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Tailgating At Home :: Pizza + Pumpkin Shandy

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Two things are true this time of year in my household: we watch a lot of football and we always seem to have a house full of family and friends. I love that entertaining on game day has a much more relaxed vibe which means it’s the perfect opportunity to keep things simple. No need to fuss in the kitchen or plan a ton of appetizers. Simply bake your favorite frozen pizzas and serve up a beer cocktail –you’ll make everyone happy!

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Last weekend we had a few friends over to watch the game and I served up this pumpkin shandy beer cocktail (recipe below). It was really delicious and easy enough for guests to whip up themselves. This means more relaxing for the hostess and more time to visit with friends while we watched the game. (more…)

Simple Ghost Cupcakes

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I’m not sure how it happened but Halloween is right around the corner (EEEEEKKKK!). Is it just me just me, or does it seems like the year is just rolling along at top speed. Crazy! Well, if you find yourself needed to make halloween cupcakes in the next few weeks, these ghosts are simple and super fun!

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Want to know a little secret I have on keeping things simple? I don’t always make my own cupcakes (insert horror screech here, right?). In fact, I just go to my local grocery store bakery and ask them to sell me un-iced cupcakes. It’s so easy (you can totally do this for cake layers too!). Then I get to skip the baking and have fun with the decorating. Just keepin’ it real…. and simple. ;) (more…)

Creative Coffee Recipes

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Coffee happens to be my favorite food group. It’s true. And since today is National Coffee Day, I guess that means I have to celebrate. Darn. ;)

If you’re looking for creative coffee recipes, try my go-to coffee smoothie, these iced coffee shots, or these coffee martinis.

For other awesome coffee recipe ideas, be sure to follow this Pinterest board:

Follow Tori Tait :: Thoughtfully Simple’s board Coffee Queen on Pinterest.

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Chicken and Waffle (Fries) Sliders

This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods.

We’re a couple weeks into the school year and our house is already buzzing with after-school activities, sports, and jam-packed weekends. This means I have less time to be in the kitchen preparing meals and weekend snack –but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want to serve memorable food. To make it all work, I try to plan quicker meals and get the family to help out in the prep and cooking. This weekend, we all pitched in and made these DELICIOUS chicken and waffle fries sliders!

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These two-bite sliders were bursting with flavor and a mini meal that we all enjoyed. We used tomatoes and jalapeños growing in our garden which added a nice fresh flavor. Alexia Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries sandwiched slices of breaded chicken, topped with a maple-mayo (don’t skip this part!), fresh tomato, and a slice of jalapeño (which added just the perfect amount of spice). (more…)

Pineapple + Pretzel Chocolate Bark

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It’s not unusual that I get a weird idea and then head to the kitchen. That’s exactly how this chocolate bark assembly began. I thought … hmmmm what if I made a salty-sweet bark and tossed in some candied pineapple for good measure. Heck, why not?!

make chocolate barkHere are the goods to make the chocolate bark :: Chocolate and white chocolate melts, candied pineapples, pretzel sticks, and white sprinkles (not pictured)

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Sip It :: Watermelon + Strawberry Lemonade Cooler

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Summer is winding down but it’s still extremely hot here in Southern California (it was 115 yesterday …yeah, it’s H-O-T). Even though the temperature might not reflect it, summer is coming to an end –but I’m not ready to completely let these lazy summer days go. I’m holding on a little bit longer while sipping this Seagram’s Escapes cocktail!

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This is the last weekend before school is in full swing for both of our girls, so we set up for light and refreshing pre-dinner sips & salads this weekend (just for us grown ups). There’s no flavor that screams “summer” more than watermelon (am I right)?! That’s why this cocktail is the perfect one for your summer send off sipping enjoyment (now say that three times fast!). (more…)

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