Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Him

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Are you a planner for Valentine’s Day? Or are you scrambling at the last minute?

I fall somewhere in between for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries. Sometimes I plan ahead well and other times I send people birthday gifts late… really late. Or I’ll be on my game and get a cute anniversary card weeks in advance and then keep it in my purse for 2 months past the anniversary.#theworst.

Well, if you are still trying to figure out what to get the guy in your life check out this list Price created to help you out do some shopping.

-Bath and Body-

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Shampoo and Conditioner – American Crew $20

A sure way to kick start his day is with a refreshing shower with this favorite shower products.

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Shaving/grooming products – Art of Shaving $20-$100

Grooming and shaving does not have to be the same old thing.  Mix up his habit with some great smelling products that will last all day.

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A cologne you both will love –$50-$120

Spend some dough on a dope scent! Fruit, floral woody, spicy?  Have him mix things up from season to season or for a special night out.

-Technology- 

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Headphones – Skullcandy $80

These headphones have a great rating, and they don’t break the bank. Plus, Bluetooth = no wires = no mishaps

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Firestick – Amazon $40

For those moments or days when you want to find the right thing to binge-watch. Get on it! You might as well, considering your cable bill is twice a much each month.

-Food and Drink- 

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Ice Cub Trays – glacio $15

Regular ice is for regular drinks. Make any drink special.

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His personal (and awesome) can/bottle coozie – Yeti Colster – $25

He will invite friends over just to show this off. You’ll be the hero for keeping his hands warm while keeping his drink cold. They make an amazing stainless steel drink holder as well. You cannot go wrong with either one.

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Meat and Cheese – Murray’s ($120)

For the fromageophiles in your life, any of Murray’s gift boxes would be a great option. Prices range from $50 for a Bacon Me Crazy box to the $120 French Connection box (pictured) to the $275 Weekend at Murray’s.

-Staying Active- 

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Running Shoes – Adidas $40 

Shoes are a tough sell but at least you’re expressing interest in his shoe-game and getting his old shoes left in the garage or used for mowing the lawn.

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Cooling Towel – Ergodyne $7

Speaking of mowing, he might need this for any outdoor activity. At less than $10 it’s an easy thing to keep in his car, truck, or boat and can be used any time.

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Fitness Membership  – Orange Theory

My husband has been attending classes at Orange Theory and has really been enjoying it. Yoga classes, spin classes, or rock climbing certificates are great ideas too so that your man can keep moving, gain strength, and gain confidence.

-Tools-

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Multitool – Victorinox $93

These little things are really great for…well everything!  You never know what you can use it for on the weekend, loose screws or cutting open a bag of carrots, this can handle it.

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Portable Battery – Car Jumper $50

Considering how easy it is to get a dead battery, this is always a good option to have stored on the spare tire area or trunk. For $50 it’s piece of mind he’ll make it home or at least the auto parts store 🙂

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What are you getting your special guy this Valentine’s Day?

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze

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We had our first big boo boo with Autumn this weekend. Poor thing!

After a busy Saturday, I was wrapping things up with a trip to the grocery store. I had just gotten back when the princess requested some water. I brought her up a cup which was not acceptable, she wanted a bottle. Umm no, you’re 3. You can drink it out of the cup. She threw herself on the floor in a fit because I said I wasn’t going back down to bring her back up a bottle.

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Now, she doesn’t normally throw herself into such fits, but she threw up on Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday morning so she wasn’t feeling 100% like herself. So maybe I should have cut her some slack but I still had groceries to unpack and water is water in any cup, so chill.

Price went to comfort her but his hands were full with the carpet cleaner since he had just shampooed the rugs (I mentioned the throw up, right?). So we ended up with one of those moments when 2 people lean in at the same time and collide. She made contact with the carpet cleaner and BAM! tooth through the lip and lots of blood.

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Thankfully, it stopped bleeding in just a few minutes and didn’t do any real damage that some kids Advil, ice, and cuddles couldn’t fix. And it’s just about completely healed at this point. She still has this (cute) puffy lip and puffy cheek. It makes me want to kiss it 1,000x times a day.

