{Gone Pinning} Spring break!

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We tried to celebrate Brandon’s spring break from school this week, but circumstances beyond our control made that less of a reality. We did use “spring break” as our theme of the week for dinners, but the rest, relaxation and sun weren’t in our cards this week. But man, doesn’t that sound nice? I can almost see/smell/hear the sounds of the waves now…

Since I don’t have the time to travel to a fancy tropical location, I scoured the interwebs (thank you, Pinterest) for some things that get me in the mood for spring, sun and relaxation. Enjoy!

Hawaii: Yes, please  

Hawaii: Yes, please

Beach: yes, please 

Beach: yes, please

Cocktails? Yes, please.

Strawberry tequila lemonade: yes, please 

Strawberry tequila lemonade: yes, please

Kiwi blueberry mojitos: yes, please 

Kiwi blueberry mojitos: yes, please

Adult Capri Suns (vodka + lemonade): yes, please

Adult Capri Suns (vodka + lemonade): yes, please

And to drink all of this safely by the pool?

Plastic wine glasses: yes, please 

Plastic wine glasses: yes, please

Some tropical-inspired foods? Yes, please.

Monkeying around with lots of tropical fruits

Monkeying around with lots of tropical fruits

Grilled avocado salsa: yes, please 

Grilled avocado salsa: yes, please

Citrus-y cilantro shrimp: yes, please 

Citrus-y cilantro shrimp: yes, please

Vietnamese summer roll salad: yes, please 

Vietnamese summer roll salad: yes, please

{Gone Pinning} Snacks for finals

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School is not in my recent past or immediate future, but school is challenging for Brandon this quarter. Thankfully, he’s just finishing up the last week of the quarter and next week is FINALS week.

How can I help? With finals snacks! Where do I go to find some delicious, nutritious snacks for Brandon and his cohort? PINTEREST! In case you’re also supplying study treats over the next week, I’ve scoured the internet for some great ideas. Don’t worry, these are great for non-finals times too.

Snack combos

Snack combos

Chickpeas

Chickpeas

No bake energy bites

No bake energy bites

Chocolate raspberries

Chocolate raspberries

Power snacks

Power snacks

And maybe some not-so-healthy options…(via my “Sweets for my sweets” board)

Funfetti cookies

Funfetti cookies

S'more krispie treats

S’more krispie treats

Happy snacking! And good luck on finals!

{Gone Pinning} Luck ‘o the Irish

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Irish cake toppersI can’t believe that St. Patty’s day is already next week, on Monday, March 17. This year is flying by, which is good because I’m over all of this rain we’ve been having. I’ve scoured the internet for some great ideas to make your St. Patrick’s day a golden success.

We’ll be enjoying corned beef (my favorite!), potatoes, and cabbage, and if you’re not a corned beef-aholic like I am, here are some other fun Irish ideas:

Irish beef stew

Irish beef stew

Shamrock tortilla chips

Shamrock tortilla chips

Maybe we’ll deviate a little bit and combine our two favorite things: corned beef (mine) and pot pie (Brandon’s):

Corned beef pot pie

Corned beef pot pie

Corned beef and cabbage soup

Corned beef and cabbage soup

We’re always looking for desserts…

Sweet And Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie With Beer Marshmallow Meringue

Sweet And Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie With Beer Marshmallow Meringue

St. Patty's day bars

St. Patty’s day bars

Baileys Irish Cream Cookies

Baileys Irish Cream Cookies

Check out all of my ideas on my “Luck ‘o the Irish” Pinterest board. And have a wonderful St. Patty’s day!

{Gone pinning} Velveeta shortage!?

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Happy Friday! Chances are you heard the news this week: Kraft sounded the alarms that there is a Velveeta shortage that may impact all of your  upcoming football-watching playoff parties. What will we do on Superbowl Sunday (Feb. 2)!? The horror!

Velveeta

Just kidding. I’m a big cheese lover, but not necessarily a fan of “processed cheese.” Don’t get me wrong, Velveeta is great every once in awhile, but not every weekend. However, in honor of the shortage and the upcoming football holidays, today’s “Gone pinning” features Velveeta recipes.

Run, don’t walk, to the grocery store to raid whatever is left of the Velveeta stock and make some of these recipes I found on Pinterest. Or, pin the recipes you like and save them for this year’s Superbowl. Or, the 2015 Superbowl. Processed cheese lasts that long, right?

