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How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

How to Make an Appetizer Buffet for Parties

Let's face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d'oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help: Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display beautifully, but use as-is. Prepare as much as possible in advance so that you can be a perfect hostess and mingle with your guests. Choosing Recipes Photo by Tast.ie This is perhaps the most … [Read more...]

Even More FROZEN Party Ideas

Birthday party DIY ideas for Frozen

How can a movie that features so much wintry snow be so HOT? Disney's FROZEN is the number one animated movie of all time! And, we just don't see the snowball effect of it's popularity slowing down anytime soon. A couple of months ago I shared a round-up of FROZEN Party Ideas for your little princess's next birthday celebration. In the time since publication, hundreds of new ideas have been floating around the internet. Everything from decorations to dessert ideas, perfect party favors to kids crafts galore, and I'm going to share a bunch of them with you today! /1/ Olaf FROZEN Birthday Invitations - Before you can fully plan a party, you need to invite the guests. Have your birthday girl pass these out to her classmates or door-to-door to her friends worth melting for. /2/ FROZEN … [Read more...]

Savory Summer Grilling Recipes

jack daniels burger

School is nearly out for summer, it is getting warmer outside every day and the swimming pool is calling your name. All of that means it's time to FIRE UP THE GRILL! Today I've gathered ten summer grilling recipes that are sweet, savory, succulent and satisfying. There's something here for the entire family, from vegetarian to meat eater. /1/ Jack Daniels Grilled Burger - Nothing says "grilling season" quite like a thick, juicy burger. Give this amazing burger a try at your next barbecue. /2/ Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken - This chicken has such a great combination of flavors. Your taste buds are sure to thank you! /3/ Brined Pork Chops on the Grill - Give the traditional BBQ basted chops a break. These brined pork chops are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party. /4/ … [Read more...]

Easy Grilled Pork Chops Recipe {a #GrillPorkSweeps Giveaway}

memorial day grill pork recipe

Do you host an annual Memorial Day BBQ at your house? Are you always looking for a new and tasty recipe that will WOW your guests? Today, I have a pork chops recipe that is a snap to prepare and just as easy to grill. With only 15 minutes of prep time, you'll have plenty of time to welcome guests and sit back and have a cocktail or two. This Memorial Day, Walmart is the ultimate source for your barbecue essentials and great pork deals on your grilling favorites like pork chops. Look for this popular cut when shopping the meat case and visit Grillpork.org for more grilling inspiration. Ready to get started? Let's grab your ingredients. If you don't already have these items in your pantry, you can find them all at WalMart. You'll need: 1/3 Cup of Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce 1/2 … [Read more...]

Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

spring and summer salad recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning! /1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you! /2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish. /3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed Potato Bar for easy entertaining food ideas

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings. I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]