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What Is A Paint N Sip Event?

If you want to spend time with the girls or a romantic night out with your spouse, a Paint N Sip event is where you need to be. What is a Paint N Sip event, though? A Paint N Sip event is an event where you come with your friends, order a couple of drinks, and have a fun time painting a picture. It’s the perfect way to make some creative memories with the people who mean the most to you.

Specialized Events

What makes Paint N Sip events even better is that they have specific events geared toward customers so that everyone can get the perfect night that they want. The events range from all different styles, but each one is creative. Some of the events that are coming up are these.

  • Date Night
  • Girls Night
  • Golden Rabbit
  • Be Still And Know
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Fundraiser
  • Bright Eyes
  • A Walk In The Park
  • Painting Your Pet
  • Trivia Night
  • Bring Your Own Toilet Paper
  • Nested Night
  • Mommy And Me
  • Peaceful Willow

None of the events striking your fancy? Contact the company, and they will see what they can do to accommodate you to make you happy!

What You Need

So what do you need for one of these events? Nothing at all. All of the painting supplies are provided for you, and you don’t have to help clean up either. You can bring snacks, but there are no other drinks permitted because they have a bar that you can buy drinks from. If you plan to drink, you will, of course, need an ID to show your age.

It’s also recommended that you show up at least thirty minutes early so you can park and unwind. When class starts, you will be friendly and relaxed, and ready to paint. There are no seating changes, and you will not be issued a credit if you decide not to show up. You will need to cancel in advance if you are not able to attend.

A Place To Have Fun

A Paint N Sip event is a great place to unwind and relax with friends and make incredible memories. For many people, it becomes a monthly habit and something special that they can look forward to. For others, it unlocked a passion for painting they didn’t know they had. Come to an event today and see what it will unlock for you.

Health Benefits for Teen Personal Development Coaches

Your teenage years are such a pivotal point in life where you really begin to start creating habits. Working with a life coach and mentor to help you start getting on the right track to increase your life quality. Here are some health benefits of working with a teen personal development coach.

Boosting Self-Esteem

One of the key advantages of using a life coach and mentor is building more self-confidence. Being a teenager is going through that awkward phase of growing up and all of these changes happening both internally and externally. A coach can help a teen identify with himself and navigate through these treacherous waters.

Good Eating Regimen

A life coach and mentor can also start getting a teen in the flow of healthy eating. A teen may want to have snacks and junk food regularly, but it’s important to build healthy habits before transitioning into adulthood. When they start getting the right nutrients in their system, it’ll help give their body long-term benefits.

Working Out

Additionally, a coach can start suggesting different workouts to help teens stay active. Not only does this give them an extra boost in their physical health, but this is a good way to help them reduce stress during their growing pains. Also, it’ll help them add a bit of structure to their lives.

More Extracurricular Activity

Extracurricular activity is more than just playing a sport, you can get involved in acting, academics, or just a fun club to do something after school. It’ll help teens build friendships that can last for years. Additionally, they’ll know how to be more social, which comes in handy for the work world later in life.

Finding Balance

One of the most important things that your teen development coach can help you reach is balance. With a busy academic and extracurricular schedule, it can be a bit easy to lose track of the important things that give yourself that happy medium. A life coach can help you structure things in a way so that you aren’t missing out on sleep, pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion, and forgetting to enjoy your youth.

Keeping things in perspective can help you create a healthy habit that’ll positively impact other sectors of your life. With the right life coach, you’ll be able to stay healthy as you grow into your adult life.

Things To Do In Denver

Living in Denver, you already know that it is a place of beauty, and it can be a place to unleash your creativity and have a great time with friends. There are plenty of opportunities for fun and games and for making memories with friends. If you are looking for the premier spots to hang out in Denver, look no further!

Painting With A Twist

With unique event ideas such as Mommy and Me, Painting Your Pet, Moonlight Forest, and Rocking the 80s, Painting With A Twist has everything you need. Once you pay for your spot, the art supplies are free, and they let you choose the medium you will paint on. You have the benefit of different items to choose from, which people enjoy about the event. You can enjoy drinks for the over twenty-one crowd and have an excellent time drinking with friends while mixing your paint and seeing what you can create.

They offer multiple events a month to ensure that each experience is different and that you can enjoy various ideas and landscapes. Favorites of the event include holiday themes and animals. They even have Easter themes with a Baby Yoda in the basket!

The Brutal Poodle

The Brutal Poodle is one of Denver’s best-kept secrets. It is a rugged rock-inspired tavern that has a love for all things related to dogs. The Brutal Poodle also has an edgy vibe with great music. With classic cocktails with a modern twist and local beers, it’s the perfect place for couples, friends, and loved ones to have a night out.

Friendly with food, any person with dietary restrictions would be fine here. The majority of their menu is made gluten-free or can be made to be, and they have great vegetarian options. Even their meat and bread can be made gluten-free for the customers. As they can’t legally allow dogs inside, they allow man’s best friend to relax on their outside patio as long as they behave and don’t disturb the other patrons.

