Ok, Crock Pot, let's be friends

I recently became the proud owner of my very own Crock Pot! It even came with a mini Crock Pot for dipping sauces. I don't know if I'll use that, but it's certainly adorable.

The Little Dipper! 
My first Crock Pot-prepared meal was chicken noodle soup. I know that's not really the kind of thing that requires a Crock Pot, but I really wanted to use it so I searched Pinterest for a recipe to would accommodate both of my needs.

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Birthday Fun!

Having to go to work on your birthday isn't necessarily a bad thing. In my case, my birthday fell on a national holiday; however, my office does not observe that holiday (womp). I considered taking the day off, but I had some things to do so I opted to take the next day off instead. I called that my birthday present to myself.

I work with an awesome group of people. My day started with a balloon and a latte, which means it was the best Monday on record. My teammates took me to lunch in the afternoon, which was yummy and lots of fun. We talked about what'll happen when the internet implodes. Spoiler alert: We'll all be out of jobs, and I should consider learning a non-internet-based trade as a back-up. Then, after lunch, they surprised me with a homemade trifle that was DEEEEE-licious!

Yummy delicious trifle 

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Hosting parties is not for the faint of heart

I had a birthday recently (let's not discuss numbers...), and I decided to have a few friends over to my apartment to celebrate. My plan was to have a little food, some drinks, and play a solid game of Cards Against Humanity.

I went a little crazy with the snacks and decided to really put my Pinterest recipes to work. I've grown up with the mentality that you can't run out of food when you're having people over, so naturally I made way too much, especially considering the size of the group. The menu included:
  • Prosciutto-wrapped goat cheese and fig jam (a variation of this recipe)
  • 6-layer dip (like 7-layer dip, but missing a layer. This is my mom's recipe; I've included it below.)
  • Buffalo chicken bites (frozen from Costco...shhh....)
  • Guacamole deviled eggs (a variation of this recipe
  • Guacamole (from Whole Foods)
  • Hummus (from Trader Joe's)
  • Veggies and chips (for dipping...or just eating)
  • A meat and cheese platter (variety from Trader Joe's)
  • Nutella-stuffed sugar cookies (previously seen here)
  • Mini blackberry pies (previously seen here)
  • Gluten-free brownies (from a box. I'm not that skilled)
  • Sparkling sangria (I used this recipe)
  • Various other drink options
Here's a look at all the snacky-snacks...

Prosciutto-wrapped goat cheese and fig jam
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More Adventures in Baking: COOKIES!

Yeah. These happened. 
I'll get back to those good looking guys above in a second. As I mentioned in my last baking post, I also recently dabbled in the cookie game. A few months ago, I was really craving some homemade chocolate chip cookies and decided to try a recipe that came highly recommended from my coworker. I highly recommend it as well, and her refrigerate-the-dough step is CRITICAL so don't skip it!

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Can you ever have too many coasters?

The answer is yes. And I do. But I can't help it! I keep finding DIY coaster tutorials on Pinterest and I just have to make them all. I can assure you if you ever come over to my house and enjoy a beverage, I'll certainly have a coaster for you.

Tile coasters, clay coasters, bead coasters, OH MY!
This all started about two years ago when I found a tutorial on Pinterest for making tile coasters (which has apparently been taken down since then). My first attempt at making them went really, really well, and suddenly I found myself wanting to make them all the time.

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Adventures in Baking: Mini Pies!

Blackberry Mini Pie. I can assure you it tasted better than it looked. 
If you love pie (which obviously you do because you're human) and tiny things, this post is for you! I recently tried my hand at baking mini pies, and I must say they turned out pretty well. I got the idea during a (very productive) meeting with my boss where we discussed important things like our love of fruit pies and our shared confusion by people who don't like fruit pies (there was a theme, obviously).

So, inspired by this discussion, I decided to give it a shot. I tend to leave the baking to my mom, but I learned that I can handle some simple recipes on my own.

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