Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Summertime Plans + Poolside Grilling

With my Summer Thyme beverage in hand, I’m daydreaming about all the upcoming summer fun there is to be had (you know, in between w-o-r-k that is). With our two girls almost out of school, a great Memorial weekend under our belt, and the sunny CA sunshine — we’re about ready to kick into that summertime gear!

First up on our agenda is a week long getaway to Palm Springs.

 Palm Springs getaway | Thoughtfully Simple

 Is it time to go yet?

Palm Springs getaway

We’ll also see plenty of lazy beach days. When we have no plans on the weekend it’s pretty common that we just call decide to head to the beach (why not right?). This summer the Mr. and I are in the market for new beach cruisers so we can all go for a long Sunday beach strolls at the beach. And summer wouldn’t be complete without many casual backyard gatherings with family and friends — and of course, keeping up with our garden.

Here’s a new recipe that I’ll be serving up while we’re relaxing poolside in Palm Springs. What I love about it is that it tastes fresh and flavorful but it’s super simple to make.

hot dog appetizers

Grilled Hot Dog Bites with fresh Jalapenos, Tomatoes & Avocado Dressing

Grill your Hebrew National Hot Dogs and lightly toast the buns.

Slice the hot dogs, buns, jalapenos and tomatoes. Assemble and hold in place with a toothpick.

Serve on a platter with a bowl of your favorite avocado dressing for dipping.

See? super simple!

What fun summer plans do you have? 


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Cheers to Summer Thyme

It’s HOT and feels like summer and when the temp rises nothing else makes sense then pouring a cool and refreshing drink. The other day after work I mixed this baby up for a little cool down. My garden was my inspiration, I LOVE creating drinks from what I am growing (that means I’ll always have the ingredients on hand)! This is virgin, but you could also add a splash of vodka or gin to make things fun. I’m calling it the Summer Thyme.

sumemr cocktails

Summer Thyme

For each drink you will need:

-2 Strawberries

-Sprig of Thyme

-Lemon wedge

-Club soda

To make: Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of your glass. Add ice and club soda. Squeeze lemon wedge into glass and garnish with Thyme.

Simple and refreshing. Cheers!

Still thirsty? Check out these other summer cocktails.

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Nutella Cream Cheese Danishes

What could be better than a  warm, gooey breakfast? Not much in my book. Last week, I kicked off the Pepperidge Farm   PuffectionTM  Holiday Entertaining Challenge, and whipped up this recipe for Blueberry Cheescake Danishes — they were delicious! This week, I’m putting a kid friendly twist on this recipe.

Nutella Danish

I created the same cinnamon sugar danish and then filled it with a cream cheese and Nutella center. YUMMY.

Nutella Danish

The flaky danish paired perfectly with the creamy center. This would make a great Christmas morning breakfast (bonus is that they are super simple and fast to make).

Nutella Danish Recipe

Pile them high on on a cake stand Christmas morning. Just be warned: they won’t last long!

 

Nutella Cream Cheese Danishes

Ingredients

Vegetable cooking spray

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

5 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

All-purpose flour

1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 cup Nutella

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

3 tsp. milk

1/4 cup sliced almond, toasted (for topping, optional)

To Make

1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray.

2. Stir the cinnamon and 4 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Stir the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a small bowl.

3. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface. Brush the pastry sheet with half the butter. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture. With the short side facing you, cut the pastry sheet lengthwise into 6 strips. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making 12 in all.

4. Twist 1 pastry strip then coil into a spiral. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet. Brush the end of the spiral with the remaining butter and tuck tightly under the bottom of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1 teaspoon Nutella in the center of each pastry.

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

6. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and milk to create a glaze. Drizzle on top before you serve.

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Be sure to visit the Puffection TM tab on the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Facebook page and share your own holiday Puff Pastry recipes, and http://www.puffpastry.com for more recipes, tips and how-to videos

Disclosure: Pepperidge Farm has provided me with a stipend for my time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Puffection TM Holiday Entertaining challenge, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Football fever & a simple (perfect) dip

Many of our winter weekends include gathering with friends and family watching football (and eating yummy food!). Often we gather in our home, cozy on the couch to watch the big game. These weekends are great, however the real excitement happens when we get out and tailgate! Sporting our fan gear, preparing some football food and packing up the car — always leads to a good time.