Enjoy The Atmosphere

Denver has an edge to it that other cities don’t, and it can be a great place to enjoy the fun with your favorite people or your favorite puppy! With great food, music, and drinks, Denver might actually be the city that never sleeps as it offers fantastic places to discover and fall in love with each time you go out!

Peanut Butter Love Cookies

I love peanut butter! And when added to cookies you create the most perfect dessert. This simple peanut butter cookie is made super special by creating heart shapes with the batter. Perfect for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions (makes 20-25 cookies)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl add sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter, stir until creamy
  3. Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla, continue stirring until creamy and well combined
  4. Add flour and baking soda stir until well combined
  5. Scoop or roll doll into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Flatten each ball using a glass coated in sugar. I used a bit of water on the bottom of the glass and then dipped the glass into the sugar, and then flattened each cookie
  7. To make a heart shape use a butter knife or the handle of a fork to cut into the top center of the dough. press it outwards to create a “v” shape and use your fingers to create the curve part of the heart
  8. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the bottom of the dough to make a “v” shape or the bottom tip of the heart
  9. My first cookies I used a fork to create crisscross marks you see in traditional peanut cookies but I felt it looked better without the marks
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, be careful not to over bake them or your cookies will be hard. You want a softer chewier cookie.

Enjoy! (or share with your Valentine)

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Bob Evans Sausage Gravy Recipe

Biscuits and Gravy is not a dish I ate growing up, but one time I remember being at a friends house and her dad was from the South and he would whip these up. They were so delicious and hearty, perfect for Sunday brunch. So, now years later I decided to perfect this dish and make my own version. They key is to use Bob Evans pork sausage. Even though it seems difficult this dish is super simple!

Ingredients

1 pound Bob Evans pork sausage

1/3 cup flour

4 cups whole milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

Homemade or Store-bought buttermilk biscuits

Directions (serves 4-6)

Brown sausage on medium-high heat until cooked and slightly crispy

Sprinkle flour over sausage and stir for 1-2 minutes and flour is soaked up by the sausage

Whisk in the milk, one cup at a time, stirring constantly

Cook the gravy stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes, it will be loose at first but it will thicken up, just keep whisking!

Add seasonings to taste

If your gravy is too thick add 1/2 a cup or more of milk as needed

Spoon the sausage over split warm biscuits and serve immediately. I served mine with some over easy eggs.

Enjoy!

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Texas Twinkies (Chicago Version)

So on a recent visit to a local BBQ joint I read on the menu about a Texas classic, a Texas Twinkie. Intrigued I read the description learned this Twinkie is a piece of BBQ brisket mixed with cheese stuffed on a jalapeño and wrapped in bacon. This sounded so amazing that I wanted to attempt it at home. After some thought and realization that its winter in Chicago and so smoking a brisket is not the best idea, I decided to mix it with a Chicago classic, the beef sandwich. So here we have a Chicago Twinkie. You take the classic Italian beef and mix it with cream cheese and cheddar and then stuff it in a jalapeno and of course wrap it in bacon. A perfect mashup of two classic dishes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Italian beef
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 Oz block cream cheese
  • 8-10 jalapenos (sliced and deseeded)
  • 16-20 pieces of bacon

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl mix Italian beef, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese until well mixed
  • Scoop into jalapeno halves (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  • Wrap bacon around stuffed jalapeno if needed use tooth picks to secure
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes bacon should be cooked thru

Enjoy!

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Silvias’s Famous Italian Beef

So if your wondering who Silvia is she is my mom. She is the most kind and wonderful person, always willing to help others, but her cooking just isn’t the best (ask any of my siblings about fingernail spaghetti). So, since she has four kids and lots of nieces and nephews she has a few (like maybe 3) recipes that she has mastered. And this Italian Beef is one of them. No holiday party or gathering is complete without this dish, yet it is easy enough to throw in the crockpot head to work and come home to a delicious meal.

Ingredients (serves 8-10)

  • Chuck Roast (3-4 pounds, but this recipe easily doubles or triples)
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 Italian Seasoning packets
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 jar Giardiniera (pickled pepper mixture native to Chicago but can be found online)
  • 1 jar sliced pepperoncini with juice
  • French Bread and/or mozzarella for serving

Recipe

  • Season beef with 1 packet of Italian seasoning on all sides
  • Melt butter in pan on stove
  • Sear beef for 3-4 minutes on all sides on high heat
  • After beef is seared add to crockpot
  • Add in the remaining season packet, broth, Giardiniera (feel free to save a little for topping later), pepperoncini
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low 6-8
  • Serve on French bread (feel free to use whatever bread you want, Hawaiian rolls are delicious)
  • top with cheese and extra Giardiniera

Enjoy!

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Christmas Cookies

Cookie Baking is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love spending quality time with my sister in the kitchen and I love sharing my yummy bites even more with our family and friends. Each year we love to mix and match new creations with classic family recipes. Here’s what we made this year!

