Simple Bacon Appetizer Ideas + WIN Bacon for a YEAR!

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post, of course all thoughts are my own. 

It’s that time of year again, when we all have to plan what to serve guests, bring to a potluck, or prepare for our holiday entertaining. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s frustrating trying to come up with something new and delicious. Well friends, I bet it’s safe to say you haven’t thought of this one yet. If you’re looking for a new party food idea that is  delicious, creative, and simple to make … you’re in luck.

Today I’m sharing easy bacon appetizers and party food ideas! You in? Okay, get ready to recreate at home – a “Bacon Bar!” (Plus I’m giving one of YOU bacon for a year! More at the end….)

easy bacon appetizers

Who doesn’t love bacon? The Smithfield Bacon Bar makes bacon the star and if a fun twist on typical party food. You can mix things up with different Smithfield bacon varieties like Peppered Brown Sugar, Sea Salt Caramel (Yes, FOR REAL), and Caramelized Bourbon Bacon. Talk about your food becoming a conversation starter. YUM.

easy bacon appetizers

There are so many ways to set up your bacon bar and it will work any time of day. Serve some warm flakey biscuits and set out some bacon jam guests can spread on top (YUM), add it to a Bloody Mary (best cocktail garnish EVER), use as topping on you’re favorite side dish–really you can get creative. Seriously, are you drooling yet? You’re guests are going to LOVE the unique flavors!

easy bacon appetizers dip

This bacon also really elevates any traditional dip recipe you might be serving. Here, this cheese dip became instantly upgraded when I added bacon crumbles to it!

bacon appetizers

Or, you can just eat the crumbles because……bacon.

I also like the idea of serving a flight of bacon with all of the different flavors guests can sample. Then have them vote on their favorite! Be sure to label each one and give guests paper and pencil so they can cast their vote.

make easy bacon appetizers

Visit Smithfield.com/BaconBar for free printable labels, décor ideas, and recipe inspiration to give your Bacon Bar a personal touch and let guests know what each flavor is.

One appetizer I’m making this season is definitely going to be these Crispy Bacon Twists with Gouda and Apricot Preserves. Don’t these look delicious?

My head is pretty much on overdrive thinking of all the ways to set up a bacon bar. I’m pretty sure we could set this up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert and guests would love it. What do you think? You better start planning because I have an amazing giveaway for you! 

*I’m giving one lucky reader Smithfield Bacon for a YEAR!  Want to win this tasty prize? Check out Smithfield.com/BaconBar and browse  the different easy bacon appetizers and recipes, come back here and comment telling me your favorite Bacon Bar recipe in the comment section.

I’ll pick one winner and they will receive a coupon booklet for free bacon for an entire year. Giveaway closes 12-14-2016.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Smithfield. All thoughts are my own.

Comment below and enter to win bacon for a year! 

Need more bacon in your life? I’ve got you covered with these bacon fries and this bacon beer cheese dip. Enjoy!

Marble + Copper Entertaining Must-Haves

Before entertaining season is in full swing, be sure to gather a few entertaining must-have items to round out your collection. I like to add a couple new pieces every year. Last year I started collecting pieces that are marble and copper and I have loved using them each time I entertain. Here are a few recent marble and copper finds I plan on adding to my arsenal this season.

Marble and Copper Barware

One of my favorite elements of entertaining is setting the table. I love to get creative and mix new colors and textures together. This year I am all about adding these copper chargers to the mix. I think they will work year-round and can’t wait to try them out.

This marble and copper ice bucket combines two of my favorite (and super on-trend) elements.

The matching marble and copper wine chiller would look great sitting on any bar cart. This is something I definitely need (hint, hint Santa!). You could even gift a bottle of wine to really make a complete gift.

Speaking of wine, I am in love with my Winc wine club membership. The wine is super affordable and you can pick three bottles a month (try it out and get a free bottle on me). I like to stock up so that I am ready for any impromptu guests or celebrations.

This hammered copper barware set is a real statement gift. It’s handcrafted and will last a lifetime) that’s a lot of drink to be made!).

What do you think? Is marble and copper your thing? Which would you get first?

Oh hey hostess, before your  guests come over, you might want to check out the 6 things your party guests want you to know.

Our Holiday Cards + a $250 Minted Giveaway

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get those holiday cards in the mail. Minted is always my go-to place for stunning photo cards (here’s our family card in from last year) and I’ve teamed up with them once again to offer you a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop for your own holiday cards! Details below!

minted-enter-to-win

It’s always so hard for me to choose a design (because I love browsing them all!) but this year I went with be joyful which complimented our photo perfectly. If you haven’t already ordered your  cards, be sure to check out Minted’s Cyber Monday Sale that is going on right now. If you’re still waiting on holiday images, you’re in luck! Minted just rolled out a “Buy Now, Personalize Later” option, so you can still get a great deal on their cards by locking in an order and then go back and personalize with photos and text later. So smart!

Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway

If you’re not into browsing all the designs, try the new “find it fast” option which is a super helpful tool that allows you to find the perfect holiday card design really quickly. (more…)

Promoted Pins :: Get Ready For One-Tap

Do you use Pinterest for business? Do you advertise your content on the platform with promoted pins? I’ve been using Pinterest  for business since 2011 and through my work at The Grommet (which Pinterest highlighted here), I have learned a lot over the years by testing new strategies as the platform itself has evolved. Wether you’re a seasoned Pinterest advertiser or just beginning to explore promoted pins, there are some recent and upcoming ch-ch-changes that are worth exploring.

Promoted Pins

Last month, Pinterest shared the new promoted pin formats they have begun to roll out which include promoted app pins, promoted video pins, and one-tap promoted pins. This means new experiences for users on Pinterest (who will eventually engage with these new ad formats), as well as new options and best practices for advertisers–exciting all around.

Of the three new formats, I’m most excited about one-tap promoted pins. Have you experienced them while browsing Pinterest? One-tap pins are a lot like they sound, they take a user on Pinterest from your promoted pin to your site, you guessed it, in one tap. They have a little arrow in the bottom right corner which indicates the pin goes directly to the source. Only about 1,000 brands are using them now but Pinterest will roll out this more broadly in the near future. This means, you have time to learn some of the best practices and start thinking about how you will layer these into your broader Pinterest strategy.

Promoted Pins - One-tap

While I can’t share everything in detail just yet, here are some areas to start thinking about and planning for in regard to one-tap Promoted Pins.

The Opportunity
Get people to your site, faster. If you’re running traffic campaigns on Pinterest that should certainly sound appealing. (more…)

Sip It :: Tangerine + Thyme Mimosa

If you’re looking for a fall mimosa recipe or unique Thanksgiving cocktails to serve guests, be sure to bookmark (or pin) this one!

I recently teamed up with my friends at Megan Media and Tropicana to put my at-home mixology skills to the test. Of course, the thoughts and opinions here are my own. #MixedWithTrop

fall mimosa recipe

I love to serve mimosas when entertaining—they are simple to make and always a crowd pleasure. But the same old recipe can get a little boring, so I decided to mix things up and create a flavorful fall mimosa using a unique combo: tangerine and thyme. I live to try out new flavors when creating cocktails to serve guests; it’s always fun to share new flavors with others. When you think “mimosa,” you typically think of orange juice, not tangerine lemonade! I’m thinking this is going to be my new go-to ingredient for my at-home cocktail recipes this fall. It’s so delicious!

fall mimosa recipe

For this recipe you’ll need Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade, sprigs of thyme, your favorite champagne, and slices of tangerines for garnish.

fall mimosa recipe

When all the flavors combine, it’s a little like magic in the glass. I see many of these drinks in my future this holiday season. :)

fall mimosa recipe

If you’re entertaining, these are easy enough for guests to make themselves. Just place all the ingredients and a few glasses on a table or bar cart, and let them help themselves to refills.

fall mimosa recipe

Have you ever enjoyed this flavor combo before? Will you try it? I hope so! Be sure to pin it for later. Cheers!

Tangerine + Thyme Mimosa
 
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Ingredients
  • Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade
  • Champagne
  • Sprigs of thyme
  • Tangerine slices for garnish

To Make
  1. Place a sprig of thyme into each glass. Fill halfway with Tropicana® Tangerine Lemonade. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne. Add a slice of tangerine for garnish. Sip, sip, hooray!

 

Coffee break + chocolate sprinkle stir spoons

It’s really no secret around my house that I love coffee. Morning, afternoon, evening … I can’t resist a delicious, steamy mug.

chocolate spoons

I recently shared how the Mr. and I are taking back our weekends (or at least Saturday mornings) by having our own standing coffee date. And while that plan is still going strong, I, of course, find several other times throughout the week to enjoy some me-time with a little coffee break.

make chocolate spoons

The new Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods have really become my new favorite thing. They taste so delicious that I find myself looking for moments throughout the day to brew a cup and just take a break. Perhaps we should all do more of that–step away from work and take a moment to just reflect and hit the pause button.

chocolate spoon for stirring

coffee spoons

Over the weekend, I made these chocolate + sprinkle spoons with my girls. They love to use them to stir their hot cocoa, and I’ve discovered they are the perfect addition to my afternoon coffee. What says “perk me up” better than coffee and chocolate?

coffee-spoons

To make them, you simply dip a spoon into melted chocolate and then top with some sprinkles. Once they set (about 15 minutes on the counter) you can store them in an airtight container to use during the week. When you’re ready, just stir it in your Caffè Latte and enjoy!

Stir, Sip, Enjoy. Signature Starbucks® latte flavors, now available in a K-Cup®

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