Posts Tagged ‘party food’

Simple meals for two with PF Chang’s

Looking for a simple dinner or menu item for your next dinner party that taste delicious but only requires about 15 minutes of your time? No, I’m not talking about a run through the drive-thru — check out PF Chang’s new Home Menu for a hot-simmering-pan-full of deliciousness. Really (I tried them all!). Look at this bowl full of YUM (a.k.a Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles).

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What I like about this new frozen line from PF Chang’s is that the flavor is not compromised one bit. Each bag is packed full of that PF Chang’s goodness you’d expect like you find  in all of their PF Changs recipes. They decided to bring their products right to your home in an effort to help you “ignite the night” and what isn’t to love about that? A simple way to put together a thoughtful (and tasty) meal … hello!

You can even have a bit of fun with dinner –

pf changs recipes | simple meals for two

I grabbed a couple  “take-out” boxes from Michael’s Craft Store (about $1.29 each) and tied a pair of chopsticks to each one. I filled then with PF Chang’s Garlic Shrimp with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite). Then the hubs and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV (rarity for us!). It really did feel like a special treat — hello igniting the night!

You can even get a little more into it and create a signature cocktail to pair with your “take-in” meal. I’ll find any reason to  create a cocktail! {Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe}

Don’t forget to join the #NoodleNight Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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Party like it’s a Wednesday (on Twitter)

I like any reason to celebrate or put something thoughtful together — especially if it’s for something unexpected (say like a Wednesday night). So when PF Chang’s reached out to me to help co-host their Twitter party (tonight!) I was definitely up for it. PF Chang’s has launched a new line of great home meals that are meant to “ignite the night,” LOVE that! I can’t wait to share more at the party tonight on Twitter. Will you join us?

There will be AH-MAZ-ING prizes and lots of noodle-loving tweets flying (did you know tomorrow is National Noodle Day? Yep). I’m whipping up some tasty blog posts before the party but here’s a peek at what I’m cookin’ up. Plus, all the party details are at the end of the post. Hope to “see” you tonight!

Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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Mason jar recipes

The mason jar trend is nothing new, but it still seems to be going strong (and in my book still adorable!). From sweets to snacks, drinks to meals — I love all mason jar recipes. Here are a few I’ve spotted that I can’t wait to try. 

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Neapolitan cake, rainbow cake (would be darling for birthday or St. Patrick’s Day), individual pies (the flags are a cute bonus!).

mason jar recipes

Here are some of my favorite and unique mason jar recipes that go beyond cakes and pies:

Smore pudding, ice cream (hello brilliant!), and chili topped with cornbread (this has to be my all-time favorite!).

Have you baked, cooked, or served with mason jars? What are your favorite mason jar recipes? Do tell!

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Party Parfait Recipe

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Looking for something a little different to serve at your next party? This parfait recipe would be perfect for your next brunch, luncheon or even as dessert.

Stefanie from anna and blue paperie is stopping by today to share her recipe for delicious parfaits.

from Stefanie:

By serving the parfaits in fancy glasses such as martini glasses, they are sure to be a hit at any party! In addition, they would make the perfect breakfast on the go as well as a healthy snack that kiddos are sure to love.

(We agree!)

Ingredients | Parfait RecipeParfait Recipe:

32 oz low fat Vanilla Yogurt
12oz granola, I recommend blueberry crunch
Fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces), raspberries and blueberries

¼ cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon Maple syrup

1/8 of a cup of water

To make the berry sauce:

Add a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add orange juice and maple syrup and mix continuously. When the mixture begins to bubble, add your water to avoid the sauce from sticking to the pan. Once the mixture is of a sauce consistency, remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Add yogurt to 1/3 of your glass. Add a few fresh berries and top with the berry sauce and coat berries evenly. Add another layer of vanilla yogurt. Top with granola. Makes 4 – 6 servings

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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

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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!

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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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