Posts Tagged ‘party food’

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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Spring Brunch Free Printables!

Did you catch our recent Spring Brunch feature? If not, be sure to check out Part I & Part II. If you want to host your own crisp, fresh and cheery Spring brunch — we have great news! Kori from Paper & Pigtails is generously sharing the menu, food cards, and place cards she created for us — with all of you!

free printables

For your own Spring brunch, download these free printables from Paper & Pigtails! All files can be edited with your own menu and names! Thanks Kori!

Download files here.

*Please note that these files are for your personal use only. They are being generously shared with you all, please use for your personal parties only. Thanks!

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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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{Mini} Dipped Rice Crispy Treats

From mini cupcakes, to mini pies — there are many mini desserts popping up lately. This might be one of my new favorites … mini dipped rice crispy treat recipe!

rice crispy treat recipe

These mini treats are perfect for DIY dipping at a party for little hands. Lisa from With Style & Grace created and photographed these sweet treats that are featured on Celebrations at Home.

mini desserts

Rice crispy balls + chocolate + sprinkles = sounds like yummy fun to me! Be sure to drop by Celebrations at Home where Lisa shares her recipe and more photos!

{photos via With Style & Grace}

What mini desserts have you made or seen lately?

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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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