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Red Wine Spritzer

This post has been sponsored by Schweppes®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.So, I have a confession to make. It’s taken me much, much longer than it should have for me to jump on the wine wagon. But now that I’m on board – I’m all in. From Sangrias to a straight up delicious glass of Cabernet Sauvignon I don’t tend to be too picky. And with the cooler weather moving in to stay my current favorite is a riff on a summer staple, a wine spritzer. It’s only fitting though that I swapped out white wine for red wine and added season appropriate flavors like blackberries and cranberries. Schweppe’s® Black Cherry Sparkling Water  is the perfect thing to top of the spritzer with, and the taste just adds to the flavor profile. It’s a win, win. Best part about this recipe? Easily one of the quickest cocktails I’ve shared on the site, and more often than not most ingredients will already be in your house. Except for possibly the fresh fruit and/or the Schweppes Sparkling Water. BUT lucky for you and I, Schweppes Sparkling Water is now available at your local Walmart. Meaning it’s easier than ever to…

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P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Kung Pao Shrimp Tacos

Kung Pao Shrimp Tacos

This post has been sponsored by Sponsored by P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Writing this post while sitting on my balcony in the Dominican Republic on a much-needed vacation and loving every minute of it. The last few months have been insane for me, and this week off in the sun and sand is just what the doctored ordered. Oddly enough this is my first “vacation” since I started blogging full-time, and while I’m still working (obviously) it’s still nice to be doing so by the beach. Sure, I travel a lot for work, but those trips aren’t exactly a chance for me to work poolside while getting a tan. So this week I’m fully taking advantage of the option to work poolside, after my morning dip in the ocean. It’s not a bad way to live, that’s for sure. I 100% understand why folks move down this way. Everyone is friendly, the water is crystal clear, and the sun is almost always out. Consider me sold. But before I headed south of the border I had a chance to recreate a recipe that I recently got to enjoy back home at a local pop-up…

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Dr Pepper BBQ Pork Sliders

Dr Pepper BBQ Sliders

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Dollar General, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I don’t know about y’all, but the weather lately has NOT been my cup of tea. When this time of year rolls around I’m ready for cooler temps, flannel shirts, and warm, hearty foods. Not to mention the ability to spend time outdoors without breaking a sweat. For activities like farmers markets, street festivals, and of course, tailgating. While I’m not the biggest sports fan out there the vast majority of my friends are, meaning I’m typically along for the ride. Because when food is involved you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be close behind – especially when foods like sliders are on the menu. Feel me? Good. Then you’re in luck.  My momma raised me right, meaning that I don’t show up to any function without something in hand. Something my friends both love and hate me for. See I’m one of the few friends in my group that actually knows their way around the kitchen. Oddly enough, I’m also one of the few guys in the group. Guess that’s what happens when you spend the majority…

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vodka cocktails, finlandia vodka, lavender simple syrup, lavender cocktails, the kentucky gent

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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