Staycation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This past week was really special for my family. Daddy Russ took off work, we kept Luke out of Mother’s Day Out and enjoyed a staycation! It was actually our first family vacation with Luke and we really made the week about him. Every day we did a different activity around San Antonio which was exciting for Daddy Russ because with him always working he’s not able to normally do these activities.

There is something special about watching your husband with his son. It’s a swelling pride and beaming joy when you see your child riding on your husband’s shoulders and laughing as they race along.

Here’s a few pictures from our week. Luke’s favorite two activities were definitely the Botanical Gardens Lego exhibit and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch!

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The Botanical Garden’s Lego exhibit was so neat and Luke loved it! We treated it like a treasure hunt and hunted for the Lego sculptures. It featured nearly 500,000 Legos!

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The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is practically 20 minutes from our house and I’d actually never been. We had so much fun feeding the animals! I even got licked by a Kudu!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Lasagna Primavera With Butterfly Kiss Empress Red Blend

Monday, September 29, 2014

If you know me – you know that I love wine. A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for a refreshing summer sangria featuring Butterfly Kiss Pinot Grigio (here). Today I’ve got another yummy recipe for you, Lasagna Primavera featuring Butterfly Kiss Empress Red Blend!

This wine retails for $12.99 and is a smooth blend of merlot, Grenache, syrah, petite sirah and zinfandel. Click here to learn more about Butterfly Kiss wines.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups zucchini, chopped
  • 5 cups, yellow squash, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28oz) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup Butterfly Kiss Empress Red Blend
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and stir in vegetables until tender.
  2. Prepare Sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pot over medium to high heat, add garlic and onion until tender. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and wine slowly. Bring to a boil over medium heat then lower and let simmer for approximately 1 hour. Mash any large chunks of tomato.
  3. Spray baking dish and then layer 2 lasagna noodles, scoop of veggies, scoop of sauce, scoop of ricotta. Repeat layers until out of ingredients.
  4. Cover baking dish with foil and bag for 45min at 375F. At approx. 43 min. top with parmesan and melt.

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation and product for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Bejeweled.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rhinestones and glitter. It’s time to add a little sparkle and shine to your wardrobe. Here are a few wants of mine that you might find a bit blinding!

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1| Jeweled Flats

2| Beaded Sweatshirt

3| Digital Gem iPhone Case

4| Rhinestone Drop Earrings

5| Top Zip Wristlette

6| Glitter Sunglasses

7| Metallic Clutch

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Guest Posting At Langford Market

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guess who is guest posting over at Langford Market’s blog?! ME! Head on over there to check out my San Antonio City Guide of all my favorite places to eat, drink, shop and more! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CITY GUIDE.

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation for my collaboration with Langford Market. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Look Who’s In Babiekins Magazine!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Look who’s featured in Babiekins Magazine!! It’s Lukie and me!! Babiekins Magazine is one up my favorite magazines! I get tons of inspiration from it! I’m sure you can imagine that I was ecstatic to have them feature Luke’s 3rd birthday photo shoot!

CLICK HERE to see the full feature!

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 This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

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