Category: Party

DIYBacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese Recipe

Show up at Friendsgiving this year with a plate of these bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese (A.K.A. bites of heaven) and everyone will ask you when you found the time to go culinary school! Creamy goat cheese and savory bacon mixed with sweet, sugary dates makes for a complex and exquisite flavor that will rival any five-star restaurant! With three simple ingredients and thirty minutes, you’ll have a deluxe and delicious appetizer that will have absolutely everyone impressed!

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

-1 16 oz. package of dried Medjool Dates (can be found in the produce section of Trader Joe’s)

-1 12 oz. package of bacon, slices cut in half widthwise

-1 4 oz. package of Goat Cheese (Pecorino, Asiago, Manchego, Feta, or Bleu Cheese will work too)

-Toothpicks

-Paprika

-Brown Sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Using a small knife slice a slit in the dates lengthwise and remove pits.

3. Fill each date with about a 1/2 teaspoon of cheese, depending on its size.

4. Wrap dates with your half slices of bacon, securing the overlapping ends of bacon together with a toothpick.

5. Arrange dates on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with paprika.

6. Bake the dates for about 7-8 minutes or until browned on the bottom and turn (now’s the time to add the brown sugar). Cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a little crispy, and the cheese is slightly browned.

7. Let these cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

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P.S. For a vegan/vegetarian version, you can use soy bacon and replace the cheese with almonds!

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These babies go fast, so we recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if you’re serving for a large crowd! Drooling yet?

 

CelebrityIt Girl: Jennifer Lawrence

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You may as well call this  beauty our WCE, because she is our woman crush all day, everyday. Jennifer Lawrence has not stopped taking Hollywood by storm since she was nominated for her first Oscar in 2010 at age 20, going on to win her next nomination for Best Actress in 2012. Miss Lawrence is BFF’s with Bradley Cooper and her handsome Hunger Games co-stars, she is an advocate for pizza, and her red carpet style has landed her on every one of our best-dressed lists. I mean, HELLO, she is leading the revolution. Okay so maybe that’s only in the fictional land of Panem, but it may as well be real, ya know? Bottom line: Jennifer Lawrence is THE It Girl and we love her!

DIYSparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail

We went in search of a cocktail that captured the essence of autumn, and what we found is quite exquisite! Pleasing to all the senses, the Sparkling Apple Crisp Cocktail captures the refreshing sweetness of autumn apples, the sultry taste of brandy, and the pleasant sparkle of champagne! It’s cozy enough for a night-in playing board games with your boyfriend, and sophisticated enough to impress any guest at your next holiday soiree! Whip this drink up and have all your friends in awe in no time!

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Ingredients:

-1.5 oz Applejack Brandy

-3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

-3 oz Champagne (chilled)

-1 Red Apple

-Cinnamon sticks

-Cinnamon and sugar mixture poured evenly on a saucer or plate

-Lemon Wedge

-Ice Cubes

 

Directions:

1. Cut a half inch slit into a lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass

2. Turn the glass upside down and dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture, slowly twisting the glass to ensure even coverage, and gently shake off excess sugar

3. Pour the brandy, apple cider, and champagne into the glass and stir well

4. Add 2-3 ice cubes (optional), and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of red apple

 

Enjoy!

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DIYDIY Neon Stamped Napkins & Placemats

With the wonderful warm weather, there are plenty of summer soirees and backyard barbecues in full swing! We’re totally in love with the neon fad that is #trending right now, so what better way to create an eye-catching table arrangement than with this DIY neon stamped napkin and placemat set? With the ability to make your own shapes and a multitude of colors, the possibilities are literally endless! Check out the easy steps below on how to entertain in style, and make your pool parties a go!

Supplies:

  • Sponge
  • Neon Fabric Paints
  • Napkins & Placemats (you can certainly make your own, but we bought ours pre-made)
  • Scissors
  • Plate (not used for food)

DIY Neon Stamped Napkins & Placemats

Steps:

1. Cut your sponge into whatever shape you desire! We went with easy-peasy rectangles and triangles, but feel free to get creative!

2. Dip your sponge into the fabric paint and dab it onto a clean part of the plate to ensure you have even coverage.

3.  Start stamping! You can stamp your shapes with even spaces in between to create a cohesive pattern, or spread them out at random to create an abstract arrangement. Try putting a couple different colored stamps in here and there for a fun pop of color!

4. Wash and dry your fabric paint according to the directions on the label, and start party planning!

GeneralGalentine’s Day Guide

VDayBlogHeaderGalentinesGuide2February 14th gets plenty of hype, but all too often people forget about the importance of celebrating your gal pals . . . that’s where Galentine’s Day comes in! February 13th, or Galentine’s Day, is all about celebrating your female friendships. What’s the best way to celebrate? By throwing a little Galentine’s brunch bash and inviting all your besties! We’ve got a few tips to help make this Galentine’s Day the best one yet!

1) Heart-Shaped Deliciousness: You’d be amazed how many different foods can be made in the shape of a heart! We recommend you invest in some heart cookie cutters and get creative. Pancakes, french toast, eggs, fruit, doughnuts, all these brunch classics (and more!) can be turned into Galentine’s themed treats.

2) Signature Sippers: Mimosas are the quintessential brunch beverage, so give then a Galentine’s twist by using ruby red grapefruit juice or cranberry juice instead of the traditional OJ. Or, skip the champagne all together and try mixing juice with the clear soda of your choice to add some bubbly fun. Don’t forget to garnish! We say go with some sweet strawberries, or take a little inspo from our first tip and garnish with a piece of heart shaped melon.

3) Creative Cards: Show your gal pals how much their friendship matters with a homemade Galentine’s Day card. You can look for inspiration from famous besties (you’re the Anne Perkins to my Leslie Knope!), or break out the doilies and red paper and make something that captures the style of the season. Either way, gifting your girls with a little homemade card is a heartfelt way to let them know you care!

Like the heart doughnuts pictured above? Check out Making Nice in the Midwest for the full recipe!