Happy Hour at Home

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

 

’tis the season!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know I am already starting with the holiday decor.

I am already making lists – parties, events, and the food that will go along with each one! I have some new ideas in mind, to go along with my festive favorites.

 

Savory Chili Cheese Spread

Spicy Savory Cheesecake Spread

 

As the holidays get closer, I will be sharing my new recipes with you. Until then, I have collected a few recipes that I plan to bring along to holiday parties, and share on my own party tables.

See my Holiday Recipe slideshow here:

 

Check out Bite, Sip, Nosh, and Dip – Festive Recipes For The Holidays

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see all recipes at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Sparkling Cran-Raspberry Aperol Spritz

Today is National Happy Hour Day.

I celebrated a day early.

I popped some bubbly.

I sugared some cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries

Jason has been getting crafty with his cocktails lately – he will be sharing recipes soon – and we have Aperol on hand. I like it because it is less sweet than other orange liqueurs, I think it also has rhubarb flavor?

I like tart. Less sweet.

Instead of using simple syrup, I added [click to continue…]

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Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

I know it is early, but I for one am already thinking about the holidays. Planning menus – yes, I really am – and thinking of new recipes that can do double duty as a game day appetizer and as Thanksgiving day snacks.

For me, game day is as much about the food as it is the game, really. Holidays? Those are all about getting together with family and friends, and many of those gatherings include food.

I cannot wait to sit around with the family on Thanksgiving. We usually are at my moms, I always arrive early, we sometimes play cards, and there are always many delicious edibles to be had. We always watch National [click to continue…]

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received product, was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

You know I am all about game day food, appetizers, shared plates and Happy Hour at Home. I have said more than once that I love appetizers for dinner (and often order a couple small plates rather than the huge entrees most restaurants want to give you).

So, did we actually eat jalapeño poppers for dinner?

Why, yes. Yes we did.

McCormick Gluten Free Chili Spice

These are perfectly acceptable for dinner, though – a protein and veggie packed update on the cheese filled original. Fantastically spicy and filling, we ate these with a simple salad on the side.

Plus, you can eat a whole bunch of them.

These peppers are not only [click to continue…]

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Avocado Stuffed Chick-Quin Bites with Candied Jalapeno Ranch

Honey, these boys ain’t much to talk to, but, if you want a night away from your cat… they’re more than fine.

While I was wrapping cubes of avocado with chick-quin mixture, I could not help thinking of my favorite line from Vegas Vacation. Because, while these avocado stuffed chick-quins are damn tasty, they sure ain’t much to look at.

But did I say they were good? Jason isn’t the biggest avocado fan, and he loves these. They are good.

Tales from the honeymoon road:

We landed in Columbia, Missouri last night, about 15 minutes before the tornado [click to continue…]

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Curry Coins with Garlic Mango Aioli

Sweet and spicy dipped into sweet and savory.

Meet my new favorite snack.

how to roast garlic

Roasting garlic is one of my favorite things – my mom and I have made a lunch from a whole roast garlic spread onto crackers. Mmm.

Roast garlic mixed with sweet mango? Heaven. Dipping curried potato rounds into this garlic mango Heaven? Sweet comfort food goodness.

I am back on my potato habit. They have been lunches lately – baked and fluffed and stuffed with [click to continue…]

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Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch

I made cocktails again.

Jason and I both have been taking turns playing bartender lately. His are tequila based, with all kinds of citrus flavors. Mine? Savor all the fresh fruity flavors of [click to continue…]

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas

Cheers!

 

 

 

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