Jan 292014

The Big Game is almost here!  Did your favorite team make it to the match up between the final two?  Or are you just planning to watch for the commercials?

Either way, you’re probably going to want some tailgating food.  I like to serve lots of finger foods, then mix in one or two main entrees.  So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite dessert and appetizer recipes sure to please no matter how big or small your crowd will be.

Tailgating Food: 25 Game Day Appetizer and Dessert Recipes

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Dec 302013

Does your New Year’s Eve party involves kiddos?  We thought about trying a Noon Year’s party – where you count down to noon instead of midnight for Bubbles tomorrow instead of staying up for the ball drop tonight, but then we laughed.  Bubbles is getting better, but she still doesn’t ever go to bed much before midnight.

15 Kid Friendly Recipes for NYE #NYE #Appetizers #Desserts

Here is a list of 15 kid friendly recipes for appetizers and other tasty treats to make your spread a smash hit.  Most of them are bite-sized or have a fun theme – some even work great as party favors.  And they all look delicious!

DIY S’Mores Kits – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Crunchy Chicken-Stuffed Waffle Pops – Snappy Gourmet
Mini Corn Dog Muffins – Kraft Recipes
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks – Chew Out Loud
Mini Chicken Chimichangas – Views from the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Pizza on a Stick – Artisan Bread in 5
Pigs in a Blanket – Save a Lot
“Sparkly” Celebration Popcorn – Laura Kelly’s Inklings
Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bites – Play. Party. Pin.
Party Popcorn – Bombshell Bling
Banana Nutella Smoothies – Views From the ‘Ville
Individual Dessert Pizzas – Home Cooking Memories (pictured above)
Gumdrop Cupcake-Tinis – Growing Up Gabel (pictured above)
New Year’s Eve Cakeballs – Formula Mom
Confetti Cake – Spoonful

What are your favorite kid friendly recipes for parties?

Oct 212013

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I made this blondie recipe and other treats for Halloween.  All words and thoughts are my own.

Halloween is almost here, and that means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween celebrations!  I love hosting, whether it’s for a crowd or just a fun night in with our immediate family members.  Putting together a spooky (or a fun-spooky, with a toddler) table filled with candy, delicious sweets, and refreshing drinks is something I look forward to doing each year.

Blondie Recipe Using M&Ms and Snickers from Mars Variety Packs #shop #SpookyCelebration

Every year I always buy a couple big bags of candy, usually the Mars Variety packs.  My husband’s favorite candy bar is Snickers, I love Peanut M&Ms, and we both like Twix and Plain M&Ms so this particular mix is a good choice for us. Continue reading »

Oct 032013

Thank you to The Motherhood and the National Mango Board for providing the products and compensation needed to give my family a mangover and try a mango cake recipe.

It’s kind of weird.  While I love experimenting in the kitchen with all kinds of vegetables and proteins, it seems like I haven’t done much with fruit.  It’s not because we don’t like fruit – we love it, actually.  But we tend to gravitate towards strawberries, oranges, apples, and other more traditional, eat-it-like-it-is fruits.

Recently, though, I had the chance to attend a virtual briefing by the National Mango Board.  They shared the ins and outs of all-things mango.  We learned about the different varieties, how to tell when a mango is ripe, how to store them – even tips on how to cut.

How to Cut a Mango

Mango Recipes & Tips: How to Cut a Mango & Mango Bundt Cake with Pineapple Glaze

The cutting tips are something I really appreciated.  I have eaten mango before, but I mostly just hacked it up with a knife.  Let me share my new-found tips with you. Continue reading »

Feb 092012

I can’t believe Thursday is here already!  This week Matter of Cents and I have chosen the theme of Valentine sweets for Pin Me! Pinterest Thursday.  Baking and making Valentine’s Day treats is an activity I look forward to every year.  I’ve especially been looking for recipes that would mail well to include in A1’s care package; some of the ones I’m sharing below should do the trick!

Peanut Butter Blossom Hearts
Use heart-shaped chocolates (like Dove) instead of kisses.  These are a perennial fave of my hubby.
Valentine Sweets: Peanut Butter Blossom Hearts

Candied Strawberries
These look so pretty and are a nice change-up of a traditional candied apples.
Valentine Sweets: Candied Strawberries

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