Farm to Feast in Rockwall Texas

Farm to Feast in Rockwall, Texas

I grew up in a big city and always dreamed of living in a quaint town where everyone knew your name. My yearning for such a lifestyle could probably be matched by those small-town kids dreaming of the big city. I continue to hop from one big city to the next, but my urge for a more homey feel hasn’t wavered. That’s why when I hear about a place like Rockwall, Texas, I want to pack up and move immediately. Rockwall holds a bi-annual Farm to Feast community dinner in their downtown center. What?! Yes, it’s like they live in …

chicken nuggets, tyson, dinner

The Case for Chicken Nuggets

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. We interrupt your regularly scheduled recipe program for an important message. Specially marked Tyson® Chicken products are raised with no antibiotics ever! *Parents around the world squeal in joy!* Yes, if you are the parent of a toddler, like myself, then you know that they are solely fueled on a diet of chicken nuggets and mommy tears. Why won’t they eat anything else?! No joke, there are days that my daughter will literally go without food. She straight up holds …

macon, georgia, travel, brewpub

The Craft Beer & Brewpubs of Macon, Georgia 

Macon, Georgia. Home to the ancient Ocmulgee National Monument, Wesleyan University, and the Allman Brothers. It is a Southern haven for soul food, cherry blossoms, and Native American history. It also is emerging as a hub for craft beer, making the city a go-to travel destination when combined with such a rich culture. I’ll leave the historic sight-seeing tips to the experts… instead, here are my Top 4 craft beer and brewpubs that are must-visits in Macon, Georgia. With the sticky heat subsiding, Fall is the best time to plan a trip to the South. There is personally nothing more …

Jam Cellars, Butter Wine, Wine, Butter Chardonnay, Chardonnay

Butter (Chardonnay) Mom Up!

With Mother’s Day just moments away, it’s time you seriously start brainstorming how you’re going to be spoiling that motherly pillar in your life. I actually had the pleasure of teaming up with JaM Cellars recently to create a “Treat Yo’ Self” day for the mom’s in my life using their Butter Chardonnay. And being a mom myself, I unabashedly joined in on all the festivities. So, if you’re a bit stuck on how to celebrate the upcoming holiday, then follow along with the steps below to recreate my (relatively) easy Mother’s Day celebration. STEP 1: The Wine No Mother’s …

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Florida Blueberry Pancakes

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.   Earlier this month, I introduced you to the food educational campaign by the Florida Department of Agriculture called “Fresh From Florida”.  The program is aimed at promoting locally grown Florida produce and fresh seafood, while educating the public about the seasonal produce that comes out of the state. I was excited to team up with the group since I actually rarely know where my own food comes from… a sad, but common reality amongst many home cooks.  The wonderful thing about buying Florida produce …

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Sweet Meets Spicy

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review You know how most people associate a song with a memory? Like whenever the “Macarena” comes on the radio, you are instantly transported back to the devastation you felt as your pimply-pre-pubescent self messed up the choreography at the middle school dance? No? Too specific? Well, you get the gist. Besides a few nightmarish memories triggered by melody, I tend to actually equate memories with food instead. I will always think of special father-daughter breakfasts when I eat chocolate chip pancakes. …

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Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal

In my life, there’s a constant battle brewing between eating healthy and delicious food.  Plus, add on top of that the fact that I’m a working mom with a growing small business… it’s a very slippy slope towards fast food and high-caloric TV dinners. I’m constantly vowing to cook healthier meals for my family and also challenge myself to make them just as delicious as our splurge dinners. So I was up for the challenge when Mountain States Rosen chose me to compete in their “ReVEALing Excellence” recipe contest. I was tasked to come up with a slow cooker recipe for their healthy …

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Gevalia + Rosewater Whipped Cream

Do you remember the sheer exhilaration that pulsed through your veins the first time your crush acknowledged your existence?  You know, that moment that he actually made eye-contact with you, gave you a half-smile, and sent your heart into cardiac arrest?  Well, I just had one of those moments… with Gevalia Coffee. For the past decade, I have been a Gevalia-phile.  From saving up to purchase the company’s coffee maker for my first apartment to forgoing shopping excursions with girlfriends so I could afford my monthly coffee subscription… I’ve been a bit obsessed.  So, you can imagine the heart-pounding elation when …