super bowl party inspiration: desserts

Happy Thursday!

The weekend is just a few days away and I hope you all have something to look forward to- whether it be friends, family, relaxing or celebrating!

For those of you who will be preparing for the super bowl on Sunday here are some easy delicious party desserts.

Mississipi Mud Brownies

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

Football Whoopie Pies

I’ll be making my favourite peanut butter balls!

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Looking for a great party dip? Check out this post.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

super bowl party inspiration: party dips!

Day 2 of our super bowl party week!

Some of my favourite appetizers are party dips! I love having a delicious dip for pita bread, crackers, chips or veggies!

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I’ve put together a collection of party dip recipes to inspire your super bowl party menu- I’ve got to warn you they are addictive!

Tuscan White Bean Dip

Goat Cheese and Artichoke Dip

Clean Eating Guacamole

Like a little more spice?

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

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Entertaining tip: prepare small bowls and avoid having your guests lean over each other to get their snack, avoid double dipping and create portion control!

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These are all so yummy and easy! Make them the night before and reheat them before serving.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

superbowl parties: entertaining tips

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

The super bowl is next weekend so i’ve dedicated this week’s blog posts to super bowl parties! It seems to be a very busy weekend for parties and entertaining so I thought it would be the perfect time to share easy recipes, decorating ideas and entertaining tips.

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Today’s post: my top 3 entertaining tips for a party with boys

1. Make sure you have enough drinks for everyone! You want to have a lot of ice on hand and ensure you keep those drinks cold for your guests (if you are serving alcohol please make sure everyone has a safe way home!)

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I love the use of frozen water filled balloons to keep drinks cold. Add these to a beer bucket to make them more man-friendly.

2.  Arrange to have a variety of finger foods instead of one meal. Super Bowl parties are all about snacks and appetizers! I’ll be sharing some super simple, super delicious recipes later this week so you can serve great food without being stuck in the kitchen all day/night!

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3. Have enough seats. This is really important if you’re having a group over. This party is all about a televised event so your guests will want to sit down and be comfortable. Play around with your furniture and don’t be afraid of rentals! Most companies have decent prices, quite a few options and they deliver.

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For more entertaining tips be sure to check out red envelope’s entertaining tips for 2014

Stay tuned for more super bowl party fun this week!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

gourmet sandwiches

Good morning!

Last week I posted about some of my favourite soup recipes, one of my favourite pairings for soup is a yummy sandwich (a great with salad too of course).

Last night we had gourmet sandwiches and soup for dinner- it was delicious and simple!

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese: this is a go-to in our home. use your favourite bread, fill with mozzarella, avocado and bacon then grill on a george foreman or cook as you would a grilled cheese.

Turkey, Apple & Brie: this is a delicious sandwich which tastes gourmet yet is so easy to make. It’s great for days when you have turkey leftovers. Slice your favourite bread, spread whichever dressing you like (we like honey dijon mustard), add turkey, brie and thinly sliced apples. YUM!

Brie, Steak & Arugula Sandwich

The Gourmet BLT

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

new year’s eve

Happy Sunday everyone!

Christmas may be over but the party planning definitely is not- New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and I’ve got a ton of ideas. It’s one of my favourite events to plan because you get a room filled with excited guests celebrating a year past and a new year ahead, and lots, lots of glitter!

Here’s what’s on my inspiration board

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Looking for recipe ideas? NYE parties are all about appetizers and desserts. Check out these posts for easy, yummy recipes (holiday appetizers, appetizers, red velvet, cookies, coffee treats, cupcakes!)

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Black, gold and sparkle- the perfect combination!

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No matter what you’re plans are for New Year’s Eve I hope you all have special moments to remember from 2013 and a 2014 filled with love, friends, family & happiness!

happy planning- wishing you all a wonderful day!

christmas traditions

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all keeping warm on this first full day of winter. It’s a messy one here but that means all the more reason to sit by the tree with a warm cup of pepper mint hot chocolate!

I’ve seen a few bloggers post about holiday traditions in their homes and was discussing this with friends last night.

So, for day 10 of our holiday special, here are a few of my favourite holiday traditions

Decorating the tree: this is probably one of everyone’s favourites. I like to get the tree up late November and it gets me in the holiday mood- I also love having the little lights on when I am sitting in the living room.

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The cookie exchange: I posted about this here. It’s always such a fun day with friends and family. You get all your baking done together and leave with a tray or box of an awesome assortment.

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Christmas Eve celebrations: every year my family gets together for dinner, then we go to midnight mass followed by snacks, dessert and games (and usually get to open one gift).  Any type of get together with family and friends is always so much fun!

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Holiday Pyjama Party: there’s always that night you spend in pyjamas watching Christmas movies and snacking on special treats- I love that! Here are movie night snack ideas too!

What are your holiday traditions? I’d love to hear them!

wishing you all a wonderful evening!

holiday cakes

Happy Friday!

Welcome to day 8 of our 12 days of Christmas. This weekend the get togethers continue and I have been searching through my recipes to pick a dessert to make for the group.

In this series I’ve posted about holiday cookies, gingerbread treats and festive drinks, today is all about cake!

Here are some holiday cakes for you to try this season

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake (mix and match mama has 100 bunt cake recipes and they all look delicious!)

Red Velvet Cheesecake (this is usually my go-to cake!)

Chocolate Pound Cake (a delicious traditional chocolate cake which pairs well with just about any ice cream)

Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

festive drinks

Hi everyone,

Today is Wedding Wednesday and it’s also day 6 of our 12 days of Christmas!

To bring the two together I’ve decided to share some festive drink recipes- perfect for holiday entertaining and inspiration for a winter wedding signature drink!

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Velvet Champagne

Snickerdoodle Cocktail

Candy Cane Martini (plus a few more!)

Eggnog Cocktail

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail (our vacation special!)

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happy entertaining! wishing you all a wonderful day

gingerbread treats

Happy Monday Everyone!

We are in South Florida this week with friends and family and today is all about entertaining. We are working away preparing a dinner party and one of our desserts is gingerbread truffles.

Gingerbread cookies are a traditional activity for a lot of people. It’s so much fun to decorate the gingerbread men and houses etc.

For day 4 of 12 days of Christmas I thought I would share some gingerbread treats with all of you!

White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies

Mini Gingerbread Donuts with White Chocolate Cinnamon Glaze

Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Espresso Spirals

Gingerbread Latte

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

stay tuned for gift wrapping inspiration tomorrow

peppermint

Happy Saturday Everyone! It’s day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas!

I hope you all have exciting plans for the weekend- we are on our way to sunny Florida for some family time 🙂

Last night I got a chance to catch up with a girlfriend over a peppermint mocha-one of my favourite holiday drinks!

I also purchased Ghirardelli peppermint bark- another favourite. Do we see the trend here?

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Here are some great recipes- with peppermint! Seasonal and delicious.

White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Moose Munch Popcorn

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

The are so many recipes in this category! Bonus: with some nice wrapping these all make great gifts!

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wishing you all a wonderful day!