Chicken & Waffle Sliders

The recipe I am about to share with you will blow your mind. Whether you can cook or not cook, this is the perfect item for you to make that will be a huge party hit. It is only three ingredients and the most prep work you have to do is drive somewhere in your car and use a toaster oven. Say what?

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
  • Eggo Waffle Minis
  • Syrup

DIRECTIONS:

Call your local Chick-Fil-A and order a small party platter or pick up a few orders of chicken nuggets depending on how many you need to make. Toast waffles, place chicken on top, pierce together with a toothpick, and display with bottle of syrup so guests can top themselves. Yep, this is not a joke, it is that easy!

I love to serve these at parties because it is one dish that takes hardly any prep work. I typically heat the chicken nuggets in the oven for a few minutes right before serving. However, they are just good at room temperature.

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DIY Super Bowl Trophy

Everyone is all hearts and Valentine’s Day and I’m over here like footballs and Super Bowl?! While everyone was making their cute Valentine’s this week, I have been up to some Super Bowl crafting. I’ve seen the Super Bowl Trophy DIY floating around Pinterest so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up doing mine a tad differently, here is my process.

Items Needed:

  • Styrofoam Cone
  • Football
  • Metallic Silver Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun

These were actually pretty cheap to make. I found the styrofoam cones at JoAnn Fabrics but they sell them at all the craft stores. I found the 2 different size footballs at the Dollar Tree.

First, using a knife, cut the styrofoam at about a 125 degree angle.

Using your hot glue gun, place a large amount on the styrofoam area you just cut. Immediately place the football on top facing you. You will have to hold the football in place for several minutes to make sure it dries correctly.

After it dries, spray paint with the silver paint and that’s it folks.

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DIY Football Turf Banner

I come from a big football family. I’ve known football my whole life and I’ve attended more football games than I can remember. Seriously, I remember life events based on football season…scary, huh?! I love any type of tailgate or football party… casual yet always fun! I am hosting our second annual Super Bowl Party in a few days and wanted to share with you this fun and easy banner I made. This banner would also be cute for a football or soccer themed birthday party. It is made to resemble turf.

I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. You will need:

Unroll the green moss mat until flat, with the backside facing up. I used a pendant stencil and drew the pendants on the back with a sharpie. If you alternate them up and down with no space in between you will get more pendants out of the roll.

Using a scissor, cut out the pendants.

After all the pendants have been cut out, use the alphabet stencils to spell out what you want the banner to say. I did “SUPER BOWL LI” and “CONCESSION STAND” for my party. I recommend using painters tape to tape the stencil down so it doesn’t move while you are painting.

Using the white craft paint and foam brush, dab your paint on to the pendant. Let dry for several hours before removing. You can do a second coat if you want the paint to be a brighter white as the fabric will absorb some of the first layer.

After your letters have been painted, use a single hole punch to punch holes in either side of each pendant. String together with the ribbon.

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Baby Bullis is Brewing!

Two of our dear friends, Meghan & Josh, are expecting their first baby this January. We couldn’t be more excited for them and wanted to celebrate them both. My friend Cassandra and I decided to throw them a surprise couples shower. We were trying to think of an easy place to surprise them at without them being suspicious. We decided on a brewery. Perfect cover for a meeting place to hang out and have some brews. The only downside was for the mama-to-be who obviously can’t drink, but we made sure they had some root beer for her.

Cassandra designed these adorable invitations. If you need a custom invitation designed or would like this one you can email her at brownberrydesigns@gmail.com.

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We decided to stick with the brewery theme for the shower and got creative. For centerpieces, we repurposed some beer bottles as vases and added baby’s breath.

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Cassandra made this amazing diaper cake…some huggies for the mama-to-be and chuggies for the dad-to-be. Yes, she made that custom onesie too that says “Bullis Brewed.’ How cute, right?!

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We wanted to do a few games that would be fun for both the men and women. Our first game was a beer chugging game…out of baby bottles. How appropriate, right? Haha. I found the baby bottles at the Dollar Tree.

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Another game we decided on was Pacifier Pong. Exactly like beer pong, except use pacifiers in lieu of ping pong balls. Only change in game rules: no bouncing, hah!

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A third game we wanted to do was Bobbing for Nipples. Simply fill a metal tub with water and nipples and let the guests who have hopefully had a beer or two by this point have at it.

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We set up a little station for guests to write funny notes to the parents-to-be on diapers. (Side note: the basket is a cheap, plastic dollar store one I spray painted silver.)

