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Last weekend the Hubs and I went to a “shell” party that our friends threw. You are probably thinking to yourself… What the hell is a shell party?!?! That’s okay, because I had the same reaction when I first heard of it. So here’s what it basically is. Our friends are building their dream house and before the house is completed they threw their first party. Just the shell of the house is up. It was really cool and exciting to get the tour and walk through the rooms and try to imagine what it will look like when completed. I can’t wait to see the finished product!!!
So being that my momma raised me right, I couldn’t go to this shin-dig empty handed. I didn’t want to do wine or champagne. Too generic for this occasion… I wanted to do something different. So like any other person scratching their head for an original idea I went to Pinterest to rip a craft idea off of someone else. Let’s face it. We all do it, some of us even call it our own, but for me I like to give credit where it’s due. Thanks Pinterest! These house warming/ shell party mugs were a big hit!!!!

All you need is:

Permanent markers (whatever brand or color you fancy).
An oven heated to 350 degrees.
A ceramic mug, plate, or bowl.
A clock or timer and 30 minutes of patients.
And possibly some sort of minimal artistic ability.

Luckily, I have all of the above. I was set to get my craft on!
Here is how the final product turned out!!

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I think I know what everyone is getting for any special occasion this year!!! 😉

I think in total this little crafty project took me about 50minutes.

Now I want to monogram all my china!!!! The Hubs thinks that’s going too far!!!

Oh well!

Until next time,
xoxo

the tasti life


I trust that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s, Gal-entine’s or Pal-entines day/weekend. Whether you were spending it with your past gal pals or the love of your life I hope you had an amazing time.
Valentine’s Day is one of those special nights that many restaurants go all out for. They usually offer a special menu, a rose for the ladies, or some sort of special ambiance to draw a swooning couple in… Don’t worry there was nothing over the top or cliché about the local restaurants we went to.

What was your favorite part about Valentine’s Day or what did you like or not like about the restaurant you went to?? Please share.

Here is my weekend in review:
I was lucky enough to wake up to a snow day on Friday so I was extremely happy that my weekend could start early!!!

I was blissfully surprised when I walked downstairs to the table set and a beautiful brunch waiting for me! The Hubs sure knows how to treat his lady right! 🙂

He had mimosas, chocolate covered strawberries, and white roses (my favorite) set out on the table! He dazzled me with my favorite Eggs Benedict and hash browns with onions and peppers! So good! I think I may keep him for awhile

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Valentines night, we decided to keep it low key… but we did go to one of our favorite bars. Newberry’s Yard of Ale. The hubs had been patiently waiting and craving their newest beer on tap and a very scrumptious beer we have been on the hunt to find for many months. Finally, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus beer is on tap at Newberry’s Yard of Ale! This beer is lightly sweet and Jesus it’s insanely tasty! After your first sip, you will definitely want to EXCLAIM its NAME!!! Sweet Baby Jesus!!! It is a dark, rich, chocolate peanut butter porter that finishes smooth with hints of espresso, peanut butter, and roasty notes of chocolate. AMAZING!

We sat at the bar and got one of the many friendly and talented bartenders. We ordered off of their special Valentines Lovers Menu and listened to the smooth and soulful vocals of musician Regina Sayles. Check out her website to see where she is playing next in the area and to hear how talented she is! You can also check out a feature article on Regina Sayles through Local Flair Magazine online. Local Flair Magazine is a premier lifestyle magazine of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Check out Local Flairs website to see all the happening in our area by clicking here!

There was a great crowd and an awesome atmosphere. I went with three blackened to perfection Jumbo sea scallops over arugula, wild mushrooms, and grilled asparagus.

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For desert we ordered chocolate cream stuffed zeppolis and a traditional Irish coffee that was made with homemade whip cream. The fresh and fluffy cream was whipped up by our very talented bartender Gary. It was a perfect way to end the night!

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Until Next Time,
xoxo
the tasti life


Tomorrow is the official day of love and romance… with that said, all you procrastinators what are your BIG plans for Valentine’s Day?! Oh, and let’s not forget… This year, Valentine’s Day gets stretched out over the whole weekend. It’s a weekend worth of love and spending money to show how much you really care.

You might be a last minute gift giver (and that’s ok) but you are probably thinking what is there really to do around the Pocono’s.

Have no fear… here are some of my favorite places to Wine and Dine and that will help you celebrate in style and flavor with your someone special.

Love is in the air at these local gems!

Peppe’s Bistro– Call to reserve your table- You and your sweetheart are going to LOVE this special menu.

Newberry’s Yard of Ale- featuring a special menu and the sweet and sultry vocals of renowned local musician Regina Sayles. Entertainment starting at 5pm.

Desakis– LOVE GROWS in The Garden at desakis.

Stroudsmoor Country Inn reservations are required.

Marco Antonio’s– The tables are set for ROMANCE

There is so much deliciously delicately crafted FLAVOR and outstanding atmosphere at all these neighborhood restaurants it is certainly going to be hard to decide!

Get out there and celebrate with your MAIN SQUEEZE!

****All my local followers, let me know where you ended up dining out for Valentine’ Day and what menu option was worth raving about!****

Until Next Time,

xoxo

thetastilife

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**Photo credit: from Skippyhaha on Etsy
You can buy these 1970’s/80’s vintage honeymoon souvenir goblets at Skippyhaha Etsy shop


Recently the Hubs and I took a weekend trip to one of my favorite places on Earth. New York City… For some reason being in the city always makes me feel alive! It also makes me very nostalgic for my college days and all the years I spent living on the Upper East Side. Now, let me tell you that you could always find a good little restaurant and the Upper East Side was filled with many of my favorites! I could go on and on about that, but I will save that for another time.
This weekend getaway was filled with your typical tourists visits. We stayed at the outstanding Hilton Millennium Hotel at Ground Zero (we had breathtaking views from our room). Visited the heart wrenchingly beautiful Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial. Ate lunch at the delicious and reasonably priced Umberto’s in Little Italy. Stopped in Ferrara’s for a sweet treat and a double espresso. Then we traveled up to Time Square to see Rock of Ages which definitely brought you back into an era of big hair, loud music, and many fashion dos and donts.
The trip was an all around success! I really wish I could stay forever. I did became a bit melancholy as we were packing our things to leave, but as we were driving through the tunnel I realized there is NO place like HOME!

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Until Next Time
xoxo
thetastilife



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