Life With a Side of Coffee 3rd Anniversary Giveaway

Happy Blog Anniversary to me!! It was actually back on August 16th but you’re allowed to be late to your own party. To celebrate three years of blogging, I rounded up some amazing bloggers to put together a giant giveaway. I’m so thankful to all of them for pitching in and making this great. We’ve got Starbucks, ad space and a consultation up for grabs so make sure you enter! The giveaway ends August 31st.
The lovely bloggers participating are:
Shana from Organized Chaos
Felecia from Hello Felecia
Raewyn from Be a Warrior Queen

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Hosting A Dinner Party? Why Not Take It Outside!

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Hosting A Dinner Party?

Now the summer months are upon us; it makes sense to get the most use out of our gardens as possible. While some people like to relax outside during the daytime with the kids, there’s no reason you couldn’t hold a dinner party in the evenings too. This article will serve as a basic guide to doing just that. By using some of the tips and advice we’re about to list, you could easily impress your friends and associates with the perfect alfresco evening of food and fine dining. Just make sure you don’t forget to plan your menu!

Creating a flat surface for your table

This is probably the most-important step you need to take when planning an outdoor dinner party, and so you should concentrate on getting it sorted first. If you only a lawn outside, it would be sensible to purchase some paving from a reputable retailer like EasyPave. Of course, you should always shop around to ensure you get the best prices. Some retailers might be running deals that would allow you to make substantial savings. That’s money that could be spent on more interesting items.

Ensure you have rain cover

While weather predictions are usually pretty accurate at this time of year, you might still get caught out from time to time. Instead of moving the party indoors if the heavens open, you could purchase a marquee or gazebo to ensure your guests stay dry. There’s no need to spend lots of money on that. All you have to do is make sure the contraption is large enough to shelter everyone from the storm.

Think about seating

Your guests will probably spend at least a few hours in your garden, and so it’s important you provide adequate seating. Also, it’s worth considering comfort when purchasing the ideal chairs. You don’t want people to go numb from sitting down for long periods, and so you should opt for something that include cushions or padding of some kind. Alternatively, you should buy these separately and fit them yourself. Either way, visitors to your home are unlikely to be comfortable sitting on purely wooden chairs.

Provide entertainment

No garden dinner party would be complete without suitable entertainment. While you might be good at socialising, your conversation alone is unlikely to be enough to keep everyone interested. Many people find that live music suits these occasions well, although standard party games are also a favourite. Musical chairs and pass the parcel aren’t only for kids you know! Try including some miniature spirit bottles, and suddenly everyone will seem a lot more enthusiastic.

Planning the perfect dinner party inside your home is never easy, and it’s even harder to do it outside. However, people will be far more impressed if you attempt to give them something a little out of the ordinary. If you pull this off, they’ll most-likely talk about the event for weeks to come. It could end up being the best social occasion they’ve attended this year.

Good luck with everything. We are certain your evening will be a roaring success.

Delicious Italian Sausage with Peppers Pasta recipe

Italian Sausage with Peppers Pasta

I love, love, LOVE pasta.  Of any kind…honestly…I feel like I might have been Italian in my previous life.  I really do think I could live on pasta alone.  LOL  And who doesn’t love sausage and peppers?  When you combine the two, your mind is blown…and this Italian Sausage with Peppers Pasta recipe really will blow your mind!  ENJOY!

Italian Sausage with Peppers Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage links
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 c red wine
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Cook pasta and reserve starchy cooking water.
  • In the meantime, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat; brown sausages on all sides until almost cooked through.
  • Remove sausage and cut into 1/4 inch slices.
  • In the same pan drizzle another tbsp of olive oil and saute the peppers and onions until slightly softened.
  • Return sausage back to the pan and deglaze with red wine.
  • Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, sugar and salt; stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer; simmer for ten minutes.
  • Add pasta to the skillet, toss with sauce; if needed add starchy pasta water to loosen the sauce up.
  • Season with pepper and serve while topping with parmesan cheese.

source: http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/2014/02/skillet-italian-sausage-peppers-penne.html

Travelling to Asia? Things not to Miss!

Travelling to Asia is extremely popular with those who have unquenchable wanderlust. The activities there are so varied, with a dash of history, a good splash of art and architecture, and many interesting cultures. Here are some things not to miss – ideas from people who have been there and done that!

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See The View from The Pamir Highway

This highway is a high altitude road located in Tajikistan. It’s an enlightening journey to take, with caves, ancient monuments, and other interesting and amazing things to look at. The view is spectacular, with bright blue lakes, quiet little villages, and…yaks. To make your trip even better, you can save money with an Air Asia promo.

Do The Gokyo Valley Trek

Many people do the Everest base camp trek, but why don’t you do something a little less popular? It’s a great way to spend a day, doing the Gokyo Valley Trek. Again, another amazing chance to see wondrous views.

Luang Phabang

Here you’ll find hundreds of wooden temples, noble monks, and some amazing places to eat and drink. If you’re holidaying here with a partner you’ll love the guesthouses and restaurants. They are very romantic!

Enjoy the Victoria Harbour Cruise

This is definitely one of the ‘classic’ things you should do in Asia. First, I suggest taking a walk along the avenue of stars and watching the Hong Kong skyline light show. You can then get on a wooden, red sailed ship and enjoy the views from the water. Enjoy delicious cocktails as you do so!

Hoi An

This little town is full of markets, little houses, and pretty rivers. Pho is the famous local dish, so make sure you go out of your way to try a bowl. Simply sit by the river and watch the world go by.

Visit the Taj Mahal

Although it might seem cliche, you can’t go to Asia without visiting the Taj Mahal. Great photo opportunities can be found here.

Take In Ha Long Bay

It can get quite touristy here, but it’s a fantastic place to visit for anybody. The limestone scenery is something else, but when paired with the sunsets and little floating villages, you have something truly magical.

Visit the Buddhist Cave Temples of Dambulla

Climb 15 minutes up to these temples and you won’t regret it. Along the way, you’ll be able to buy a bunch of fresh, white lotuses. Great if you’re interested in Buddhism.

Bathe in the Ganges

Many people bathe in the Ganges to purify themselves. It’s something interesting you can tell your friends when you get back home!

Shop in the Gem Palace in Jaipur

If you love bespoke jewelry, you’ll love the designs here. If you can’t find a creation you love, they’ll make you anything you can think of, usually in 24 hours.

 

Asia is full of exciting experiences and opportunities for you to take advantage of. Add these to your must do list and you’ll have a fabulous time!

Thanks for reading.

Link Up #47

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Now is your chance to link up your FAVORITE blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

If you are at all interested in co-hosting upcoming Link Ups, please contact me!

Now, let’s get to the Link Up!!

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