 26, 2018

January Book List

Happy Friday! I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home after a busy week of travel to Tokyo for fun and Syracuse for work. Stay tuned for my post about our time in Tokyo next week! Mark and I had such a fun time exploring the city over a whirlwind three and a half days and I can’t wait to share my pics and tips for seeing the city in a short time frame.

In the meantime, I’m rounding up some of my favorite recent reads. Any of these would be perfect if you’re looking to curl up with a book this weekend! And don’t forget you can check out all my Book List posts by clicking the Book Club tab at the top of the page.

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Baking

THE INTERNET’S CURRENT BIGGEST COOKIE CRAZE

January 18, 2018

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

There is a cookie taking over your Instagram feed (if you follow a lot of baking blogs at least). And it is this masterpiece: Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread. OMG. I’d been drooling over photos of this deliciousness for about a week before I knew I had to make it.

The recipe comes from Alison Roman’s new cookbook, Dining In and it’s been shared online by Bon Appetit. It’s made with lots of salted butter (something I never bake with) and chocolate chunks and the resulting treat is less like a chocolate chip cookie and more of a buttery shortbread.  My verdict after making these is that the most popular cookie on Instagram is definitely worth the hype!

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Travel

BEST TIPS FOR PLANNING A TRIP

January 16, 2018

I love planning trips! Whether it is a week long vacation in another country or a day-trip to somewhere in Southern California, there are few things I love more than researching a new location and picking out the best things to do and most delicious places to eat. I should have been a travel adviser in another life!

As I was putting together an agenda for a trip I’m leaving on tomorrow (stay tuned on Instagram to find out where!) I thought it could be helpful to share how I plan out trips. When Mark and I travel together he handles a lot of the more technical stuff like flights/ hotels and I do the daily itinerary planning which I find fun! So these best tips for planning a trip focus on how I plan out the details, not the basics of getting to/ from and staying in a location.

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