catching up over coffee

Good morning, friends. I thought today that maybe we could catch up over a bit of coffee…chat a little bit, and see how everyone is doing?

Because the first thing that I have to say is…

WHEW.

I’d be lying if I said that the past weeks months haven’t been a whirlwind. I’m sure you’ve noticed as well, from the overabundance of my “lately” posts that have been popping up over here. Don’t get me wrong; I’m certainly not complaining! It’s been a lovely, fun and wonderful summer but…I’m ready for things to SLOW.DOWN.

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in about 6 weeks, the hubs and I will get just that! Doesn’t that sound crazy?! Shoot, even just saying that we still have that much left on our calendar is a tad mind-blowing. Two weddings. Anniversary celebration. Trips out of town. Visitors in town. It’s quite the life we lead, eh?

But before I continue my barrage of words on schedules and trips, let me ask – what do you have coming up? Any fall weddings on your agenda? What about birthday celebrations, or family gatherings? OR! {and I’ll be quite jealous if your answer is ‘yes’} do you have any football travelling planned? The hubs and I are big fans {both college and NFL} and love that we get to spend parts of the week soaking up all the glory that is football. It is, quite simply, awesome. < 3

Lest you think I neglect the topic, let me assure you that I haven’t slowed down on my home cooking! Yes, it’s taken a bit of a backseat lately, which is why there has been a slight lessening of recipes here. I’m raising my hand and admitting that I’ve fallen back into scheduling our easy weekly meals; ones that I can cook basically with my eyes closed, and one hand tied behind my back. Still delicious and soul-warming, but not so exciting that I would deem them worthy of sharing. I have a list about 100 recipes deep that I am yearning to whip up, but just waiting for the right time {aka a more manageable calendar – ha!}. I miss cooking and sharing with you all! Nothing makes me happier than doing just that; and trust me, if I could figure out a way to pass food through the computer screen for y’all to try, you betcha I would be all over that.

What tasty dishes and treats have you whipped up lately? Are you just basking in the glory that is fall weather? This is my favorite time of year. Not only does it signify that our wedding anniversary is just around the corner, but I adore all things fall – cozy clothes, crackling fires, and the FOOD. Oh yes…soups and stews, casseroles, hearty grains, and the reappearance of my beloved crockpot. It makes my heart sing, all of this.

I’m so glad we got to sit down and catch up! In typical Alicia fashion, I have to run – another busy day ahead. Let me know how you’re doing too, I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo

congrats, jackie!

…from our goofy days as kiddos, to her undergraduate graduation from Duke University, I couldn’t be more proud of my middle sister, Jackie. We’re celebrating her 2nd graduation this weekend – but this time, from medical school! She’s headed back to Duke this summer to begin her residency; a four-year stint full of what is sure to bring even more knowledge and skills to her already extremely smart and savvy self. Cheers to you, Jackie – I love you!

Alicia xoxo

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lately: easter weekend

This past Easter was spent at home with some special visitors – my youngest sister & her boyfriend! We enjoyed a delicious Mexican dinner on Friday night, followed some winery & brewery hopping on Saturday. Though not pictured, our slightly modified Easter dinner was enjoyed on Saturday evening – grilled lamb burgers, roasted asparagus…and of course, some chocolates! We took them to one of our favorite local brunch spots before their Sunday departure; take a peek into how the weekend looked : ) 

-Alicia xoxo

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How was your Easter?!

lately: beer and bacon

…the title of this post says it all – the 2nd annual beer and bacon festival! We were lucky enough to snag VIP tickets again this year, and spent a glorious weekend down in North Carolina with dear friends {who, by the way, are recently engaged; talk about a great way to celebrate!} Plentiful sunshine and a crisp breeze made the morning/afternoon event totally fabulous, and evenings were spent playing cards and catching up on the happenings in each others’ lives. Here’s a peak into the weekend! 

-Alicia xoxo

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happy new year!

Cheers to yet another year – full of hope, health, happiness, and love!

