Thursday, June 9, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!


Thank you for stopping by! I am glad you are here, 
and I hope that your summer is off to a great start!
I hope you will share with us what you are doing to
 celebrate summer by linking up all your creativeness!




Here are the three most clicked links:

10 Bachelorette Party Ideas
from
Celebrate the Start of Summer
from
21 Delicious Salad Recipes
from
The Crafty Blog Stalker 

So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!
We love to celebrate with you!

Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when
someone clicks on your link and visits your page.


2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
You may receive an email reminder about this party.
Let's get this party going!





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cream

 I have Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons with Mascarpone Cream for you today! The other day I looked through my freezer and fridge and saw that I had a few items that were on the verge of overstaying their welcome. If there is one thing that really drives me nutty, it is the thought that I might have to throw that food away! So, I came up with the idea of making these napoleons because:  #1, they are a favorite dessert of mine and #2, they used up all of the items I needed to use! So lets get to the recipe! I know you will love it!


Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cream

Makes 16 Mini Napoleons
(printable recipe)

1-14 ounce package of Puff Pastry
8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese~softened
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Blueberries
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
2 tablespoons Water 


Unwrap your pastry dough and cut the 4 pieces in half, and then cut those pieces in half. You should end up with 16 pieces of dough. I used Dufour Pastry Kitchens Classic Puff Pastry. It is fantastic tasting and very easy to use. 
Bake according to package directions, then cool completely. Mix together the mascarpone cheese, confectioner's sugar, and heavy whipping cream. As you are mixing, add the cream a little at a time. You might find that you like the cream a little stiffer, therefore using less cream. Set aside. Wash the fruit and cut the strawberries across, making strawberry discs. 
Make the drizzle by mixing together the confectioner's sugar and water. Set aside. Put the napoleon together by slicing the puff pastry in half, creating a top and a bottom. Top the bottom with a scoop of pastry cream, then top the cream with a strawberry slice or two, and a couple blueberries. Place the top of the pastry on the strawberry. Drizzle with the sugar and water mix, then top with a strawberry slice and some blueberries.


Thanks for joining me today! I am so glad I used up all my "almost out of date" ingredients, and I am even happier these terrific Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cheese were the result!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad!

With summer here, I am thinking it is time to start eating a little lighter. With all the heat and humidity we have been having, the thought of something heavy, just seems to drag me down and I get those "after eating yawns" that make me want to nap. Of course, then my day ends up being very unproductive. So today I am enjoying this Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad!  You are going to love it! It is light and full of so many great flavors!


Oh, did I mention, there is wine too! Check out this recipe! Today I am guest posting over at Women's Daily with this Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad, made with Aidells Chicken Sausage, and  a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio from Cupcake Vineyards!

 Click here to get the recipe: Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad
Make it today, and "after eating yawns" will be gone! Thanks for stopping by today!





Thursday, June 2, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's time to Celebrate It!
Hi Everyone!
I hope you all had a great, fun, full of sunshine
Memorial Day Holiday!
I am so glad you have stopped by to link up and share, 
or to browse through all the incredible link ups,
I am happy to see you!

Here are last weeks most clicked links:

 Smart Summer Challenge 2016
from

Honey Sandalwood Soap Pucks
from
DIY Summer Fun Idea Jar
from


So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!

We love to celebrate with you!


Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when
someone clicks on your link and visits your page.


2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
You may receive an email reminder about this party.
Let's get this party going!



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Summertime S'mores / #SundaySupper

It is finally the official start of summer, and I am excited! How about you? I love the warm weather, cooking and eating outdoors, and backyard parties! I am going to my first official summer party this weekend, and I am happily bringing along these Summertime S'mores as my contribution to the festivities. The beauty of these  S'mores is that they can be made ahead of time, and taken to the party with just a couple last minute fixes before serving! When they are served, they can be eaten by simply picking them up and taking a bite, or maybe some of your guests prefer to use a fork~that works too! These Summertime S'mores are your same campfire S'mores you love, only elevated!

Summertime S'mores 
(printable recipe)
Makes 12
Crust 
1 package Honey Graham Crackers
2 tablespoons Butter~melted

Chocolate Ganache
6-7 ounces Milk Chocolate
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Marshmallow Cream
1 Egg White
3/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
3/4 cup Confectioner's Sugar~sifted
2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla 





Crush the graham crackers in a food processor, or put graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush by rolling a rolling pin over them. They should be crushed to a fine consistency.  
Place the crushed graham crackers in a bowl and add butter. Mix together until all the graham crackers are wet. Set aside.
Chop up the chocolate into evenly sized pieces. Use a double boiler, on low heat to melt the chocolate. If you do not have a double boiler, use a smaller pot to sit inside a large pot. Place a couple inches of water in the large pot. Do not let the bottom of the small pot touch the water in the large pot.
Once the chocolate is melted, heat the heavy whipping cream to a warm temp, in a small pot, or microwave. Once heated, pour it in to the melted chocolate, a little at a time, stirring until blended.
While your chocolate is melting, place 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker mix into each cavity of the pan. Tamp the graham cracker down. Refrigerate until ready to add chocolate.
Pour chocolate onto each graham cracker base. Leave room at the top for the marshmallow cream. Refrigerate until chocolate becomes firm.
Beat the egg white, and corn syrup on high until the mix doubles in volume, about 10 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the confectioners sugar. Mix together. Mix in vanilla. Refrigerate until cold and slightly firm. Once it is cold, place a small scoop on top of each chocolate, and refrigerate until firm.
Remove s'mores from pan by pushing up from the bottom. If you use a cupcake pan, edge along the inside with a toothpick until it loosens. Place on plate, or if you are transporting these to your party, place them in a pan with a lid. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add several mini marshmallows to each s'more. Use a kitchen torch to brown marshmallows and a bit of the cream.    Serve and Enjoy!




