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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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What’s for breakfast?

Looking for Fathers Day breakfast ideas? I think it is nice to wake Dad up Sunday morning with a hearty, delicious breakfast (and a cup of joe with the morning paper of course!). In our house, we have narrowed down the menu to 4 of his favorites. However, we just might end up making a couple because we can’t decide!

fathers day breakfast

-French toast and fruit skewers via cakeface (kids love assembling these!)

-Breakfast melts via The Pioneer Woman (you can make these ahead the night before)

-Blueberry muffins via With Style and Grace (pack these up for a day out and about)

-Brown sugar and bacon waffles via Joy the Baker (really, need I say more?)

It’s obvious we might all be in a food coma this weekend because these are ALL looking good!

So, what will YOU be making Dad this Sunday?

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Spring Brunch {Part II}

If you were looking for any white party ideas, be sure to check out our Spring Brunch {Part I} from last week. As promised, here are (the brighter!) details in Part 2. We hope you enjoy these brunch ideas and become inspired for those Spring parties!

You did check out the original feature in Valley & Co.’s Spring Ezine, right? If not, click the image below!

A quick recap: We stumbled into a big, green, grassy field and set up a clean, crisp, and cheery Spring brunch!

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(More tablescape photos in Part I)

spring brunch ideas

The entire tablescape was white –linens, plates, centerpieces, and chairs. For a cheery pop of color, we had custom designed menus, food cards and place cards designed by the very talented Kori Klark of Paper & Pigtails. *Be sure to check out the note at the end of this post!

Menu-  Brunch Ideas

The menu consisted of: mini quiches, lemon bars, fresh fruit skewers and orange marmalade muffins.

The beverages? Mimosas (of course)!

Orange marmalade muffins, topped with adorable mini paper pinwheels for a little springtime whimsy! These polka dotted mini pinwheels were designed by Twirlie Whirlies and were the perfect muffin-accessory we’ve ever seen!

See? Cute, right?

spring parties

I hope that you enjoyed our spring brunch ideas and are inspired to host your own spring soiree!

Vendors

Menus, food cards & place cards – Paper and Pigtails

Paper pinwheels – Twirlie Whirlies

Striped paper straws & cupcake wrappers – Sweet Shop LuLu

*P.S. Stay tuned for the free printables from this Spring Brunch (thanks Kori!)

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Spring Brunch Inspiration & Sneak Peek!

Here is a look at the inspiration board I created for a recent Spring Brunch shoot. The look was crisp and cheerful, exactly how I envision springtime. Plus, a sneak peek at the actual shoot!

spring party themes

Inspiration above from: TheKnot, Twirlie Whirlies and My Baking Addiction.

Here is a sneak peek at the location where we held the brunch shoot — it was a stunning day!

Spring Brunch Ideas

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos! Stay tuned…

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Green Pancakes

Looking for something fun to do on St Patricks Day morning? Well, if you want to do more than a Lucky Charms treat for St Patricks Day food, consider this green pancake recipe!

Nothing fancy here, simply add green gel food coloring to your favorite pancake recipe. Cook as normal, stack em’ up and serve!

Hostess Tip: You can always make pancakes ahead of time and freeze. Since St Patrick’s Day is on a school/work day this year (which are really busy mornings in our home!), I made these up and put them in the freezer. Then, all I have to do is pop in the microwave for 2 minutes and serve.

You might also like these Rainbow Pancakes – they will cheer up any sleepyhead!

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A Lucky Breakfast

Looking for a little something thoughtful to do for the kiddos on Saint Patrick’s Day? This is what I have planned for my girls – a little simple St Patricks day food! This will be an extra special treat to wake up to because they never get to have “sugary” cereal for breakfast (it’s dessert in our house!).

saint patrick's day food

Glass jars filled with green milk (of course!). Cupcake liners filled with Lucky Charms cereal. On the breakfast tray, I’ve placed a little love note to my two daughters that reads “I’m over the rainbow in love with you girls.” **UPDATED to include printable sign (end of post).

green food ideas

In each jar, a yellow and white striped paper straw.

saint patrick's day food

A close up of the cereal cups and also mini cupcake liners filled with donut holes. What more could a lucky leprechaun ask for?

**Looking for more Saint Patrick’s day food ideas? Check out these rainbow cupcakes and these rainbow pancakes, green pancakes … or this simple green milk + rainbow Frootloops idea!

Many of you wanted to print the sign I created so I have included it here. The original one, plus a couple variations (to fit your needs!). Enjoy :)

Saint Patrick's Day Printable - girls

“girls”

Saint Patrick's Day Printable - you

“you”

Saint Patrick's Day Printable - girls

“We”

Right click & save one of these images. Then just open up in a word doc (or similar program) and print.

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