This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Kroger and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Gluten Free Hazelnut Berry French Toast sounds a little too good to be true right?! It’s actually simple to make and makes for a fun twist on the classic brunch treat.
I recently attended a gorgeous Kroger Brunch in Phoenix (see photos from the event below) and was totally inspired to create & photograph some new recipes. This recipe is actually from LetsEatBreakfast.com which has a lot of great, simple breakfast ideas. I adjusted the recipe slightly to make enough for my family. You can pick up everything for this recipe (and the others on the site) at your local Kroger. I shop at Fry’s regularly so I always have most of these items on hand already! Check out MyBeverageShop.com as well for some fun drink recipes to add to your brunch!
This gluten free hazelnut berry french toast is bursting with flavor and is so simple to create. Adjust any seasonings or fruit to your liking!
¾-1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. of vanilla extract
Simply Balanced Creamy Hazelnut Spread
12 pieces of Udi’s Millet-Chia Bread
Spread hazelnut spread on two slices of bread and cover one slice with sliced strawberries and raspberries. Place the other slice on top.
Mix egg, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a bowl (add almondmilk to your desired consistency)
Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture, holding it together tightly and make sure it covers both sides.
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.
Place French toast in the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping half way through.
Top with syrup and eat while warm.
I like to use cooking spray depending on the pan as well so use what’s best for you with the tools that you have!
I love the millet-chia bread with this recipe because it adds a bit more “earthiness” to the dish and I love how easy it is to find gluten free items at Fry’s! Since we moved I’m actually back to shopping at the store I remember frequenting most growing up.
I mentioned that I attended a brunch here in Phoenix with Kroger and I just had to share some photos. It was such a gorgeous spread and fun afternoon!
I love living in the Phoenix area because there is always so much to do and definitely no end to great food! If you’re looking for something to do on the West side – have you been to Westgate lately?! If you’re not familiar, Westgate is a great place to shop, dine, and experience entertainment all in the west valley. They have a really fun promotion for brunch right now and invited Jared & I out to experience brunch at Bar Louie and since I’m ALWAYS up for brunch, we went last weekend!
There are many great restaurants at Westgate so you definitely have your choice of brunch spots. Like I said, we visited Bar Louie and had a great relaxing brunch. We thought the food was really good but the “Hangover Helper” was definitely our favorite!
Tater tots covered with onion, peppers, eggs, green onion, chorizo & queso – what’s not to love?! It is SO good.
Up for trying many different restaurants? Here are some other brunch options at Westgate including their specials:
Dave & Buster’s: 100 oz. beer tubes (domestic beers only) for $20.99 on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-3pm.
Saddle Ranch Chop House: $3.79 Bloody Mary’s & mimosas with purchase of a meal on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 3pm.
Salt Tacos y Tequila: $30 Bloody Mary & mimosa towers, half off champagne bottles & $5 frozen margaritas on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am – 3pm.
Bar Louie: $15 almost bottomless mimosas on Sundays from 10am – 1pm. Limit 5 per guest.
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant: Sunday brunch sake sangria, $5.95 per glass or $22.95 for a carafe for your crew. Available on Sundays from 11am – 2pm.
Good Bad Ugly Brewing Co: Sip, savor & say “ahhhh” to the ultimate day drinking experience with Good Bad Ugly Brewing Co. craft beer & a wide selection of delicious lunch dishes offered all day & weekend long.
Yard House: Now offering the new Yard House Bloody Mary with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, filthy Bloody Mary mix, spicy candied bacon, seasoned egg skewer & a snit of house honey blonde. Available all day starting at 11am.
McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon: $20 mimosa towers or $5 mimosa bar & a fully stacked brunch menu featuring $10 breakfast pizzas on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am – 3pm.
Opa Life Greek Cafe: Buy one sangria & get the second for a penny on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 3pm.
Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill: $3 Corona & Dos Equis bottles, $7 Absolute Peppar Bloody Mary’s and $12 Bottoms up Mimosas* on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-3pm. *First mimosa is $12 plus a penny for refills.
The fun part about brunch at Westgate? You can snag a free, super cute (snap worthy) brunch tee or hat when you spend $25 or more at any of the participating restaurants! Learn more here.
I received a Vacuvita storage system to faciliate this review/post. All opinions are my own.
I am always up for learning better ways to plan meals and reduce food waste in our house. I am one of those people who can go to the grocery store, come home, and decide we have nothing to eat. Vacuvita wanted us to check out their gorgeous new food storage system so they sent us a Vacuvita® One Touch Storage System to try out AND if you scroll down to the end of the post have offered to give you a chance to win one as well!
