Cooking Planit And Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge – Week 3

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Well folks, my #EatFreshChallenge with Cooking Planit and Colavita is coming to a close. It’s been so much fun trying new recipes and I have a new found confidence in the kitchen. Truly the happiest people from this challenge though are my husband and Reese who have licked their plates clean each night! I am definitely excited to start mixing up my cuisines at future FH dinner tables.

Before I go into the details from this week, let me start off by announcing the winner of the Colavita Pantry Basket… It is: Patti Margarita. Congrats! You are going to LOVE all of your fun new cooking products.

Speaking of new products… Today’s photos captured my favorite meal of Week 3, a yummy lunch salad I made called the Corn, Arugula, and Radish Salad. I rarely make my own salad dressing so I was excited to try this out. I made it from Colavita Olive Oil, Agave and fresh lime juice, and although the recipe didn’t call for it, I threw in a little Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar {because I had never tried it before}, and it was really delish!

I have loved sharing this journey on my Instagram {thanks for all of the likes!!} and I can’t get over how many people have reached out and asked about the Cooking Planit App! Well I know I mentioned in my past posts {here and here} lots of cool reasons why I love using it {ie. how it creates a weekly grocery shopping list, has tons of healthy options, and let’s you create meals as a whole rather than simply flagging one single recipe}, but this week I totally fell in love with the “Cook Now” button. Basically when you are ready to start cooking you can press a button and your phone will literally read out-loud the directions of the recipe. No need to tap and swipe from page to page getting your iPhone all messy!

So what’s on tap for this week’s cooking adventures… Scalloped Kale and Potatoes, the Hearty Veggies Dinner, and Sauteed Chicken Tenders with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce. Make sure to follow along with the Hashtag #EatFreshChallenge to see pics along the way!

Last but not least, get 20% off your Colavita Purchase on their website; just enter Promo Code EatFresh20 at Checkout (plus free shipping on all orders over $99). Thanks for taking this cooking journey with me!

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This post was sponsored by Cooking Planit.  Items have been gifted to me, but opinions are my own. 

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Bespoke Global Giveaway

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I’m teaming up with Bespoke Global to bring you an amazing $200 Giveaway!

Bespoke Global is an international e-commerce site that connects artisans & designers with consumers to bring unique, customizable, designer pieces to your home. From large scale home furnishings to luxury accessories, every item they carry has its own bespoke options available to you – it’s easy to customize the size, color and even material to exactly what you want. Whether you collaborate and customize your own bespoke item, or go with the work of its best-in-class artisans from around the world, Bespoke Global has endless options to make your space beautiful and unique. 

I went through the site and choose some of my favorites that can double for entertaining and decor, here they are: Up in the Air Somewhere Zag Tray, $98 // Gregg Hessel Group 1- The Collection, $1,514 // Heather Palmer Nest Bowl, $410 // Simon Orrell Circular Box in Paua Shell- Small, $416 // Heather Knight Cerulean Blue Coral Bowl, $48 // Heather Knight Amber Large Geode Bowl, $150.

All you need is an email for a chance to win, click here for entry. Good luck!

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Create the Perfect Fall Bar

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With the leaves changing colors and the air getting brisker, it’s time to put away the Coronas and fruity cocktails in exchange for some strong-tasting and soul-warming liquor. When asking some reliable sources {by which I mean, my husband and his close friends} which they preferred, they confirmed that Whiskey and Bourbon were their go-to’s. Now it was my job to make the presentation FH worthy.

When creating a Fall Bar, I recommend you start with a dark colored, textured serving tray, like a faux croc or stingray {similar here and here}. Then I recommend selecting a variety of nice liquors and placing them on one end of the tray. I chose Whistle Pig Straight Rye WhiskeyThe Balvenie Single Barrel Whiskey aged 15 years, and Bulleit Bourbon. What are the best glasses for serving liquor? I recommend old-fashioned glasses which are short tumblers, often called a lowball or rocks glass. They hold between 6 and 8 ounces, while double old-fashioned {slightly larger} hold up to 10 or 12 ounces. When serving a drink with straight liquor on the rocks {also known as a “neat pour”}, I recommend the old-fashioned glasses and for mixed drinks I recommend double old-fashioned glasses. If you really want to impress guests, be sure to buy a “king cube” ice cube tray! One cube fits perfectly into an old-fashioned glass and melts slowly for a well-chilled drink.

Now onto the fun touches that make your bar picture-worthy. I love to arrange my favorite cocktail books alongside my glasses; they can serve as inspiration for cocktails or just as decor. Also nice for the set-up is a crystal decanter {this one is one sale for $27.99 and looks exactly like mine!}. You can actually put yours to use by pouring the liquor inside, just make sure you let guests know what it holds! To finish it off, I love my ‘Reserved’ Decoupage Glass Tray from Ben’s Garden. It’s perfect for housing ice cube tongs or the bottle tops. Cheers!

Fall Bar Liquors


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