Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Weekend Gourmet Hits the Road: Weekend In Dallas Part II #WGTravel #roadtrip #texastravel

Today, I'm sharing the second half of our weekend getaway road trip to Dallas earlier this year. When we only have a weekend to sneak out of town, we tend to focus on one neighborhood in whatever city we're visiting. For this Dallas trip, we spent our weekend exploring Downtown Dallas and the adjacent Uptown neighborhood. We found a ton of fun things to do -- and great places to eat -- within a 15-minute drive from our home base at aloft Dallas Downtown hotel. Our spacious King Ultra Savvy Suite felt more like a high-rise loft apartment than a hotel room.
Our suite featured high ceilings, a comfy King bed, a comfy living room, and a modern bathroom. Talk about a home away from home! After a restful night sleep, we headed out on Sunday for brunch at Saint Ann restaurant. This upscale casual restaurant is located in the Harwood District near American Airlines Center and Klyde Warren Park. Saint Ann is located in an historic school building that was built in 1927, and it boasts the largest garden patio in the city. It's also an ideal brunch location!

We were quickly shown to our table and presented with fabulous mimosas while we looked over the brunch menu. We decided to start out sharing a spicy starter, a refreshing salad, and a fabulous cheese and charcuterie platter. The Heirloom Tomato Salad included burrata, basil pesto, a balsamic reduction, and a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt. This salad was sheer perfection -- bursting with amazing flavors and textures. The spicy Bacon Wrapped Sizzlers were a fun spin on jalapeno poppers -- featuring chunks of marinated chicken, jalapeño, onion, a fabulous housemade ranch dressing. We were literally fighting for the last sizzler -- they were that addicting!!
The beautiful cheese and charcuterie display featured a variety of cheeses, sliced pear, bread, nuts, chutney, pickled vegetables, and smoky meats. It was a great combination of sweet, savory, and salty/smoky. Our brunch was off to a fabulous start! Up next were a duo of brunch entrees. We shared savory Steak & Eggs and sweet "Strawberry Shortcake" French Toast.  
The bistro fillet was cooked perfectly medium rare and paired with over easy eggs, toast, and spicy ranchero potatoes. The French toast was decadent, featuring strawberry whipped cream cheese, maple syrup, strawberries, and vanilla whipped cream. Swoon!! It was so good that it could have been dessert...but the chef surprised us with a duo of decadent desserts to sample.
We thoroughly enjoyed the carrot cake with its tangy cream cheese icing...and the intensely rich chocolate torte. These two desserts were the perfect sweet ending to a fantastic brunch. From brunch, we headed out to explore Dallas from great new heights!

If you've ever visited Dallas, you've likely seen the iconic Reunion Tower that's part of the city's Downtown skyline. When night falls, the sphere on top of the tower is lit up with more than 250 LED lights. What you might not know is that the GeO-Deck observation deck is located inside the globe on top. This observation deck is located 470 feet in the air and offers 360-degree views of the city!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Weekend Gourmet Hits the Road: Weekend Road Trip to Dallas Part I #WGTravel #dallas #texastravel

The Weekend Gourmet crew loves to travel...visiting a new region of the U.S. and exploring the best attractions and food it has to offer is a total blast! That said, we also love to spotlight quick weekend getaways featuring our amazing state of Texas. My beloved home state is having a rough weekend dealing with Hurricane Harvey, so it seemed like a good time to focus on something happy and share a fabulous weekend road trip getaway that we enjoyed to Dallas earlier this year. Dallas is about 4.5 hours by car from San Antonio, making it a perfect destination for a fun-filled weekend trip. This particular three-day weekend focused on things to see, do...and eat...in the Downtown and Uptown areas of Dallas. Our home base for the weekend was the modern, centrally located aloft Dallas Downtown hotel. Ir you're not familiar with aloft, it's an all-suite hotel that feels more like an urban loft studio apartment than a traditional hotel. If you prefer a modern feel and design, aloft is perfect for you!
Our spacious King Ultra Savvy Suite featured high ceilings and large windows -- letting in lots of amazing 3daytime light. Our suite also featured a comfy King bed, a spacious living room area that opens to the bedroom, and a spacious bathroom. The hotel features Re:fuel by aloft. This convenient spot lets aloft guests get their foodie fix 24/7 with grab & go light meals, snacks, and drinks to store in their in-room fridge. Best of all, aloft Dallas Downtown was no more than a 15-minute drive from any of the attractions and restaurants that are featured in this article. Talk about convenient! After dropping our bags with the friendly front desk employee when we arrived on Friday night, we headed around the corner for a taste of New Orleans at Nola Brasserie, which features Cajun and Creole seafood.

