We had our first snow day this week. It was actually rather nice….everyone slept in—except Stella of course:) Snow days on a Monday are about as good as a Friday snow day:) When my kids were younger…snow days meant lots of work for me. The sleds…the wet clothes…the fourteen cups of coco…endless loop of Disney channel. Don’t get me wrong, I loved most of it…it is why I wouldn’t trade my job for any other job on earth. But these snow days ….that sometimes go on and on (like last winter thanks to the polar vortex)…at the end of the day…Momma may need a little way to relax. This little cocktail may be a nice way to end your day…next to a roaring fire…with your comfy pants on.
My friends at Absolut would love for you to take a look at their new Limited Edition Warhol bottle for your grown up parties this holiday. Have the moms in your neighborhood over after a long day of sledding and snow fun and pull out this cocktail to celebrate the season. (drink responsibly mates:)
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Smooth, creamy and just the hint of naughty:) Stay warm friends!
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We woke up to a few inches of snow here…and our first snow day from school. Seems a bit early, no? I don’t remember ever having a snow day this early in the school year. Check out instagram to see Stella’s first walk in the snow….hilarious. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I know that many of you are getting ready for the big turkey day….and I wanted to share one more great appetizer to serve up to your guest….Have a great Monday friends:)
Realizing that this is my 2nd cheese post within the last couple weeks….love me some cheese:) Cheese ball & holiday’s….it’s like peanut butter and jelly….bacon & eggs….mac & cheese…you get the point…. I used to love going to the mall during the holidays and seeing that big Hickory Farms kiosk…..guarantee sausage sample….It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Sausage and cheese….hellllooooo:) So in the spirit of the big day of turkey…I thought I would create a turkey shaped cheese ball. It is so fun to play with food:) You can obviously make this into any shape you desire…..go play….
I bought a box of kitchen gloves…and I use them all the time for recipes like this….getting cheese out of nails=not fun at all…..
Combine everything except the bacon. Make a basic turkey head by shaping the body and then a small ball for the head. Roll the entire thing in bacon….wax paper makes for quick cleanup:)
I used 3 kinds of crackers to create a “feather” effect.
Hey yall! We are in the beginnings of basketball season here! My buds is the manager of the freshman basketball team for his high school. He is so stinkin excited about it! We are thrilled he is meeting so many nice boys…and he loves being a part of the team. I am trying my darndest to get my holiday things organized. Figuring out where things go and what to decorate will be a challenge this year:) I am NOT one of those bloggers who has it all together and all the holiday stuff is out and looking fabulous:) As always….I blog in “real time”…I try to give you some things to work on ahead of time…like this recipe I am sharing today. It is a great one to have for Thanksgiving festivities….
Don’t you love a recipe that starts off with “3 ingredients”….it’s screaming “HEY YOU—seriously this is the easiest thing ever!!!” Make this for Thanksgiving….it will impress your guest…and it so easy you can have your 11 year old put it together. I made a couple for my party a few weeks back…and it is always gone.
You can use any seasoning packet that you would like. I used dried onion soup and spinach garlic. Any of those dried dip mixes will work. If you need to make your own….here is a post I shared last year that would work perfectly.
Back from a weekend of good food, good drinks and good shopping in Chicago. We celebrated our 18th in style:) I am pulling some fun post together but is taking me a while to get my stuff together. It seems I am still trying to get us “settled” in our new house…September has been a a blur but at the same time a really long month. Hoping that I get that blogging mojo back soon. I have been concentrating on being creative…which usually pulls me back to center:) This week we are also preparing for our new baby Stella:) She will join our family on Saturday…and we are all so excited for the little ball of fur! I am busy baby proofing the house…and making sure we are set to go:) I shared this little Halloween snack over at my girl Jen’s a few weeks back but I like to share it here too in case you missed it the first go around….It is a great way to make a fun Halloween meal—without the sweet:)
With all the treats and sweets during Halloween time…..it is nice to have a healthy “fun” food dish to serve up your little monsters before they head out to all the parties. This grumpy monster pasta salad is full of veggies and pasta…and is sure to be a hit with your little gremlins. I was going for the “Bride of Frankenstein” look….what do ya think? Obviously feel free to substitute your families favorite veggies or cheeses…make it your own:)
I may have had a little bit too much fun putting this together…just sayin…When folks are ready to dig in…just place a large serving spoon beside the tray and little friends can grab their favorite things from the platter. A little container of ranch or dressing is perfect to drizzle on top. Easy!
Use a large platter or even a cookie sheet to contain your veggies. A foil “template” may help to visualize your design. Get the kids involved and have them create with the food….win win:)
See picture to get clues for how to put your monster pasta salad together.
See picture above to get clues for how to begin your monster. I peeled about 7 long pieces of cucumber and set them in between the pasta to look like hair. I created the face with celery pieces, red pepper, cucumbers and a sausage nose. I found that it helped to dry the pasta a bit on a towel so that is wasn’t too slippery.
It is a good idea to have some extra veggies on the side…and some pasta too—especially if you are feeding a crowd.
Like I said….have fun with it…and get the kiddos involved—they may never look at red peppers the same again:)
Did you have a good weekend?Pretty low key here..we made it to the lake to clean up a few things and grab some furniture…Happy end to summer I guess. It seemed that this one kind of passes us by…although I am ready for fall. I kind of like the hibernation that fall brings. I am really an introvert about 8 months of the year….and I love the quiet that fall brings:) But, before we go all pumpkin…let’s use up those tomatoes from the garden ok….
