Sausage S’mores

Sausage S'mores  using Johnsonville Summer Sausage

Sausage s’mores are an easy and no cook appetizer that is guaranteed to be a hit at your next party. Each year we host a New Year’s Eve get together at our home.  I usually make 3-4 different pots of soup, some bread and then our guests bring appetizers and desserts.  By the time the soups and bread are made I am pretty much cooked out but I always end up adding in a few appetizers because I just can’t help myself and I have this terrible fear of not having [Continue Reading…]

Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Dipping Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Dipping Sauce

This post is sponsored by SeaPak Shrimp and Seafood Co. but all opinions are my own. I love appetizers.  In fact, I can easily make a meal out of appetizers.  The problem with appetizers is that in the all the craziness of holiday menu planning, they get overlooked.  There just isn’t time to prepare a full meal, dessert and then add appetizers on top of that. Or at least that is what people think.  Appetizers don’t need to be expensive or time consuming. Today I’ve got a couple of super [Continue Reading…]

Toffee Apple Dip

Apple Dip

Note: Todays post is  a recipe redo with updated photos of one of my favorite fall treats. Last week I opened my front door and found my friend Dawn standing at my door with this darling basket in her hand. A cute little basket filled with all the ingredients to make her yummy Apple Dip. Dawn and I met in the costume shop at the high school where our daughters performed together in various shows.  Dawn is a marvelous seamstress and we have spent a lot of time sewing together over [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

Roasted  Red Pepper Bruschetta

Are you looking for a yummy appetizer to take to a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend?  I’ve got you covered! A few months  ago a friend and I hosted a fun girl’s night out craft night.  I put together three fun crafts I found on Pinterest, gathered the supplies and invited some friends to join in the fun.  Of course there had to be food too.  What would a girl’s night out be without food.  My friend Marsha provided all the sweet treats and they were yummy.  I need to get [Continue Reading…]

Hot Cheesy Corn Dip


So how are you ringing in the new year tonight?  We’re hosting party here at home with some friends.  We’re having soup, salad and a grilled cheese bar then an evening of game playing. If you are looking for a last minute, yummy appetizer for your party or to take to a party tonight check out the Hot Cheesy Corn Dip recipe I shared over at I Heart Naptime.  You’ll bring home an empty dish – I promise. For recipe go here. Happy New Year’s!  

Basil, Bacon & Peach Baked Brie

Basil, Bacon & Peach Brie

I am so excited to share with you today’s recipe for baked brie! This flavor combination is amazing. If you are looking for a delicious appetizer for any of your upcoming holiday gatherings I’ve got it! This recipe has it all – a great flavor combination, amazing presentation and it’s easy! You will totally wow your guests with this one. The combination of brie, basil, bacon and peach has become a family favorite since we first had it on a waffle at one of our favorite Portland eateries. Initially it [Continue Reading…]

Bacon Bruschetta


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ andFarmland but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #porkinapinch We pretty much live by the motto of “Everything is better with bacon” at our house. One of our favorite recipes to make this time of year, when the tomatoes are running rampant is bruschetta. Sometimes it is our meal. Tessa recently attended a dinner party where they served bruschetta as one of the appetizers and she came home raving about it.  I of course emailed her [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Corn and Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Corn & Tomato Bruschetta@Your Homebased Mom

I’ve become obsessed with roasting corn on our grill this summer. I love eating it right off the cob as well as cutting it off the cob to add into things. Last week I shared a yummy Grilled Vegetable and Peach Salad where I used roasted corn. Today I’ve got another delicious recipe for you using roasted corn over at I Heart Naptime. Come check it out – you’re going to love it! Roasted Corn and Tomato Bruschetta is the perfect summer appetizer.

Soft Pretzels

soft pretzel

I grew up with a father that was a non sports watcher.  He did watch golf but that was it.  Except once a year.  Then he would watch “the big game.”   You know which one I’m talking about. It was a bit of a shock to my system when I went from basically a non sports watching father to marrying into a family that was all about sports.  Watching it, playing it and talking about it.  Thirty years later I’m not sure I’m use to it yet.  I have managed [Continue Reading…]