Tablescapes

The Our Place Always Pan

We’ve been cooking at home more than ever and one thing that has made a WORLD of a difference in our kitchen, has been the Our Place Always pan.  This pan is legit the best piece of cookware I’ve ever owned (trust me, I’ve tried my fair share!)  Thomas uses it every single morning to make eggs and I use it all the time to make steamed zucchini (my fave veggie.) The Our Place Always Pan So why is this pan so amazing?  It’s lightweight, the perfect shape for cooking anything, non-stick and completely nontoxic.  In case you didn’t already know, many non-stick pans are toxic!  The Our Place Always pan coating is free of toxins such as; Teflon, PTFEs and PFAs.  It is SO easy to cook with (things like an omelette turn out perfect), and even easier to clean.  As someone who hates doing dishes, that is a major plus. The quality is really impressive as well.  We’ve used it everyday since March, often multiple times a day, and it still looks brand new.  I love that it comes with a steaming tray which makes cooking veggies seamless, and a sleek wooden spoon that you can rest on the handle.  When you open it out of the box, it’s extremely aesthetically pleasing and compact. The Perfect Gift With the holidays coming up, it also makes a great gift.  I’m personally going to be sending one to my sister, dad, and Thomas’ sister who loves to cook.  The Always pan comes in 5 really beautiful colors that would look good in any kitchen. A Special Discount Use code KAT10 for $10 off any Always pan and be sure to see how I love using my pan on Stories.  I’ll be sharing tips on how I keep it looking brand new as well! Our Place Always pan pictured here in colors Steam and Char
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A Lowkey Summer BBQ

A Lowkey Summer BBQ It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end!  Thomas and I wanted to take full advantage of these last days of summer so we decided to throw a little BBQ for his parents one night.  We didn’t feel like trekking all the way to the grocery store, so we ordered groceries from the new Walmart Express delivery service which delivers groceries in under 2 hours!  Yes, 2 hours!  I legit placed an order at 4:25PM and everything came promptly (and even faster than promised) at 5:30PM – so quick and so easy. About the Walmart Express Delivery Service The new Walmart Express delivery service allows you to order everything from groceries, to household essentials, tech accessories, over the counter pharmacy items, toys and more (as long as you order under 64 items!)  Talk about convenient!  Deliveries will come from your local Walmart store between the hours of 10AM-6PM.  I still don’t have a car here in Connecticut, so this service has literally been a lifesaver for me when I’ve needed anything.  Walmart Express delivery is subject to availability at select stores. Standard delivery fee and/or Express delivery fee may apply.  Minimum order applies. What I also love about the Walmart Express delivery service is that it’s contactless.  A driver can leave the groceries right at your door – just specify when you check out.  It’s a beyond seamless process that simplifies grocery shopping. For our BBQ we ordered a mix of simple snacks and drinks; La Croix lemon (my fave!), cranberry juice, popcorn, chips + salsa, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores, and cheese + crackers.  The s’mores were a huge hit let me tell you ;)  I made a delicious dip that one of my girlfriend’s always makes at her BBQs with just salsa and cream cheese.  Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious!  You just slightly heat up the cream cheese and then add in equal parts of salsa.  What’s one of your favorite summer snacks?!
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An Outdoor Summer Table

An Outdoor Summer TableSince we’re all spending so much time at home, I wanted to share a simple summer tablescape and menu that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner!  Mealtime can certainly become monotonous if you don’t switch things up, and I’m a huge fan of putting out a pretty tablecloth, using a colorful napkin, and opening up a crisp bottle of rosé to keep things fun and fresh. My Favorite RoséMy absolute favorite rosé is from Chateau Minuty.  It’s no surprise that it’s the top selling rosé in all of France, Europe and the Caribbean.  Minuty is a family owned vineyard in the heart of Saint Tropez, that focuses on sustainability and organic farming efforts.  They’re the only winery in Cotes de Provence that still harvests 100% of their grapes by hand! Minuty Prestige RoséMinuty has four different rosés at varying price points.  I’ve tried them all and can attest that every single one is delicious; crisp, light, and smooth.  Their most popular bottle in France, Minuty Prestige, is finally available here and you’d never guess it’s only $30.  It’s the perfect wine to pair with a yummy summer salad, fish, grilled vegetables, or cheese.  It has the slightest citrus undertone and finishes with a refreshing minerality taste.  It is dangerously easy to drink haha! A Very Special RoséAnother Minuty wine I love is the 281 2019 which is $90.  It’s extremely light and would make for a wonderful gift or special occasion wine!  Thomas and I love to drink this with a yummy pasta dish at dinner, or even just by the pool when we want to pretend we are in St. Tropez! Summer Entertaining IdeasTo go along with the rosé, I made a simple butter lettuce salad with big chunks of fresh feta, green Castelvetrano olives, and a light homemade vinaigrette.  This vinaigrette is one of my go-to’s and is simply; olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt + pepper.  I like to buy a block of feta and cut it up myself because it tastes 10x better.  I also made a cheeseboard with simple French crackers, a baguette, and 3 different kinds of cheeses; brie, jarlsberg, and gouda.  I dressed it up with vibrant figs and grapes. I love making a simple meal, special with a few thoughtful touches!
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NYC Rooftop Dinner

NYC Rooftop DinnerThomas and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on our rooftop last week! It was the most beautiful night and we enjoyed a delicious meal from one of our favorite restaurants; Carbone. The spicy rigatoni dish is to die for! An Elegant TablescapeI wanted to make our table look elegant and effortless. I put out a white linen tablecloth, navy blue linen napkins, silver napkin rings, and rattan placemats. My glassware is from Hudson Grace, and my silverware is actually from Bed, Bath and Beyond a few years ago! I put simple white hydrangeas in a clear glass pitcher for a relaxed, summery look. Tapered white candlesticks completed the table. Blue Floral Top + Skirt SetThis blue floral top + skirt set has been hanging in my closet for months waiting to be worn! It’s from one of my favorite brands; Misa Los Angeles. They make the most stunning colorful, printed pieces. I modified this top and scrunched the middle together to make it into a crop top. Then I used a safety pin to hold the fabric together – such an easy little DIY crop top hack! I have 2 of these Misa skirts and they’re even prettier in person. What I love about them is that they have a comfortable elastic waist, flow beautifully when you move, and are super flattering. They’re also made of a wrinkle resistant material so you legit never have to steam or iron them. AccessoriesFor shoes, I wore my favorite Aquazzura lace up sandals. Their heels are 100% worth the splurge because they last forever, never go out of style, and don’t kill your feet when you walk in them! I put on these fun V. Chapman gold cross earrings for a Dolce & Gabbana, Italian inspired look and kept the rest of my jewelry simple. These earrings have quickly become my go-to for date night!
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