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My Favorite Easter Brunch Recipes

There are a few time throughout the year where brunch is basically a necessity.  Mother’s Day, my birthday, bridal showers, and Easter.  These occasions are just synonomous with brunch in my opinion.  Today I want to give you a few of my favorite recipes that almost always show up on my brunch menu.

For the star of the show, I usually have a ham for Easter.  Ideally I like to purchase a Honey Baked Ham, but some years I drop the ball and don’t order it in time, or want to save a little money.  I’ve made this recipe from The Pioneer Woman a couple of times, and it turns out to be almost as good as a honey baked ham.

As a seasonal side dish, I love to have carrots at my Easter brunch.  It also doesn’t hurt that the Easter Bunny loves carrots!  This recipe from Anne Burrell on the Food Network has served me well.  The carrots are buttery and the thyme gives them a nice herby flavor that’s a little unexpected.  I also love to use the mini carrots and leave the tops on like in the picture.  They are just so cute on your table that way.

I haven’t made this salad before, but it looks absolutely amazing.  It’s full of seasonal favorites for Spring like asparagus and peas.  Plus if you put goat cheese on anything, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.  I’m definitely looking forward to making this salad all throughout the season.

For the past several Easters, and most growing up, I remember having coconut cake as dessert.  Maybe it’s because the coconut looks like a fluffy bunny?  My mom always used to make this cake with Jiffy white icing, but this recipe takes the cake and icing to a whole other level.

I love that the recipe uses a box cake mix, because let’s be real, that just makes life a little easier, right?  The additions to the box cake mix increase the coconut flavor and make it super moist.

Those are a few of my favorites that have been seen at my Easter brunches in the past and I plan on a few of them popping up this year too.  Here are a few other options that would make great brunch additions as well.

Brunch Menu Items

  • Breakfast Casserole I’ve made this casserole a few times lately and it’s super easy and delicious.
  • Deviled Eggs, I swore I’d never make them again after Easter a few years ago.  They are just too finnicky, especially if you can’t get your eggs to peel.
  • Waffles with whipped cream and this berry compote
  • Yogurt Parfait station, with fruit and granola.  It’s super easy, and kids love it!
  • Fruit Salad
  • Assorted pastries.  I always make a delicious Cream Cheese Bread recipe for Easter.  It’s one of my husband’s families recipes and it’s quite the process (I’m talking a few days), but so worth it.  Check my Instagram on Easter to get a sneak peak!

I hope some of these recipes make it onto your brunch table!  I’m getting excited for all the yumminess!  What days do you feel absolutely require a brunch?  It’s probably one of my favorite meals!

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March Party Round Up

Happy Hump Day, Ash Wednesday, and the day after Mardi Gras!  So much to celebrate today!  Because it’s the first of the month, I’m doing a quick round up off all the potential celebrations coming up this month.  It’s a big month, so let’s get to it.

First, the whole month is dedicated to women’s history, and International Women’s Day is on March 8th.  You know I couldn’t really find a party that celebrates this day or month, so I may just have to throw one myself.

How fun would it be to host a girls day with a historical flair celebrating strong women in history who’ve done great things?  I’m thinking a ladies lunch where each place setting is named after a women in history with some interesting facts about her.  Or you could have a spa day with all of your girlfriends.  Or have a sleepover with your girl friends and watch some historical movies about women.

Next up is of course St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th.  It’s such an interesting holiday for all ages, right?  Adults get to drink a lot of green beer and kids wear green to school and almost have permission to pinch anyone who isn’t in green.  Weird!

This St. Patrick’s Day party speaks to both the adults and the kids with just the right amount of green.  I love the ideas on dressing up the cupcakes and desserts with gold coins and shamrocks.

Shortly after St. Patrick’s Day is the first day of Spring on March 20th.  Who isn’t ready for spring and warmer temperatures?  I know I am, unfortunately, we had snow yesterday.  Oh Colorado!

I found two really fun Spring Fling parties that would be a great reason to celebrate spring.  They both have a ton of bright colors and fun ideas.

This party has a lot of little spring details that are great, and I’m loving that spring fling banner.  How about that faux grass to really dress up this food station?  It totally screams spring!

This brightly colored party is perfect for spring.  That Spring backdrop is entirely made of jelly beans!  How cool, and cost effective, right? I also love that this party incorporates flowers by planting some in those little terracotta pots.  That would be the perfect favor for your guests at your spring fling party.

