halloween ideas!

In keeping the upcoming holiday weekend in mind {remember this post from last week?}, I thought it would be fun to share some food and decor ideas for Halloween! It’s such a festive occasion, and with it being on an actual weekend this year, just that much more reason to go slightly above and beyond our usual plans. Here are some inspiring images, articles & the like – and please, do share any of your favorite ideas and ways to celebrate! 

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Decor & Details

 Our 55 Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas 

11 Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

Homemade Halloween Decorating Ideas  

40 Easy to Make DIY Halloween Decor Ideas

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Inspiring Imagery 

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Spooky Snacks & Festive Foods 

Fun & Frightful Halloween Recipes

20 Halloween Party Appetizers & Drink Ideas

Adult Halloween Party Ideas

21 Gross Recipes: Halloween Party Food

29 Spooktacular Halloween Recipes for Kids  

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! ! ! ! h A p P y  H a L l O w E e N ! ! ! !

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

lately: family visit!

I am beyond blessed to have such awesome parents! My mom and dad were in town to visit recently, and with the gorgeous weekend weather we made the most of our time together! A delicious dinner was on tap for Friday night (one of our favorite local places}. Saturday was spent outside; we all knocked out our early morning exercise and proceeded north to get in some paddle-boating action! Not wanting to miss out, we stopped by two of our local breweries for flights and bites. The evening was spent al fresco on our deck; grilling burgers, enjoying cocktails, and winding down with a fire pit. I was so sad to see them go on Sunday, but with the promise of fun activities in the upcoming months, I have those to look forward to!  Love you, Mom and Dad!

Alicia xoxo

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happy memorial day

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Many people view Memorial Day weekend as the “kick-off” to summer; time to bring out the grill, open pools, create the first official outdoor gathering with friends. And let’s do that because we can – we can celebrate our freedom and our wonderful lives because of those who have served our country. Both in the past and present, and those destined to serve in the future, {& their family members and their support systems, too!}; let’s remember them today, offer a toast in their honor. Because of them, we are able to celebrate this day. 

Everyone, on your long weekend, take a minute {or two} to honor those who have made it possible for us to enjoy days like today. We are truly blessed. 

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Here’s a glimpse of what’s been happening lately – a hodge podge of good food, good times,and good friends. Tell me in the comments…how have your past weeks/months been? 2015 off to a good start?

-Alicia xoxo

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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.

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!

lately: our 2nd anniversary!

The hubs and I celebrated our 2nd year anniversary not too long ago! {we got married on October 6th, 2012} 

He planned a wonderful weekend full of camping, hiking and wine tasting – here’s a glimpse into our adventures; I hope you enjoy!

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lately: annapolis!

Labor Day weekend was a weekend full of fun, adventure, and ANNAPOLIS! We were lucky enough to spend time with one of my closest friends – and in true form, it far exceeded any sort of expectations we could have set. From crab cakes to cocktails, water taxis to rickshaws, explorations to excitement, it was a trip for the books.

Friday night was a drive through of the city, touring gorgeous homes and of course…starting the weekend with some seafood!

Saturday saw an early morning exercise session, followed by brunch and exploring. A boat tour {on the  yacht from Wedding Crashers!} was a fabulous 2 hours spent. ‘Twisted History’ was the majority of the evening – think scandalous history lessons told table side at historic bars – it was so neat!

Sunday led us to bottomless mimosas at brunch, followed by a bar hop of some of the coolest spots we could have hoped to experience.

Here’s a peak at some of the shenanigans…enjoy!

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crab dip baked into a brioche roll started us off at dinner Friday night

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gazpacho topped with crab and drizzled with finishing oil and fresh herbs…with a side of amazing blue cheese coleslaw

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a power breakfast omelet after an early Saturday morning workout

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signs at the Boatyard Saturday morning…and $2 mimosas before 10am!

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the hubs and Rick, tour guide and party planner extraordinaire

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sharing a smooch on the yacht Saturday afternoon

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future magazine cover, am i right?

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some of the brunch spread at Blackwall Hitch on Sunday morning

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could not get enough of the decor at Blackwall

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nautical details abound

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specialty cocktails at Level – one of our Sunday bar hop stops

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stopping in for some whisky and bourbon at Dry 85…another Sunday stop

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Red Red Wine {bar}

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painkillers at PUSSER’S!

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the hubs is making the best face. ever.

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keeping the fun rolling on the yacht!

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1/2 lb. crabcake at Chick & Ruth’s on Sunday morning…so amazingly tasty

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champagne, yacht style!

 

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a view into the kitchen at Chick & Ruth’s…talk about a well-oiled machine!

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how amazing is this view!?

award: the wonderful team readership award

What an honor to be nominated!

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I have been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award by none other than sweet Linda from La Petite Paniere. What draws me back to her wonderful blog, time and time again, is the colorful and descriptive language. You can immediately recognize her passion for being in the kitchen; truly a beautiful thing!

I am so grateful to her for the nomination, and wish to pass along the same pleasure to the following blogs! Be sure to check them out!

Butter Basil & Breadcrumbs

Sweet Caroline’s Cooking

A Whisk and A Spoon

Beery & Whisky Brothers

Cottage Grove House

Clean Eating Chelsey

Chase n Chance Ranch

Cooking Diary by Shruti

Detox Mama

Food to Glow

Hello to Fit

News Anchor to Homemaker

Shivaay Delights

Spontaneous Tomato

If you choose to participate, you must: Include an image of the award {feel free to use the one above}, mention the person who nominated you, and nominate at least 14 other bloggers for this award.

Congrats to all my fellow nominees!

& a big thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far on my journey of blogging. It’s been a pleasure to connect with so many great people, and your constant encouragement, comments, and thoughts mean the world to me.