We enjoyed a wide range of fabulous Louisiana dishes at NOLA Brasserie...starting with a quartet of cocktails and a trio of delicious appetizers.  Our cocktails included the NOLA Rum Punch, Blackberry Mojito, Cucumber Cosmo, and a Sazerac. My four-person team happily sipped our cocktails while we sampled hushpuppy-like Crawfish Fritters, Fried Green Tomatoes, and delicious Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo! All were expertly prepared and full of the big flavors we love.
Next from the kitchen was a huge Fried Seafood Platter with hand-breaded shrimp and catfish, slaw, and fries. This amazing Texas-sized platter was plenty for the four of us to share. The seafood was perfectly fried -- not the least bit greasy!
After stuffing ourselves with amazing New Orleans-style food, we headed back to the aloft to get a good night's sleep in our comfy King bed. We had a busy day jam-packed with fun attractions and good eats the next day, so a good night's rest was essential after our long drive in from San Antonio. We slept absolutely great! The next morning, it was very nice to wake up and have a coffee maker, coffee, and tea located right in our suite! We met our social media team in aloft's open, airy lobby after showering and enjoying a little bit of in-room caffeine. The aloft Dallas Downtown hotel is definitely modern, but it's actually located in a historic building that features original buff brick -- truly the best of both worlds! After discussing the day's plans, we headed out to explore Uptown Dallas for the day. 

Uptown is located adjacent to and north of  Downtown Dallas -- a short 10-minute drive from aloft. There are tons of great restaurants to choose from, including Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Hopdoddy began in Austin and has expanded across the entire state. They feature locally sourced beers, homemade buns, daily ground meats for their burgers, and killer milkshakes. Before visiting the Perot Museum that afternoon, we started with an early burger lunch. While trying to decide which four burgers we wanted to try, we enjoyed some hand-cut fries Parmesan Truffle Fries with shakes made with their handmade cinnamon vanilla custard. We tried the Caramel Sea Salt and Strawberry...and it was love at first sip! We loved that the thick shakes cake with extra-large straws. Our meal was off to a great start...and we hadn't even ordered our burgers yet. 

Hopdoddy offers delicious, juicy burgers in wide variety of amazing flavors. We opted to try the Buffalo Bill, Continental Club Turkey Burger, Terlingua, and Llano Poblano. The burgers were all perfectly cooked, juicy, and bursting with flavor! The Buffalo Bill is a bison burger with hot sauce, bacon, and blue-jack cheese. The Terlingua featured chili, cheddar cheese, and corn chips (!!), and the Llano Poblano was made with bacon, pepper jack cheese, and seared poblano peppers. Thank goodness each table offers a roll of paper towels, because these were some messy burgers. That is meant as a huge compliment...not a complaint. Sufficiently full, we headed out to enjoy the rest of our afternoon.

Our next stop was the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located near Downtown. This modern museum opened in 2012 and features plenty of paid parking across the street. It was very convenient to park and make our way over to the Perot. From there, we spent the afternoon exploring all of the amazing exhibits at the museum -- it's perfect for kids of all ages...even grown-up kids! The exhibit halls feature life science, natural science, space...and more. We all found exhibits that captured our attention.
In the Being Human Hall, I discovered a technology that help medical personnel easily locate veins -- which reduces the need for multiple needle sticks. We also saw dinosaur skeletons in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall. We also spent a good bit of time in the colorful Gems and Minerals Hall. The Perot was a great way to spend an afternoon -- having fun and learning...and working up an appetite!

Lucky for us, legendary Dallas Tex-Mex restaurant El Fenix shares a parking lot with the Perot -- making it super easy to enjoy a delicious meal or afternoon pick-me-up before or after a visit to the museum. El Fenix margaritas have been named Best in Dallas many times, so we decided to give the original and strawberry versions a try. They definitely deserve their accolades -- they're lightly sweet and just potent enough to be fun without giving you a headache!
Be sure to partner your margaritas with El Fenix's Appetizer Combo, which features a generous helping of their creamy homemade guacamole and their lightly spicy fire-roasted queso. It's the perfect accompaniment to your margaritas. After our afternoon snack, we had just enough time to make the last admission at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza.

