Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

My husband loves veggies and Ranch dressing.  I mean, seriously loves it.  While my snack of choice usually gravitates towards the sugary and calorie-laden, the Tall Boy always reaches for carrot sticks and Ranch dressing.  But lately, I’ve really been trying to eat more of the rainbow…and this Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza makes it super easy.

All you need is a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix, crescent dough, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and your favorite chopped veggies.  Broccoli and/or cauliflower would work great on this, but neither of my guys will eat either of those veggies, so then I’d be stuck eating this entire snack pizza on my own.  Wait, maybe that’s not a bad thing. ;-)

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

The Tall Boy gobbled up this Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza last weekend during March Madness like nobody’s business.  And that’s even without the shredded Parmesan cheese I forgot to put on top. You should totally do that.

What’s super fabulous about this recipe is that it’s easily adaptable, can be made ahead, and takes almost no time to throw together.  It’s perfect for entertaining or snacking!

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 16 ounces Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh dill, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and press into a 10x15-inch pan. Press the dough down to seal the seams. Bake until puffy and golden brown, 11 to 13 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. While the dough is cooking, stir together your Greek yogurt and seasoning packet until completely combined. Spread in an even layer over the cooled crust. Top with the chopped veggies and shredded cheese and sprinkle with fresh dill, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve - serve cold!
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/veggie-ranch-snack-pizza/

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

From dressings and dips to sandwich spreads and side dish solutions, the special blend of herbs and spices makes Hidden Valley the perfect addition to any recipe. For more delectable ranch recipes, visit www.hiddenvalley.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

Well, it’s officially March Madness.  For my family, things usually get a little bit exciting this time of year.  While I’m generally more of a football fan, my husband and my father are huge NCAA basketball fans.  Historically, they’re huddled around the television cheering on the University of Kansas…but this year, it’s {one of} my alma matter that is getting all of the attention:

Wichita State University

The Shockers are entering the tournament with a 34-0 record, and the entire city is decked out in yellow and black.  Billboards along the highway boast the hastag #playangry, the Shocker mascot is everywhere you look, and strangers are high-fiving each other in stores and parking lots.  For a team from the Missouri Valley Conference that usually isn’t given a second thought {despite making it to the Final Four last year}, it’s pretty awesome.

Kinda like these Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings.

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

So we’re munching on these tonight while watching selection Sunday…and I have a feeling we’ll me making them again as the madness of March progresses.

For this recipe, I used my Wilton Armetale Casserole/Baker.  It’s the perfect baking dish for these wings because it’s oven-safe, and pretty enough to serve in.  I don’t want to spend my basketball watching time washing dishes, you know? ;-)

Plus, Armetele keeps hot foods hot longer {and cold foods cold longer}, cleans up in a flash, is super durable, and offers a lifetime warranty against breakage {don’t use it in the microwave or dishwasher, though}.  I have quite a few pieces I received as wedding gifts years ago, but I’m loving this new casserole baker – I can even use it on the grill this summer!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

If you’re planning any game watching parties during March Madness, make sure you add these wings to your list!  And if you haven’t heard of Sriracha, it’s an Asian Chili sauce that you can find in the International food aisle of your grocery store (look for the green bottle with a rooster on it).

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Ingredients

    For the Wings:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha (or more, if you like things really spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet or casserole dish with vegetable oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the melted butter, granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dry the wings with a paper towel. Pour the mixture over the wings and toss well to coat. Spread the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the wings until browned and crisp, 45 to 55 minutes.
  4. To make the sauce:
  5. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice and stir until the mixture bubbles gently. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Carefully remove the wings from the baking sheet and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the warm sauce over the wings and gently toss to coat. Transfer the wings to a serving platter back to your casserole dish and drizzle with more honey if desired. Garnish with lime wedges, sesame seeds and cilantro.

recipe from Food Network

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/sticky-honey-sriracha-wings/

XO, Ashley

Wilton Armetale provided me with product to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you’ll be set for entertaining!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

I’m a huge football fanatic.  NCAA football is my favorite, but I do enjoy NFL games as well – especially this year, when the Chiefs had a winning season!  And even if you’re not a fan of the games, just about everyone loves football food. :-)

Superbowl is the ultimate day for the consumption of finger foods, and meatballs are one of our favorites.  I love making meatballs from scratch, but when it comes to game day entertaining, I want quick and easy.  For this appetizer, I used frozen meatballs, but feel free to substitute your favorite homemade meatball if you’d rather.

