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Cinco de Mayo Backyard Celebration

This post is paid for by Sauza® Tequila

It’s almost May which means it’s almost time to fiesta! I recently got together with Sauza® Tequila to plan this simple Cinco de Mayo backyard celebration for a few of my friends. If you’ve read my past entertaining posts, you know I am a huge fan of keeping things SIMPLE–and that’s just what I did for this party. I’m sharing all the Cinco de Mayo party food, drinks, and easy fiesta-inspired decor ideas with you. You’ll want to pin these simple ideas to your “Fiesta” Pinterest board for later! 

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

The setting was simply my back patio. How easy is that? I pulled my patio table over to a nice shady spot in the yard and it was the perfect spot to set up our fiesta dinner.

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

I’m a huge fan of incorporating fresh flowers into every tablescape but I never put the pressure on myself to make perfectly arranged centerpieces (simple is key, remember). I picked up some colorful flowers from my local grocery store, trimmed off the stems, and just grouped them together in the center of the table. SO EASY. I mixed in a couple fresh oranges and limes to bring in that citrusy-fiesta vibe.

This Cinco de Mayo backyard party is full of color and simple Cinco de Mayo party food ideas that you can easily make yourself.

An easy way to add to a basic table is to layer on textures. I used a burlap runner, wicker chargers, and linen placemats. Not everything matched either–I just used what I had already and ended up with an eclectic, yet festive look. (more…)

Healthy Game Day Snacks :: Dip Cups

If you’re looking for the simplest idea for healthy game day snacks, this is it folks. It’s really simple and will please a crowd. If you’re not planning to make an entire snack stadium tray, this is a similar idea but in individual form.

Healthy Game Day Snacks

I love serving appetizers that are easy for guests to grab and eat easily (especially if they’re huddled around the TV watching a game). You can make these dip cups ahead of time by putting your dip into a short plastic cup. I’m loving Heluva Good! Dips because they have a wide variety of flavors that taste amazing. Check them out in the dairy aisle of the supermarket. They are made with real sour cream and lots of flavorful spices. For this recipe I used the Bacon Horseradish flavor which went to well with the veggies. I really liked how it felt like a great dip, with a flavorful upgrade.

Healthy Game Day Snacks :: Dip cups with veggies

Place the dip cups on a platter with a variety of cut veggies. That way guests can choose which they want to dip. I offered celery, carrots, bell peppers, and sugar snap peas. (more…)

3 Simple Leftover Ham Recipes

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I have a confession: I absolutely love that after Christmas dinner we always have a ton of leftovers. Why? Well, because for the next few days I tend to stay in my sweats, binge-watch holiday movies, and avoid going to the market at all costs. I’ve come to realize that with a little leftover planning and prep, I can set myself up for delicious meals in the post-Christmas craze. Here are three leftover ham recipes that I plan to serve up next week. Don’t they look delicious?

leftover ham recipes

Ham and Brie Strawberry Sliders These are going to be a hit with the family for sure! Sliders are always fun to serve and the combo of melty brie and ham. I’m drooling already.

Scalloped Root Vegetables with Ham and Crispy Fried Onions This dish looks gorgeous and it would be such an interesting meal. I’m pretty excited about this one. In fact, it would make a great dish to serve on Christmas.

Ham and Brie Crostini with Fig Jam Because everything is better with brie. And these would be perfect if you have company coming over. Fig jam sounds fancy (even though it’s totally not) so you’ll look like an awesome hostess.

I’ve also made this Brazilian-inspired Ham Monte Cristo before which is a great way to put your Smithfield ham to use.

ham

Smithfield want to inspire you to put those leftovers to good use and they are sharing many inspiring recipes so you can whip up crowd-pleasing dishes. I’m making the three above, be sure to pick a couple and grab your ingredients ahead of time so you aren’t running to the market (well, unless you’re into that sorta thing).

If you weren’t planning on make a ham this holiday you might want to reconsider. I mean, did you see those leftover recipes?! No holiday table is complete without a Smithfield Signature Spiral Sliced Ham. A lot of people don’t realize how easy ham is to prepare – you just pop it in the oven at 275 degrees for about 10 – 12 minutes per pound, then evenly brush on the tasty glaze and you’re done. You seriously cannot mess it up–so simple!

And don’t forget about setting up your own Smithfield Bacon Bar!

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

 

Christmas Candy Dessert Pizza

Looking for something fun and festive to serve at your holiday gathering? This holiday dessert pizza is just the thing – trust me!

dessert pizza

I don’t know about you, but I love holiday baking! I’m a big fan of the traditional sweets like Christmas cookies, gingerbread, and cinnamon rolls. But I also love to come up with new creative holiday dessert recipes, especially for entertaining. That’s how this new recipe came about. I was dreaming up a fun and colorful dessert for a kids’ holiday gathering and it hit me: DESSERT PIZZA. I mean, it’s like pizza (who doesn’t love pizza?!) but it’s sweet… and covered in candy. I knew I had to bring it to life. So I started planning. I knew my “pizza” needed three (very important) components: the crust, the icing, and the toppings.

Dessert Pizza

This dessert pizza needed a great foundation and that’s exactly what this pie crust is. The key ingredient in this delicious crust is Crisco®! I love Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening in my pie crust recipes because it delivers higher, lighter-textured, moist and tender baked goods (recipe below). And if you’ve never made pie crust before, please do not be intimidated. It’s actually really simple and doesn’t take long at all! The crust was so tender and flaky you’ll want to make it for every pie and pizza this holiday season ;).

dessert pizza recipe

After I baked the crust, I let it cool completely while I whipped up the frosting for our dessert pizza. I also used Crisco® in my frosting. The shortening acts as an emulsifier, creating a fluffy, creamy frosting which was perfect to spread over my crust. (Just make sure your crust is cooled before you spread on the frosting). I used this frosting recipe.

Dessert Pizza

Look at that flaky crust and smooth frosting. This will seriously please holiday guests of any age!

christmas dessert pizza

And of course, that third component is an important one–the toppings. For our holiday dessert pizza it had to be bright holiday candy of course! My daughter and I went to the bulk section of our market and selected a variety of holiday candy. You know, a little of this, a lot of that.

holiday dessert pizza

I cut our dessert pizza into slices and the kids grabbed a piece (which they did after careful evaluation of candy toppings of course). This was such a fun recipe to make but even more fun to watch the kids enjoy it. I have to say: I think it is a holiday recipe hit! What do you think? Will you make your own dessert pizza this year?

Holiday Dessert Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening, chilled
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup cold water

To Make
  1. In a large bowl, cut shortening and flour together. I use a pastry blender, but using two forks works! Combine until it looks like small pebbles.
  2. Add the cold water and stir until it combines into a mound. If it seems you need more water, you can add cold water, a teaspoon at a time.
  3. Place dough in between two pieces of floured plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  4. Roll it out to form your “pizza crust” and poke a few holes in it with a fork so it doesn’t puff up while baking.
  5. Bake at 350° oven for 10-20 minutes, or until the crust is cooked through and starting to turn slightly golden.
  6. Cool before frosting.

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Simple Bacon Appetizer Ideas + WIN Bacon for a YEAR!

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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.

**UPDATE: Winner selected, congrats to Clarissa!

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!

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!

 

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