The Sixth Floor is located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, and it chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Yes, The Sixth Floor is a somber place to visit, because it details the assassination of JFK where it actually happened. However, it presents a tragic part of the city's -- and the nation's -- history in a thoughtful, reflective way. Visitors learn about the events leading up to President Kennedy and the First Lady's arrival in Dallas, then details about that fateful day and the Warren Commission investigation that followed. It is quite emotional to look down from the building's windows to Dealy Plaza below and see in person a location you've seen on television news coverage so many times. However, we ultimately found The Sixth Floor to be positive and affirming thanks to the final portion in the museum, which details President Kennedy's legacy. It was a quiet ride back to the aloft after visiting this museum.

After resting for a bit at the aloft and getting dressed up, we met in the lobby for a late dinner at Uptown's Ocean Prime. This upscale restaurant features steaks and seafood. We started our meal with cocktails and yummy appetizers especially selected for us by the restaurant's general manager. The sophisticated Black Orchid cocktail contained Belvedere Wild Berry vodka, elderflower liqueur, hand-squeezed lemon juice, and white cranberry juice. The Berries & Bubbles cocktail featured Belvedere Citrus vodka, marinated berries, house made sour, Domaine Chandon Brut Champagne...and dramatic dry ice smoke. As this video shows, this cocktail is not only tasty...but it also features a truly camera-worthy dramatic presentation when it is assembled table side. 

We don't typically love sushi, but the two rolls the manager personally selected for us to try were AMAZING!! They were paired with a perfectly prepared crab cake and fried calamari with a sweetly spicy glaze.
The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake featured huge lumps of sweet crab and was paired with a creamy corn mix. I adore crab cakes...and these were superb! The Lobster Roll featured poached chilled lobster tail, kiwi, pickled serrano pepper, and a spicy mango purée. Our other sushi selection was Dynamite Shrimp Roll, which was a California Roll topped with tempura shrimp, spicy mayo, and sesame seeds. Because these two rolls don't contain raw seafood, even non-sushi lovers will go crazy for them! Our final appetizer was flash-fried Point Judith Calamari with a Sweet Chile Sauce. It was downright addictive. Our meal could've ended here and we would've left Ocean Prime happy...but we still had entrees and desserts left to try!
We sample two seafood entrees and one beef entree to ensure we tried items from all over the varied menu. The two standout menu items were the Sea Scallops with Parmesan Risotto & Asparagus and the broiled rime ribeye grilled topped with Bearnaise sauce and lump crab. Both dishes were amazing! The scallops were perfectly seared -- caramelized exterior and a sweet, moist interior. These entrees were paired with two decadent side dishes: Lobster Mashed Potatoes and Truffle Mac and Cheese. Both were rich and bold flavored...the perfect accompaniment to our entrees.
To round out our amazing dinner at Ocean Prime, we shared two desserts: a dense chocolate cake and their signature Ten Layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and a Pineapple Sauce. If you love carrot cake, THIS is the one you have to try! Thin layers of moist carrot cake form a torte that's topped with tangy-sweet cream cheese icing and a sweetly sour pineapple sauce. It was the perfect ending to a truly special meal. We made our way back to our suites at the aloft and fell into our comfy Kings bed full and happy!

Be sure to come back Tuesday for Part II of our Dallas adventure...featuring brunch at St. Ann, a visit to Hypnotic Donuts, an afternoon visit to the Reunion Tower Observation Deck for 360-degree views of Dallas, and dinner at Del Frisco's Grille before we headed back to San Antonio. You wont' want to miss it!

Disclosure: aloft Dallas Downtown provided two evenings of hosted accommodations to facilitate inclusion in this article. The attractions featured provided complimentary admission, and the restaurants featured hosted our meals. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Announcement: I'm a Food Critic for Chef'd Prepared Meal Kits! #GetChefd

Photo provided by Chef'd
If you're like me, you've tried a few of the many subscription meal kit companies on the market. However, none of the other meal kits I tried were a perfect fit for my lifestyle. Until recently, that is! I was recently invited to be a Chef'd Food Critic. After two months of trying Chef'd out in my home, I'm officially hooked! Chefd is a meal kit company that's truly unique. It doesn't require a weekly or monthly subscription, and it gives users the ability to reorder their favorite meals! My favorite thing about Chef'd is that instead of having a few meal options each week, they have literally hundreds of meals to choose from. You'll find everything from breakfast to dinner...and decadent meals to recipes for people with special dietary needs. As the following video I made shows, ordering from Chef'd and cooking the meals is a snap. Bottom line: Chef'd makes it very easy for me to cook up a delicious meal in minutes during the hectic work week!

