Plan a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta With these Mexican Inspired Recipes and Activities

Cinco de Mayo is coming up. You know, on the 5th of May. {Can we stop for just a moment to think about that? MAY. It's right around the corner. 2014, slow down.} Cinco de Mayo is probably one of my most favorite days of the year. It's a no-excuse-needed-to-eat-yummy-Mexican-food kind of day. It's also, and more importantly, the day the United States celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. And a day to eat Mexican food. Oh, I said that already. Well, it can stand to be repeated. YUM! Today, I've got a bunch of recipes {and even a few decorating ideas} for you to throw a Fiesta like no other! Read on. Pineapple Habanero Salsa - Fresh pineapple is one of my very favorite fruits. If you've never cut a fresh pineapple, don't be intimidated. Make this recipe and cut into your first … [Read more...]

{Make-Ahead} Halloween Party!

It's tradition in my family to go all out on Halloween. My mom goes all out with the food and decorations. It's always a big party. :-D With Halloween around the corner, we all need some simple recipes to whip up on the spooky day! All of these recipes can be made ahead of time, preferably that morning. You'll have the rest of your day to get your scary monsters and pretty princesses dressed and ready! There's a creepy crawly brownie pie, and a pumpkin chili packed with protein and topped with ghost puke! Ewww! Wash it all down with a bloody punch that will get that blood sugar pumpkin' (Get it, pumpin'...pumpkin'???)!  Bahaha! I crack myself up. [sc:adsense ] I hope everyone has a delicious and safe Halloween! :-) Party!!! Pumpkin Chili adapted from Chocolate & … [Read more...]

Flexible Entertaining With Serve Yourself Bars

We love to entertain. Having guests over is such a privilege, but as the host you don’t want to spend all of your time in the kitchen preparing dishes. We find that a serve yourself bar is a big hit. It takes the worry out of guests with food allergies, picky eaters and guests not liking something that you have prepared. The beauty of the serve yourself bar is the clean-up afterward. Leftovers can be immediately transferred into storage containers or jars and put aside to make meals out of later that day or the next. Leftover vegetables can be used for soups or stir-fry’s, meat can be used in sandwiches, or you can just do it all again with your family and this time use ingredients you didn't the first time around.   The other fabulous thing is that you don't need to put all of … [Read more...]

Healthier Queso Dip

Healthy isn't the first thing you think of when you hear queso, right? Well, in this case the queso is almost screaming healthy...except you can't hear it. You see, the queso doesn't taste healthy, but it's packed with veggies and has no heavy cream or butter! Just a little cheese and a secret ingredient. Drum roll, please. The secret to this healthier queso is cauliflower! With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, we don't want to spoil our diets with queso. So my challenge to you is to give this queso a try and be sure not to reveal our little secret until everyone has tried it! [sc:adsense ] Healthier Queso Dip adapted from Girl Makes Food Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 1/2 cups water 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube 8 ounces … [Read more...]