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Endless Summer

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Finlandia, the vodka of choice in my house, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and remember to please drink responsibly. If you follow me on Instagram then you have more than likely seen me post about Silver Dollar at least a dozen times. What can I say I love the place. The staff is incredible, and it feels like home – in the best way possible. And their food? It’s the best kind of comfort food there is. The true star though? Their cocktail menu, and that is actually what inspired today’s cocktail post. See they rotate their cocktail menu seasonally, and while the majority of them change from year to year – the crowd favorites stick around. Today I’m sharing my riff on one of those favorites. The perfect crisp and refreshing cocktail for the remaining days of summer, aptly dubbed Endless Summer. This guy has been on constant repeat at my house lately – especially for those long days spent by the pool. It’s a refreshing lavender vodka cocktail that I simply cannot get enough of. To…

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Garlic Soy Marinated Steak Recipe

Garlic Soy Marinated Steak

Disclosure: This shop is compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KickinItWithKikkoman #CollectiveBias Now that I’m finally all settled into the new apartment I’m ready to get back into the kitchen. I’ve still got a few things left to find full-time homes for, but for the most part the kitchen is fully unpacked. Next up is restocking my pantry and fridge since I did my best to eat through everything before the move.  That’ll have to wait until next week though as I’m about to head to Chicago for the a few days. Meaning that I’ve been making what lives in my kitchen currently work for me. Kikkoman® Soy always, always, always has a place in my fridge, and when I was craving steak this weekend I found myself reaching for it. Why? Because it makes for the perfect marinade for steak. It imparts an incredible taste while helping tenderize the meat. It’s a win, win situation. Especially when the marinade is loaded with spice from red pepper flakes and sweetness from molasses.  Kikkoman® is not just Asian sauces and marinades – it’s more mainstream and versatile, perfect for summer holiday grilling occasions and day-to-day grilling…

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Coconut Protein Bites

Well, we’re officially one month post breakup. Things are starting to feel somewhat normal again. Praise be! This was my first “real” relationship (and looking back that’s a big reason why I stuck around for so long) and subsequently my first breakup. Ended up being a lot more complicated and exhausting that I ever imagined. There is a bright side to this though. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Finding the joy in little things that I had lost over the last year.  It’s crazy how you can wrap yourself up in something so tightly and then lose sight of who YOU are and what YOU love to do. My health declined, I was constantly exhausted, and workouts were a thing of the past. But now that I’ve got time to focus on me and what makes me happy again – getting back into running is at that the top of that list. As always with me time and longer than life to-do lists make that hard. But quick and easy recipes like today’s for Coconut Protein Bites make it easy to fuel up post run or grab a…

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Tan Fresco Tan Verde, Patron Cocktail Recipe

Patron The Summer

Howdy all! Is it just me or is Summer seriously flying by? It feels just like yesterday that I was in Nashville, and here we are halfway through July. I guess it’s true what they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. Anyways, if y’all remember (and follow along on Instagram) I was in Nashville with Patrón to kick off their #PatronTheSummer tour last month. And today I’m sharing a delicious spicy tequila cocktail created by a Nashville legend perfect for celebrating those dog days of Summer. Because there’s no better way to cool off than with an ice-cold cocktail or two. Which is why I’m excited to have partnered with Patrón for today’s post. So without further adieu, let’s dive head first into a new favorite riff on a classic.  The Tan Fresco Tan Verde brings the heat while also managing to be perfectly refreshing. Meaning it’s the perfect drink for just about every occasion. Hence why it’s been on repeat at my house over the last few weeks, especially for those days spent by the pool. Now for the coolest part of this whole story! Over the last year 3 years Patrón has gathered flavor trends from millions…

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Crab Cake Sliders with Franks Red Hot Sauce

Crab Cake Sliders

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RedHotSummer #IPTSOE #CollectiveBias What a doozy of a couple of weeks! A week camping, a stolen camera, a week in Mexico, ending a year long relationship, and finally moving into a new place. All in the span of a little less than 3 weeks. Saying I’m wearing out would be the understatement of the year. BUT good food is always the way to cure anything. Especially with a dash or twelve of hot sauce, and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo is perfect for Summer. Check out their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe below and visit their site for inspiration. Plus, these Crab Cake Sliders are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer months that are ahead. And Frank’s helps take the flavor to the next level and pairs perfectly with the mayo used to make the sliders. It’s safe to say that I Put That $#!+ On Everything! Why? Because Frank’s RedHot is the perfect combination of flavor & heat. And Frank’s RedHot Original is the most versatile sauce that can be used for a wide variety of dish types. WATCH HOW TO MAKE BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS: SaveSave…

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