Tasty Acorn Snacks

These chocolate peanut butter snacks are perfect for a special fall treat or a get together! Everyone talks about this being Pumpkin Spice season, but I bet they never thought about Acorn treats.

All you need is Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and the bite size Nutter Butter cookies. Put aside 1 Kiss, 1 mini chip, and 1 cookie to go as a set and put aside how ever many you want to make. Take the rest of the mini chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave for 5 second intervals, making sure to stir between each. Dip the mini chip into the melted chocolate and hold onto the middle of the Nutter Butter. Do the same with the Hershey’s Kiss on the opposite side. Allow time to cool or put into fridge to accelerate process!

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Healthy Halloween Alternatives

Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.

Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup

Halloween Party – Guacamole Recipe

Up until now we have shared a lot of really simple recipes for the Holiday season, this one looks like it is more complicated but it really is not that bad! A lot of it revolves around referencing the image to correctly place the pieces. Definitely something to try at your next get together. Do you already have a go-to recipe for guacamole? If so then you can pull that out and star to work on that! You could also cheat and get some pre-made and only have to worry about the decorating.

You are going to want to Freeze it if you are not planning to use it right away in order to hold the shape. Sliced olives are used to create the stitching anywhere on the face you want them, as well as some hair. Green Olives are used for the eyes. Sun dried tomatoes create the bloody scars. You can be creative in the elements you use as well! Let us know what alterations you made.

What You Need:
Avocados
Tomatoes
Dash of Salt
Sun-dried Tomatoes
Sliced Olives
Green Olives
Lemon Zest
Garnish with blue corn chips.

Different Take on Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs have always been tradition at a variety of functions from Easter to Family Reunions. We all have our own family recipes that make them unique and taste “the best” versus anything else your guests have had before! Next time you break out the carton of eggs and boiling water, try some new toppings with your mixture! Bacon and Jalapenos not only add an interesting flair to the eggs, but a unique, delicious taste. With it being football season and many game day tailgates coming up, you can be the talk of the town with your bacon jalapeno masterpieces.

Which teams are you watching this weekend?

Loaded Crispy Potato Bites

Cook up your own potato bites; perfect for any football weekend! These will become a favorite, I promise!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. small potatoes (red or Yukon)
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Sliced cheese cut into small squares (your choice of cheese)
  • Light Sour Cream
  • Cooked bacon, chopped
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a large cooking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Make several cuts through each potato with a sharp knife, avoiding going all the way through.
  3. Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Put cheese slices in between a few cuts and continue to bake until cheese has melted.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes before topping with sour cream, bacon, and green onions, or any other desired toppings.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe: The Comfort of Cooking

Back to School – Party for Moms

BTSMomsPartyThe joy of having them home and the joy of them going back to school.   Moms need to celebrate too and for some, sending your child to kindergarten is tough and heart breaking, but celebration should be had by all. Plan a block party or invite your dearest friends or classmates mothers to nice coffee and mimosa after the kids are dropped off.   You could have some little fruit kabobs and mini cinnamon rolls and their choice of drink.   Hug a lot and talk about the upcoming school events. A nice little favor you could give each mom that attends is a little packet of lunch box recipes and ideas.   Print them off or dress them up like a cookbook, but something they will use !!

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Back to School – Intro

BTSIntroBack to school party can be done for any age group, for teachers wanting to have one more good time before class is in session or even for the Moms the day school is back in session.

For the kids and teachers, planning the party to be like a mini school day can be a lot of fun….reading time, lunch time and recess time….then send everyone home with a goody bag that might include a pencil, eraser, a snack and perhaps a cute folder and writing pad.

This week’s blog will include some ideas for this party and even for the Moms back to school party which could be mimosas and morning munchies, sending home a few lunch time recipes as the favor. Keep an eye out for the next blog this week – RECESS!

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US Tennis Party

US OPEN CupcakesUS Open cupcakes….you actually could go to Party City or a party store and pick up the tennis balls already made.   Use yellow icing with curved white accents for the ball.   Very simple and inexpensive, and who doesn’t love cupcakes?

What great ideas in this photo from Pinterest.   Make labels for water bottles.   Make sugar cookies to look like tennis balls or use the cupcakes we wrote about earlier. Remember using yellows and greens make it look like tennis.   Notice the tablecloth that you can make yourself with green tablecloth and white tape.   How about those green candies? I also like the water bottles and Gatorade because it goes off of what the players have on the court with them.

US OPEN Table Set UpPS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

US OPEN Tennis Party – why not?

US OPENUS OPEN Tennis Party – why not?   This and Wimbledon are two of the biggest tennis events of the year.   We party for the Super Bowl, so let’s party for the US Open. During this week’s blogs, you will see simple ideas to make the party themed for the event…….some decorating and food ideas.   Enjoy!

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Back to School Snacks

August is the time when kids of all ages are going back to school, and that means more time in the morning is needed to help them get ready to get out the door! One fast tip that could save you some time is a Healthy Snacks drawer. This does not only have to be used for the kids, but for your work lunch as well. The weekend before put together some bags of grapes, cut carrots, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Then each morning all you have to do is grab and go!

A really cute back to school snack for the kids is to make a Dragon Fly snack pack. All you need to do is color a clothes pin, attach pipe cleaners as antenna, and clip is between two snack sized plastic bags. The snacks inside the bags will make the colorful wings, and it is a fun way to get kids to eat healthy!

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Recommended by Jacqueline Gomes

Another Healthy Snack recommended by Jacqueline Gomes, a registered dietician. This recipe involves no cooking and easy preparation that even your children could make yourself. Peanut Butter and Banana roll up snacks are “high in protein, potassium, and whole grains”. All you have to do is spread peanut butter on a whole grain tortilla, add bananas to the center and you can slice it into pinwheels after you roll it up!

Photo Credit to Jupiter Images

 

 

Frog AppleAnother cute snack idea, this one may take some time, is a Frog Apple! I had to share this one with you, absolutely adorable healthy snack idea. All you need is Green Apples, Green Grapes, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Just cut your apple up into quarters and remove the core.  Cut three grapes in half and slice two triangle toes in 4 of the halves.  You can use a little cream cheese to stick the arms to the frog and then add his hands and feet.  For the eyes, take a couple of small marshmallows {or you could do a blob of cream cheese} and add a chocolate chip to the middle.  I stuck my marshmallows on with a little bit of cream cheese too.

Credit for the Image and Recipe to: http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/

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