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rika agustini

Holiday Exclusive: Misook Clothing – 25% Off promo code

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Misook clothing. For women’s clothing, it’s very rare for a product to hit that the marks of having an original designer look yet be completely comfortable to wear throughout the day.  Shoes are the product that often fail hardest at this, our favorite looking heals are often the ones that give us the worst blisters after just an hour or two.  This is quite…

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Made in France, Made with Love

Made in France, Made with Love, Caramelized Onion Galette

    Made in France, Made with Love! Every time that I think I have seen the best of French cuisine I find a new recipe, dish, bottle of wine and overall taste sensation that brings me to realize once again how amazing the food and drink are from the lovely country of France.  The deep-rooted pride in French traditions around food go back many centuries, and I cannot think…

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Absolut Elyx Butterfly Punch

absolut elyx butterfly punch drink recipe

This post is sponsored by Pernod Ricard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Absolut Elyx BUTTERFLY PUNCH. A refreshing cocktail recipe, made of Absolut Elyx, Lillet Blanc, Chilled Jasmine Tea, Orange Blossom Honey and Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice to elevate your hospitality and serve the best vodka drinks. Absolut Elyx has no shortage of swagger, even the bottle stands out from the rest with its bold…

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Tech Gadget Gift: Tile Bluetooth Tracker

Tech Gadget Gift Tile It App

    Why not give a top tech gadget gift for Christmas rather than a stocking stuffer gifts that someone will never use?  The amazing little bluetooth tracker from Tile is cool, functional, and has that “wow factor” that get the best reaction when opening a gift.  They’re priced at just $25 each, or $20 when you buy a 4-pack!      I’ve used Tile to keep track of a number of…

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Hosting the Perfect Brunch with NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels

Hosting the Perfect Brunch with NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels

Thank you NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels for sponsoring this post. Brunching at home just got easier and more delicious with the launch of NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels! Hosting brunch on a Sunday or during the holidays is one of my favorite ways to share a special meal with friends and family. Restaurant brunches can be quite pricey, which is one reason I opt to host brunches at home more often.…

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Sour Cream and Chocolate Ganache

chocolate bundt cake with sour cream recipe

Chocolate bundt cake with sour cream recipe from scratch, topped with chocolate ganache.  It’s so moist and flavorful. Guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate craving! This is an easy chocolate bundt cake with sour cream recipe that anyone can make and no one should live without!  Since it’s only made from simple ingredients, there is no need to purchase a cake mix. High quality chocolate powder, flour, butter (like the one from…

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The Stress-Free Holiday Party Plan

  I love the holiday season and spending time with friends and family, but sometimes the enjoyment is mixed in with a little too much stress. Between visiting relatives, having kids out of school and finding the perfect gifts for friends and family  it is easy to lose sight of what is important, or to feel like your long awaited holiday vacation is actually more stressful than a regular work…

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Creamy Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa and Spinach

Creamy Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa and Spinach

If you are looking for creamy pasta soup, try this Creamy Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa and Spinach recipe. A quick hearty soup recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes made of Tortellini pasta, Kielbasa, Spinach, Mirepoix (an Onion, Carrot, and Celery mixture), low sodium broth and heavy cream. To make this delicious creamy tortellini soup recipe, I used one of my favorite ingredients for all of my soups and…

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Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu

Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu served with creamy polenta

  Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu. This Classic Italian slow-cooked meat sauce recipe has an incredible depth of flavor. The lamb shoulder is very moist, juicy and tender because it is cooked slowly in a crockpot on low heat for about 6 hours. I served this with homemade creamy polenta with mascarpone and parmesan cheese. This Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu is made of simple ingredients: lamb shoulder, carrots, celery, yellow onion, garlic,…

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Apple, Walnut and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Apple, Walnut and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Brussels Sprouts salad with bacon, apple, walnut and Pecorino Romano cheese, served with shallot vinaigrette. This thinly sliced Brussels sprouts salad has a refreshing balance of tanginess from the fresh lemon and apple cider vinegar, saltiness from the bacon, and sweetness from the apple and honey. If you are one of the many people who grew up hating Brussels sprouts then you absolutely need to try this Brussels sprouts salad…

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

slow cooker cabbage roll soup

This unstuffed slow cooker cabbage roll soup recipe is perfect to warm you up in the winter (or any season!).  It’s a hearty soup recipe, one pot meal with a good amount of lean protein and veggies. A slow cooker cabbage roll soup recipe that uses only simple spices and ingredients: fire roasted tomato, tomato sauce, broth, yellow onion, carrots, celery, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, all spice ground and a bit…