I know….cobbler is usually sweet…but this easy tomato cobbler is the best use of all those tomatoes at the end of summer:) I have used this recipe forever…I think I tore it out of a Martha mag a long time ago. I bet you have everything you need to pull it together tonight….
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The hot brown was invented in Louisville….at The Brown Hotel. I have never been there. A bit sad since I have lived within 15 minutes of the Brown Hotel for the past 20 years….I’ll get there someday. It’s on “the list”…I don’t feel awful about it since my hubs has lived here is entire life and has never had THEE Hot Brown at The Brown hotel. Basically, a hot brown is comprised of turkey, bacon, & Mornay sauce. It was invented in The Brown hotel for dinner guest that had a case of the munchies later in the evening (after dancing and a few bourbons I am sure…) In lieu of a standard ham and cheese, Chef Fred Schmidt created this unusual pairing to fill up the late night patrons. Ever since that evening in 1920…The Brown Hotel has been serving up the turkey goodness. The dish is synonymous with all things Bluegrass…here is my little take on this traditional southern classic…in bite size form:)
Combine softened cream cheese with nutmeg, salt, pepper, 1 T parmesan. Place one slice prosciutto on top one slice turkey. Spread dollop of cream cheese mixture on and roll up. Slice the roll into 3rds. Place a small dot of cream cheese on a Triscuit cracker. Place a slice of the rolled up turkey on top. Top with tomato Dust with parsley
Serve up a little Bluegrass tradition at your next party:) Yall will love it;) Martha Stewart would love for you to come up with a snack bite that features Triscuit crackers. See the Triscuitsummersnackoff.com for more info! And be sure and search up #triscuitsnackoff for more yummo ideas!! You could win a trip to NYC and meet up with Martha:) Whip some up the next time your friends get the munchies:) Triscuit Summer Snackoff
My first foodie post from our new house….feels so fun…and yet so weird. I am still figuring out the best way to use this space. Still a ton to do…lots to share…so excited to share it with all of you!! Here is a great lil recipe to try out this weekend….
I am pretty sure that cucumber is the official veggie of summertime (along with the beloved tomato of course.) Rightly so I suppose…it grows rampant all season long….taste fabulous on a hot summer day…and you can make it look so stinkin cool too. Doesn’t this look so chic?? And I am sooooo not chic! :) My friends over at Martha Stewart ( that’s right, Martha herself…insert sarcasm…) sent me these adorbs plates from the Martha Stewart Collection…available exclusively at Macy’s. These remind me of Madmen for some reason…a bit mid century modern with just a touch of cuteness. Sidenote: Have you watched Madmen??….oh my goodness. This year is the final season….and I am going to start the entire show over from the beginning….it is just that good. The costume and set design are incredible. I digress….The collection is called Poppy….very fun and summery….go check it out at your local Macy’s:)
So here is how you put together these easy cucumber bites….it really couldn’t be simpler. You could place them on a cracker instead of rye toast….up to you.
Cool Cucumber Bite Appetizer Recipe featuring Martha Stewart Collection
I posted my Dad’s coleslaw recipe a long time ago….about 4 years actually. I know my Dad will probably be shaking his head at me when he reads this…because I have tweaked the recipe a bit. I promise Dad…it is JUST as good as the original….but maybe just a little bit better for you:) This slaw is perfect to serve up with some ribs and corn on the cob….what a great summer meal—that is easy!!
It is great if you can make this slaw one day ahead….it is so good on the 2nd day when the flavors are all friends:) If you don’t have one of these juicers….go grab one. I saw a few very similar to mine at Homegoods last week. A little trick to get a ton of juice from the lemon….pop the whole lemon in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then cut in half and juice—one lemon will be plenty for this recipe.
So if you need something to bring to a picnic this summer….remember this recipe!!
It is a love/hate relationship with me….they are so hot….but they are so good….ok, I’ll have one more…yes, my mouth is burning…BUT I DON’T CARE!! These stuffed poppers are a real crowd pleaser….plus, they are good even when they cool off a bit—so you can serve them up and not worry about them! Perfect for a Memorial Day picnic with friends:) I hope you look like as big of an idiot as I do when I eat them;)
Feel free to make them ahead:) Just cover them with a damp paper towel so that the pastry doesn’t dry out too much.
What’s more patriotic then a popper? Nothing I tell you….nothing:) #grabmybeer
I recently shared these over at my girl Jen’s….but in case you haven’t clicked over there I wanted to share them here too. These muffins…oh my. Grab your coffee, cut up an orange…and warm up one of these Bacon Cheese muffins…done and done. If you are feeling extra naughty you could drizzle a tiny bit of warm maple syrup on the top….yeah….are you drooling yet?
Serve these up to your Easter brunch crowd…and they would love you that much more…but that would mean you would have to share them…and then there wouldn’t be any leftovers for just you. Do I sound selfish? That is probably not the Easter spirit…ok…I’ll share….
Seriously though, these bake up light and fluffy and have this gooeyness to them. Cheesy, chive-y and bacon-y…and completely yummy (my own adjectives….moving on…)
The ingredients are simple and straightforward. Just be sure to combine all the wet ingredients first, then gently add in your dry ingredients. Do not over mix….or you are sure to have a tough muffin. Tough muffin= no bueno. :)
These muffins would be a perfect addition to your Easter table this year. Serve them up with an egg casserole, some fresh fruit and you are good to go!