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Anyway, these Cinnamon rolls are a diet buster. And I’m not sorry about it.

I think that if you are going to treat yourself then you should treat yourself. These are not a daily thing, or even weekly thing. Trust me. Don’t totally up the calories!!! Dear lord…

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But it’s fun for a treat since they are nice soft cinnamon rolls that are stuffed full of chocolate and bacon. The finishing touch is the brown sugar glaze.

I suggest cutting up the bacon with a scissor prior to cooking it. I find that produces evenly cooked bacon that is sized nicely.

If you don’t have mini chocolate chips on hand then finely chop up some chocolate bars instead.

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All that matters is that there is bacon and chocolate in them. That is all that matters in life. For real. This is fact.

Shoot, enjoy them. You only live once.

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze

Makes 12 large cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

For the Rolls

  • 1 Cup warm milk (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot!)
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup melted butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 Cup (6 ounces) mini chocolate chips
  • 8 ounce of bacon

For the glaze

  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup milk

Process

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk. Let rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, then slowly mix in the warm milk mixture. Add the butter and just mix to combine.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a hook attachment, work the dough until combined.
  4. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into an even ball. Add the dough to a large oiled bowl. Rotate to cover the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, at least 1 hour.
  5. While the dough is rising, cut the bacon into very small pieces and cook. Drain well and set aside.
  6. Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease 1 9x 13 baking pan.
  7. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough out so it is approximately 14″ x 24″. Evenly spread out the melted butter on the dough. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and the bacon.
  8. Roll towards you and then cut into 12 evenly sized rolls. Arrange in the baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. When the rolls are done, make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small pot over medium-high heat. Mix often while you bring it to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes. Drizzle all over the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

 

 

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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread

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We are counting down until we move and I am ready to get crazy with new home/crazy preggo lady nesting.

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I have Amazon and Etsy wish lists for all different things going on in our house from artwork and prints to bedding and goodies for Autumn’s room and Baby H’s nursery.

We don’t like kids rooms that are too themed, esp with cartoony things. Like no borders with cartoon farm animals or matchy bedding sets.

Like, for Autumn’s nursery, back in MA, we did a travel themed nursery. It has prints from Ikea, a friend’s travels, and Etsy. I found a great vintage suitcase to put stuffed animals in. And of course, so many globes. It was colorful and fun, without it feeling like nursery.

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For Baby H, we decided on a safari theme. It will be pretty mellow with grey tones and these stunning animal print pictures I found on Etsy. The whole room revolves around them and they are killer.

I am working a Under the Sea feel into Autumn’s room since she loves Ariel. But there won’t be a single Little Mermaid thing in there. It’s all about subtle ques to imply the theme.

I can’t wait to move in and get started on these rooms!

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I also can’t wait for you to try this Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread!

It’s so good and really easy to make, which makes it a win win recipe in my book.

For example, once I cooked the chicken, I tossed it into my stand mixer with the whisk attachment to shred it. Then I added in the rest of the ingredients to mix together. So simple. If you haven’t tried shredding chicken that way before, then I suggest you give it a try since it makes it hands off and really quick.

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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

For the stuffed bread

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 Cup hot sauce (I like Frank’s and Crystal’s)
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 6 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 demi loaves of french bread

For the sauce

  • 1/3 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/3 Cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake the chicken with the butter for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through.
  2. Shred chicken and add the hot sauce, sour cream, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Slice the bread loaves almost through every 1/4″ to create crevices for stuffing. Put some chicken mixture into each crevice. Repeat with the other loaf of bread.
  4. Turn the heat up to 375 F. Bake the bread for 25 minutes until the bread is golden and the cheese is melty. Turn your broiler on low and toast the top for another min or two.
  5. While the bread is baking, mix together all of the ingredients for the blue cheese sauce.
  6. Enjoy the cheesy stuffed bread hot with the sauce.
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Chunky, Creamy Mushroom Soup

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Guys, I have for you… drum roll please…

the world’s ugliest, most delicious soup ever.

