4th of July Entertaining

Those of you know that know me, you know I love celebrating holidays and I enjoying entertaining and hosting. The 4th of July is one of my favorite summer holidays! It’s the celebration of the day the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Americans typically celebrate the 4th of July barbecuing, spending times with friends and family and fireworks.

This past Saturday I discussed “Festive 4th of July Snacks” on WCCO Saturday Morning. All of the recipes were SUPER easy (TRUST ME, if I can make them anyone can ) but they’ll add a WOW factor to your 4th of July BBQ or Potluck this weekend!

Kim and Jasmine on Set{LINK} to WCCO Saturday Morning June 28, 2014

 1. Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Photo Credit: Heather Hesinngton

Photo Credit: Heather Hesinngton

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 2 bunches of bananas
  • 1 quart of blueberries

Directions:

Slice strawberries and bananas

Make a 6 x 6 blueberry square at upper right hand corner of flag. To the right, place a row of strawberries , followed by a row of bananas. A row of strawberries should line up with the top of the blueberries to complete the flag.

Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or a sprinkle of fresh mint if desired.

 

2. Buffalo Puppies

 

Photo Credit:  Food Network

Photo Credit: Television Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup crumbled strong blue cheese, such as Maytag blue
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (about 1 cup), plus extra ribs cut into sticks for serving
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 48 cocktail hot dogs
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce, plus extra for drizzling, such as Frank’s
  • 24 slider potato rolls
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup blue potato chips, crushed with your hands

Directions:

Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise and blue cheese in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until smooth, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes, and then stir in the celery.

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until melted. Add the hot dogs and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in the hot sauce and cook until the hot dogs are coated, 1 to 2 minutes.

Slice vertically through each potato bun, about halfway through so it resembles a top-split hot dog bun, and place 2 buffalo dogs in each. Top with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the blue cheese sauce, a drizzle of hot sauce (as spicy as you like it), some red onions and crushed blue chips.

Serve the sliders with any extra blue cheese sauce and celery sticks on the side for dipping.

Recipe from www.foodnetwork.com

 

3. Red Velvet- Blueberry Ive Cream Pie

Photo Credit: Con Poulos, Television Food Network

Photo Credit: Con Poulos, Television Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 4 store-bought red velvet cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 pints blueberry sorbet
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Directions:Scrape off and discard the frosting from the cupcakes; crumble the cupcakes into crumbs. Press all but 1/4 cup crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Freeze 30 minutes.Meanwhile, let the ice cream and sorbet soften at room temperature, about 15 minutes. Spread the ice cream evenly over the crust using an offset spatula or rubber spatula; spread the sorbet on top. (Return the pie to the freezer between layers if the ice cream gets too soft.) Freeze while you make the whipped cream.Beat the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Top the pie with the whipped cream and sprinkle the reserved cupcake crumbs around the edge. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Recipe from www.foodnetwork.comHope you enjoy these recipes. I’ll be posting a few festive low calories beverage options later this week!
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Father’s Day 2014

Perhaps you’re like me and you thought Father’s Day was next weekend, however we’re wrong! Father’s Day is tomorrow and I discussed “Last Minute Father’s Day” ideas on WCCO Saturday Morning today.

WCCO Saturday Morning, June 14, 2014

{LINK} to WCCO Saturday Morning, June 14, 2014

For the SPIRITED DAD

Pick up a bottle or two of his favorite spirits. Prairie Organic Vodka with lemonade is the perfect refreshing cocktail this summer. I’m all about gin and tonics they have a great corn harvested gin too.

For the OUTDOOR DAD

There are TONS of great online deals that will allow you to spend a little outdoor quality time with the dads in your life. A few suggestions are a segway tour, round of golf or attending an outdoor festival (Twin Cities readers: this a jammed packed weekend with several FREE options including Northern Spark, The Stone Arch Bridge Festival or FREE ride on the NEW Green Line).

For the MODERN DAD

OYOBox is an eyewear organizer that will allow the modern stylish dad to store and organize all his frames in style.

OYOBox

Bijouxx Jewels has a full line of men’s bracelets, cufflinks and money clips. While you’re picking up something for dad don’t forget to check out their beautiful women’s collection for little something for yourself!

For the HANDS ON DAD

Craft beer is extremely popular. If the dads in your life have ever wanted to brew their own beer Vine Park is the perfect place. It’s the only place in the Midwest where one can brew their own beer.

For the SIMPLE DAD

Brunch or dinner is always a nice way to spend quality time with dad. I had the opportunity to eat at the newly remodeled Lakeshore Grill at Macy’s Ridgedale this week. They have a full menu with tasty entrees and signature cocktails. Additionally, Lakeshore Grill is located right by the Macy’s Men’s Department so after your meal you can pick up a gift for dad.

Wishing all the dad’s, especially my dad a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

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Graduation Parties

We talked graduation parties on WCCO Saturday Morning today!

Graduation is a special time in person’s life. It’s a celebration of one’s educational accomplishments and it marks the beginning of a new chapter.

WCCO on Set

{LINK} to WCCO Saturday Morning Segment, March 17, 2014

 

A little something extra….

We ran out of time during today’s segment but I think this Polaroid cut-out makes a great addition to a graduation party. You can post the pictures on social media or you can print them out and put them in a scrapbook. It’s a new twist on a photo booth.

Polaroid

 

I’m totally GAGA over River of Goods Heartfelt Memories line. It’s the perfect way to add a lasting effect to a floral arrangement. The people at River of Goods are so NICE (maybe because they’re a Minnesota Company) they’re offering my readers and friends 10% off their purchases with the promo code CARPEDIEM.  HAPPY SHOPPING at River of Goods!

 

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Add a Little Spice to Your Oscar Experience

Friends here’s a look at my latest Lifestyle segment on WCCO in Minneapolis, MN.

WCCO Saturday Morning March 1{LINK} to WCCO Saturday Morning, March 1, 2014

1. Fun clutches were from the Kardashian Kollection available at Sears.

2. Oscar Ballot available from www.cbsnews.com.

3. Dips and other tasty food ideas were from Tastefully Simple.

3. Cocktails: Champagne, CÎROC*, Pierrer and Stack Wine.

CÎROC Cocktail –  CÎROC Coco Light Martini (127 Cal)

 1.5 oz Unsweetened Coconut Water (8c cal)

1.5 oz CÎROC Coconut (94 cal)

1 oz Pineapple Juice (17 cal)

.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice (4 cal)

Shake and strain into coupe glass // Combine all ingredients in martini shaker with ice  // Garnish with lemon twist

4. If you’re in Minneapolis and you don’t have plans for The Oscars please join me at The Oscar Experience. Discounted tickets are available using the discount code, WCCO.

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*CÎROC*, Johnnie Walker & Bailey’s are partnering official spirits of the 83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball.