Simple And Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Oh happy day my loves!! It’s officially AUTUMN!! What happens between the times of August – October for some can feel overwhelming. There’s the end of summer “vacation”, School starting back up, holiday season fast approaching and of course FOOTBALL! for all you sports fans, just to name a few things.

I have teamed up with Wheatsville Co-Op to bring to you a few simple easy recipes to help you through any Football Tailgate, Football party, Holiday/Cocktail party, or Maybe you just want to have a cute lil’ finger foods party one day?! (Sometimes eating finger foods make me feel fancy AF 😉 ) These simple easy recipes can help you out with that.

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A plus is when you head to Wheatsville Co-Op to gather these recipe ingredients you can feel awesome about yourself because it is the ONLY retail food cooperative operating in Texas and has been serving the Austin community for 40 years! #supportlocal

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Wheatsville carries more than 2,000 local products on a regular basis, and while the store is open to all shoppers all the time the co-op is proud to have more than 19,000 invested owners. Since 1976, Wheatsville has worked hard to provide Austin with more local, organic, sustainable food options and create a co-op economy with happy team members, shoppers and owners. I also just learned from their website that according to a recent study, when you spend $100 on local goods or services $45 stays right here in town – compared to only $13 when you shop with a national chain. That is awesome!

Some of my favorite purveyors (I could go on and on and ….) at Wheatsville Co-Op are Vital Farms, Skull & Cake Bones (who were grand prize winner’s of the HEB’s Quest for Texas Best Contest), Johnson’s Backyard Garden, and Austin Beer Works, just to name a few.

In the interest of getting you on with your evening and or back to watching football; Let’s get into the good stuff! Simple Easy Recipe time!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

SESAME CHICKEN WONTON CUPS

Here we have a healthy and fun appetizer recipe. This Asian sesame chicken salad is made with chicken breast and sits inside wonton cups, which makes them filling and pretty to look at! You may even feel a lil’ fancy when you’re eating them which makes them a pretty universal appetizer. If needed these can be made ahead and can be prepared  3 up to 6 hours in advance.

Yield: 24 Prep Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast ( I used Wheatsville Smart Chicken)
  • cooking spray
  • 24 wonton wrappers, about 6 oz.
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber
  • 2 tablespoons natural mayonnaise
  • ½ cup thinly sliced snow peas
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • black sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Place chicken breast in a medium skillet and cover with cold tap water. If you have extra time and are looking for EXTRA moist chicken follow the brining recipe from my “How To Get Juicy Breasts” blog posted back in March 😉 I use this recipe weekly.
  • Place over high heat and bring to a simmer
  • Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the chicken is
    no longer pink in the center and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the meat
  • Remove the chicken and let cool
  • Cut chicken into small cubes
  • Meanwhile, Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 12-cup mini-muffin tins with cooking spray
  • Cut corners off wonton wrappers to make an octagonal shape (optional, I do this when I’m feeling fancy but, it’s not necessary)
  • Gently press wrapper down into each cup
  • Lightly spritz wrappers with cooking spray
  • Transfer the pans to the oven and bake until the wrappers are starting to turn golden brown and are crispy and bubbling, 10 to 14 minutes
  • Let cool completely
  • Whisk tahini, soy or tamari, maple syrup and mayonnaise in a medium bowl until smooth
  • Stir in the chicken and refrigerate until cold, 40 minutes to 1 hour
  • Stir carrot, scallions and herbs into chicken mixture (At this point you have the option of not filling the cups until you’re ready to serve, otherwise the Wonton cups will become soggy bottom girls 🙂 )
  • Divide chicken salad among wonton cups, about 2 tablespoons each
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, if using
  • Serve immediately
  • Enjoy!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

For the life of me, these wouldn’t photograph well.

BACON BROWN SUGAR SAUSAGE MINIS

These bacon wrapped sausage minis with brown sugar make a great appetizer! They are easy to make and can easily be made ahead of time & they freeze well!

YIELD: 12 SERVINGS TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Package of Bacon (I used Pederson’s Natural Farms Bacon)
  • 1 Package of pre-cooked breakfast sausage ( I used Applegate All Natural Breakfast Sausage) Feel free to use a sausage of your choice. I go with breakfast sausage for the added sweetness.
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Toothpicks

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil.
  • Cut each pre-cooked sausage link in half
  • Cut Bacon into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each sausage half and secure with a toothpick.
  • Combine cayenne pepper and brown sugar and roll each sausage in the mixture. (Note: They can be frozen at this point)
  • Place on prepared pans and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip sausage and cook an additional 10 minutes or until bacon is crispy. (Add an extra 5 minutes if baking from frozen)
  • Enjoy!

