Happy Hour at Home

Southern Belle-ini

For all of the holiday festivities, to ring in the new year, even kicking back on a Sunday for the football game – you know I have the food and drink all planned out.

It seems every time I throw a party, there are some tried and true standards that always come to play. Our favorites (um, my favorites? okay).

Even so, I do like to mix it up and wow people with something new. I have another Foodie collection to share with you, this time it is my Top 16 Cocktail Party Recipes of 2013. Hand held nibbles, things to dip and dip in to, a savory stuffed waffle and a stuffed avocado. Bright and pretty drinks, festive and fruity, this list is sure to inspire.

Because even if it is football, it can still be a cocktail party.

If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to see the whole collection.

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

 

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Hatch chile queso

veganmofo

This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.

I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).

I received Brian Patton’s book to review – Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from

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ramen burger - sushi style

veganmofo

Can you believe it is September?

I cannot believe it is September.

There. Cliches out of the way, I want to take a moment to thank you.

All of you who visit me here every day, even when I have been too busy these last two years to connect, reply to your very appreciated comments, or visit your blogs often. There have been times I so truly missed the community of blogging, have felt so out of touch from that community, and I miss it.

I am coming back. Right now, I have been taking time.

To mourn. To celebrate. To remember. To express gratitude. Lots of gratitude.

Thank you, dear readers. So many of you have shown me such generous friendship, and have helped to make a difficult time a bit easier, a bit brighter. I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness.

vegan ramen burger

Vegan MoFo is here again – this is my third year participating. The plant based version of NaNoWriMo is a fun month of themes and inspiration. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me this year, but much like a major kitchen renovation being the best distraction for me right now, I am ready to tackle Vegan MoFo.

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Southern Belle-ini

Last summer I was beyond thrilled to work with BACARDI® on a series of parties, recipes and more parties. When I had the opportunity again this summer, I did not hesitate to say yes.

This time it gets big – one of the BACARDI® mixologists made a spabettie signature cocktail. Just for me, based on my personality, style, and how I answered their questions. Unreal. Like I said, beyond thrilled.

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spicy buffalo chick-quin wings

The sort of obvious thing? I have never eaten buffalo wings (never liked chicken).

The ironic thing? I love faux wings.

The bad thing? Most are either made with soy or vital wheat gluten.

The awesome thing? I have a buffalo chick-quin wing that is both gluten and soy free.

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Sauza-rita

In college I had a friend whose favorite holiday was Cinco de Mayo. It was a big holiday for her – she and her family would get together and celebrate this important day, and I was always lucky enough to be invited.

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roasted red pepper goat cheese dip

It is really wrong to be buying bottled soda water at the store when I have a soda machine at home, right?

The other day I said to Jason “I am not responsible enough to own a soda machine.”

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blood orange tequila floats

Cheers! Today is National Margarita Day. and it falls on a Friday this year? How fortuitous for us.

Tequila now reminds me of Mexico, and the time Jason and I spent there just over a year ago, backpacking up the coast for a few weeks. I really learned to love tequila during that trip – learning about the different kinds (my favorite being reposado), and tasting many labels. From spending the afternoon at the beach sipping shots to cheersing on our anniversary at one of my favorite restaurants, some great memories…

Now when we enjoy a nice sipping tequila or even a margarita, we always say, “Tastes like Mexico…

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