All posts filed under: Celebrations

Mini Apple Crumble Pies

Apple pie makes me…well, I think you can guess. (And the same goes for miniature-sized things!) It’s my favorite of ALL the pies and my go-to during the holidays—I am responsible for making it at Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family, while my dad makes almost literally everything else. (My sister, my mom, and I can usually be found giggling in the living room.) For this recipe, I wanted to create a version that would work at a pre-holiday, fall cocktail party—so I was thinking, tiny and fancy-looking. Enter: mini cheesecake tins! I love these because they are really easy to get the pies out of (there is a loose circle piece that sets inside each cup over a small hole in the bottom, so you can use your finger to push the little pies up), and the cylinder shape is quite classy. I’m also a big fan of the crumble top—I hope you are, too. Enjoy! M Mini Apple Crumble Pies Makes about 18-22 pies (using mini cheesecake tin) | Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Prep time: 45 min …

Squash-Rosemary Flatbread

You know in cartoons how they animate the aroma of something delicious by drawing a long white steamy-looking thing, and then it turns into a hand, leading the character by the nose with its index finger, motioning, as if to say, “this way…” towards the tasty dish? Well, if there were any food that could do that in real life, this flatbread would be it. Seriously, if you want to make friends with your neighbors, just start sauteing rosemary and red onions, and you’ll have a knock—or furious pounding—at the door in no time. This is one of my all-time favorites. It’s great for a small dinner party, or as an appetizer for a cocktail party. Enjoy! M Squash-Rosemary Flatbread Serves 4 to 6 | Vegan Prep time: 15 min | Cook and serve time: 30 min Ingredients: Your favorite pizza crust recipe or ready-made dough 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 red onion 1 medium-sized delicata squash 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt Garlic garbanzo bean sauce: 1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo …

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Mini Kabobs

I don’t do a ton of meat, but I have to admit, I have been known to order bacon from time to time when I go out to breakfast. And I feel like it’s not really a party until you wrap something in bacon—or in this case, pair something with bacon. These small bites hold up great when prepped ahead of time for a gathering, and the Brussels sprouts put a fall spin on things. Want a vegetarian option? Just double up on the Brussels sprouts, two per toothpick—they’re a great crunchy, salty snack all on their own. Enjoy! M Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Mini Kabobs Yields: about 50 kabobs | Vegan, Gluten-Free Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 to 30 min | Ready in: 50 min Ingredients: 1-1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts (use small ones—less than 1 inch long—or cut large ones in half so they cook at the same rate as the bacon) 1 lb bacon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt (You’ll also need toothpicks.) Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees …

Marshmallow Monday: Sparklemallows

Ever think, I like marshmallows, but I wish they were a little more sparkly? Well, this is your lucky day. (It’s so weird how we are totally on the same wavelength!) I used gold pearl decorating dust I found at Sur La Table to give these marshmallows a glow-y look. It’s a really easy way to dress up these simple treats for a fancy occasion—these little sweets look ready to party, do they not? Enjoy! M Sparklemallows Dessert | Gluten-Free Prep time: 35 min | Ready in: 6 hours, 35 min Ingredients: Cooking spray 3 packages unflavored gelatin (vegetarian substitutions) 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup powdered sugar Gold pearl decorating dust Cooking tools: A candy thermometer Tin foil 9×13-inch cake or jelly roll pan Directions: Line the inside of the pan with tin foil, then coat well with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine a 1/2 of a cup of cold water with the packets of gelatin and allow to sit until gelatin forms, about 15 minutes. In a medium saucepan on medium …

Marshmallow Monday: S’more Art Imitating Life

Since starting this blog in March, one of my favorite byproducts has been all the different people I’ve connected with in the process. Food has always been something that has brought people together, but social media and the internet has made that exponentially so. I love that I have “friends” and followers from places like Sweden, Egypt, and Indonesia, and that on my Instagram feed, I get breakfast ideas from bloggers in Australia who are already starting the next day as I’m turning in for the night. Those acai bowls get me every time. And I’ve been extra delighted by the people I’ve discovered that are indirectly related to food—I have a really fun collaboration coming up in September with a company whose products immediately made me want to have a party the second I saw them. I don’t want to give too much away, but my goal with this project will be to inspire you to gather your favorite people together and find something to celebrate. So be on the lookout for that! Probably the most …

Orange-Ginger Spritzer

Happy halfway through the week! This is just a mini post to share a refreshing little number I made the other night. I only had a tiny little bit of my favorite ginger ale left to go with my big ole bowl of popcorn, and that was not going to work. So, I pulled an orange out of the fridge, juiced it, and poured that and the ginger ale all over a glass of ice. Oh, it was good. Next time I’m going to try it with grapefruit juice—sort of like a salty dog that’s a little light on the salty. Mmm, I can already taste it… Cheers! (Clink.) M Orange-Ginger Spritzer Single Serving | Alcohol-Free Ready in: 5 min Ingredients: The juice of one orange 1/3 cup lightly sweetened ginger ale 1 cup ice Stir it all together and enjoy!

Citrus Coolers

I did a recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Lemonade a few weeks ago that called for creating strawberry lemonade ice cubes and pouring a lightly sweetened soda over them. I loved that sipper so much that I decided to do something similar with citrus fruit. The best thing about this recipe is that you can have all the ingredients on-hand—both the ice cubes and soda store great for an extended amount of time—making it easy to pour one or a few anytime the mood strikes. This recipe makes a slightly sweet drink—which is the way I like them—but play with it a little to see what level of sweetness works for you. Need to adjust it? Just add or cut the amount of honey. Easy. Choose from three flavors below. Drink up! M Citrus Coolers Drinks | Vegan, Gluten-Free Prep time: 5 min  |  Ready in: 8 hrs, 5 min  | Yeilds: 3 to 4 coolers Ingredients: For each flavor, you will need 1 liter of plain soda or carbonated water. Lemon-lime: 2 limes 2 lemons 3 tablespoons …