**NOTES**
NOTE: You should not mix the brown sugar with the sausage ON the foil lined pan because the excess brown sugar may (it will, I promise you it will) burn. Rub the brown sugar on the smokies prior to putting them on the pan.

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

EASY MINI PIES

I love this simple easy recipe because of it’s versatility. You can be as creative or not with the fillings. I used this recipe with apples, peaches, and even berries.

PREP TIME: 20 MIN TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN SERVINGS: 12

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • Roll out a single pie crust onto a flat surface. Using a large cookie cutter or any circular lid, cut out a 4-inch circle of dough. Press each dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin cup, leaving a tiny rim of dough sticking out at the top. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin cups.
  • Fill each cup until nearly full, about 1/4 cup, with pie filling.
  • To go the extra mile you can use the remaining dough to create a top crust to cover each pie. ***To make a lattice crust, use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out thin strips of dough, then lace together to form a lattice. To make a standard crust, cut out a circle of dough just large enough to cover the top of the bottom crust. Cut a few small slits into the crust. Then using your fingers, gently press the top crust onto the bottom crust until they stick together and no gaps remain.***
  • Or you can skip the aforementioned step all together and top with homemade whipped cream like I did, it just seems to take a little less time and tastes just as delicious in my opinion.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each pie with the whisked egg. Then bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden and the filling begins to bubble.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully with a knife, loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift out from the muffin tin.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.
  • Enjoy!

I hope these recipes help to make your entertaining during football and the fast approaching holiday season just a little bit easier. For an added bonus I also have a GIVEAWAY for you!! You can win a $30 giftcard to Wheatsville!! To qualify make sure to head to my Instagram, FOLLOW me, and follow the listed rules. The winner will be announced on my Instagram story before tomorrow’s Monday Night Football game!!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

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Until next time Loves!

XOXOXO,
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Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Wheatsville Co-Op. I was provided with a giftcard to purchase the items listed in this blog. The opinions stated are my own. I truly enjoyed my experience with Wheatsville Co-Op. I am also a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided anywhere on my site, you however, are not charged anything additional from this. Please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 


How To Save Money On Your Meat With Zaycon Fresh

Hello Loves! I am so excited to be able to introduce the Zaycon Fresh company to you and I would like to tell you all about my experience with them and tell you how to save money on your meat with Zaycon Fresh. Have you ever heard of them? Have you ever ordered your meat in bulk? I think I like most, would say they, “I haven’t heard of Zaycon Fresh” , “I’ve never gotten meat in bulk… aside from Costco” 😉 Gotta love me some Costco.

Check out this short and very cute video to help me explain to you exactly what Zaycon Fresh is all about.

How awesome does this sound?! Think about how much meat you consume a year. Do you have a family? Think about how much meat that is a year. Zaycon Fresh is a unique way to order meats and save 30-50% off store prices by cutting out the middleman (i.e. the grocery store). This is such a great way to get meats for much less, most meats are farm fresh and from local farms, it is comparable to the highest quality, non-organic meats in the grocery store.

Zaycon Fresh makes it so easy. I went to the Zaycon Fresh website, made an account (it took less than 2 min), and I was on my way. We were so surprised by so many options right at our fingertips. From Kansas City Strip Steaks at only $8.49/lb, Fresh 80/20 Ground Beef at just $2.99/lb, and even Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets at only $8.99/lb. Our Little loves Ground Turkey so we went with the 90/10 Ground Turkey and for a 40lb frozen case containing forty 1lb frozen packs at $87 bucks. I loved the idea of each 1lb. packed individually to make it that much easier to prepare dinners.

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So far we’ve had taco’s, pasta, and even tamales. I have an entirely new view on ordering bulk meats and now I’m a huge fan of Zaycon Fresh and so is our 5-year-old daughter 😉 

When I say I recommend you and yours try Zaycon Fresh out, I truly say DOOOO IT!! Save money and get a better product directly from the farmers.

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Just for good measure I want to share with you my Zaycon Fresh Ground Tamale recipe. You can Also check out my Food & Recipes Tab for other fun recipes.

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Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales

PREPARATION

Soak 20 large corn husks in water (there are usually about 40-50 to a bag sold at HEB Stores). Place a clean plate or tray upon them to keep them from floating out of the water.

ZAYCON FRESH GROUND TURKEY TAMALE FILLING

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 20 ounces ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon leaves from 2 sprigs fresh oregano, minced
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 1 can of Black Bean (optional)

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Add diced onions and fry until translucent then add Zaycon Fresh ground turkey. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, oregano powder, cumin, and plenty of salt & pepper. Cook until done then set aside.

