Our Dogs

Hotel Heaven

I've stayed in hotels all over the world, who would have thought our best experience was in our own back yard. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh was absolutely amazing! I was completely blown away by the décor and hospitality. Not only did they roll out the red carpet for us but also for our dog Perla Blue. 

After I was able to stop looking at the beautiful floral chandelier I could then focus on the other décor. I should have known by the incredible hallway that I was about to walk into something amazing. Never, ever, have I been so impressed with how a hotel looked. It was bold perfection to say the least. The beauty of this place is inspired by Pittsburgh which made my heart swell with pride to be part of such an eclectic city. So yes I'm biased with the room because I love green so this headboard was basically made for me. But this very gorgeous bed and uniquely complimentary birdcage light was the right amount of quirky chic. Perla approved. The details were all so amazing! Everything about this hotel was my style.

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? You should. Even though the Kimpton is a chain, it truly feels like you are staying somewhere where everyone knows you and is happy to see you. It was so great to have Perla with us and believe me when I say everyone had a treat ready for her while we were out and about. AND there were treats with a sweet note for her waiting in our room upon arrival. Talk about going the extra mile. While we are talking about going the extra mile there was a wine hour! I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Free wine for an hour where Perla was invited. We chatted with so many people and met lots of pretty dogs. 

What's behind me you ask? That is where the wine lives...

We had plans of getting wine and pizza in the room and we were not disappointed! Heart shaped pizza, with wings and wine, it truly was the perfect date night!  

I have always felt to give credit where credit is due and The Kimpton deserves all of the credit! Trust me friends, if you are planning a stay in The City of Bridges, you need to stay here!  

Happy Thursday!


Happy Fall To All!

Happy Fall!
It's finally here!

 I can officially ramble on and on about all things pumpkin and faux fur!

Now that I have that out of my system today along with our front porch I'm sharing the wreath that I made, and my favorite chili recipe. Because nothing says fall like chili.

Here is my little fam in front of our door so ready for cooler weather! 

It isn't the first day of fall if that doesn't include chili! Like I said yesterday I have been cooking up a storm! I've shared a few chili recipes before but this one is slightly different in that it contains faux meat. But you cook it the same way.  To stay on the healthy side if you are using regular meat use turkey or really high quality ground beef. Here's the quick healthy recipe:

1 pound meat of choice  

1 small onion and a couple garlic cloves minced  

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 can diced tomatoes  

1 can tomato sauce  

1 cup broth

2 tbsp chili powder ( I use a good but because I like it spicy) 

1 1/2 tbsp garlic salt

3 tsp cumin

2tsp oragano  

Let the oil, onion, and garlic simmer for a couple minutes (until the onions are translucent) and then add your meat. After it browns add in everything else. I like to let it cook for up to two hours. Which is great because while that's cooking you can go to other things.  

Fast tip: if you like sour cream on chili opt for Greek yogurt instead for a healthier low cal choice. I add garlic salt and parsley to mine.  

I guess it's time to find a pumpkin patch to frolic in!