My Favorite Things – Zilk’s Basil Pesto and Pimento Cheese

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Like many of you, I visit three food stores to complete my entire shopping list.  Here in Dallas, Tom Thumb is my primary go-to store.  Paper towels, ziploc bags, chicken broth, the standard stuff.  I use their app for discounts, I know which store brand products I like and I can be in and out of the store pretty fast.  The second store I shop at is Central Market.  Here I buy certain items that I cannot get at Tom Thumb.  They have an awesome marinated chicken at their meat counter, amazing italian meatballs with veal and they carry some of the foods I used to buy in the Northeast.  Whole Foods is the third. Of course I love all of their fish, meats and product but there are two or three items that I only buy at Whole Foods.   The first is Basil Pesto and the second is Pimento Cheese.

 Zilks Foods is a small artisan producer in Austin;  both items are available in Dallas stores and are packaged by Whole Foods – sometimes the pesto is available on the self serve bar with the olives, other times it is with the other pestos and cheeses.  Both are absolutely fantastic and come in a variety of flavors(think hatch chile!)
Zilk’s Basil Pesto:

  • mix with cream and Parmesan to make a pesto sauce for pasta.  Add chicken and diced tomato for a great meal
  • add to a turkey or chicken sandwich with or without mayo
  • Serve over grilled chicken or fish
  • Add to a tomato and mozzarella salad

Zilk’s Pimento Cheese:

  • Use instead of sliced cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich and serve with tomato soup
  • The best topping for a fabulous cracker
  • Use on a hot roast beef sandwich

Any other recipe suggestions?


My 15 Favorites of 2015

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Happy New Year!  It’s been a fun year with over 130 new posts on Something to Share with You, the chance to “explore” 23 different cities and too many amazing meals to count.  Here are my 15 favorites from 2015.

Kid Friendly:

  • Surprise Mommy-Daughter Dates
    My favorite post of the entire year since I get to plan a surprise date with my daughter every month!  I hope you read this post and plan some fun dates with your kids!!

Beauty and Fashion:


  • The Starbucks app
    Easiest way to pay for bottled water, snacks and oh yeah, coffee at the airport!

Just Because:

  • A Treat for the Feet:  Snoozies Slippers
    These are on my feet from the minute I get home till I get in bed!
  • Have time to read?  Liane Moriarty
    Download some books and find some time to read! Great for shorter flights!

Foodies: Recipes & Stuff:

On the Road Eats:


  • Favorite Lunch- Peska in Houston
    $25 for an appetizer, soup or salad and an entrée.  Try the mexican shrimp cocktail and the Fideo Seco(mexican pasta in a light sauce with calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels).


Hope you enjoyed this short trip back through 2015!  Looking forward to great new favorites this year!


My Favorite Things: KUT from the Kloth Corduroy Jeans

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I must give credit where credit is due.  I follow another blog by another Dallas area mom and Sheaffer highlighted a great pair of corduroy jeans in her Black Friday Nordstrom Sale post.  I first visited her blog Sheaffer Told Me To on the recommendation of a friend and now I get great ideas and sale notifications all the time(see my post on the maxi dress and jean jacket!).

kutfromklothcord2Anyway, back to the corduroys.  I am always looking for a comfortable pant that I can wear to work or on the weekend that is not a true denim.  Something that I can get in multiple colors to add some fun to my very plain, mostly black wardrobe.  I had never worn KUT from the Kloth but they have become one of my new favorite things.  They are not too high or too low, have three belt loops in the back and have a great stretch.  Plus during the sale Sheaffer highlighted, I got two pairs for less than $35 each.  Now that the cold weather has hit dallas, I may need to get a third pair since they are still on sale on  The biggest decision is what color to get!


My Favorite Things – Laura Mercier Eye Basic Primer

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laura-eyeprimerI posted back in July that I was having a horrible time with eyeshadow, eyeliner and the challenge I have to keep the colors from “bleeding” across my eyes.  I received great advice from many friends and bought the Laura Mercier Eye Basic primer.  WOW..what a difference!  Now I can wear both powder and creme eye shadows(the Laura Mercier ‘Caviar’ Sticks being my favorite) with no need to worry whether my eye shadow is staying where it belongs.  After over 4 months of use, I am almost ready to purchase a second tube.  It has definitely become one of my favorite things!!