Me?  I’ll be throwing these in the slow cooker and getting down to game-watching!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-pound) bags frozen meatballs (about 40 meatballs)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken broth, Buffalo hot sauce, and ketchup in the bowl of your slow cooker.
  2. Add your frozen meatballs into your slow cooker, and mix the sauce around so each meatball is coated.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on to high, and leave it on high for about an hour, stirring a couple times.
  4. Once it appears that the meatballs have somewhat thawed, turn your slow cooker down to low, and allow to warm for an hour longer, or until warm throughout.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/slow-cooker-buffalo-meatballs/

XO, Ashley

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s all sorts of entertaining to do…and not much time to get things ready, amIright??  If you’re like me, you’d like something special to “wow” your company, but don’t want to spend all evening in the kitchen.  That’s why I love keeping Pepperidge Farm®  Puff Pastry on hand in my freezer.

You can find Pepperidge Farm®  Puff Pastry in sheets, shells and cups.  For this recipe, you’ll need the sheets.

I use the sheets all of the time to make puff pastry filled with brie and jam.  But after I made my Simple Cranberry Sauce last week, I knew that’s what I was using to fill my next puff pastry!  I added some chopped walnuts (pecans would be fabulous, too), for some extra crunch, but they’re optional.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

You can certainly buy canned cranberry sauce to use instead of homemade, but believe me – it’s totally worth it to make your own, and it only takes a few minutes.

Or, you can secretly set some aside on Thanksgiving, and you’ll be set to go to make this appetizer as a quick snack after all of your Black Friday shopping. ;-)

Just thaw one puff pastry sheet and set your brie wheel in the middle.  Top it with 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce (if you’re purchasing some from the store, whole-berry works best) and 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped nuts.  Fold up the edges of the pastry, and then brush with an egg wash before putting it into the oven.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Just before serving, I topped my puffy pastry filled brie with sugared cranberries and a sprig of basil, for color.  Mainly because I’m not that great at folding up the edges of the pastry, and I wanted the top to look super pretty.

Again, totally optional, but I think those sugared berries just scream “Winter.”

And also, “eat me.”

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

You can serve the brie with crackers or slices of hearty bread – but be sure to eat this while it’s still warm and gooey and the cheese oozes out of the pastry when you cut into it.  I’m not gonna lie – I ate plenty of that cheese without any medium other than the serving utensil.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Ingredients

  • 1 Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 brie wheel
  • 1/4 cup Simple Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • sugared cranberries and basil for garnish, if desired
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • For the sugared cranberries:
  • 1 cups fresh whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Thaw one puff pastry sheet and unfold it. Place your brie in the middle of the sheet and carefully top with cranberry sauce and chopped nuts. Gently wrap the pastry around the brie and pinch the top closed. Brush the surface of the pastry with the egg white. This will make your pastry nice and shiny.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
  4. Top with sugared cranberries and a sprig of basil, if desired. Serve with crackers or bread.
  5. To make the sugared cranberries:
  6. Warm 1/2 cup of maple syrup in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Place in refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours.
  7. Place 1/2 cup sugar into a bowl. Pour berries into a colander and allow them to drain for 15 minutes. Next, add a few cranberries at a time to the sugar, tossing gently to coat. Place berries on a parchment lined baking sheet and let stand until completely dry.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cranberry-walnut-brie/

XO, Ashley

I’m always looking for ways to spark new creative ideas with my recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to check out more recipes at www.puffpastry.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


How to Brine a Turkey

Let’s talk turkey.  Specifically, how to brine a turkey.

It’s not nearly as scary as it sounds, and I’m going to walk you through it.

Brining a turkey is easier than you think!  I'll walk you through it at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Last year, my uncle made a comment that struck fear deep in my heart: he suggested that sometime soon, my cousins and I should start hosting Thanksgiving.  It’s embarrassing to admit, but even though I blog about food, I really have no desire to take over the reigns of this family tradition.

