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Ginger beer cocktail

I teased you with a photo of this ginger beer cocktail the other day when I shared about simple meals for two and I’m back to share this recipe as promised.

It’s a great drink for those who like beer but also enjoy a nice cocktail … the best of both worlds in one simple package — the Ginger Beer Cocktail:

ginger beer cocktail

In shaker combine:

1 parts vodka

2 parts ginger ginger beer (or your favorite ginger ale)

shake and strain into glass

garnish with a thin piece of fresh ginger

I used ginger ale (with Jasmine Tea) by Bruce Cost found at BevMo.

*This cocktail goes wonderfully with any Chinese or Asian dishes you are serving.

Cheers!

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Simple meals for two with PF Chang’s

Looking for a simple dinner or menu item for your next dinner party that taste delicious but only requires about 15 minutes of your time? No, I’m not talking about a run through the drive-thru — check out PF Chang’s new Home Menu for a hot-simmering-pan-full of deliciousness. Really (I tried them all!). Look at this bowl full of YUM (a.k.a Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles).

pf changs recipes

What I like about this new frozen line from PF Chang’s is that the flavor is not compromised one bit. Each bag is packed full of that PF Chang’s goodness you’d expect like you find  in all of their PF Changs recipes. They decided to bring their products right to your home in an effort to help you “ignite the night” and what isn’t to love about that? A simple way to put together a thoughtful (and tasty) meal … hello!

You can even have a bit of fun with dinner –

pf changs recipes | simple meals for two

I grabbed a couple  “take-out” boxes from Michael’s Craft Store (about $1.29 each) and tied a pair of chopsticks to each one. I filled then with PF Chang’s Garlic Shrimp with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite). Then the hubs and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV (rarity for us!). It really did feel like a special treat — hello igniting the night!

You can even get a little more into it and create a signature cocktail to pair with your “take-in” meal. I’ll find any reason to  create a cocktail! {Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe}

Don’t forget to join the #NoodleNight Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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Reinventing the cupcake topper

I love when I stumble upon talented people, doing creative things that I hadn’t known about before. Recently, I was on the hunt for a creative way to dress up cupcakes that didn’t include a paper cupcake topper (nothing against them, I am just a bit bored with the look), when I discovered Edible Details and their fondant cupcake toppers – BINGO! I loved how  Brittany has taken the matching theme look of the paper cupcake topped yet created something unique, gorgeous, and EDIBLE! Take a look:

fondant cupcakes

See what I mean? They are darling! What a great way to present a cupcake, don’t you think?

toppers | fondant cupcakes

Wouldn’t this monkey be perfect for a monkey birthday party theme? The possibilities are endless – Brittany is like a magician with fondant!

fondant toppers

She also does adorable 3D fondant toppers and edible sugar flowers … OH MY  the flowers (more on those soon)!

fondant cupcakes

Be sure to check out all of Brittany’s designs over at Edible Details (like these cute Halloween toppers)! I can’t wait to share the custom toppers she created just for us, details soon!

 

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Mason jar recipes

The mason jar trend is nothing new, but it still seems to be going strong (and in my book still adorable!). From sweets to snacks, drinks to meals — I love all mason jar recipes. Here are a few I’ve spotted that I can’t wait to try. 

mason jar recipes

Neapolitan cake, rainbow cake (would be darling for birthday or St. Patrick’s Day), individual pies (the flags are a cute bonus!).

mason jar recipes

Here are some of my favorite and unique mason jar recipes that go beyond cakes and pies:

Smore pudding, ice cream (hello brilliant!), and chili topped with cornbread (this has to be my all-time favorite!).

Have you baked, cooked, or served with mason jars? What are your favorite mason jar recipes? Do tell!

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Party Parfait Recipe

parfait recipe

Looking for something a little different to serve at your next party? This parfait recipe would be perfect for your next brunch, luncheon or even as dessert.

Stefanie from anna and blue paperie is stopping by today to share her recipe for delicious parfaits.

from Stefanie:

By serving the parfaits in fancy glasses such as martini glasses, they are sure to be a hit at any party! In addition, they would make the perfect breakfast on the go as well as a healthy snack that kiddos are sure to love.

(We agree!)

Ingredients | Parfait RecipeParfait Recipe:

32 oz low fat Vanilla Yogurt
12oz granola, I recommend blueberry crunch
Fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces), raspberries and blueberries

¼ cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon Maple syrup

1/8 of a cup of water

To make the berry sauce:

Add a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add orange juice and maple syrup and mix continuously. When the mixture begins to bubble, add your water to avoid the sauce from sticking to the pan. Once the mixture is of a sauce consistency, remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Add yogurt to 1/3 of your glass. Add a few fresh berries and top with the berry sauce and coat berries evenly. Add another layer of vanilla yogurt. Top with granola. Makes 4 – 6 servings

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Simple Summer Dips

When I think of summer dips, I think of fresh and flavorful ingredients (not mayo based or thick and creamy traditional dips). The next time you entertain, why not whip up one of these easy dips? They are healthier, will hold up sitting out in the heat and they taste fantastic!

Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus

summer dips

serves 8

1 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno (remove the ribs and seeds)
2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeno, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin and curry powder. Blend until desired consistency. Serve immediately or chill until needed.

*Serve with Garden Salsa Sun Chips (the flavor combo between the chips and the hummus is to die for)!

Mild Mango Salsa

easy dips

12 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced
2 mangos, coarsely diced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp Tabasco

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

*Serve with Fritos or Frito Scoops for a fun twist on the traditional chips and salsa!

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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