Vacuvita is a really cool concept for food storage. It’s a one touch storage system with a “home base” that sits on your counter and provides easy access to foods while keeping them inside an air-tight container. The best way to see how this works is to watch the little video on Amazon.
You can use the home base with containers (that you can sync with an app to tell you about the contents and even alert you when it’s nearing the end of its shelf life) and resealable vacuum bags. You just attach the hose and seal. Since the average household wastes 1300 pounds of food per year (up to $1500 in waste) this system really helps you cut down on that.
We’ve used the home base for fruits and veggies, bread or, right now, cookies!
Tips for using a Vacuvita:
When storing bread products in your Home Base, leave it wrapped in paper or plastic.
Do not store both dry and moist foods in Home Base simultaneously.
Wash, clean and dry fresh fruits and vegetables before vacuum sealing in bags.
Never store bananas or soft cheese in vacuum. For a list of foods not recommended, as well as guidelines for how to store all recommended foods visit the Vacuvita FAQ page: https://www.vacuvita.com/faq/
They come in some beautiful colors as well as black and white!
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For my wine loving friends, there is nothing better than bringing over a bottle of wine for any occasion. It’s the perfect hostess gift, or gift for any occasion really! This DIY wine bag is THE cutest way to deliver a couple bottles of wine OR a bottle of wine and some flowers. By making a traditional tote a 2 pocket tote, you have the perfect set-up for a great gift idea.
Rosé has always screamed “SPRING” to me. The new Prophecy Rosé AKA “The Goddess of Fortune” is a gorgeous, complex wine that showcases the best of the South of France. Prophecy Rosé is delicate and bright with layered flavors of red fruit, melon and citrus leading to a crisp refreshing finish which pairs perfectly with spring adventures and friendships.
I picked up 2 bottles (and some flowers) on my last visit to the store because I knew I wanted to bring one along with me to a dinner we were invited to.
HOW TO MAKE A PERSONALIZED WINE & FLOWERS GIFT BAG
Bringing a gift of wine is always a great idea, but adding a little more personalization with a cute re-usable bag is even better. This bag is great for gifting 2 bottles because they won’t clank together, or for gifting along with a bouquet of flowers so the wine doesn’t squish the flowers and you have everything in one place. I mean, how gorgeous is the combo of this cute bag, Prophecy Rosé, & some tulips?!
To make your own double wine bag, start with a standard craft canvas tote.
Measure and mark the center of the tote at the top and the bottom of the bag.
Cut a length of iron-on adhesive strip to go from the top of the bag below the hem to just before the folds of the bottom (you don’t want to keep the bag from opening up at the bottom so your adhesive strip shouldn’t go all the way down).
Adhere the bag using the directions on your adhesive.
Cut out my free “THIS WAY TO THE ROSÉ” file out of iron-on vinyl using your cutting machine. If you don’t own a cutting machine you can try printable iron-on or make a stencil out of freezer paper using the same file. If you own a Cricut, here’s the project on their design space to make it even easier.
“Weed” the vinyl and place on the bag towards the bottom.
Iron-on the vinyl according to the directions for the type of fabric you are adhering to.
Mother’s Day is May 13th this year and if you live in or will be in the Phoenix area ( like Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Peoria, Glendale… you get the idea) I’ve got you covered with all kinds of ideas for Mom. Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse & Desert Botanical Garden for sponsoring this collection of ideas!
WHAT TO DO IN THE PHOENIX AREA FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Go to the movies – a family movie is a Mother’s Day tradition for us. It’s something we all love to do! This Mother’s Day Alamo Drafthouse has you COVERED their Mother’s Day Gift Guide is a one-stop shop with a curated selection of ideas for every taste and budget, which includes their multi-course Mother’s Day Brunch Screenings, collectible poster and vinyl soundtracks from MONDO (these are awesome), Alamo Drafthouse Gift Cards (they’re offering 15% off every order of $75+ and if you’re a last minute shopper you can have it emailed) and more! I am in LOVE with their Mother’s Day Brunch Screenings check them out. Check out the location near you (not just in the Phoenix area – they’re also in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and more). Be sure to watch my Instagram for a special Alamo Drafthouse giveaway VERY soon! I love that they have a full menu along with great drinks. Plus, they are the only eat in theater I’ve found with such extensive (and awesome) gluten free options, Jared loves their local beer selection, & the boys love the shakes.
