Category Archives: Starters

Appetizers, snacks

Pizza Sticks with homemade dipping sauces

Hey yall! Happy Monday! Did you watch Grease Live last night? I thought it was actually pretty good….what about you? I liked at a lot better than the Sound of Music that was on Live TV last year. We are ready and waiting for our new sofas today! Cannot wait to share that with you later this week….Today…an idea for the big Super Bowl game coming up soon:)

Almost time for the big game! I was so disappointed my Packers did not make it to the big dance this year….however I do love me some Peyton Manning, so I am thrilled that he might get one more chance at Super Bowl greatness. We shall see :) Whoever you are cheering for, you might like to assemble an easy and tasty snack while watching the game. The first snack that came to my mind was pizza, and this time around I have switched things up a bit and turned it into pizza sticks for easy dunking! They are sure to be a hit with my two homemade dipping sauces I have paired with them. I made the jalapeño dip a day ahead and then finished the last touches right before snack time.
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Salad Wedge Skewer Appetizer

Hey hey….yall in the holiday hurricane yet? Getter done mode?? We are staring exam week here….so basically my kids go into school just to take their exams…just like in college. I will be spending a bunch o time in the car this week for sure….I think I have Christmas in the bag though…pun intended:) We had a great weekend celebrating Christmas with our good friends from college. Attended a UD game and watched them get beat…BOOOOOOO! It was still a fun time though as usual:) Yesterday my friend Janet had the annual Christmas cookie swap. Peeps really brought their A game…..sooooo many good cookies and really creative! The cookie swap is my kids favorite day of the month….look forward to it every year:) There is sooooo many opportunities to eat sweets this month….and I wanted to balance all that sugar out with a fun and healthy appetizer….so here ya go:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Good gravy I cannot believe it is Halloween week already! October has flown by! We have been busy…the end of the month snuck up on us. After coming home from DC my hubs has fought a fever all week. He got a horrible sore throat and cold and suffered through it all last week. Unfortunately when you own your own company there is no paid time off….he has to work….which is why it is taking awhile for him to feel better. He was a trooper on Friday evening….as I has our family pictures planned for 6:00. I am so excited to see the photos. We haven’t had our family pictures taken (other than the ones I have taken) in 6 years…..it was kind of nice to not have to worry about the other side of the camera. Of course planning what to wear for the pics was a whole other ball of wax. I was going for a bit more sophistication since our kids are young adults now….can’t wait to see how they came out!!

I thought I would share with you a yummy treat to whip up for Halloween night. This is the easiest dip ever! Cooks for 2-3 hours on low and you literally just dump everything in the slow cooker. I used my mini cooker but if you are making for a crowd just double it and put it all in a regular slow cooker. Serve it up with chips or bread…actually it quite healthy!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese Appetizer

How was your weekend? Glorious fall weather here….finally! I am wrapping up our plans to go to DC later this week. The kids haven’t been there yet…so we thought to take the couple days of fall break to go see some sites.

Last week I held my annual ugly dress party. It was a whole bunch of fun and always a good few laughs! I served these little Italian wraps and everybody seemed to really like them! They could not have been easier and I will definitely be making them again! It’s really not even a recipe but I thought maybe if you hadn’t seen these or thought of this before you might like to serve it up at your fall get together. I’m sure they pair great with wine doesn’t everything though!? prosciutto wrapped cheese appetizer @cleverlyinspired (2)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Mini Chicken & Waffles Appetizer

Hey yall! Hope you are doing good! It has been fun catching up over on Facebook and Instagram. I’m still in paradise…making my way back to the bluegrass on Friday.
Wanted to pop in and share a great hearty appetizer that really is the easiest thing you’ll ever put together. I have no idea why these two flavors go together so well. They are traditional southern classic dish that I decided to miniaturized. They would be great to serve up at a kids birthday or summer picnic. Really there’s just three ingredients…it’s not really a recipe as much as it is just a party app idea….but I digress…pin away my friends….because goodness is meant for sharin:)mini chicken & waffles @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

All you’re going to need is some frozen mini waffles, real chicken tenders and a good quality maple syrup (makes it extra special:) While your chicken tenders are cooking in the oven you can toast up your mini waffles and heat a little bit of syrup. Just use a toothpick to secure….seriously easy and seriously yum:)

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I hope you have a grand weekend friends! I’m back to work next week….so we will chat soon!

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xo!

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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