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Wildtree Buffalo Ranch Dip
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Quick and Easy Entertaining: Stroganoff Meatballs and Teriyaki Chicken Drummettes

Last minute entertaining is something that has never bothered me; however, I know it stresses other people out. Last night was one of those nights were I made the call to entertain instead of going out.  The cable guy was coming over to fix our cable and the only time slot was from 4 to 6 pm.  We had originally planned to meet friends out for happy hour that night so our choices were, wait until the work week and have to deal with the cable guy then or bring the happy hour to our home instead.

Wildtree Buffalo Ranch Dip

Wildtree Buffalo Ranch Dip | A party perfect alternative to those store-bought dips.

Wildtree Buffalo Ranch DipAdd 1 package of Wildtree ranch dressing blend, 7 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of mayo (organic), 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Wildtree Wing Sauce and 1/2 cup of Gorgonzola cheese in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Serve with veggies or crackers or drizzle on a salad.

For a fun spring or summer presentation, plant a few baby carrots in a flower pot lined with tin-foil along side carrot chips arranged in the shape of a carrot topped with parsley for the greens.

Wildtree 5 Minute Blender Salsa

Wildtree 5 Minute Blender Salsa |  A smokey, spicy restaurant-style salsa.

Combine a 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes, a 14.5 oz can of tomato puree, a 14.5 oz can of fire roasted piqiuillo peppers (SECRET ingredient) and 1 can of green chilies with Wildtree seasonings: 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning, 2 teaspoons Garlic Galore garlic seasoning blend, 1/2 cup Fiesta salsa seasoning blend. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir a minced jalapeno or two for extra kick...

Wildtree Buffalo Chicken Hand Pies

Love buffalo wings?  Looking for something different to serve at your next party or event?  Try this buffalo chicken hand pies featuring some of my favorite all naturalWildtreeproducts.  

It also makes a great main dish if you use a jumbo muffin tin instead of the regular size.

For a fun presentation, bake hand pies in individual silicon muffin cups.  Place on a platter for your guess to grab their own individual hand pie.

Wildtree Buffalo Chicken Hand Pies

Buffalo Chicken Mixture

DIY Shaving Cream with Coconut Oil

DIY  All Natural Shaving CreamLook for a unique gift idea?  Prefer to know what your beauty products are made of? This is a fun DIY project that takes minutes to do and can be decorated for about any season or occasion.

I liked this idea because it allowed me to select all natural products to use in my shaving cream.  I selected ones that had were sulfate free and parabon free for the shampoo and conditioner.

For best results, look for a conditioner and lotion or cream that is very thick.  You will end up with a nice consistency then that is easily applied and not too runny.

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes with Chicken and Sweet Onion & Bacon Dip

Football season is upon us and impromptu entertain is not uncommon at our home.  Yesterday was no exception.  We finished watching the New Orleans game next door and then move over to our place for the Tampa Bay game.  I had decided that instead of serving just appetizers, I would make game day casserole that would feed a crowd, feel like an appetizer but be hearty enough stand in as dinner for the gang.I

 found a recipe for Loaded Baked Potatoes with Chicken online that inspired me to create something similar.

Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling and Pecan Praline Frosting

 Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling and Pecan Praline FrostingFall gets me in the mood to bake.  I am not sure why that is but it does.  And since it started to cool down here a bit in steamy Florida (like into the 80s versus the 90s), I got the itch to bake this weekend.I was inspired by a recipe that I found Baked by Rachel’s blog for Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake and a box of Wildtree Banana, Banana Bread Mix. The recipe for the bundt cake was first featured in Southern Living back in September 2011.  

But since I didn’t have any apples on hand but I was still craving a fall spice cake, I opened my pantry door to see how I could improvise.

Dinner Tonight: Mussels Marinara

Two myths that I would like to bust in this dinner tonight blog. 

#1: Good food does not have to take hours or a grocery cart full of ingredients.

#2: Mussels are hard to work with and just not a good option for a weeknight meal.

I truly believe that week night meals should be have a limited number of good quality ingredients so that dinner can be on the table without a lot of stress and effort.  Save the complex recipes for when you have time on the weekends.  Otherwise, week night cooking will become a chore.

Cedar Planked Brie

Cedar Planked Brie with Berries

Some times we get hung up on serving the same appetizers or a basic cheese tray for a first course or an appetizer buffet.  This recipe not only looks great, it is a great twist on classic baked brie.  The combination of brie, honey and berries with smoked flavor from grilling on a plank creates a deliciously different way to serve brie.

You can the recipe by clicking on the link just below the picture featured above.  Kitchen Window's website. I attended their grilling glass a number of years ago and this was one of the featured recipes that I fell in love with.
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