Monthly Archives: January 2020
Did anyone else feel like January was extra long this year? I feel like we should be halfway through February already. Of course, I also know in a few months that I will be shocked how quickly time has flown by. Maybe it has to do with it being such a slow month compared to the busy holiday months it follows. Either way, I’m ready to be inching closer to warm Spring weather and outfits!
I’m doing a two for one with today’s post and sharing a look back at what I wore in January plus your favorite items and blog posts. My month was filled with sweaters, jackets, and cardigans. When I was putting this post together, I realized I definitely had a favorite shoe this month. I included a few workout looks too. I’ve really been enjoying doing class pass this month. I found two new favorites – barre and megaformer pilates – that I’m planning to keep in my workout rotation along with gym time and spin.
My boyfriend and I have a busy weekend planned out. We are doing a little outlet shopping on Saturday, and then watching the Big Game together on Sunday! If you missed it, I shared a few Super Bowl party outfit ideas and tips on making a yummy game day snack board earlier this week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Next week is going to be all about Valentine’s Day here on the blog, I can’t wait to share the outfits with ya’ll! See you soon.
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Who is watching the big game this weekend? I have a private gathering of the boyfriend and I, and I promised him some yummy snacks! One easy party appetizer to whip up is a charcuterie board. It requires little prep work, and you can use your creativity to turn it into the eye catcher and statement maker of your snack table. I’m sharing my step by step process on how to make a charcuterie board, so you can pull this off for your next party. I love serving these for holiday parties, bridal and baby showers, dinner parties, or just a fine wine night with friends.
A few of my favorite cheeses are gouda, brie, goat cheese with honey, asiago, and port salut. All of these are on the more mild end and mix well with other party snacks. When picking meats, I look for variety packs with 3-4 meats. It helps add a good mixture and comes pre-sliced! When I’m planning to buy a large amount of fancy cheese, I usually try to stop by Trader Joe’s because they have amazing prices on their cheese.
Now let’s get to the how to portion of this post! Keep scrolling for a step by step look at how to make the perfect meat and cheese board.
Variety of hard and soft cheeses – I opt for 4-5
Variety of Italian Meats – I usually buy a variety pack
2-3 different crackers
grapes and apples
I start buy laying out my cheese on the board. For this board, I purchased 5 because I like to have an extra in case one runs out during the party. I try to have an even mix of soft and hard cheeses. Since the soft ones tend to spread a little when being served, I placed them on the island portions where they will have more space. If I plan to use a sauce dish, I will work it in during this step too.
I love that this tray has inserts for the crackers! It makes it so easy to place and keep the crackers standing. This might be a new requirement for all my cheese and cracker boards. After I decide on cheese placement, I start placing my crackers organizing them by kind. I typically opt for water crackers, a whole wheat type of cracker, and a pita cracker.
Once I have all my crackers in place, I open up my cheeses and place them in their permanent homes on the board.
I like to include a jam on the board to mix in with the cheeses. You can place this in a separate container or layer over a brie. Fig and raspberry are two of my personal favorites to mix with cheese.
Now the real fun begins. It’s time to style your board. The Italian meats are the next main part of my board, so I start placing them in the bigger areas remaining on my tray. To save space, I roll each piece and lay them next to each other. You can layer them on top of each other too.
Once I have my meat in place, I start adding fruit. I decided to add apples to my container, but you can also add them on the board and place jam or nuts in the container. Grapes make great filler for any big or small spaces needing a little color. Last, I sprinkle almonds around my brie to fill in the extra space.
With the last almond added, my charcuterie board is complete! This party appetizer can be put together pretty quickly. I like to set it out about 20 minutes prior to party time so the cheese can slightly soften and be easier to cut.
Where are all my football fans at??? I’m a pretty big football fan. For starters, I grew up in Texas, and we live and breath football here. I’ve played Fantasy Football for years, even one once! Every Sunday, you can usually catch me somewhere watching a game. Fresh out of college, I worked in sports television which only fueled my love for the game. I also formerly worked for network television station which every 3 years airs the big game. Working in sports for several years and then at a tv station that airs lots of NFL, I was engulfed in many of the back end things. Last year, I made a career change and watching football totally changed for me.
I was no longer involved in the work that went to put on the game, if something went wrong with the airing it no longer was going to be my problem come Monday morning. This football season, I got to sit back and just enjoy the games. Every so often I would miss the craziness that is football season at a tv station, but I also enjoyed getting to be on the outside of things and just enjoy the season.
As a football fan, the Super Bowl is kind of bittersweet. It’s what you’ve been watching for all season, and it also means football season and my Sunday plans are over. Over the years, I’ve hosted parties, attended parties, and watched alone. No matter what, I always had yummy football snacks and always dress for the occasion.
I rounded up 15 Super Bowl Party outfit ideas that would be perfect no matter what your game watching plans. Both team colors are red this year, so you may need add in some gold or white accessories to make your team choice stand out! When my team is not playing, I opt for a casual non-team color outfit. Keep scrolling for some Super Bowl outfit inspiration including some red outfit ideas, something for those wanting to look dressy casual but also comfy, and lots of comfy outfits!
Hosting or attending a party? Check back Wednesday for tips on creating the perfect party snack!
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Happy Happy Friday!! Oh why do short weeks always feel the longest?!?! After a busy weekend and work week, I am ready for a pretty chill and relaxing weekend to close out January. I have no plans as of right now, and I’m really excited about that. I will probably end up catching up on a few things around the house.
Back in November, I headed to my first Texas A&M football game. I mentioned it when I shared my red puffer coat a week or so ago. This maroon sweater was the other item I wore to the game. My original plan was a lightweight sweater based on the weather predictions. When the forecast changed to colder game time temps, I decided to add the coat to the mix.
Turtleneck sweaters are hit or miss for me. I don’t want to them to feel too tight around the neck. These mock neck style tops are a great alternative for the look without worrying about too tight a feel around the neck. The mock neck style in a solid color is a great basic wardrobe staple add to your closet. You can make it work both casually and professionally. A lightweight version can also be layered under cardigans, vests, and jackets.
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