Visit the Desert Botanical Garden – this is the perfect time to take Mom to the Desert Botanical gardens because Mom’s get in FREE on Mother’s Day & you can catch the Jun Kaneko Sculptures & Spring Butterfly Exhibit that are both closing on the 13th and Flowers & Form that closes on the 20th. Check out some pictures from my last visit below! It’s absolutely gorgeous this time of year & something everyone can enjoy.
Get active – if Mom wants to do something active, do the dishes, clean the floors, do the laundry for her then get her out of the house. Some ideas of things to do TopGolf (or a full round of golf if that’s her thing), Go Hiking, take mom to Lake Pleasant to go down the world’s tallest floating waterslide, or paddle boarding in Tempe.
This post is intended for an audience of adults age 21 and older. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BacardiAndCoke #CollectiveBias
Creating a signature drink bar in your home is such a fun (and admittedly easy) way to add a little extra to a party or get together. When you want to enjoy your guests instead of constantly serving them, creating a signature drink bar like this Rum & Coke setup is the perfect way for them to have some fun making their own drinks. The best part is that they can customize each drink to their own preferences.
A Bacardi Rum and Coke bar is the perfect choice for any fun party you’re hosting. Imagine music, laughter and a fun delicious drink customized to your favorite flavors! I love the combo of Bacardi Superior and Coca-Cola® Mini Cans to create a classic Rum and Coke OR add some flavor enhancers to make your own fun drink. Bacardi is the world’s favorite and most awarded rum. A light tasting, and aromatic rum with fruity notes of apricot, lime, and coconut, it’s an extremely mixable spirit making it perfect to have on hand for any number of rum cocktails.
TIPS FOR CREATING A SIGNATURE DRINK BAR
A signature drink bar can be simple or more elaborate, but the key is to make it easy for your guests to access anything they’ll need to create their drink. Here are some tips for creating your own:
Add layers to your set-up with shelves, boxes or trays to make it easy for guests to access everything.
Glassware – set out any glassware you’ll need so that you don’t have to go searching your cupboards for more later. For this Rum and Coke bar you’ll want highball glasses.
Mix-ins – whatever type of bar you’re creating make sure to have placed out any mix-ins that you’ll need. Do all the prep ahead of time to make it easy. For this bar I have coconut syrup, grenadine and chocolate syrup. Place the bottles of syrup nearby so that when more is needed no one needs to ask where they are. I like to keep a basket under the table or on a shelf close by with all the “extras”.
Garnishes – don’t forget to add garnishes and picks!
Alcohol – display the alcohol you chose so that everyone knows what type you’re using. Since they’ll all LOVE the drinks they’ll want to be able to easily recreate it at home.
Ice – this is one thing you’ll probably want to monitor. Be sure to have plenty of ice. If needed, you can leave an ice chest filled with ice nearby.
Once your bar is set up and your guests arrive, they can start creating their own drinks. Here are the Rum and Coke recipes you can make with this fun bar.
CHOCOLATE RUM & COKE
This is my favorite twist on the classic Rum and Coke. Have you ever had chocolate Coke from a soda fountain? SO good and this is totally reminiscent of that, but even better. This is the only recipe here that you’ll want to make sure to stir well to really get that chocolate mixed in.
1 part Bacardi Superior
2 parts Classic Coca-Cola
1-2oz chocolate syrup
Add Bacardi rum, Coca-Cola, and chocolate syrup to a highball glass. Stir well, add ice and garnish with cherries.
After posting my last set of DIY travel tees, I got some comments about having or wanting a Cricut® Maker machine or the Cricut® EasyPress but you don’t know how to use it or don’t know where to start. I’m going to walk you through how EASY it is to use the products with our partners at Cricut starting with the basics and a Cricut EasyPress. The AWESOME news about this easy project? You don’t need a cutting machine of any kind!
Ok, so how do you make a GORGEOUS personalized shirt like that one? It’s easy I promise. You don’t have to be a graphic artist or even a technology pro. Cricut wanted to make it even easier for us to make custom gifts like tees, tanks, hats, bags, onesies, blankets, towels, etc. that they JUST introduced a line of Iron-On Designs – pre-made already designed for you, ready to press, FUN designs! Check out the 50+ designs available in sizes large and small here (plus more to come soon).
HOW TO USE A CRICUT EASYPRESS
Ok let’s get into it. Here’s how you use a Cricut EasyPress with the new Cricut® Iron-On Designs
T-shirt, tank top, apron, bag, towel – whatever you want to personalize (Tip – check out the EasyPress settings from Cricut to see what type of items are and aren’t recommended for use with the new Iron-On Designs)
Adjust the temperature and time settings according to the EasyPress Settings from Cricut (Note: these are different than the settings if you’re using a regular iron). So for this cotton tank the setting is 340F at 30 seconds. We’ll talk about the other notes on the settings in a minute. To adjust press “Temperature” then the + or – buttons then “Temperature” again. Repeat for the Timer.