MASA

  • 2 cups masa
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • Sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. Taste and stir in additional salt of needed. Or you can “cheat” and use a Kitchenaid Mixer like I did 🙂

ASSEMBLING THE TAMALES

Place about 6 cups of water in steaming pot and turn on high. Bring to a boil & turn heat down to medium to simmer. Don’t let the water get so high that it rises to the steaming rack as to not get the tamales wet.

Lay a softened corn husk out with top facing away from you. Press about 2-3 tablespoons of masa on the upper left side. Pressing with fingers, cover about 2/3 across the husk, leaving about 2-3 inches free at the bottom of the husk.

Place a line of about 2-3 tablespoons of ground turkey filling straight up & down the middle of the masa, if you opted to add black beans, place a line of 1 tablespoons straight up & down the middle next to the ground turkey . Turn corn husk so the left masa edge is facing you. Roll tamalesaway from yourself. Fold the bottom (which has no masa dough on it) up toward the top of the tamale. Repeat and place tamales on a tray.

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour.

Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour and…

Enjoy!

Lastly, today is a day of Remembrance, September 11th. Sixteen years ago we as American’s had an unforgettable blow, 2,997 (2,978 victims + 19 hijackers) people died because of the heinous and cowardice acts of terrorists. NEVER FORGET. Please take a moment of silence and prayer today to remember. 

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Until next time Loves!

XOXOXO,
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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey listed in this blog. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with this product. Also, I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided, you however, are not charged anything additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 


In The Mood For A Lil’ Cajun Persuasion

It’s Fri-yay y’all!! I don’t know about you but I am in serious need of a “let’s take it easy” weekend! and maybe a cocktail or two… three…. What say you?! Speaking of “easy” how do y’all feel about “The Big Easy”? aka New Orleans? I happen to have a HUGE love for pretty much anything Louisianan 😉 especially the food. Louisiana is incredibly full and rich in history and that includes their food. This leads me to tell you how lucky I felt to get an invite to try some awesome Cajun style food from Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe.

Get this, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe is right here in Texas! and they have been at this for over 26 years! Normally when I need a New Orleans fix I head to my favorite Evangeline Cafe on Brodie, in South Austin, but I figured why not give something new a try. I want to say our visit was definitely worth the drive out to Round Rock.

Check out the menu. There is probably a ton that you won’t be able to pronounce but I promise you the staff is used to it, just point and they’ll take it from there. Everything was delicious! So go ahead and be adventurous.

We started with “Rat Toes” (not actually rat toes) shrimp n’ crab stuffed jalapeno batter’d and fried w/ cool buttermilk dip, Fried Green Beans, and Fried Crawfish tails

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Those Fried Green Beans tho….. Yummy.

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and huge platter of shrimp cocktail

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I’m not going to lie, at this point I am already on the edge of stuffed, but now we head into entrees. From Shrimp Creole, Big juicy shrimp in zesty creole sauce over fluffy rice, Cajun Etoufee, made with shrimp or crawfish in rich dark roux sauce with dirty rice, Fish Ah Yee , Fried tilapia fish covered with creamy cajun shrimp & crab sauce, served with rice & veggie’s, wait we’re not done folks…..and Tchoupitoulas, a tasty hickory-grilled chicken breast over smoked ham, rite nice mushrooms and taters topped with a special sauce. I’m getting full just thinking about all we ate. I think I need a second stomach.

But wait we’re still not done. Let’s talk cocktails. We shared the “Gator Punch” which is 6 liquors in a fishbowl and serves 4 ding dang people. I thought this was crazy soooo I went with the 1/2 size haha! it only serves 2 😉

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while Jeff went for a more reasonably sized drink called the “Swamp Thing“, which is the “Mardi Rita” and a “Hurry Cane” blended with a melon and raspberry Liqueur topper.

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Hopefully you’re now in the mood for a little or a lotta Cajun and I highly recommend you try out Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe. The atmosphere is fun, the food is delicious, and the staff treats you like family, but better 🙂 hahahaha!

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Address201 University Blvd #1300, Round Rock, TX 78665

Hours

Monday 11AM–11PM
Tuesday 11AM–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–11PM
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PM
Saturday 11AM–12AM
Sunday 11AM–12AM

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Until next time Love!

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H-E-B QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST – Top Texas Product Makers Earn Placement on Store Shelves

Hello my Love’s! How’s life been treating you all? For me, life as usual has been busy busy busy. I have so much to talk to you all about, but one thing at a time….

