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Potluck recipes, plus my 3 tips

Heading to a potluck this Labor Day Weekend? Here are a few simple potluck recipes and tips that are sure to impress!

 potluck recipes

7 layer dip is one of my all-time favorite potluck dishes. I love to bring it, I love to eat it and I’m loving this single-serving idea (see tip #2 below!). Get the recipe here.

best potluck recipe

These bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos are my go-to. I make them for Superbowl, for parties, potlucks and just because. They are dangerously good. Recipe here.

sliders for potluck

Sliders are a great option and you and you can put so many things in between those 2 mini buns. These are sausage sliders with peppers which are great for a “heartier” potluck dish. Bonus = you can top them with a cute mini flag pick! Recipe here.

Inspired?  Before you plan your dish ….

My 3 tips when planning your next potluck dish:

1. Purchase plastic platters and serving bowls from the dollar store (or stock up on those holiday dishes during end-of-season clearances). A plastic colorful dish looks much nicer than a foil pan, and if it cost you a dollar — you won’t be disappointed if you leave it behind.

2. Single servings are best. Consider creating single serving “mini dishes” for a convenient grab-n-go option at the potluck

3. Stick with classic recipes or create a twist on a classic recipe, but avoid preparing dishes that have exotic or unique ingredients. The goal of a potluck is to appeal to and feed a crowd so don’t get too fancy.

Have a tip or favorite potluck dish? I’d love to hear about it below!

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Apple Salad (and apple beer)

Apples aren’t just for fall recipes. Lately, I’ve been craving the crisp, refreshing flavor of a good tart apple. Maybe it’s the summer heat or maybe it’s just that I can only drink so many watermelon cocktails … either way I wanted to try something new.

apple beer

I recently received this new apple beer to try out and I knew just the time for a taste test. We were sitting outside on a very warm evening and a crisp, cold refreshing beverage was called for.

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is a naturally sweetened, gluten-free cider made from crisp apples, and it has 1/3 fewer calories than leading ciders (bonus). It’s sweet, and definitely a substitute for a fruity cocktail. When you want something a bit more “fun” than beer but still easy to grab-n-go … this is it.

I also think it would go wonderfully along side a nice apple salad like this one:

apple salad

This apple, pear and fennel salad looks AMAZINGLY good. Perfect for a hot summer evening bite, don’t you think?

Apple, Pear and Fennel Salad recipe here … go and get it and check out all of her amazing recipes while you’re at it.

What new summer flavor or recipe have you tried lately? Please share!

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Sip It :: 4 Summer Cocktails

There’s plenty of sunshine here in Southern California and we are already approaching our 95-100 degree days. How does an over-worked party gal keep her cool? With delicious, cold, summer cocktails of course!

Sometimes I’m inspired to come up with my own new summer cocktail recipes (like this watermelon cooler), but typically I’m far too parched to go to such efforts. When in need for new recipes of amazing summer drinks … turn to Pinterest!

Here are my favorite summer cocktails. You must be 21 years old to read further (nah, just kidding).

summer cocktails

Thirsty are you?

1. Frozen Vodka Slush – This is perfect for making a giant batch ahead and leaving in the freezer for when thirst sets in (or guests pop in). Recipe via ABCD Designs shared on The Grommet.

2. Spiked Blueberry Lemonade – a treat for the eyes and packed with  dazzling flavor via Veggie Belly.

3. Lime Sorbet Margarita – These are AMAZING and simple. Just how I like it. Recipe via Real Simple.

4. The Guavarita - Need I say more? Check it out at Confections of a Foodie Bride.

I’ve shared my favorite summer cocktails with you …. what are yours? Share in the comments below. 

Be sure to visit these other party hostesses for more great summer ideas!

