July 8, 2016

On Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas

later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere. - Warsan Shire
I inadvertently took a blog break earlier this week because of travel... then I intentionally stayed quiet. It didn't feel right to share recipes and products I love in the wake of what has happened over the span of these last few days. I know this is nothing new, but the fact that we know this kind of violence breaks my heart. With each passing year, it feels like this violence escalates and more people lose their lives to...

July 2, 2016

40 Delicious July 4th Recipes

July 4th is just a few days away! Prepare for the red, white and blue holiday by browsing and gathering inspiration from these 40 delicious July 4th recipes that would be perfect to serve to friends and family this July. From cocktails to appetizers, side dishes to entrees and then desserts, these 40 recipes from The Speckled Palate and her food blogger friends are sure to be well-loved at any cookout or get-together this summer.
July 4th is just a few days away! Prepare for the red, white and blue holiday by browsing and gathering inspiration from these 40 delicious July 4th recipes that would be perfect to serve to friends and family this July. From cocktails to appetizers, side dishes to entrees and then desserts, these 40 recipes from The Speckled Palate and her food blogger friends are sure to be well-loved at any cookout or get-together this summer.

June 30, 2016

Behind the Blog: Organization, Planning and Balance

Learn a little more about Erin Parker, the blogger behind The Speckled Palate, as well as more about her blog in this year-long Behind The Blog Series!
Learn a little more about The Speckled Palate in this year-long Behind The Blog Series! For the month of June, we are discussing organization, planning and balancing blogging and life. I am talking about how I stay organized, my struggles in finding a good work/life balance, and what tips and tools I use to plan long-term for The Speckled Palate and its content calendar. Want to know more? Come check it out!

June 28, 2016

Blackberry Mint Spa Water with Mountain Valley Spring Water

Cool down this summer with homemade Blackberry Mint Spa Water, made with Mountain Valley Spring Water. This spa water is so simple to make any day this season. Bottles of Mountain Valley Spring Water are poured into a pitcher, then mint sprigs and sliced fresh blackberries are added. Stir, then refrigerate for at least an hour. This spa water is refreshing and the perfect way to stay hydrated on a warm summer's day! #ad #NaturalAmericanGoodness
Cool down this summer with homemade Blackberry Mint Spa Water, made with Mountain Valley Spring Water. This spa water is so simple to make any day this season. Bottles of Mountain Valley Spring Water are poured into a pitcher, then mint sprigs and sliced fresh blackberries are added. Stir, then refrigerate for at least an hour. This spa water is refreshing and the perfect way to stay hydrated on a warm summer's day! #ad #NaturalAmericanGoodness

June 24, 2016

Pimm’s Pops

Pimm's Cups are refreshing summertime cocktails that go down easy on hot days. Why not take a classic Pimm's Cup... and transform it into a popsicle? Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, lemon juice and agave nectar are blended together to create the base of these popsicles. The mixture is then poured into popsicle molds! Add a slice of cucumber once the pops begin firming up, and voila! You've got the perfect boozy popsicles for summer AND #popsicleweek!
Pimm's Cups are refreshing summertime cocktails that go down easy on hot days. Why not take a classic Pimm's Cup... and transform it into a popsicle? Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, lemon juice and agave nectar are blended together to create the base of these popsicles. The mixture is then poured into popsicle molds! Add a slice of cucumber once the pops begin firming up, and voila! You've got the perfect boozy popsicles for summer AND #popsicleweek!

June 22, 2016

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Fire up the grill this summer and make Grilled Chicken Shawarma for the family! This Middle Eastern dish - which can be made with chicken, lamb, beef and more - is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit. This rendition, which is just as flavorful, spicy and delicious, can be made on the grill at home! The meat is marinated, then grilled. Served with fresh pita, Tzatziki sauce, salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma is the perfect entree for any cookout!
Fire up the grill this summer and make Grilled Chicken Shawarma for the family! This Middle Eastern dish - which can be made with chicken, lamb, beef and more - is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit. This rendition, which is just as flavorful, spicy and delicious, can be made on the grill at home! The meat is marinated, then grilled. Served with fresh pita, Tzatziki sauce, salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma is the perfect entree for any cookout!