Live Well: A Day in the Life

Target dress, J. Crew necklace

This post brought to you by my husband and I goofing around with our camera while prepping for the dinner party we hosted this past Saturday. My apologies if the pictures seem a bit random.

We were so excited to host a few friends this past weekend for a little get-together over at our apartment. Because our common tie was Rice, my husband and I decided that it would only be appropriate to serve Tex-Mex. We whipped up some guacamole, queso, pico de gallo, refried beans, fajitas, and (of course) some margaritas. We only managed to capture a few of those things on film (well, digital), though. Here's what we got:

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So what was everyone up to this weekend? We squeezed in a long walk on Saturday morning then spent the rest of the time watching football and prepping for the dinner party (and watching football at the dinner party). Sunday was low-key as well: home-cooked, brunch, a walk around the neighborhood, reading on the roof, nail appointment with a friend (hi Troy!!!), and then Breaking Bad - do you guys watch it? This last season is killing me. It's the least enjoyable enjoyable show ever. I can't explain it.

However you spent your weekend, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Happy Monday!

Eat Well: Super Bowl Snacks

My husband and I went to a big Super Bowl party on Sunday, so of course we whipped up a few classic snacks to share with the crowd. Below is what we brought, with links and/or cooking instructions.

1. Chocolate chip cookies (a classic). I made these the last time a San Francisco team was in a national championship, so it only seemed right to bust them out again in honor of the 49ers. The recipe is here.  DSC_1070 DSC_1098

2. The party we went to had a large number of ex-pat Texans, so of course we had to bring my husband's famous queso. Recipe is below the pictures.

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Queso Recipe

Ingredients: 1 block Velveeta, 2 cans of Rotel, 1 jalapeño, 1 avocado, pepper, chili powder, cumin, onion, ground beef + taco seasoning (optional)

Chop Velveeta into little blocks and put in a slow cooker or into a large pot on the stove. Add two cans of Rotel (drain one and add the peppers; add the other one with liquid + peppers). Meanwhile, season ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning and then cook in a frying pan until browned. Once Velveeta is melted, put in beef, chopped jalapeño, avocado, and caramelized onion. Add in pepper (generous portion), chili powder, and cumin to taste.

3. Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Raspberry Preserves - my master chef of a sister told me about this one. The recipe is here. I made it without the nuts - I personally think that's better. My sister makes it with raspberry chipotle sauce instead of raspberry preserves, which I would have done except I couldn't locate any here in SF! Regardless of which you use, this recipe is both ridiculously delicious and ridiculously easy.

DSC_1095 DSC_1104 8Or71oqQ13c213338363837313GqgdhtHS_1321867043This last picture is not mine - I pulled it from the webpage with the recipe. I baked this concoction when I was already at the party, so there wasn't an opportunity to take my own picture!