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Layered Greek Dip

This Layered Greek Dip recipe is the Mediterranean version of the classic 7 Layer Dip. Perfect happy hour nibbles for a crowd! Who doesn't love a quick and easy appetizer? Check out this Greek twist on the infamous seven layer dip that often appears at potlucks. All...

Aperol Gin Cocktail

 Looking for a fun cocktail to serve to friends? If you are a gin lover, this cocktail is for you! This Aperol Gin Cocktail is a refreshing drink filled with gin, cucumber and lime. If you are local to Minneapolis-St. Paul and have been lucky enough to go...

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Our simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is our go-to side dish for entertaining!  Need an easy way to add greens to your entertaining menu? This Spinach Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe makes a...

Asiago Dip

This Asiago Dip recipe is an updated, lighter version of a traditional artichoke dip. It disappears every time we have it - a definite sign that you should make it for your next party. Another gathering, another appetizer to bring for the group. Appetizers...

Kalamata Olive Cream Cheese Spread

This simple, 4-ingredient Kalamata Olive Cream Cheese Spread recipe is a tasty nibble everyone will love at your next happy hour. Are you ready for a killer appetizer? One that can be made in advance, will keep for weeks and is one of the easiest appetizer recipes to...

Open-Faced Mushroom and Fried Egg Sandwich recipe

Craving breakfast for dinner? You get all the deliciousness of both meals with this Open-Faced Mushroom and Fried Egg Sandwich recipe. I'm a breakfast girl through and through. Pancakes? I'm in.  Waffles? Sign me up.  Egg bake? Name the time and place, I'm...

Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Cups

Start your morning off right with these heart healthy, make-ahead Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Cups! New Favorite Breakfast Alert! I’m slightly obsessed with these scrumptious Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Cups. I’ve made them a number of times in the last few weeks, and they...

Easy Coffee Smoothie Recipe

Protein-packed and full of coffee flavor, this Easy Coffee Smoothie makes breakfast a snap! It's no secret that I am a coffee lover, and my day is not complete unless it starts with coffee in some way, shape or form. And even though I'm an early riser, I don't always...

Metropolitan Cranberry Martini Recipe

Perfectly balanced between sweet and tart, this Metropolitan Cranberry Martini recipe is a tasty twist on your traditional Cosmo. And it's easy to shake for one or make a batch for a crowd! Now there are many martini recipes out there that I adore, especially when we...

Easy White Chocolate Tart Recipe

This light and fluffy Easy White Chocolate Tart recipe is perfect ending to any holiday gathering! It’s the holiday season and that means parties galore. I love to serve a sweet treat at the end of a meal but don’t want something heavy and dense, especially when...

Thai Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Looking for an easy appetizer that is full of protein? These Thai Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps filled with crunchy peanuts and topped with fresh cilantro hit it out of the park. The holidays are here and that means that it is party season. These Thai Peanut Chicken...

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

You can never go wrong with recipes that take little prep and feed a crowd. This Easy Pulled Pork Recipe is one of our family favorites. My husband and I having a running joke in our house about liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with it? I have been using it for...

DIY Dessert S’mores Station

Make entertaining easy and set up a DIY Dessert S’mores Station at your next gathering! The crackling of burning wood, the crunching of the leaves and the cool nighttime air all mean fall is in full force. There is something fascinating about a fire. Especially an...

Individual Seven Layer Dips

Take full advantage of prepping ahead of time and make entertaining easy with these easy Individual Seven Layer Dips. I love to host parties, and we all know the fun starts with appetizers. But even a simple happy hour is not without its logistical challenges. I...

Easy Caramel Rolls with Apples

Have some apples to use up from the orchard? Make these Easy Caramel Rolls with apples. They have apples, cinnamon, and caramel in every bite! Easy Caramel Rolls with Apples Enough said, right? I could stop right there, and everyone would be happy, especially at...