Parties & Entertaining

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

Let’s be honest here – anything more than salt, lemon, a little lime, and avocado isn’t really necessary to make guacamole. It’s pretty perfect, just like that. But that doesn’t mean you have to – or should – stop there. I know I almost never do.

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this year’s Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo Bash, I was thinking of doing a “guacamole bar” al a my friend Josie with bowls of fun toppings for guests to top their own smashed perfection, things like:

Pico de gallo
Chopped jalapenos
Grilled pineapple
Goat cheese
Bacon
Mexican grilled corn, cut off the cob
Grilled tomatillos
And a mountain of cilantro.

Because I’ve yet to discover that line where “too much cilantro” is actually too much cilantro. (As long as chocolate isn’t involved, I’m not sure that line exists.)

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this batch, I took three of those ingredients: The kernels cut from two Mexican grilled corn cobs, some tangy goat cheese, and a couple slices of salty, smokey, crispy bacony bacon. And I made what was quite possibly the best guacamole combo ever. (You know, aside from “best guacamole ever” that is simply the bare minimum.)

Guacamole with Grilled Corn, Bacon, and Goat Cheese

Guacamole studded with grilled Mexican corn, tangy goat cheese, and smokey bacon.

Ingredients

  • 3 large avocados, seeded and diced.
  • Juice of 1 small-ish lemon (~2-3 Tbsp)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • Kernels cut from 2 Mexican grilled corn cobs
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 slices of thick cut bacon, crumbled
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Smash the avocado with lemon juice, lime juice, and salt.
  2. Fold in the corn, goat cheese, bacon, and cilantro.
  3. Serve cold or room temperature.
  4. For breakfast or a party.
  5. Or lunch.

Notes

Yields: ~3 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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Tangelo Margarita

It’s probably no surprise to any of you, but when I see a new fruit come in season – or priced low enough that I can’t resist hoarding – the first thing that comes to my mind is:

I have tequila at home, right?

Because, really now – what fruit doesn’t make a good margarita? (Besides kiwi. I’ve pretty much given up wasting tequila on that one.)

But tangelos were on fire-sale again so I decided it was time to officially make this one margarita recipe number Twenty…. 22! And just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Tangelos are a cross between tangerines & pomelos, both of which have been immortalized in margarita form here already. Taste-wise, they’re far closer to tangerines so that’s the route I took.

Tangelo Margarita

And speaking of the holy Spring holiday that’s coming this weekend, our Taquitos & Tequila pool party is on Sunday! We’re serving:
Brie & Brisket Quesadillas
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Taquitos
Guacamole
Pineapple salsa
Classic Lime Margaritas*
Grapefruit Margaritas*
Blue Margaritas*
Guanabana Margaritas*
Dulce de Leche ice cream

*the skinny versions

And guests have claimed some fabulously delicious dishes like queso and jalapeno poppers. So I’m headed off to do work. I have 100 limes to juice. And a floor to mop.

And if I have time, like 3 walls to de-crayon. But if I hand out margaritas when guests walk through the door, I think I can get away with leaving The Little’s art work up, right?

Tangelo Margaritas

A beautiful orange margarita using fresh lime and tangelo juice.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Stir margarita mix, tangerine juice, and tequila together in an oversized glass or small pitcher.
  2. Run a lime or tangerine wedge around the outside of 2 glasses and dip in salt.
  3. Fill glasses with ice and pour margaritas over.
  4. Rinse and repeat.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Those are the fondant cupcake toppers from Landry’s Dinosaur Train birthday party. And the photo on the left was the inspiration for those cupcakes:

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Seriously, I was this close to making the “Tiny” cupcake, too (the topper on the bottom left). And the fact that I am still alive today tells you that someone in this house convinced me to stick with one design.

For the record, “knows my limits” is #2 on the the million-item long list titled “Why I Couldn’t Survive Without Jason.”

Because the one design took several days by itself. But the good news – I made them a week out and didn’t have to worry about them as the party was approaching.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Step 1: Whip up a batch of marshmallow fondant. You can buy it but my experience with store-bought fondant has always been super unfavorable.

Step 2: Color the fondant (I used Americolor yellow, blue, and red).

Step 3: Spend an hour digging through your cake decorating stuff looking for comparable shapes to the inspiration.

