fall weekend fun: football food

Football season is back. Not that I’m an avid football fan…because truthfully, I don’t even understand what is happening on the field when I watch. But I do love Tom Brady…and even more so, I love the delicious finger foods that come hand-in-hand with football game watching.

I know there haven’t been very many recipe and crafty posts lately – but couldn’t resist sharing one of my favorite football foods, potato skins, which are surprisingly easy to make!

Homemade Pioneer Woman Potato Skins

Makes 8 potato skins

Potato Skin Ingredients

4 potatoes
A dash of canola oil
A dash of salt
2 strips of turkey bacon
Mild cheddar cheese
1/2 stick of melted butter
Sour cream
Green onions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. I like to use convection bake to help crisp and cook the potatoes.

Wash Potatoes

2. Thoroughly scrub the potatoes.

Glaze Potatoes

3. Glaze the potatoes with canola oil on a foil-covered baking sheet.


4. Bake the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes.

5. While the potatoes are baking, prepare the toppings! Grate enough cheese to cover 8 potato skins. Wash and cut green onions. Bake two strips of bacon, and mince into small pieces to add as a topping.

6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and scoop out some of the inside potato! I prefer to keep more potato than most restaurant style potato skins you’ll find – the beauty of this recipe is that you can make them exactly how you want!

7. Coat the inside of the potatoes with melted butter. Then coat the outside of the potatoes with more canola oil, and bake on convection for another 3 to 5 minutes with the outside facing up.

Yummy Potato Skins

8. Sprinkle with cheese, green onions, sour cream, bacon, and salt. Enjoy!

Four Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office

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As many as 30 million Americans work out of a home office at least one time per week – whether it’s a full day at home or an evening catching up on emails after dinner. Regardless of how often you use a home office, the productivity gained by having a comfortable, inspiring, and practical place to work in the confines of your own home makes it worth investing in. Here are four simple tips for making the most out of your home office.

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Gone are the days of hospital white walls, beige generic carpet, and the institutional decorating style of yesteryear. Well, mostly. The trend today – whether you are a law firm, a tech start-up, or a manufacturing company – is to create an office environment that your team loves to be in. A place that is more home than work. A place that inspires, encourages, and fosters collaboration. These types of places sometimes cost more – but always make their costs back in productivity.

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From I.D.E.A. to Reality


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Alison Brod PR’s office located at 440 Park Avenue South in Manhattan, may very well be every girl’s dream office. Laden with color, feminine touches, iconic brands, and even edible accessories, this show stopping space has me ready to move in!

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Earlier this month, Hughes Marino had the awesome opportunity to view the progress being made at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) courtesy of Rudolph and Sletten, the project’s general contractor. When all is said and done, this state-of-the-art facility is going to encompass more than 360,000 square feet. But the project’s size is not the only impressive part – this facility will be truly spectacular.

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Star Hughes speaking at Lawyers Club Dinner 2014

Last month Hughes Marino had the incredible honor of serving as the Title Sponsor for Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Annual Dinner. As a member of Lawyers Club’s Professional Advancement Committee, I couldn’t have been more proud to have my company affiliated with such a worthwhile organization, nor could I have been more humbled to be sharing a room with one of the most prominent and inspiring women of the past millennium.

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