Weekends in LaPorte

This past weekend I had the opportunity to get away and get a little R&R with some of my best girlfriends. We always have a blast together and my friends lake house in LaPorte is the idea location for a quick girls weekend. We spent the quick trip doing wine tasting after wine tasting, walking around and meeting some local townies. Cinnamon Toast shots anyone? Here’s a recap of everything that we did.

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First winery stop #1: St. Julians. 6 wine tastings- yes pleaseIMG_2959

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How all Christmas Trees should look like

Winery #2: Round Barn- 5 wine tastings with options to try something from their distillery- FYI avoid the tequila…

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Stop #3: Shoreline Brewery for food and beersIMG_3001

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Forgot to take pictures past this- woops

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Backyard views don’t get much better than this

TGIF that it’s Friday. What plans do you have for the weekend?

 

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Springtime Gnocchi

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Why is it that chorizo is always sold in two pieces? I had made my chorizo mussels the other weekend and didn’t know what to do with the remaining half. I took what I had around the house and came up with this meal the other night for a quick and easy dinner and boy was it delicious. Super filling and satisfying, this meal will please everyone.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of chorizo- casing removed
  • 2 cloves garlic- minced
  • ½ white onion- chopped
  • ½ bag of Spinach (approx. 3 oz.)
  • 10 oz. peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tomato- diced
  • 2 pieces of fire roasted red peppers – diced (I used Trader Joe’s canned)
  • 1 package of Gnocchi, approx. 17 oz. (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Fresh Shaved Parmesan (optional)

Directions

  1. Boil water with salt to prepare to cook the gnocchi- cook according to directions
  2. Brown chorizo in a pan, add garlic and white onion and cook until the onion is translucent
  3. Toss in the tomato and fire roasted red pepper until the tomato breaks down
  4. Stir in peas and spinach, once the spinach has been cooked down add in the cooked gnocchi. If the sauce is too thick and not coating the gnocchi, add in some of that pasta water until the consistency of the sauce is at your liking.
  5. Serve with fresh parmesan

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Keeping it Casual

Everyone needs a go to outfit for weekend errands and running around. This outfit has been on major repeat for me, not only is it crazy comfortable it’s a little more put together than traditional baggy sweats. I love the high slit top because it adds a little something-something. Keeping that in mind, these leggings are everything. The lattice side continues that feel of showing a little skin. Love simple outfits like this that are easy to throw on while still looking put together. Can’t wait to get back into this outfit this weekend!

P.S. don’t mind the period boobs. yikes. 

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Top: On sale for under $30 | Leggings: Currently buy 1 get one for $19.99 | Shoes (old) similar here and here | Purse (old) similar here and here

Have a great weekend! XO