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!
With all the family gatherings that are bound to happen this holiday season I thought I would share with you one of my favorite appetizer recipes. This Cheese Ball recipe is super easy to make, transport and shovel in your mouth hole. I didn’t invent this recipe. I’ve looked at the internet and seen this and variations of this all over the place. But this is the one that I like the best so it is what I wanted to share with you.
There are not many ingredients so make sure that you use good quality items. I think the blue cheese makes it for me but I understand that there are some people who think it tastes like feet so if that is you, just leave it out.
Roll it in a ball (or don’t) roll it in some nuts (or don’t) and eat it with Wheat Thins (I’m sure other crackers would work too but tradition states that you eat it with Wheat Thins. You don’t want to eff with that do you?)
You know when this cheese ball would work best? New Year’s Eve. It can sit out for a while without making all your guests totally sick. Edible gold stars are like the jazz hands of the food world and really make this cheese ball next level. Serve with some bubbles and party on.
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like to go with sharp cheddar)
- 1 TBSP chopped green onion
- 1 TBSP Blue Cheese (crumbled)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Finely chopped pecans (optional)
- Wheat Thins
- Combine softened cream cheese until well blended.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Mix well and chill.
- Shape in to a ball and roll in pecan pieces.
- Serve with Wheat Thins
You guys! Macaron cake toppers are the cutest! And they are so much more useful than some of those other, basic, cookies. I mean, do other cookies look cute enough to top a cake with? I think not. And you certainly couldn’t write on most of them. After being introduced to Lette Macarons I got all kinds of ideas of how to use those tasty little treats in various ways. While I love cake banners, and those cute DIY cake toppers, I wanted to do something different. Edible ink turns these beautiful little cookies in to the perfect celebratory billboards for cake your messages.These are super easy to make. Just use Lollipop Sticks and slide them in to one side of the macaron. Be gentle, macarons are delicate little things. If you aren’t careful your big old mitts will crush them.Then all you need to do is use edible markers and find someone with way better writing than you…in this case, Lauren. Duh.
You can write any message you want. These can be for any kind of celebration. Like, “Happy Wednesday!” or “Sorry you got fired!” And the best part? You can totally eat the entire thing (minus the stick, don’t be dumb). You can’t do that with other cake toppers!
Macaron cake toppers are awesome!
Macarons come in so many amazing colors that you can match virtually any cake or party decor. And your cake can be super simple and plain so these really stand out. And if you have never had the chance to do a macaron tasting, grab some friends, buy a dozen and check them out. They usually come in flavors like passion fruit, violet and earl grey and are crazy delicious. I was also blown away by the coffee one. So tasty! You can see another macaron DIY on Babyshower.com.
And if you still need more macaron inspiration you HAVE to check out Sugar and Cloth’s Glossary of Macs. It will blow your mind! I can’t wait to see the macaron cake toppers you guys come up with! Send me pics!
*I was provided macarons by Lette Macarons, Fashion Island for use in this post.