Homemade Pizza Rolls
I really really don’t like this picture. I’m embarrassed and hear nails on a chalkboard just looking at it. But as I was making these homemade Pizza Rolls for a potluck party last night, I knew right away that they would be a crowd-pleaser, and they proved to be so good and  so easy to make that I knew that even with the unfortunate photographs (hello early sunsets), I had to share what I’d done. I mean, you guys, they’re homemade pizza rolls! 

Plus, requests for more have already been made, so I’ll be swapping out these pictures for better ones real soon. I better. 

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Recipe Reciprocity - Mimosa BarRecipe Reciprocity - Bruschetta BarRecipe Reciprocity - Donut Hole BarRecipe Reciprocity - Hot Dog Bar

Recipe Reciprocity - Apple Dipper Bar
For someone who doesn’t drink, I sure do love a good bar, a food bar that is. So you can imagine my excitement any time a make-your-own-food bar pops up in my Pinterest wedding searches. Here are some of the ones I’m most excited about trying, and I don’t think I can wait until August.

1. If you were to force me to drink alcohol, you’d have the best luck with mimosas. I love the look of this DIY mimosa bar by Smarty Had a Party.
2. What’s Gaby Cooking’s bruschetta bar, isn’t it gorgeous? It feels many times more sophisticated than the usual cheese and crackers, but is just as easy to throw together. Definitely doing this for the next book-club gathering.
3. Donut holes that you can top and decorate to your heart’s content. I’m in love.
4. Hot dogs are definitely a summer food, but with all these great topping ideas from Pocket Change Gourmet, I see no reason why we wouldn’t eat them year round.
5. Perhaps my favorite of the bunch: Lauren’s Latest’s Apple Dipper Bar. I love caramel apples, but I find their size to be intimidating. I’d much rather do things Lauren’s way. Good thing I’m registering for plenty of ramekins.

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Thanks for the great ideas, ladies!

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Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

It’s been six weeks since I last posted a Thirsty Thursday post. Six weeks! That is not ok. This long, hard look at the calendar was the wakeup call I needed to start refocusing my efforts on this supposed “food” blog of mine. Thankfully, we just checked off two major items on the wedding to-do list (photographer and band!), and suddenly I feel a lot better about things. It also helps that I have some newfound free time for baking now that we’re staying put for the next several weekends. A full month into fall and I’ve been neglecting my oven big time. It’s time I fix that. 

Just not quite yet. Today’s post didn’t require an oven, but the autumnal Caramel Apple Spice is a step in the right direction. It’s a copycat recipe of the pricey Starbucks version, and get this, Starbucks is the one supplying it! Check it out here. Now, to be fair, hot apple cider with whipped cream and caramel sauce isn’t exactly rocket science or patentable, and their act of sharing is likely just a ploy to sell their Fontana Cinnamon Syrup, but we appreciate the sentiment nonetheless. Too bad for Starbucks, we’ll be saving our money with a homemade cinnamon syrup, because we’re scrappy like that. 

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Pic Me Up - Bat Mitzvah
Today’s pic me up features snapshots from our weekend in Sarasota celebrating Brian’s cousin’s bat mitzvah. The entire experience was beautiful and one that I will cherish forever. I’d been to several Jewish services just in the last few months, but this weekend was the first time the whole converting to Judaism thing really truly clicked for me. Being there, surrounded by Brian’s family, witnessing his cousin who I’ve come to adore take on her Jewish life and lead a congregation of hundreds with such poise and maturity, really blew me away. The party was awesome too. Other highlights pictured above include a mini airport Cinnabon, the best-ever hotel pool, tasty Publix supermarket deli sandwiches, chaperoning a rambunctious bus full of excited 12 and 13-year olds and personal Papa Johns pizzas at the Tampa airport. One thing’s for sure, this past weekend was one for the books. 

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Fortune Finds 69

I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my latest desires and distractions.

1. I love Halloween, but it’s been years since I last got dressed in costume. I blame living in a city. For me, it’s always been about the kids and trick-or-treaters, not about the gratuitous sexy costumes. With that said, I’m still brainstorming ideas for when Brian and I own a home, and picked up a good tip (regular wardrobe ones too) from costume designer Catherine Martin of Moulin Rouge fame. I LOVE that movie). (Elle)
2. I love any and all make-your-own food bars, and really enjoyed Emily’s take on a low-key Halloween night in with friends. (Cupcakes and Cashmere) 
3. Monica’s latest Bean Boots post, had me checking out the LL Bean site. I’m in need of a new light autumn jacket and really like the look of this one. Thoughts? (LL Bean)
4. I love Mark Bittman and have every intention of getting my hands on a copy of his newest book How to Cook Everything Fast. Here are 4 great tips from the man himself. (Bon Appetit)
5. I don’t really need anyone to tell me how to incorporate more leopard-print into my life, because I do a pretty bang-up job as it is, but for those of you who could use a little more inspiration, this is a good guide. (Glitter Guide)
6. My current luggage game is pretty top notch (check out my Travel Essentials if you haven’t already), but I’m always open to switching things up a bit. These days, I tend to stick to white bags, but can see myself making an exception for this simple, black duffel. (Nordstrom)
7. These photographs of people obsessed with their smartphones has me rethinking my own behavior. (Bored Panda)
8. I’m not really a fan of Beats headphones or sports for that matter, but it seems Brian’s love for Lebron James’s return to Cleveland has gotten to me too. Check out their latest commercial. (Huffington Post)

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Back from our last trip of the season (we were in Sarasota celebrating Brian’s cousin Emma’s bat mitzvah. I have no words for how amazing it was.), and I’m finally ready to share that Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver vacation home video that I’d been promising. 

We had the time of our lives and hope our home movie inspires you to check out each of the three cities yourself. I may or may not have stayed up until 3 in the morning editing this video, so an updated version of this post with links to the attractions featured throughout will come later tonight. Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Music: “Cool Kids” by Echosmith

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