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January 28th

Game Day…bring it on.

Game day may just be our favorite day, no matter what the sport is. We decided to go with a “serve yourself” selection of goodies.
Check out these easy eats and drinks for the big game this weekend!
My hubby’s homemade chili bar:
I want to be able to give you the recipe here…but you know what the problem is? He just throws everything into a pot! Literally. Here’s what’s inside this particular recipe – ground beef, sirloin steak chunks, red kidney beans, corn kernels, chopped: carrots, peppers, onion and garlic, large can of crushed tomato, salt and pepper. He started with a couple swigs of oil around the pan, browned the beef, added the steak and then layered in the veggies starting with the garlic and onion. He ended with the beans and tomato sauce and let the pot of chili simmer ALL day. For about 4 hours on the lowest setting. Boy was this GOOD!
To top we set up: chopped scallions, crunchy undressed coleslaw, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, halved golden tomatoes and cilantro leaves.
To drink we paired this all with a spicy beer cocktail. We rimmed small mason jars with lime juice and dipped into Kosher salt. We added a few drops each of hot sauce, Worcestershire and then filled the glass with a dark beer and ice. SO delish!
On to the next…
The nacho bar. Doesn’t get easier then this one. Fill individual heat safe bowls with nacho chips.
We found these bowls at Crate and Barrel and often use them for french onion soup, aren’t they perfect? We hit each bowl of nachos with shredded cheddar cheese and broiled till melted.
Then we set out toppings for our guests to enjoy: sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, MORE shredded cheese and salsa.
To drink we served Moscow Mules in copper mugs and our favorite “Cheers my Dears” cups from our girl Oh Goodie Designs.
Last but not least….a simple sweet treat. We picked up vanilla cupcakes from Whole Foods and topped with toy footballs! Does it get cuter than this?
Enjoy the game folks…Go team GO! (that’s my way of telling you I have no clue who is playing in the super bowl. I pretty much just care about the food. HA!)

categories: Baking, Dinner Party, Little Miss Foodie, Meat, Sweets

January 27th

Little Miss Valentine’s Day Party in a Box

We are so excited about our latest Little Miss Party in a Box! This limited edition box that we are currently selling makes for a beautiful (and pink!) celebration.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so many excuses to party!
Invite your friends over for cookies, cocoa and kisses. Use our pretty party supplies to set up a dessert and hot chocolate bar with all of the fixin’s for your guests to help themselves.
Cupcakes and Cocktails – invite the gals over for a few drinks and light eats.
Pancake playdate – gather the family and kids for brunch and make heart shaped pancakes!
As always we partnered with our favorite vendors many of which are small business owners like ourselves. The Flair Exchange is where we found the chic “Cheers” balloons and Angie Hearts Jared made the glitter lip toppers and foil stamped bamboo forks by hand for us.
We also thought outside the box here. A birthday party, baby or bridal shower….this bright and beautiful edition of our LMP in a Box can be used for more then just the holidays!
So what are you waiting for? Shop the Box and Join the Party!

These beautiful photos were taken by the sweet Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative.

categories: Brunch, Cake, Cocktail party, desserts, DIY, Flowers, Holiday, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Party, Party Stylists, Product Launch, Shower

January 26th

Mandy’s Meals & More

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day morning or just a regular old Sunday, this easy breakfast barely needs a recipe.
I simply paired peach jam and laughing cow cheese.
Choose a grainy bread and toast like a grilled cheese! Seriously that’s it I swear.
So many pairings possible here…
Goat cheese and blackberry jam
Brie and strawberry jam
Sharp aged cheddar and apple butter
Havarti cheese and raspberry jam
Really anything sweet and cheesy will work
Enjoy the rest of your week!

categories: Appetizers, Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets

January 23rd

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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Stop right there….I see you dialing the phone. It’s time to try making your own pizza! Honestly, this is fun to do and trust me, it’s going to taste much better than the cardboard box style you are used to. With a little effort and some simple ingredients there really isn’t anything as good as homemade pizza dough with some cool toppings.GOE 1.22.15 9
But first, let me give you a brief history lesson on Pizza.
It has always been a common belief that Italians invented pizza, but its origin goes back to ancient times in the Middle East. Babylonians, Israelites, Egyptians, Armenians, Greeks and Romans, and other ancient cultures ate flat, unleavened bread cooked in mud ovens.
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So what’s on your pizza? According to the Huffington Post, here is a list that made the top ten:
1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon
6. Extra cheese
7. Black olives
8. Green peppers
9. Pineapple
10. Spinach
I like to veer away from the norm when I’m being creative with pizza so I jacked up mine with habanero cheese, heirloom tomatoes, mixed greens and feta last weekend.GOE 1.22.15 2GOE 1.22.15 5
Let’s start with the dough. I’m going to share 4 versions to suit your needs.

2 ¼ cups whole grain spelt flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup very warm water – about 130F
1 tbls extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey (or agave for a vegan version)
1 tsp granulated sugar
Pinch sea salt
Combine 1 ¼ cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl. Pour in the warm water and olive olive oil. Mix together and let it sit for about 10 minutes to proof. I use my stand mixmaster with the dough hook but you can do this by hand as well. Stir in the remaining cup of flour and work it in until you have a smooth and elastic dough, about 5 minutes. You may need to add a little more flour to get the right consistency. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 20 minutes while you get your sauce and toppings ready.