The cutters used above came from the following sets:
3 – Wilton Fondant Alphabet Cutters
Smoke stack – Tulip from Wilton Fondant Garden Shapes
Smoke puff (large) – Flower from Wilton Fondant Garden Shapes
Smoke puff (small) – Wilton Fondant & Gum Paste Class Kit
Circle – ~2.5-inch round biscuit cutter

Step 4: Roll out the blue circles, cut them with the biscuit cutter and use an offset spatula to transfer to a rack for drying overnight.

Step 5: Cut out the yellow tulips, lightly brush the bottom of the flowers with water (don’t soak them – one pass with a paint brush or a finger tip dipped in water will do), and place them on the blue circles. Use the biscuit cutter to cut the bottom of the tuplip off, leaving a circle.

Step 6. Cut out the smoke puffs, and place them on the blue circles.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Step 7. When the smoke puffs are dry, cut the red 3s, lightly brush the bottom with water, and place on the large puff of smoke.

Step 8: Let dry completely and then store until needed. I loosely covered the rack with a dish towel and placed it out of the way on the countertop until the morning of the party.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

The cupcake toppers will soften again after coming in contact with the moisture from the frosting. I topped the morning of the party and the fondant had softened by early afternoon party.

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Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

“Mooooo-mmyyyyyy! Have you seen my glass slippers?”

“No, have you seen mine?!

[sigh]

The door hasn’t completely closed on the dinosaurs and bugs and lizards and legos phase… but it has definitely taken a backseat to Pink Princess Pandemonium.

It started with Cinderella. And it now includes Merida (who, by the way, is the coolest ^%$#@ princess ever), “Mapunzel,” Belle, and Snow White (but her mom is scary so we’re only like 50% bought in to that one).

It’s PINK ALL THE THINGS. And while I crinkle my nose at it, I’m really do try hard to embrace it. It’s really a cute phase – not as fun as dinosaurs – but still cute. And as a total dino-geek myself, I’ll never let that one fall by the side. So I was super excited that she wanted a “dinosaur party at my gym” to celebrate her 3rd birthday.

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

So a Dinosaur Train “Dinosaur A to Z” party at her gym, she got.

Do you know Dinosaur Train? It’s a PBS show about a family of Pteranadons who travel throughout the dinosaur era meeting and learning about the different species. It’s a lot like Land Before Time, complete with the adopted T-Rex brother. Only even less believable due to that whole time-traveling train. And submarine. But it’s awesome and I love it and I frequently watch it even when Landry isn’t around.

This year, my favorite part of the party wasn’t planning a menu – the party wasn’t at home so I wanted the food basic and easily transportable – it was the favors. And making the printables. Because it was all orange and aqua and kiwi and dinosaurs. And only a little pink.

Dinosaur Tail

With the help of a 10-hour sewing lesson from my mom (who has the patience of a saint, y’all), we sewed dinosaur tails for each of Landry’s friends attending the party. Big, HUGE hit.

I had a party room full of 2-5 year old Bootyshakeasauruses. (It’s a word.) And I even ended up making an extra tail the week after the party for one of her friend’s sibling because apparently the girls were fighting over who got to wear the tail. Landry goes to sleep in hers at least twice a week :)

Bootyshakeasaurus

Because the party wasn’t at home (no “company cleaning” necessary!), I kept the menu short and easy.

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

Menu
Ham & Cheese Sliders
Dinosaur-shaped* PB&J and Ham & Cheese sandwiches
Strawberry skewers with yogurt dip
Veggies & Homemade ranch for dipping
Cupcakes (fresh strawberry and vanilla) topped with strawberry buttercream and a Dinosaur Train smoke stack made out of marshmallow fondant (more on these next week)
Dinosaur-shaped* sugar cookies decorated with sugar cooking (not royal) icing

* I bought this dinosaur-shaped sandwich cutter and used it for the sandwiches and sugar cookies and used it to trace the decoration on the Thank you bags. And now, Landry only eats her sandwiches in the shapes of dinosaurs :)

Dinosaur Train Party Printables

Party Favors
Dinosaur tails (tutorial found on Pinterest from Tater Tots & Jello)
Thank you bags (dinosaur stickers, sugar cookies, and a DIY Dinosaur Train-themed coloring books… THAT I FORGOT TO PUT IN THE BAGS)

Dinosaur Train Party Printables - Thank you tags

Party Printables
Address labels
Buffet tags with the “Dinsoaur A to Z” theme (C is for Corythosaurus… and Carrots!)
Seating tags (L is for Lambeosaurus… and Landry!)
Thank you tags
4-page DIY coloring book

Dinosaur Train Labels

Dinosaur Tain Party Printables - Name tags

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