We’ve all been scrolling through Facebook and seen one of those videos… you know, the kind that show a creative, yet simple recipe in 30 seconds or less. We all think to ourselves “hey, I’m kind of an idiot in the kitchen, but I bet I could make THAT!” And then we share it on our own wall or a friend’s, save it in our mental archives, but then probably never actually make it. Well, I decided to take the #1 shared recipe video from Buzzfeed’s “Tasty” Facebook page and see if it actually does turn out that delicious looking if I made it myself!
The recipe I chose was for a Cheesy Spinach And Artichoke Bread Ring Dip (find the video here). Mmmmm drooling just typing that. The video is 50 seconds long, and features a straight-forward, easy-to-follow recipe for this awesome looking appetizer. You only need one bowl and one skillet, so I figured this would be the perfect tester.
What’s nice about these videos is that the recipe is written out for you directly underneath the video, so I didn’t have to rewind and pause to follow along. I did watch the video for a few instructions – how much to mix the ingredients, and how to place the bread rolls, but other than that, the written recipe was my main source.
After I re-watched the vid to make sure I did everything correctly, I popped my creation in the oven for 25 minutes and Voila! This is the end result. Pretty spot on, right??
Overall, I learned that these videos can be more than just another random post on our Facebook feeds. Use them! Try them out! Pick your favorite TODAY and go grab all of the ingredients. It was really fun to follow the video and recipe, and I love this 21st century-style cookbook. :)
SISTER TIP: For this particular recipe, you needed 12 frozen dinner rolls, but I could not find any at the store, all they had were 6 large-sized rolls. Being the genius that I am, I simply cut the rolls in half and lined them around the skillet. They’re not perfectly round anymore, but I actually like the size of these better, if you can’t find mini rolls!
Everybody needs a lil R&R, but there’s other times when you really just wanna get out there with your boo thing and have a good old fashioned date night! Date nights are an amazing way to bond with your significant other. You build memories, experience new things, and spend quality time with each other in a meaningful way. I’ve talked with friends and family about their favorite unique date night ideas for the month of December! Each of these is perfect for a fall-winter transition before the hectic holiday season i upon us.
- Drive through the city to see holiday decorations and Christmas lights.
- Take part in a community service project, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen, or creating packs with warm weather gear to give to homeless shelters. (This is my favorite website to find volunteer opportunities!)
- Bake some goodies together to pass out to your neighbors. Who wouldn’t love getting some homemade treats? Try out this easy banana bread recipe!
- Watch Ted Talks and discuss your thoughts with your partner. This one’s my favorite!
- Is there an Ikea near you? Walk through it to get some ideas and get some fantastic cheap grub in their cafeteria.
- Create a “power outage date night”. No lights, no phones, no laptops, no TV. Be creative!
- Make a video and put it on YouTube. What a fun way to capture something unique to both of you. Look forward to the comments section.
- Sign up for a date night cooking class. Homemade pasta making is a must!
- Check out Groupon’s “Local: Things to Do” category for all sorts of unique date night deals. BYOB paint night or a Segway experience sound fun!
- Beat the winter blues by working out together! Get a sweat in at your local gym, or try something new like taking a Yoga or Spin class.
- Comedy clubs are my favorite way to spend a weekend. Improv allows you to really be a part of the act!
- Be a tourist! Drive to your closest big city, book a fancy hotel, and sightsee all the romantic things the town has to offer.
- Splurge on great seats to a sporting event.
- Indoor skydiving is a great way to expend all that pent up adrenaline the winter months bring!
- Give each other a $200 budget and you each get to spend it however you like. Shopping? Dinner? Drinks? Show?
- Have an extravagant five-course meal at different restaurants. Grab a pre-dinner drink at a bar, an appetizer somewhere else, meal, dessert, and night-cap. See what your area has to offer!
Do you have unique winter date ideas to share??
Meet the midi skirt.Maxis are too summery and minis are certainly not working in this midwest weather. Midis are fall’s easiest to style fashion piece and a must for any girly girl wardrobe! The midi skirt is exactly what it sounds like – MID calf length.
If you need the perfect November midi, you must go to New York and Company and order this Eva Mendes Collection Clare Full Skirt. Plus right now it’s 40% off, so it doesn’t break the bank and you’ll look fabulous all season long!
What midi skirts will you wear this fall??
It’s that time of year again…! Finding appropriate clothing to wear to family functions that both screams “I’m festive!” and “I’m an adult!” while still saying “But feed me and buy me presents!” I’ve never really gone for red clothing. I didn’t think it looked great against my skin tone, it just seems so harsh!
But this weekend, I found this amazingly chic holiday red pant suit from New York & Company and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, work Christmas parties, or just a nice night getting together with friends.
The thing I love about New York and Company is the uniqueness of their looks. I swear they have the most well-fitting and creative patterns and styles out there, particularly for the holidays!
They just get me and know how to dress a lady.
