Honeymoon Buffalo Potato Skins

Today's recipe is a recreation from our first honeymoon meal in collaboration with Collective Bias and their advertiser. Gotta love ready-to-go proteins..epseically when this pregnancy makes me dislike cooking raw meat even more. All opinions are my own, as always :) #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias

The first night of our honeymoon (well, the second if you count our wedding night spent in New Hampshire) we arrived at our small Key Largo resort after dark and very hungry. Per the recommendations left in our suite, we sauntered across the street to a local pub-like restaurant. We were feeling like high rollers, this being our honeymoon and all, and ordered an appetizer. Its also possible that I ordered this appetizer for my meal because it sounded so good and I knew it would come out faster than anything else. 

for some very old honeymoon pictures click here

We were hooked. It was the only place we ate on our honeymoon more than once and after settling into our newlywed life in Utah, we tried recreating these for a few of our "month anniversaries" (back in our first year of marriage when we celebrated things like 'being married for three months'). 

With the new potato kick I've been on this pregnancy I've been meaning to branch out from my usual baked potato habit and recreate these for the first time in years. When I saw Hormel's already prepared Buffalo Chicken at the grocery store next to the deli meats (I no longer have to stare longingly at deli meats...properly heat the meat before putting it on a sandwich and the pregnant lady is allowed to eat sandwiches again!), it was a done deal. I love how easy it was to prepare everything (no cutting, marinating, or cooking meat for me!) and how well they held up in the refridgerator for lunch on day two. The best part though, is that neither Ben or I ever order anything "buffalo" seasoned so the taste really does take us back to the Florida Keys and our first few days of marriage :) 
What You'll Need:
  • 7 small potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter (softened)
  • 1 package sharp cheddar cheese (if you like blue cheese, use that here instead)
  • 1 package Hormel Hot Sandwich Meat in Buffalo Chicken  (use this coupon for a discount) 
  • sour cream
  • cilantro (for garnish)
What You'll Do:
  1. Thoroughly wash small potatoes and use a fork to poke each with a few holes. 
  2. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes
  3. Remove potatoes from oven and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the insides of the potatoes so that 1/4- 1/2 inch of potato is left. 
  4. Rub softened butter on the skins of the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes (watch so they don't burn...but if you're in a hurry you can skip this step). 
  5. Repeat step 4 with the insides of the skins (again, watch them...or skip this step).
  6. In a saucepan, heat the buffalo chicken on medium high for 5 minutes. 
  7. Fill each skin with cheese and chicken and replace in oven and broil until cheese is completely melted. 
  8. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro and enjoy! 

**the potato skins from our honeymoon had blue cheese crumbles on them and a yummy ranch dipping sauce...while we liked the ones on our honeymoon, after our first recreation attempt I remembered I really dislike blue cheese and we've been using cheddar or feta ever since. 

^I served them with some squash and zucchini sauteed in olive oil

Another note on incredibly easy meals and my lack of enthusiasm at cooking meat these days, we used Hormel's Everyday Scratch chicken in our fifteen minute pad thai and it was great. Less prep for me, more protein for Ben and baby makes for a great combination. You can use this coupon for $1 off the Everyday Scratch products through November. 

Findlay Favorites: Wilsons + Fall Gingham

All the in-n-out pictures on instagram have had me craving a good burger and fries lately. You know the ones - they make all of us not on the west coast wish for a moment that we were there (until I remember the gorgeous fall foliage and how I kinda like my four seasons).

Anyway, Wilson's is an old Findlay establishment and the idea of it being local, cheaper than 5 Guys, and having malts (the big problem with 5 Guys is they don't have shakes - no good burger joint is complete without shakes) made it a must for Saturday's date night.

I talked about it a little in Tuesday's post, but I am really finding it easier to love where we are when we get out and experience our new area. Its easy to compare it to Cincinnati and miss the people, the restaurants, the climbing gym, the civilization in general....but that doesn't do anyone any good (especially our friends in Cincinnati because it means they're stuck with far more frequent weekend guests ;). I'm hoping to share far more frequent local spots like this - and the resulting baby bumps - in the next few months as we fall in love with this new place. After all, we're blessed to be here, so we might as well enjoy it :) 
^Everything was good but my favorite were the fries dipped in the malt (still didn't completely satisfy my desire for an in 'n out burger animal style...)
^we sat at the counter on these old stools and people watched along main street 
^They have the original menu prices on the wall ... its hard for me to imagine being able to buy anything for five cents... 
^the baby bump expands as the day goes on
^After dinner we headed down to a park along the river just to walk around for a bit (the water's gross, but the park is pretty)

outfit details:
gingham shirt: Gap
skirt: Nordstrom Rack (many years ago)
belt: c/o Lands End
shoes: c/o Lulus
bag: Kate Spade
bow: Forever21

My gingham shirt from last fall at GAP has been a staple in my closet for the past year. Its probably the reason I've been gravitating toward more plaid/gingham pieces online recently -- a few of my favorites:  
(really loving the idea of the first one with black leggings & boots for this baby bump)

Bits of Life Lately (and a giveaway)

Just a few things from life recently:
  • Pasta salad is the best leftover to have. This means its best to make 5 times the amount you need so you can eat it all week long.  (recipe coming soon? maybe?)
  • I find my hand resting on my stomach in public (secretly hoping people realize the pooch is a baby and not summer candy). 
  • Every time I talk to my little sister she asks if I'm talking to the baby, if I'm ready poetry to the baby, and if I play mozart for the baby. I've started doing the first, I have not ever done the second, and I'll be better about the third. Did you know mozart makes babies smarter? 
  • A bowl of Lucky Charms contains the same amount of folic acid as my prenatal supplement. It also tastes much better. 
  • Each time I move, I appreciate this online community a bit more. After the move to Findlay, a bit means a lot. 
  • A little almond extract added to frosting in incredible. After having this recipe for dessert last night, I'm so glad Casey sent me home with leftovers (you won't believe it comes from a box). 
  • GAP is having a 40% off sale through the 27th... I'm trying to figure out which of these I can buy non-maternity and still wear for fall :) 

  • Want something else to brighten up your Monday? I've teamed up with some darling bloggers to bring you a little giveaway... $200 to Nordstrom to be exact! Thanks to Afternoon Style for putting everything together - and to all the other lovely ladies for participating. You can enter via the rafflecopter widget below:  

Happy Monday! 


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