4.20.2017

Healthy Wrap Recipe On The Go

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Now that the weather is finally looking up, I will be spending all of my extra time outside. But just because I love living life on-the-go, doesn't mean I always love eating out. I think it's important to prepare food ahead of time to save money and to stay healthy. Because of this, I am constantly thinking of recipes I can create that are perfect for taking with me on adventures, but also recipes that I can make in under thirty minutes.

Today's recipe is all about the wrap! Using the new Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas, which I found at Walmart, I created wraps for my friend Ariel and I to enjoy on our bike ride. It was the perfect lunch to eat halfway through our ride to reenergize and fuel us for the ride home. I loved that I was able to create such a delicious meal for us using Real Flavor Real Fast!

Pork Carnitas Wrap Ingredients
Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas
Ezekiel Wraps
1/2 Orange Pepper
1 White Onion
1 Sweet Potato
Hummus
Greek Yogurt
Cilantro
Coconut Oil

Directions
First, chop up all of your vegetables as well as the Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas. In a frying pan, melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Once the pan is covered in coconut oil, add your chopped Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas. Once the pork has begun to brown, add in the chopped sweet potato (you need to add this vegetable first because it takes longer to cook). When the pork is almost fully cooked, add in the onion and pepper. Sauté the ingredients together until they're cooked through.
To create your wrap, you'll first need to cover half of your Ezekiel wrap in hummus and half in greek yogurt, then, add your pork and vegetable mixture down the center of the wrap. Fold the ends into the center and wrap it up tight! If you plan to eat it later, wrap it inside some tin foil and stick it in the fridge.

My favorite part about this recipe is that I have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow, as well! Now I just need to decide what sort of adventure I want to take...

What would you create using the new Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas from Walmart? Be sure to use THIS COUPON above to receive $1 off your Smithfield® purchase!

4.18.2017

Simply Extraordinary // Activity Idea For You and Your Family


I recently got back from a trip to Virginia where I was staying with my sister and her family. These guys are my favorite and I love every chance I get to spend time with them. While most days are spent following them around as they go about their daily lives, I love and admire the effort they put into quality family time - and not just because I'm visiting! But on my last day, which was a stressful day for their whole family due to busy schedules and tired kids, I decided to whip up a little break-time for us all.

I first ran to grab some Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream at Giant-Landover, their local grocery store. Then, I grabbed a blanket, some bowls and spoons, and set up an outdoor picnic for the whole family to enjoy. This was such a great moment for us all to stop, slow down, and enjoy the simple things. None of us even got "photo ready" because it wasn't about that. I loved seeing them all come together over some indulgent Häagen-Dazs ice cream while we all laughed and just allowed ourselves to be fully present in this simple moment.

The best part about Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream is that it has no artificial flavors or colors, is made with Kosher-dairy, and many of their flavors only contain five ingredients! Their ice cream has a real quality that you can taste. I bought the Häagen-Dazs Trio Triple Chocolate, Häagen-Dazs Caramel Cone, and Häagen-Dazs Strawberry flavors and my family had a hard time deciding which one was the favorite. They were all so good!

If you're looking for a quick way to bring your family together, be sure to try this Häagen-Dazs ice cream picnic idea! It was so fun, took only a few minutes to setup, and allowed us all to fully enjoy a simple moment with simple ingredients.

Be sure to check out the Giant-Landover page for a coupon to receive $1 off your purchase of any three Häagen-Dazs 14 oz containers or 3 ct. bars!

4.17.2017

The Perfect Backpack + A Discount


For over a year I have been on the hunt for the perfect backpack. I had a bunch of requirements for this bag. It had to have a side pocket for my camera - making it easily accessible. It had to have a separate laptop sleeve, so my laptop would be protected from whatever is in my bag. It had to have a side pocket for a water bottle. And last but not least... I wanted something that looked beautiful and was leather. So when I stumbled upon Atlas Supply Co.'s beautiful bags on instagram, I knew I had found the one!

This bag is buttery soft and checked every box on my list, making it my perfect backpack! I took it with me on my trip to Virginia, last week, and it was so comfortable, easy, and held all of my essentials so I could check my suitcase and have the important stuff with me at all times.

If you love this bag as much as I do, be sure to use my discount code - GENTRI - to receive 20% off a bag of your own! Take it from someone who has looked long and hard for the perfect bag - this is it and you will love it.

bag - c/o atlas supply co (use code GENTRI for 20% off)
shirt - madewell
pants - madewell
shoes - c/o sven clogs
sunglasses - bought at busch gardens because I forgot to pack mine... kinda love them!