-Alicia xoxo

last minute gift ideas

It’s crunch time! Has everyone finished their holiday shopping yet? Gifts beautifully packaged, and placed under the tree? Or are you a bit like me, scrambling around last minute looking for the perfect gift for those special folks in your life? Look no further, y’all – I’ve compiled a great list of last minute gift ideas that look anything but!

Clubs & Subscriptions 

  • Beer of the Month Club –> the perfect gift for the craft beer lover in your life; for him or her! Choose between different packages and selections.
  • Wine of the Month Club –> same as above; do you have a friend who adores wine? This is an ideal gift because you have the option to select different blends and types of wine.
  • Netflix Subscription –> maybe you have a friend who loves to binge watch old TV shows and movies {or is that just me??}…this is a winner for anyone.

Books and Magazines

Household Goods

Now, let the last-minute shopping commence!

lately: thanksgiving holiday

The hubs and I spent a wonderful time with his parents tucked away in the mountains for a long, leisurely Thanksgiving holiday. With no cable, no internet{!}, we shared in outdoor activities, good food and wine, conversations and catching up on life, game nights, and even the occasional blind-beer tasting! It was the perfect way to spend the holiday. Here’s a glimpse into some of our happenings – enjoy!

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my cabin kitchen

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the greatest couch ever – bear printed fabric! perfectly cheesy, perfectly perfect

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view down the path from our 8.5 mile snowy, high-adventure hike!

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view from the top

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the gentlemen pausing for a map study

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the requisite panoramic shot

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roasting brussels sprouts for thanksgiving!

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my awesome father-in-law enjoying the fire!

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of course, Lane was wiped from our big hike earlier that day

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wednesday night map study, with a side of wine

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my thanksgiving day dinner plate, round one

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an empty plate!..preparing for the feast

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cozy cabin table setting

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my famous baked brie {will be sharing this, soon!}

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beer tasting!

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so.many.appetizers.

giving thanks.

giving thanks.

…as we all sit down at the table, surrounded by those friends and family we love so much, let’s not only take the time to be thankful for them, but also for the opportunity to be sharing this day with them. for there are those who are not always as fortunate as everyone else. let’s remember those this day, and include them in our table.

to celebrate this day, in the spirit of giving thanks, i want to share with all of you a few things i am thankful for.

*my wonderful husband; my life partner; my very best friend.

*my family, both by blood and by marriage; i could not be more blessed to share this lifetime with them.

*my friends; old and new, near and far.

*the experiences with everyone this past year {tahoe, sonoma, hubs/wife trip, & all of the other amazing weekends we were able to spend with friends and family}

*a wonderful, warm home that i share with my husband

*my sweet Lane puppy

*good health & spirit

*my faith

…and you, my dears! you’ve made it an incredible journey thus far. it’s been wonderful to share “memories”, recipes, and ideas with each and every one of you.

so today i raise a glass to all of the above, a toast of thanks and love for all my life has been blessed with.

xoxo.

lately: the bourbon trail!

This past weekend, the hubs and I enjoyed one last drink-related event…we toured part of the Bourbon Trail! Located in Kentucky, the Bourbon Trail boasts an insanely awesome line-up of fantastic distilleries. We met up with a good friend, and spend the weekend roaming around! Here’s a glimpse into how we spent our weekend…enjoy!

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100 posts!

We’re celebrating 100 Posts today, y’all! Time to party, so put on your hat, grab a flag, and let’s dance around!

I am so grateful to share my recipes and experiences with you all here on Kitchen Konfidential; you’ve made it incredible so far, and I can’t wait to see where the next 100 Posts take us :)

I’ll leave you with a bit of exciting news I received at the end of last week…take a look…

socialscenecoverThat’s my name on the cover! AHH!

A local publication, the NRV Social Scene Magazine, has written a feature article detailing my blog and what I love to share with you all :) It was a great way to kick off the weekend, that’s for sure!

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Be sure to check out the link, and let me know what you think! Happy Tuesday, my friends!