Preparing that much food for 20+ people?  Ugh, not top on my list of wants, unless we can also serve these.  And lots of ‘em. ;-)

Anyway, I decided I should give this whole brining/roasting a turkey thing a go.  Get some practice in so that when my time comes, my family event doesn’t end up like the Griswold’s Christmas Vacation.

I fervently began doing research on turkey preparation, brining, and roasting, and I was a bit overwhelmed at first.  But when I stepped back, broke it down, and took it step-by-step, it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it might be.  In fact, this bird turned out amazing, even on my first try.

So here’s my message to any of you who are cooking your first Thanksgiving turkey this year: if I can do it, you can, too.

Brining a turkey is easier than you think!  I'll walk you through it at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

I am by no means an expert here, so feel free to weigh-in with your turkey brining tips and tricks. I just want to share with you what I learned, and why I think brining is the way to go.

What is brining, anyway?

Brining involves soaking a turkey in a saltwater solution before cooking, which protects it from the ravages of heat and guarantees tender, flavorful meat from the surface all the way to the bone.  In other words, the brining liquid distributes moisture and seasoning into the meat, helps the meat retain more of its total weight after cooking, and makes for a moister and more flavorful meal.

Who wants dry, bland turkey, right?

Make sure you do not use a self-basting or kosher turkey, otherwise your turkey will end up too salty.  After defrosting your bird, remove the giblets and the neck from the inside.  Rinse both the inside and the outside of the bird, and pat dry with paper towels before placing it in the brining liquid.

What do I need for brining?

Not much – just a container large enough to hold your turkey and all of the brining liquid.  Much of my research suggested using a 5-gallon bucket with a lid, but that wasn’t about to fit in my refrigerator.  I also read that extra-EXTRA-large Ziploc bags would work fine, as would turkey size oven bags.  I went the Ziploc bag route since that’s what I found first. ;-)

Since I was worried the bag could leak a bit, I placed the bagged turkey onto a rimmed sheet to catch any potential drippings.

What do I put in my brine?

The general rule of thumb is one cup of salt per two gallons of water.  From there, you may also add sugar, vinegar, spices, and other aromatics.  In mine, I used a combination of salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, orange peel, fresh thyme and sage, and Worchestershire sauce.  I’ll provide my measurements below, but I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules on your aromatics here – use what you like and what you have in your kitchen.

Brining a turkey is easier than you think!  I'll walk you through it at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Okay, I have my turkey in the brine.  Now what?

Make sure it’s covered and refrigerated (or in a very cool spot – 40 degrees or less) for at least 6 to 12 hours.  I turned mine over halfway through to make sure both sides had equal time to marinate.

After removing the turkey from the brine, rinse it, and then pat it dry to prevent soggy skin.  You may also place the turkey on a wire rack in the refrigerator set on a baking sheet and allow it to dry overnight.  Again, this encourages the skin to crisp during roasting.

Brining a turkey is easier than you think!  I'll walk you through it at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

How do I roast my turkey?

Preheat oven to 275 degrees and place turkey in a roasting pan.  Cover with foil and bake, approximately 10 minutes per each pound.

Then, raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees and remove foil.  Brush the turkey with melted butter every 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 to 170 degrees.

Remove the turkey from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing – avoid the urge to cover the turkey with foil, since this can make the skin soggy.  Next?  Call someone else in to carve it, while you go relax with one of these.

My Favorite Turkey Brine

makes enough brine for a 20-pound turkey

My Favorite Turkey Brine

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons warm water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 5-6 cloves smashed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • peel of one orange
  • 1-2 sprigs each fresh thyme and sage

Instructions

  1. In a large bucket or container, mix salt and brown sugar into the warm water until no granules remain. Add in remaining ingredients, and allow mixture to cool to room temperature or refrigerate until cool.
  2. Remove the giblets and the neck from the inside of the turkey and reserve for later use, if desired. Wash the turkey inside and out with cold water and then place it in the bucket or brining bag. Cover with the brining liquid and then place in a cold place for at least 6 to 12 hours, turning once halfway through the brining process.
  3. After removing the turkey from the brine, rinse it, and then pat it dry to prevent soggy skin. You may also place the turkey on a wire rack in the refrigerator set on a baking sheet and allow it to dry overnight.
  4. To roast the turkey:
  5. Preheat oven to 275 degrees and place turkey in a roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake, approximately 10 minutes per each pound.
  6. Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees and remove foil. Brush the turkey with melted butter every 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 to 170 degrees.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/how-to-brine-a-turkey/

If you have turkey tips, leave ‘em in the comments below!