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Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze

Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze 

    These pan-seared Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze are quick and flavorful.  It’s a meat dish that’s both sweet and sour, and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. It tastes great with just about any vegetables as a side.  The pork meat is so tender and juicy, no marinating process is required.  It’s the perfect meat dish that’s versatile enough for a weeknight supper or a…

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Classic Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe

classic cold brew iced coffee recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I remember the first time I had Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee; I was on a summer business trip to Boston, and of course with the time difference, I worked into the night, not realizing how late it was, or how jet-lagged I’d be the next day.  I woke up…

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Dipping Sauces for Crispy Chicken Strips

dipping sauces for crispy chicken strips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.   As the primary decision-maker for food in my family, I keep a keen eye for products made with the best quality ingredients.  It is important and can be a challenge. There are necessary steps that I always take before purchasing food products for both meat and non-meat products: I…

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Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Prosciutto and White Wine Vinaigrette

arugula salad with gorgonzola chees, prosciutto and white wine vinaigrette

Looking for the best salad recipes? Try this Arugula salad with Gorgonzola cheese, crispy Prosciutto, green apple, fresh pomegranate seeds, and served with homemade white wine vinaigrette. . Arugula offers a ton of healthy benefits, such as cancer protection, and is high in many important vitamins and minerals. It helps reduce skin inflammation and infections, and can help to improve digestion and eye sight. Although it is a cruciferous vegetable (similar nutritionally…

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The Elyx Martini

The Elyx Martini

This post is sponsored by Pernod Ricard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Absolut Elyx has arrived.  If you haven’t heard of it please read on.  If you haven’t seen it yet check out the gorgeous bottle in the below pictures.  Stunning, right?  That’s what first drew me in, as I’m a sucker for shiny metal (gold and copper especially bring me joy around the holidays).…

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Radicchio Salad with Pear Vinaigrette + Rubbermaid FreshWorks Giveaway

Radicchio Salad with Pear Vinaigrette, Glazed Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese

“This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.”  Radicchio Salad, served with Pear Vinaigrette, Glazed Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese.  The ultimate mixture of sweet and savory salad recipe for lunch or side dish. You can probably imagine that there’s a ton of food being prepared in my kitchen with two kids and a food blog to maintain.  As a primary shopper for all of this, meal planning is a very important part…

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Gluten-Free Pizza with Prosciutto and Pesto + Hummus Recipes

gluten free pizza with prosciutto and pesto

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glutino® and Udis®. The opinions and text are all mine. Today, I am going to share 3 delicious homemade recipes that are perfect for those who are living a gluten-free lifestyle: Chickpeas Hummus, Beet Hummus and a Gluten-Free Pizza with Prosciutto and Pesto.     There are so many reasons why people choose a gluten-free diet. While eating a…

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

easy slow cooker vegetable beef soup recipe

Hearty and healthy slow cooker vegetable beef soup. A flavor-filled soup, loaded with fresh carrots, celery, onion, potato, green peas, green beans and a tender beef stew meat. With a simple cooking process but still full of intense flavors, this classic recipe for a slow cooker vegetable beef soup makes the best comfort meal for the whole family. I seared the beef chuck roast for about 5 minutes on each…

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Thai Red Curry Chicken with Fall Vegetables

Thai Red Curry Chicken with Fall Vegetables

This post was sponsored by Crisco® Coconut Oil as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.  Thai Red Curry Chicken, made with flavorful red curry paste and healthy autumn ingredients: butternut squash, and kale, with fresh pomegranate and cashews to add texture in the curry soup. served with fresh pomegranate and cashews. An easy Thai soup recipe that can be…

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Southwestern Crispy Tenders Salad with Chipotle Dressing

southwestern gardein crispy tenders salad with chipotle dressing

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GardeinTM. The opinions and text are all mine. Southwestern Crispy Tenders Salad with Chipotle Dressing. Plant-based protein crispy tenders, served with homemade sweet, spicy and tangy Chipotle salad dressing. The ultimate meatless salad recipe for lunch or as a side dish, perfect for Vegan. This summer break I have been busy spending time with my kids and hosting my…

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Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and Homemade Granola

Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and Homemade Granola Illy Coffee

Baked Pears with Maple Syrup and vanilla extract, served with delicious homemade granola crisp, vanilla ice cream and illy cold brew. An easy baked pears crisp dessert recipe for your next brunch or party. One great taste deserves another.  It’s quite a simple rule to follow right?  After we’ve put time into making a delicious dish it should only be served alongside a high quality drink to match.  The drink…

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