Wishing and Hoping and Thinking…Lucite Tray!

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Brett and I are in the market for a bar cart and have our eye on this one from Target. We already have some bar accessories, but I think we need a tray to complete the look. The Tilly Maison Etsy shop has so many cute options, I’m having trouble choosing! I love both the large polka dots and small confetti dots, but am (obviously) obsessed with the gold cheetah print. I already have polka dot napkins – is that too many dots? And is the cheetah print too girly for a *shared* apartment? Decisions, decisions.

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Manda Cooks: French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

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As much as I love brunch on the weekends, I always find that a homemade breakfast is such a treat. Brett and I made breakfast burritos on Saturday and opted for a sweet treat on Sunday: french toast with caramelized bananas. I’ve caramelized bananas before using only butter (delicious, delicious butter), but tried something new this time — once the bananas had browned on both sides, I turned off the heat and poured a mixture of honey, brown sugar and cinnamon on top. It sizzled and bubbled like crazy, but gave the bananas a little added sweetness in the end.

(*I used about one tablespoon each of honey, brown sugar and water, plus a healthy pinch of cinnamon.*)

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Once

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Brett and I had quite the spontaneous date night on Tuesday when Once tickets became available through friends. We grabbed Pret for dinner (fancy, I know) and smuggled candy into the theater for dessert. Our tickets were in the mezzanine, with a great view of the stage and an even better view of a few empty seats in the front row. Obviously we sneaked down to those seats for the second half and, omg, they were amazing. The show doesn’t have a pit orchestra, so we were literally inches from the stage. A really amazing show (no matter where your seats are!) that I highly recommend.

And one last Happy Halloween post

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I know, I know, this is turning into a Halloween blog. But I had to share the cutest, spookiest dinner and treats from my actual Halloween dinner at home. Dana made olive bugs and mummified pigs in a blanket, my mom made eyeball tomato soup and baked grilled cheeses, and I made mini pumpkin pies and stuck some skeletons into them (no surprises there). We also turned a cheese ball into a bat!

Olive Bugs: Use rosemary for the legs (you may need to use a sharp knife to puncture the olive first), and a caper for the head. Dana used a small piece of rosemary to attach the caper to the olive.

Mini Pumpkin Pies: Cut a normal pie crust into four equal pieces and press them into ramekins. I followed the pumpkin pie recipe on a can of Libby’s, but ended up having to throw most of it away – next time I’ll at least half the recipe! Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until pumpkin has set.

Eyeball Tomato Soup: My mom made homemade tomato soup, and then created eyeballs using mini balls of mozzarella – she scooped them out and use green olive slice for the iris and pupil.

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