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Skillet Rolls for Two

Need rolls for a dinner party of two? Use this small batch recipe to make 4 soft rolls coated in butter, herbs, and Parmesan cheese.

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend, I know I sure have. Came home to flowers and Red Velvet Oreos on Friday followed by dinner at the Explorer’s Club. Then Saturday cooked dinner at home to avoid the masses. And it gave me an excuse to recreate a fantastic meal I had in Seattle.

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After Peabody shared a recipe for caramelized root beer short ribs and then Kita made oven roasted fall veggie risotto (both inspired by one of our meals while in Seattle), I knew the two were going to happen in my kitchen as soon as possible. It just happened to conveniently land on the weekend of Valentine’s Day. I thought about making my rosemary mac and cheese to go with it (which was another Seattle-inspired recipe) but instead went with a small batch of rolls. Roll them in butter, pesto, and Parmesan and it’ll be more than just a regular old dinner roll.

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Two years ago: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Three years ago: Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Four years ago: Chocolate Covered Cherries
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Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chewiest chocolate chip cookies now come in red velvet. Rich red velvet color and flavor with sweet white chocolate chips.

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Welcome to the I-stopped-counting-how-many reincarnation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. I am surprised it took me so long to make a red velvet version, especially since I’ve made a small batch green velvet. It is such an easy transition, just add a little cocoa powder, red food coloring, and use white chocolate chips. It has the look and flavor of red velvet while keeping the best quality of these cookies – chewiness.

Today may be Friday the 13th but it is also the day before Valentine’s Day so beat the bad luck voodoo and whip up some magic in the form of cookies.

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One year ago: Captain Rodney’s Baked Cheese Dip

Two years ago: White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts

Three years ago: Pasta with Vodka Sauce
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Homemade Lip Balms Revisit

Get kissable lips at home with homemade lip balms made with coconut oil. So easy you make you may never buy lip balm again!

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I love holidays. Any excuse to decorate things, eat candy and/or cook festive foods is alright by me. But my favorite part has always been handing out things, which came out in force for Valentine’s Day (although it pretty much extends to every holiday now). I poured so much attention into putting together little packages to hand out to my friends at school that even to this day I buy silly Valentine’s Day cards to hand out – this year it’s scratch-n-sniff dessert ones. But it doesn’t stop there, I usually whip up some sort of homemade goodie whether it be cookies, hot cocoa mix, or here lately it’s DIY gifts such as lip balms.
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DIY Heart Shoe Clips

Add a little sparkle to your step for Valentine’s Day with these sequined heart shoe clips. Perfect for your flats or heels.

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After a successful week full of spicy, saucy, sexy bites with #TripleSBites to get you prepared for Valentine’s Day, I decided to throw some festive DIY posts at you this week. First I shared a list of DIY gift ideas, followed by a Stitch Fix review to add to your wishlist, and now a cute craft to make your feet sparkle.

When I first saw the tutorial for making these heart shoe clips I imagined myself attempting and epically failing, emulating those “Pinterest fails, nailed it!”posts. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy they were to put together and only took about 15 minutes. These shoe clips can be worn on heels or flats and can be made in any shape/color you prefer. I’m tempted to make shoe clips for every holiday!

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One year ago: Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Two years ago: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Four years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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February 2015 Stitch Fix

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It’s Stitch Fix time again! I don’t shop much beyond groceries and crafty things these days so it’s fun to get this box in the mail. What I like best is that you can pick how frequently they arrive from as frequently as once a month to as little as only when you ask for one. Right now I am thinking every other month may suit me. For more details on Stitch Fix and how it works, check out my post from December 2014. Otherwise, let’s dig in!

Side note: Stick through the entire post and you’ll also get a chance for a free month of another fun fashion service – Rocksbox.

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14 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Give gifts from the heart this Valentine’s Day with this list of DIY gifts. From homemade lip balms to red velvet hot chocolate, I’ve got you covered. 

Making a gift for your dude? Paint a mug with loveable phrases, inside jokes, monogram, favorite sports team/movie/whatever and fill it with a bag full of homemade hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. Heck maybe he’d enjoy some manly peppermint lip balm too.

Wanna go crazy and make gifts for your friends? Doodle hearts onto the mugs and fill with a bag of chai tea mix, homemade chocolate lip balm, and some sparkly hair ties. I’m tempted to make myself the same combo.

And in case you are also in need of menu planning ideas, check out the links below for previous years’ Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundups:

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Red Velvet Creme Brulee for Two

Welcome to the combination of red velvet and creme brulee. With so much decadence in one dessert, you’ll be glad it only serves two.

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When it comes to cooking holiday meals preparation is key, even when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Unless you are cooking the meal together, you don’t want to spend the entirety of Valentine’s Day in the kitchen so if possible knock out some steps head of time. So the day before you should marinade the meat and make this creme brulee.