Lastly, this party isn’t technically in March since the finals are scheduled for April 1-2, but March Madness is a great thing to celebrate this month.  I love that this party is geared towards girls with plenty of orange colors, basketball themed snacks, and the most adorable EOS lip balm party favor.  Be sure to click the link to get the download and make your own favors.  How great is that chalkboard bracket too?

I thought I’d throw in a monthly recipe for March too.  Green onions and leeks are really in season now, and leeks are something I’ve only cooked with one time.  They were really good when I did, so I’m excited to try this recipe too.  Click on the photo caption to get the full recipe, but I love that it’s a one pan meal that only takes about 30 minutes.

What do you plan on celebrating this month?  I’d love to hear so post in the comments or let me know on Instagram with the hashtag, #thedailyhostess, on leave a comment on my Facebook page.

 

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How to Create a Signature Thanksgiving Cocktail

A couple weeks ago I was “stranded” on an airplane for over five hours without wifi, ahhhhhhhhhh! Total definition of #firstworldproblems. I really don’t mean to complain, but I had planned to get a lot of work done and couldn’t, so when reality didn’t meet my expectations it was a bit of a let down.

Needless to say, since I couldn’t work, I started watching a free show on the in flight entertainment. I had heard of the show “Dinner at Tiffani’s” but had never watched it, so I indulged. The show takes place in Tiffani Thiessen’s house where she cooks for all of her celebrity friends. Who knew Kelly Kapowski was such a good cook and has so many interesting, cool friends. I really enjoyed the show, specifically her cocktail concoctions.

I was majorly impressed with her ability to just come up with cocktail combinations that not only sound delicious, but are beautiful and easy to do. I’ve always had to kind of follow a drink recipe for fun cocktails or only drink basic combinations, but not anymore.

Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!Tiffani demonstrated a very easy way to mix up new cocktails with interesting flavors. In multiple episodes she infused simple syrups to create different cocktails. Genius! All you need is sugar, water, and herbs, fruit, or even candies like peppermints.   There are so many combinations.

Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!Today, I created a special Thanksgiving cocktail using this genius method of infusing simple syrups. Try this cocktail to wash down turkey, cranberry sauce, or just to deal with your family on Thanksgiving.

Thyme Infused Cranberry Vodka Soda

Cocktail Ingredients:

1 oz. Thyme infused simple syrup
1 oz. Vodka
3-5 oz. Club Soda
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a few frozen cranberries. It will be so pretty and stay cold because of the frozen cranberries.

Steps:

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a pot and heating until clear, and the sugar is dissolved.  Be sure to stir periodically.
  2. Add a handful of chopped up thyme leaves to the simple syrup, and heat for a minute or two.
  3. Remove simple syrup from the stove and let it cool, while the thyme steeps for about 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes, strain thyme leaves out of syrup.
  5. Combine cocktail ingredients over ice and stir.
  6. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of thyme and a few frozen cranberries

Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!This cocktail is quite refreshing which is a change of pace with rich Thanksgiving food. Plus, it’s pretty light in calories (especially with sugar free cranberry juice) and flavors for all of those heavy dishes.

Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!The options are endless. Try an orange and lemon infused simple syrup with bourbon for an updated take on an Old Fashioned. Or how about rosemary and lemon gin and tonic? Use the peppermint infused simple syrup for a festive Christmas cocktail.

Click the photo below to get your Thanksgiving cocktail recipe card. Print it off and keep it handy all season long. Or print it out on some nice paper and tie it to a jar of simple syrup for a homemade hostess gift or party favor. Perfect for the person that loves a delicious cocktail.

Click here for a light, refreshing, and delicious cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving! Plus a FREE recipe card!I’m in love with the idea of making a ton of different infused syrups putting them in canning jars with some cute labels and having them ready to go for gifts or every day use.

Did I convince you to join the infused simple syrup bandwagon?  If not, maybe Tiffani Thiessen can.  Her show airs on The Cooking Channel.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with good food, friends, and family.  Take some time to reflect on what you’re grateful for then enjoying celebrating the day.  I’ll be back next week to start the Christmas celebrating!  Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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How to Host a Chili Dog Night

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Isn’t this the time of year for coziness, soups, and stews?  And also chili!  There are always so many chili cook-offs this time of year and there isn’t anything nicer on a chilly day than a warm bowl of chili.  Recently I hosted a little chili night at my house.

