Food & Friends

I have amazing neighbors. We genuinely like each other, and spend a lot of time hanging out with each other in the spring, summer and fall. A lot of it is outdoors, so once the winter rolls around, we have to make a more concerted effort to get together. And so, every month in the winter, we have soup night. Each family takes turns hosting, and its a super casual evening that features soup, wine and signature cocktails, dessert, and lots of laughter.

The source of laughter is usually the cult adult party game, Cards Against Humanity. Now, we have the original series, as well as two expansion packs, but since we've played so many times, I was on the hunt for something new. And then I found it-- the third party, unaffiliated, and even more politically incorrect (in every single way) expansion set: Crabs Adjust Humidity. Now the set VERY  CLEARLY states that you must have the original game for this to make any sense, so make sure you start with the original set. But these cards are really really outrageous. Take everything you love about Cards, and take it up 5x and you have Crabs. Here's an example of some of the more, umm, "normal" cards in the set. 

I'm so excited to play this weekend when Nick and I host soup night (despite the 50F temperatures expected, which isn't exactly soup weather) and really experience the whole set.

Before I leave you for the weekend, I want to share links to three kick-ass recipes that I made this week: two are crockpot recipes, and one is a super quick and easy oven/stovetop version. They were all really really good, but I've ranked these from my most favorite down.

1.  Thai chicken meatballs with peanut sauce

2. Crockpot Bolognese

3. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I've been pinning a whole lot of recipes and inspiration boards lately, so follow me on Pinterest to see what's catching my eye!

See you Monday! 

This Weekend in CLE- entertaining, yoga, and general relaxation!

This was actually a fairly low-key weekend as far as most of our weekends go...

Saturday, I visited the West Side Market for the first time in a very long while. That parking lot is a complete mess! Back in the day when I was a WSM regular, I used to go first thing in the morning. That was, however, before my days of Fresh Fork and Saturday morning workouts. Anyway, my noon trip this past weekend involved me circling the parking lot for 20 minutes trying to find a spot! Lesson to be learned here: go early!! The whole reason for the Market trip was that N and I hosted a cookout Saturday evening; the menu was a bunch of different kebabs + signature champagne and burbon cocktails.

I really like my signature cocktail, which was an adaptation of a recipe I saw on pinterest- half a quart of orange sherbet + 3 bottles of bubbles!

Jo, Charity, Carla, Danielle, Jess. The boys were inside watching the Browns kickoff. 

Sunday, Allison and I went to a 2 hour yoga workshop, where I almost got into a handstand, which was pretty much the extent of me leaving my house (don't worry, I did get outside and enjoy the weather, it just happened to be at home).

The puppies were super cute this weekend-- I posted this on Instagram over the weekend- they make me laugh so much. Clair is wearing my snood (scarf/hood) that I got at Made in the 216 last month, and Otto is falling asleep sitting up!  

Given that I spent most of the weekend in super casual shorts + blouse/ workout clothes, my style highlight was this outfit channeling Audrey Hepburn.  
Dress from Target, Ray Ban aviators, necklace from Banyan Tree

Well, I am off to Denver for the day, so hope you have a happy Monday!! 

Bubbles & Sparkles- A Stella & Dot Party

Its been a crazy couple of weeks, so I apologize for not being in touch on the blog. BUT, it is summer in Cleveland, so can you really blame me? : )

A few weeks ago, I hosted a Stella & Dot party with the theme "Bubbles & Sparkles," which was, as the name suggests, an excellent excuse to consume bubbles and ooh and aah over shiny things. Our stylist for the evening was Jennifer, and she brought over some lovely pieces from the summer collection; honestly, I probably tried on everything!!!

Here are some pictures from the evening...

 The drinks.... we went through 8 bottles...

 The spread... it was very hot, so I stuck to cold nibbles...

Danielle and Courtney trying on goodies... 

 The sparkles...

 Lisa, Courtney and Janet giving the pieces a try...

 Beautiful ladies on the patio... Alexa, Allison J, Lisa, Tiffany, Sara, Janet and Danielle... there was a lot of very loud chatter and laughter that evening-- LOVE LOVE LOVE evenings with the girls!

And last, but certainly not least, my purchases.... I absolutely ADORE the packaging!!

So, I placed my order on a Thursday, and even though they say its 5-7 business days for delivery, I had my pieces in my hand the following Thursday! Unfortunately, my earrings broke in transit, but a quick email to my stylist Jennifer, and a return authorization was issued immediately! As with exchanges with most companies, they requested that I send back the defective pair before they would send out the new one- I sent them out first thing Tuesday, and I had my new earrings on Thursday!! Talk about fast!! Although I was a little disappointed that I couldn't wear the earrings on day 1, I was very very impressed by level of customer service!

Stella and Dot just released its fall collection this past week, and here are some of my favorites: So what are you coveting this fall?

So what sparkles are you coveting this fall?