Wine Wednesday: All About Rosé

Today is all about rosé. That perfect Summer wine. Light, crisp and you just feel sophisticated drinking it. Or at least I do! I was at a tasting a few weeks ago and had this amazing Tavel Rosé. A true French style with a beautiful dark pink almost light red color. This is from the Southern Rhone valley and is one of my new favorite wines. I bought 3 bottles that night!


At $14.99 this is a great wine for entertaining and it may even convince non rosé drinkers to like it!



Applegate You Grill Girl Giveaway

Yeah for Summer! And grill season. We grill pretty much 3-4 times a week when it’s nice out and it’s such a time saver. Last night Scott grilled up hot dogs, chicken sausages, and chicken breasts. We are going to be good for the week. A few salads, grilled meats and veggies makes me a happy girl. I am a huge fan of Applegate meats, especially their hot dogs. So good! All natural, no crap in them and with all the people we have over on a regular basis I would much rather have them eating these hot dogs than any other brand. Pair these with all natural buns, ketchup and mustard that is free of high fructose corn syrup and actually tastes good, and what’s not to love about this cute apron and the hot dog holders.


My typical Summer entertaining menu:

Hot Dogs

Homemade Venison Burgers

Chicken or Turkey Burgers

2-3 salads: usually a mixed green, kale and a pasta salad

Veggies and hummus


Chips and Dip





Keep it simple!


Want to win this awesome prize pack? You get all the great stuff shown below. Just leave a comment with your favorite summer food and I will pick a winner on Friday. 




Fitness Friday: Class Pass, Kettletoning and Flex It Pink

I am off today since we are heading to pick up our new puppy! We are driving to Illinois to pick our vizsla out of the litter. Pretty exciting! Although our house is feeling more and more like a zoo. Even though I am off I was still wide awake at 6am. The animals were awake and ready for their morning routine and I needed to clean, get the car packed up, get Tanner and Clifford stuff ready too. Scott is taking them up to his parents for the weekend, the neighbor is stopping in on Henry and I still need to get a workout in! Busy morning.


I’ve had a lot of conversations this week with various friends (online and in person) about making time for fitness. It is so much a part of who I am and it truly keeps me healthy and happy. I can tell a huge difference when I don’t get my workouts in (so can those around me!).


Workouts this Week:


Sunday: Checking out Alchemy on Class Pass and it was amazing! A mix between crossfit, bootcamp and yoga. I loved it and it was HARD. With a warm up and cool down, a workout consisting of muscle ups (I ended up doing mostly jumping pullups) and snatches I was definitely feeling sore on Monday

Monday: Even though I was sore I came home and did a workout after a long day at work and immediately felt better. The kettletoning routine from Tone It Up felt really good. Lots of stretches and pushing myself to do more of the moves with my 25lb kettlebell. A little Fitness Blender jump rope cardio at the end too.

Tuesday: Yoga Sculpt and a 30 Minute No Excuses Cardio Class via Class Pass. So much fun! It was a combo of pilates, cardio and we even did some weighted hula hoop abs.

Wednesday: My body needed a rest day!

Thursday: I had planned to workout but life just got in the way. And that happens sometimes and I am ok with that.

Friday: As soon as I hit publish I am headed to the gym for some cardio and weights. I’m excited for a good sweat session.

Saturday: Since we will be driving home the plan to have it be a rest day

Sunday: Trying my 2nd Barre class at a studio in St. Paul


I am even rocking my new Flex It Pink tank today for my workout. So soft and I love the messaging on it! This was a sample but I am planning on ordering a few of their other styles. So cute.




The winner of the yoga bag is Kate, I will email you!

Wine Wednesday: Openers

If you asked Scott he still might say I am horrible at opening a bottle of wine, but I swear I am decent at it. That is all because I actually learned how to use the opener properly and learned a little trick about the opener on our recent trip to Sonoma.