I made a big pot of chili with tons of toppings, fixings, and additions then invited the neighbors over and had a great evening.  I used this chili recipe, it’s my new go to.  The flavor is so deep and rich, plus while it’s simmering you have plenty of time to get everything else ready.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Be sure to have plenty of signs so people knew how to assemble and make the night their own.  I apologize for my dimly lit photos, but it happens when you’re too busy enjoying your chili night and not working on taking perfect blog photos.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!I included plenty of options for a base to the chili like Fritos, cornbread, and hot dogs.  But so many other things could work too like pasta, rice, or even garlic bread.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Be sure to put chili or anything else that needs to stay warm in a crockpot or chaffing dish.  I’d also recommend putting hot dogs out for grabs last because it’s kind of difficult to keep them warm unless you don’t assemble them ahead of time.  In that case just keep the hot dogs in a chaffing dish and make the buns easily accessible.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Toppings for chili are a must!  I don’t care how much you stand behind your chili recipe, it’s always better with fresh ingredients on top.  I used a vegetable tray to display all of our topping options.  We had cheese, onions, crackers, tomato, and sour cream.  Other great ideas are avocado, olives, or salsa.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!To scoop up all the delicious chili, chili dogs, and cornbread I rolled flatware in napkins and tied it off with red and white baker’s twine.  I think baker’s twine is a must when it comes to party planning.  There are so many ways to use it, and the red and white color of it coordinated with my black, white, and red themed chili night.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!You have to have a great beverage station to wash down your chili, especially if it’s spicy!  At my chili night I offered a Moscow mule, hot apple cider and a spiked version of hot apple cider.  I always feel like Moscow mules are a fall drink, but mostly because of the copper mugs.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Our friends brought some pumpkin flavored rum that was so delicious in the spiked apple cider.  It really gave it an extra fall flavor.  I also added some cut up apples and oranges to our apple cider and threw in some cinnamon sticks.  All those flavors blended together in the crockpot and made the drink so delicious.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!It was a great evening with friends casually hanging out eating delicious chili and drinking fall flavors.  It was so nice to have just a few people over and really get to enjoy our time and conversations with them.  I highly recommend hosting a chili night at your house.

It’s a great option for a neighborhood party, a Sunday evening dinner with family, or after your kids soccer game.  So much fun and so delicious!

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3 Ways to Dress Up Store Bought Cupcakes

I’ve said it here before, two things I love are cake and champagne.  So because I love those things, I see my fair share of cakes regularly.  Either on Pinterest or Instagram, beautiful cakes are always crossing my path.  I’d love to have beautiful cakes at my house and parties regularly, but I’m not a professional baker nor do I have a ton of money to spend on cakes. So I’ve devised a pretty reasonable priced  way to get beautiful, fun, and delicious cupcakes at all of your parties.

Here are three ways to dress up store bought cupcakes and make them just as nice as fancy, expensive ones!

Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!1. Add Even More Sweetness

What makes a sweet cupcake even more delicious?  More sweetness!  Top your basic store bought cupcakes with cookies, candy, or even fruit.  I added some leftover Halloween candy and some mini cookies.  They were definitely delicious and super sweet!

Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!2. Pretty Flowers Make Pretty Cupcake Toppers

Do you remember getting a sheet cake from the bakery and it always having flowers made of frosting on it?  Well, let’s take it up a notch with real flowers.  This is a great way to tie your flower arrangements at your party in with the desserts.  Be sure to wash the flowers really well before adding them to the top of your cupcakes.  It also helps to put the flowers on top right before you plan to serve them so the flowers aren’t on the cupcakes as long.

Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!I love the color combination of the chocolate cupcakes and white frosting with the deep burgandy of the fall flowers.

3. Raid your Craft Supplies

There are so many options to dressing up your cupcakes if you just raid your craft supplies.  So many things could make great cupcake toppers.  Washi tape, paper straws, place cards, pom poms, construction paper, the options are endless.  I am totally UH-bsessed with these black and white marbled tags that I used on my black and white cupcakes.  Plus adding some black and white straws with washi tape turned out cute too.

Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Using coordinating craft supplies is a great way to tie your party’s color scheme in throughout the whole event.

Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!Turn basic store bought cupcakes into a beautiful and delicious dessert. Click here now!What are your thoughts on these cupcakes?  Which one is your favorite?  I can tell you right now that they were all equally delicious!  I think this is just a great idea to get something you want at a much cheaper price, and you can customize it just the way you want it.  Plus this method works on so many other sweets like cakes, donuts, and muffins.

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Celebrating everyday!