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December 27, 2013

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Holiday Season with P.F. Chang's!

*This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

You know what I've been craving lately? Some warm, comforting Asian food. Some cold winter days just call for Asian food. Am I right or am I right? Notice I didn't give you the option that I'm wrong.

P.F. Chang’s is a modern restaurant with an Asian and American inspired menu from your typical classics to seasonal dishes. They serve it all... appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and drinks! Every time I've been, I've HAD to order the Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I remember doubting how good a lettuce wrap could be. I doubt no more. It's my favorite thing on their menu that I've tried... so far. And you can't go wrong with their Crab Wontons!

I'll never forget the time a big group of my female coworkers dined at P.F. Chang's, and my bestie wanted to order a plain piece of chicken and fries. Silly lady. P.F. Chang's is NOT the place for boring plain chicken and soggy fries. It's so much more than that. It's an experience.

This holiday season, P.F. Chang's is offering delicious new menu items: handmade dessert wontons – Chocolate Raspberry Wontons, and Sweet Vanilla Cheese Wontons.
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And two new handcrafted holiday beverages – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino, and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake. And by beverages I do mean alcoholic beverages  :)

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I would try both dessert wontons for sure! I'm not much of a peppermint fan, but that vanilla bean bourbon milkshake sounds perfect! You had me at bourbon. What a way to round out a tasty meal!

So now maybe you've got some Christmas spending money, maybe even a gift card to P.F. Chang's... if so now would be a great time to stop in to try out their holiday menu items. You'd really hate to miss out on the chance to try those dessert wontons and holiday beverages! Maybe I'll see you there :)

What holiday dessert and beverage are you most excited to try?

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Happy holidays, friends! 


Peace, and bacon grease!






December 24, 2013

Foodie Gift Guide


Ok, if any of you are like me or my fiancee, you still have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do. For those of you who are all finished.... I like to call you overachievers! :) Or am I an underachiever? 

Anyway, if you're looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts for the foodie in your life, look no further! Here's a not-even-close-to-complete gift guide for foodies. They'll love you long time.

I LOVE Sur la Table. Could spend HOURS in that place. No lie. I love this Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Scoop.







































Wooden salad bowl and hands.

























Foodie iphone cases

Foodie Phone Cases




 








 







 

Foodie props! Like pretty straws and cupcake liners.






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Best Ever Cupcake Icing Kit.






































  
Slate Cheese Board.



Le Creuset Dutch Oven or anything Le Creuset really. 




































Unbreakable Drinking Ware

Unbreakable Drinking Ware





 






















Wilton's Deluxe Tip Set and Master Tip Set.

Master Tip Set 



































Joseph Joseph nesting mixing bowls.





















Beer Tasting Glass Set






















Keurig Single Cup Brewer.

K-Cup® Single Cup Brewer






































Kitchenaid Blender and Slow Cooker.

 









 







  











































Fancy measuring spoons.


  






































chalkboard spice jars from anthropologie





























Macarons!

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Gary Poppins popcorn. My faves are the Cheddar (so cheesy!), White Cheddar Jalapeno, Cheddar Bacon Ranch, and Chocolate Oreo. 






















  
Hickory Farms sausage and cheese gift set.




















 








Lindt Gourmet Chocolate Bars. I especially love their Hello My Name Is Bars.

 


























Chuao Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Candy Bars.
























And of course... cookbooks written by food bloggers! (from top right to left)






































The Recipe Girl Cookbook, by RecipeGirl.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, by The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling, by Tartelette.

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner, by Steamy Kitchen.

The Picky Palate Cookbook, by Picky Palate.

The Craft Beer Cookbook, by The Beeroness.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Smitten Kitchen.

Joy the Baker Cookbook, by Joy the Baker.

Absolutely Avocados, by What's Gaby Cooking.

Sally's Baking Addiction, by Sally's Baking Addiction.
  

  
Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen, and Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites, by Our Best Bites.

Six Sisters' Stuff: Family Recipes, Fun Crafts, and So Much More, by Six Sisters' Stuff.
  
Lick the Bowl Good: Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist, by Lick the Bowl Good.

The New Southwest, by Scarletta Bakes, which I've reviewed on the blog.


Happy shopping!


Peace, and bacon grease!