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Why is it that some of the most amazing things look so ugly? It’s horrible.

Case in point, this incredible soup.

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Hot damn, the flavor is so incredible that you won’t believe your eyes.

A few things to note:

Take the time to finely chop the mushrooms. This took me 15 minutes. Ugh, but take the time to do it properly. FINELY CHOPPED!

Plan ahead for dried mushrooms to reconstitute as this can take as little as 30 minutes or a few hours.

You can over salt this easily. Easy does it. And use low-sodium chicken broth.

This soup is epic, plus only a few tweaks makes it vegetarian or paleo or Whole30 compliant. Use vegetable broth for it to be vegetarian. Use ghee and complaint broth for it to be paleo and Whole30 complaint.

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See, I’ve just done a great job of selling this ugly soup to you. ugh! I swear, you need to make it and try how truly scrumptious it is. Then you’ll come back here and leave me a comment like “Hot damn, it was ugly, but that was the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had!” Go on, I’m waiting…

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Chunky Creamy Mushroom Soup

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds assorted mushrooms, trimmed and finely chopped (I used a mix of fresh button and baby bella mushrooms, and dried porchini and shitaki mushrooms)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 Cups low sodium chicken broth

Process

  1. In a very large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onion until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so.
  3. Add the mushrooms, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and a 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook under the mushrooms have cooked down and are about half the initial size, it’s about about 10-12 minutes. Add 2 cups of stock and cook for another 15 minutes.
  4. Puree half the soup in a blender or a food processor. Return the blended mixture to pot. Add broth until desired desire consistency is reached. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper prior to serving. Serve with toasted bread.

Adapted from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

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Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

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Sooooo big news!!!!

We now have the closing date for our house!!!!!

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I really wanted to blog last week and share the news sooner but I was in a funk… my birthday was Wednesday and the Inauguration was Friday. My birthday and I just don’t mix and Trump…

Plus, we got the closing date from the company that handles the closing, not the builder. We were supposed to get the date on the 4th/5th but nada. Then we got the date on the 16th, but not from the builder. We were a bit weary so we didn’t get excited about it until we met with them on Friday afternoon to review somethings that we had issues with. (Bet I won’t get the requested built in fridge pics…)

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We have been waiting for so long for this so we are really excited that the end is in sight! Less than a month to go!!

Thankfully, the closing date is the Friday before a long weekend so we just going to bust our butts moving things on Friday (after signing paperwork), Saturday, and Sunday. I have Monday off so I am just going to be focusing on setting things up. Like giving home to all the fun things we got for our wedding (June 2015!) that have never been unpacked. I am down right giddy with excitement over the fact that I get to unpack dishes from my old boss. Bliss.

I’m also thankful for these Ham and Cheese Roll Ups!!

They are a play on my Ham and Cheese Sliders. They are perfect for parties and for snacking on while watching The Big Game. They always disappear quickly when I make them for a gathering, so I figured I’d try to put a fun sping on them and roll them up!

They are made just like a cinnamon roll, but without all that sweet feeling.

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The ham gets nice and warm while the cheese gets deliciously melty. The sauce on top is what just makes whole thing come together. (And don’t forget the Worcestershire sauce, I did that once… big no no!)

I bet that these will disappear in no time at your next gathering. A winning snack!

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Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Makes 24 roll ups

Ingredients

For the Rolls

  • 1 Cup warm milk (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot!)
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced ham
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced swiss cheese

For the Poppy Seed Sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Process

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk. Let rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, then slowly mix in the warm milk mixture. Add the butter and just mix to combine.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a hook attachment, work the dough until combined.
  4. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into an even ball. Add the dough to a large oiled bowl. Rotate to cover the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, at least 1 hour.
  5. Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease 2 baking pans.
  6. Divide it into 2 even portions. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough out so it is approximately 10″ x 16″. Arrange half of the ham and then half of the swiss cheese over the. Cut into 12 equal portions. Repeat with the other half of the dough
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. While the roll ups bake, make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients. Mix well.
  9. When the rolls are done, evenly coat with the sauce mixture. Serve warm.
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