Wine Club Disposable Decor with Design Design

I joined a wine club not long after moving here to WV and it was such a great way to get to know a few girls in the area. Plus, it gives us each a chance to host and pretty up our places for company. My apartment still lacks a few necessities and I hate worrying about cleanup for 10+ girl any time I host, so I usually opt for as many disposable goodies as I can find.

A friend of mine works at Design Design and recently hooked me up with some AMAZING disposables. I’m fully aware that you can find some decent looking disposables in your grocery store (trust me, I check often), but I was so excited to see just how pretty they could be!




My favorite thing was this roll of disposable place mats. There is seriously no better way to dress up a table than with matching place mats, and the fact that these are disposable AND come with enough for your entire party is nothing short of amazing.

Design Design offered me some disposable decor items in exchange for a post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


A Cooking Lover’s Wedding Registry

I’m all finished with my bridal showers! What a whirlwind that was. My friends in WV threw me a surprise bridal shower disguised as a Great Gatsby themed wine club. I had a cooking themed shower courtesy of my friend Andrea and my mom and a fiesta at my soon to be mother-in-law’s house thrown by my friend Tiff, Ben’s mom and my stepmom! Thanks so much to everyone for some amazing memories!

This whole wedding thing is really starting to feel real. The invitations are out, we’ve paid off our photographer, and we’ve completed our wedding registry. As an admittedly still novice cook, I went hog wild in the kitchen section when I had the registry gun in my hand. Think of all the amazing things I could make! Then I got home and started browsing through my list realizing it might not be a bad thing to cut it down to just the practical things. Here are my 5 kitchen must haves for a registry:

Serving Bowls & Utensils

serving dishes
Okay so, when you come over to my house for dinner there is a pretty good chance we’re going to eat buffet style. As in, grab your plate and head to the stove. I don’t have any serving bowls or serving utensils. It’s usually just the two of us so really, I never got around to stocking up. Now that we have guests for dinner more regularly, it’s time to be adults and actually serve the food in an appetizing way. I stuck with all white dishes to match all of my bowls and plates and standard stainless serving utensils. Classic is best if you can’t decide!


I recently broke my zester and knew I had one on my registry so I’ve been avoiding buying a new one. I don’t actually think I can hold out. That’s how often I use this thing. If you haven’t started grating your garlic yet, you’re missing out on the easiest cooking trick ever. No more chopping into little bits, just grate it into your pot and be done.

Cast Iron Skillet

We already have one and we are both obsessed with it. Ben actually loves cooking with it and cooks more often now that we have it. He treats it like his baby and I’m totally cool with it if it means he does the cooking more often ;) We have a 12-inch pan, but we’re looking to expand our cast iron family with a 10-inch and 8-inch. Trust me, you can’t have too many.

Steak Knives

I’ve been embarrassed more than once having people over for dinner and realizing I only have 3 mismatched steak knives and that someone is probably going to have to make do with a semi-sharpish butter knife (go ahead it’s okay to cringe). One of the first things we scanned was a set of 6 steak knives. We can always add more if necessary, but this should cut down on the embarrassment for now!

Something for fun

I know I said I’d be practical, but the cutesy stuff is just as fun! I love this Personalized Engraved Cutting Board. Instead of using it as an actual kitchen tool, I actually proudly display it as decor. I absolutely love the color of the wood and the engraving is large and clear.

What am I missing? Any suggestions from expert chefs or brides-to-be are welcome!

I was sent the Personalized Cutting Board from in return for a brief review. All opinions and thoughts are honest and my own. We partner with them at Brad’s Deals and I also have two friends that work there and, personal ties aside, I have seen a lot of their merchandise and am always impressed! Definitely check them out if you’re looking for some unique gifts.


Shrimp Alfredo White Pizza

shrimp alfredo white pizza recipe

I love white pizzas. Absolutely love and adore them. And I especially love white pizzas that use an actual Alfredo sauce for the sauce! I made this shrimp Alfredo white pizza this past weekend and it was a hit. I actually used Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust and had this whipped up in less than a half hour. The trick is the pre-made dough and my favorite easy ingredient: frozen pre-cooked shrimp.

15-20 medium size shrimp
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
Pizza crust
Red pepper flakes

I actually started by pre-cooking my dough. I got it all rolled out onto my pan and then popped it in my pre-heated oven for about 5 minutes just to get it a little golden in the middle and not so doughy. Then I set it aside and got started on my sauce.

In a medium pan, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter and then sautéed some garlic on medium-low heat until it smelled delicious.

saute garlic

Next, I added 1 cup of heavy cream and turned the heat up to medium-high.

homemade alfredo sauce ingredients

I whisked it until it started to thicken and then added my parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

homemade alfredo sauce

I let it thicken a little further and then added my salt and black pepper and then removed it from the heat.

Next, I took the tails off my thawed shrimp and tossed them with some salt and pepper as well.

Time to build the pizza! I took the Alfredo sauce and coated the entire pizza crust.

white pizza sauce

I topped that with the shrimp, some more chopped parsley, and mozzarella cheese that I crumbled to cover the entire top of the pizza.

white pizza with shrimp

I baked it at 425-degrees for 15 minutes, until the top was golden and everything was bubbly. The Alfredo sauce is definitely creamier than pizza sauce, so you’ll want to cook this on a pan that has raised sides. After it’s cooked, let it cool for about 5 minutes or it will be too runny to slice and serve.

shrimp alfredo pizza

After it’s cooled a bit, go ahead and do that slicing and serving!

shrimp alfredo white pizza