For my first shipment, I selected New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. It came with rice, herb-butter roasted corn, and baguette for a delicious complete meal. The ingredients for my meal arrived prepped, labeled, and ready to use. The included illustrated recipe card was easy to understand -- even a novice cook should be able to follow the step-by-step instructions. From start to finish, this meal took about 40 minutes to prepare. The shrimp was bursting with the big flavors we love -- and I especially loved how much time I saved by not having to peel the shrimp or chop all of the other ingredients. 

Another great thing about Chef'd is the great companies and chefs they partner with to provide recipes -- including Weight Watchers, New York Times Cooking, and the James Beard Foundation! Later this week, I'm making a Chicken Souvlaki recipe created for Chef'd by chef Michael Psilakis. I've also tried two yummy on-the-go breakfasts from Chef'd so far: Peanut Butter Toast with Strawberries and Honey and Quaker Overnight Oats. Both were simple to make and were perfect for enjoying at my desk during the work week. 

So...now you've seen exactly how Chef'd works. Would you like to try out Chef'd in your kitchen to see how truly great this meal kit delivery service is? I'm going to provide a little incentive that will save all first-time Chef'd customers a little bit of money! Simply visit the Chef'd website via The Weekend Gourmet's special link. When you do, you'll receive $10 off your first order -- and delivery is absolutely FREE for all orders of $40 or more. So...to recap this special offer: $10 off and free shipping! What are you waiting for?!?!? I hope that my readers will check out Chef'd and see for yourself exactly why I am loving it so much. You can thank me later☺!!

Disclosure: I am a Chef'd Food Critic. In this capacity, Chef'd provides me a credit each month to try out a recipe or two in my kitchen and share the experience with my readers and social media followers. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SkinnyPop Popcorn Wine Pairings...Featuring Lighter Bacon-Ranch Chile Popper Dip #lightenup #gameday #dipit

Football season is finally getting underway! That means here at Casa Garcia, we're gearing up for Texans games and enjoying fun gameday food. All that indulging in tasty treats can wreak havoc on your waistline...but it definitely doesn't have to! Today, I'm featuring Austin-based SkinnyPop Popcorn to as part of a lighter gameday snack that you don't have to feel guilty about enjoying. I'll also be sharing some fun cocktail pairings for their yummy flavored popcorn and mini popcorn cakes! My Lighter Bacon-Ranch Chile Popper Dip has all the flavor of a decadent, full-fat dip...and it's served with SkinnyPop Popcorn's Sharp Cheddar Mini Cakes for dipping instead of chips. The mini popcorn cakes have a great crunch, and they're sturdy enough to stand up to the hearty warm dip! 

To save calories and fat, I used reduced-fat whipped cream cheese, 2% four-cheese blend, and a reduced amount of bacon from other similar recipes I've seen. The whipped cream cheese is fluffy, which I think results in the dip having a better texture. This dip is flavored with packaged ranch seasoning mix and green onions, and it packs mild heat from a small can of diced green chiles. This dip is a snap to make and can even be prepared up to 24 hours before and chilled in the fridge until 30 minutes before kickoff. Simply place the dip mixture in an oven-safe serving bowl and heat for 15-20 minutes. Touchdown!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kiolbassa Dry Cured Hickory Bacon...Featuring Easy Maple-Bacon Breakfast Crescent Rollups

Like many of you, I totally love bacon! There's just something special about its smoky goodness. I recently discovered Kiolbassa's delicious Dry Cured Hickory Bacon...and it's become my go-to bacon for creating delicious savory and sweet recipes. You can really taste the difference that dry curing makes! Kiolbassa's dry-cured bacon is slow-crafted, naturally smoked premium bacon. There's no water added, so Kiolbassa's bacon doesn't shrink like bacon typically does. Before the bacon is cured, it's hand rubbed with a secret spice blend. The end result is bacon perfection! It cooks up perfectly, maintaining its shape perfectly.

