Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

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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What’s for breakfast?

Looking for Fathers Day breakfast ideas? I think it is nice to wake Dad up Sunday morning with a hearty, delicious breakfast (and a cup of joe with the morning paper of course!). In our house, we have narrowed down the menu to 4 of his favorites. However, we just might end up making a couple because we can’t decide!

fathers day breakfast

-French toast and fruit skewers via cakeface (kids love assembling these!)

-Breakfast melts via The Pioneer Woman (you can make these ahead the night before)

-Blueberry muffins via With Style and Grace (pack these up for a day out and about)

-Brown sugar and bacon waffles via Joy the Baker (really, need I say more?)

It’s obvious we might all be in a food coma this weekend because these are ALL looking good!

So, what will YOU be making Dad this Sunday?

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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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{Raspberry} Chocolate Martini

Looking for a simple cocktail to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Or just something decadent to try yourself? You’ll love this simple Chocolate Martini.

chocolate martini

Chocolate Martini

-Chocolate syrup

-3 oz Chocolate Raspberry Vodka (I used Godiva)

-Raspberries for Garnish

*Swirl chocolate syrup in the martini glass and place in the freezer. this lets the chocolate set up so it doesn’t mix in immediately when you pour in the vodka. Once set, shake vodka over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

You might also like this Chocolate Kiss Martini recipe or this Sweetheart Martini. Cheers!

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Get Your Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs (3 ways) were served at the recent sport themed party I hosted. Playing off the regional hot dogs found at ballparks across the country, I chose three that I felt guests would enjoy the most.

First, I decided that rather than having someone man the grill the entire party — I would just use a hot dog roller to keep the dogs cooked and warm as guests needed them.

Then, I created the table of condiments.

Along with the world famous Cubby Dog (Chicago style hot dog), there was:

  • a spicy Cowboy Dog: Texas Chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos
  • a good ole’ fashioned Dodger Dog: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

Placed on the table were signs (like the one above) that outlined for guests what to pile on each dog.

These DIY signs were adapted from the free printables over at HWTM.

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Taste the Rainbow: St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

So I was tweeting away last night about making these rainbow cupcakes ….well I wanted to share the finished pictures with you all. We are going to deliver these to our neighbors today wishing them a luck St. Patrick’s Day. If you are looking for a last minute treat– these are simple. I even had everything to make these rainbow cupcakes right in my pantry!

See how bright these are? I used plain white cupcake liners. And made these flags using my computer and a toothpick.

I couldn’t resist a close up!

They look so cheerful all in a row, don’t they?

What about on a tray? I got this great green tray at target for only $2.50, score! Here is a better look:

See, great tray… right?

Need I say more? Make someone lucky today and make these bright cupcakes.

*note: I did not have a box of white cake mix so I used this scratch recipe….really, really easy and taste so much better. I will never go back to the box.

Want a cheerful breakfast too? Check out these rainbow pancakes!

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