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DIYBacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese Recipe

Show up at Friendsgiving this year with a plate of these bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese (A.K.A. bites of heaven) and everyone will ask you when you found the time to go culinary school! Creamy goat cheese and savory bacon mixed with sweet, sugary dates makes for a complex and exquisite flavor that will rival any five-star restaurant! With three simple ingredients and thirty minutes, you’ll have a deluxe and delicious appetizer that will have absolutely everyone impressed!

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

-1 16 oz. package of dried Medjool Dates (can be found in the produce section of Trader Joe’s)

-1 12 oz. package of bacon, slices cut in half widthwise

-1 4 oz. package of Goat Cheese (Pecorino, Asiago, Manchego, Feta, or Bleu Cheese will work too)

-Toothpicks

-Paprika

-Brown Sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Using a small knife slice a slit in the dates lengthwise and remove pits.

3. Fill each date with about a 1/2 teaspoon of cheese, depending on its size.

4. Wrap dates with your half slices of bacon, securing the overlapping ends of bacon together with a toothpick.

5. Arrange dates on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with paprika.

6. Bake the dates for about 7-8 minutes or until browned on the bottom and turn (now’s the time to add the brown sugar). Cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a little crispy, and the cheese is slightly browned.

7. Let these cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

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P.S. For a vegan/vegetarian version, you can use soy bacon and replace the cheese with almonds!

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These babies go fast, so we recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if you’re serving for a large crowd! Drooling yet?

 

GeneralHome Chic Home: Fall Decor Must-Haves!

Here at LuLu*s we believe that all it takes to turn your home into your own autumn oasis (besides a freshly baked pumpkin pie) are just a couple lovely decor upgrades! Metallic gold (our personal fave) adds a touch of glam while maintaining the warmth of the season, and a few adorable woodland creatures bring the outdoors in! If you’re in the mood for some fall goodness check out our Fall Decor Must-Haves below!

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Shop this roundup:

1. Himmeli Faceted Wreath 2. Crazy Thankful – Digital Fall Thanksgiving Print 3. Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers 4. Textured Metallic Dip Bowl 5. Williams-Sonoma Essential Oils Candle, Pumpkin 6. Mirror Tray – Copper 7. Horizontal Double Rib Throw 8. Gilded Dapper Animal Plates 9. Embroidered Partridge Pillow Cover

DIYSparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail

We went in search of a cocktail that captured the essence of autumn, and what we found is quite exquisite! Pleasing to all the senses, the Sparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail captures the refreshing sweetness of autumn apples, the sultry taste of brandy, and the pleasant sparkle of champagne! It’s cozy enough for a night-in playing board games with your boyfriend, and sophisticated enough to impress any guest at your next holiday soiree! Whip this drink up and have all your friends in awe in no time!

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Ingredients:

-1.5 oz Applejack Brandy

-3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

-3 oz Champagne (chilled)

-1 Red Apple

-Cinnamon sticks

-Cinnamon and sugar mixture poured evenly on a saucer or plate

-Lemon Wedge

-Ice Cubes

 

Directions:

1. Cut a half inch slit into a lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass

2. Turn the glass upside down and dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, slowly twisting the glass to ensure even coverage, and gently shake off excess sugar

3. Pour the brandy, apple cider, and champagne into the glass and stir well

4. Add 2-3 ice cubes (optional), and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of red apple

 

Enjoy!

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GeneralHappy Halloween from LuLu*s!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, LuLu*s loves! ! If you’re still craving some Halloween inspo why not take a peek at our cute cat mani or simple costumes ideas, or perhaps you’re in the mood for some glitter pumpkin decorating and a delicious cocktail? Whatever you fancy, we hope that your evening is filled with a couple tricks, a lot of treats and some spook-tacular company!

GeneralScared Through the Decades! – LuLu*s Must See Halloween Movies

Whether you are a fan or not, horror movies are as much a part of Halloween as fun size KitKat’s and plastic jack-o’-lanterns. Moviegoers have long loved a good scare, even during the age of the silent film (ummm … Nosferatu anyone??). From psychological thrillers to your classic slasher flicks, there is a genre out there for everyone.

Are you getting geared up for Halloween and need a bit of inspo, or do you just want get in the spirit of the season? We have a list of must-see Halloween movies that span the decades, with a little something for anyone, regardless of your taste! Nothing compares to grabbing some popcorn and your favorite snacks and cozy-ing up to watch a good thriller. So, before the weekend is over, make sure to tune into one of these classic horror movie hits!

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1960s: Rosemary’s Baby

In this 1968 classic, Mia Farrow plays a young wife who has just moved into a new apartment with some particularly nosy neighbors. She becomes pregnant, the neighbors care way too much, and let’s just say, THINGS GET WEIRD. This is a total classic, not to be missed. Plus Mia Farrow has inspired women for decades with her iconic pixie cut and the for-real cutest ’60s mod baby doll dresses! Two for one – thrill and frill!

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1970s: Dawn of the Dead

The year was 1978, and one of the best, most gory zombie movies ever, hit the box office. Dawn of the Dead takes place during the zombie apocalypse, and primarily in a shopping mall, making this a culturally relevant hit. Director George A. Romero is widely considered to be the zombie king, with his satirical horror edge being a fan favorite. This is a must-see if you are into zombies!

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1980s: The Shining

The Shining is basically one of the most frightening movies ever. A young man, Jack Torrence (played by Nicholson, above)  takes a position as the caretaker of a very old and very large hotel, The Overlook. Moving his wife Wendy and their young son Danny into the hotel proves fatal as twisted events unfold. Danny has psychic abilities and let’s just say some things have happened over the years at the old Overlook Hotel. Wendy and Danny bear witness to Jack’s psychological demise as they fight for their lives in this twisted thriller. One of the finest performances of Nicholson’s career, this movie will scare you to bits.

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1990s: The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster team up for one of the weirdest and most troubling crime fighting duos ever, in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs. Foster plays a young FBI agent who needs help from convicted killer, Hannibal Lecter, to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill, who is murdering women and skinning them alive. Enough said? Let us know if you have a hankering for fava beans after watching this! LOL

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2000s: The Ring

In 2002 a movie came out that really stuck with some of us here at LuLu*s. What’s the plot of this movie? WELL … it’s called The Ring. And there’s this VHS tape, right? Apparently if you watch it, it kills you within 7 days. WHAT?! Crazy, right? Trust us it doesn’t end there. Naomi Watts plays a journalist who investigates this alleged rumor and gets WAY caught up in the story. This is a for sure edge-of-your-seat thriller that will never let you look at a well the same again.

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2010s: The Cabin in the Woods

You know what sounds really fun? Planning a camping trip with ALL of your friends. And then choosing a cabin in the most remote of woods. And then crawling into the basement to find the dustiest, eeriest, most demon-possessed items on Earth. And then unleashing said demons unto the world and watching all hell break loose! NOT. It may seem like we spoiler-ed the crap out of you, but trust us, there are enough bone-chilling, gory happenings in this movie to last a lifetime. There’s also a unicorn. No, we’re NOT joking.