I recently used Kiolbassa's Dry Cured Hickory Bacon to create a simply delicious breakfast creation that's perfect for the busy back-to-school season! My Easy Bacon-Maple Crescent Rollups are made with refrigerated crescent rolls, crumbled bacon and yummy maple filling flavored with cinnamon and nutmet. After baking, they're topped with a maple-spice glaze and more crumbled bacon. To save time on busy weekday mornings, I cook the bacon and make the filling and glaze the night before -- and store everything in the fridge. A few minutes of prep the night before means these yummy crescent rollups can be ready to enjoy for breakfast in about 15 minutes during the hectic work week!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Preview: Culinaria's San Antonio Restaurant Week! #sarw #diningout

Summer has settled in...and school is starting in a few days. That means it's time for San Antonio's most highly anticipated culinary event of the season: Culinaria's San Antonio Restaurant Week (SARW)! This fun and tasty event is taking place August 12th thru 26th, and it literally offers something that will satisfy every kind of food lover! Restaurants all over the city are offering diners very special three-course lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. Prices come in two pricing tiers to ensure San Antonio food lovers have a range of budget options to fit their pocketbook:
  • Tier 1 Restaurants: $15 lunch and $35 dinner
  • Tier 2 Restaurants: $10 lunch and $25 dinner
If you've never taken part in San Antonio Restaurant Week, this is the perfect time to jump in with both feet! This delicious two-week culinary event is the perfect way to try a new-to-you restaurant...or dine out at one of San Antonio's best restaurants for a much lower price point. There's truly something from everyone -- from casual family-friendly restaurants to high-end gourmet dining. Be sure to visit the San Antonio Restaurant Week website to check out the mouthwatering menus that are being served. You're sure to find something that tempts your taste buds! Check out some of the mouthwatering dishes we've enjoyed at previous SARW meals:

Photo provided by Asado Seafood Grill 
The Weekend Gourmet will be covering a delicious SARW dinner menu at a yet-to-be-determined Tier 1 restaurant courtesy of our friends at Culinaria...I love a culinary surprise! We'll also be returning to Asado Seafood & Grill, one of our favorite restaurants from previous SARW celebrations. To follow along with our Restaurant Week dining adventures live as they happen, be sure to follow The Weekend Gourmet on Instagram (WEEKENDGOURMET) and Twitter (@TheWeekendGourm). In other exciting SARW news...this time Restaurant Week is expanding to include Boerne Restaurant Week and New Braunfels Restaurant WeekWhile reservations are not required to dine out for all three Restaurant Week events, they are strongly encouraged -- especially if you want to dine at the most popular restaurants. All reservations should be booked directly with the restaurant(s) you wish to dine at. As an added bonus...not only will your meal be a delicious dining experience, but it will be a charitable one too! With every meal that is ordered during San Antonio Restaurant Week, each participating restaurant will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria San Antonio and all of the great programs it supports.

Disclosure: Culinaria provided me a pair of dining vouchers for a Tier 1 restaurant, and Asado Seafood & Grill is hosting us for a Restaurant Week dinner, to facilitate coverage of the event. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrating The Weekend Gourmet's 7th Blogiversary with My Most Popular Recipe...Crispy Chicken Tortilla Rollups! #celebrate #blogiversary

The month of August is going to be a celebratory month here at The Weekend Gourmet. That's because it's my officially the SEVENTH anniversary of starting this blog in August 2010! I have all sorts of fun recipes to share...and a couple of fun giveaways planned...to mark this milestone all month long. I originally started The Weekend Gourmet as a place to share my favorite recipe successes with my family and friends. I never dreamed it would grow and evolve since then to encompass product features, restaurant spotlights, and culinary travel. I have simply embraced every fun opportunity that's come my way. Over the past 7 years, I experienced everything from live local television cooking segments to speaking at a prominent blogger conference...to dining at some of the best restaurants in the country and working with some amazing food brands as a Blog Ambassador. I am truly blessed to have this creative outlet!

Today, I want to kick off my anniversary month by sharing the most popular recipe from The Weekend Gourmet's first 7 years: Crispy Chicken Tortilla Rollups. A creamy chicken filling is rolled in flour tortillas, brushed with garlic-infused oil, and baked until crispy. I originally shared this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo celebration...and people have gone absolutely crazy for it. It's been pinned more than 347,000 time so far, and I've received a ton of positive feedback from readers who've made it in their kitchens. It's a winner of a recipe, so I wanted to share it again here today. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wendy's Great Eight Food and Wine Items for August! #GreatEight #WFThings #TriedItLovedIt

It's time for another edition of Wendy's Great Eight...eight new-to-me food and wine items that I've tried over the past month and loved. I can't wait to share this month's Great Eight...featuring everything from cookies to wine...to a unique nut milk and items that will make weeknight dinner a snap. Let's get started!

