Jules has a few dietary restrictions (mostly gluten- and dairy-free), but that’s never stopped our family from indulging in our favorite foods. With a little creativity and a lot of taste-testing, I’ve found lots of great substitutes that are crowd-pleasers. No need to make any disclaimers on these Game Day snacks — your party people won’t be able to tell the difference between my nachos and the “real thing.”
These are a weeknight staple in our house (because they’re so easy), but you can dress ’em up for the big game with all of the toppings.
Better than Buffalo Chicken Dip, this snack-a-tizer has a subtle heat and a ton of flavor. It’s the kind of dip that’s so good that everyone stands around it until it’s gone.
Sweet and tangy, these are the wings of my dreams. Pro tip: Grill (or bake) or wings before smothering them in this awesome sauce. The sugar won’t burn off, and you’ll be left with a killer (finger-licking) flavor.
An Air Fryer is an awesome method for crisping up some chicken wings, and lime + cilantro is a glaze everyone goes for. This one is slightly unexpected, so if you’re bringing something to the party — surprise them with these.
Crispy beef, creamy guac, simple toppings. Best of all, this handheld snack can be downed in two or three bites, so you’re free for celebratory high fives.
These are tender and tangy and easily speared with a toothpick. This is a great hot app to pass around when the chips are getting low.
There’s a formula to this. A playbook, if you will. Make sure all of the key players are present and accounted for. (There are plenty of gluten-free crackers and dairy-free cheeses to populate a board, but a sampler like this can have something for everyone.)
This hummus is better than anything you can buy at the store, and you can put it together on a commercial break.
If you have a flat-top grill or a griddle, you have to burger this way. It’s just crispier and juicier than a regular burger — and therefore, far superior. Don’t skimp on the seasoning, the sauce, or the pickles, please. (Swap in vegan cheddar for the win.)
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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This week, we’ve covered all things bedrooms, from how to create a dark, moody, romantic environment to tips for renters upgrading their primary bedroom. I wanted to cap off the week with a fun little post on what you should remove from your bedroom and what you should add to your bedroom to make it […]
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