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Honeymoon Recap: Venice

The last city in the honeymoon recap series, Venice, completely lived up to its reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but there’s not a car in sight. Quite the change after Rome and Florence!

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Gondola views.

In Venice, we became regulars at a neighborhood wine bar, ate everything from grilled octopus to zucchini lasagna, and stopped at all the necessary tourist destinations. Of course, on our last night in Venice, we had to take the quintessential gondola ride! So fun.

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Shopping List: Olive

PSA: olive just might be the new navy, you guys. While I love my neutrals, I’m serious when I say I am really feeling this color for fall. If you’re not so much, don’t worry. Adeline also carries the top I’m featuring in this post in blue! AND it’s under $50. Score!

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Location: Stirr in Deep Ellum.

G and I decided to use Stirr as a backdrop for this installment of Shopping List. Talk about gorgeous views of downtown!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Fall brings many of my favorite things with its arrival…cooler weather, a holiday that makes it acceptable to wear cat ears to the office, celebrations with friends and family, and most importantly, all of the pumpkin things. 

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Chocolate chips make pumpkin bread that much better.

I’ve seen all kinds of amazing new pumpkin recipes this year, from mac and cheese baked IN a pumpkin to a pumpkin that dispenses wine. Love that the pumpkins themselves are getting more involved…revolutionary things are happening here, people. But, I’m a fan of the classics, which is why every fall I make several batches of the same pumpkin treat: chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

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Honeymoon Recap: Florence

I’m beyond excited to share my Florence recap with you! We completely fell in love with this city and its Tuscan wine. In fact, we just received our first shipment Brunello and I’m not sure I can wait until this weekend to open a bottle.

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Visiting La Fornace in Montalcino for some delicious Brunello! Dress: Anthropologie.

Also, the Italian food continued to impress…and I didn’t even capture all of the amazing dishes we tried! One of our favorite lunches is missing from the recap photos. It was just THAT good, you guys. I miss the Italian countryside so much just looking at our photos!

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Turmeric Detox Soup

Wondering why this is not a pasta post? Don’t worry. That’s coming. But first, let’s talk detox. Because after all of the delicious pasta, wine, gelato, panini, and more…I was CRAVING this soup when we got home. Turmeric is one of my favorite antioxidant ingredients.  And, it’s October, so from here on out I’m all about cooking things in pots.

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Let the detoxing begin!

This soup is pretty hearty with farro and red lentils. It’s completely vegetarian, and is topped with toasted breadcrumbs, because carbs. Bonus: the leftovers make perfect weekday lunches!

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Honeymoon Recap: Rome

Guess who’s back…back again…

The honeymoon (AKA #Huntymoon) was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to fill you all in! So I’m doing a series of three blog posts for you highlighting our adventures in Rome, Florence, and Venice. First up, Rome!

Rome was the first stop on our honeymoon itinerary and we filled it with sightseeing, eating, and drinking, naturally. So without further ado…let the food photos (peppered with some fabulous photos of the city and my outfits) begin!

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As Hunter put it: “They see me Roman, they hatin”

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Tuna Poké

Today we’re talking poké, people. Not only is it fun to say (FYI – it’s pronounced POH-keh), it’s delicious, healthy, and ridiculously easy to put together.

I know this is the second post I’ve put up in the past couple of weeks involving chopsticks (see sesame shrimp soba noodles) but as previously discussed, I am now completely obsessed with toasted sesame oil, and just happened to come into possession of a few sashimi grade tuna steaks last week. Also, soba noodles are Japanese in origin whereas poké is totally Hawaiian. So, variety.

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Thank you, takeout, for my extensive chopstick collection!

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Sweet Potato Nachos

It rained a few times, the temperature dropped for a while, and it’s September 1st, so it’s basically fall. And with fall comes football season and all of the snacks that come along with it…like nachos.

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Crispy goodness!

So, in honor of fall and the new snacks it brings (not posting a pumpkin spice recipe yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it), I’m sharing a healthier version of nachos today inspired by a recipe in the Love & Lemons cookbook – sweet potato nachos!

I love all things sweet potato (including sweet potato noodle bowls and sweet potato and black bean enchiladas), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that after making this recipe I now prefer sweet potato nachos over regular nachos. Plus, they’re healthy and fun to make! The BYON (build your own nachos) bar may be making frequent appearances this football season. Just saying.

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Sesame Shrimp Soba Noodles

I’ve discovered toasted sesame oil and it’s my new obsession. I honestly think I could eat these soba noodles with just sesame oil. But they’re way better with a little garlic, ginger, and lime. And shrimp, because protein.

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Topped with avocado, naturally.

I adapted this recipe from Baker By Nature’s super simple garlic ginger shrimp soba noodles. And they are just that – super simple! Nothing beats an easy weeknight meal, and lately I’m really into simple noodle dishes with garlic and herbs. I think this is stemming from the Pepper’s spicy clams with pasta I made a few weekends ago. Sometimes all you need is some carbs and a stick of butter…or if you’re getting married in a month, some complex carbs and some sesame oil. Either or.

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6 Things To Do Before the End of Summer ’16

You guys. I cannot believe it is almost the end of AUGUST! Summer ’16 has almost come to an end (although we are sure to be #blessed with at least a few more weeks of 100 degree temps in Texas)! In honor of all of the greatness that is summer, I’ve compiled the six things you need to put on your to-do list before the end of the season! Surprise – half of them involve food and bev.

1. Take your poolside cocktail game up a notch and whip up a batch of FROSÉ.

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The Kitchn’s Watermelon Mint Frose. (Image: TheKitchn.com)

Because rosé is trendy AF and so is the frozen version. The Kitchn just shared one of the best recipes I’ve seen so far: watermelon mint! All you need is a magnum of rosé, watermelon cubes, sugar, water, mint, and a few lemons. Sounds like the recipe for success to me. Get the full recipe here.

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