Wednesday, May 30, 2007
One day we went to a hayrack ride at a friends house. They had a bonfire and brought out a few boxes of fudge stripe cookies and marshmallows. What a great idea! Why hadn't we thought of that! Needless to say, I am hooked. This is so much easier, not to say also cheaper. The best part is after you are done making smores, somone will finish off the cookies for you.
Try these out. I think you will like them.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
When we have a bonfire we sometimes cook at it. Hotdogs are super easy and since this is an activity we have with our kids, they will actually eat them. We also have a sandwich maker, which we use to make cherry pies. We use 2 slices of break and cherry pie filling. How about apple. Yum! Of course there are smores, but I will leave that for my next article. I have a great way to make them that is super easy and tastes as good as the original.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
These treats were super easy to make and so fun. I have heard about so many people making Happy Meal Treats for school, but have never seen one. Here is what I came up with.
The Cookies are a Sandwich Cookie recipe I use a lot from http://simplycooking-for5.blogspot.com/2007/03/sandwich-cookies.html . The burger is chocolate frosting from a can. The ketchup, mustard, and lettuce are made from marshmallow fondant. I used Shoestring Potato Sticks for the french fries. And, just put a drink box in also. I was very pleased with the outcome. I did wrap the burgers in yellow tissue paper to make them look like burgers even more.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Wouldn't these be adorable for a child's birthday party? A jungle theme is great for boys and girls. Fun school treat for birthdays too.
Friday, May 11, 2007
This has to be the perfect drink for any summer party, brunch, or fancy dinner. It provides a beautiful centerpiece, a wonderful drink, and a great conversation piece.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Go traditional and send a bouquet of flowers to your mom. She will love them. If she is the woman who already has everything she needs, a nice bouquet with her favorite flowers or colors will be a nice gift. Or, bring a simple bouquet with you when you visit her on Sunday.
My favorite site for ordering flowers is always FTD http://www.ftd.com/522/. This site contracts with local florists to send out your gifts. If you want something a little fancier go to Martha Stewart Flowers http://www.marthastewartflowers.com/.
Friday, May 4, 2007
The perfect drink for any party, Margaritas! They can be made in many flavors, with crushed ice, or on the rocks. Check out http://thebar.com/ website for recipes for Margaritas and many more drinks.
Don't forget the lime!
At any Cinco de Mayo party, you have to have Nachos. As a matter of fact, they are great at any party. To make a batch, place tortilla chips on a oven safe plate. Follow that with a layer of cheese. You can use cheddar, monterey, american, etc... Top that with Taco seasoned ground beef. Repeat the layers. Place in oven until cheese is melted.
You can top your nachos with diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, onions, lettuce, and hot peppers. Sometimes it is better to serve guacamole, sour cream, and peppers on the side. Let each guest top their nachos themselves.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Quessadillas are another favorite in our house. I make them for the whole family all the time. I can make them different ones for each member of the family and it's quick.
Some of my favorite variations are...
Spicy Chicken with Onions, tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese
Shredded beef with mozzarella, onions, and sliced mushrooms
Plain Cheddar cheese for the kids
Heat a skillet and add a tortilla shell. Top the shell with your favorite ingredients. Cover with another tortilla shell. Flip when the bottom shell starts to brown on the bottom. Let other side brown and put on a serving plate. Cut with a Pizza cutter. Serve with Salsa, and sour cream.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
My choice is the baseball format, but a lot of neat invitations. We often have parties at our house with friends and I have to find time to call everyone at least once or twice. This would save me so much time. Even for a simple cookout, it would be a great idea.
4 tomatoes diced
1/8 cup chopped onion
fresh cilantro finely chopped
juice from one lime
Throw all these ingredients into a bowl and mix. The most important ingredients are fresh lime juice, salt, and fresh cilantro. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours for the best results, but you can serve right away and it will still taste great. Serve with a variety of tortilla chips. Your guests will not leave the table until it is gone.
I make tacos at the beginning of the week. I cook the meat and add a spoonful to a soft shell. I usually make a batch big enough to fill 30 tacos. Then I freeze about 8 in a large ziploc bag. This way, all I have to do is defrost and fry. I fry them in vegetable oil. Serve them with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot sauce, taco sauce, and sour cream. YUM!
Side dishes? We can honestly make a whole meal out of tacos. Side dishes are for another day. Simply serve tacos with fried rice and chips and salsa.