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The Problem with Some Wine & Food Pairings

Photo by John Canelis on Unsplash Whether you’re a seasoned dinner party pro or a nervous first-time host, you’re probably well aware that drinks deserve as much consideration as food itself. The right cocktail choices and wine pairings are, after all, a dinner party 101. But what happens if you’re starting to wonder why drinks hold such high standing? The fun is in the cooking, after all, and drinks can often be an added consideration many of us could do without. Have you not already got enough on your plate!? Sadly, as anyone who’s attempted to go against the drink quo can tell …

Gameday Chicken Bar for Football Season with Tyson Products at HEB

Gameday Chicken Bar for Football Season

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. My favorite season is upon us. No, not autumn. Nope, not winter. I am talking about football season, my friends. I do not actually watch football, but boy oh boy do I love throwing a football-viewing party. Give me a theme, an oven, and some Tyson® Chicken and we have got ourselves a shindig. So today I am going to walk you through the ultimate gameday entertaining tutorial. A viewing party bar to rival all viewing party bars… this …

Jalapeño Cornbread Bites + Heluva Good! Dip

Jalapeño Cornbread Bites + Heluva Good! Dip

Thank you Heluva Good! for sponsoring this post. For those of you who do not already know, I live in Texas. And if you know anything about August in Texas, then you know that I am literally living in an oven. No joke, it is 106°F outside as I type this…. at 9 in the morning. When I walk outside, I feel personally attacked by Mother Nature. So there is nothing like sitting in a chilly, air conditioned room on a sweltering summer day and munching on a delicious treat. Seriously, with my scrumptious Jalapeño Cornbread Bites recipe and Heluva …

Italian Entertaining

Rustic Italian Entertaining… at it’s finest!

Guest Contributor: Jewels Gray Jewels is the talented eye behind Jewels Photography in Denver, Colorado. Follow along as she show’s us a proper Italian feast. There’s a venue here in Denver that reminds me of the home my grand-parents built in Northern California… tan stucco arches and dark brown tiled floors, it’s not something you typically see here in Colorado. The lighting is always so beautiful here and as a Photographer, that’s something I notice while shooting weddings. If this venue were around back when I got married, I definitely would have had my own wedding there, without a doubt. …

Spiced Salmon & Waffles with Cedar Bay Grilling

Spiced Salmon & Waffles

Searching for a stellar brunch dish or appetizer to wow your guests?! Then look no further, my friends. With the help of Cedar Bay Grilling Company’s delectable Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon, I have concocted a fresh take on a traditional American staple… Spiced Salmon & Waffles! If you have ever tried Chicken & Waffles, then you know that logically it is a dish that shouldn’t work. But in reality, it’s one of the most delicious and decadent dishes around. The same can be said for my Spiced Salmon & Waffles. In theory, this is an insane dish. But in practice, …

Prosciutto Wrapped Tuna & Beet Jalapeño Poppers

Prosciutto Wrapped Tuna & Beet Jalapeño Poppers

It’s right about this time, at mid-summer, when I start to scheme my holiday cooking. To some, this might be the equivalent of stores putting out Christmas decoration in July. Yes, it’s probably a bit premature. But, there is nothing, and I literally mean nothing, that I like more than cooking during the holidays. And if there’s one category of foods that often gets neglected during the holiday season, it’s appetizers. So today, I’m perfecting my appetizer game with the help of Tonnino Tuna. Who’s up for a few Prosciutto Wrapped Tuna & Beet Jalapeño Poppers?! Call me crazy, but …

Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit - Sea Salt & Whole Blueberries, Fiery Ghost Pepper & Tart Cherry

Snack Break with Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. If you have been following along with the blog, then you know that 2019 has been the year of “The Swap”. Since the New Year, I have been making conscientious choices to swap out the bad for the good. They’ve all been little and quite painless decisions that have benefited to my overall wellbeing. So, today I am tackling the afternoon snack attack. I’m swapping out empty calories for Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit. Every day around …

Stylish summertime Tupperware lemonade and snack bar

Stylish Summertime Tupperware Lemonade & Snack Bar

Thank you Tupperware for sponsoring this post. The official start of summer is moments away and with it comes a wave of nostalgia. The smell of sunblock, salty beach breeze, melting popsicles, and snacking out of Tupperware containers. Today I’ll be serving up warm-weather memories by creating a stylish summertime lemonade and snack bar for all your entertaining needs. The biggest hosting challenge I face during the summer months is the critters. We have all been there… the watermelon is perfectly sliced, veggies & dip set out for the munching, ice-cold lemonade glistening in the sunshine, and bugs on every …