What does Tastefully Crafted mean to you? Try your chance at winning a trip to Denver and show off what you got!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Mountain Gringo all-natural chips and salsa. All opinions are 100% mine.

This weekend I enjoyed spending some time leafing through a children’s cookbook with JP for something to make together. Before long, he came across a smoothie recipe, and that’s when he firmly decided that he wanted to make a “milkshake. I obliged and broke out the blender, ice cream and milk.

I remember milkshakes as a fun part of my childhood – especially when my mother would make me a vanilla shake and put food coloring in it! 

I know one thing for sure… This little boy approves!

This is my idea of what Tastefully Crafted should mean – giving my son the same joyful, childhood experience I once had with simple ingredients. I love how something as easy as a milkshake can light up his face!


Do you have something to share that is #TastefullyCrafted? If so, Green Mountain Gringo is hosting the Green Mountain Gringo Tastefully Crafted Contest giveaway for tickets to the Great American Beer Festival in December! The event is completely sold out, and would make an excellent gift for the man in your life should you win :)

All you need to do is upload a pic of your Tastefully Crafted creation to either the Green Mountain Gringo Facebook Wall or the Green Mountain Gringo InstagramInstagram using the #TastefullyCrafted hashtag.


So what exactly is Green Mountain Gringo, you ask? Green Mountain Gringo is an all-natural, craft salsa made in Winston-Salem, NC. It is a delicious, gluten-free salsa made of only all natural ingredients, meaning no additives or non-natural preservatives.


The contest is open for photo entry between 9/4 – 9/16 and the voting period begins 9/17 – 9/22. Winners will be announce on 9/23!

There’s more than one prize to be had as well..

1 grand prize winner will receive 2 tickets to the Denver Great American Beer Festival and lodging ($1250 value)

5 second place winners will receive 2 tickets each to the Denver Great American Beer Festival ($430 value)

4 third place winners will receive a Tastefully Crafted Party Pack ($100 value)

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Simple, easy and wholesome dinner options with Butterball Turkey Burgers

This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

As most moms, I'm all for trying something new and easy to feed my crew and grilling out is one of our favorite things to do. It's particularly MY favorite way of making dinner simply because 1) I don't mess up my kitchen 2) its easy and 3) it's a crowd pleaser – so it's win-win all around. 

Because of new dietary restrictions in our household, I've had to come up with some creative new ways to make tasty, wholesome meals that fall right in line with the doctor's orders. You see, my husband has been diagnosed with cyclic vomitng syndrome otherwise known as CVS and over the course of the summer it's been a rough ride for all of us – especially him.  As it turns out, there's only a handful of foods that he can eat as to not aggravate his condition and wind up sick. White meats such as turkey, chicken and fish are at the top of the list as protein sources. 

Aside from being served on the Thanksgiving dinner table, turkey has never been huge in our house until I grilled it over charcoal briquets! I thought it would add an extra layer of flavor to have the yummy mesquite taste infused into each bite – and I was right! It totally transformed the taste and put the turkey burger on a whole new level.

So easy to prepare – these burgers come pre-formed and frozen, so all you have to do is put them on the grill and cook! 

After about 8-10 minutes grilling each side (or until each side was nicely browned and looked cooked) I took them off the grill and let them sit for a few minutes while I sliced up some fresh veggies to dress it up. I'm telling you – the secret is charcoal!! 

I served mine up with a side of roasted potatoes that I made in my new oil-less fryer – it's the best 100$ I ever spent!

Be sure to learn some more turkey recipes by looking through the Butterball recipes available on their website. Also, there's some Butterball coupons to take advantage of as well!




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Making at-home date night special with Breyers Gelato Indulgences

This post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences . All opinions are 100% mine.

Many moons ago when I visited Italy with my high school, I had the pleasure of discovering what gelato really was. At first, I thought it was just the Italian word for ice cream but I soon learned that gelato was something of its own. One of the most vivid recollections of the whole trip was when I was in Florence, walking through the open air marketplace with my group when we saw what looked like a small ice cream parlour with a sign that read "Gelateria". We stopped in to give it a try and to make a long story short, it was the creamiest, most decadent frozen treat I had ever had in my life. 

Back then in the 90's (omg I feel old!) ice cream was just plain ice cream over here in North America. It was hard and often served up in a giant waffle cone adorned with multicolored sprinkles. Gelato was different – a cross between soft serve and creamy decadence served in a cup. It didn't take long for the Gelato trend to catch on – which is why I was so over the moon when I discovered the Breyers Gelato Indulgences at the store!

With 4 yummy flavors to choose from – Vanilla Caramel, Tiramisu, Triple Chcolate and Raspberry Cheesecake I wasn't sure which one to pick. Believe me, I had a real difficult time keeping the family away from them before I could photograph it and share it!

So I thought I would make a special occasion out of it, and make a yummy dinner to finish off with a big bowl of Breyers Gelato Indulgences! I went with one of my favorite dishes – pasta with vodka sauce!

Ohh yeah.. Totally deelish!!

Once dinner was served and eaten, it was time for dessert.. My hubby and I decided to indulge in the triple chocolate and shared a small bowl with 2 spoons. 

Be sure to learn more about Breyers Gelato by watching their short video!

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