Bites and Bits: Week 5

It’s Friiiiiday! Here are some Bites and Bits I’m loving this week from around the web.


Have you guys been following Laura’s Brussels Sprouts week? Oh. my. gosh. I love what she’s cooking up! Check out these Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette.

I’m loving these DIY Place Cards. They’re easy but they’ll totally wow your guests.

These Pretzel Parker House Rolls. I’m drooling.

This story by a guy who went with his girlfriend to barre class. I just about died reading this because he is completely interchangeable for most husbands and boyfriends out there. Hilarious.

Running out of chocolate? This cannot be true. I’m sad about this so I need to console myself with chocolate. Oh wait…

I love this Spicy Pasta with Broccoli and Turkey. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers.

The United States of Thanksgiving. Do you agree on your state’s dish? I beg to differ for Maryland…

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend.


Bites and Bits: Week 4

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. Have a fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend.

{VIA Oh Sweet Basil}

The 5 rules of food to follow. Monique is speaking my language! I’ve long been a believer of moderation.

This Flowerless Thanksgiving Centerpiece Tutorial. Gorgeous!

Need appetizer ideas for the holidays? This cheese ball is to.die.for. Seriously! I’ve made it a bunch.

This his and hers gift guide is everything! So many of Lauren Ashley’s items were already on my list too. There are great ideas for everyone you’re shopping for.

Cheese platters are my favorite. This how-to guide provides the math on how much you’ll need and what kinds you should buy.

Great tips for hosting a stress-free party. These tips are perfect for the upcoming holidays.

It’s freezing here in Maryland! Brrrr! Soup it is. This is a great roundup of soul warming soups.

These Kitchen Hacks will have you showing everyone who is boss in your kitchen. Some are tricks I use and most are tricks I should be using!

I cannot get enough of the great scarves that exist right now. I just ordered this one! It’s perfect for work and fun, so I know I’ll wear it often.

I hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!

Bites of October

Happy November! This is a recap of food, fun, and photos (how’s that for alliteration) from October.


Ohmygosh! That foliage! Good thing you probably haven’t seen any photos of fall foliage on instagram or facebook. But seriously, this was my view on my long runs through October. It was so breathtaking. Sadly, I think we only have a few leaves left to fall now.


I dragged us to the mall on a Friday evening to do some errands after work. The husband pretty much declared that he was dying from the minute he stepped foot in the mall. Once we located this new candy store though…he was pacified!


They had so many flavors of gummy bears (his fave) and Swedish fish (another fave). Seriously…watermelon gummies, green apple, mango! The options were unlimited and even though I’m not normally a fan, I have to admit, they tasted pretty good.


This is the first year I noticed the addition of super cool pumpkins to the standard orange kind 🙂 Maybe they’ve been around a while, they’re new to me and I LOVE them! The white ones are so cool!


We did a little DIY project in October, which if you know us, you know this is rare! The limited scope of this DIY project made it totally feasible for us non-DIYers. We bought the fillable lamps for our nightstands at HomeGoods and then sourced some oyster shells to fill the vases. We did scrub and clean them thoroughly, don’t worry! Even this DIY project almost went awry when the oyster shucker (Ben) stabbed his hand. Awww shucks.


Sunday football snacks made their first appearance in October. These are hardly homemade, but they’re Ben’s fave so he usually throws them together at halftime.


We experienced our first Winter-like weather last weekend. I’m not sure I’m ready for it!


Sadly, the Farmer’s Market only has a few more weeks left. They’re calling it quits before Thanksgiving and then we’ll have to source veggies elsewhere.

That’s it for October! As you already know, November will be full of Thanksgiving and holiday themed recipes. Thanks for stopping by and checking out Bites of October.