Weeknight Dining With Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Happy Friday my friends, I hope you have lots of fun planned for the weekend ahead.  Today I’m sharing one of my secrets for a happy life- making the ordinary feel special!  Some nights it’s all we can do to heat up some leftovers and plop ourselves at the table for a meal!  But other nights we love to prepare a quick and easy meal like the one shown that feels decadent and special.  Add a great bottle of wine and some gold flatware and just like that, dinner becomes festive!  And really, with Lou at the grill and me doing a little prep in the kitchen this meal is thrown together in no time at all.  Simple food, the best company and a bottle of wine makes for the perfect meal in my book.

So here’s what’s included in this dinner:  a grilled corn and peach salad (recipe after the jump), grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, a baguette, green olives, hummus, olive tapenade, and Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc.  Simple, healthy, delicious.  Do you do things at your house to make weeknights feel special?  It makes a world of difference!  So here’s #AToastTo simple pleasures!  Pop on over here to share your Toast for a chance to win a trip to the summer concert series at Chateau Ste. Michelle!  xx- Sarah

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Grilled Corn and Peach Salad

Grilled Corn and Peach Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 1/2 fresh ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 2 ears grilled corn
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • Juice of two sweet oranges
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Prepare the dressing by combining the shallot, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, orange juice and salt. Taste and adjust if you prefer it to be sweeter or more acidic.
  • To prepare the salad clean and dry watercress, removing roots if applicable.
  • Remove husks from corn and grill, giving them a slight charr.
  • Combine watercress and peach slices in a large serving bowl.
  • When corn has cooled enough to handle, use a knife to cut kernels off and add to the salad.
  • Dress to your preference, sprinkle with finishing salt and add a little fresh cracked pepper if you please!
  • Enjoy!
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THREE MINUTE ARTICHOKE DIP

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So this is the scenario: you have friends coming over for dinner.  You’ve been running around after work trying to get everything ready for dinner, your hair is a mess and you realize that you haven’t thought about what everyone can snack on pre- dinner.  AND THEN- THIS RECIPE SWOOPS IN AND SAVES THE DAY!  A five ingredient, super simple, throw-together breeze of a dip that TASTES LIKE IT CAME FROM THE ARTICHOKE GODS.  Serve it with some of these tasty (gluten free!) flax seed crackers from Blue Diamond Almonds.  And now you have something to serve that will wow AND time to fix your hair.  The only thing missing is your cape!  xx- Sarah

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This post was produced in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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A SPRING PICNIC

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Remember that picnic essentials board I put together a few weeks back?  Well here’s the real life incarnation of it!  There are a few minor changes, but it’s close and just as tasty as I imagined it would be!  After the jump I’ve got details on all that we ate, including a recipe for a lentil salad that is TO DIE FOR.  Happy Spring picnic-ing everyone!


This post is sponsored by San Pellegrino. Practice the Art of Fine Food, every time you can.

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Here are the components of this picnic:  a baguette with roasted garlic hummus, a lentil salad, sweet potato gnocchi with pesto, an arugula salad with preserved lemons, dried fruits, nuts and San Pellegrino sparkling water.  Simple, delicious, wholesome food that tastes even better when eaten outdoors!  We packed it all in these amazing bento boxes and loaded it all into this darling picnic basket.  I opted to bring these enamel plates instead of the compostable plates for an even more planet friendly picnic!

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PICNIC ESSENTIALS

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Happy Monday everyone, hope you had a great weekend!  With Spring upon us all I can think about is the fun that lays ahead these next months.  I’m daydreaming about lazy beach days, picnics in the park, long summer nights.  I’m also really looking forward to saying hello to a whole new bunch of produce!  I love winter vegetables so much but the change will be refreshing, right?  Today I’ve put together my picnic essentials, all the little things that make a picnic feel extra fun.  And in a couple of weeks I’ll show you this picnic brought to life, with recipes for the yummy food that goes with it.  I may even have a go at a vegan cheese recipe!  Hope you love!  xx- Sarah

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birds of a feather get together sneak peek

our birds of a feather get together was so much fun!  here’s a sneak peek of the table…cozy, colorful, girly fun.  i loved every minute of it!  and below are some things from around the interweb i loved this week as well.  have a great weekend my friends!  xx-sarah

a fantastic round up of amazing spaces on one of my favorite blogs

the perfect listen for your lazy sunday morning 

lots of heart swelling cuteness and an opportunity to give back to our four legged friends 

a recipe that’s on my must-make list for these chilly winter days

possibly the best way to start a party.  or your morning.

a girl who shares my dream of living in an all white home, and some pretty examples

my most favorite beauty product- and 10 ways to use it

a beautiful and creative way to dress up your tablescape

the most inspiring year in pictures ever

a sweet little video that makes mothergood look pretty amazing

one of the world’s cutest girls teaches you how to do vintage style curls

birthday fun- washi tape drink stirrers

one of my favorite friends just had a special birthday celebration this past weekend and i got a little crafty to make it festive.  one of my favories were these cute little drink stirrers, they made every drink feel like a party! they were simple to put together and only required a few things- a 1/8″ dowel cut into 7-8″ sticks, washi tape, and gold foil. *heads up- washi tape will work on it’s own for the flags but for the confetti sticks i had to bust out the glue gun to keep them together. 

here’s the birthday girl, margaux, and her sweet dog henry (who it turns out LOVES party hats!).  they’re cute as can be, right?!  happy happy margs!