Happy Friday friends!
Only one more week before the jolly fat man makes his rounds (no! that was NOT me dressed in a Santa suit) and the last-minute-how-am-I-ever-going-to-get-everything-done-panic is surely setting in.
Gifts to wrap. Gifts to BUY! Desserts to make. Parties to attend. It’s the merry merriest time of the year!
Right? Right? Please tell me I’m right!
It’s all going to be one wonderful celebration for us because it FINALLY SNOWED! It’s a winter wonderland in Utah and Zoee the dog thinks its the best thing since tennis balls. Because that’s all she does. Drop her ball in snow. Dig for ball in snow. Play keep away with herself in snow.
She’s easily entertained.
Last week we headed to the mountains to take full advantage of our winter weather and first of the season skiing. If you haven’t skiied in Utah yet, you need to put it on your list. As they’ve said since I was little, and the truth still holds, it’s the best snow on earth.
First stop, Deer Valley Resort for a weekend of skiing with my babes.
My husband and I were celebrating our 23rd anniversary (I know! Right??) and let me give anyone out there who is thinking about getting married at Christmas time because it’s the most magical time of the year…Don’t.
Saturday was International Women’s Ski Day so my man jumped into the game with his honorary ovaries. It’s what happens when you live in a house full of girls.
I’ve been waiting all summer to try the new Bald Mountain Pho served in the Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley. SOOOO GOOD! Wagyu Beef or Tofu and Mushrooms. Word on the street is to mix the mushroom broth with the wagyu beef. I can’t divulge my sources but I’m trying it next time.
We checked into our condo at Lodges at Deer Valley, and how nice of them…they put a tree up just for us. No. I’m kidding. We all shared! But Smudge did do a number on their complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Wiped them out. That’s my girl.
My mission was to head to Main Street one of the nights to check out the Christmas lights. Perfection in the mountains is what I call it.
Next up, I dropped the fam off at home and went solo to meet up with a few local bloggers and a few who were visiting from out of state for skiing and dining at Solitude Mountain Resort.
It was our biggest snow storm in decades and for some reason I decided to take on that snowy canyon with nary a wince. A few white knuckles, but no wincing. All wheel drive and I think I’m wonder woman. That day I was.
We snowshoed to the world renowned Dining at the Yurt for an amazing dinner of scallops, pheasant and a chocolate bomb I’m still relishing.
Good thing my snow pants still buttoned up because then it was back to the slopes and THE BEST POWDER I’VE EVER SKIIED! It was like skiing on powdered sugar. Or instant potato flakes. That might be a more applicable association for a food blog, right?
What a way to start the season. Cheers to the holidays!
But enough about me, let’s get over to this week’s Friday Faves.
This roasted veg pasta would even make meat-eaters pick up a fork and dive in.
And then there’s this salad…totally welcome on my table.
Gingerbread cookies that don’t spread! Game changer.
These slow cooker mashed potatoes might be all you ever need.
Anthony Bourdain’s punishable by death sushi don’ts.
Healthy? or healthy-ish? I prefer the latter.
The ultimate ALL-WHITE (yes!) kitchen round-up. So, So, SO far from boring.
We recently had an incident at our house, so I’m in the market for a new one of these. Which do you recommend?
Ok, as a little girl I had a dollhouse, but nothing like this! I want to make another one!
10 ways to fake a clean house. Now you know all my secrets.
Full House fans, if you haven’t yet heard, this is for you.
10 under-$50 gifts any woman would love. Those candles are my FAVORITE!
Never show up empty handed: 23 creative hostess gifts.
And make ’em look pretty: How to make festive bows!
This is my disaster of a wrapping station. Looks like I need to check this out for some organizational inspiration.
Oh crap. This is totally going to ruin it for me. Can’t we just leave the classics alone??
I’m always amazed at how incredibly stupid and mean people can be. What else could you do but laugh it off?
23 Sephora shopping hacks from an insider. Beautiful.
I’m working on making my own yearly planner, but until then, I’m gonna go with one of these beauties.
And now, Pinterest has a visual search tool!
These amazing homes! Makes me scratch my head and ask, “How’d they do that?”
And more of this year’s 2015 countdown:
Top hashtags of 2015 (so glad #1 is positive!)
20 best memes of 2015 (get ready to go down the rabbit hole)
It’s that time of year folks. 4 things your personal trainer wishes you’d do.
and because we need to prepare for…
I’ll need this couch to half marathon training program.
10 New Years Eve looks to copy to ring in the bling!
Blog Biz Tips
How to update WordPress (this is talking right at me!)
Pin to Win
While I’m constantly swooned during the holiday season by cookies, cakes and candies, a girl’s still gotta eat real food! Here are a few main meal goodies I pinned this week that would look great on any holiday dinner table.
Garlic Rosemary Prime Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream
This could very well be my husband’s favorite dinner ever and since we don’t eat like kings every night of the week, perfect for Christmas Eve.
Smoky Oven Baked Salmon With Horseradish Sauce
Because horseradish sauce isn’t just for meat!
Crispy Beer Roasted Turkey
I would never in a million years thought of this. But I’m so glad she did. This looks amazing!
Get the recipe | Pin It
Have a great weekend friends, and get out and do something good.
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