You're invited! Pinning Party with #AvosFromPeru

I will be co-hosting a prize packed Pinning Party with Avocados From Peru and host Coryanne Ettiene with a theme focused on entertaining at home. Join us for #AvosFromPeru.  This party will focus on all the delights of avocado inspired recipes that include simple home entertaining, stunning party scenes, great backyard decor tips, and fun DIY projects to add that personal touch to your next gathering. There will be plenty of images to inspire you to squeeze out the last few sunsets left in the summer and celebrate them with your friends and family.

My favorite summer avocado recipe is the stuffed avocado.  I mean, what’s not to love about a serving bowl that you can eat?  What’s more, it allows you to get creative with your summer salads and presentation. If you haven’t seen the video I made with Coryanne, follow this link to see easy summer entertaining at home and a few of our favorite stuffed avocados.  And be sure to grab the recipe for the Monumental Summer magazine we created for Avocados From Peru, packed with picnic tips, recipes, trending party themes and tips for capturing an amazing summer.  Read it free here.

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Time: 8pm – 9pm EST
Where: Pinterest tag #AvosFromPeru & Party Board
Follow:  @CoryanneEttiene @AvocadosFromPeru @CelebrateAtHome @IAmSamHenderson
Prizes: Avocados From Peru will be gifting 4 x $100 Visa Gift Cards during the Pinning Party.
How To:  Joining a Pinning Party is as easy as following the party board and the hosts, then popping on to Pinterest to watch the party pins populate live during the party hour. By following the board and the hosts, you will see all the party themed pins as they are populated and be able to engage live with everyone else at the party by leaving comments on the party pins, re-pinning the pins that inspire you and sharing your favorite pins on Facebook and Twitter. During the party, 4 prize pins will appear that look like graphic question pins For a chance to win, leave a comment on that pin with your answer to the question. Can’t make the party hour? Don’t worry, the beauty of a Pinning Party is that the pins are there for you to review long after the party ends so you can still capture all of the inspiration even if you can’t make the party.


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Rules & Regulations: Prizes are open to US residents over the age of 18. Winners will be selected at random from the comments left on the prize pins, and announced following the Pinning party by @CoryanneEttiene. Winners will be sent a private Pin message to notify them of their win so please be sure to follow @CoryanneEttiene to keep the communication lines open.  No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. For a full list of rules and regulations, contact Ettiene Media LLC. This Pinning Party is not associated with Pinterest and is an independent joint venture sponsored by Avocados From Peru and Ettiene Media LLC.

Disclaimer:  Today's Nest has partnered with Avocados From Peru via Ettiene Media, LLC on a summer long program and has been compensated to run the program.  All thoughts expressed are my own.

NEW EDITION: BOX NINE Summer '15 is Here!

At long last, I am pleased to present the summer edition of BOX NINE magazine. If you missed the first edition, you can still view it here> BOX NINE Holiday '14. This collaboration with Coryanne Ettiene has been such a wonderful experience. We can't wait to produce more issues for you. To that end, I hope you will read it... and LOVE it. And if you do, I hope you will share it. The only way for us to keep going is to have circulation.

So what will you find between the covers? There is everything here for your summer including:

  • COCKTAIL RECIPES - Put fresh summer goodness to use in the nicest of ways.
  • WORST CASE SCENARIOS - What to do when summer gatherings go south.
  • TRAVEL TIPS - Hitting the US roadways and taking it global
  • EXPERT GRILLING TIPS - Pages and pages of must have information for grilling.
  • DIY LEMONADE STAND - The last lemonade stand you will ever need.
  • CRAFTS FOR YOU AND THE KIDS - Keep idle summer hands busy.
  • WHAT'S SO COOL ABOUT HOT? - The skinny on hot sauce and salsas.

Be sure to use the CLIPPING tool available in the ISSUU reader to clip and pin anything you love to PInterest. We can 't wait to see what inspires you.

The next issue is due out in just a few months. The fall issue will be packed with more great BOX NINE stuff like unexpected pumpkin recipes, pie guru, and everything you need to know about beer + so much more.

