Easy “Around the World” Holiday Party featuring Restaurant-Inspired Appetizers

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Holiday Party Time

Do you ever struggle to find unique recipes and foods for your holiday party?  Personally I love eating anything and everything around the holiday season, from mouthwatering, savory apps to turkey & dressing, but it can be quite easy to get tired of the “same ole menu” year after year.  Personally I love appetizers for our football parties and of course, New Year’s Eve, and although I have a lot of different teams I can make, every now and then I have to break out of the rut and try something new.  Today I’m sharing a fun idea that you can incorporate in to your holiday party, namely your appetizer parties, although the concept can easily be applied to a sit-down dinner party.  Last weekend I made an “Around the World Appetizer Buffet”  featuring appetizers inspired by other countries.  My buffet featured American, Italian, and Asian cusine. [Read more...]

Friday Favorites – Week 245 – With Christmas Treats

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Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to link up today.

While you’re here, please check out my current giveaways.  I’ve a $50 Target Gift Card (Plus Mega Bloks & General Mills cereals)JBL Portable Speakers, a 2 Name a Star Kits.

I also invite you to check out gift items in my Etsy shop!  I have a lot of affordable gift ideas, including necklaces, Christmas Ornaments, and keychains.  Custom orders welcome!  I’m also offering 10% off right now with coupon code: GIVETHANKS.

Now on to today’s features…this week we have a round of Christmas treats. Hope you enjoy! [Read more...]

Spicy Chicken Cups Recipe and 10 Party Food Tips for the Holidays

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Are you ready to party for the holidays? If you’re the party hostess, this might be harder to question to answer. Personally I love hosting an appetizer party. Appetizers are generally easy to make, and you can time them so that you don’t have to do all your prep work right before the party, which takes a lot of stress off you, the hostess. Today I’m sharing a delicious party food recipe that I love, and I have some party food tips to get you through the holiday season. [Read more...]

My Favorite Healthy Snacks from Fiber One

Fiber One Bars

After all the Halloween candy and treats, you may be longing for something healthy to add to your diet. (Or maybe you’re already ready thinking about all the holiday eating ahead); either way you can indulge in a sweet treat and still remain guilt free with Fiber One Products.

I love, love, LOVE Fiber One.  I’ve been eating their brownies for a long time, and earlier this year I tried out their Lemon Bars, which are just amazing!  What I love about the treats is that they are a low calorie food, and they are a great source of fiber, and yet, they still taste very delicious.  (And believe me, I’m picky when it comes to flavor!)

Any time I shop in the aisle that has the Fiber One bars and snacks, I’m always seeing other products to try, and last month I finally tried a few.  The three items I tried were the Chocolate Chip Cookies, Streusel Bars, and Meal Bars.  And I loved them all!

Fiber One Cookies

Because I’m such a fan of the brownies, I’ve wanted to try the cookie for a while.  As you’d expect, it’s not quite as sweet as your typical chocolate chip cookie, I think they make a very delicious, and a pretty filling snack. (Each cookie also contains 20% of your daily value of fiber!)

The streusel bars were also a big hit with me.  These were strawberry flavored with oats and brown sugar, and they are very delicious, almost like something you’d get from a pastry shop, and yet they have 20% of your daily value of fiber, are just 150 calories per bar and have 12 grams of whole grain.

And finally we have the Meal Bars.  I was very surprised at how much I liked these  These come in a few flavors, but I got the Dark Chocolate Almond.  Unlike the other Fiber One Products, they bars are bigger (about twice the size or more of the other products) and since they are a Meal Bar, I suppose they should be.  I found them to be quite yummy and very filling.  And the bars have 10 grams of protein, plus 9 grams of fiber.

Look for Fiber One Snack Bars at your local Target store.  They are located in the healthy snack aisle.


Disclosure: I received review products and information from General Mills through Platefull Co-Op to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.

Friday Favorites – Week 238 – Fun Halloween Snacks

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Hey everyone! All week long, I’ve been sharing ideas for Halloween, so for this week’s party, we have some fun Halloween Snacks. Hope you enjoy.

