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JANUARY LIFE UPDATE & LINKS I LOVE

GOOD MORNING LADIES,

I wanted to give a little life update on things around here at Blank Slate.  Also sharing with you some links I love.  We are out of the gate fast this and year doesn’t look like its slowing down.  I am really excited to be BACK IN SCHOOL for my second semester at FCC working on Photography, Film and Video production.  It’s HARRRRRRD but so worth it and I love it.  I am working on some short videos and food photography for our restaurants The Tasting Room & Black Hog BBQ’s.  I also want to do a video diary of the building of our 4th Hog in Middletown, Maryland. You can see my nerdy self on my instagram stories etc.  I’ve been loving instagram these days and giving quick life updates so much fun and thank you to all who comment and follow.  Be on the look out for some youtube content for my channel and for the restaurants.  I am also starting some renovations here at the house beginning with my master en suite.  Let’s say soaking tub, subway tiles, marble, self care….. yes!  I can’t wait and Im taking you along with me.

Speaking of restaurants I created a #GALENTINES event for The Tasting Room February 13th All Day Long!  It comes from a Parks and Rec episode years ago and has become a thing.  We are giving away Gift Cards, Wine Flights (over 21 of course) collaborating with several local great businesses like http://www.arthairco.com   http://www.jkwbeauty.com  http://www.shopthemuse.com   http://www.inarisalon.com  http://www.transformedmedspamd.com just to name a few to make this the best first annual GALENTINES DAY EVER!  #NOTICKETREQUIRED!  So with that being said I enlisted some fantastic lovely ladies/friends for a promo photo shoot at TR this past Sunday.  I have to say was a great success and I am so grateful to all who helped me.  The pictures turned out great and I’ll have some behind the scenes footage up on youtube shortly.  My channel yes I have one – will be getting tons better so subscribe and watch it all unfold and if nothing else have a good laugh.  BLANK SLATE YOUTUBE

SNEAK PEAK BEHIND THE SCENES OF SUNDAY’S PHOTOSHOOTthe tasting room, black hog bbq, downtown frederick md, tr bar, quirk hotel, richmond, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel, barbie, photography, dmv, frederick md, Galentines Day, visit va, visit maryland, urablankslate, loriannmd, instagram, parks and recreation, bff, transformed med spa, dr. sarah mess, emsculpt, career girl daily, nova events, frederick food, mike tauraso, tauraso food group,

I am also working on this neat idea to use real pictures of Barbies and Ken dolls around town hitting up BLACK HOG BBQ , TR  and just coming around with me.  I got the inspiration after staying at QUIRK HOTEL RICHMOND my all time favorite hotel when Im in Richmond.  The lobby alone people is made up of my dreams.  My room had a barbie photography.  See this print and you will understand why plus I am a Barbie Girl and proud of it!  I will try and find out the artist this is just a screen shot grabbed off google.  (Until I get back there this spring to get my own again ) see my blog post on Quirk here.  the tasting room, black hog bbq, downtown frederick md, tr bar, quirk hotel, richmond, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel, barbie, photography, dmv, frederick md, Galentines Day, visit va, visit maryland, urablankslate, loriannmd, instagram, parks and recreation, bff, transformed med spa, dr. sarah mess, emsculpt, career girl daily, nova events, frederick food, mike tauraso, tauraso food group, Isn’t this just the greatest?  I adore it.

Next,  after our trip out west to Telluride ( stay tuned that travel post up next week) – such great skiing and we stayed right in Mountain Village I absolutely loved it SKI.COM ASK FOR LISA IN TELLURIDE .  Anyway after our trip our west and being forced to get this body really moving again I began really working out here at my fantastic home gym.  Going the slow and steady pace focusing on my legs and core and a little cardio right now.  Than in a month will amp it up.  Also working my way back to good healthy eating where veggies take front and center roll.  So while yes I am married to a chef I love to test new recipes for meals, juices smoothies, healthy lifestyle secrets etc. from fantastic sites I find online and below are some I’m loving right now that I want to share:

THE NATURAL EDIT PAPAYA BEAUTY SMOOTHIE

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BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED ON TECH HEALTH

CAREER GIRL DAILY – I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SITE – EVERYTHING

KARIN BOHN – NEW GIRL CRUSH AND BINGE WATCHING HER YOUTUBE CHANEL – DESING INSPO FOR MY ENSUITE BATHROOM RENOVATION Click  HERE to see video on her remodel and my inspiration for my marble choices and remodeling happening this year!