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We wanted to add a special touch to the cupcakes to customize the party. I made these bottle cap cupcake toppers with the baby’s monogram.

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And last but not least, we had to do a special party favor. What favor goes better with a brewery theme than a custom koozie? Cassandra made these adorable custom koozies aka “beer diaper” for the guests to remember the celebration. How awesome did they turn out?

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Well that’s a wrap. Cassandra and I had a blast planning this couples baby shower and the parents-to-be had a fun time as well! We can’t wait to meet our newest buddy, little JDB!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mummy Bread

This is my family’s all time favorite pumpkin bread recipe. It is extremely simple to make with minimal ingredients. I made this mummy bread to take over to our new neighbors as a housewarming gift. This would also make a great gift for teachers, hostess gift, for a new mother, or anywhere you need to take a delicious treat! 

INGREDIENTS

Serving Size: 1 loaf

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
BAKING DIRECTIONS: Set oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.

 

DECORATING SUPPLIES

  • Saran Wrap
  • White Gauze
  • Stick on eyes
  • Black chalk board tag
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Scotch Tape

DECORATING DIRECTIONS: Wrap loaf of bread with saran wrap, sealing the edges on the bottom of the loaf. Using scotch tape, tape one end of the gauze down on the bottom. Wrap the gauze around the loaf leaving a little opening for the eyes. Seal remaining end on bottom of loaf with scotch tape. Stick the eyes on or if they aren’t sticky, a dot a hot glue will work. Wrap with ribbon and label.

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Coffee Rubbed Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

My husband works in the coffee industry and stumbled upon a similar recipe. Rubbing coffee on your steak? Never even thought of it! We were both anxious to try it. We had some friends staying overnight with us and thought it would be the perfect summer dinner. We served this steak with my crispy fingerling potatoes. It was the best meal we made all summer! We have made it a few times since for visiting family and it is always a treat. This steak is a great summer recipe for the grill and an easy recipe to make when hosting guests. The salsa verde can be made in advance and refrigerated and steak can be seasoned and ready to go before guests arrive. P.S. This recipe is best served with the homemade salsa verde. I do not recommend serving without it.

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Coffee Rubbed Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde Recipe

Servings: 4

  • 1 lb. skirt steak (flat iron or flank steak will work as well)
  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • salt and pepper
  • 5-8 tomatillos, peeled
  • 2-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 cilantro bunch
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Pre-heat the grill pan to high heat. Season the skirt steak on both sides with salt and pepper then rub coffee on all sides generously. Grill for 8-15 minutes depending on desired temp and size of meat. Meanwhile make the salsa verde (this can also be made in advance and refrigerated). Add the tomatillos, garlic cloves, white onion, cilantro, and lemon juice into a food processor and pulse until chunky. Slice the steak and serve with the salsa verde!

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Crispy Fingerling Potatoes

I’m not typically a potatoes person. They always taste good but sometimes they just seem boring. However, have you ever heard of Fingerling Potatoes? They are the cutest little potatoes you ever did see! If a baked potato and a french fry had a baby it would be a fingerling potato. They are my new go-to side dish when hosting dinner. They pair perfectly with a juicy steak. Below is my favorite way of cooking these little guys.

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CRISPY FINGERLING POTATOES RECIPE

SERVINGS: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 pounds fingerling potatoes, scrubbed, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • flaky sea salt
  • large cast iron skillet

Combine potatoes, lemon juice, kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add cold water just to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes are tender, around 20-25 minutes. Increase heat and boil rapidly until most of the water is absorbed and pan is almost dry (there will be a sheen of butterfat).

Transfer about half of the potatoes to a plate and arrange remaining potatoes in skillet cut side down in a single layer (if your skillet is smaller, you may need to work in a few batches). Reduce heat to medium and cook potatoes undisturbed until water is evaporated and cut sides of potatoes are deeply browned, around 5-10 minutes.

Using a spatula, scrape skillet co cleanly release potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Return skillet to medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, and repeat browning process with reserved potatoes. After scraping skillet to release second batch of potatoes, return first batch, along with parsley and remaining tablespoon of butter to skillet and toss until potatoes are well coated. Sprinkle with sea salt  before serving.

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Grandma’s Italian Meatballs & Sauce

Today I am sharing with you a treasure! My grandmother’s Italian Meatballs and Homemade Sauce recipe. I even had to ask her permission to share this family recipe with y’all. This is the true authentic way to make Italian meatballs. They are so good. So so good. Best comfort meal. Best meatballs hands down. Okay, get the point yet? They are so delicious!!