My opener of choice is pretty basic but it is by the far the best opener I have found! Invest in a sturdy one (around $10-$15) and cut the foil off and then twist it in until the first curve is flush with the cork. When we were at Ledson the awesome wine staff gave Bridget that tip and it has worked every single time. So handy!






I do have a fancy electric one too, and it does come in handy if I have to open a few bottles quickly!


Oster FPSTBW8207-S Electric Wine Bottle Opener, Silver



Or to avoid having to do this opt for a screw top bottle. :) There is no difference in quality! I swear.



Summer Reading

One of my goals this summer is to get back to reading more! I used to read at least a book a week and I have found myself reading less and less. Some of it is lack of time, some is reading more magazines/news and some is from not finding books I really wanted to read.


My list for the summer:


28 Days to Fit, Fierce and  Fabulous from Tone It Up. I really do like some of their recipes and workout ideas and the layout of a 28 day plan is pretty easy to follow. My one  concern, their focus on a “bikini body”. While they do place emphasis on confidence and being you it’s a bit much on the physical appearance.




Nourish & Glow


I love Jenn and her writing. So inspirational and her ebook is full of really good ideas about how to schedule your meals and there are so many amazing salad recipes in it. She’s a big believer in green and filing your body with lean proteins, tons of fresh fruit and vegetables and the occasional glass of wine. She writes from a place of truth and emotion and I love her storytelling skills. I highly recommend this one.






These next few aren’t books but fitness programs that I love


Lift Weights F aster 2

Lean and Lovely

Omega Body Blue Print

Girls Gone Strong (Modern Women’s Guide to Strength Training)



Reading for Fun


Next on my list is We Are Not Ourselves. With a few recommendations for it I will give it a try!




Finishing the Outlander series. This is a time commitment since each book is usually 800+ pages. I just finished book 6 (A Breath of Snow and Ashes) and can’t wait to read the last two.





Any recommendations to add to the list?


Carrot and Cucumber Salad

Carrot Salad (1 of 2)

Ah summer salads. Cool, crisp and delicious. Especially this carrot and cucumber salad. This will make even the staunchest carrot haters love it. Take my neighbor, she hates raw carrots but had a huge helping of this salad. And loved it. The key is to serve it nice and cold. Really, really cold.


It’s especially delicious with hot dogs, brats and smoked meat. We had friends over last night and served it with all those steaming meats. A little salad, some chips and dip (like my Avocado Dip from last week).


This one happens to vegan and gluten free too. Pretty hand for Summer Entertaining.


Carrot and Cucumber Salad
Prep time
Total time
Serves: Serves 6
  • 1 bag shredded carrots
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
  1. In a large bowl combine carrot and cucumber.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt/pepper. cumin, red pepper. garlic, Dijon mustard.
  3. Pour over carrot and cucumber mixture about an hour before serving.
  4. Top with sunflower seeds and chives.


Carrot Salad (2 of 2) Carrot Salad (1 of 2)

Fitness Friday: Daily Burn, Vida and a Giveaway

Friday! The sun is shining and it’s supposed to be an amazing 80 degrees today. Ah summer in Minnesota, the only reason people live here. Besides being a fantastic week of weather (minus a few thunderstorms) it was also a fantastic week of workouts.


I’ve said it a thousand times and will keep saying it. Working out keeps me sane! I do my best to make time for it.



Sunday: Cardio and Weights: Daily Burn and Tone It Up Kettlebell Routine

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Cardio and Weights: Daily Burn and Tone it Up Mermaid

Wednesday: Cardio and Weights, at the gym and it felt great!

Thursday: Cardio and Weights, at the gym again

Friday: Off

Saturday: Trying a barre class for the first time!


Along with DailyBurn I have been loving Vida. It works in conjunction with DailyBurn and you get personalized feedback. And you can try a month free. Just use code: VIDADAILYBURN It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. Check it out!


