Saturday, April 26, 2014

What's to Eat?? Caprese Bites

Remember my other post(here) about how I was going to make juicy grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh and awesome smelling basil, drizzled with balsamic, two ways? The first way was a pasta route, heartier, fuller, but this way is a caprese bite.  Perfect for when guests come over  or just when you want a quick and refreshing snack! The best part is that it is done in THREE, yes, 3 easy steps! And only has 5 ingredients! (HINT HINT Boys, sure way to impress your date without having to do that much work!)
What you will need::
  • Grape tomatoes, 1/2 cup cut in half or quartered
  • 1/2-1/3 cup of basil, cut in half or thirds
  • 1/2-1 cup mozzarella balls
  • Balsamic glaze to drizzle 
  • Toothpicks for decor and fun!

Start off by cutting your washing your basil and grape tomatoes and then cut your tomatoes.

Drizzle on some balsamic glaze over your mozzarella to your desired liking.

And now you can finish it off however you like! I like to start off first with the mozzarella, than adding a basil piece, and finishing it off with the grape tomato, with the cut side facing down(putting it on the toothpick last) so it stabilizes your bite. 

Is your mouth salivating right now? I'm about to devour all of this myself! Sorry guests!
Check back Monday for a floral and fun Mani Monday.
Enjoy the rest of your beautiful weekend!
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

TGIF!  I can't believe we are almost done with the fourth month of this year! I feel like just a week or two ago I was saying the same thing about March! Well anyways, I'm really excited about this nice weather lately, which brings me to my favorites for this week!

Favorite Date:: I'm sure we all have been waiting for this date, the most perfect date, courtesy of Miss Congeniality :)

Favorite Spring Appetizer:: Check back this week to learn how I made this favorite and simple snack of mine!

Favorite Prank:: I found this on Pinterest and couldn't stop laughing! Could you imagine?!

Favorite Weekend Activity:: Enjoy the weather, go outdoors, change up your workout routine, and go ziplining and on a ropes course! One of my favorite things to do!

Favorite Word:: You never know…. :)

Check back tomorrow for a quick appetizer recipe!
Have a great weekend!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Mani Monday:: Minnie Mouse Inspired

Happy Monday!! Hope you guys had a fun-filled and great weekend! This week's Mani Monday is a fun, kid-inspired one! Perfect for the spring weather and just having fun!
 Brings me back to my younger days but at the same time, still has a sense of classy fashion in the sense that there is just something about black and white polka dots and the color red that just always look so timeless and great together! But anyways, this design does remind me of the good 'ol little cutie, Minnie Mouse :) So fun!

Check back later this week for one of my new favorite recipes!
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

OOTD:: Sunday Afternoons at the Wineries

Now the Spring weather is here! (well, slowly but surely) we want to take advantage of these beautiful days by spending all our time outside! What other way to spend your Sunday than a trip over to a winery, or three!

Remember my last post about "Winery Hopping" (to check it out click here!) My friends and I like to head over to Virginia and make a fun-filled day over it, checking out different wineries each time and bringing along food and making a picnic as well! Well this time, we chose Casanel Vineyards, Bogati Bodega and Vineyards, and finished off with Village Winery. I love winery hopping because not only do you get to explore more wines and more vineyards, you can get with your friends, do a potluck style, and be snacking on food all day, soaking in the sun, playing frisbee or cards, laying on the grass, and taking advantage of the full day! 
With a quick overview of each place, we started off with Casanel first. Loved it! Love the ambiance, the wines, and how they told the history of how they started and how it is a family-owned business.  After our wine, we ate our first meal here, soaking in the spring sun. After an hour or two of munching and talking, we finally left and headed over to Bogati Bodega.  This place was my second favorite, but not somewhere I would probably go again. They staff and interior was nice, I just wasn't feeling the wines here.  BUT the nice part was, you could bring in some chocolate and have a chocolate/wine tasting, um, HELLO! Right after our tasting, we headed over to our final destination over at this cute little cabin called Village Winery.  This place was very unique in that they had box wines, yes, you read right, box wines! None of that Franzia college wine, actual wine made and assembled into a box! What a neat concept! Sadly, the wine here and I didn't match flavors.  The man behind it all was extremely sweet, and we actually spent most of our time here outside relaxing and eating again, but wine wise, not my cup of tea.

Onto the outfit of the day! It was slightly chilly in the morning and evening, the blankets helped.  But the afternoon was perfect and so warm! I opted for some fun, printed shorts, a white blouse, paired with sandals for all the walking and a cardigan in case I was chilly (remember, layering is key!) Check out my day, yourself!

picnic time!

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