Looking for some other dishes to serve along-side your perfectly brined turkey?

Try these:

This Ultimate Green Bean Casserole is a fresh spin on the classic, using fresh mushrooms and cream to replace the traditionally used canned condensed soup. #recipes #thanksgiving #side dishes

 

 With just three basic ingredients, this Simple Cranberry Sauce comes together in practically the same amount of time that it takes you to open the canned version!

 

Copycat King's Hawaiian Rolls from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - these taste just as good as the store bought version, and are so easy to make: even for the novice bread maker like me! #recipes #bread

pumpkin-marshmallow-pie-title

XO, Ashley

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


Snowflake Party Spoons

These Snowflake Party Spoons are a fun way to serve snack-time sweets and are perfect for swizzling into warm winter drinks like hot chocolate!

These Snowflake Party Spoons are a fun way to serve snack-time sweets and are perfect for swizzling into warm winter drinks like hot chocolate!

I have a confession to make: I’m an addict.  A sprinkle addict, that is.

I own a million and one different kinds of sprinkles.  No joke.  I have, at last count, three different baskets full of different colors, shapes, and sizes of sprinkles.

And every time I hit my local cake decorating store and/or Michael’s – especially during the holiday season – I come home with half a dozen new shakers of sprinkles.

#cantstopwontstop

These Snowflake Party Spoons are a fun way to serve snack-time sweets and are perfect for swizzling into warm winter drinks like hot chocolate!

So when the team at QuirkBooks asked me if I wanted to review Jackie Alpers new book Sprinkles, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.  I mean, this book is basically justification for all of those sprinkles that I own and love, and grounds for purchasing more.

This book is a sprinkle-lovers dream.  It’s filled with all sorts of stunning ideas on how to incorporate color and fun into every day things – from the simple to extravagant.

Since I live with a 6-year old, we’re on the simple side of the spectrum.  Doodle loved dipping these spoons in melted chocolate and sprinkling on blue and white snowflakes for an elegant winter look.  These were perfect for mixing up our hot chocolate, although we might have tried out a few just straight off the spoon. ;-)

These Snowflake Party Spoons are a fun way to serve snack-time sweets and are perfect for swizzling into warm winter drinks like hot chocolate!

Want to win your own copy of Sprinkles?  Scroll down for the details, below!

Snowflake Party Spoons

Snowflake Party Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of your favorite chocolate
  • 1 cup sprinkles - get creative and have fun!

Instructions

  1. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat. Arrange about 30 spoons on the sheets in even rows.
  2. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 60 seconds, stirring halfway through. Microwave at additional 15 second intervals, if necessary, stirring well to smooth out all lumps. Chocolate will burn easily, so don't overcook!
  3. Drop small spoonfuls of chocolate into each spoon, smoothing and spreading to fill the bowls of the spoons.
  4. Gently place toppings on top of chocolate. Let set for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in a cool spot for up to 2 weeks.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/snowflake-party-spoons/

sprinkles

How to enter:
Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Sometimes the form takes a few minutes to load. You will need to login to the Rafflecopter form using your email address. Be sure to use an email address you check often, as that is how you will be notified if you win.

Fine Print:
Open to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway runs through November 17, 2013. Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway and has 48 hours to respond to said email or a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XO, Ashley

 

Subscribe via email and have successes from my kitchen delivered straight to your inbox!

Pin It


15 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

cinco-de-mayo-collage-title

I feel like Cinco de Mayo is holiday just made for me.  I mean, do you know how much Mexican food we inhale at our house on the weekly?

Hint: a lot.

And any excuse to stuff tortillas chips and salsa into my mouth and follow ‘em with a generous slug of frozen margarita or a fruity sangria is right up my alley.  In fact, we started off the weekend doing just that.  I’m celebrating early, with the party going through the weekend!

