Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Monday, August 31, 2015

Seven Books to Check Out in September!

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Hello book lovers! It's been awhile since I've posted regular book reviews. Life's kinda taken over at this point, and that leaves me with almost no time for reading! Gasp! I know, such a bad book lover! Hopefully since winter is coming here in MN, I'll finally get back to reading, which I so dearly love!

Gold Peak Brewed Tea at Outback Steakhouse!

This post is sponsored by my friends at Gold Peak Tea.


Sweet vs. Unsweet is the ultimate debate when drinking and talking about tea. Previously, I preferred all things sweet, but recently, I've been going more down the unsweet route! I love adding mint, fresh fruits, like strawberries, peaches and raspberries, or even a simple slice of lemon to my tea. 


One of our favorite brands, Gold Peak Tea, is available at restaurants near you! You can enjoy the crisp and delicious flavor Gold Peak tea offers, at Outback Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, Carrabba's Italian Grill, or TGI Fridays!


The day we visited, Outback had regular unsweetened, mango or pomegranate flavored teas to choose from! We tried the regular unsweetened and mango, and they both were so delicious! Gold Peak Tea is so refreshing and really has "The Taste That Brings You Home". I always remember by sister making freshly brewed iced tea at home growing up, and a sip of Gold Peak Tea always brings me back to those great summertime memories!


When my daughter and I dine out on those special occasions, Outback Steakhouse is always one of her first picks! She loves steak and it's really a meal the both of us can enjoy together. It's pure comfort food and pairs perfectly with Gold Peak Tea. We enjoyed, steak, shrimp, baked potatoes and Outback's amazing macaroni and cheese the day we visited. We had full bellies and were ready for an evening of shopping after that!


As you can see, I was really enjoying my tea that day! I really love having the option of choosing unsweetened tea when dining out, as well as enjoying it at home like usual.


What is your preference when it comes to drinking Gold Peak Brewed Tea? Sweet or Unsweet?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

One of the easiest pasta salads ever! Great for lunches, potlucks and picnics!


One of the easiest pasta salads ever! Great for lunches, potlucks and picnics! Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


With school back in session, we've been trying to come up with some creative school lunch ideas! This Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad happens to be my daughter's favorite, so we sent it in her lunchbox to school last week. It's quick to make, fresh and delicious! She's not much of a meat eater, so the majority of her lunches are packed full of veggies. Her usual is a lettuce salad with hard boiled egg whites, tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette. We got this cute little salad dressing container from the dressing aisle at Walmart. So perfect for lunches. 


My Tyson Project A+™ Program Nominee!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

On Wednesday, I shared some information about the Tyson Project A+™ program along with the recipe for Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats. Today, I'm sharing my nominated school, Stride Academy!


Recap of the Tyson Project A+™ Program. For every label submitted from participating packages, Tyson® will give your school cash, and they can spend it on any supplies needed for the school! In addition to the Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips I used on Wednesday, you can also find the labels on the Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips,  Tyson® Fun Nuggets and Tyson® Any′tizers®! Add them to your Walmart shopping list the next time you stop at your neighborhood store!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick and easy meal idea that's great for weeknights! A fun twist on traditional Chicken Parmesan!


Quick and easy meal idea that's great for weeknights! A fun twist on traditional Chicken Parmesan! Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


We've been back in school for a couple weeks now, and our weeknights are busy as ever with school related activities and homework! Nights like these call for easy meals and I have a perfect easy meal recipe for you today! Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats!