This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I love when a new grocery store comes to town! ALDI has expanded in to the West Coast and I couldn’t be more excited. There has been a quiet anticipation for months as opening dates were leaked and articles began appearing in the papers explaining why this store is different from the others. While my closest store is about 25 minutes away, it happens to be right around the corner from my mom’s house which means I will have tons of opportunity to shop there. So you know I had to check it out. The stores are much smaller than most grocery stores. I was worried that they would only carry the very basics and you’d be forced to finish your shopping somewhere else. But that was not the case at all! Since I entertain often, I decided to see if I could put together a nice spread for having friends over. There is nothing worse than picking up most of your items and having to make an extra stop for those last few things. That wasn’t the case at all!
You have to make a brownie cake. For real. Because look how cute it is. I love to serve things in a new way at the parties I throw. It’s such a fun way to add special details that the guests will love. Sure, you can serve a plain old cake. But why not serve a brownie cake? It’s something you don’t see everyday, everyone (well, just about everyone) loves brownies and it’s SO easy. So just make one, ok?
Hey guys! My latest post is up over on Babyshower.com. It includes the recipe for this delicious party treat and a giveaway that you don’t want to miss! Head over to the post to check it out. I know you are going to love the two pieces from Crate and Barrel, that you will be able to use over and over for all your entertaining, as well as a few other festive items! Hurry! There is just a few more days left to enter!
In the summer, all I want it guacamole. But even though avocados have “good fats” it still has a lot of fat. And maybe if you were eating a dainty portion of it, it would be fine. But I am not dainty. And when paired with a good tortilla chip, all bets are off. It could be a fight to the death at the guacamole bowl, if you get in the way of my guacamole eating. But then I discovered avocado hummus. It is pretty much like guacamole and hummus had a baby. The garbanzo beans cut down on the amount of avocado you need, but all the key guac flavors are there. Yeah!!!!!! I mean, who wouldn’t love hummus masquerading as guacamole?
You can make it from scratch or you can start with a store-bought plain hummus base. But honestly, it really isn’t that much more work to make it from scratch since you’ll need to have the food processor out anyway. Just like with regular guacamole, you get to make this recipe the way YOU like it. Add the full jalapeno with seeds if you want it hot. Hate cilantro? (why? it’s so good!) leave it out or only put a tiny amount.
And salt. Salt is always good. Just remember, if you decide to serve this with tortilla chips instead of the other snack options like I did, that they are really salty on their own so do a taste test with the chip to make sure you aren’t adding too much. You can see the rest of my hummus party here for more ideas on what to serve with it.
- 1 can chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
- 1 avocado
- ½ jalapeno
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 3 TBSP lime juice
- 2 TBSP water
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to the food processor.
- Give them a pulse to start breaking them down.
- Rough chop the jalapeno, cilantro and avocado and add to food processor with chickpeas.
- Add the lime juice, and oil.
- Add water to get the right consistency.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, pretzel chips, baby carrots or other vegetables.
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of their Give Bakery Because program. A grocer’s bakery is the convenient and ideal location to purchase delicious baked goods that can be customized for any gift giving occasion. Rich’s and I encourage you to head to your local in-store bakery the next time you need delicious, sweet treats – or just because. But all these opinions are mine.
I totally lucked out in the mom-in-law department. My mother-in-law, Marie, is very good to me and my kids in so many ways and is always willing to go out of her way for us. A few months back I asked her for some help with watching the kids one day a week so I could really focus on things that needed to get done for the blog. She didn’t hesitate to commit and pretty much runs all over town for me taking care of the kids every Friday, so I can put together photo shoots, set up meetings or even just have a wonderful long lunch with a girlfriend. Because she already helps me that day, I often hesitate to ask her to watch the kids on other days if something else comes up. I never want to over step my bounds or take advantage of her and her generosity. But she often steps in to watch the kids more than just that one day a week. And I am forever grateful of her willingness to drop what she is doing to come help us out. So sometimes I like to leave her a little sweet treat, just because. Sure she gets extra love around her birthday and mother’s day, etc. But sometimes it is nice to just let her know we are appreciate her.
I’m actually typing this post from wifi on a plane. And if you do any sort of traveling without your family, you know that just to be able to get on the plane requires lots of planning ahead and prepping. So the last thing I wanted to add to that prep was a lot of crafting and fuss. I wanted to leave my Marie a little treat to thank her for picking up my slack while out of town. Since I had to make a grocery store stop anyway, I just made sure to swing by the bakery section before I checked out. I saw a variety pack of sweet rolls, that I knew my mom-in-law would like, and knew they would be perfect to leave for her to snack on while at my house with the kids. I didn’t have to bake it and I didn’t have to spend a lot of money. It proved to be the perfect base for a little flair and the message that I am thankful for her. I mean really, these picks took almost no time at all. But they’re pretty cute, right?
Since she wouldn’t be expecting treats I wanted to make sure she knew that we had ice cold milk in the fridge to go along with the rolls. Just a super quick note on the computer, printed out and strung on a straw is all you need to elevate the store-bought goods to a truly special moment.
So I’ve been back from #altsummit for a week now. And I’m still exhausted. I’ll have a full wrap up for you in the next week or so but I am super excited about these custom suckers we had at our mini-party so I just had to share these now! Right as we were beginning to plan our party, I found out about this great new company via Lindy called Lollipics. They can take just about any image and make it edible and put it on a sucker. We knew we were featuring Lauren’s calligraphy (although these suckers are using a font since we couldn’t get Lauren’s writing done in time!) all through the party so the idea of having rad black suckers with her writing on them, (all edible!) was such a fun idea!
I managed to snag a few to bring home for my kids and decided to take a few more photos of these awesome suckers. The white area is essentially a very thin layer of fondant printed with edible ink. So amazing, right?!
The ink sort of just disappears when you eat it. My son thought it was so fun and immediately started asking me what else we could put on the suckers. I told him anything we wanted! Aside from the suckers being super cool, the company is freaking amazing. They have top-notch customer service and a quick turn around time. I will definitely be using these again! Will you be at the upcoming Snap conference? Lollipics will be there too! I’m so excited I found this company. Make sure you let me know if you end up using them for anything. I’d love to see the creative things you come up with!