Wine and Dine (and a Recipe)


For some reason I feel like I can’t start a post without saying hello. Is that weird? Some people can just jump right into what they’ve been up to or just get to the point. Not me. I like to take my time and be substantially awkward before I get down to it. I mean… I gotta wine and dine you first, no? Hunter says yes. Deal with it.

This weekend we had zero plans for the first time in… I don’t know… a year? Whether we’re in the middle of a big DIY project or we’re traveling to see friends, every weekend we seem to have a little list of things we want to get done. On Friday afternoon, the man and I looked at each other and said, “you know, we have nothing on our agenda this weekend” and we couldn’t have been any more excited!

And can I just tell ya, for a weekend with no plans – we certainly got a ton accomplished! Here are the top ten highlights:

  1. A delicious sweet potato, egg, and bacon breakfast – coming soon!
  2. Coffee with Bailey’s (what better way to start you weekend, I ask. NONE)
  3. Weeding the front garden beds
  4. Mowing the lawn
  5. Shopping adventures at Bed Bath and Beyond, Michaels, and Home Goods
  6. Redbox
  7. Lengthy neighborhood morning doggie walks
  8. Purchasing shrubs and planting them – update to come!
  9. Football
  10. Installing two garage door openers


That’s a lot of no plans right?

We also ate this for dinner. Cause Apple pie is an acceptable food group, right?

Check out this AMAZING gem that we found at BB&B. It was on the clearance rack and with my coupons, it came out to a whopping $20. It even has a WINE GLASS HOLDER. And that other little round cut off is the exact same size as a Yankee candle. Coincidence? Nay. In case your odd and need any other motivation to get out and run to BB&B right this insantce, the silver holders on the side are also coated with a non-stick material so you never have slip & slide action occurring mid-bath.

(Cue: Awkward subject change) Now that Pinterest has completely exploded in popularity, it’s easy to get caught up in “pinning” everything you love and just never getting around to it. I first starting pinning every drool worthy recipe I saw and they quickly piled up and fell off my radar. Yes, I still pin room ideas and project inspiration like crazy, but as far as recipes go, I try to only browse the food category when I’m actually looking for something to make.

I’m probably missing out on hundreds of delicious recipes, but I’m actually finding things that I make and (usually) love. My boards aren’t bogged down with crap that I’ll never think about again. Win, win.

I try to make every recipe that I pin. And this one, ladies and gents… was a winner. We made it a couple of weeks ago when our friends, Suzzette and Joe, were visiting from NY.

Pinterest Inspired: Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

(original recipe found here)


  • 1/2 c Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 c Milk
  • 1/3 c Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • Dash of Allspice
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • ½ t Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt (optional)
  • Whipped Cream of Marshmallows



  1. In a medium saucepan, heat milk and hot chocolate mix.
  2. Once heated through, whisk in canned pumpkin and spices.
  3. Keep on low heat for a couple minutes (just to fully incorporate the flavors)
  4. Pour in glass and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  5. Enjoy while thinking about how much you love fall and pumpkin.

Best. Drink. Ever.

What is your favorite Pinterest recipe you’ve made so far (links are welcome and encouraged)? Have you made any disasters? I know I have! I made those ice cubes in a muffin tray with a lemon slice in it. When they melted into your water, they just tasted like the lemon rind. It was kinda gross. Do you have any tips for actually doing the stuff that you pin?


9 thoughts on “Wine and Dine (and a Recipe)

  1. Those Pumpkin hot chocolates were AMAZING! I haven’t been able to try very many of my pinterest recipes yet, but I made these cookie dough balls (5 ingredients!!!) and brought them to a family reunion. They were a big hit!! The only thing I would do differently is make sure the sugar is disolved in the butter so they don’t turn out as grainy.

      • I made two recipes of the cookie dough balls for a family reunion and didn’t bring any home!
        Yes we definitely need a bake & swap!!! The next time we see eachother we will have to bring one or two pinterest recipes for everyone to try and judge! Maybe we could pick a category every time we get together! Since we make all the food, you know that means the gents are in charge of drinks! 🙂

  2. You posted on my site forever ago, and I’m just getting around to really giving yours a looksie since having the baby. And man did I luck out on your most recent post! That recipe looks delicious!!! And easily converted to vegan for me (yay!). Will definitely try soon since I am itching for fall. Plus, aren’t lists of what you did the best? You actually did do a ton, but even when I don’t feel like I did when I make a list I feel much more productive. Going to be scouring your blog today for sure! 🙂

  3. Those fried goat cheese balls that were popular when Pinterest was just starting were duh-licious. A crockpot Tikki Masala I tried was okay but not because the recipe was bad but because I’ve decided I don’t like Indian food, haha. Half the time, I’ll pin a recipe I’ve already tried just because I like visual bookmarks 😛 Are we Pinterest friends? If not, we should be!

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