Best Affordable Texas Wines to Try This Summer

Celebrate the summer with some cheap drinks. Time to uncork some new favorites with these best affordable Texas wines!

Best Affordable Texas Wines to Try This Summer

As a Texan by birth, I’m quite loyal to my heritage. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, and Matthew McConaughey. I’ll always choose Whataburger over In-N-Out and Dr Pepper will always be better than Coke–Coke being any soft drink that’s not Dr Pepper. That said, it’s no surprise that when I reach for a bottle of wine, my favorites hail from the Lone Star State. My favorites also happen to be pretty affordable, so if you’re looking for budget-friendly wines to add to your shopping cart, these are perfect and won’t break the bank.

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Best Fast Food Options When Traveling

Summer time is here and we’re all going somewhere. Keep these best fast food options when traveling in mind before you head out on the road.

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In a perfect world, all of our meals would be planned and prepped and we would never resort to fast food. Our meals would be “clean” and “skinny”, or at the very least have a balanced ratio of protein/carbs/fat. But it’s not a perfect world and sometimes it’s unavoidable to eat fast food. It can be especially hard to stay away during the summer when you’re on the road more often. When faced with drive-thrus and quick meals, keep some of these tips in mind.

Best Fast Food Options When Traveling

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Healthy Snack: Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

This Red White & Blueberry Banana Split is the perfect quick and easy snack for Independence Day. 

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Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

July 4th is a week from tomorrow! Aside from Thanksgiving, 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, I always spent the day at my grandparents’ house and we would make the short walk down to the park to watch the parade and see some vendors. Later in the day, we’d return for the carnival, and of course take in some fireworks. The time in between was always spent eating a snack (and probably another snack). Today’s recipe is the perfect snack for a day like the 4th of July, whether you spend it in a park, on the beach, in the mountains, or anywhere else. Bonus: It’s easy. It’s so easy I’m not sure it can really be classified as a recipe. Try it out!

Ingredients:
1 Banana, Sliced
1/4 c. Greek Yogurt
2 Strawberries, Sliced
1/4 c. Blueberries
2 tbsp. Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
1 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:
Place banana slices in a bowl and top with Greek yogurt
Add sliced strawberries and blueberries on top of yogurt
Sprinkle with coconut shavings and dark chocolate chips
Enjoy! 🙂

This snack is also great post workout! The carbs from the fruit combined with the protein from the yogurt make the perfect pair while the chocolate chips and coconut shavings add just a touch of sweetness. If you try this snack out, I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

Red White & Blueberry Banana Split

Question: What is your favorite simple snack?

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ButcherBox Review (+ Special Offers for You!)

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I’m excited to share my ButcherBox review! Find out how you can get high-quality beef, pork, and chicken delivered to your door. It’s just a click away!

ButcherBox Review

I remember when subscription boxes first hit. Each month I looked forward to my delivery of sample sized beauty goodies. I would stalk the tracking number each day until my box arrived and then I’d dig in giddy. As time went on, subscription boxes of all kinds started popping up — beauty, apparel, paper goods, even food! I recently became aware of a subscription service offering the highest quality Grass-fed Beef, Free Range Chicken, and Heritage Breed Pork and I find myself once again stalking the postman and being absolutely giddy when my ButcherBox arrives.

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ButcherBox Review

I live in a semi-urban area of West Texas where cheap and easy is king. There is no Trader Joes or Whole Foods within hours (literally like eight hours) of my home. My grocery options are limited and quality comes with a very high price. For this reason, I was eager to give ButcherBox a try.

ButcherBox Review

First of all, I was shocked at how quick the shipping was! It shipped on a Wednesday and arrived by Friday. It was 100 degrees that day, but I opened the box to find ground beef, New York strip, sirloin, chicken breast, pork tenderloin, and BACON all still frozen! Because no two ButcherBoxes are the same, they include recipe cards to get you comfortable preparing unfamiliar cuts of meat.

My husband and I couldn’t wait to start recipe testing, so we put New York strip on our menu the very next night. No piece of steak is a match for my husband and his grill skills, so in no time we had green chile beef staring back at us with undeniable quality we could taste. We even had leftovers for lunch the next day! It’s been so much fun recipe testing and meal planning together using the high-quality meat options ButcherBox provides us.

ButcherBox Review

For $129, you get 8-11 pounds of curated cuts. Honestly, this number shocked me a little at first — but after comparing the price to receipts from some recent grocery trips, I realized I spend that much (or more) on meat each month at the grocery store anyway.

Ready for your own ButcherBox? Of course you are! Click here to get $10 off your ButcherBox and free bacon. (Who doesn’t love free bacon?!) You can subscribe to receive your box once a month, every other month, or even every three months. You can also cancel at anytime with no penalty.

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Rainbow Coleslaw: Side Dish for Summer

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Make your summer BBQs a breeze with the easy and beautiful rainbow coleslaw side dish!

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Rainbow Coleslaw Side Dish

If you asked my husband, he would tell you that I’m Type A and need to have a plan for everything. It’s true! Every week, prior to making our grocery list, I sit down to make our meal plan for the following week. I plan breakfast, snacks, lunches, and dinners. But wait… I think I forgot something? Oh, that’s right–a side dish to go with dinner! It never fails. My husband will walk in the door from work when I have dinner 98% complete and he’ll ask, “Ok, so we’re having [fill in the blank], that sounds good. What are we having to go with it?” With wide eyes and heart palpitations I’ll reply, “Umm… More [fill in the blank]?”😳 He loves me, despite my shortcomings.😜

Anyway, in an effort to combat this inevitable event I texted my mom one afternoon in a scramble for a side dish and asked, “I’m making BBQ chicken tonight. What should I make to go with it?!” To which she quickly replied, “Coleslaw?” Thanks, Mom. Saving my life since 1988! This was a fantastic idea since I had some Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cabbage in the fridge that needed to be used up. All I needed was a beautiful carrot and the perfect mix of sweet and savory (plus a little spice for the hubs) to throw it all together. Fifteen minutes later and dinner was ready to go–side dish and all!💁🏻

The result was what I call Rainbow Coleslaw and something I will definitely be incorporating into our meal rotation more often. It can easily be doubled (or tripled) to serve a large crowd and with just a few swaps can be whatever you need it to be. Don’t want mayo? Sub in Greek yogurt! Add some nut butter and suddenly it’s Asian inspired. Throw in some chili powder or cumin and use it to garnish tacos! The possibilities are endless–my favorite kind of recipe!

Ingredients:
1 c. Brussels Sprouts (4-5 sprouts), chopped
1 c. Purple Cabbage, chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
1/2 tsp. Sriracha
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. Mayo
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:
Wash/chop Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
(I used my One Second Slicer to make this a breeze!)
Shred carrot
Mix cabbages and carrot in a bowl
Add in other ingredients and stir until well combined

This recipe serves approximately four people.

Rainbow Coleslaw Side Dish

Question: What is your go-to side dish when you’re in a pinch for something quick and yummy?

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