A Weekend in Scottsdale, AZ


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A large waterfall in front of a building

Sunshine, fantastic food, spa days, and time spent with friends is a perfect combination for a getaway weekend! The Scott Resort & Spa hosted us for the weekend in Scottsdale and it was fabulous.

My friends Chad and Donna from The Slow Roasted Italian coordinated everything for this retreat and they did an amazing job with it all; from a beautiful location, to fabulous food around the clock, to a wine tasting and food pairing, spa visits, and time at the pool.

We talked and ate and laughed and then ate some more; the whole weekend was wonderfully relaxing.

A table topped with different types of food, with Collage and Brunch

It was fantastic to meet so many talented bloggers in person: Christie from Love from the Oven, Anetta from The Wanderlust Kitchen, Ashlee from Ashlee Marie, Kristen from Six Sisters Stuff, Erica from Favorite Family Recipes, Tessa from Handle the Heat, Alejandra from Always Order Dessert, Sara from Mom Endeavors, and Katerina from Diethood.

The rooms were lovely, the property is breathtakingly beautiful and I can’t recommend their service highly enough. I spent each morning (because I’m a ridiculously early waker these days!) wandering their lovely grounds and then reading by the pool with my coffee. My massage at the amazing on-site Jurlique Spa was one of the best massages I’ve ever received.

A close up of a picnic table

Entwine joined us on Friday for delicious wine tasting and food pairings. Want to know what my favorite thing about Entwine is? They give a list of food pairings on the back of each bottle.

Check out the back of their wine bottles and you’ll see for yourself! Seriously, did you know that there is a perfect wine to pair with chips and guacamole?

Transportation for the weekend was provided by Uber, and let me tell you, I could get used to that! If you’ve never heard of them, I highly recommend checking them out next time you need a lift for yourself or a group of people.

Their phone app is amazing, just a couple clicks and a very nice ride will be at the door in just a few minutes. I may never take a cab again when traveling!

A bunch of different types of food on a plate, with Brunch

Friday night we had dinner at Rusconi’s American Kitchen where Chef Michael Rusconi wowed us with five courses that had us grinning from start to finish.

Every single bite of our meal was pure awesomeness and I left the restaurant so very happy that I live nearby. I already have plans to return to Rusconi’s next weekend. I had no idea that such a wonderful gem of a restaurant was in my area!

FireSky’s on-site Italian restaurant Taggia provided our breakfast, lunch, and dinner courtesy of the talented Chef Massimo De Francesca.

All of the wonderful food was followed by the most amazingly mind-blowing chocolate covered tiramisu I’ve ever eaten. If you’re anywhere in the valley, you really need to experience it!

A table topped with different types of food on a plate, with Brunch and Lunch


Thank you so much to all of these sponsors for making the #TSRISummer retreat possible.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anonymous says

    I would use all of the above, but mostly the measuring cups. When I spend all day long in my kitchen creating new recipes, you spend most of your time washing up your utensils just so that you can continue on.

  2. Lisa Smith says

    Oooh, I think the beaker style measuring cups would make my summer better! Thanks for sharing with us Mary! Your weekend pictures are amazing!! What a beautiful place!!

  3. Honeyds21 says

    I could use the cutting board!! I only have one and after cutting meats I wont use it for vegetables or anything else and end up using several other plates to prepare meals. Thank you for this post and the chance to win 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. Deb Harrington says

    I am "FANATIC" about changing cutting boards; so I would chose the silicone cutting board from Casabella. Thank you for sharing your "sizzling" weekend; it sounds and looks gorgeous. So happy you enjoyed yourself! Thank you also for this opportunity and have a beautiful day!

  5. Kim Honeycutt says

    I bet you all did have a great time and sounds like you had awesome food!

    Of all the kitchen tools I have, I don't own a microplane/zester so that would be my choice, Thank you for this offer!

  6. Nancy says

    These are great gifts. Hard to decide but I think the nesting cups because I have some that the numbers are fading and makes it difficult to use them. Thanks!

  7. PD Vasil says

    The Cutting board from Casabella – would be a great addition. I'm always looking for cutting boards. Thanks for the give away.

  8. Cecily says

    I would love to have a set of the nesting measuring cups. They look fantastic and would make measuring so much easier than the ones I have now. Your weekend sounds like it was wonderful. We should all be so lucky! 🙂

  9. Kim Edmonson says

    I love your site.. I have found many new recipes that my family has enjoyed this summer. I would love to have the measuring cups. I have been using the same ones for years. I got them as a wedding present 33 years ago and they have had it. It would be great to get new ones and make sure that my measurements are correct all the time.

  10. Anonymous says

    The powdered sugar wand would be best for me! Thank You for all you do 😀
    Stay Blessed, Bonnie Prall

  11. Yolanda says

    Not having ever had one I would be interested in the microplane from better zester……looks like it would come in handy for holiday baking!

  12. Anonymous says

    I'd love those measuring cups. The first thing I'd use them for is something Autumnal. Can't wait for fall!

  13. Kitties and Quilts says

    I love the set of measuring cups from OXO. I have lots of measuring cups but the measurements have worn or scraped off all of them. I need a set that won't wear off. Thanks for giving me a chance to win. Debbie in WV

  14. E Lake says

    The Better Zester from kitchenIQ is a must-have for my kitchen. Everything is better with a little lemon zest!

  15. Anonymous says

    I would really love the Casabella Silicone Cutting Boards since I always trying to get my family to keep the cutting boards separate (meat vs fruit)! bjn1957(at)gmail(dot}com

  16. Anonymous says

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend you had. Looking though all the photos looks like paradise to me. I love the power sugar wand. I could use that mostly during my holiday baking instead of trying to sprinkle the powder sugar which at times gets to heavy.

  17. Martha Christian says

    Being left handed, I wouldn't mind a left-handed friendly set of measuring cups…thank you for your generous giveaways.

  18. Sevtap says

    Looks like your trip was wonderful…My kitchen would like the measuring cups,zester,the board and the spatula

  19. Janet Welte says

    I would love the dusting wand, I don't have one of those! but any of the ones you posted would be much appreciated.

  20. Anonymous says

    I'd love any of the above items but especially the microplane. I inherited one from my aunt and I've been using it for 40+ years.

  21. Anonymous says

    The measuring cups are cute, but I would LOVE to have (and would get the most use out of) the silicone cutting boards. 🙂 …..

  22. Anonymous says

    I would love to own the palm green spatula from Le Creuset. It looks very handy and would match my kitchen!!!

  23. Anonymous says

    Hmmmmmm, micro-plane/zester that has an attached tray to catch the items being zester is brilliant 🙂 Love to cook and bake and would enjoy any of the gadgets listed, always looking for things to make cooking easier and more efficient!

  24. Donna C. says

    Yep, the measuring cups. That way, I just might have enough that it won't matter that I leave one in the flour container, one in the sugar, etc.

  25. Lainey6605 says

    I would love to have the zester. It's something I don' have and I always seem to avoid recipes which want me to use one. This will help eliminate my hesitation! Thank you.