Gobble Gobble! I saw something like this on Pinterest and decided to try it out for myself, I think it needs work but can be perfected by Thanksgiving.
Here is a fun idea for your Thanksgiving vegetable platter or relish tray,arrange the items in the shape of a turkey. This is the one my son made for our dinner last year. It is a great project for kids, tweens, and teens and let’s them contribute to the big dinner. We used pickles, olives, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, celery and carrots. His head is actually a mini orange bell pepper. Be creative and use what you have hand.
Here is an easy and refreshing treat for those last days of summer.
Berry Smoothie Popsicles
(makes about 12 pops)
3/4 c fresh blueberries
1/2 c fresh raspberries
1/4 c sugar ( add more if you like it sweet)
1 c vanilla yogurt
1 T lemon juice
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Eat and enjoy.
I can’t believe it has been a whole year since my oldest graduated from high school. He has now completed his first year of college and is working part time. He votes, pays taxes and insurance and is a true adult in everyone’s eyes but mine, to me he is still my baby. As I see many parents getting ready to celebrate their own children’s accomplishments and graduations I decided to revisit some of the highlights from last year’s graduation party and post them here.
For decorations we did all of our sons school and baby pictures under a sheet of clear plastic on the table, it was fun to reminisce and see all the crazy hairstyles he went through as a preteen. We also rolled the napkins into diploma shapes and tied them with black ribbons. Then made little stacks of them around the table.
For food we incorporated his favorite food, chips and set up a chip and dip bar. We set out various types of chips and dips in different bowls plates and cake stands and let everyone mix and match.
Don’t worry we also had vegetables for dipping.
Some dip ideas are… ( click on the link for the recipes)
Also you could include some dessert dips
I was lazy and let Publix make the cake, but this book cake would be pretty easy to replicate using 2 different sized rectangular or square pans.
Congrats to all who graduated and the people that helped them get there, have fun celebrating this momentous occasion.
A quick dessert or after school treat, these are rich and delicious (and healthy too).
1 small-med cantaloupe cut into chunks, seeds and rind removed
1/2 c milk
1 cup ice
Put milk and cantaloupe into a blender and puree until cantaloupe is broken up, add ice and puree until smooth. Serve with fresh berries if desired.
If you have a larger cantaloupe add 1/4 cup more milk and ice.
Here is an easy and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift. Take your usual box of chocolates and cut paper to fit under each piece of candy. Write a memory or something you love about your valentine on each paper and place the candy back on top. Write a heart felt message on paper in the shape of the candy box and place on top of the candy, decorate the top of the box with hearts, the recipients name or what ever is meaningful to you and place on top. I made this box for our 20th Valentine’s Day which was also the 20th anniversary of our first date. I even found a box that had 20 pieces of chocolate so there were 20 messages. This would also be great to do for milestone birthdays and anniversaries.
Perfect for football games or kid friendly dinners.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken With Honey Mustard Sauce
4 chicken breasts cut into 3rds
12 slices of bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
2 T dijon mustard
2 T honey
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each piece of chicken and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for about 25 minutes, draining juices from pan 1/2 way through cooking to ensure crispy bacon. Mix mayo, mustard and honey together, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
I love crafts but often don’t have the patience to finish them. This one is so easy that even I can do it. It’s cheap too and makes a perfect Halloween centerpiece. This method is easy and I already have ideas for Christmas to use pears and persimmons.
1 bag epsom salts (so much cheaper than glitter, and has a nicer subtler effect)
2 T white glue
2 T water
small pumpkins or gourds
Mix glue and water together, I used a disposable cup for easy clean up. Paint pumpkin with glue mixture.
Sprinkle with epsom salts. I did it over a paper plate for faster clean up.
Let dry and arrange in group on table, I scattered some fall leaves around first, I would use real ones but I’m in Florida so I went with the silk ones. This would be fun with kids too as a party craft.
This Halloween cocktail is a play on the traditional dark and stormy. It’s made a little more gruesome with a black sugar rim and gummy insects or worms. Make it a mocktail for kids and non drinkers by omitting the rum and adding some fruit juice.
The Dark and Stormy Cocktail
Black sugar (found in the cake decorating aisle at the grocery during Halloween season)
2 oz spiced rum (Captain Morgan, Sailor Jerry’s etc…)
6- 8 0z ginger ale or ginger beer
assorted gummy insects and worms (found in candy aisle at Halloween)
Take a highball glass and run a lime wedge around the top of the glass, dip into black sugar poured on a small plate or saucer.
Add ice, rum and ginger ale or beer. stir then add gummy creatures and serve.
I love a good Cobb Salad, it is so easy and so versatile. I like to serve mine in a glass 9×12 pan and serve it family style so that everyone can pick and choose what toppings they like, it’s is kind of like a low carb taco night. Use the ingredients your family likes and serve with a vinaigrette or ranch dressing.
Family Style Cobb Salad
2 heads of romaine hearts chopped into bite sized pieces
2 tomatoes chopped
1 ripe avocado peeled and chopped ( sprinkle with lemon or lime juice to prevent discoloring)
2 cups cooked chicken or turkey chopped ( I used a rotisserie chicken from my stores deli)
6 slices of cooked bacon chopped
1/2 c blue cheese crumbled ( Use feta or even cheddar if that is your family’s preference)
3 hard boiled eggs chopped
Add lettuce to the pan, top with remaining ingredients, in rows. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Serve with dressing and tongs so that each person can get the ingredients they desire. This salad is also great for parties and pot lucks.
Easy Mustard Vinaigrette
2 T olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1 t dijon mustard
salt and pepper
whisk together all ingredients, serve over salad.