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Halloween Fruit Cup

Halloween Fruit Cups


Today I have a super easy treat that’s also healthy, yet festive for the fall season!  This Halloween Fruit Cup is made using the little fruit cups you get from the store.  You could also use fruit from a can, frozen, or even fresh fruit, but the little fruit cups work great for a single serve dessert without any measuring.  It is great for a healthy after school snack, and it is also an easy party treat to prepare. [Read more...]

7-Layer Mexican Casserole with Success Rice

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Success Rice

Rice is one of my favorite kitchen staples!  I love serving it as a side, and I especially love to use it in casseroles!  But with some rice products you have to be careful, or your rice won’t be good and done.  But Success® Boil-in-Bag Rice makes it easy to cook up perfect rice!

The product comes in White and and Whole Grain Brown Rice varieties, and you can find it in 14 oz and 32 oz package.  And because Success® Rice is precooked,  your cook time is just 10 minutes from bag to bowl!  From there, you can add any number of ingredients to create your favorite recipe! [Read more...]

#ad Game Time with Tyson Deli Wings

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Game Time with Tyson Deli Wings

When it comes time for game day, we always have a lot of “man food” on hand.  I love putting out a spread of appetizers on the counter just before the start of the first game of the day, and then going back later at dinner time.  It generally makes for an easy day as far as cooking, and it allows me to watch the games with my hubby without having to spend all day in the kitchen.  Hot Wings are definitely on my top 5 list of game day buffet items!  But if you want to keep it easy, you usually have to order out, which can get expensive, or you have to buy a frozen product, which just doesn’t compare with something fresh.

OR… You can stop by the Walmart Deli!  The Walmart Deli serves up a variety of bone-in and boneless wings for your football party! [Read more...]

Salsa Fresca

Today I’m happy to present another Summer Guest Recipe.  Julia from Mini Van Dreams is here with her Salsa Fresca recipe.  With the college football season starting this weekend, it seems rather appropriate to post at this time.  Even if your summer grilling season is over, you can still enjoy this recipe by adding it to your game day menu, or a weeknight Mexican dinner!

My name is Julia, nice to meet you! I am the mom of twins, wife, accountant, scrapbooker, card maker, and self-proclaimed nap sneaker. I blog at Mini Van Dreams where I share easy recipes, craft tutorials, reviews, social good initiatives, and anything else that makes me laugh.


Mini Van Dreams... and dirty dishes.

Before we get started, I want to thank The Hungry Dudes for allowing me to use their photos to replace the ones that were lost when my iPhone met an unfortunate demise in the bathroom at Eldora Speedway.

Today, I am sharing a delicious and easy recipe for salsa fresca, just in time for all the delicious veggies from your garden or the local farmers market! This delicious, fresh salsa is perfect with chips or as a topper for anything – chicken, steak, or fish. It is also delicious as a replacement for salad dressing on your next salad!

Ready to give this easy summer recipe a try? Let’s go! [Read more...]

Game Day Food: Roll Tide! Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits

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My family is very excited for football season to be starting!  My husband has already explained to me that the television station will be glued to the SEC Network, so that if I don’t want to watch sports, I can plan accordingly and go to the next room. Haha!  But actually I really enjoy football and I especially love watching our team the Crimson Tide!  And I also look forward each week to game day food!

We usually order out or make something early that will last the day, and game day food is generally “man food.”  We like appetizers, especially chicken fingers and wings! But we also sometimes go for things like meatballs, sausage balls, cocktail weenies, cheesesticks, cheese fries, or chips and dip.  And other times we like simple meals like sub sandwiches, grilled burgers, chili dogs, pizza, and barbecue sandwiches. Yes, we do love to eat!

As much as I love all the salty and spicy goodness of game day, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t crave something sweet!  So today I am sharing a simple dessert that you can prepare to make your game day even sweeter!  I took my recipe for strawberry pretzel salad and turned it in to a kid-friendly game day treat: Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits.  And I added a little extra team spirit to the treat using Jell-O University Molds! [Read more...]