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Halloween snack mix + printable

I whipped up this Halloween snack mix the other night in about 10 minutes (made a big ole’ batch and stored it in a big ole’ jar!). My secret recipe  at the end of the post.   ;)

 

Halloween snack mix

I made a big batch of this and used for different things:

-sent with kiddo on a recent amusment park trip

-made gift jars for friends

-made a cute after school treat for my girls

You all liked the St. Patrick’s Day treat I shared, so I thought I’d share this one too — nothing fancy, just a simple surprise waiting for them after school.

printable - Halloween snack mix

A little festive snack — you know to get in the Halloween spirit.

 Halloween trail mix

Add some milk (it does a body good) + a cute paper straw = SIMPLE.

Here’s the image I created if you want to use it. Just right click + save. Then open in a word doc and print.

 

Halloween Trail Mix Recipe

Note: I don’t do exact measurments — more like a handul of this, a handful of that. So just increase what you love and leave out what you don’t!

Combine:

-Chex Mix cereal (I used honey flavor)

-Chocolate Cheerios

-Roasted Peanuts

-Butter Popcorn (make sure to toss a few handfuls in your mouth for good measure)

-Reeses Pieces (and then toss some of these in your mouth with the popcorn – trust me!)

-Fall colored M&M’s

-Candy Corn and Candy Corn pumpkins

That’s it! Mix it all up and enjoy!

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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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My Top 4 Recipes for Superbowl

Many of you have asked what is on my Superbowl menu this year, so I wanted to share my favorite Superbowl food with you all. There will be several appearance, but these 4 recipes are the main attraction!

Superbowl food

These are my favorite football-food recipes. I’ve included all the links below in case you’d like to give them a try!

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches topped with Tangy Coleslaw (recipe)
  • Franks Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings (recipe)
  • Chicken, Jalapeno, Cream Cheese Crescent Pinwheels — a HUGE hit! (recipe)
  • Cream Cheese stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in Bacon — Make DOUBLE! (recipe)

We like our game day food spicy! What’s on your menu?

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Simple Appetizers For Your NYE Entertaining

Here are two simple and impressive appetizers you can do in a snap! Having guests? Try these!!!

Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Focaccia Toasts & Spitfire Shrimp

Grilled Be ef Tenderloin on Focaccia Toasts

Cook Time 1 hr 10 min
Enough for a crowd! 30 plus servings
Ingredients

2 pounds cherry tomatoes
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 heads garlic
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 lemon, juiced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cups good quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoons hot chili paste
1 whole beef tenderloin*, about 6 to 8 pounds
2 loaves focaccia bread , sliced and toasted
Baby arugula, for garnish

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the tomatoes into a roasting pan, drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes have collapsed, about 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
Drizzle the garlic with olive oil, wrap it in foil, and bake it until soft, about 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, squeeze the soft garlic onto a cutting board. Strip the needles from the rosemary, add them to the garlic, and chop them together. Pour 1 cup olive oil into a small bowl; add the garlic and rosemary mixture and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Set aside until ready to grill.
Char the outside of the pepper under the broiler or over a gas flame. Put it into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. When cool enough to handle, peel, seed, and chop and put it into a blender. Add the mayonnaise and chili paste; process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper; refrigerate until ready to use. (Can be made the day before.)
Heat the grill. Remove the meat from the refrigerator about 1/2 hour before you are going to grill it. Brush it with some of the flavored olive oil and season it generously with salt and pepper. Grill the tenderloin, turning frequently, until the meat is rare or medium rare, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to a platter and let it rest for 5 minutes, brushing it with the flavored olive oil. Cut the beef into thin slices.
To serve, put some of the flavored mayonnaise onto a piece of focaccia toast. Top it with a thin slice of the beef and spoon on some of the roasted tomatoes. Garnish with some arugula leaves and serve.

*Cook’s note: Have your butcher clean the fat and silver skin from the tenderloin and tie it.

Spitfire Shrimp

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Serves: 6 to 8 servings for snacking
Ingredients

Seasoning:
1 lime, juiced
2 ounces (1/4 cup) hot cayenne pepper sauce
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon crab boil seasoning
Shrimp:
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
2 pounds jumbo shrimp peeled and de-veined*
12 to 15 blades fresh chives, chopped, for garnish

*Ask for easy-peel raw deveined shrimp at seafood counter of market

Directions

Preheat large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
Combine lime juice, hot sauce, cumin, red pepper flakes and seafood seasoning blend.
Quickly saute garlic and shallots in oil and butter for 1 minute, add shrimp and cook 3 minutes, tossing and turning frequently. Dump pink, firm, cooked shrimp from hot pan into hot seasoning blend and toss in seasoning mixture to coat shrimp evenly. Garnish with chopped chives. Serve warm or chilled.

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence photos from Food Network

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Holiday Appetizers

I have been a fan of celebrity chef LuLu Powers ever since I read her book Food to Flowers. So when she sent me these easy appetizer recipes for the holiday season, I knew they’d be great — and they are! Below she shares her recipes for Apple Cheddar Rye Puffs and Parmesan Pea Dip, both recipes would make perfect holiday appetizers.

Before we get to the recipes, I wanted to share this simple tip from LuLu:

  • Cocktail Ornaments: Store cranberries in the freezer and use them to adorn cocktails. These frozen delights will give any gathering the holiday spirit.

And now for the recipes!

Apple Cheddar Rye Puffs

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30 appetizers

Ingredients

1/2 Granny Smith apple (cored, peeled and finely chopped)

1 cup Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar shredded cheese

3 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 loaf of mini rye bread

Fresh ground pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cut rounds out of rye bread using a 1- 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

3. Combine remaining ingredients. Spread on toast and bake for 10 minutes more. Serve warm.

Helpful Hints

Bake only one side of bread and then apply mixture on other side.

Parmesan Pea Dip

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed, divided

1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed

1 cup mint

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup Sargento Artisan Blends Parmesan Shredded Cheese, divided

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup or a dash of hot sauce

Directions

1. Put 2- 1/2 cup peas and all other ingredients except oil and ½ cup cheese in food processor and process until consistency is mostly smooth.

2. Add oil and then remaining 1/2 cup peas. Process until mixture is slightly chunky. (If you prefer the dip smoother, process longer.)

3. Spread on rice crackers and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Helpful Hints

This pea dip can be served over pasta or on top of cooked fish or chicken. Sprinkle with additional cheese.

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Halftime Snacks | Party Food

If you are throwing a sports themed party (like I did recently – here), you may be wondering how to incorporate all those salty, sporty snacks into your event. I decided to do a play on the oh-so popular sweet dessert tables. We swapped out most of the sweet goodies for sporty favorites like sunflower seeds and Cracker Jacks.

These “Halftime Snacks” were a huge hit. I often found guests scooping up their favorites into individual bags and even huddling (get it) around the table grabbing handfuls of these salty treats.

The “Halftime Snacks” sign was adapted from a free printable from Hostess with the Mostess. See the DIY originals here.

Classic sport favorites like Big League Chew and Slim Jims fit into this sports theme perfectly.

This savory (and a little sweet) dessert table included: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, pretzels, Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew, Hot Tamales and Boston Baked Beans.

Overall, we think we hit a home run with this table. What do you think? Did we leave something out?

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