And because I am having such a fantastic week I wanted to give even more. I’ll send one person the Manduka Go Steady 2.0 in Green (sorry, that’s the color I got to give away)





Here are the color samples, it’s the second one.





Just leave a comment with your favorite fitness accessory and I’ll pick a winner next Friday.




Summer Sippers

The official start of summer will be here in just a few days and I am ready for the barage of company we will be having soon! Our pool is open, Scott is working hard on our new patio/pool bar/fire pit area and I like to have the fridge stocked with beer, wine and a few Summer Sippers (i.e. fruity, fun drinks)


Parrot Bay Margaritas with Coconut Water


These are in a can (so nice for the pool area) and aren’t too sweet. Sometimes you just want a fun, girly drink and these are it. So delicious! And for ready made they actually tasted pretty darn good.




And when you need more than just a can, check out Sanda Lee Cocktail Time. A lot of people make fun of her but I truly admire the business woman she is and how she has built an incredibly successful company. These happen to taste really good too! andra Lee Cocktail Time™ Margaritas in Key Lime and Strawberry are infused with real key limes and strawberries, pure cane sugar, premium blue agave silver tequila, triple sec liqueur and other natural flavors. This versatile ready-to-serve margarita is gluten-free and virtually guilt-free with fewer than 150 calories per 4 oz serving.





Oliver Winery


Oliver is in Indiana and they are known for their sweeter style wines. While it’s not always my favorite type of wine they are great to make Sangria with! And they even have their own Sangria too. It’s delicious. They even use grapes that are unique to Indiana. I love learning about the hearty grapes that were developed to grow in colder climates.


Sangria ClassicSoft White


Soft RoséSoft Red



The soft red make an awesome martini!


Mix 1 ounce vodka, 8 ounces wine, Juice of half a lime in a shaker with ice.

Shake and serve chilled.



These were all samples but I have already purchased more of the Parrot Bay Margaritas with Coconut Water for out by the pool!


Wine Wednesday Naked Wines

Montaria (2 of 2)

Ahhh wine. One of my favorite things to talk about! Especially when you find a new place to order an introductory case for under $100. 12 more bottles to stock my shelves. With how much we entertain we go through wine like crazy. Both red and white all year long.


Have you heard of Naked Wines? It’s all about supporting smaller vineyards and trying some really unique wines. We got our shipment last week, and they even shipped it to a FedExOffice near our house and I just stopped one my way home to pick it up. So easy! (It’s an invite link above, but you can get $100 off your first case so it comes to up about $60! Check it out)


The first wine I tried was the Montaria is a Vinho Tinto,  a red blend for Portugal with 40% Alicante Bouschet, 30% Trincaderia and 30% Aragonez. It normally retails for $20 (if you are Naked Wines Angel you can get it for $10) and I really enjoyed this. I had one glass on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday and used a bit for a marinade. So good! And it made me think of our trip to Portugal too.


If you’ve never had a Portuguese red before, it’s a big, bold but about the same consistency as Pinot Noir.  I LOVE it and go out of my way to search these types of reds out. And the cute little puppy  paw on the bottle is too hard to resist!


Montaria (2 of 2)

Avocado, Bean and Pea Dip

Avocado Pea Dip (3 of 3)

From May to September if its nice out you can bet we have people over. Either in the pool, sitting by it or enjoying some grilled meat, beer or wine. We always have snacks out before the meal to make sure everyone has a full belly.


One of my go to appetizers is chips (like Food Should Taste Good or Way Better Snacks), veggies and a delicious dip. And this dip is perfect for those. A mix of avocado, white beans, peas, olive oil and spices. It’s addicting! I could eat this dip with so many things.


Avocado, Bean and Pea Dip
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 8
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons Herb Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large ripe peeled avocado
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Combine peas, beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and cumin mixture in the bowl of a food processor or Vitamix, process until smooth. Add avocado; pulse until combined. Top with cilantro.

Avocado Pea Dip (1 of 3)

Avocado Pea Dip (3 of 3)