Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Cheesy Spinach + Chicken Sliders

chicken sliders for a partyWhat is it about the Academy Awards that get me dreaming up delicious party food and festive drinks? I’ve circled February 22nd on my calendar (with a gold pen of course) and plan to serve these flavorful and Cheesy Spinach + Chicken Sliders.

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Tea Party Ideas + Scone Recipe

Tea Party Ideas from Thoughtfully SimpleAre you hooked on Downton Abbey like I am? I confess to catching on late and then bin-watching season after season (there could be worse things to binge on, right?). As the finale of season 5 is approaching (it’s Feb 22!) it’s time to start thinking about hosting a finale party. Because, why not? If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a must. If you’re not into the show, you can find any reason to gather the ladies in your life for a little tea … I’m sure of it.

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Serve It :: Drunken Caprese Appetizer

It’s the New Year and while I am definitely eating healthier, I am not one for sacrificing delicious flavor. One of my favorite appetizers to serve (and eat!) is caprese … in any form. Salad, pasta, on a sandwich, or simply stacked on a skewer. It really doesn’t matter I want to eat it all. In this recipe I ditched the mozzarella but I got the tomatoes drunk. I say that’s about even, wouldn’t you?

Drunken Caprese Appetizer

The first step is to place your cherry tomatoes into a small bowl of red wine. Any red wine you may have leftover will work great. Make sure they are at least 1/2 way covered and let them soak for about an hour (stir them at about the 30 minute mark). After your tomatoes have taken their lovely wine bath, remove them from the bowl and place them on a paper towel. Next, all you have to do is skewer your tomatoes and fresh basil —it’s that simple.

Simple Caprese Appetizer

If you really want a treat, go ahead and add in a chunk of mozzarella. I won’t tell anyone.

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Sip It :: Mini Holiday Martini

mini martini

I love a good holiday themed martini. I also love serving mini martinis at cocktail and holiday parties. Here’s why: you can create a fun signature martini and even you non-martini-lovin’ guests will happily take a glass and enjoy. It’s a nice and festive 2-3 sips without the commitment of a full martini (for the record, gal doesn’t mind this form of commitment… just sayin’).

mini martini recipe

I adapted the cranberry and rosemary cocktail recipe I shared a while back to be served in these adorable mini martini glasses. Aren’t they cute?

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

A lot of baking goes down in December.  Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice latte cake), and today I’m sharing my most recent holiday recipe with you – Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

Have them on hand to serve your family or pop in guests, box them up and ship to a distant relative, or tie them with a ribbon for a special teacher gift.

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Give it :: Pecan Pie Pancake Mix in a Jar

You may have seen my recent post for Pecan Pie Pancakes in which I professed my love for pecan pie and (hopefully) convinced you all to eat it for breakfast. Great news! I’ve teamed up with Diamond of California to turn this into a simple gift idea so now you can gift the joy of pecan pie pancakes to your friends, family, and neighbors.

pie mix in a jar

I typically like to give baked good during the holiday season but to be honest, it’s a lot of pressure to find time to do all that baking during the holiday crunch. I love this idea because you can create this layered pancake mix gift weeks ahead of time, seal the lid, and you’ll be ready to roll when it comes time to deliver your gifts. Plus, there is just something so cute about gifts in a jar, am I right?

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