Place your EasyPress mat on your work surface (you should be able to read the Cricut logo if it’s placed with the correct side up).
On the EasyPress Settings it recommends a pre-heat of 5 seconds. This just means place your (hot and ready) EasyPress onto your shirt for 5 seconds to heat it up a bit and “prep” it for your Iron-On. You don’t need to adjust the time or anything for this, just count to 5.
Take your Iron-On Design out of the packaging and place it face up onto your pre-heated shirt.
Place your EasyPress on top and apply light pressure. Press the “Cricut” button on the EasyPress to start counting down your time for you. (Tip: if your design is larger than your EasyPress just do 1/2 at a time and repeat for the other 1/2).
Once the timer “beeps” lift up the EasyPress and resist the urge to peel off the Iron-On – it will be HOT!
Refer back to the EasyPress settings to see if there are any “post-heat back” recommendations. For cotton it has a post-heat back (leave liner on) for 15 second recommendation. So we’ll turn this shirt over (without..
Pine Canyon, a luxury golf course community in Flagstaff, Arizona recently opening up their Club Cabin to community members and guests seeking to become Pine Canyon members. They invited us out to stay for a weekend to check out the community and this excellent member amenity completely won us over.
We love visiting Flagstaff as often as we can. Pine trees, cooler weather, fishing for the boys, hiking, and usually lots of relaxing for me – what’s not to love? We’ve often talked about buying a summer home in Flagstaff and this last visit definitely brought the discussion up again!
As I mentioned, Pine Canyon is a luxury golf course community in a perfect location just off of the I-17 (exit on Lake Mary Rd if you’re familiar). The property is absolutely gorgeous even when it’s not prime golf season. They have so many great amenities that make it an excellent community for the residents. We experienced brunch at the Pine Canyon Clubhouse and it was excellent along with amazing views!
CLUB CABINS AT PINE CANYON
The Club Cabins are luxury retreats created for members and their guests. Think residents who need additional space to accommodate visiting friends, a family reunion, a corporate retreat or for members awaiting completion of their homes. Unfortunately the cabins aren’t for rent but you can stay in them if you are seriously considering buying in the community through a Discovery Visit (packages start at $1,050). I love that they do this since it’s a great way to fully experience the community.
We had a fantastic visit and wouldn’t have changed a thing about the way they created the Club Cabins! They are perfectly appointed, making it a relaxing and gorgeous weekend.
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19 Crimes wine has become one of those brands that we grab often. I haven’t tried a variety I didn’t like, they appeal to most of our friends and their wine labels talk to you. Seriously! Have you tried the Living Wine Labels App with 19 Crimes Wine? It’s so cool and, bonus, easy entertainment for parties or poker night.
If you aren’t familiar – 19 Crimes is based off an authentic historical event featuring real convicts. Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction, British Rogues, guilty of at least one of the 19 crimes, were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1788, rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives. This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built. My favorite is Jane on the Hard Chard bottle – she was transporting bacon. I mean, that could definitely have been me
When you download the Living Wine Labels App (on the Google Play Store and Apple Store) you can open it up, face the camera at the 19 Crimes label and the convict comes to life on your screen and starts talking to you! Learn more about the app and how to download it HERE. I even made a video in case you haven’t seen how this works yet.
19 Crimes Living Wine Label - SO COOL! - YouTube
SO cool right? This makes picking up a few bottles for poker night even more fun! They have a variety of options but I grabbed a red and a white last time to suit everyone’s taste. You can pick them up at Kroger, Ralph’s, and Fred Meyer.
I love a good tee, add a travel phrase and you have the perfect, comfy travel uniform ready to go! Even better, add in a little bit of the new Cricut Patterned Iron On & you have a super unique, cute travel tee that everyone will ask you where it’s from. Our partners at Cricut sent over the Nature Walk Basics Patterned Iron-On Sampler (because I’m all about the black and white) and I am HOOKED! It goes on beautifully and adds that bit of interest that plain phrase tees sometimes lack!
How cool are these patterns?! The packs come with 3 -12” x 17” sheets each in a different design. They’re perfect to mix and match or use on their own! You can see the other patterns here.
I made up 3 different travel themed shirts and link to the Cricut Design Space project so you can easily make your own if you want! These were super simple to put together but here are the basic steps and tips.