I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for a little while now, so I’m super excited to finally share it.
Homemade granola has been a favorite thing of mine for ages, but I’d never really ventured into making homemade granola bars until I started whipping up these bad boys. Why, oh why did I wait so long? Rhetorical question – I’m not really sure. But I am definitely happy I finally started.
Are you ready for the Final Four? Let’s get ready to ruuuumble!
Okay, I must admit: I’m not all that into basketball. But I am into any excuse for game-day food. I’m also not into toiling away in the kitchen while everyone else snacks happily in front of the TV. But I am into sitting in front of the TV with my friends and chowing down alongside them. Not into: prepping for hours and hours right before a party. Into: make-ahead, easy-peasy appetizers.
Garlicky Greek yogurt ranch dip
This is why I love dips. Dips are the quintessential make-ahead party food, and people not only love them, they sort of expect them. Plus, they’re oh-so perfect for making ahead of time.
Here are a few dip ideas and pointers that’ll help keep you happily hanging with your friends instead of sad and banished in the kitchen.
I’ve been making these carrot fries for my toddler for awhile now. They’re the perfect way to serve up carrots to little ones because they can grab them with their chubby little paws and gnaw away at the soft, tasty bits.
They’re fun for dipping, too, which toddlers loooove. My little gal has just figured out that she loves carrot fries dipped in hummus … though for some reason she tries to feed her forehead before her mouth and so she has a lovely pile of hummus all over her head by the time all is said and done, but hey. My kid is eating carrots and hummus, so I’m happy.
It feels wrong to write about something as frivolous as food, but I’m forcing myself to do so. I hope that it doesn’t come across as callous or uncaring … I’m far from either of those things when it comes to last week’s horrific events.
I’m also pretty sure you’re not here to read about that. So: today I’m talking about popcorn. Christmas party popcorn, to be exact.
This Saturday is family pumpkin carving day. I adore pumpkin carving day. Anything that makes me feel like I’m back in school, happily lost in creating my own little spin on the latest art project, is a-ok by me.
I can never bring myself to do just a plain o’lantern. I have to create a spider o’lantern or an alien or Barbara Manatee or a squatty little owl. And then I take way too much pride in lighting it and displaying it – just right – on the porch come trick or treating time.
I’m a dork. But hey, it’s the little things, right?
Another thing to love about pumpkin carving is the snacks we get out of it. The snacks we literally get out of it – right out of the pumpkin. Grab those seeds, season them just right, and roast them in the oven to get all perfectly crunchy and toasty brown while you’re working on your orange masterpiece.