Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

Aloha beautiful peoples!

A two month blog hiatus was not in the books but with the school semester in full swing and one of the craziest work quarters I’ve ever experienced something had to go on the back burner. I bow down to all of you bloggers out there who never let the posts drop off, I honestly have no idea how you pull it off!

A decent amount has happened in the last 60 days, let us take a look in photos shall we?

Hotel Vermont Ice Bar Mascot

I turned 25 and decided that I have a whole lot of things I want to do before I have to “grow up” so to speak. Case and point, I was given the honor of being the Hotel Vermont penguin at this year’s Ice Bar. Ya’ll know how strongly I feel about being a mascot so to ring in the birthday in costume was the highlight of my life night.

Birthday Bottle Tradition

I have few traditions in my life but one is to share a bottle of the cheapest champagne possible with friends on my day of birth. This year the lovely Danielle celebrated her birthday with us so we obviously had to double to dosage. #twobirthdaystwobottles

Sugarbush

Sugarbush Crew

I spent as much time as I possibly could on the mountain and while I’m happy that it is finally looking (and feeling) like spring around these parts it sure was an epic east coast season for snowboarding. It helps when you get to spend the days with these fine folks.

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade

I channeled my inner “native Vermonter” to join the hotel friends for the 20th annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade through downtown Burlington. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t so freakin’ pumped about this overall game I found hiding out at the local Goodwill. I’m determined to find so many more opportunities to wear them… Zach is over the moon obviously 😉

Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcakes

I started making cupcakes again! I used to love making cupcakes for all occasions and I am so glad it’s something I’ve made the time for. These are my version of “King Cake” cupcakes:  cinnamon bun cake topped with cream cheese frosting. I’m not the biggest cream cheese frosting fan but this recipe was awesome. I’ll definitely be sharing soon 🙂

St. Patrick's Day Denver

Zach and I headed out to Colorado for a week to celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday with the whole family. Between our love for beer, dual citizenship & the fact that Pops’ birthday is actually on St. Patrick’s day this is a holiday we take very seriously in the family!

Beau Jo's Pizza

In my next life I hope I come back as a competitive eater. I’m actually not going to tell you how much of this I ate because I think it would disgust you.

Continental Divide

I used to live out in Colorado and miss it very much so it was awesome to take Zach for his first trip out. We obviously had to pop off a quick photo shoot at the continental divide.

Highest Chair Lift in North America

We hit the highest chairlift in North America at Breckenridge…

Grand Lodge at Peak 7

And spent every afternoon soaking our bones in the hot tub at the bottom of the lifts.

Maria & I

I participated in my first comedy roast and let’s just say I’m addicted. I don’t know if it’s a good thing that I think of people in terms of roast material only now but I’m okay with it. Any situation that gives my sarcasm a place to shine is a situation I enjoy. I have also continued to force photo shoots upon Maria…

Maria & I: Canadiens Game

Like this one we took a few weeks ago at the Canadiens game where we demolished a nacho platter and moved on to massive bowls of poutine… whoops. Did I mention I need to go on a diet?

Kelly's Bridal Shower

And finally, I created this cupcake display for a close friend’s bridal shower last weekend. Kelly is a librarian so I knew I wanted to do touch on that without it being too cheesy. My solution was to create these flowers out of old book pages and while I covered my fingers in hot glue I was very happy with the result. Not to mention the cupcakes were a real hit with the shower guests which was a nice ego boost. The flavors were:

Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese frosting

Vanilla cake with diced Strawberries topped with White Chocolate Buttercream frosting

Guinness Stout Chocolate cake topped with Maple Buttercream frosting and Candied Bacon

And finally Chocolate cake filled with a Reese’s cup and topped with Peanut Butter frosting

It’s been a great couple of months but I’ve missed blogging SO MUCH and I’m so excited to get back to it! As always, thank you for reading, it means so much to me 🙂

Fun Facts Friday

Late afternoon Friday post, but still this makes three this week so HOLLA!

1. Everyone must go see Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the GalaxyNerds and non-nerds alike, it is totally worth it. The cast is straight up hilarious and I’ve been quoting it for the last two days! As you can tell I would highly recommend it. I might not recommend eating the entire box of sour patch kids during said movie but hey, live and learn right?

2. I may get most of the recipes I use from online but I almost always write them down first. Recipe I just like having actual written down recipes, weird? Maybe. I then stage a ridiculous photo of this act because #imablogger

3. A new beer and my go to week night recipe is a win!

Fiddlehead and DinnerFiddlehead (i.e. one of my favorite breweries around here) just put out a new double IPA and it is the bomb.com! They release it a few places around town but once it’s gone it’s gone so I was super excited when a friend of mine picked up a case at the brewery and gave us a few. The recipe I wrote out above is from Damn Delicious and as I mentioned before it is my go to! It is so easy to make and produces some awesome leftovers, score.

4. Chessters are ice cream sandwiches sent from straight from heaven.

ChesstersI could never keep them in the house because I would eat them all in one sitting but when I am surprised with one I could not be happier! They are just so creamy and delicious… gahhh I want another one…

5. Those goofy looking cuffed sweat pants that everyone has been wearing lately are literally the most comfortable things on the planet.

SweatpantsI’m never ever taking them off! I went in to TJ Maxx to casually hunt around and I walked out with these puppies from HEAD, it was basically the best decision I’ve ever made.  I have previously only seen the brand in snowboard gear but damn do they make a mean sweatpant.

Also this picture is home Kari in a nutshell…

My favorite childhood mug where there once was hot chocolate there is now coffee but safe to say it’s gotten me through many a mornings.

The most amazing moccasins from UGG that if you don’t have you need to get.

The best flannel ever obviously from Vermont Flannel Company (we do beer, ice cream and flannel VERY well).

So there are my fun facts this Friday, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

🙂

Have you seen any good movies lately?

Do you like to write out recipes?

What is your go to comfy outfit at home?

A Weekend at Home

As much as I love traveling and getting away for the weekends I can’t help but really appreciate weekends at home.  If I’m lucky they end up with the perfect amounts of fun and relaxation, this weekend was certainly no exception!

On Friday my sister, Katie and I went over to the newly renovated taproom at Switchback Brewing to hang out with our cousin who is a brewer.  The new bar is gorgeous and I was surprised by how spacious it was in there, even when the after-work crowd started pouring in they definitely had the space and the staff to keep up!  In terms of beer, my friends and I aren’t exactly beer snobs (read: we sort of are and can’t help it) but if we are at the bars Switchback is our “easy drinking” choice.  I really love their new Pale Ale and I get excited to see it on tap around town.

   Switchback Pale Ale

We weren’t sure if you could have dogs in the taproom but they quickly informed us that Maggie was welcome so we brought her in and after being pretty forward with a few humans she calmed down.

Maggie at Switchback

This also happened…

Maggie at Switchback

After Switchback we did a quick costume change and went over the the South End Truck Stop, as I mentioned in my VT Bucket List post, I have been wanting to get over to the truck stop this summer so I was pretty excited to make it happen.  I didn’t take any pictures but just know that the food trucks smelled delicious but I will admit it was very busy, like almost too busy.  I ate a pulled pork sandwich from Southern Smoke and it was one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I’ve ever had!  After living in the south I have semi-high standard but it was literally incredible!

I promised my friend Tori (who writes the Hotel Vermont Blog) that I would stop by their Milonga Tango Argentine dance party, so Maria and I headed over to the courtyard to listen to some great music and watch the very impressive tango dancers!  We arrived at the tail end of the party, long enough to get asked to dance but not brave (read: boozed) enough to say yes… but we still had a blast sipping on a couple glasses of wine in the beautifully decorated courtyard and chatting away.  If you get to the Burlington area and need a place to stay definitely check out Hotel Vermont and the Courtyard Burlington Harbor! Seriously can’t go wrong with either- but I’m wicked biased 😉

On Saturday Katie and I walked down to Church St to test out a new Italian restaurant, Pascolo Ristorante.  Pascolo was opened by the Farmhouse Group who already have one of Burlington’s darling restaurants (and one of my personal favs) with The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. The service was great and all of our meals looked excellent.  I had accidentally eaten breakfast an hour before so I wasn’t starving by any means but I did get this pretty boss caprese sandwich on focaccia bread. I also just ate a piece of leftover Margherita pizza that was excellent cold… I think I’m the only person on the planet that enjoys cold pizza over hot.

Caprese

After lunch (and a quick stop at the Shaved Ice cart on Church St) a few friends and I gathered our stuff and headed out to another stop on my bucket list, Niquette Bay!

Z at Niquette

We went sort of later in the day so it wasn’t as packed (score!) but we still managed to have a blast swimming around in the surprisingly warm water and jumping off the cliffs! The sun had moved beyond our spot so we didn’t get scorched out there which was a super nice change to my recent burns.

On Sunday we had people over to our oven of an apartment to watch the World Cup Final, 2 box fans between 10 people means things got real sweaty real fast. Props to my friends for sticking it out 😉  Zach is obsessed with the Germany squad so I definitely leaned towards them over Argentina… sorry for your loss Messi- welcome to being cursed.  I knew I wanted to make some sort of dessert to fit the theme (I am all about themes people- ALL about them) but I literally had an hour to prepare so I went with this recipe from CookiesCakesPiesOhMy for Black Forest cupcakes… Germany- Black Forest- World Cup- Cupcakes, you get the theme.

Black Forest Cupcakes

The recipe could not have been easier and while I was worried when the batter was so thick they came out perfectly moist and got rave reviews from the friends and family- even Zach ate one and that never happens. Please ignore my happy birthday cupcake liners, I forgot I didn’t have any regular ones when I started making them.  Seriously though, make these cupcakes, they will not disappoint!

Did you do anything new and exciting this weekend?

Did you watch any of the World Cup games?