My name is Sharon Garofalow. Based in So Cal, I am the mom to two amazing little boys and married to the raddest man in all the land. This is where I share a collection of cool, created by me or curated from around the web. I focus on untraditional party themes, unfussy fashion and creative activities for your modern family.
Why are Super Bowl recipes so delicious?! You know you only go to Super Bowl parties for the food. Whether you are heading to a friend’s house or watching the big game at your own home, here are a bunch of great recipes for you to shovel in your face.
Are you all about football or do you mainly chat with your friends? My oldest son is super in to football right now so I know it will be fun to watch with him. He knows way more players than I do and can totally help me figure out what is going on. Plus he LOVES pop music so he geeks out at the half-time show! But I could just as easily stay home and fold laundry and watch Scandal. Is that unAmerican? What are your go-to Super Bowl recipes?
Happy Holidays everyone! I’ll be taking a few weeks off so I can spend some rad family time with my kiddos and hubby but I wanted to make sure that I wished you a very happy holiday! I’m so grateful that you drop by to read my posts and check out what I’m up to. I wanted to share some of my favorite winter posts with you in case you are looking to make something delicious over holiday break! I’ll be searching Pinterest to find fun, new things to try but feel free to share your favorite winter recipes or link to a post in the comments!
Have you heard of Yummly? I just found it and I’m in love. It’s like a digital recipe box where you can search for all kinds of recipes based on different criteria and preferences. You can browse, do a targeted search and even create grocery lists right from the app or website.
Oh hey, how are you? I love to eat. Did you know that about me? And sometimes I cook. And sometimes I share those recipes with you guys. So today I’m rounding up my favorite recipes that you may have missed. Some are healthy-ish. Some are extra tasty (meaning probably not healthy). Here they are! I hope you enjoy!
Kind of homemade peach shortcake. This isn’t really a recipe but it sure is delicious!! I don’t know about you but our strawberries have looked super bad lately. So switching a summertime favorite to peaches is the way to go!
This post is written in partnership with Netflix because I’m a #StreamTeam member, yo!
My kids are totally at that stage where they notice, and comment, on everything. Including but not limited to: morning breath, extra arm flab, and adult beverages. My husband and I enjoy the occasional cocktail, wine or beer. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know this. I post cocktail recipes often. And I love my wine. Our consumption is average. But if you were to hear my kids tell it, it would sound like we are ready for a program. They comment consistently when we have a drink. As my goal in life is to be the best parent I can be, it makes me question myself. Am I doing something wrong? AM I drinking too much. The answer, of course is no, but kids really do have a way of getting you to see something from a different perspective.
So I came up with this cocktail that I call, “The Little White Lie” because it looks like iced coffee. But it’s not. It’s more awesome. It’s sort of like a White Russian. But instead of vodka it has coconut rum. And instead of milk it has coconut milk. And it’s so tasty. And perfect for brunch. To be clear, I would not drink this and tell my kids it was iced coffee. If I am responsible enough to drink a cocktail I am responsible enough to have those conversations with my kids. And quite frankly, I don’t drink a lot of brunch cocktails because when you get old like me, they just make you sleepy. We are super lucky that our kids understand that we won’t tolerate lying and the biggest infraction, so far, is when my youngest lied about not brushing his teeth. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn’t change as they get older. But if it does, we’ll deal with it. And then probably have a large adult beverage after they go to bed. (I kid, I kid…)
It is SO simple. And only needs these three ingredients.
And you just need a glass and a spoon. And some ice. You don’t even have to exert yourself with shaking anything.
And it totally doesn’t matter what order you add it all in. But dang it, how had I forgotten how yummy Kahlua was?
I love the way the coconut milk begins to mix with the Kahlua. I wish you didn’t have to stir it and could leave it all marbley and gorgeous.
The coconut rum gives it a slight sweetness. And I see this being a big player in my summer cocktails. When I’m drinking them responsibly. From time to time.
Do you like a traditional White Russian? You are going to LOVE this!
This is basically a White Russian, but with coconut rum and coconut milk.
Recipe type: Cocktail
1½ oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz coconut milk
Pour all ingredients over ice.
Stir and serve.
This cocktail was inspired by the Netflix series called “Bloodline.” YOU GUYS. I’m hooked! I just read that it is coming back for a second season and I’m so excited. I haven’t fully finished the first season yet but it is SO GOOD! It is about a family that has tons of dark secrets. It’s much darker than the shows I usually watch but by the end of the first episode I was sold and promptly watched the next three. The Rayburn family is stuck between a terrible truth and the lies they tell to keep it from being uncovered. It’s set in Florida keys and the moody location is almost like another cast member. The cinematography is stunning and absolutely draws you in. There are twists and turns all over the place and the people you think are good, aren’t as good as they should be. When I started telling my husband about it he was like, “that’s not a show you would usually watch.” And I agree! Can’t stop, won’t stop.
Sometimes it’s good to gently introduce an idea in a non-threatening way. Sharing these Netflix shows with my kids will make it easy for me to create a teaching moment where we can talk about lying in an easy way instead of trying to deal with it in the thick of an incident. Here are some great Netflix shows that can prompt discussions on lying with your kids:
I think I found a way to have the easiest party ever. Hummus. Well, and a few other things but seriously hummus is awesome. It’s super versatile, pretty dang inexpensive and known to be highly addictive, as in you can eat a whole bowl by yourself without even realizing it. Not that I’ve done that. I am all about actually getting to enjoy the parties you throw so this party is perfect for that. A little ahead of time prep work and you can simply enjoy hanging out with your friends. Here are some easy party food ideas for your next get together.
A hummus party works great at home or as a picnic/ outdoor party situation. I made the hummus base, but you could just as easily purchase it from the store and jazz it up however you want. Here I decided to serve it three ways, 1) plain, 2) with a little more garlic and a roasted red pepper sauce and 3) a guacamole hummus hybrid (recipe coming soon!).
This hummus party food idea works great because even if someone doesn’t particularly enjoy hummus (why are you friends with them?), they still have plenty of snack foods to eat in the way of the dippers. Pita chips, baby carrots and pretzel chips really make the perfect hummus eating vessels.
Similarly, you can round out the snacks with dried fruits and nuts. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love those coconut chips from Trader Joes. This adds a sweet element which all guests with a sweet tooth with appreciate (like this girl).
Keeping the drinks simple is another way to enjoy your party without putting in almost any effort. This ready-made sparkling sangria, by Lolea, is such a good idea. It comes in a red or white version and its ready to drink. Just pop the bottles. Or make some tea sangria (recipe coming soon) the night before the party and you are set. It’s a light cocktail, with not a lot of alcohol, so it will keep your party drinks budget in check.
The white is my favorite. It’s slightly sweet and fizzy with a light peach flavor. Yum! And so refreshing.
These roasted tomatoes served with burrata are crazy good and might be my favorite appetizer ever. They are a total crowd pleaser (recipe soon too – I’ve been busy you guys). Roast them the day before and set out a little before guests arrive to bring it up to room temperature. This is the BEST menu. For real. And if you are having your party elsewhere, just pack it all up in to-go containers and just pop the lids off to serve. Super simple.
Need more appetizer recipes? Try these!
*Sangria was provided by Lolea for use in this post.