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an awesome couple of events held by H-E-B grocery. The first being, The Quest for Texas Best is a signature program for H-E-B’s Primo Picks brand, which labels best-in-store products, all unique, delicious, and new. Since its inception in 2014, the Quest for Texas Best competition has yielded more than 200 new products on H-E-B store shelves across the state. At this event Nine Austin-area finalists presented their products to a panel of expert judges during a two-day round of competition. These finalists were selected from nearly 600 submissions across 200 Texas towns, yielding a delicious mix of sauces, salsas, spices, sweets and healthy food options along with meats and mixes. We learned their stories and got to know a little about almost all of the contestants. I’m not going to lie I may have fell into a “deep like” with a lot of these amazing products. I felt so sorry for the judges having to narrow down all of these amazing people and their products to just 4 winners. Jeff and I kept wondering how on earth they could do this.

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At the second event that’s exactly what had to happen. At H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best these judges had to narrow the field of 25 finalists to just FIVE winners at the Central Texas Food Bank.

THE 2017 H-E-B PRIMO PICKS: QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST AWARD WINNERS ARE:

Grand Prize Winner ($25,000 and featured placement as a Texas Best Primo Pick):

Local Austin favorites and all around awesome ladies, Skull & Cakebones – Mocha Marmalade, Sascha Biesi + Yauss Berenji – Austin, Texas

After Sascha Biesi discovered milk and eggs were the cause of her infant daughter’s persistent rash, she began a quest for delicious foods sans the animal products. Enlisting the help of Yauss Berenji, the two built Skull & Cakebones based on friendship, their families’ passion for food and a mission of making delicious desserts without animal products (because if you can, why shouldn’t you?). Using the best local products on hand, Skull & Cakebones presents a truly Texas-strong dessert – Mocha Marmalade Chocolate layered with Cuvee Coffee frosting and topped with Cuvee infused chocolate pudding.

TWO First Place Winners ($20,000 EACH) That’s right y’all a TIE! :

The Texas Pecan Cake Shop – Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes, Bridget + Will McCoy – Bertram, Texas

Like the Lone Star State, Bridget McCoy’s Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes are one of a kind. Baked in the iconic shape of Texas from a secret family recipe, it is a pecan lover’s dream. Made with 100% Texas products from local growers, loaded with pecans and held together with just enough flour and sugar, it delivers the wonderful flavor of Mom’s holiday baking that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Every day is a cake day!

WarPig BBQ For Use on Butts And Ribs Sauce, Dennis Butterworth – Houston, Texas

Dennis Butterworth’s BBQ sauce, For Use on Butts And Ribs (F.U.B.A.R), is an elite sauce forged in the trenches of barbecue competition. This award-winning sauce was crafted by U.S. Army veterans to be the one and only sauce you need in your arsenal. Whether you’re a professional chef or a backyard grill commando, For Use on Butts And Ribs’ sweet, tangy flavor bridges the gap for all barbecue palates. When you purchase this awesome sauce some of the proceeds will go to “Folds of Honor” an organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen soldiers and veterans. So you can feel great about eating all your BBQ 😉

Second Place Winner ($15,000):

Another Austin local company, Tamale Addiction’s Poblano & Muenster Cheese Organic Masa Tamales, Adrian + Mariana Paredes – Austin, Texas

This family unknowingly created a new tamale standard and culture among aficionados. First entering the farmers’ market circuit with Mexican desserts, they redirected their efforts to tamales. Today, Tamale Addiction is known for being fresh, organic, local and delicious with five versions that include meat, vegetarian, vegan, banana leaf and sweet tamales. By listening to their customers’ demand for an at-home option, they found a way to share their destiny with all of Texas via a two-pack of organic masa tamales filled with strips of roasted poblano pepper, fresh red salsa made from chile de arbol, and melted muenster cheese. These tamales were amazing y’all and I cannot wait for them to get into H-E-B.

Third Place Winner ($10,000):

La Familia Cortez Restaurants’ Mi Tierra Salsa Verde Salsa, Cariño Cortez & Michael Cortez – San Antonio, Texas

The family of Pedro Cortez – entrepreneur, restaurateur and savior of San Antonio’s Market Square – committed themselves to preserving the recipes that have been in the family since 1941, when the patriarch opened his first eatery, Jamaica #5, and eventually Mi Tierra. Over the years, Pedro’s sons and grandsons have combined traditional Mexican cooking techniques with the latest culinary advancements to safeguard Pedro’s process, ingredients and legacy. The family is intent on sharing this tasty legacy with customers near and far with Mi Tierra Salsa Verde – a secret mixture of oven roasted tomatillos and a blend of spices that create a tangy salsa great for enchiladas and more. Like they say, “salsa by choice, not by chance.”

“As we complete the fourth year of this statewide competition, we continued to be impressed by the inventiveness, creativity and phenomenal resolve that our fellow Texans showcase,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “Although only five competitors walked away with a title and prize, Quest for Texas Best is a win for all Texans. Small businesses have the opportunity to grow with H-E-B and our customers enjoy added variety and access to the best locally sourced products.”