I’ve gathered some inspiration for your next tailgate event (indoors or outside):

Football Party Ideas

 

Football Pizza // Football SubwayPrintable // Football Brownies // Velveeta & Rotal Dip (recipe below)

Cheesy Party Dip

 

This dip is a go-to for “Sunday Fun Day” game-day tailgates (even if it’s in your living room). I like serving dips in individual sized portions. Here, I’ve simple used stemless martini glasses as the vessel to serve the dip. Easy to hold and you get use out of glasses you already have, score!


 

Ingredients

1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained

1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta® Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 Jalapeno, diced (if you like it a bit spicy)

 Directions

Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese in medium saucepan.

Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.

Top with diced jalapenos.

Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables. I like to serve it with pita chips.

 see original recipe here

What are your favorite tailgaiting recipes? I’d love to know!

 

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The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion! Plus, I love how simple it is to whip up (bonus: it will delight all of your football fans in attendance)!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.

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Salty & Sweet Christmas Treat

It’s that time of year when we bake up a storm, cookie swap like crazy and make gift baskets for all of our friends and families. This year I tried out a new dessert recipe and it happens to make the perfect holiday party treat OR that something special for friends or colleagues.

What’s salty, chocolatey and festive? These Reindeer Antlers – yummy and cute!

 Sweet & Salty Christmas Treat


Pretzels and chocolate — is there a better combination? There really aren’t many things better than great chocolate and Dove totally has you covered. Click to sweeten the holidays with Silky Smooth Dove Chocolate.

Reindeer Antlers Treat

 Pair this treat with a small glass of milk and you have the perfect surprise for that after school snack (that is if you don’t eat them before the kids get home!).

Reindeer Antlers

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups DOVE® Chocolate

3/4 cup M&M’S® Brand MINIS®

1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces

Reynolds® Parchment Paper

To Make:

1. Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S® Brand MINIS® and set aside for decoration.

2. Line a baking sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper.

3. Melt the DOVE® Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.

4. Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S® Brand MINIS® on each antler as it is finished.

5. Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.

6. Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.

7. Once firm, remove them from the Reynolds® Parchment Paper.

8. If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.

Tip: Add red M&M’S® Brand MINIS® to form the red nose.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mars via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mars.

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Good Morning! Blueberry Cheescake Danishes

There is something that I love about a great weekend breakfast. Lazy mornings, hot coffee, and something great to eat — what could be better? And as the holidays quickly approach I’m working on my holiday menu (Christmas morning breakfast a biggie on the list as it’s becoming my favorite occasion to entertain!) and I’m often trying new recipes. So, when  the folks at Pepperidge Farm recently asked me to take the   PuffectionTM  Holiday Entertaining Challenge, I was super excited to get baking!

With breakfast on the mind, I decided to try this recipe for Blueberry Cheescake Danishes.

 

Danish Recipe

I was pleasantly surprised how simple this recipe was. With only a few ingredients, I had these little bits of heaven in the oven super fast. Then, I waited not-so-patiently for them to bake.

Danish Recipe - Blackberry

When they were done, they were warm and crispy and tasted wonderful! The divine smell of cinnamon and blueberry drew in a crowd who wanted a taste too. I shared, because I’m thoughtful like that ;).

 

Danish Recipe

This recipe is definitely a keeper and will likely make a appearance on Christmas morning — they are THAT good.

Blueberry Cheescake Danishes

Ingredients

Vegetable cooking spray

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

5 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

All-purpose flour

1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 cup blueberry preserves or strawberry jam

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

3 tsp. milk

1/4 cup sliced almond, toasted

To Make

1.Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray.

2.Stir the cinnamon and 4 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl. Stir the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a small bowl.

3.Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface. Brush the pastry sheet with half the butter. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture. With the short side facing you, cut the pastry sheet lengthwise into 6 strips. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making 12 in all.

4.Twist 1 pastry strip then coil into a spiral. Place the pastry onto the baking sheet. Brush the end of the spiral with the remaining butter and tuck tightly under the bottom of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips. Place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1 teaspoon preserves in the center of each pastry.

5.Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

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Be sure to visit the Puffection TM tab on the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Facebook page and share your own holiday Puff Pastry recipes, and http://www.puffpastry.com for more recipes, tips and how-to videos

Disclosure: Pepperidge Farm has provided you with a stipend for my time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Puffection TM Holiday Entertaining challenge, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.

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