IN MY KITCHEN: Mango Salsa

Since I know everyone celebrated Cinco de Mayo yesterday, here is a great way to keep on celebrating!

MANGO SALSA

MANGO SALSA

INGREDIENTS:

1 Large Mango

1 Small Red Bell Pepper

1 Small Red Onion

Cilantro

1 Jalapeño

1 Lime

DIRECTIONS:

Peel and dice the mango in to chunks. Finely dice the red bell peppper and red onion. Slice open the jalapeño and deseed. Then finely dice the jalapeño. Finely chop the cilantro. Combine all of these ingredients in to a bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime and mix. Enjoy with some great corn tortilla chips and a margarita!

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 I know this was for a special occasion but I really think it makes a perfect salsa for every day!

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HOLIDAY: Easter Cards

Now that is officially April I can look forward to celebrating Easter with dying eggs, lots of candy, and sending out cards! Of course I love any excuse to send out a holiday card and spread holiday cheer to those I love! Here are some of my favorite holiday inspiration images for cute and adorable Easter cards!

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IN MY KITCHEN: Apple Walnut Brie Dessert

Here is a delicious dessert we encountered on our adventures in Charleston, South Carolina. It is so simple and delicious and is great for entertaining. I called it a dessert, but really it could be a sweet and savory appetizer or small plate!

APPLE WALNUT BRIE DESSERT.

APPLE WALNUT BRIE DESSERT.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Green Apple

Brie Cheese

Whole Walnuts

Honey

DIRECTIONS:

Slice the green apple very thin using a mandolin or just a sharp kitchen knife.

Layer the thin apple slices at the bottom of the plate. Cut the wheel of Brie cheese in

to quarter inch strips. Layer the strips over the green apple slices. Sprinkle

Whole walnuts (or small pieces of walnut) over top the cheese. Drizzle

with honey and serve with thick crusty bread slices.

HOLIDAY: Valentine’s Day Treats

If you know me at all, you know that I love any excuse to celebrate and of course any excuse to eat sweets. This is why Valentine’s Day is the most perfect holiday in the world! Here are some of my favorite sweet-spirations for this Valentine’s Day week!

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How easy! I can definitely see myself handing out bags of these for any holiday!

How easy! I can definitely see myself handing out bags of these for any holiday!

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I am obsessed with these! And how adorable are these little parchment paper baggies?!

I am obsessed with these! And how adorable are these little parchment paper baggies?!

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Always a healthy option!

Always a healthy option!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: I Do Party Favors

Personally, when throwing a party I like to focus my attention on the small details. Those are the things that people remember and that make them feel special! One of the MANY small details of a wedding is the wedding reception party favors! These are a great way to say ‘Thank You’ to guests before they even step out the door! Here are some of my favorite ideas for wedding party favors and some great tips!

DO: Always remember to say Thank You!

DO: Always remember to say Thank You!

 

DO: Individually wrap food items you're going to use as favors!

DO: Individually wrap food items you’re going to use as favors!

 

DO: Tie the gift to your wedding, your love, or even your honeymoon! Olive Oil for Italian families or even a honeymoon in Italy!

DO: Tie the gift to your wedding, your love, or even your honeymoon! Olive Oil for Italian families or even a honeymoon in Italy!

DO: Encourage Sharing! If you're wedding is a couples only event have favors that they can share together!

DO: Encourage Sharing! If you’re wedding is a couples only event have favors that they can share together!

 

DO: Make it simple! They are here celebrating you so a small token is just fine! Fill these amazing Thank You bags with candy for a simple Thank You!

DO: Make it simple! They are here celebrating you so a small token is just fine! Fill these amazing Thank You bags with candy for a simple Thank You!

DO: Have usable gifts! They can use these all through the reception to keep their hands warm and their drink cold!

DO: Have usable gifts! They can use these all through the reception to keep their hands warm and their drink cold!

DO: Homemade! They are always less expensive and always mean more!

DO: Homemade! They are always less expensive and always mean more!

DO: Find something unique to bring to the table!

DO: Find something unique to bring to the table!

 

DO: Let them eat cake!

DO: Let them eat cake!