Because of H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best my view of H-E-B has entirely changed. Not only will I be a loyal customer but I will be PROUD to shop from H-E-B. The amount of care, respect, and loyalty they show to Texas-based companies and it’s people is incredible and so admirable. I was so incredibly grateful to get to experience this awesome event and I am forever changed by it.

I hope that each of y’all give these products a chance to be in your home to feed you and your loved ones.

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Until next time Lovers!
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Time Is Running out! Cochon555 Is on It’s Way!

That’s right Lovers! You have less than 4 hrs to enter to win 2 tickets to this years Cochon555. I will be doing a drawing Ol’ school style out of a hat or bowl today on my Instagram story at 5pm. Don’t forget to follow the rules listed out on my IG post.

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General Admission tickets are only $125 for this all-inclusive feast, and I promise you every dollar is worth it. VIP is $200 and gets you an entire extra hour of noshing. Grab tickets now for Cochon555 Austin here: Cochon555 Austin and don’t forget to follow me here and on my IG: LOVEOFALLOFTHETHINGS to enter and qualify to win 2 general admission tickets, valued at a total of $250! 

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Cochon555 Austin- Don’t Miss Out on This Pig Party!

Mark those calendars for Sunday, August 20th Ladies and Gents! This one’s comin in HOT.  Cochon555 will be in Austin at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin, and you do NOT want to miss this pig party!

My friends at Cochon555 are kicking off an epic weekend full of creative food, artisanal wines and spirits, and heritage breed pork. If you love a good cause and want to attend one of the country’s most talked about culinary events, then clear your weekend calendar when Cochon555 returns to Austin on August 20th at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin! The event features five of Austin’s best chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs in a friendly-ish 😉 competition for a cause. I can’t begin to tell y’all how excited I am to attend this event!

This year’s buzzworthy chefs are: James Flowers of TRIO, Sarah McIntosh of épicerie Cafe & Grocery, Nicholas Yanes of Juniper, Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis, and Clinton Kendall of East Side King. Notable butchers Bryan Butler of Salt & Time rounds out a stellar lineup. In addition, there are two satellite competitions, the Somm Smackdown (wine/pig matching) and Punch Kings (barkeeps facing off in whole-bottle cocktail tilt).

Those looking to make a weekend of it don’t need to wait until Sunday, as there is an opportunity to attend an exclusive charity dinner experience the night before the big event. On Saturday, we are hosting a Chef’s Course dinner called BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Piggy Bank, a Missouri farm-in-the-making that will gift free heritage breed pig genetics to family farms in need. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, a series of stunning videos and tickets to these must-do culinary experiences, please visit www.Cochon555.com.

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General Admission tickets are only $125 for this all-inclusive feast, and I promise you every dollar is worth it. VIP is $200 and gets you an entire extra hour of noshing. Grab tickets now for Cochon555 Austin here: Cochon555 Austin and don’t forget to follow me here and on my IG: LOVEOFALLOFTHETHINGS to enter and qualify to win 2 general admission tickets, valued at a total of $250! 

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12 Day Road-Tripping – Primizie Snacks & High Brew Coffee For The Win.

I’m baaack! haha! My family and I went on our first family road-trip “vacation”, travelling from Austin, Texas to New Mexico, Arizona, California, to Nevada, then back through Arizona and New Mexico, then home to Austin (with stops in between) all with our 5-year-old in tow. Talk about a challenge!

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First let me say it’s been my experience that road-trips in general can be exhausting dependent on how far and where you’re going. Our daughter did surprisingly amazing! I mean, she’s 5, so of course there were hiccups along the way, and funny enough those hiccups actually happened mostly when we weren’t driving, go figure. We were lucky enough to pack our cooler with some awesome road trip essentials (wedged behind my front passenger and the back seat) for us all to partake in. We were armed with Primizie Crisp Breads, Grandma’s HumusHigh Brew Coffee, Austonian Whiskey (for us adults, der, NO drinking and driving was involved), Goldfish, and some homemade sandwiches, and fresh fruit. It’s my job to help keep us all happy and our Little has grown a small obsession with Primizie Crisp breads so much so she wouldn’t put them down when we tried to take a picture. Which means we always have to have them on hand, they’re the BEST from everywhere and anywhere! say’s our Little.

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Yes, we’re ALL in ponchos. Don’t judge! We’re Texans in 62 degree weather here 😉 hahaha!

