October 1st, 2010 |

Tailgating: It’s All About The Food!

Since we are knee-deep in football season, I figured it was time I started giving you some recipe ideas for tailgating (or watching the game at home with friends and family!).  Let’s be honest – my favorite part of football season is the food!  So, as my husband is getting geared up for the big Ohio State vs. Illinois game on Saturday – I’m looking for delicious recipes!

Country Living has fabulous ideas for tailgating!  My favorites include bloody mary’s, mini blt sliders, turkey chili and salted golden caramel bars.  YUM!

 

September 24th, 2010 |

Weekend Recipe: Milk Fudge

These colorful little gems caught my eye as I was scrolling thru Style At Home.  What are they?!  Cake, brownie, cookie?

Fudge.  Milk fudge, to be exact and I can’t wait to try this recipe!  Think how fun – you can color coordinate to your dessert table!  Here’s the how-to:

Ingredients

  • 2 (14 oz.) cans condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated goat’s or cow’s milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions
1 Lightly grease a 9 by 9-inch square pan. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving about a 1-inch overhang on all sides.

2 Combine the condensed milk, evaporated milk, butter, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until the mixture has thickened and starts pulling away from the sides of the pan, 20 to 30 minutes. When ready, it will slide easily out of the pan when tilted.

3 Pour into the prepared pan and allow to set, about 2 hours. Cut into rectangles or desired shapes.

Double the flavour
You can mix and match flavors as you like, and you can do it quite simply. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared pan, stir another flavor—such as coffee extract or any kind of flavored oil with a few drops of food coloring—into the other half, then pour that on top. Alternatively, you can make two separate flavors and make half a batch of each.

Variations

Chocolate
Add 6 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed) along with the other ingredients.

Lime
Replace the vanilla with 1 teaspoon grated lime zest and add 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice and a few drops of green food coloring (if desired) once the mixture has been removed from the heat, making sure you add them slowly and stir well so it doesn’t separate.

Coffee
Add 2 teaspoons coffee extract along with the other ingredients.

Coconut
Replace the evaporated milk with the same size can of coconut milk.

Tequila
Add 1 tablespoon white or reposado tequila once the mixture has been removed from the heat, making sure you add it slowly and stir well so it doesn’t separate.

Makes about 2 dozen

September 14th, 2010 |

{To-Die-For} Apple Recipes

I have apple-picking on the brain lately.  It’s the perfect fall activity for the young and old, and just think of all of the yummy food you can make with crisp, fresh apples!  I’ve created a list of 8 {must-have} recipes that I think will make your mouth water.

August 26th, 2010 |

Berry Sweet

 

The late summer farmer’s markets are full of amazing berries and fruits….and it has me craving some good old-fashioned tarts and pies.  I love the idea of individual desserts – perfect for any type of party, and serving is simple and mess-free.  I have my eye on these darling mini pocket pie molds from Williams Sonoma, but in the meantime I may try either a cherry-almond pie or plum tart this weekend.  Do you have a favorite pie or tart recipe?

Images: basket of berry tarts (mytartelette.com), berry recipes (williams-sonoma.com)

August 10th, 2010 |

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Sidecar

This summer-y watermelon cocktail from Sunset Magazine sounds just delicious!  So simple, yet so festive…..here’s the how-to:

Whirl chunks of watermelon in a food processor until blended, then strain. Rub the rim of a martini glass with a cut lemon wedge, then dip rim in a shallow plate of sugar. Pour 3 tbsp. watermelon juice, 2 tbsp. brandy, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tbsp. Cointreau into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly, then strain into glass. Garnish with watermelon wedges.  YUM, right?!

July 22nd, 2010 |

Join Me for Lunch

I’m always on the lookout for a delicious idea for lunch – especially when I’m entertaining my girlfriends!  This chop salad caught my eye for a couple of reasons: 1) it just looks so darn pretty!  I love the presentation!  2) the fresh ingredients used are sure to be tasty and 3) I love that it is a full meal, but only one dish (less to clean up, less to prepare!).

Can’t you just picture a sunny lunch with girlfriends with some cheery flowers, sweet lemonade and this delicious chop salad?!

Images: chop salad (styleathome.com), juice bottles (helennorman.com), table setting (amyatlas.com)

July 2nd, 2010 |

4th of July Cupcake Toppers

One of my readers sent me the link to this party…..a playgroup 4th of July party where the hostess used my free 4th of July printables to make the cupcake toppers.  They look fabulous, don’t you think?!  Have you downloaded yours yet?

Image via Melissa Vaughan Photography

July 1st, 2010 |

Delicious Desserts for 4th of July

In my quest for finding a new, never-been-seen-before-at-the-family-bbq dessert, I came across these three recipes – and now I’m stumped!  What’s a girl to do?  They all look delicious and pretty (which always helps in my book!).  So, help me decide!  Which do you think looks the most appetizing?!

  1. Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Cake
  2. Red, White and Blue Parfaits
  3. White Balsamic Custard Tart with Fresh Berry Topping

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

June 23rd, 2010 |

The Summer of the Ice Pop

 

Ice pops are all the rage this summer….and they are definitely the key to your next successful party!  They are fun, creative and oh, so pretty to look at!  You can get totally creative in how you display them, which makes them the perfect addition to your next dessert table.

You can use traditional ice pop molds, or you can get creative….use decorative ice cube trays, plastic cups, ice cube stir molds, or tiny tart pans.  Fill them with juice, ice cream, or sorbet.  Here are a few recipes that have me drooling…..

Watermelon, lemonade and blueberry ice pop, mandarin orange cream pop, banana split pops, pomegranate apple popsvanilla ice pop, rhubarb and raspberry yogurt pops, blackberry ice pops, and lemon-blueberry twist pops.

 

The book, Pops!, is a great resource with over 100 recipes perfect for your next birthday party, bbq or cocktail party.  Here are some of the molds they use to make their festive ice pops:

Once you have made your pops, get creative with how you display them!  Stick them into half a watermelon, or a bucket of ice, or swirl them into a glass of prosecco for a lovely afternoon cocktail!  Here are a couple more recipes: ice pop coolers, margarita pops, red, white and blue pops (perfect for the 4th of July!), and honeydew melon pops.


Delicious and gorgeous, right?!  So tell me…..what’s your favorite flavor and what type of creative mold do you use?

 

June 22nd, 2010 |

Lovely Lemonade

I often get asked for non-alcoholic drink ideas for kids parties…..not just for the kids, but to give the adults something festive to drink (without the alcohol!)  Flavored lemonade is a great way to go!  Better Homes and Gardens has some great recipes this month….three of my new favorites are watermelon lemonade, key lime lemonade, and raspberry lemonade.

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