Celebrations at Home |  Make A Watermelon Cake
Second City Soiree | How to Turn Your Grill into a Smoker
Skimbaco Lifestyle | Scandinavian Summer Party Ideas
Housewife Bliss | Summer Bunting for Playful Parties
Valley & Co. | Perfect Summer Cocktail Recipes
Party Blue Prints Blog |  Super Summer Pie
Paper & Pigtails | Favorite Summer Printables 

 

 

 

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Party Sandwiches + GIVEAWAY

I love entertaining in the summer because typical summer get-togethers are mellow, laid back, and simple (just how I really like it). One of my go-to party foods in the summer are sandwiches. That’s right, simple sandwiches. I love how versatile they can be. From a simple kid-pleasing platter of pb&j sandwiches to something more grown-up like a new panini recipe — there are so many variations yet they are all still pretty easy to pull off. I’ve been gathering some of my favorite recipes and ideas on this sandwich Pinterest board.

party sandwiches

Another trick is to order your sandwiches …. SIMPLE, right? My hostess tip is to order a platter of sandwiches and transfer to your own platter or make individual “lunch boxes” for guests. You’ll save time and energy which will result in your enjoying more of summer! My go-to caterer for affordable and delicious sandwiches is Subway. Here’s what I love about them:

  • Variety isn’t an issue – They offer Giant Subs, Sandwich Platters, SUBWAY to GO!™ boxed meals, drinks, sides and cookie platters.
  •  Short lead time – Catering orders can be placed 24 hours in advance – in some cases less!
  • Small OR Large groups – They have options for as few as 5 people, a mid-size group of 25 people – or hundreds of people if you need it.
  •  They can cover ANY Occasion – Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary party, sporting event, office meeting or other occasion for a meal, we can cover just about any type of gathering.
  •  Customizable Options – Sandwiches can be customized with your favorite veggies and toppings just the way you like!
  •  Great Value – Simply put – it is possible to feel groups well – without spending a lot!

Have I convinced you to have your sandwiches catered next time? Ditch the apron and prep and let Subway do the work ladies!

party sandwiches

Want to give them a try? Subway is giving away one reader a $50 gift card! That can feed your crowd during your next pool party, right?

Enter to win:  Contest is now closed.

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Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite sandwich

For additional entries (optional):

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Good luck!

*up to four entries per person. Contest ends May 9, 2012 at 11pm PST. I received a gift card for my catering needs from Subway.

 

 

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A Simple St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Looking for a fun and simple idea for a festive St. Patrick’s Day breakfast? This idea for fun St. Patrick’s Day food I shared last year (green milk + Lucky Charms), has taken off on Pinterest! I am so tickled that everyone likes my super simple idea that  I wanted to share another one with you. It will take you about  3 minutes to make and will put a big smile on your kiddos face.

You will need: A cup, a stir stick, and 6 pieces of Frootloop cereal

St. Patricks Day Breakfast

It’s as simple as it looks, really.

st pattys breakfast

Make your green milk (just add food coloring), assemble a stir stick with your Frootloops. DONE!

St Patricks Day printable

Add a little special touch and print this little guy out to place near the glass. Simply, right click + save to your computer. Then, open in a word doc and print.

I hope this makes you smile!

 **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 + Lucky Charms idea!

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Holiday Cocktails

I really am a sucker for a pretty cocktail, especially a festive or holiday cocktails. So when Sierra Mist asked me to test out two of their festive holiday cocktails all I could say was …. “get me my shaker!”

I was really eager to test out these two unique cocktails because although I like a little fizz in my drink — I am not a fan of sugary sodas. Sierra Mist seemed like a great alternative since it is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and is 100% natural flavoring.

So, I put my mixologist’s hat on and created these:

holiday cocktails

 Pretty, right? Say hello to Meet me at the Mist-letoe & Frost Bite.

recipe | holiday cocktails

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe…Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 1⁄2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 Leaves fresh basil

1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker

filled with ice

2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and

strain into a martini glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

 

 

Frost Bite

Ingredients

3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

Fresh mint

1 oz. Pineapple juice

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice

2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)

3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice

4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

So I thought it’s be fun to see which cocktail you’d most like to try. Are you a Meet Me at the Mist-letoe or a Frost Bite? Here’s my favorite…

 

Now tell me, which would be yours?

Don’t forget to check back for 2 more recipes (one cocktail and one mocktail!) plus a cool giveaway from Sierra Mist!

You can also “Like” Sierra Mist on Facebook and check out other recipe ideas.

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

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