Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Break out the sombreros and get ready for the Mexican fiesta!  Here are some great recipes to try for Cinco de Mayo.

Start out with the Ultimate Guacamole.

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You can’t go wrong with Grilled Fajitas.

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These Creamy Chicken Enchiladas look delicious.

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Churros are an easy but tasty Mexican dessert.

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If you don’t want a regular margarita, try a tasty Mango Margarita.

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For a change from margaritas, try this Sangria Blanco Recipe.

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Hope these recipes help your Mexican Fiesta.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 6:02 am  Comments (3)  

May Day Celebration

May is here and it is full of celebrations like graduations, Mother’s Day and end of school parties.  Before the craziness begins, celebrate the first day of May with your girlfriends.  Enjoy this tasty Lemonade Champagne Cocktail from Sandra Lee.

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She also has a recipe for a May Day Centerpiece Cake.

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Martha shares the recipe for this Maypole Cake and Cupcakes.

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An old May Day custom is to hang a basket on a loved ones door.  Martha also shares some great ideas on how to make your own May Basket.

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As we say good bye to April Showers, I hope that everyone has a wonderful start to May!

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Earth Day Recipes

Celebrate Earth Day with these great recipes.

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Celebrate keeping our planet green with these Earth Cookies.

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This Fruity Frog is a great kids snack.

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Another great snack for kids are these Edible Crawlies.

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This Mango and Roasted Cashew Salad looks so tasty and is a great way to make a salad for Earth Day or for an anytime side dish.

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This Dirt Cake is complete with flowers and worms.

Earth Day Trail Mix
Need a boost of energy while you’re out enjoying Mother Nature? This trail mix is tasty and it will keep you super energized.
What You’ll Need:

8 oz. raisins
6 oz. diced dried fruit (dried apricots, apples, pineapple, etc.)
1 qt. popped popcorn
1 cup M&M’s
1 cup Chex cereal

What You’ll Do:

1. Put popped popcorn into a bowl
2. Add dried fruit, raisins, Chex and M&M’s
3. Mix all together

* Tip: If you have more of a sweet tooth, substitute regular popcorn for caramel corn!
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Top the day off with a Blue Sky Martini.
The earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry
Author, farmer, cultural critic
Published in: on April 22, 2009 at 5:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Edible Fruit Arrangements

Fruit can be used at a party as a centerpiece as well as an appetizer.  Here are a couple of great ideas for fruit arrangements.

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These Melon Balls would be great at a bridal shower or a baby shower.

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This Watermelon Flowering Garden is great for a Spring party.

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This Strawberry Heart would be great for a Strawberry Shortcake party.

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I stumbled upon this site and found this tasty Citrus Splash with Chocolate.

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Here is a great Watermelon Baby Carriage.

Enjoy all the fresh tasty arrangements!

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Leftover Easter Candy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Now that Easter is over and you have an overabundance of candy what do you do with it??

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Here is a colorful way to use jelly beans as spring decorations.

I found a Leftover Easter Candy Cake that you can use your candy to bake.

Make s’mores from left over peeps.  Peeps work great in s’mores because they are very similar to marshmallows. You can use leftover chocolate eggs or bunnies as the chocolate part of the s’more and the peeps as the marshmallow part.

A couple of other ideas would be to chop up chocolate and use it to make chocolate chip cookies; donate it to your school; melt the chocolate for a fondue party; make a trail mix for snacks for kids but add in some nutritional items with the candy; OR

Of course, you can just keep your candy out and enjoy it as much as you would like!!!

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Host an Easter Brunch for Kids

Parents.com has some great ideas on hosting an Easter Brunch for Kids.  While you are making all of your Easter plans, don’t forget the kids and do something exciting for them too.

They have instructions on how to make this pop-up card.  This could also be used as a place card.

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I love this Cupcake Cafe.  These would also be great for a Tea Party or a Baby Shower.

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Here are some some easy to make Impressions sandwiches.

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Make Easter Brunch memorable for the kids too.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter holiday.

Published in: on April 10, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Bunny Shaped Recipes

Most people that know me know that I love a great theme so today I am featuring Bunny Recipes.

Here is a great Easter Bunny Cheese Spread to set out as an appetizer.

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I love this Easter Bunny Bread Recipe but I don’t know if mine would look that good if I made it.

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Here is a festive side dish…the Bunny Pear Salad.

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Start your Easter morning by making your family Bunny Rabbit Pancakes.

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You can never go wrong with the Easter Bunny Cake.

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I had to feature Bakerella because I absolutely ADORE the Easter Cake Pops.  How amazing!!!

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Hope your guests enjoy all of the festive ways to incorporate the Easter Bunny into your Easter meal.

Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Get ready for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day is Wednesday and I am trying to remind myself that it will be here soon because my brother always seems to get me with some type of practical joke.  If you are a prankster and this is one of your favorite holidays then here are some ideas to help you plan your fun for the day.

Start with food that will surprise everyone.  Your family or friends might think they are getting a sweet chocolate cupcake but it is actually a Meatloaf Cupcake with mashed potatoes

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This Hot Dog recipe will have everyone wondering what the odd ingredient is???

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For dessert, serve Baked Potato Ice Cream Sundaes.

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Kids will really be confused when they are served these Faux Fish Sticks.

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Martha Stewart also has some other great ideas for some practical jokes.

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For those of you who love to play pranks to the unsuspecting friends and family, have fun and try to have a little compassion for those of us who can be gullible.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

St. Patrick’s Day recipes

If you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, here are some recipes that will help you plan your celebration.

Start with this Pot o’ Gold Potato Soup.

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These Shamrock Sandwiches will go great with the soup.

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St. Patrick’s Day is a day for celebrating Irish history and tradition so make sure you try the Irish Soday Bread.  Legend has it that the X is cut into the top of the bread to ward off evil spirits.

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A classic Irish meal is Corned Beef ‘n’ Cabbage.

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Your guests will be “lucky” to taste this Shamrock Pie.

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This St. Patrick’s Day try your luck with some of these flavorful Irish recipes.

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command
God and his angels close at hand
Friends and family their love impart,
And Irish blessings in you heart.

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

It’s time to drink Green!  Here are some green drinks to help with your St. Patrick’s day planning.

Apple Martini

Sour Apple Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Sour Apple Pucker®
  • 1 oz. Apple Juice

Garnish: Cherry

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Midori Sour

Midori Sour Drink

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Midori® Melon Liqueur
  • Sweet & Sour Mix

Garnish: Cherry

Instructions

Pour Midori into a glass with ice. Fill it with sweet and sour.

Green Spider

Green

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe (Green)

Garnish: No Garnish

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Flying Grasshopper

Flying Grasshopper Drink

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz. Crème de Menthe (Green)
  • 3/4 oz. Crème de Cacao (White)
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Cream / Half & Half

Garnish: Mint Leaves (Optional)

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Green Beer is a must at most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and it is very easy to make.

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There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from like this Lime Sherbet Punch from Paula Dean.  This is a great punch to serve at an adult or children’s party.

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Another green drink to try is a Lime Smoothie.

Blend the following ingredients in a blender and serve.

  • 1.5 Cups Orange Juice
  • 4 Scoops lime sherbet
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons chopped mint
  • 4 kiwifruits, peeled and halved
  • 2 Cups crushed ice

Whichever drink you you decide on, make it green and always drink responsibly.

(photos and recipes from Good Cocktails)

Published in: on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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