Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Serve It :: Mini Cheese Balls

Looking for a new holiday recipe? These mini cheese balls make the perfect appetizer. The play on the traditional cheese ball will have your guests thinking you are the most clever hostess in town.

Mini Cheese Balls

You’ll want to keep this recipe on hand because it’s really simple to make and is so creative and tasty that people will be asking you to make it again –trust me! (more…)

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Pineapple + Pretzel Chocolate Bark

chocolate bark

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

watermelon cocktail

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!

watermelon cocktail recipe

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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Sip It :: Pomegranate + Raspberry Champagne Float

summer cocktails
I get really happy when summer rolls around and have been known to find reasons to entertain just so I could create a fun, refreshing cocktail. So when PAMA asked if I wanted to collaborate and create a summer cocktail I jumped at the chance.

summer cocktails  - recipe

I had never used pomegranate liqueur before but it will be one of my go-to’s from now on. It has a sweet, yet tart taste and a great ruby color. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila.


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Serve It :: Meatball + Marinara Appetizer

This post is sponsored by Bertolli®
meatball appetizers

I love Italian cuisine and flavors. In fact, I might be kindred spirits with Italians everywhere who love life simply and fully, with family, friends, fun freshness and FOOD at the core. I mean, that just sounds like the roadmap to a happy life to me, don’t you think?

easy meatball appetizers

I love the idea of serving appetizers that play on meals, like these one-bite meatball and marinara cups. It’s a rich, flavorful, yet simple appetizer that guests will love (recipe and instructions below).

meatball appetizers recipe

Small bites like these are also perfect for setting a simply tuscan-inspired summer table. When entertaining outdoors I like to keep things lighter and smaller portions. These meatball + marinara appetizers are paired perfectly with some rustic bread and mini sangria sips.

mini sangrias

You can purchase pre-bottled sangria and keep things really simple.

meatball appetizers recipe

I placed a platter of appetizers, bread, drinks, and blooms from my garden … on a small table and made a little sitting area on our back patio. It made for the perfect spot to gather and visit with friends who were visiting.

Want to make your own?

make meatball appetizers

To start, add about 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce into small single-serve vessels.

single meatball appetizers

Then skewer a meatball (homemade or store-bought) and a basil leaf with a cocktail fork or toothpick.

single meatball appetizers

When your ready to serve, place the skewered meatball and basil right into the sauce.

Bertolli_logo_200x200[2]Viva Bertolli®  and join me in celebrating 150 years of delicious Italian food, friends and family. Felice Anniversario and Buono Appetito! Visit Bertolli on Facebook, Pinterest  and Twitter for more inspirations and ideas to bring Tuscany to your table.

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