Several tips you might find helpful:
1. These can be refrigerated after the marshmallows are browned.
    You will still be able to taste the burnt marshmallow flavor.   
2.  I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Bar, called the Pound Plus.  
     It tastes amazing. They make a semi sweet chocolate bar also.
3. The marshmallow cream should be refrigerated, and can be 
    made a day ahead of time. 
4. I used a pan from Norpro that has remove bottoms in each cavity.
   A mini cupcake pan will work also.



Thanks for joining me today! Scroll down and see what the rest of the #SundaySupper family made today, as we celebrate Potlucks!

Thank you to our host today, T.R. Crumbley who blogs at  Gluten Free Crumbley!
 


Appetizers
Sides and Salads
The Main
Desserts
Plus Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake and Best Potluck Dishes from Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Thanks for stopping by! 
Link up any posts you want to share!


Share your Memorial Day plans, summer camp ideas,
 gardening tips, vacation ideas and photos, summer snacks, decorating crafts, summer kids projects, holiday recipes, grilling recipes, fun desserts, anything you have created and want to share!
We want to celebrate with you!

Last weeks 4(we had a tie!) most clicked links:

 Shredded Chicken
from


Backyard BBQ Decor
from
Patriotic Pound Cake
from
Lemon Raspberry Themed Desserts
from


Thank you again to everyone that stopped by to
link up or look around!

So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!

We love to celebrate with you!


Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone: 




  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when
someone clicks on your link and visits your page.



2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given. 

You may receive an email reminder about this party.

Let's get this party started!



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day BBQ Ideas

About the time you are reading this, you are either very calmly getting together your Memorial Day menu ideas and recipes, or you are beginning to quickly panic, as you realize Memorial Day is less than a week away! Which is why I put together this cookout round up. This round up features recipes linked up this past week, at the Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!, that can help you with your holiday plans. There are side dishes, desserts, chicken, burgers, and even veggie burgers, plus some Backyard BBQ Decor Ideas!  So, take a look, don't worry, and have fun!


Click on the recipe below:

Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Burgers

Old Fashioned Baked Beans

8 Pasta-Tively Delicious Salads

Lemon Raspberry Themed Desserts

How To Make Coleslaw

BBQ Rub

Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Backyard BBQ Decor Ideas

Patriotic Pound Cake

Shredded Chicken Recipe



Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have some new ideas that will work for your Memorial Day celebrations!


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Grilled London Broil Steak Tacos / #SundaySupper

Today I have some Grilled London Broil Steak Tacos on the menu! We are celebrating the grilling season this week on Sunday Supper by Throwing something on the Barbie! When it comes to grilling, everyone has an opinion! It is an entire culture all on its own! You can have a favorite way to grill: gas or wood. How about a favorite method: direct, indirect, smoking and rotisserie. To make it even more interesting, each of those categories have categories!
These Grilled London Broil Steak Tacos come together quickly, but you will want to tenderize the London Broil the day before you want to serve these yummy tacos to get optimum flavor! The steak and the peppers cook at the same time, and as the steak comes off to rest, the tortillas go on, and the peppers and tortillas come off together. Get ready for a great meal! 

 
 Grilled London Broil Steak Tacos
London Broil Steak
Italian Dressing (not creamy)
A1 Sauce 
Garlic Powder
Red, yellow, and Orange Peppers, thinly sliced
Vidalia Onion, thinly sliced
Flour Tacos
Lettuce
Ranchero Queso Fresco
Sour Cream 
Salsa 

Tenderize the steak by sprinkling garlic powder on top, and pouring A-1 and Italian dressing on top of the garlic powder.
Use 2 forks and push them in and out of the steak, moving all over the steak. Then flip it over and do it again. When you begin, the fork will be slightly resistant to piercing the steak, but as you continue, it will become easier and easier. Cover the steak and refrigerate it overnight.
Sprinkle chipotle seasoning on the steak and place on the grill on medium heat.
Sear the meat one way, for two minutes, then lift and score it in the other direction for two minutes.
Flip the steak over and do it again. 
Place the veggies in a packet of foil and place on the grill. Close foil for quicker cooking. I put these on the grill as the steak was 4 minutes away from being done. The peppers will be cooked, but still have a crunch. If you like them softer, put them on the grill earlier.
 
Take off the steak and let it rest for a few minutes. Place tortillas on the grill. They start to bubble up quickly. Remove when they do.
 Thinly slice the london broil.
 Build the taco by adding lettuce, cheese, steak, peppers and onions, sour cream and salsa.


Enjoy your tacos!

Scroll down to see what the rest of the Sunday Supper family created for today!

Thanks so much to Sue Lau who blogs at A Palatable Pastime, for hosting this fun event!

Patio Libations
Let’s Get This BBQ Started!
The Main Event
On a Side Note
Saucy Sentiments and Rebellious Rubs
Finishing Touches
Plus Piri Piri Sauce and Recipes for Summer Grilling from Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement





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