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Herbed Tomato Galette

4th of July is one of my FAVORITE holidays! I have so many wonderful memories surrounding this yearly celebration that includes time spent with friends and family, cooking up delicious food over a hot barbecue, sticky summer weather, etching wild designs in the air with shimmery sparklers as the sun sets, and a glorious firework show to end the night.   As I get older, the excitement surrounding 4th of

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8 Rosé Wines to Drink This Summer

This Saturday is National Rosé Day – a holiday that is quite possibly one of my top favorites when it comes to fun, quirky holidays. By the way, when did we acquire so many random holidays and what in the world is Tin Can Day (Jan 19th?) I’m all about any excuse to celebrate, but some of these seem a bit overkill, haha. Nonetheless, a holiday that celebrates wine, is

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Gear up for Grilling Season

Thank you Cameron Hughes for sponsoring this post. Wine and dine your way into summer and raise a toast to everyone’s favorite season! We love summer for the obvious reason – warm sunny days, sun tans, pool parties and mimosas, everything green and blooming… the list is long! However, more than all of those things, I anxiously await summer to get out on the back deck, wine glass in hand,

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Blueberry + Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, so these Blueberry + Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches are feeling a little behind, especially with how fall-like the weather has been here in Minneapolis. However, I’m not complaining as I LOVE Fall! Then again, maybe this is me inwardly denying the fact that I’m not ready for what comes after fall… the bad word which will remain unmentioned. Therefore I just may be doing whatever I can to

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Oven Roasted Ribs with a Peachy-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

I’m not sure if I can fully accept that summer is coming to a close in no time at all! How did this happen? I have so many things I want to accomplish before the skies open up and blanket us in crisp snowy white ice particles. EEK! Regardless, one thing I know for sure is that we have a four day weekend starting this Friday. LABOR DAY! Therefore, we

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How to Have an Impromptu Summer Picnic in Style

Where has the summer gone? It’s already mid-July and I feel like I’ve barely taken advantage of these blissful summer days. Don’t you just hate that? You look forward to these magical days all winter long – the list of things you want to see and do is seriously a mile long. Yet actually accomplishing all of them never seems to happen. To make up for this, I usually tell myself

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Al Fresco Wine and Cheese Dinner Party

For me, summer is at it’s best when I’m outside in our backyard surrounded by friends and family, feasting on a simple, yet incredible meal. The wine is refreshing and flowing, the music is setting the perfect mood, a bonfire is crackling in the distance for late night smores, and the sun slowly melting away as we laugh into the night. It’s magical!  The beauty about Al Fresco dining is that

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Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil

This summer tomato salad has everything you want in a warm weather, ready for entertaining, easy to prepare summer dish. Vine ripe tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, basil picked right out of the garden only moments before, fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella and paper thin slices of red onion tossed together in a bright and refreshing dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. It’s simple and uncomplicated, but the flavors

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Currently Loving // Coming in Hot

Currently loving this weather’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. Let me restate that – loving last week’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. This week we’ve experienced clouds, rain, and SNOW! Yep, snow in April! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the beautiful photos of the short-lived snowstorm we had on Monday. By midday, they were pretty much non-existant and the sun actually showed its

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Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta + Jalapeno Salad

It’s nearly impossible to go through summer without indulging in some sweet, juicy watermelon. As a kid it was the ultimate snack. I remember having those classic seed-spitting contests with my friends to see who could launch one of those tiny suckers furthest across the lawn. The things we did for entertainment, am I right? Now as an adult this game steers slightly closer to unsanitary and gross, but I would

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