Housewarming party goodies and fun with friends

Housewarming party goodies and fun with friends

This past weekend we finally had our housewarming party. This isn’t our first place together, we lived together at the building we met for close to a year but we never got to enjoy that apartment. The layout was all wrong and there were issues that made us move out. A shame since both Mark and I enjoyed the previous apartments we had there.

All that added to the excitement of getting a new place and having it in order quickly. We were ready to enjoy our new place and as part of that wanted to throw a housewarming party to have some of our friends come and have brunch with us. At the end of the day we were happy to have around 26 of our friends come to see us.

We had a great time at the party. We set up a nice Spotify playlist with chill music that we both like. Our music tastes are very different, but there are a good amount of artists we both enjoy. We got mimosas and French 75s, brunchy food and some other nice treats. Probably my favorite thing we got was pastries from Village Baking Co. We are fans of the place since the weekend after our vacation in Paris when we were craving real croissants and then we visited them every weekend for a month, you know to wean ourselves off the delicious memories.

Housewarming party goodies and fun with friends

We wanted to give our guests a small gift in appreciation for coming to visit us and Mark has a great idea. He mentioned test tubes we could use to fill with something as a party favor. Before he finished uttering his idea I had pulled out my phone and placed the order in Amazon for some test tubes. They were SO inexpensive and worked just right. We decided to get a few different teas and some rock sugar from Teavana, plus we ground coffee to have an extra option. The last piece of the puzzle was to get some small cards and material to tie them to the tubes. We went to Mark’s favorite store, Container Store, and got some Chartreuse raffia ribbon, hole-punched cards and a pretty basket.

Housewarming party goodies

When the tubes arrived from Amazon, I went ahead and washed them with some soapy water and after they were completely dry I went ahead and filled them using a funnel. I then cut the small cards in half and wrote “Thank You!” in the front and what was on the tube on the back side of the cards with a twin point Sharpie. Mark used his expertise tying the cards to the tubes and making them look all pretty. We made enough for each of our guests to pick two options and it was fun seeing them going though the basket looking for their favorites.

Housewarming party goodies

Materials used for our Housewarming Party Favors:

Test tubes (60 pack from Amazon)
Basket
Tea, coffee, sugar, small candy or anything you’d like to fill your tubes.
Raffia ribbon
Twin point Sharpie
Cards

Not only did we have a blast at the party, we also had fun making these little party favors, which really turned out super cute. Here are some more photos from the party.

Housewarming party goodies

Housewarming party goodies

Housewarming party food

Housewarming party goodies

Cheesy bacon hash browns skillet is perfect for brunch

Cheesy bacon hash browns skillet
What’s not to like about a  cheesy bacon hash browns skillet? It’s the first weekend of summer and I got up early to get some work done, then after Mark emptied the dishwasher and organized the kitchen I decided to get some breakfast/brunch ready. I’ve been thinking about making some cheesy bacon hash browns for a while, and got all the ingredients this week.

Cheesy bacon hash browns skillet

Cheesy bacon hash browns skillet

I made the hash browns’ skillet from a recipe I found here, that included bacon, onions, green peppers(which I replaced with tomatoes because Mark doesn’t like them), and cheddar cheese. Of course, I also made some alterations, adding some delicious stuff like more cheese, plus cilantro and chopped, fresh garlic that gave it a very nice kick. I also upped the amounts a bit because my skillet/pan is huge.

Cheesy bacon hash browns skillet

Mark baked some croissants that made a great companion to the cheesy deliciousness of the skillet. The recipe was easy to put together and was enough to have a second round.

Yum!

Mac and cheese: 5 of the best and cheesiest recipes

mac Ever since I was a kid I have loved mac and cheese. There is something about those tiny twirls of goodness surrounded with creamy cheese that has always made my heart shout. Yeah, I know I may be being a little over-dramatic but I love it that much. Therefore I think it’s a good idea to make my first food post based on one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. Mac and cheese comes in many variations nowadays, some Dallas-area restaurants like Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Smoke keep it simple, yet leave me wanting more. While Oddfellows has a buffalo mac and cheese with bleu cheese that just the thougfht of it makes my mouth water.

One of my favorite things about this dish is that it’s simple to make and with a little creativity you can easily make a masterpiece. Without further ado, here are some delicious cheddar mac and cheese recipes to try.

Slow cooker or crockpot mac and cheese

Slow cooker Mac & Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe not only has four types of cheese, it’s also done crockpot style. Which means that all that cheesy goodness will have a long time to hug and caress the pasta. Delicious, right? Check the recipe here.

Ted Allen’s Mac & Cheese

Remember Ted Allen? He was one of the fabulous gays on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and is now the host of Chopped, which at times has been a guilty pleasure. This recipe uses only cheddar and Parmigiano Reggiano is an optional addition, but hints of nutmeg and bay leaf make this a simple yet interesting recipe to try.

Ricotta Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Ricotta Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Can this recipe have any other ingredients to love? I’m a sucker for caramelized onions and have never thought of adding it to my mac and cheese… that may change very soon. Here’s the recipe.

Beefy Mac and Cheese

Beefy Mac and Cheese

This is a variation of a recipe that Mom cooked often at home and it was one of my favorite meals, it’s so hearty and delicious that I often found it hard to eat just one plate. Some time soon I will write up mom’s recipe, but for now you can check this one out.

Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

Garlic is one of those ingredients, along with cilantro, that I could use in any recipe. Here’s a mac and cheese recipe that makes roasted garlic be more than just a simple addition and makes it one of the stars of the dish.

What’s your favorite mac and cheese recipe?

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