PURE WOW ON BUTT FIRMING EXERCISES AT HOME

CB2 EVERYTHING – THIS ON BUILDING A SELF-CARE SPACE

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MEG BIRAM (LOCAL DMV BLOGGER) I KINDLY STALK AND HOPE TO MEET UP WITH ONE DAY meg biram, dmv, nova, maryland blogger, the tasting room, black hog bbq, downtown frederick md, tr bar, quirk hotel, richmond, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel, barbie, photography, dmv, frederick md, Galentines Day, visit va, visit maryland, urablankslate, loriannmd, instagram, parks and recreation, bff, transformed med spa, dr. sarah mess, emsculpt, career girl daily, nova events, frederick food, mike tauraso, tauraso food group, Photo Credit is from Megs’ website – go check her out lovely women – what I’ve stalked/seen online and fantastic artist decorator.

These are just a few of the sites, people, blogs I follow and admire and more importantly make me happy, feel good and strive to get better each day.  What are your favorites?  I’d love to know and always need some new inspiration.  #keepsgettingbetter

I am also working on a #RealReview post on  the EMSCULPT TREATMENT FOR MUSCLE BUILDING AND FAT BURING WITH DR. SARAH MESS, MD.  I give as always my real honest review with footage of procedure and what kind of results you can expect…. Spoiler alert – IT’S FLIPPING FANTASTIC!  You can do it now and be ready for spring summer.  So again stay tuned tons of stuff happing here at BLANK SLATE.

Off to school and tying to keep warm its a chilly 10 degrees this morning  here in Maryland #winervortex.

 

ABE’S PUPPY MUFFINS – HOMEMADE DOG TREATS

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I love my baby Abe @abethenewfoundland on Instagram he is our 3-year-old Newfoundland.  We are so sick in love with this fella it’s hard to find words.  Yes we have grown children so don’t get me wrong but we never thought we’d be “those people” but we are!  LOL  So one of the ways I love to spoil my baby is by making Abe’s “Puppy Muffins”  they are organic (mostly) healthy homemade dog treats.  That Mike eats too – crazy he threw butter on two yesterday and was like DELICIOUS!  LOL, What can I say I’m good.  So while I’m made a batch for him for Christmas and to give away I wanted to share this with you.  Sometimes I go all out with the organic and sometimes half and a half but he loves them.  Abe knows the words “puppy muffin” and will do just about anything for one.  The drooling waterworks start immediately.  That’s Abe I’m referring to not Mike!  LOL  Give or take on measurements its the consistency of the batter that I focus on.

Abe's Puppy Muffins

Home-made healthy dog treats

Course Snack
Keyword dog treats, puppy, home made,
Servings 18 pieces
Author Lori Tauraso

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 ripe bananans
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. I mix all the ingredients together in a mixer and scoop into a mini muffin tin

    cooking from anywhere to 10 - 13 min.  You just have to gauge the doneness with the toothpick/knife trick cool

    and serve - your pup will come running.

    I store them in a glass jar on the counter - because they are fresh let them get some air so not to mold up but really these only last 4 - 5 days in the house with my fella

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We hope you will give this recipe a try – like I said I just kind of wing it so that it’s like a thick cupcake batter.  Add whatever you think your pup will love and go from there.

