Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Easy Smores!

What is a bonfire without smores? It is a must for our family, but what a pain in the neck to make them. We use to have dad and the kids start cooking marshmallows all at the same time. That meant they are ready at the same time. If you are really prepared and have plenty of room to lay out the chocolate, and graham crackers you are all set. If you are like most of us, the only table you have is your lap. It always ended up a mess.

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

Fire Pit

Fire Pit
Originally uploaded by bsmith4815
It's BBQ and Bonfire season again. We love to throw a good bonfire. Especially since my husband is a bit of a fire junky. Once he lites the fire, I won't see him away from it again.

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

Happy Meal Treats for Party

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 . 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

Jungle Friends Cupcakes

Jungle Friends
Originally uploaded by Trish CupcakeMomma.

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


Sangria at Ciutat Comtal, Barcelona
Originally uploaded by aesis.

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

Send your Mom Flowers for Mothers Day!

susies flowers 1
Originally uploaded by photos for fun.

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 This site contracts with local florists to send out your gifts. If you want something a little fancier go to Martha Stewart Flowers


Friday, May 4, 2007


Originally uploaded by Drunken Monkey.

The perfect drink for any party, Margaritas! They can be made in many flavors, with crushed ice, or on the rocks. Check out website for recipes for Margaritas and many more drinks.

Don't forget the lime!



Originally uploaded by evie22.

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


Quesadillas sin queso
Originally uploaded by hoveringdog.

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

Check out Evite

I found a fun site today for party invitations. It's called Evite. I hate to mail invitation anymore, but want something different to send to my party guests. This is a great way to send invitations to family for my son's party next month.

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.

Homemade Salsa - Made Easy!

My Salsa
Originally uploaded by mochabcha.
I love Chips and Salsa, but now I love to make my own Salsa. Here is my recipe that will wow your guests.

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.

Cinco de Mayo!

taco night!
Originally uploaded by smitten.
It's that time of year again. Cinco de Mayo is a favorite holiday for me because of all the great food. It can become a week of food in my house.

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.