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Santa Fe Inspired Family Dinner

I’m taking a break from my personal story tonight. While I wait for the right words to find me, I thought I’d share a really fun opportunity I had recently.

It all started with a package in the mail. (You have no idea how excited this made me!)

Great Gifts - World Market Gift Cards

Which led to my tribute to World Market on Instagram. You should find me there and check it out , it went a little something like this …

For starters, the furniture -- more importantly, this bench. It "needs" to come home with me. #worldmarket

They gave me a mission: create a Santa Fe inspired wine pairing (food + wine) people would enjoy. Now, normally wine and food — no. problem. I mean, I’ve lived in California, Italy, Germany, Texas – spent lots of time in France, Africa, Croatia — some of the greatest wine regions on Earth! But given the task of pairing wine with a southwestern meal, well. It through me for a loop.

To be honest, I did this whole thing twice; from purchasing, to preparing, to photographing. The first attempt was an utter disaster. An utter disaster that involved an overnight trip to Nana’s for the kids and a romantic dinner at home for us. Boo, not like we get either of those things very often and I really botched it up. Really. Bad.

Let’s just imagine a soup that tasted like drinking jalapeño water and call it a day. No need to share any more than that.

Still, I knew I could make this work. I just needed to rethink my approach. I had little time left to work with and no chance of a babysitter, so we adapted our Southwestern date night into a weeknight Santa Fe inspired family meal … sangria for us, sparkling punch for them!

It turned out fabulous! Sometimes, simpler really is better. Take a look. I based our whole evening off of my World Market finds, I really like how I was able to combine my love of color and pattern while still achieving a southwestern vibe.

Note: Only one of these candle holders cost more than $5 (I think it was $8) and all of the candles are flameless LEDs so we’ll be enjoying them for a long time to come. (Love!)

Note: My husband fell in love with these tortilla chips. He loves freshly made, still warm and nice & salty chips. These were pretty darn closed to the real thing.

For dinner, we served a simple Southwestern Chopped Salad

and I paired our meal with this super simple, 3-ingredient red sangria.

To keep this from being the world’s longest blog post, I will come back and share these easy weeknight recipes with you tomorrow. In the meantime, I think you should check out this incredible giveaway World Market is hosting right now.

UPDATE: Get the recipes for Southwestern Chopped Salad & 3-Ingredient Sangria here


World Market Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes


**Grand Prize package includes:

  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card

** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own!

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