We started off with a family favorite, 7 layer or magic bars. This is a really easy one and really fun for kids to help out. You pretty much just layer and bake.

Then I tried a new take on the classic sugar cookie cutouts and added eggnog, one of my dad’s favorite holiday drinks.

Next up was one my brother chose, oatmeal raisin using a basic recipe just mix, scoop, and bake.

Our final pick was my sisters favorite peanut butter kisses. A simple peanut butter kiss with a chocolate kiss on top.

This was such a fun evening spent with my sister and so fun to share with our family and friends throughout the season. But it doesn’t need to be a holiday to share treats, you can share these anytime time or season of the year simply by changing flavors and shapes of the cutouts.

Summer Bruschetta: Three Ways

This is one of my favorite easy recipes to whip up for a summer meal or appetizer!  There are so many possibilities for summer bruschetta, but these are definitely three of my favorite ways to make it for the season. This was the perfect opportunity to use some of this summer’s harvest; fresh tomatoes and basil from a neighbor’s garden, and perfectly sweet fresh blueberries that I picked with my sister in Michigan. 

The first variety is your basic bruschetta using basil, tomatoes, and garlic. The second variation I used whipped lemon ricotta for a base and topped with macerated blueberries, balsamic, and honey for a sweet yet savory flavor. Finally, I made a pesto and mozzarella variation for a simple yet delicious way to round out this delectable appetizer trio.

This is a super simple appetizer or meal to impress your family and friends.   I love all the bright and beautiful colors and textures in this recipe as well, so perfect for summer!  You can find the full list of ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions below!

Basic Bruschetta

  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling on top
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • salt & pepper
  • Balsamic Glaze for topping
  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Lay bread on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil (toast bread for all 3 variations, total about 36 toasts)
  3. Broil with oven door ajar for a few minutes until bread gets lightly toasted.
  4. Combine chopped tomatoes, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and season with salt & pepper. You can top immediately but this tastes better when you let it sit and combine on the counter for an hour or so.
  5. For Serving- Top with tomato mixture and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Garnish with more basil and olive oil if desired.

Blueberry Ricotta Bruschetta

For the blueberries

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Lemon Ricotta

  • 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

You’ll also need balsimic glaze. honey, and fresh torn basil for garnishes

  1. For the blueberries: Macerate the blueberries by mixing them together with the sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside while you make the ricotta mix and the bruschetta.
  2. For the lemon ricotta: Add the ricotta, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper to the bowl and whip with a fork until combined.
  3. For serving: To assemble, smear a heaping tablespoon of the lemon-ricotta mixture onto a piece of toasted bread. Top with a tablespoon of the macerated blueberries and garnish with a basil leaf. Transfer the bruschetta to a platter and drizzle with the balsamic glaze and honey.

Pesto Mozzarella Bruschetta

  • 1/2 cup pesto (you can make it, I just used a jar)
  • Ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic Glaze for garnish
  1. Spread the pesto onto the toasted bread.
  2. Slice the mozzarella cheese and place one or two slices on each piece of bread. Season the cheese with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup.

Arrange your bruschetta on a platter, and enjoy this classic summer treat!

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

This buffalo chicken burger is a taste bud explosion. Spicy buffalo chicken burgers topped with melty cheese and finished up with a creamy ranch coleslaw. The perfect cool topping for this spicy burger.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

3 green onions finely chopped

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 pound ground chicken

half stick of butter

1/4 cup mild buffalo wing sauce

4 slices colby jack cheese

sliced tomatoes

sliced avocado

4 sesame seed buns

homemade ranch (recipe at the end of this recipe)

shredded colelsaw mix

DIRECTIONS

Mix 1 cup ranch and shredded coleslaw mix set aside until burger assembly

Add all the dry seasoning, green onion, breadcrumbs and egg to a bowl with the ground chicken

Gently use your hands and mix ingrediants be careful not too overmix

form into 4 equal patties

melt butter in pan and add burgers

cook on each side for 5 minutes

Pour in wing sauce and spoon over burgers to coat

Melt cheese on each burger

Now it’s time to create your burgers!

Add a spoonful of ranch, slice of tomato, and avacado to the bottom burger bun

Then your burgers

Then top with ranch coleslaw and another spoonful of ranch

Top with top bun and enjoy!

Homemade Ranch

Ingredients

1 tablespoon minced Garlic

1/4 c. Dried Italian Parsley

2 tbsp.  Chopped Fresh Chives

1 c. (Real) Mayonnaise

1/2 c. Sour Cream

Buttermilk 1/4 c., you may need more if depending on the consistency you like

White Vinegar (optional, to taste)

Worcestershire Sauce, (optional, to taste)

Dried Dill Weed (optional, to taste)

Cayenne Pepper (optional, to taste)

Paprika (optional, to taste)

Dried Oregano (optional, To Taste)

Add minced garlic and a pinch of salt to bowl mash to create a paste. Add the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs and add to the garlic.

In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.

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