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This creme brulee recipe is perfect for Valentine’s day not just because it is red velvet, it only makes 2 servings and is pretty easy to make as far as creme brulees go. And creme brulee is fancy. By making it the day or two before means all you have to do is show off your pyro skills and toast the sugar on top right before serving. Dessert and a show!

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Two years ago: Valentine’s Funfetti 7 Layer Bars

Three years ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone

Four years ago: Oreo Truffles
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DIY No Sew Faux Roman Shade

Get fancy looking Roman shades without the cost or the need for a sewing machine with this easy tutorial to make your own faux Roman shade!

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Originally I had planned on sharing a fun DIY Valentine’s Day craft today, but evidently things did not go as planned. This whole having a full time job thing really takes up time I could be baking and crafting haha. But anywho, instead I am sharing another DIY home decor project that I tackled – no sew roman shades. Because the window in the stairwell looked naked.

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This tutorial is for those of you who do not own a sewing machine but still want to play with fabric. Instead of stitching you will use iron on hem tape which binds the fabric together as if it were stitched. Of course you can use a sewing machine instead if you own one. I do not and therefore opted for this no-sew version. All you need is 3 inexpensive tension rods (found at places like Home Depot or Walmart), iron on hem tape (and an iron), and one yard of fabric.

Side note: If you are buying fabric from JoAnn’s during a big sale (and consequently there is a huge line in the fabric dept), grab a ticket from the cutting counter first and then peruse the store for the items on your list. Lesson learned.

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If your window gets a lot of light you may want to consider getting thick fabric, a backer, or just double up on your fabric depending on your preference. I went with a semi-thick fabric and didn’t bother with a backer or doubling up. Even when the light shines through I think it looks fine and dandy. (Except for the fact that I took the picture below before I realized it was draped backwards, but fixed it for the photos above.)

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One year ago: Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Two years ago: Lip Balms

Three years ago: Whole Wheat Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Four years ago: Velveeta Chicken & Veggie Mac
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Slow Cooker Chicken Salad Sandwiches

You always have time to cook dinner when using a slow cooker. A little planning brings these chicken salad sandwiches to your table any night of the week.

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If you are like me, just the thought of going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day stresses me out. What I like to do is go out the day before or after and then the day of stay in and cook! This week the 20 #TripleSBites bloggers (including myself) have been serving up recipes to inspire your Valentine’s Day menus or any day you feel like cooking something spicy, saucy, and sexy.

Today I bring you a slow cooker meal for those of you that think you don’t have time to cook. If you have the time to put chicken in the bowl of a slow cooker, then you have enough time to make these sandwiches. Cook on low, shred, and mix with your favorite salad dressing. I used roasted beet vinaigrette, but you could try ranch, caesar, balsamic vinaigrette, etc. Pile it onto a toasted bun with fresh lettuce and a slice of spicy pepperjack cheese and it’s dinner time! I served these with a side of crispy green beans seasoned with Voodoo Chef’s RED and dipped them in Intensity Academy’s Saucy Everything Spicy Mayo. I seriously want to dip everything in that sauce it was so good!

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One year ago: Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Peeps S’mores Pie

Two years ago: Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Meyer Lemon Sauce

Three years ago: Lighter Pizza Dip
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Two Ingredient Nutella Fondue

Romance is a warm bowl of melted chocolate and all of your favorite things to dip into it. Make it ever sweeter with this easy two ingredient recipe including Nutella!

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Nothing says romance like a bowl of hot melted chocolate and today just happens to be National Chocolate Fondue Day! I’ve already made a couple chocolate fondues (white chocolate, and a healthier version) which were served with eggless, raw cookie dough bites. But since today is also World Nutella Day I decided it was time to combine the two holidays and make the easiest, two ingredient fondue ever – Nutella Fondue.

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For this fondue all you need is heavy cream and your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread. On any other day that is not World Nutella Day you could also use any kind of spread you prefer (try peanut butter, almond butter, or straight up melted chocolate). But it’s time for romance and Nutella in preparation for Valentine’s Day, making this fondue a perfect addition to #TripleSBites this week.

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What do you like to dip in your chocolate fondue? I went with fresh strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows. Maybe you should create a fondue-s’mores and skewer the marshmallow and strawberry together and then sandwich them between two pretzels? Cookies, mini cupcakes, cookie dough, and other fruits would have been stellar as well. Let’s go for a dip.

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When I dip you dip we dip.

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Check out all the other spicy, saucy, sexy bites today by scrolling down to the end of this post. Also be sure to enter the big giveaway provided by our amazing sponsors by clicking HERE!

Two years ago: Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

Three years ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Four years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
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