Just in case you’re looking for a few last minute recipes for a Cinco de Mayo celebration of your own, I threw together a list of a few of my favorites.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole

Easy as Tamale Pie

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa - start these before work and come home to have dinner ready and waiting!
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - if you like bacon, jalapenos, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, this version is for you!  #recipes #dinner

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

beef enchilada

Lightened Up Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas

chicken tacos 1

Two-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

homemade tortillas 2

Homemade Flour Tortillas

corn dip 2

Cilantro-Lime Mexi-Corn Dip

five-minute-salsa-title

5-Minute Salsa

jalapeno-popper-dip-title

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Hot Mexican Style Spinach Dip - jazz up spinach dip with Mexican flavors - it's a total crowd pleaser!  #recipe #appetizers #game night - find the recipe at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Hot Mexican Style Spinach Dip

These easy sopapillas need only three ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!  #recipes #cincodemayo

So Easy Sopapillas

peach sangria from Kitchen Meets Girl

Peach Sangria

chocolate margarita 2

Chocolate Margarita

pie margarita 1

Key-Lime Pie Margarita

strawberry margarita 2

Strawberry-Orange Margarita

XO, Ashley

Pin It


So Easy Sopapillas

Anyone else but me go wild for sopapillas?

These easy sopapillas need only three ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!  #recipes #cincodemayo

To be honest, I haven’t had a real one in years. I usually eat tortilla chips and salsa for dessert when we go out for Mexican food.

:-)

As a kid, my favorite Mexican restaurant was a little hole in the wall place that was as authentic as you could get.  It’s a family owned restaurant named Connie’s, and they just celebrated their 50th anniversary.  Clearly, they know how to do Mexican food right!  Since we’d just made our own easy sopapillas at home, we decided to order fried ice cream.

Well, I decided to order fried ice cream, with Doodle declaring it “gross” and asking to go to Braum’s instead.  He changed his mind when he saw this:

20130421-180602.jpg

Even with three of us eating, we couldn’t finish this monstrosity!

But back to the sopapillas.  These are a super easy version, one that you can quickly throw together for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, and something the kiddos can help with.

These take only three ingredients {four with the honey}, and about 12 minutes in the oven.  Done and done.

These easy sopapillas need only three ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!  #recipes #cincodemayo

So Easy Sopapillas

25 pastries

So Easy Sopapillas

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • honey, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. After thawing your pastry sheet, unfold it on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry sheet into 25 (2-inch) squares.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes on a silpat lined baking sheet until the pastries are golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, combine cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl. Add your hot pastries in batches to the bowl and coat with the sugar mixture.
  5. Drizzle the pastries with the honey before serving.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/so-easy-sopapillas/

XO, Ashley

 

Pin It


Celebrate Spring with The Home Depot Garden Club: #DigIn

So, I bet you’re wondering why a food blogger is talking to you about The Home Depot today.

Make no mistake, I’m not a gardener. I don’t even really have a green thumb. But when it comes to springtime, my absolute number one thing to do is entertain outside. As soon as the weather starts warming up, we’re sweeping away the dirt and debris from the patio doors, lighting up the charcoal grill, and relaxing under our pergola with friends and family and watching the kiddos run around the yard.

swingset

And I want that yard to look good.  Lush.  Welcoming.  Relaxing.

As you can see, we haven’t yet started our spring lawn clean-up.  While we were blessed with gorgeous weather for Easter, our temperatures are supposed to drop down again during the beginning of the week, with some light snow in the forecast.  Isn’t that crazy?  My grandfather, a Kansas farmer, advised never to plant here before April 15–and that’s the rule I’ve always followed.

Right now, this lone bloom on my Purple Plum tree is about the only sign of spring in our yard.

purple-plum

But I’m chomping at the bit to get going – this has been the longest winter ever!  We have about a million landscaping projects on our list for spring, and one of the top is getting our outdoor seating area ready for entertaining.

