5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Holiday Charcuterie Board

I’m going to be completely open and honest with you all, I am beyond addicted to cheese and meat.  Truthfully, I don’t know if addicted really encompasses how much I love a good cheese and salami moment which is why I thought to put together a post on putting together the perfect cheeseboard for your holiday get together! Because what party is complete without a good charcuterie board? If you’re into not only the contents but the look of a good cheese board then let’s get into my 5 tips!

1 – Tip one is pretty basic but something that many people don’t often think of.  You need to mix your flavors.  You need to ensure your board is diverse by including salts, sweets, tanginess and different textures.  You can create these different flavor profiles and textures by adding things like honeys, jams, fruits and nuts and peppers of course.

2 – Get yourself some good cheeses! Your mind might automatically go to an American Cheese, a Pepper Jack Cheese, etc but you want more than just the typically cut up cubed cheese.  You want to go for different, flavors, textures and looks.  My personal favorite cheese is Espresso Cheese (which I’ve only ever found at Publix), I love a good Brie Cheese and of course there’s always got to be Gouda and Gruyere.  Remember this little tip; if there’s going to be fruit on this board definitely add in some crumbling Bleu Cheese.

3 – Don’t forget your meats! I love a good Salami but there’s so many different meats you can place on your cheeseboard that I promise your friends and family will love.  I suggest having some prosciutto and different sausages ranging in spice.  You will always have some guests that prefer something with a little more of a kick.

4 – I think every good charcuterie board should have an element of sweet to balance out any salt from the cheese and spice from the meet.  There are so many ways you can add sweetness to your charcuterie board.  My go to add ons are the following: Fig, Dates, Grapes, Honey (feel free to try different types), Jam, Dried Apricot, Blueberries and Raspberries.  I like the addition of fruit as well as the honey and jams because it gives the eater an option.  I’m personally all about a piece of Espresso cheese with a raspberry but I also love smeared Brie cheese on a cracker with some spicy sausage and a drizzle of honey.

5 – Don’t forget your element of crunch!  I can not go without any crunch on my charcuterie board.  I like to add crunch in both breads/crackers and nuts.  Some of my favorite bread/crackers are:  sliced sourdough bread, Matzos, Triscuits, and of course Water Crackers.  As for nuts I like to add almonds, pistachios, and cashews.  The element of the extra crunch that can had with just a piece of fruit is always a nice option to have.

What are some items you love seeing on a Charcuterie Board?


The Twenty Something Girl’s Guide to Living Life; Week Night Date Night Ideas

From being at work a minimum of 8 hours day to trying to connect with friends for happy hour and of course the morning or evening gym session carving out time to spend with your partner can be tough! and keep in mind it’s not because you’re too busy, (you’re never too bust for someone you want to spend time with) its because you’re just tired right? Before Jeff’s new job his schedule was 11AM-8PM and mine was 8AM-5PM, with my alarm going off a 615AM by the time Jeff would get home at 9PM I would be ready to eat dinner and head to bed! Thankfully his schedule changed but beyond schedules, date night is crucial in any relationship and remember date night can be something super simple- you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have fun with your partner!

I’m going to give you some of my favorite week night, date night ideas and hopefully they work for you and your significant other as well as they work for Jeff and I!

One thing Jeff and I love is “Tasty Tuesday” here in Orlando every Tuesday in the Milk District is Tasty Takeover, where a bunch of local bars open up there doors and the parking lots are flooded with food trucks!  Parking is completely free and the food is beyond amazing.  Sometimes it’s fun to meet up with friends but it’s always a fun date night to go alone, grab a beer (or in my case a cider) and eat some good food! Getting out of the house and going somewhere/doing something that isn’t too hectic or will have you out too late is always a good date night idea for throughout the week.

I think some of the best dates are interactive dates (I’ve always said the movies for a first date is terrible) With so many bowling alleys offering promotions for week nights why not head to the bowling alley for a game or two.  I absolutely love bowling and it’s a fun and again inexpensive way to hang out with your partner on a week night all while doing something fun, besides a little competition never hurt anyone!

Here’s a good one! Grab a bottle wine and cook dinner at home together!  I think a couple who can cook together and not argue is definitely a couple who stays together!I mean there was that one time I knocked over the entire bowl of chicken Jeff was cleaning and we had to order take out BUT we got past that. HAHA One great week night date night is cooking dinner together!  It’s great bonding time and can even be a little sexy.  Grab your bowl (of whatever) snuggle up on the couch with a glass of wine and throw on Netflix!

These are just a few date night ideas that I think can help keep your relationship thrive throughout the week! Be sure to drop a comment and tell me what your date night consist of Monday-Thursday!


Teamiblends 30 Day Detox ; 2 Week Update

Okay guys, I feel like I keep saying the same thing so this time around I’m going to get more in detail about myself!  I’ve seen and heard time and time again of all these ways women and men try to lose weight – trust me I work in an office full of women so I’ve heard about crazy diets and pills and more!  The Teamiblends tea is nothing like that and that’s what I like about it!  I don’t feel like I’m dieting to get the body I want I’m just adding something into my daily routine thats super normal (drinking tea)

When I first started seeing information about the Teamiblends 30 Day Detox tea I was super intrigued and honestly why wouldn’t I be, you mean to tell me there’s a tea I can drink every day and every other night for 30 days and it will not only assist with my metabolism, but it’ll suppress my cravings, eliminate my tummy bloating and help with my skin? I was and still am completely hear for it! So why not give it a try?

As a blogger I’m pretty fortunate in being able to try different products and when I was sent the Detox Tea I couldn’t have been more excited to try it!  I’ve been downing this tea for about 2 weeks now and when I telly out he results are insane!  Now I’m not about to post a photo of myself in a bikini or a sports bra because thats just not what I do but check out my instagram in a few weeks because my beach body is totally here! This tea does everything it promises to do and I truly am wowed!

Being on week 2 of this tea things definitely simmered down a bit.  Not that I had really any cramping with the Colon Tea BUT I will absolutely say it eased its way through my body a little better than during week 1. Ladies I can’t stress enough however if you’re drinking this Colon Tea, you absolutely must drink as much water as you can, you want to make sure you’re hydrated before you hit the toilet (let’s just be real).  As i said with last weeks update the suppressing of my cravings that comes with drinking the Skinny Tea is still surprising to me.  As someone who eats and eats and eats the fact that I’m not getting hungry every few hours is really great to me!  I love that I feel like I’m able to control my eating. In terms of the way I look I’m literally loving how my morning bloating had been eliminated – literally there is no water weight because when I wake up my tummy is already looking flat!  I have never felt more awake, alive, and in control of my body and honestly, I’m loving it!

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