Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Favorites: Card Boxes

An Adorned Basket

A Golden Birdcage

A Present-Like Box

A Vintage Mailbox

A Window Box

101 List: Vegas, Baby!

In honour of booking my second trip to Vegas, I though I'd post about my first adventure there...

Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: November 2013

We, as a group of six, had decided a long time prior to turning 21, that once all of us were of age, we'd go celebrate in Las Vegas. Our last one became 21 at the end of September, so we utilized a long weekend in November and went!

Around dinner time Friday night, we set off on our road trip! The trip from Davis is about eight hours (with no traffic), so we stopped with about two hours to go to stay overnight in Barstow. As the sole driver, stopping was much needed at 2AM.

Barstow, CA

Pre-adventure drinks in our hotel room.

During the day: We explored the Strip and the many hotels that accompany it. We also utilized the only pool that was open (it was November after all) and the slot machines. (I was able to cross-off "Gamble at a Casino" from "My To-Dos" list!)

Always throwing what we know!

Just being tourists.

Clockwise from the top: Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio Fountains


Night #1: We had dinner at The Culinary Dropout in the hotel, which was delicious, and then headed out to clubs! (We also accidentally colour-coordinated for our evening out - it was a red, black, and white kind of night!)

Dinner Attire

LAX (Luxor) and Marquee (Cosmopolitan)

Night #2: Before heading out to our second night of dancing, we first went to the Aria hotel for some very delicious pink drinks. To end our night, we went to Hyde (at the Bellagio) where the only room to dance was on the edge of couches and where white confetti fell from the ceilings.

Black on Black

The Lounge in Aria

Hyde (Bellagio)

At the end of March, we're bringing my younger sister along, who a week before will have turned 21! This time, we opted to spend a little more money and stay on the Strip at the Monte Carlo. It's safe to say we're all pretty hyped to dance the nights away and enjoy the pool parties! The countdown is on...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Favorites: Holiday

Location Decorations




Reception Decorations

Outdoor Space

Extra Fun

Holiday Themed Photo

Carriage Ride Getaway

For these and more, see my Pinterest board: Inspiration: Christmas

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Favorites: Cake

Berries and Pinecones on a Wooden Cake Stand

Simply Rustic Florals

Tiffany Blue with Snow Covered Pinecones

Snow Capped Tiers

Etched Wood with Owl Toppers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Favorites: Drinks

After-Dinner Drinks

Hot Cranberry Cider

Bailey's Irish Coffee

Cozy Ginger Tea

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Cranberry Spice Tea

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recipe: THE Mac-n-Cheese

For a games night last year, I decided to try this recipe I had found on Pinterest called THE Mac-n-Cheese. And let me tell you, it was delicious! What I decided to do to make it a little more interesting was create a Mac-n-Cheese bar. I set bowls out with things like ham, broccoli, tomatoes, bacon, and caramelized onions for my friends to add into their dish.

To Make:
1 pound pasta (I used cavatappi)
½ cup butter (1 stick)
½ cup flour
4 cups whole milk
6 cups shredded cheddar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Boil pasta in salted water.

Melt ½ cup butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Sprinkle in ½ cup flour and whisk together for 2-3 minutes.
Slowly pour in 4 cups whole milk - whisk as you go, until smooth.
Add 6 cups shredded cheddar.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon pepper.
Add sauce to pasta and stir.

In small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
Add in ½ cup panko bread crumbs.
Stir constantly until golden brown.
Sprinkle over mac-n-cheese.

Bake in for 12-15 minutes.

The Final Product

Tuesday, January 20, 2015