Hot Eats and Cool Reads: August 2015

Aug 31, 2015

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?

Aug 28, 2015

Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

This five ingredient zesty Italian tomato and cucumber bowtie pasta salad is super easy and great for lunch, BBQ's, potlucks and picnics! A crowd pleasing family favorite recipe!


Zesty Italian Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad


Salad in a large white bowl

Aug 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!


Aug 22, 2015

Salmon, Sweet Corn and Cucumber Pasta Salad Recipe plus Giveaway!

Thanks to Morey's  for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Full of fresh summer flavors and delicious bites of Morey's Salmon! Salmon, Sweet Corn and Cucumber Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Today's meal event is summery, delicious and features an amazing Garlic Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmon from Morey's!


Aug 8, 2015

Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe plus Giveaway!

Hamilton Beach provided the Wave-Action blender for this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Fruity summertime drink! Perfect for picnics, BBQ's and play dates! So refreshing too!


Fruity summertime drink! Perfect for picnics, BBQ's and play dates! So refreshing too! Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


I don't know about you, but we're on a huge watermelon kick right now. The are so juicy and so delicious, plus you can make so many awesome recipes with them. Today I'm sharing an easy Watermelon Mint Lemonade plus a Hamilton Beach Wave-Action Blender! Also, thanks to Hamilton Beach, you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of these amazing blenders! Such a fun recipe and giveaway!


Aug 3, 2015

Roasted Vegetable Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Great recipe to use any fresh veggies you have on hand! Ready in 30 minutes and so delicious!


Great recipe to use any fresh veggies you have on hand! Ready in 30 minutes and so delicious! Roasted Vegetable Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads




Homemade Stovetop Mac and Cheese was always a favorite of mine growing up! We actually called it "cheese spaghetti" and loved every time Mom made it. Today's recipe is a spin on Mom's recipe and it's great for using any fresh vegetables you have on hand. Especially now with all the delicious garden harvest coming in. 

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