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Serve it :: Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

 What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.

I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

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Valentines Day Desserts :: Heart Pudding Pies

valentines day desserts

One of my secrets is to make super cute desserts that look like they took a lot of effort. These Valentine’s Day desserts took 15 minutes tops and put a huge smile on my girls’ faces when they got home from school. They are super simple to make!

Pudding Pie :: valentines day desserts

All you’ll need is graham cracker crumbs, fudge or chocolate pudding and M&Ms. By the way can we discuss the new cherry flavored M&M’s? They are soooo good. I may have eaten a few the whole bag.

easy alentines day desserts

Heart Pudding Pies

Prepare graham cracker crumbs as directed and press into the bottom of a small dish. Prepare pudding and pour on top of crumbs. Top with your favorite M&Ms and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

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Sip it :: Berry Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

Even if you don’t love Valentine’s Day, you can still love this champagne cocktail. It has all the trademarks of a good Valetnine’s day date … it’s sweet, eye catching, and will make you happy. What more could a girl want?

Champagne Cocktail :: Valentine's Day Drink

With two ingredients: Berry Champagne and St. Germain Liqueur this cocktail couldn’t get much simpler. Not even a shaker required which makes it a simple cocktail to serve while entertaining. I recommend placing the bottles on a bar cart or other beverage station so guests can help themselves.

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Ice Cream Cone (Just Add Sprinkles!)

Ice Cream Cone with SprinklesI scream, you scream …. right? It might not be summer (where you live), but around these parts we are always in the mood for a scoop (or two!) on an ice cream cone.

My pantry always seems to have an excessive amount of both chocolate and sprinkles left over from holiday baking, so when this idea came to me it seemed like the perfect way to use them up. These sprinkle-dipped cones were easy to make and a huge hit with my family. Feel free to make these cones ahead of time and store them until you’re ready to use. 

Ice Cream Cone | Add Sprinkles

 

Sprinkle-Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Ingredients

12 ice cream cones
1 pound melting chocolate
1 cup of your favorite sprinkles

To make: Melt chocolate as directed on package. Once melted, dip the rim of the ice cream cone in chocolate and then immediately into the bowl of sprinkles. Lay the cone on wax paper until the chocolate dries and hardens. Serve by scooping ice cream into cone.

Recipe originally created for SC Johnson Family where I am a guest blogger. See it here.

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Serve It :: Superbowl Food Ideas

Ready for the big game? If not, no worries — I’ve got you covered.

TeamHQToday I’m excited to kick off a week of great game day ideas from a wonderful group of home entertaining experts. We’re sharing tips, ideas and recipes for celebrating the Super Bowl at home. Be sure to visit each link for great ideas!

superbowl food ideas

 

Super Bowl Food Ideas

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Host a beer tasting party :: Serve game day cheesecakes in cute mason jars :: Please guests with football whoopie pies (plus 10 more great recipes!) :: spice it up with these two dip recipes :: set up a sporty area for entertaining guests :: make it a soup-er bowl :: sip superbowl sangria

I hope your feeling inspired! Be sure to follow along for more tips on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #HostessHQ we’ll be posting tips and ideas all week!

You might also want to add these to your menu: bacon beer cheese dip, jalapeno cheese bread and chili cheese twists. You’re welcome, enjoy ;).

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