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!
Roasted Tomato and Burrata Appetizer. If you haven’t made this yet, stop what you are doing and go make it. It’s crazy how much flavor this has and it only has a few ingredients!
Best Taco Seasoning. Make a big batch and make the world’s easiest tacos.
Easy Tortilla Soup. It may be a little warm for this but if you are having un-summer like weather in your neck of the woods, this is for you!
Cheetos and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer. Yup, you read that right. Cheetos crusted cheese.
Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad with Arugula. THIS is my everything. I eat this for two meals a day for weeks straight. Why are roasted veggies so dang good!?
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…)
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.
Coconut rum provided by Captain Morgan.
- 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:
And for older kids:
Revenge (my fave!!!)
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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.
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.
My husband and I have really grown in to liking bourbon. There is something so warm and comforting about it. And when you get a decent bottle (you don’t have to spend a ton, but definitely don’t choose something from the very bottom shelf) it doesn’t burn as if you are drinking paint thinner. Whiskey drinks are part of our holiday family traditions and so there is a certain level of sentimentality to it as well. It’s still supposed to be winter here (although it really isn’t acting like it) so I thought an apple bourbon cocktail recipe seemed like a good idea. Trust me, we still do bourbon cocktails in summer, but they really are perfect on a winter night. Even if you are wearing shorts.
This cocktail came about because I found the cutest bottle of apple juice at Target. I mean, how darling is that bottle! I knew I had to use it somehow. And it’s all natural, cold pressed, yada yada yada. It’s more than just a pretty face. And apple juice and bourbon seemed like a really great idea.
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh citrus in my cocktails. It adds so much to a drink. So to keep it on the wintery side, I added fresh orange and lemon juice. With a touch of amaretto because why not. Amaretto is delicious. And it reminds me of clubbing in my college days when I didn’t know what cocktail to order so I would get an amaretto sour. How classy, right?
What is your favorite way to drink bourbon? I love me a Kentucky mule! Just use this recipe for a Mexican Mule and swap out the tequila for bourbon!
Need more bourbon cocktail recipes?
Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
- 1½ oz Bourbon
- 1 oz apple juice
- ½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ oz fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- ½ oz Amaretto
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice.
- Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass.
Last minute gift idea for your girls
Photo garland with your kid’s photos
Balloon signs for your party decor
Party Foods, Treats and Drinks:
Edible Confetti for hot beverages and cocktails