December 20, 2013

Obsessions + Confessions

I've missed you!!!!

I apologize about the lack of recipes this year month. It's the end of the fall semester, PLUS I started two new Saturday classes at the end of November. So wrong! You think you're done with the semester, but then 2 new classes sneak up on you like BAM! No break for you! But I do get a nice little holiday break from school. I'll take it :)

Time for some of my current obsessions + confessions.

This outfit. Plus her new show, Courtney Loves Dallas. Reality TV about a fashion blogger? From a show I used to watch? I'm in.

These Snowman Milk Bottles are THE cutest!

I'll admit it. I'm such a Taylor Swift fan. She's adorable guys! And I love her songs. I like to think if we hung out we'd be BFFs and cook together and play hopscotch on her rug and dance and dance and dance until we can't dance no mo. 

This nail polish would be the perfect last-minute Christmas present for the girlies in your life!

I've never eaten one, but I have an unhealthy obsession with macarons and their cuteness. I mean come on guys, Penguin Macarons with Eggnog Ganache? I get it. You're now also obsessed with macarons and their cuteness.

And while we're talking macarons, how about these White Chocolate Ganache Filled Gingerbread Macarons

The perfect holiday treat. Bourbon + sugar + pecans. Did I mention bourbon?

Another holiday treat - these Meringue Acorns with Salted Pistachios and Chocolate are so creative and pretty! 

This Apricot Orange Twisted Coffee Cake would be the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for your family.

You know those round butter cookies that come in those blue tins and only appear in stores at Christmas time? I love those cookies! These remind me of those, but with rosemary. All sorts of right.

2 of my fave things - salted caramel + egg nog! Win + win.

Add this cookie to your holiday tray. Nutella + sea salt + brown butter... these could quite possibly be the best cookies of all time. 

How are you guys on Christmas shopping? Done? Almost done? Haven't started? I hate leaving mine to the last minute. I have about half done but am feeling the pressure! PJ cracks me up... he usually goes on Christmas eve and buys all of my presents (he's so busy at work in December so doesn't have time earlier than that, and I buy for his side of the family) and gets it all done the day before Christmas. Boys!

Come back soon for a post about last-minute gift ideas for the foodie in your life.


Peace, and bacon grease!


 

December 6, 2013

Obsessions + Confessions

Obsessions + Confessions time!!!

Did you all have fantastic Thanksgivings? I did, I did! Busy, but fantastic. We spent Thanksgiving day eating yummy food at my mama's house. Then Friday I met up with some grade school friends :) Always fun. Saturday we had another Thanksgiving dinner at PJ's mom's house. Again, yum. She's the best cook! Sunday I made my own little Thanksgiving dinner of Roasted Turkey Breast, Creamy Cranberry Salad, Stuffing Muffins, and No-Drippings Onion Gravy. It all turned out delicious! I wish I had gotten better pics. Maybe I'll post recipes next Thanksgiving :)

Are you still in turkey mode? Have some leftover turkey in the freezer? Get your turkey AND pumpkin fix with these Turkey Melts with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Pumpkin Mayo

Caramelized Onions, mushrooms, apples, and gruyere cheese all in one bite? Ok maybe two. Sold. 

Not quite ready to let go of fall yet, especially with these Mini Caramel Apple Pies

Ever since a coworker let me try some straight-from-KY Apple Pie Moonshine, I've loved all apple-flavored alcoholic beverages, including my current fave beer, Angry Orchard  Ciders. These homemade Apple Spice Cocktails? Yessssss.

Apparently I'm really feelin caramel apple right now. Doesn't the photo for these No Bake Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake in a Jar make you wanna lick your screen?? 

How can you make a pound cake even better? Add apple bits to the batter and then drench it in caramel. Ok done.

Ok, one more before I switch to Christmas mode. This Harvest Cobb Salad is everything.

Time for Christmas! I love these Rosemary Wreath Place Cards for your holiday parties and gatherings! So creative.

Is this real life right now? Crusted baked cheese as a pizza crust??!?! Topped with shrimp and mushrooms?!?! This can't be real life.

This Cheesy Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie is the perfect comfort food and definitely going on a dinner plan soon.

I'm praying for lots of snow so my Saturday classes get canceled. Don't judge me!  

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela! May your message live on.



Peace, and bacon grease!