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24 October 2017

Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Tastemakers - All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I know you've heard me say this one million times, but I am so busy to the point where I'm honestly overwhelmed most days. I have a lot going on in my life that I haven't even filled y'all in on, and not because I don't want to share, rather I just have had zero time to sit down and write the post. We're talking MAJOR life changes, and I promise you I'll do an entire post update sooner rather than later. Pinky promise with cherries and whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles on top. 

The beauty of running Dallas Love List is that we get to eat out often. That's all well and good (
and fun, I won't lie, who doesn't like eating?!?) , but I honestly cannot continue eating out every single night. Our wedding, which has felt like months and months and months from now, is inching closer and closer. I don't want to go on some crazy bride diet, but I'm not doing myself any favors by missing the gym each week and eating three course meals every single night. Fun, yes. Good for my waistline, most certainly not. 

I really want to get back into cooking us meals more often. There for a while I would cook for CB and myself almost every night of the week. We were feeling good, both of us were working out and it was honestly really nice to be in a healthy routine like that. We both want to get back into that. Plus, we always watch Jeopardy and eat dinner together, and the DVR is overflowing with unwatched Jeopardy episodes and that's just sad. I mean, I'm missing countless questions on Shakespeare and geography that I'm completely incapable of answering. 

Y'all, I know nothing about geography, it's real bad. 
But that's neither here nor there. 

When I was single, I'd just throw a frozen meal in the microwave and call it a day. I am NOT a cook, but I can certainly follow a recipe. When I first started dating CB, it was my first time cooking for someone else. I'd spend SO LONG combing through Pinterest recipes trying to find something healthy and easy to make. Some of the ingredient lists were so long that I had convinced myself that cooking was wayyyy more expensive (and tedious) than just eating a frozen tv dinner.

I just found out about this amazing new product called Tyson Tastemakers™ which is a meal kit, located in a ton of different Dallas retailers and grocery stores, like Walmart, Target, HEB, Kroger, Albertson’s Market and Tom Thumb, and includes everything you need to make a delicious and seasonal weeknight meal at home. You don't need to go shopping for ingredients, and you don't have to wait for a subscription box.  For those of y'all not in Texas, additional Tyson Tastemakers™ meal kit varieties can be purchased through select markets via Amazon Fresh, Amazon Prime Now, and for delivery to your home.

Various Tyson Tastemakers™ are only $19.99 and include 3 servings, and an easy to follow recipe card. I grabbed the Herbed Chicken and Farmstand Veggies with Garlic-Herb butter kit.

Almost instantly the garlic herb butter started filling the house with the most delectable aroma and CB and I just kept raving over how good it smelled. This particular kit only required ONE pan, which made cleaning it up easy too. These kits are located in the meat section, so you aren't dealing with frozen veggies, either.

The flavor was inanely good. It was as good as any elaborate meal I'd done from Pinterest, and required zero planning, and zero thinking. Seeing as you don't have to plan anything, and it tastes like a gourmet meal that you worked hours on, it can't be beat.

For all my Texas readers, you can find stores selling Tyson Tastemakers here!

Have you done any meal kits in the past?? I think my favorite part of the whole thing was that the majority of the prep was already done for you. I'd love to know what you think about them for weeknight meals in the comments below! 

23 October 2017

#DrinkOnFleek || Absolut Vodka Paloma

This post is sponsored by Pernod Ricard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

You guys know by now how much I adore making cocktails. Sometimes I wonder if my friends come over to actually see and hang out with me, or to just drink my cocktail creations. If you need more of my cocktail recipes, just click that cocktails link at the top of the screen, there's a full rundown!

When I visited Austin a few months ago, I noticed a major trend on every single menu that I really wasn't seeing in Dallas, and that was a Paloma made with mezcal. Traditionally, Palomas are made with tequila but I thought, if we can make it with tequila, then surely we can make it with vodka.

I'm partnering up today with Absolut Elyx to bring you my current favorite cocktail recipe, the Paloma, with a luxury vodka twist. Absolut Elyx is a single estate, copper crafted vodka, and the entire production of the brand takes place in just a 15 mile radius, so they have control over every step of the production from seed to bottle. Essentially, they are able to guarantee their high quality.

You're also probably wondering (read also: DYING OVER) about the copper pineapple stemware shown in my pics, and guess what YOU CAN BUY THAT RIGHT HERE AT THE ELYX BOUTIQUE! What's really cool, and brings everything full circle is that copper actually plays the lead role in the production of Absolut Elyx. For the perfect raw spirit for Elyx, they achieve maximum contact with copper by using sacrificial copper, which is called copper catalyzation. The raw spirit is further rectified using a vintage copper still from 1921 which is hand operated to make their unique fine spirit. Only a few people are trained to use the copper still, so it is still hand operated. 

Because of the incorporation of copper, you'll notice a rich silky taste and an exceptionally smooth finish. I personally want to note this vodka could honestly be sipped alone, but today I thought I'd feature it in my favorite, a Vodka Paloma!

The Vodka Paloma


2oz Absolut Elyx 
3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
soda water 
coarse salt for rim


Lay coarse salt out on plate and run lime wheel around rim of copper pineapple. Dip the rim into the salt then fill pineapple with ice. Combine Absolut Elyx, grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice in your pineapple and stir. Then fill remainder of glass with soda water and garnish with lime wheel and grapefruit slice.

For more recipes made with Absolut Elyx, or to shop all of their copper stemwear, visit their Elyx Boutique HERE!