Making Your Nest a Little Better

I will be making some changes around here over the next few weeks... tidying up the Nest as it were. The first thing to go is subscriber updates via Feedburner. There's nothing wrong with Feedburner, but I use MailChimp for newsletters and I only recently realized that I could use it for RSS feeds, too. 

What does that mean for you? Well, if you are currently subscribed to the newsletters then nothing but good news for you. Beginning this week, you will receive a once (weekly) update via MailChimp with all of the most recent articles. 

If you are also subscribed to the RSS feeds through Feedburner you will get duplicates through Monday. At which point I will be turning off the RSS feed connection at Feedburner. Lastly, if you are ONLY subscribed to the RSS feeds through Feedburner you will need to subscribe to the newsletters to continue to get Today's Nest updates. You can do that here or on the left.

I think you will agree that this new format is easier to view and hopefully getting just one update per week will be better than once a day... when I'm doing that many.

Comments or questions? Shoot me an email.

Taste Summer: Skinny Summertime

Summer begs for light, fresh meals. Crunchy fruits and vegetables reimagined in ways that add bright color to the table and mealtime satisfaction. Apart from grilling and making pasta (I can't be stopped) very little gets served hot around here during the summer months. I prefer to keep things simple and take advantage of all that fresh produce growers have to offer.

I recently completed a project for several produce folks that included peppers, cucumber, berries, radishes, celery, and watermelon. The task at hand was to create tasty summer dishes pairing these ingredients and adding a few extra. The results were delicious. The photos are below. Click any of the photos to be redirected to the site where the recipe lives. While you're there, check out some of the other recipes offered by these folks for even more summery goodness.

Veggie 'Sushi' with Radish Ministicks by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Veggie 'Sushi' with Radish Ministicks by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Flounder Ceviche with Watermelon by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Flounder Ceviche with Watermelon by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Fish Tacos with Watermelon and Radish Slaw by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Fish Tacos with Watermelon and Radish Slaw by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Cold Radish and Pecan Farro Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Cold Radish and Pecan Farro Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Watermelon Berry Pops by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Watermelon Berry Pops by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Grilled Chicken w/ Baby Spinach, Berries, and Radish by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest.

Grilled Chicken w/ Baby Spinach, Berries, and Radish by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest.

Shrimp Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Shrimp Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Berry Caprese Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Berry Caprese Salad by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

As an added bonus I made a video featuring two of the recipes and highlighting the joy of fresh food and getting outside and being active during these summer months. You can see it below.

Taste Summer: Idaho Potato Commission Potato Salads

Nothing says summer quite the way that picnics do. And no picnic is complete without potato salad. Whether you are out in the park or just hanging out on the porch, potato salads are a cool and hearty way to stay fueled for summer fun. I recently teamed up with Coryanne Ettiene (and family) to create a video highlighting two of her favorite potato salad recipes for the Idaho Potato Commission. The result was fun... and tasty.

You can see the video below and visit Idaho Potatoes for Coryanne's recipes.


Taste Summer: Avocados From Peru

The past month has been incredible hectic as I wrap up the final touches on the summer issue of BOX NINE magazine. Juggling that project with client work has made for some very long, but fun, days. The magazine is slated to launch within the next week and my client projects for June are all tied up neatly.

ABLT by Sam Henderson of Savour Imagery for Avocados from Peru

One of those projects was this recent collaboration with Coryanne Ettiene for Avocados from Peru. Together, we created an eBook and supporting video to help highlight this summer staple. Included in the pages of the eBook are summer lifestyle tips and 18 glorious avocado recipes. You can see all the avocado goodness here.

Our video project brings some of the recipes to life and provides a look at a casual summer dinner party featuring stuffed avocados. You can see it below.



Stay tuned this week for lots more recipes including potato salads and light summer recipes that shoot off the flavor charts without tipping the scales.


Disclaimer: I have partnered with Avocados From Peru and have been compensated for this partnership. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.