Party Panache, the WOW factor!

The other night HHjr made a pasta dish for dinner It was a simple combination of penne pasta topped with chopped garden tomatoes, corn, basil and sausage He toasted large hamburger buns, cut them in 1/4ths and placed them in the pasta bowl in a star pattern Quite the Wow factor, elevating a simple pasta … Continue reading

Party Panache, Caramelized Onion Dip with Maple Bacon

Have you ever had an onion dip made with real caramelized onions? Let me tell you, it’s a game changer! And, more good news, this dip is made with simple ingredients that you probably have on hand~ I always have sweet onions, bacon, mayonnaise and sour cream in my fridge, and often celery, cucumber and … Continue reading

Party Panache, Ham and Double Cheese Spirals

We had a fun Father’s Day dinner honoring my son and my son-in-law last weekend We wanted to make it extra easy on the guys who usually do the cooking HHjr did make an incredible guacamole from a giant avocado CCOG brought us DD brought pizzas and cheesecake and I made Cucumber Blueberry Crunch Salad … Continue reading

Party Panache, Coconut Poke Bundt Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes It’s made with a doctored cake mix and coconut it’s glazed with Creme of Coconut You can top it with flowers for a special occasion This might be the easiest cake I’ve ever made If you don’t want to use coconut milk, use buttermilk or milk As soon … Continue reading

Party Panache, Jarcuterie

Charcuterie boards are all the rage lately and recently I’ve noticed the concept of these board buffets being put into jars… Well that’s brilliant, and I couldn’t wait to make some! This is such a great example of “Presentation is Everything” I used simple everyday ingredients that I had in my refrigerator… serving these in … Continue reading

Party Panache, Bacon Parmesan Bites

This is recipe is an oldie but a goodie it’s been around for decades… baked bacon crackers This is a seriously easy appetizer that will please kids and adults alike~ A popular version is made with brown sugar, but I used Parmesan cheese instead Club crackers are laid out on wire racks on a baking … Continue reading

Party Panache, Donut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

HHjr’s sons, Super Boy and Big E, both have May birthdays They are 4 years apart and their birthdays are 4 days apart Oh how time flies! They’re now 13 and 9 they each had their own parties with their friends and then last weekend we had a big family celebration The boys requested steak … Continue reading

Party Panache, CC’s Tea Party with Mimosa Muffins and BLT skewers

CC and have have been talking about having a tea party for months She wanted to invite her mom and her other grandmother We decided Mother’s Day weekend would be perfect I made an invitation with PicMonkey and sent it to everyone The Flowering Teacup centerpiece moved from the foyer to the dining room so … Continue reading

Party Panache, Kentucky Derby Ideas

Do you watch the Kentucky Derby, usually on the first Saturday in May? Last year it was moved from May to Labor Day and we had a lot of Derby Day fun at our Delayed Derby Party This year it’s May 1, a mere 2 weeks away I’m not sure if we are going to … Continue reading

Party Panache, Magic Mini Meatball Muffins

In the mood for some hearty party bites, I perused appetizer recipes on Pinterest I combined several elements and ingredients from different recipes and came up with these mini meatball bites You have to make these~ they will disappear like magic!! The meatballs are made with ground beef and breakfast sausage, seasoned with Montreal Steak … Continue reading