Cooking Planit And Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge – Week 2

Chicken with Pumpkin spice for #EatFreshChallengeColavita Olive Oil

Remember how I started the Cooking Planit and Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge last week {see this post}? Well I am now on to week 2 of 3! I must say that while I usually cook a few times a week for my family or guests, I don’t always follow a specific recipe… it’s more of a ‘make what’s in the fridge’ sort of deal. So while I thought following a meal plan with specific recipes would be time consuming and tedious, it’s actually been really easy and so much more interesting and exciting in my kitchen-  especially for my husband because he gets a change from our usual repertoire! I also love that I have been trying new ingredients, one of which is Colavita Garlic Cooking Oil, which will be my new ‘go-to’ for dishes that require garlic!

Last week my favorite dish was the Cauliflower Fried Rice {see a pic on my Instagram and find the recipe here}. I was shocked that by putting cauliflower into a cuisinart it would end up with something that looked and tasted like rice! It was such a healthy swap for a common unhealthy dish! So what’s on tap for this week… Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade, Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Vinaigrette, and Steak Fajitas with Sauteed Peppers and Onions. {See above for the Pumpkin Spice Chicken dinner I made… can’t wait to share the recipe tomorrow on the blog!}.

Pumpkin Spice Chicken

I am also excited to launch a 7-day photo/video contest! Here’s how it works: 1. Create a free account on Cooking Planit and follow their Instagram. 2. Snap a pic OR share a video of a meal you’ve prepared using ‘Fresh Ingredients’ on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and use Hashtag #EatFreshChallenge. 3. Enter the rafflecopter form below and submit your name, email address and Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter URL. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oh and don’t forget… you get 20% off your Colavita Purchase on their website; just enter Promo Code EatFresh20 at Checkout (plus free shipping on all orders over $99).

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

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Anchors Away

LIZ & ROO changing pad3LIZ & ROO changing pad 4 LIZ & ROO changing pad 2

I know I shared Brooks’ adorable grey and white nursery decor with you just a few weeks ago, but I just made a sweet addition to it and had to share! It’s an anchor printed changing pad {buy here} from the company Liz and Roo. The brand is super cute if you are on the hunt for nursery bedding, changing pads, baby blankets, and more. And, I love that they have a great ‘Baby Shower gift-friendly’ section of gender neutral options {see here}! What really made me fall in love with the brand most of all is that it’s a small women-owned business and everything is made in the US, so they really prioritize over-seeing the product and ensuring every piece for safety {a mother’s dream!}. So add this to your baby essentials list because it’s totally making mine!


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8 Things to Buy for Fall Entertaining


As the cold weather approaches do you find yourself hosting more often? I sure do… let’s be serious, I want to be social but I would much rather not leave the house! So what’s on my checklist for Fall entertaining? Make sure you have each of these eight fall entertaining essentials so you are ready to host guests at a moment’s notice.

  1. Fancy champagne flutes {I love my Juliska Amalia Flutes!}
  2. A great cheese tray {I am always asked who makes the Julia Knight tray I feature constantly on my Instagram.}
  3. Cheese knives {I love this Barard one for $20.00 or this Dubost set of 3 currently on sale for $40.00 – hint, hint, also makes for a great Hostess gift!}
  4. Small bowls for nuts and dried fruits on your cheese platters {I use my Michael Aram Molten bowls in square and circular constantly.}
  5. Carafes for serving water {Yes, I said water! I don’t remember the last time I used one for wine! It looks so much more elegant to have your water in a carafe than a bottle or Britta.}
  6. Fall-colored cocktail napkins {My go-to’s are printed paper napkins for $4.95 at Pier1 Imports}
  7. A cake stand {I use mine for desserts and appetizers – see how I used mine for apps at this FH party}
  8. A fun flower vase {I love buying flowers for entertaining, so it’s nice to have an updated way to display them; I love my Jonathan Adler Studded Vase and probably use it a tad too often, woops!}

Elegant Cheese KnifeJulia Knight Trays and BowlsCarafes for water and wine

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