Same recipe as above but substitute whole wheat flour for the spelt and increase the amount of flour to 2 ½ cups.

GLUTEN FREE DOUGH – adapted from Robin Hood Flour:
1 ¾ cups Robin Hood Nutri Flour Blend – Gluten Free
1 package instant quick rise yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp xanthan gum
1 ¼ cups warm water
1 tbls olive oil
Whisk together flour, yeast, sugar, salt and xanthan gum in a stand mixer. In a measuring cup mix water and oil. Turn mixer to low speed and gradually pour water mixture in. Beat on medium for 4 minutes with dough hook. Set aside to let rise and proof, about 30 minutes.

1 package quick rise yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water (about 130F)
3 ½ cups of unbleached all- purpose flour
2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tbls granulated sugar
1 tbls honey
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine the yeast and warm water. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes until the yeast is foamy. This stage is called PROOFING the yeast. Add flour, olive oil, salt, honey and sugar. Mix by hand or with the dough hook on low speed for about a minute. Turn the speed to medium low if you are using a dough hook and knead for about 7 minutes. You can do this by hand as well on a floured wooden board with a little elbow grease. If your dough is way too sticky, don’t be afraid to add a little flour. Your dough should be smooth and elastic. Now take your finger and give it a poke (just like the Pillsbury Dough Boy except this dough doesn’t giggle when you touch it). If it bounces back, you are ready to let it rise.GOE 1.22.15 1
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large mixing bowl which has been coated lightly with olive oil. Turn the dough around and around in the bowl to coat all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise. Here’s a trick. Preheat your oven to 200F. Stick your dough in the oven. Now turn your oven OFF and keep the door slightly open. This will create a nice and toasty environment for your dough to rise in. You are going to let it rise for about 1 to 2 hours. Close the oven door after the first 30 minutes. The dough should be doubled in size. Now comes the fun part. PUNCH IT DOWN with your fist. Ya…punch it baby. This will release the air in the dough. Divide into two, form into balls and put in two separate bowls, lightly covered for about 15 minutes.GOE 1.22.15 3
Preheat your oven to 400F – If you have a convection oven that’s the perfect temperature, if not, kick up the heat to 425F. Take your dough and press into a pizza pan, baking sheet or onto a pizza stone. I like to coat my pan with salted butter but you can use any oil and even sprinkle it with some cornmeal. Just lightly grease it so the dough doesn’t get too wet from the oil. Once the dough is flattened out, spread on some tomato sauce, sprinkle with shredded cheese and your choice of toppings. Bake for 22 minutes or until nicely browned.GOE 1.22.15 4GOE 1.22.15 13
Note: IF you really don’t want to make your own dough and you are in a rush, pick up a fresh one at your local bakery. I have an amazing Italian Bakery near my office that makes the best dough in the world. Just hang up the phone……I can see you ya know.
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See ya next week!
Debi @thegardenofeatin

categories: Dinner Party, Food, Little Miss Foodie, Pizza, The Garden of Eatin'

January 22nd

Valentine’s Day with Chex…The Snack Table.

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I love a good challenge. So when Little Miss Party approached me about restyling their Halloween Chex Little Miss Party in a Box, of course I couldn’t resist!

The box arrived on my doorstep just as cute as can be. The attention to detail and adorable packaging made it feel like I was opening a present.
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I took an inventory of what I had and decided to focus on three key items to pull together a simple and sweet Valentine’s Day snack table. The other goodies will be saved to for next Halloween.

While planning out what I was going to do for the set-up, I opened up the box of Chocolate Chex and couldn’t get over how good they were just on their own. In fact, handfuls of the cereal kept disappearing each time my two young children would walk by! It was then that I realized, I could serve the Chocolate Chex straight out of the box on the snack table. I mean, it doesn’t get any more hassle free than that!
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I used the chevron favor bags embellished with a gold foil heart sticker to serve the Chex mix. And on the other side of the table, I included the black and white striped cups also embellished with the same gold foil heart sticker. Sticking with my no hassle approach to snacks on the table, I looked to my pantry and decided to add some cereal bars stacked on a cake plate in the center of the table.

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I decided to drape some gold sequin fabric behind the table and thought it could use another element, so I created an “XOXO” banner cut out from the chevron favor bags.
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To make the banner, I blew up the letters “XO” in 550 pt font in Microsoft Word. I printed and cut the letters out and traced them on the favor bags. Then I cut the letters out of the favor bags, punched holes at the top and strung the letters on a strand of jute twine. It was so easy to make and turned out so cute!
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Thanks Little Miss Party and Chex for sending along the box of goodies! I had fun putting together the snack table and my boys had even more fun devouring the treats with their friends!

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This post was written and photographed by our sweet friend Tara Berger of One Stylish Party.

categories: Cocktail party, Cocktails, desserts, Guest Post, Holiday, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, little miss party, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Sweets, Uncategorized



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