HUGS FROM ABE & I

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CHICAGO & THE MARRIOTT BLACKSTONE HOTEL

A few months ago we traveled to the windy city for the National  Restaurant Show since we are opening our 4th Black Hog BBQ and lucky us it’s in Chicago.  I had only been one time before but fell in love then and couldn’t wait to go back.  As you know I love Marriott properties and since they own almost all of the hotels I love –  my rewards go far.  *** Best credit card other than Amex we have ever had – you really get to use your points.  This is just my unpaid opinion but can’t say enough.  Here is a list of hotels they own and you can use your points at:  MARRIOTT OWNS WHAT?  This time I choose THE BLACKSTONE HOTEL it is part of the Autograph collection with Marriott #NOTAD.  I wish it was – hint…Marriott.  The Blackstone is a lovely centrally located hotel in the heart of Chicago and a short taxi the anything you may want.  There are rumors or ghosts at the hotel (thank goodness we didn’t run into one) a long history of the building which you can view here:BLACKSTONE HISTORY   It has a lovely breakfast and meeting room which the decor and service blew me away (not your courtyard breakfast)  They have a topnotch restaurant (MERCAT), gym, lobby bar with live music certain times of the week and a little market to grab some snacks and necessities if needed.  BTW The lobby and hallways and rooms were an Instagrammers dream. We attend the overwhelming huge restaurant show, ate at RPM Italian, Amy at her first Hot Dog at Portillo’s and I even convinced the boys to do a juice shot with me to try and counteract all the gluttony.  Below are some pictures of the trip I hope you enjoy and when in Chicago check out The Blackstone Hotel.  We will be back!

  **This post is late due to my camera and SD cards being stolen and trying to piece together what I had on my icloud.  

 

Amy and I ready to hit the town and I hope to see Bill Rancic at RPM ITALIAN CHICAGO (Giuliana too – lol ).  Kill me big “fan” of Mr. Rancic……

A great little desk setup for getting some work done, plotting our course at the Restaurant Show and some sightseeing.

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Artwork abounds throughout the hotel each floor on the hotel elevator lobby has someone new to greet you – this fella followed me everywhere.

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Again the little touches in the master bathroom were fantastic and YES I had to wait but I got my bathtub in the room see above.  Thank you, Marriott, for remembering my wishes on our profile.

The front view of the lobby and bar area.

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Our cool & comfy room.

Landmarks all over the place here in Chicago

So much to see and do – I highly suggest the architecture boat tour of the city – interesting – clean – fun and a truly fantastic view of the city the hotel front desk staff can advise and book anything for you.

You gotta go to the BEAN and take a selfie or photo etc its walking distance from THE BLACKSTONE HOTEL …… try not to act like a kid when staring at yourself I dare you.

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A few restaurant show highlights 

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Now for the fantastic shopping – yes I had to treat myself just a wee bit – the service in these stores was simply fantastic!  I wish some of these great salespeople would head to the DMV like yesterday.  I stopped in The Banana Republic – got a tuxedo pant – pink blazer and cami, got some great Tom Ford makeup at Saks and found my dream fancy grandma loafer at Stewart Weitzman and popped into one of the best Tiffany & Co. jewelry stores in the world with this fantastic dream shed one of only 4 in the world I believe – don’t quote me. lori tauraso, urablankslate, blank slate, travel, marriott, autograph collection, travel and leisure, blackstone hotel, chicago, work trip, fun, black hog bbq, dmv, maryland blogger, restaurant show, mercat chicago, rpm italian, bill rancic, weekend vibes, art, stuart weitzman, shoes, saks fifth ave., tom ford,

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Then we went to RPM Italian – I kept asking for Bill Rancic ( and Guilliana – LOL ) but I guess we had to settle for one of the stars from CHICAGO FIRE!  YES, ladies, he does look that good in person and was gracious enough to stop by our table after we walked by his and I mentioned Amy was a huge fan.

Again, back to the Blackstone Hotel – The Lobby Bar “Timothy’s Hutch”  was just so cute and our bartender was fantastic – can’t remember her name but born and raised in Chicago from a large strong family – what a doll made some fantastic craft cocktails and charmed the pants off of us!  The Mercat restaurant was just up the stairs off of the lobby – the only complaint of mine I wish they had better earlier hours……. everyhting duing the day was clossed – however service and food were TOL (top of the line) so made up for it.

 

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We are heading to the airport and home but not without hitting the famous Portillo’s hot dog joint ( wish we had seen the original but this was great none the less) and better yet Amy’s first hot dog!  Yes I know crazy we think some kind of story there but she loved it!

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Trying to get some healthy in somewhere……

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Here’s to you Chicago until next time – hoping Spring of 2019.  Cheers!

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