Save the Date Invite Design

For my Save The Date invitations, I knew I wanted to do something unique.  I used a few skills in photoshop to create a funny and personal Save the Date magnet to send to guests!

before and after design of save the date
It was a sunny day in West Chester, PA so my fiancee and I got dressed and charged our $100 Kodak camera.  My little sister took pictures of us being silly in my parent’s backyard.  This was one of my favorite pictures and Continue reading

DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas Under $30

Running out of time before “Love Day”?  Here are a couple ideas for some cute, DIY, last minute Valentine’s Gifts.

Matching a small gift with a cleverly worded homemade card is the perfect gift that will really bring on the kisses: guy valentine's day gift idea fishingGuys can be so hard to buy for.  If your man is a fisherman, match some fishing lures with a homemade card that says “I’m hooked on you.”  A quick, inexpensive gift that your hunny will Continue reading

*BEST* Sandwiches in West Chester, PA

You can’t hate a meal that fits in between two slices of bread.  So many choices, so many toppings… SANDWICHES are amazing. I narrowed down my favorite sandwiches in West Chester, PA and where to get them:

*BEST* Grilled Cheese
Roots Café
Gay Street, West Chester, PA

Roots Cafe West Chester grilled cheese brie applesBrie Cheese, bacon, warm slices of granny smith apples, and drizzled with honey.  The bread is herb-buttered and griddle toasted.

*BEST* Hoagie
Capriotti’s
Market Street, West Chester, PA

They may be known for the Bobbie but I prefer the Cole Turkey Hoagie.  Capriots’s roasted turkey puts processed cold cuts to shame.  Fresh and I am sure much healthier.  TIP: ask for the cole turkey with lettuce and tomato.

*BEST* Salad Sandwich
Iron Hill Brewery
Gay Street, West Chester, PA

Iron Hill Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich
Skip the pizzas and burgers at Iron Hill. Their Chicken Salad is fresh and filling.  Apples, chunks of chicken (no shredded stuff here), cranberry spread and perfectly seasoned mayo.  TIP: Get sweet potato fries instead of regular fries and ask for a side of the  Bourbon Vanilla Sauce. MMMM!

*BEST* Sandwich Special
Carlino’s Market
Market Street, West Chester, PA

The Monte Crisco! This sandwich is a sweet and savory marriage that lives happily ever after.  Turkey, Ham and Swiss cheese grilled between two thick slices of fresh bread and sprinkled with powered sugar.  Dip every bite in maple syrup.  This is a treat so it’s no wonder Carlino’s only has this sandwich as a special.

Is there an awesome sandwich I should try?  Comment to this blog and let me know!

Un-fried Homemade Potato Chips w/ Parmesan Crust Recipe

oven baked potato chipsSo easy, so crispy, so tasty! These tasty treats are perfect for a bbq or sandwich-dinner (think sloppy joes or pulled pork sandwiches).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes (or any type of potato that you have on hand)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil

Parmesan Crust Topping:

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/3 tbsp. garlic powder
  • Salt

Wash potatoes.  Slice thin, about 1/8 of an inch – use a mandolin if you have one (no need to peel the potatoes).  Spread a paper towel on a baking sheet and spread the sliced potatos on the baking sheet.  Allow the potatoes to air dry for 15 minutes to an hour. 

Preheat oven to 450.   Remove the paper towel from the cookie sheet and dab the potato slices with paper towel (a dry potato is a crispy potato!).  Drizzle the oil and butter onto potatoes and toss to coat.  Spread the coated potato slices into one layer on the cookie sheet.  Bake 15-25 minutes or until the edges are brown and crispy.

Mix “topping” ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Once the chips come out of the oven, dump them in the bowl and toss with topping mixture to coat.  Serve! Mmmm!