I was so excited to try Bake 425 because I LOVE love love their business model and unique idea to sell bake-at-home pizzas fresh to order. What an awesome idea! Buy a pre-made artisanal pizza, pop it in the oven (yes at 425 degrees, get it?) when you get home, and you have fresh, piping-hot za for dinner! Plus, they use organic, locally sourced ingredients with no GMOs, no chemical preservatives, and the meat is antibiotic-free. Wait, why have I not been ordering a pizza from here every night of my life?
Ok, all that fancy amazing healthy stuff aside, the pizzas from Bake 425 are just plain delicious. The topping choices and combinations are among the most unique I’ve ever seen. The crust is a game changer, it’s so fresh and crunchy, I couldn’t believe it came from my own oven, ha! Check out this menu.
Super creative and fantastic. Friends have commented that the Omnivore is the best pizza they have ever had. I chose to try out the 14″ Braised Short Rib and lemme tell ya. It was. Incredible.
I also ordered the Farmstand salad, which was fresh and fantastic (perfect for leftover lunch), and the absolute best part of this experience…. drumroll please….
THEY GIVE YOU AN UNBAKED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE TO MAKE FOR DESSERT!
Oh man this is so revolutionary! Pop this gigantic cookie in the oven as soon as your pizza comes out, and it’s all gooey and warm and ready for you by the time you’ve had a few slices. Genius.
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Fall get-togethers are so much fun! There’s a ton of party ideas that are ideal for October and November, and the possibilities to entertain guests are endless. I knew I wanted a unique dessert treat for a fall party this week, so I put together a fun Caramel Apple Fondue bar! Who doesn’t love dipping delicious yummies in warm, sweet caramel?
I found this recipe from Taste of Home, which is my go-to website for easy-to-follow recipe. The best part about this treat bar is the amount of options you have for sweet and salty dippers.
Here are some ideas for your caramel fondue bar:
- Sliced apples
- Sliced bananas
- Vanilla wafers
- Animal crackers
- Graham crackers
- Pound cake
- Angel food cake
If you need a cute fondue pot that’s versatile and easy to use, I recommend Fondue Mugs. They use a tea light to keep it warm, and they’re so darn cute and the perfect size for a small get together!
I’m pretty much the most impatient cook ever. 10-hour pork roast? Count me out. 5-hour simmered soup? No thanks. But ten-minute pumpkin french toast?? I can get on board with that! 😀
I found this recipe on the side of the canned pumpkin I bought on sale last week, so I thought I’d give it a go. The reason I love this recipe so much? The pumpkin taste isn’t overwhelming at all. On the contrary, it adds just enough flavor to make this breakfast perfect for fall, without overdoing it or being too sweet.
If you need a breakfast (or want a unique dinner like I just had!) try out this ready in ten minutes french toast. You won’t regret it!
If you’re a female and need an easy Halloween costume to celebrate the best week of the year, look no further! I’ve posted DIY Halloween costumes each year, and this year, our staff theme at work is Disney, so I knew I had to post my two top choices for easy costumes you can make right at home! The only thing I had to purchase was a blonde wig, so I consider my wallet in pretty good shape, considering Halloween can be one of the most expensive holidays to celebrate!
For my DIY Alice costume, I used all things that I already had at home, which was a great money saver! Grab the tutu from Windsor here, the black bow headband here, and my fun storybook character blonde wig here!
Minnie is super easy, and I’ve seen tons of people already prepare this costume so far! You can add anything you want to make this costume more detailed – white gloves, red polka dot skirt, and even yellow shoes. I kept it simple with some Minnie ears, a pearl necklace, and a polka dot button down. Oh, and don’t forget to dab some eyeliner for a cute little mouse nose.
What will YOU be for Halloween this year???
The best part of my summer was getting to know tons of Chicago bloggers and getting to go to events all over the city! Two of Chicago’s finest fashion bloggers are Samantha from Gold Coast Girl and Peggy from Hallways Are My Runways. The best part about these chicks is they’re teachers by day and bloggers by night, just like me! 😀 I also met Katherine from Engineering In Style, which is a super unique fashion blog from the perspective of one smart cookie engineer.
Our last girls’ night out, we shared our latest fall obsession, which is fringe fringe and more fringe. I thought I’d share our unique takes on fringe this season, and hopefully you can gain some inspiration for yourself!
Have you worn anything fringe this fall?? Is fringe back in….ge?
Although I’m not a huge sandwich gal, I love myself a good panini. Paninis have a nice crunch and texture to them and you can pretty much customize them any way you like, with leftovers and any meats or veggies you might have around your house.
I was in the mood for a perfect fall meal last week, and what is more appropriate for the start of October than cranberries, turkey, brie and apples?? The total cost for four sandwiches was less than $20, and I served with a simple side salad made with baby spinach, arugula, pepper and fresh lemon juice.
SISTER TIP: If you don’t have a panini press, a large pan on the stovetop works too! Preheat it on medium heat, and simply weight down the sandwich while it cooks.