Yikes, we have a loooooong way to go:

pergola

And that’s where The Home Depot’s Garden Club comes in.  They make it easy for non-outdoorsy people like me to tackle gardening and landscaping projects.   This  world’s largest garden community will send me advice and reminders, including to-do lists focusing on specific regions.  As I mentioned, I’m not planting here in Kansas (yet!), but I bet many of you in warmer climates are already well on your way.

Plus, the Garden Club offers sneak peeks and reviews to help you plan your garden purchases in advance.  This is perfect for a planner like me!

:-)

With the Garden Club Membership you can get $5 off your next purchase of $50 when you sign up and they’ll provide you with 8 project ideas to help you #DigIn to spring, as well as monthly to do lists, expert advice, and how to videos.

Cool, right?

And even better?  It’s free!

Tell me this Flower Tower isn’t one of the prettiest things you’ve seen!  I think I could sit outside and admire a backyard like this all day long.

image courtesy Home Depot

image courtesy Home Depot

 

Join me as I work on my spring outdoor DIY home improvement and together, with The Home Depot, we can each create a beautiful outdoor living space.

What projects do you have planned for Spring?

 

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need for spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, The Home Depot has you covered.

Spring is the perfect time for all your outdoor home renovations. Shop The Home Depot for terrific values on new patio furniture, landscape supplies such as fertilizer and potting soil and outdoor grills. Keep your lawn and garden looking great, too, with the huge selection of lawn mowers, edgers and trimmers, and garden tools.

Visit The Home Depot Garden Club for product ideas from kick-starting your Spring with seed starter kits to building a window birdfeeder.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.  All opinions are my own.

XO, Ashley

Pin It


20 Awesome Dips for Superbowl

Personally, I think dips should be their own food group.  Who’s with me on this?

20 Awesome Dips for Superbowl #dips #appetizers #gameday

Years ago, I used to make actual food for Superbowl parties, until I realized most of my friends/family ate so much of the appetizer stuff that we never really made it to the main course.  Since I’m of the opinion that I’m covering all the food groups with fruit dips, hummus, and dairy-based dips, I don’t see a thing wrong with serving only dips at my game-watching parties.

Here are some of my favorites from around the web that you may want to make for your own party.  Even if football isn’t your thing, no one can resist an awesome dip, right?

Hot Mexican Style Spinach Dip - jazz up spinach dip with Mexican flavors - it's a total crowd pleaser!  #recipe #appetizers #game night - find the recipe at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

 

Hot Mexican-Style Spinach Dip

 

Jalapeno Popper dip - perfect for snacking or entertaining!  #recipe #dip #gamedayfood www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

 

Jalapeno Popper Dip

 

five-minute-salsa-title

 

5-Minute Salsa

 

jalepeno hummus 1

 

Jalapeno Hummus

 

corn dip 2

 

{Cilantro-Lime} Mexi-Corn Dip

 

Individual 7-layer Mexi-Dip

 

7-Layer Mexi-Dip {Individual-Sized}

 

Guacamole-Hummus-2

 

Guacamole Hummus with Football Chips from Inside BruCrew Life

 

white-queso-dip-recipe

 Creamy White Queso Dip from Buns in My Oven

roasted chile con queso w words

 

Roasted Chile con Queso from A Kitchen Addiction

 

hamburgerdip1

 

Crock Pot Hamburger Dip from Chef In Training

 

Pizza Dip 1 500

 

Pizza Dip from Closet Cooking

 

bbq-1-2

 

BBQ Chicken Dip from How Sweet It Is

 

spinach-parmesan-caramelized-onion-dip-47-560x373

 

Reduced-Guilt Parmesan Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip from Bake Your Day

 

Cheesy-Beef-Taco-Dip

 

Mom’s Cheesy Beef Taco Dip from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

 

fundip

Skinny Funfetti Dip from The Domestic Rebel

peanutbutterdip-685x1024

 

Peanut Butter Football Dip from Crazy for Crust

 

peanutbutterdip-685x1024

 

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from Shugary Sweets

 

Skinny-Snickerdoodle-Dip-5

 

Skinny Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Dip from Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Skinny-Cannoli-Dip

 

Skinny Cannoli Dip from Back for Seconds

 

monster cookie

 

Monster Cookie Dough Dip from Something Swanky

 

 

XO, Ashley

Pin It