Her favorite’s are the Gouda and Garlic, Simply salted, and a surprise for a kid the new Broccoli Kale, shhhh she has no idea she’s getting her veggies in this snack as well 😉

As a parent you want to make sure your kids aren’t eating “bad for you” foods and I have no worries when it comes to Primizie snacks. Primizie snacks are made with all natural products, non GMO, and they’re even certified Gluten free. These snacks are great for the whole family (when our Little wants to share), perfect amount of crisp and hold up to all kinds of dips and cheeses. My favorite pairing is Primizie’s Italian Herb with Grandma’s Humus, and an awesome addition to any road-trip, picnic, or late night craving. They even have something for your sweet tooth in the Dolce Caramel, think the flavor of a churro but better and more “classy” ha! If you’re here in Texas you can grab your Primizie snacks in any deli section of HEB, Randall’s, or Central Market. For any of you Lovers outside of Texas you can purchase straight from the website or click on my Amazon link here: Primizie Snacks on Amazon

On our road-trip we made a stop to see my family in California for a few days. We made sure to hit up our family cabin in the Sequoia National Forest, along with some “MUSTS” for me, C.A.L.M (California Animal Living Museum), Murray Family Farms, Morro Bay, and even Santa Barbara.

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I didn’t realize until we got to my parents how much I missed certain foods that remind me of good times in Bakersfield. If you’re ever in Bakersfield, California here’s a few places you should most definitely check out:

  • Rosemary’s Family Creamery: for some of the best house-made Ice-cream I’ve ever had in an old school Parlor setting. My favorite is the Terry’s Jersey Jr (The regular size is too big for me) made with mountains of fluffy billowed chocolate whip intermingled with their amazing vanilla. Simplicity at it’s finest.
  • Pyrenee’s Cafe: Awesome traditional style Basque food. It’s all great here and if you’ve never had Basque food you’re missing out.The sandwiches are also killer. I love the Hot Pastrami 😉 just look at its beauty!

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  • Mossman’s West Chester Coffee Shop, located inside West Chester Bowling Alley: The fish and chips here have been my favorite since I was a little girl. The portions are pretty big, the “chips” are tasty, and the tartar sauce is so good! My parents used to order take out and bring home for dinner as a treat.
  • Murray Family Farms: For amazing fresh produce! Plus you can also go pick your own fruit along with tons of activities for kids including a little zoo.
  • Smith’s Bakery: My favorite smiley face cookies and Champagne cake cupcakes that have ever existed and they almost ruined the whole trip for me. When we showed up they were out of BOTH. I was so upset I almost cried right there. No joke, I’m a 38-year-old woman who was almost brought to tears by this. So disappointing. That won’t stop me from saying you should make a trip to see them because you’ll never have cookies or champagne cake as great as these. Darn you for being out and crushing my dreams of happiness!! 😉

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Now last but not least if you ever find yourself on a road-trip of this magnitude you WILL need to keep that energy up! I would not have been able to survive our trip without Primizie snacks to snack on but we also needed that caffeine from my High Brew Coffee stash!

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I find High Brew coffee to be the most convenient for me to travel with. Not only are they cold brew coffee’s (double the caffeine) but they come in the perfect 8 ounce portable cans that not only fit in any cooler but they’re perfect in my purse when I’m on the go. I LOVE the Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Mocha…. O.k, I’m not gonna lie I love them all. Discovery alert: while we were at the beach we also discovered how amazing my favorite whiskey, Austonian Whiskey pairs with High Brew Mexican Vanilla, SCORE! and it’s even more amazing warmed up, DOUBLE SCORE! The perfect pairing.

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Now in order not to take up too much more of your time, I’m gonna cut this short and end with a couple of slide shows of our stops along the way including the Hoover Dam and the magnificent Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been to these places, GO. They are breathtakingly beautiful and no pictures will ever do them justice. Also, We saw between 10-15 rainbows (not all photographed) including double rainbows, along the way at totally different times. Gorgeous.

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If you try out any of these products please share with me what you think. I’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions please be sure to reach out in the comments.

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the products listed in this blog IE; Primizie, High Brew Coffee, and Austonian Whiskey. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with these products. I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided but you are not charged any additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 


Are You Letting Your Past Baggage Impact Your Present? It’s Time To Let GO

Hello Lovers, It’s a new week and I hope you’re off to a great start. Today I’m going to dive right in to things. Are you letting your past baggage impact your present? To me, this question is almost like opening an imaginary can of worms, ewwh. What do I mean by past? Well, everyone has hurts, right? Whether that be from a past relationship; cheating wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend. Sometimes those hurts are from past friendships; The experiences where you thought this person was going to be in your life forever, your “ride or die” then life happens and they’re no longer there, that can hurt. Maybe you have suffered from terrible abuses or health issues/scares. Or it could even be a past job that didn’t work out the way you wanted. Everyone carries hurt. EVERYONE.