By the way, isn't this mural wall stunning? It is located at the Art Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Such a fun, different, and cool place to hang out, take the kids, or just snap some pics!

4.13.2017

Travel Party // Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cup Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DairyFreeGoodness #CollectiveBias

As you may have guessed, I love to travel (obviously). But sometimes, I just can't get away. Whether it be work, lack of funds, or other obligations, I sometimes find myself itching to see the world without the ability to do so. Because of this, I decided to come up with a travel party plan that I can use whenever I'm feeling "grounded". It's a great excuse to invite some friends over, chat about your favorite destinations or future travel plans, and of course, enjoy some delicious "in-flight snacks"!

This travel themed party was all centered around my First Class snack of homemade ice cream in dark chocolate cups. This snack, and all of my travel party snacks were made using simple snack solutions that are based off things you'd find while traveling. Using Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative, I created my own "ice cream" recipe to serve to my First Class party passengers. Check out that recipe below!

The Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative comes in a variety of flavors, including the Strawberry and Vanilla flavors I used in my recipe. With live and active cultures, six grams of plant protein, and no artificial colors, flavors, or funny business, the Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing flavor or quality!

To create this party, I first listed a bunch of things that reminded me of traveling. From the postcards I've collected around the world to the clouds in the sky. Then, I took all of those ideas and implemented them as best I could.

I used a bag of stuffing to create my clouds (simply tied fishing line around the poofs and pinned them to the ceiling), displayed my postcards by hanging them on strings, used my letter board to create the departure list, as well as some minimal clocks to display different time zones like you'd find in a train station or airport.

For my photo booth station I made it a "passport photo booth" where my guests could take their photos with a polaroid camera and place them into these little passports I bought at a craft store. My invitations were made to look like airline tickets, and my "First Class Lounge" was decorated to look high class. And of course, I couldn't let my guests go home empty handed, so their party favors were tiny suitcases, found in the "baggage claim".

Ingredients
Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in Strawberry and Vanilla (two of each)
1 cup Strawberries
3 Bananas (frozen)
1/4 cup Pecans or nut of choice (chopped)
1-2 Strawberries (sliced for topping)
Dark Baking Chocolate (make sure it's dairy-free)

Directions
To make the dairy-free ice cream cups, you'll first need to make your cups! In a sauce pan, warm up your chocolate so that it melts. Using a mould, pour the chocolate in and then freeze.
In a blender, mix a frozen banana, two Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in Strawberry, and up to 1 cup of fresh strawberries. Blend them together until smooth. Place your mixture into a covered container and freeze. Rinse the blender and then mix together two Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in Vanilla with 2 frozen bananas. Also place this mixture into a covered container and freeze. You may need to leave the mixtures in the freezer over night.
Once the chocolate moulds have solidified, and the mixtures have become "scoop-able", place one scoop of your mixture (which is now a homemade dairy-free ice cream) into one chocolate cup. Top it with strawberry slices for the strawberry banana flavor or chopped pecans for the banana nut flavor!

Supplies
Scissors
Map
Thread (in color of your choosing)
Large Embroidering Needle
Pencil
Paper

Directions
To make your embroidered map, you'll first need to check out the internet for inspiration. Decide what you want it to say, then practice writing it a few times on a piece of paper so you get the look right. Next, write that on your map.
Now, you'll need to thread your needle then pull the end through so it meets with other end, and knot the two ends together. This is where the hard part begins. I had a really hard time finding where the needle would come through and also seeing my writing on the map (so many lines already!). But don't get discouraged, I kind of love the messy, scribbled look that is my result. And remember, yours will probably be way better than mine!
Once your needle is ready to go, find your starting point and poke the needle through from the back of the map, threading it all the way until the knot stops it from continuing. Take the needle back through the map, about half an inch from your starting point.
Now that you have your first stitch in place, you're going to reverse the stitch by bringing the needle up another half an inch away from your previous hole, then taking it back down through that same previous hole. Continue in this fashion (with the backwards stitch - AKA the "backstitch"), following your letters, until you've reached the end of your writing. If you run out of thread, simply knot it on the back of the map, then begin again with a new strand, in the same place you left off. Once you finish stitching, knot the thread on the back of the map, and that's it!

Next time you're feeling that urge to get away, try throwing a travel themed party! It is such a fun way to satisfy that craving without spending all of that money. And remember to create your Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cups with the Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative from Walmart!
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