(1) Kenny's Krumbs Cookies. I recently discovered Kenny's Krumbs cookies...and now I'm hooked! These delicious, not-too-sweet cookies are based on what Kenny calls "the best part of the crumb cake" -- a New York bakery specialty. These cookies are buttery with a slight cinnamon taste...and they're rolled in a generous amount of powdered sugar. These crunchy cookies are a natural pairing with coffee or hot cocoa. Kenny's Krumbs are can be found at major retailers nationwide via their handy online Store Locator. My Texas-based readers can find Kenny's Crumbs at their local H-E-B location. No store near you? No worries...Kenny sells his delicious cookies via an online store at their website!

(2) B. Nutty Peanut Butter. If you're a peanut butter lover like I am, you're going to literally go nuts for B. Nutty peanut butter! This company uses honey roasted peanuts for the base of their creatively flavored peanut butters. They feature some amazing flavors, including Totally Toffee, Bacon Maple, and S'more Dreams. The base peanut butter flavor is slightly sweet, and the creative flavor add-ins take give each of the 10 flavors their own unique spin. I recently tried their fun Sample Pack, which includes 2-ounce jars of all 10 flavors of B. Nutty! The small size of each jar is perfect for packing for on-the-go eating. I recently took the Perfectly Pretzel flavor on a flight and happily dipped pretzels in it for a perfect in-flight snack. B. Nutty peanut butter is available at select retailers across the country. It can also be ordered directly from the B. Nutty website

(3) Blue Moose of Boulder Basil Pesto. We're huge pesto lovers at my house, but I rarely take time to make it from scratch. Lucky for me, I recently discovered Blue Moose of Boulder's yummy basil pesto! This Colorado-based company has a delicious line of hummus, dips, salsa, and sauces that are preservative free and delicious. They use fresh ingredients and prepare them using a Cold Pressure method. The hummus has an intense basil and olive oil flavor...making it perfect for adding to pasta or other fun uses. We had a pepperoni pizza delivered and drizzled the basil pesto on top for an explosion of flavor! To order Blue Moose of Boulder products, simply visit their handy online store locator. Bonus hint: Blue Moose also makes a fabulous spicy Green Chile Cheddar Spread that is a Costco exclusive -- it's so yummy on crackers!

(4) Kiolbassa Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage. Texans love smoked sausage...and San Antonio-based Kiobassa is especially delicious! All of their flavors are delicious, but we're especially partial to their spicy Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage. It's smoky and has the perfect amount of spice...along with pockets of melted cheddar. We love to slice it, brown it in a pan, and scramble it with eggs. It's a perfect filling for breakfast tacos! The Kiolbassa family has made their smoked sausage, chorizo, and bacon since 1949, using time-honored tradition of hand-crafting them the slow, authentic way. Kiolbassa uses only the best cuts of meats and the freshest spices. Then, they make their smoked meats in small batches over Texas hardwood. Kiolbassa products contain no MSG, fillers, or cereals -- just real meat crafted the old-fashioned Texas way. Kiolbassa products can be found at stores nationwide. Can't locate them near you? You can order a four-flavor Sausage Variety Pack direct from Kiolbassa!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Product Spotlight...Featuring a Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats Giveaway #giveaway #overnightoats

I recently discovered a new product that's really helped me up my weekday breakfast game...Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats! My mornings are hectic, so I love that Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats are prepped the night before and refrigerated. All I have to do in the morning is grab the convenient cup out of the fridge and take it with me to work. I enjoy the oatmeal at my desk when I get hungry later in the morning. It's totally easy to prepare...and healthy too! Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats are a blend of organic oats, chia seeds, almonds, and fruit that you soak overnight. Literally one minute of prep work before bed results in yummy oats that are ready to grab and go in the convenient portable cup the next morning. As this video shows, prepping Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats is a snap!

This blend of organic whole grain rolled oats, chia seeds, and fruit is loaded with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. It's a fabulous way to get your energy and nutrition...and feel full all morning long. If chilled oatmeal sounds a bit strange, I encourage you to give this product a try -- I really enjoy the chilled oats on a warm Summer morning. The oatmeal is perfectly creamy and lightly sweetened -- a great way to start the day!