Recipe is below. We serve on top of spaghetti noodles. Paired with a side salad, fresh Italian bread, and a bottle of red wine.

Side note: I do not put a serving size on sauce and meatballs because everyone eats a different amount. It makes a decent size batch though. I always make the whole batch. If I have leftovers, I freeze the meatballs in the sauce for another meal. They do make a great freezer meal. Just defrost and make some spaghetti noodles for an easy last-minute meal!

 

INTALIAN MEATBALLS & SAUCE RECIPE

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Pork or Italian Sausage
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cloves minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 cup graded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs (Soaked in a little milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large can Tomato Puree
  • 1 small can Tomato Paste
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 pinch of Sugar

OPTIONAL GARNISH: Fresh Parsley or Basil Leaves

Combine sauce ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook sauce on low for 1/2-1 hour. While that is cooking, mix meatball ingredients in one large bowl by hand. Use hands to mix until thoroughly combined. Roll into 1″ balls. After sauce has cooked on low for 1/2-1 hour by itself, add in meatballs. Cook on low for an additional 1 hour, covered. Uncover and cook until sauce is thicker. REMOVE BAY LEAVES BEFORE SERVING. They can cause esophageal discomfort and injury if swallowed. Serve atop spaghetti noodles!

 

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Bacon & Goat Cheese Quesadilla

We eat quesadillas {almost} everyday for lunch around here. I think I am just burnt out on sandwiches from taking them in my school lunch everyday when I was a child. My one year old loves quesadillas too. It’s so easy to sneak in healthy ingredients like spinach, tomatoes, beans, avocado, etc. I’ve been getting creative with my quesadillas lately to mix it up. Here is one of my favorites!

BACON & GOAT CHEESE QUESADILLA

Makes 1 half-size quesadilla

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Burrito Shell (I used wheat)
  • 3 tablespoons Goat Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Havarti Cheese
  • 1 slice of cooked Bacon, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 sliced Avocado
  • 6 slivers of Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil

Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once warmed up, toss in spinach and onions to cook. Remove spinach when slightly wilted and onions when softened, set aside. Spray skilled with olive oil.  Place tortilla on skillet. On half, place goat cheese, havarti, bacon, cooked red onion, and wilted spinach. Cover with other half of tortilla shell. Cook until slighted browned on each side. Remove from heat, open shell and place avocado pieces in. Cut into wedges to serve.

 

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¡Brunch Fiesta!

Who says you can’t fiesta in the morning?! Today I am sharing with you a Brunch Fiesta. Combining two of my favorite things that bring people together: brunch and mexican food! I love thinking outside the box when it comes to hosting. Hosting doesn’t always have to be a dinner or cookout. Sometimes it is fun to mix it up a little!

I created this colorful tablescape using these fun napkins, galvanized metal chargers, plates and a variety of glasses. The great thing about using a variety of colors is you don’t have to worry about things matching perfectly. The green yogurt parfait glass is actually a votive candle holder from Michaels. Love when I purchase multi-use items. (High-five to myself.)

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When you are on a budget, you want your dollar to go as far as possible. While flowers are a beautiful centerpiece, that’s their only purpose. I love using food for my centerpieces. It looks pretty and I can eat it. How’s that for repurposed?! For this specific centerpiece, I used a combination of limes and oranges in a large vase. And sticking with the mexican theme, 2 bunches of cilantro in a vase for some greenery. (P.S. Cilantro is an affordable centerpiece as well, only $0.99 for 2 bunches!)

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For the main course, I served Breakfast Burritos. You can serve these two ways: pre-made or buffet style. For buffet style, I recommend setting up a designated burrito making station where guests fill and make their own burritos. Your ingredient options can be endless! Eggs, bacon, sausage, peppers, onion, salsa, guacamole, avocado, green onion, cilantro, greek yogurt, black olives, etc. Buffet option would definitely be easier if you have several guests. My Spicy Breakfast Burrito recipe can be found here.

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For a side dish I served bacon and for my brunch dessert a Mango Yogurt Parfait. Every brunch needs a sweet treat to finish with!

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And let’s not forget about the most important part of a fiesta, the margaritas! For brunch, I recommend serving this oh so amazing Margarita Mimosa! Seriously, this drink alone is worth hosting a brunch fiesta! Cheers!

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