I promise, it’s easy to feel like you’re alone in your hurt that nobody else could possibly understand the hurt you have, but in my opinion, feeling this way is only partially true and can ultimately trap you in a “woe-is-me” mentality . What do I mean by that? It’s true every situation is different, everyone’s circumstances are different, because of this, it’s nearly impossible for us all to have the exact same hurts, feelings, and or brokenness but what remains the same for us all (again, my opinion) is that we ALL hurt. We all have past’ and we all also have a CHOICE in how we proceed. Choose to “Grow through what you go through”

People make decisions that hurt people and don’t take the time to realize how that hurt impacts others lives around them. It’s not the most fun part of life but nonetheless it’s a very real part of life. Another part of life is that hurt could be caused by people or a person that doesn’t even seem to care that they hurt you or others. Then we have the self-created hurts created from self-doubt and the comparison game I touched on last week; What did I do to them to deserve this?, Why me?, I was good to them?, what did I do wrong?, Am I not good enough, pretty enough, handsome enough, skinny enough, sexy enough? etc.

My point here is, whether it’s a romantic relationship that made a turn for the worse or a platonic friendship between you and a person with whom you have a ton of history, toxic people in your life deserve to be expeditiously escorted OUT of your life. You may never get the answers to your infinite array of “why” questions, you may never get the apology you feel you deserve…..you know what?, that’s O.K!!

I know it’s not easy but in the words of the GREAT Madea aka. Tyler Perry “ain’t nobody said it was gon’ be easy but it’ll get easier when you learn to love yourself” Watch and listen to these amazing videos and please let this Madea wisdom wash over you.

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I bring all of these things to the table because of my own hurt I’ve had, my own past experiences. Because of my own past and hurts I haven’t always been the best person to be in a relationship of any kind with. I was the person hurting people and not realizing it. You have to make the choice to move past the hurt. Take responsibility. Let people go from your life. Don’t let those people win when they didn’t care enough about you to begin with. I’ve made that choice in my life and I’m a better person for it. It didn’t happen over night, it took time, I still have to make the choice over and over again….daily. I choose to LOVE without being tied to my baggage. I also know that it truly doesn’t matter what I, your friends, parents, pastor, tell you, you have to make the choice yourself. Choose to save yourself, your current, and future relationships by loving and healing yourself. I hope that this helps you to make that choice too if not now, someday soon.

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Last, but not least I would love to gift all you Lovers with 10% off of an order from www.allenbooth.com. Just use code:  loveall11 It’s just a little treat from me to you! Let me tell you, I love all of their kitchen products especially the cutting boards! They’re GORG! Plus enter for a chance to win a $250 dollar shopping spree by entering on this link: http://bit.ly/2toVGBh

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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Can Whiskey Be Green?

Hello Lovers! Happy Fri-Yay!! How’s the week treated y’all?! I’m not going to lie, as I’m typing this I could really use a cocktail. Like I’ve said before “adulting is hard!” some weeks are awesome, others not so much. It should be noted; you’re probably reading this and it’s morning, no, I’m not an alchohalic 😉 I’m typing this blog as I often do, in the evening.

Speaking of cocktails, have you ever heard of Austonian Whiskey? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. They just prepared their very first shipment back in May. Austonian Whiskey is a new Texas, FIRST ever sustainably matured whiskey, created by two engineering masterminds.

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One night, 2 Austin engineers, Lawrence and Frank (the masterminds above) were at a local bar hanging out, drinking, and having conversations about the growing whiskey barrel shortage, I mean… what else do guys talk about?! Well, these two turned this conversation into an idea, that idea then turned into inventing a new “green” process in the making of whiskey, this then turned into a business and dreams coming true.

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What sets Austonian Whiskey apart from the other whiskeys? Traditionally whiskey is typically aged in wooden casks/ barrels, generally made of charred white oak. Since Lawrence and Frank have created a magical (closely under-wraps) green technology to get the traditional vanilla oak-y taste of a “barrel aged” whiskey without the barrel, we can have cocktails AND save the trees! That’s right folks, do you get what that means?! NO trees are harmed in the making of this whiskey! (I need a shirt that says that btw 🙂 ) The impact can be HUGE y’all. Just think about it, if everyone switched their whiskey choice to Austonian Whiskey it would save about 95% of the trees otherwise used by “the other guys”

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It won’t just stop there though…. Do you know what happens when forests are cut down? it’s not just killing trees, it’s also displacing animals. The animals that live in the forests now no longer have their habitat, their homes. I don’t know about you, but that pulls on my heart-strings <3

Just think, there’s a barrel shortage right now; how many trees have already been cut down? How many animals have already been displaced? Now think about the fact that with Austonian whiskey we can directly impact this. We have the ability to help save our planet in more ways than just recycling at home or composting.

