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  • Go ahead and make a double batch of this homemade guacamole; it's so yummy, it won't last long!

    Homemade Guacamole

    Go ahead and make a double batch of this homemade guacamole; it’s so yummy, it won’t last long! I’m a big avocado fan. Like, I-could-eat-one-with-every-meal-and-be-perfectly-content, avocado fan. Even though the weather was gorgeous and the scenery was breath-taking along the coast, one of my favorite parts of visiting San Diego a couple years ago was, wait for it, avocados on top of, served with, or as an add-on for every meal on a menu. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Haha! I’ve been lucky to find relatively inexpensive avocados here at ALDI, where a bag of four non-organic avocados goes for about three dollars, and an organic bag…

  • Homemade Salsa - sooo good!

    Fresh Homemade Salsa

    I’ve been making homemade salsa for years now. It all started with this recipe that one of my good friends found in the classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (you know, the one with red and white checkered cover), and made for their annual Cinco de Mayo party. It’s amazing, and garlic-y, and makes enough to feed a small army. Exactly what you want in a fresh, homemade salsa. It also goes great with margaritas. Just sayin’. Since then, I’ve continued to make that same homemade salsa here and there for parties, with a little extra to keep at home in our fridge. Because, yum. The other time I’m always charged with…

  • Melted Caprese Crostini

    Melted Caprese Crostini

    On the weekends I like to keep it simple when it comes to lunch. Just because it’s something easy to fix, however, doesn’t mean I skimp on flavor OR deliciousness. These melted caprese crostini are the perfect savory bite to enjoy all by yourself, or with a crowd! While these melted caprese crostini are great as lunch for one, the recipe is also super easy to convert to platefuls of yummy party food! Think Memorial Day barbecues, Independence Day picnics, Labor Day parties… They’re the perfect spring/summertime savory treat. Add a little finesse and bite by drizzling your favorite balsamic vinegar on top, just before serving, after they come out of…

  • Check out these favorite yummy no-mess elegant finger foods for a homecoming party

    Yummy Finger Foods for a Homecoming Party

    These yummy finger foods for a prom, formal, or homecoming party will keep guests well-fed and unmessy! This is a guest post. Homecoming, prom, and formals are a huge deal at high schools, colleges and universities across the United States. Nothing says “welcome back” or “let’s celebrate” better than a party all about dancing, dressing up and, of course, delicious food! When it comes to celebrating in style, finger foods are typically the best option. Let’s face it, no one wants to balance a plate while wearing a tux, and no girls want to slurp spaghetti in a beautiful gown. That’s why munchies for the masses are your best bet…

  • This homemade fresh salsa is so good you'll never buy it from the grocery store again!

    Bring Your Fresh Salsa!

    This homemade fresh salsa is so good you’ll never buy it from the grocery store again! Years ago a good friend of mine started making fresh salsa as part of her annual Cinco de Mayo party. Everyone always raved about it, especially my husband, so she made sure we left with a “to go” container after the party every year. My friend made no bones about where she got the recipe—it’s from the Better Homes & Gardens red and white checker cookbook that almost every house in America has on its shelves. Rather than make my husband wait 364 days to have his next dose of  salsa, I decided to…