Sexy Conversation Heart Cookies (NSFW)

Fair warning: if you're squeamish about sex or not into a few "dirty" words or one of my parents (haha), you might want to skip this post. 

It's probably not the most appropriate thing to have open at work either unless you work at some super cool kind of place. 

OK. Disclaimer over--now we can play!

Chocolate Ice Cream with Italian Cherries

I know that ice cream doesn't seem like the most obvious dessert during winter (because...brrrr), but I love it. There's just something super lovely and satisfying about digging into a dish of ice cream regardless of what the weather is doing outside.

Easy Red Wine-Braised Brisket

This easy braised brisket recipe is a favorite in my house. I make it regularly, especially during the winter months when having the oven on for a few hours is particularly comforting.

Smokey Football Cheese Ball with Pecan Bacon Crust

Real talk--my interest in football is pretty much limited to the kind of food that one would eat at a football game (or game day party)...and the occasional super hot football player (um...like this guy).

And you know what? I'm totally cool with that.

But something that I DO love is any excuse to entertain, and the Super Bowl is one such occasion.

Hence this football cheese ball!

Mini Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cumin Sour Cream

These adorable mini two-bite tacos are the perfect appetizer to serve at a party (gameday or otherwise!).

Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos)

I honestly just wanted to make these because they're so fun to say. Totchos!!!

Tater tot nachos are all over the place right now, so I had to whip up my own version. Basically just nachos made with tater tots instead of chips, they are the ultimate party dish to enjoy with friends.

5 Things I Learned From Making My Bed (Almost!) Every Morning Last Year

This past year, I set (and kept!) a resolution for the very first time in my life.

At some point near the end of 2015, I decided that I wanted to start making my bed. Doesn't really seem like a big deal, but as someone who works from home, my bed was pretty much always visible, and having a big giant messy thing in my face constantly wasn't doing me any favors.

So when I woke up on January 1, 2016, the first thing I did was make the bed. Then I did it again the next day and the day after that, and just kept going until it somehow became a natural part of what I did every day. 

I wasn't perfect. Some days I took my time and made my bed look like it was straight out of a catalog. Other times, I was a bit rushed and just kind of pulled everything quickly into place. I skipped it on cleaning lady days and when traveling (one of the luxuries of hotel life, right?)

There were even some days when I left it so late in the day that I essentially made my bed about an hour before getting right back into it. (Still counts!) But, for the most part, it's how I started each and every day last year.

And after a while? It started to feel really good. Here are 5 things I learned over the past year of making my bed nearly every morning--perhaps they'll inspire you to give it a try, too!
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