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I don’t want to sound like an infomercial here. I TRULY believe and like this product. I am not and have not been paid $$ to promote this product, however, I was given a sample bottle to try them out and hear their story. I want all you Lovers to know that I will NEVER promote something that I don’t truly love, like, use, or believe in. I will always have transparency and want you all to know that my blogs will always come from a very genuine place.

ALL that to say; I believe in this product. We need to get Austonian Whiskey out there!! Ask your bartender to add it to their bar program. Ask your local liquor store like Twin Liquors or Spec’s to pick it up. Follow Austonian Whiskey on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next. Let’s start our very own whiskey movement!! Whiskey can be GREEN!! even without food coloring and the luck of the Irish 😉

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Great whiskey. Great Cause. Go Green.

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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5 Things I’ve Learned In 37 Years

Hello my dear Lovers! How are y’all doing? As for me, I’ve been having a stretch of contemplative days. A few days ago I celebrated my 38th birthday, so go figure that I’ve been evaluating/thinking on my life and choices. Could I be more basic?! 😉 haha! I guess I’d like to think that we all go through this on our birthdays.

Anyway, let’s do a little talking about the things we learn in our lives as we get older. For me the last handful of years have been, what I would say, the most fruitful thus far.

It’s been filled with up and downs, challenges, and successes, just as I would imagine yours has been too. In my 37 years I have learned a lot! but for time and attention sake here are 5 of the most important things I’ve learned:

  1. I’m a daughter of The King: My relationship with God is THE most important relationship I have. If God can close the mouth of lions for Daniel, part the Red Seas for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison for Peter, put a baby in the arms of Sarah, and raise Lazarus from the dead, THEN He can certainly take care of YOU! NOTHING you’re facing today or any day is too hard for him to handle.
  2. The comparison game hurts: I doesn’t matter what walk of life we’re talking about; if you are a blogger like me, a parent, or even a college student … anxiety and comparison are real! Living in this day and age of social media, everyone’s lives seem so perfectly filtered. We don’t see the hurt, struggles, and brokenness on the other side of the lens. Truthfully, I deal with this daily. Sometimes I can allow myself to get lost walking down that very dark comparison road, it quickly turns into a never-ending black hole that’s incredibly hard to pull myself out of. Am I where God wants me? Am I doing what God wants me to be doing? Am I a good wife, step-mom, friend, person? Am I any good at this blogging? does what I’m doing matter? am I pretty enough? skinny enough?… the list goes on….. Turning off the noise in your own head and staying on track in any walk of life is difficult — but well worth the effort and it will most definitely result in strength. Comparison is a daily struggle – something to recognize and be aware of, and something that will only bring you down, not lift you up! When you feel yourself walking down that road turn the other way! Pray it out, talk it out, put the phone down, shut off the computer and give yourself some air! I promise you’ll see better when the smoke clears.
  3. Not ALL friendships/relationships are meant to last: You can spend years putting time, energy, and love into people and I promise you, they WILL disappoint you. It’s human nature, none of us are perfect. The number one thing that set’s us all up for disappointment and failure is putting our expectations on others. I’ve learned (finally, I have a hard head) that God doesn’t make mistakes. People are placed in our lives to teach us, grow us, and stretch us. Some friendships/relationships are meant for us only for a short period of time and others longer. Sometimes you get to a point in a relationship that you recognize the unhealthiness of it, that’s when you must have the courage and self-respect to walk away. Continuing to put energy into something or someone who is unhealthy and bringing negativity into your life isn’t good for any one not to mention a poison in your life.
  4. Adulting is HARD: Some “adults” refuse to grow up. They remain in high-school, some even in elementary; let’s ALL get out of the sand box people! Manipulation, lies, rumors, and just plain ol’ meanness is UNACCEPTABLE behavior for anyone but especially adults! Have you heard the saying “Hurt people hurt people”? So let’s deal with our hurt, let ourselves heal , and STOP the negative BS!!
  5. It REALLY is the little things: The “I love you’s” when leaving each other (even when running a quick errand), when your child does ANYTHING funny, loving, smart, or sincere 🙂 , the texts to say “I’m thinking of you”, holding hands with your person, holding hands with your child, the smell of grass after it rains, warm sand between your toes, dog kisses, growing something/anything yourself, dancing in the rain, road trips, beach trips, a great cheese, moist chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, a good bottle of wine, a good whiskey…..With age you realize the little things aren’t so little.

So my wish this year is for the strength to live with grace, love, and compassion! Cheers to another year of learning, growing, and being stretched!

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Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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