Archives for January 2015
One of the reasons I love hot dogs…? They are so simple. It’s hard to mess them up.
And, yeah, you might not think of serving them at anything other than a bbq, but I’m sharing five fun ways to give them an instant upgrade and impress your guests for any event.
Taking a cue from a traditional sandwich in Philly, I paired some classic flavors to turn this dog into a Philly Cheese dog. Cut a slit down the center of your cooked dog and stuff with provolone cheese. Cover with hot sautéed peppers and onions for instant yum.
There’s nothing better than warm and creamy mac & cheese. I flipped the script a bit and instead of putting sliced dogs into my mac & cheese, I put the mac & cheese directly on my dog. Top with fresh cracked pepper and serve on a warm pretzel bun, and you’ve elevated the classic kids dish into something anyone will dig.
You don’t have to visit the islands or place a pizza order to get a little hawaiian flavor going on here. I paired a classic dog with fried Canadian bacon slices, crushed pineapple, and topped it all off with teriyaki sauce. The tropics are calling and this guy has answered.
Another sandwich lent it’s flavor profiles to this bad boy. Hot pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and hot mustard paired perfectly to make this Pastrami dog. I’m sure it would make any New Yorker proud.
Last but not least, and my favorite…the BLT. A bacon wrapped dog, covered in ranch coated iceberg lettuce (because what’s not better with ranch?), sliced cherry tomatoes, and bacon bits on top, just for good measure…of course. Does it get any better than this?
Whichever flavor you choose, these puppies will go fast and have your guests asking for seconds.
Did you catch these cute little guys making an appearance in yesterday’s cocktail post?
They kinda steal the show, right?
I picked up the adorable foam fingers from the Spritz party line at Target. They were meant to be finger puppets, but I had a better idea.
They are beyond SIMPLE to put together and took all of 5 seconds.
All you need:
- Foam finger puppets
- Wooden candy sticks (I picked mine up here).
- Hot Glue
- A cocktail
The foam fingers come prepped with small little openings in the bottom.
Add some hot glue around the top of your wooden candy stick.
Stick the top of the wooden candy skewer into the bottom of the foam finger. (I pressed the edges of the finger together a bit to prevent the glue from hitting the edges).
Press the foam finger around the wooden skewer ball top to adhere well.
I told you…5 seconds. You only have to wait for your glue to heat up and then you’re done.
Super simple and oh, so adorable.
The big game is Sunday and I’m not sure about you, but I haven’t planned a single thing yet. I’m still recovering from the Raven’s loss.
One thing I do know…I’ll be serving these tangy Superbowl Michelada cocktails!
A bit of spice, a salty rim, and the cutest foam finger addition will make any football fan cheer. (More on those foam finger stir sticks tomorrow).
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up your own batch:
- Mexican Lager Beer (I used Dos Equis)
- Clamato Juice
- 3 splashes (or more, depending on spice) of hot sauce
- 2 splashes worcestershire sauce
- 2 splashes soy sauce
- Juice of one lime
- Lime segments for garnish
- Coarse salt for the rim of your glasses
1). Put your salt onto a flat plate. Using a lime, rub juice around the rim of your glass. Dip the wet glass into the salt to rim your glass.
2). Fill your glass about 1/3 full with the Clamato juice. Add the splashes of hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Add your fresh lime juice.
3). Fill the rest of your glass with ice cold beer.
4). Add ice, if needed, and garnish with lime wedge.
I really love this cocktail because it’s really easy and fast to throw together, which means I can enjoy the halftime show without wasting all of my time in the kitchen!
Check back tomorrow to see how simple it was to make those little stir sticks too!
You only need a few things to pull this baby off and most of the items you probably already have on hand. Plus, lucky for you guys, Peter Loves Jane created a gorgeous free printable to download!
Whether you want fresh flowers gracing your table, or you’re trying to create a fun centerpiece for a get-together, you can pick up some great options without having to make a run to the flower market. Just head to your local grocery store for some easy options that you can usually snag for under $20!
I picked up some Leather Leaf greenery, Alstroemeria, and Spider Mums, in different purple tones to give the arrangement a little dimension. The best thing about grocery store blooms…? Price! I picked up everything I needed to make the arrangement for $13.00. Doesn’t get much better than that.
The first thing you’ll need to do is pick up some waterproof floral tape. You can get this from most local craft stores.
Place two strips of the tape over the vase in a criss-cross shape and secure to the sides. This will help your floral stems stay in place and prevent them from popping out! (It’s ok to have a little bit of the tape stuck over the edges of the vase because your flowers will usually cover the area, once finished).
I like to start with the greenery to build a type of “base” around the edges of the vase. Cut the stems to fit your vase using sharp scissors and cut them at a 45 degree angle. This helps to make sure they suck up as much water as possible.
Pull off any leaves that will fall below the water line, since this can make your arrangement decay faster.
After you have the greenery around the edges, I start filling in the arrangement with one of the smaller flower varieties. In this case, I used the Alstroemeria.
When I add in the largest flower that I’m working with, I fill in space, but also make sure they are not all clumped together. Add them in at various heights to give the arrangement depth and make it interesting to look at. Also, having some flowers or greenery hanging over the edge of the vase helps to give it a more “wild” and natural appearance.
Don’t be afraid to move stems as you go. I like to continually turn the vase as I’m working to make sure I can see any bare spots and fill them in. Add in more greenery to empty spots that you notice. Make sure you remember to add water to your vase after you’ve finished making adjustments!
Flowers are such an easy way to add a pop to your table and one that costs only $13 and a quick trip to your local grocery store!
New camera. New blog. New venture.
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an entertaining blog for awhile now.
Entertaining is what I love to do. It’s an excuse to spend time with family and friends and just have fun.
I used to blog before jumping into the business owning world with both feet, and over the years, I’ve realized that I missed it. It was a place for me to be creative and to share ideas and inspiration. It was about time that I came back!
I hope this little part of my universe inspires you, ignites some creativity, or just helps you plan more get-togethers!
There’s always an excuse to mingle and I’m going to make sure I celebrate each and every opportunity.
Follow along as I share projects, recipes, tips, tricks, and a lot of fun in between!