We’ll start with my favorite party dip:

I guess I do like Velveeta. This dip is bomb.com.

I guess I do like Velveeta. This dip is bomb.com.

Shepherd's pie with Velveeta

Shepherd’s pie with Velveeta

Toasted cheese sandwich

Toasted cheese sandwich

Velveeta monkey bread

Velveeta monkey bread

Broccoli cheddar soup

Broccoli cheddar soup

Fudge with Velveeta. Huh.

Fudge with Velveeta. Huh.

If the shortage does actually happen, I found a DIY recipe for Velveeta. I dare someone to make this!

DIY Velveeta

DIY Velveeta

None of these strike your fancy? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to football eats and treats. And enjoy that “cheese!”

Oh, and go Seahawks and Broncos! And, if you’ve got a few minutes, help my friend Ryan and his wife win tickets to the Superbowl. Directions are on his website: http://www.superbowl12thman.com/

{Gone Pinning} Handmade holidays

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If you’re like me, you’re both buying and making gifts this holiday season. I spent some time scouring the internet and found some great ideas for handmade holiday gifts. Find all of my Christmas-related pins here.

Perhaps, a wreath?

Chalk wreath

Chalk wreath

Felt wreath

Felt wreath

Or, some ornaments

DIY tree and snow ornaments

DIY tree and snow filled ornaments

Map ornament

Map ornament

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

DIY felt ornaments

DIY felt ornaments

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Maybe, something edible?

Hot chocolate spoons

Hot chocolate spoons

Various cocoas

Various cocoas

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Something for the dog, perhaps?

Something for the dog, perhaps?

And of course, you’ll need some of these fabulous gift tags!

Printable gift tags #1

Printable gift tags #1

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Maybe these?

Maybe these?

Happy crafting!

{Wine Wednesday} Holiday cocktails

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We’re in holiday party mode, enjoying lots of delicious foods and drinks and Christmas is but a fortnight away. (Thanks, Heather!)

On this Wine Wednesday, I’m here to share some delicious cocktails I’ve found online. It’s a {Wine Wednesday/Gone Pinning} MASH UP! Note: I’ve haven’t enjoyed these cocktails yet, but I plan to soon!

For a smaller group:

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Apple pie on the rocks

Apple pie on the rocks

Santa's Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper

For a larger group:

Holiday sangria

Holiday sangria

Sparkling holiday punch

Sparkling holiday punch

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Cheers and happy holiday season to you and yours!

{Gone Pinning} Thanksgiving appetizers

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Holy crap. It’s November. And not just the beginning of November. We’re already 1/3 done with November! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by.

Since it is mid-November, its time to be thinking about Thanksgiving. (I still can’t believe it…)

Brandon and I love to cook, but we don’t really get the opportunity to showcase our skillz at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Both of our parents are really good cooks and typically take care of most of the big dinner. Brandon and I each have siblings and we get to either bring appetizers or desserts to the big event. We haven’t been assigned a dish yet, but I thought I’d get a jump start on our options. Today, I’ll share some of the front runners for appetizers for the Thanksgiving holiday.

First, we’ll start with the baked brie recipes. I can’t get enough brie and baked brie is even more decadent. I do have a favorite recipe, but it’s a mish-mash of a few recipes and it’s not online. Come to think of it, I should probably make that dish soon, share the recipe with you and then pin it for everyone else to see and share.

Brie + jam on sticks: YUM!

Brie + jam on sticks: YUM!

Baked brie bites with pecans

Baked brie bites with pecans

Brie bites with cranberry  jam

Brie bites with cranberry jam

A cheese plate would be a great idea... I mean, how good does that look!?

A cheese plate would be a great idea… I mean, how good does that look!?

Garlic cheesy bread . Yes. Yes. Yes.

Garlic cheesy bread . Yes. Yes. Yes.

More cheese: marinated fresh mozzerella balls

More cheese: marinated fresh mozzerella balls

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites

And for the cheese haters (like Brandon):

Shrimp lime cups

Shrimp lime cups

Now I’m hungry. I hope you’ve enjoyed the fruits of my pinning. Please share some of your favorite holiday appetizer recipes in the comments below!