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What to Feed the Cat Who Hates Everything!

Grumpy Cat birthday party food ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you've been reading our blog, you know that we've been brought on by Friskies Party Mix to help plan Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday, which is being held in NYC on April 29th. We racked our brains trying to come up with foods she might like. Now we need your help in deciding what to send to her big birthday bash!

1.) Yarn Cake Balls

What cat doesn't like to play with a ball of yarn, especially one you can eat! We made these cake balls out of pound cake, white frosting, and colored fondant (tutorial on our blog next week). Do they look like fun?

Yarn cake balls for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Yarn cake balls | CatchMyParty.com

2) Grumpy Goldfish Cookies

We thought we'd throw a little unhappiness right back at Grumpy Cat with our grumpy fish cookies! These cookies were made using our basic sugar cookie recipe, store-bought cookie icing (colored neon orange), candy eyes, and an edible black marker. Aren't they  angry-looking?

Grumpy goldfish sugar cookies for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Grumpy goldfish sugar cookies for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Cheese Wedge Mice

Almost too cute to eat, but I'm not sure a cat could resist. These cheese mice were made out of Laughing Cow cheese, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, dried apricots, and chives (tutorial on the blog next week). We wanted to add a little savory to cut the sweet, thought Grumpy Cat might appreciate that.

Wedge cheese mice for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Wedge cheese mice for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

So which do you think Grumpy Cat would like best?

Please add your vote at the bottom of this blog post, or on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook. We will randomly select one person who leaves a comment to win a Friskies Party Mix Party Pack!

And remember, if you upload a photo of your cat's best frown to the 1 million frowns challenge (#1MMGrumpyFrowns), on the Friskies Party Mix site or on Instagram, using the hashtag #1MMGrumpyFrowns, you will be entered to win some great prizes! 

This post is sponsored by Friskies Party Mix. All fun and recipes are by us!

Açaí Grapefruit Raspberry Mocktail Recipe

Açaí grapefruit raspberry mocktail recipe | CatchMyParty.com

There is nothing better than a "girls night in," hanging out with girlfriends (preferably in pajamas), binge watching a show, eating something decadent, like greasy fried chicken, and drinking something delicious.

I was asked by Trop50 to incorporate their raspberry açaí juice blend into a yummy drink.

Now that I'm a mom, I can't handle a fancy cocktail the way I used to, so I decided to come up with a refreshing "mocktail" recipe that can, of course, be easily turned into a cocktail, but tastes great on its own. This drink would also be perfect to serve to guests on a hot summer day, it's that refreshing.

I'm always looking for balance in my recipes. So to compliment the sweetness of the juice, I added sparkling water to give it fizz. To add a little acid punch, I squeezed some fresh grapefruit into the glass. And to give it a clean finish, I garnished it with mint.

AÇAÍ GRAPEFRUIT MOCKTAIL RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Trop50 Raspberry Açaí juice blend
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 4 raspberries
  • 2-3 mint leaves
Acai raspberry mocktail recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

  • Add ice to the glass
  • Add the grapefruit juice
  • Add the sparkling water
  • Add the Trop50
  • Garnish with raspberries and mint leaves
Açaí grapefruit raspberry mocktail recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Açaí grapefruit raspberry mocktail recipe | CatchMyParty.com

If you're planning a "girls' night in" (and I'll be seriously jealous because I could so use a night with my girlfriends), take a look at all these inspiring pins on the Foodie Girls' Night In Pinterest board.

Also, check out these recipe ideas from Foodie!

Trop50 has the great taste and goodness you expect from Tropicana, but with 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Trop50 via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50.

Kid-Friendly Sunday Night Dinner Ideas

Kid-Friendly Sunday Dinner Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

We sit down for dinner as a family almost every Sunday night. It's a family tradition and fits in nicely with our weekly  trip to the Sunday farmer's market.

My daughter, Lainey, does not have the most adventurous palate, so finding dishes that she likes (and we like), can be a challenge.

My solution is whole ingredients. While I might make a traditional spaghetti and tomato sauce dinner, I'll try to use the freshest produce I can find, and I'll try to make the meal from scratch. In fact, most Sundays you'll find us all in the kitchen cooking together.

And somehow when the ingredients speak for themselves, I don't need to add a lot of extra spice (which Lainey is not a fan of), and it still tastes delicious.

I've pulled together some of my favorite recipes from Foodie that would work great for my family. My mouth is already watering looking at that fried chicken! Please browse through and see if these meals will work for your family too.

This post was sponsored by foodie.com

Blueberry & Raspberry Fruit Leather Recipe

Blueberry and raspberry fruit leather recipe

Applesauce is a snack staple at our house. If left to her own devices, my daughter would live on a diet of cookies, cakes, and candy. She told me so herself just yesterday. It's a running debate at our house as to why we need to eat healthy food, when unhealthy food tastes so much better.

As you can probably guess, getting fruits and vegetables into Lainey can be a challenge. That's why applesauce is such a lifesaver. Lainey loves how sweet it is; I love how good for her it is. I pack an applesauce pouch in her lunch at least twice a week.

Mott's® sent us some new varieties of their Snack & Go pouches -- granny smith, mixed berry, and mango peach -- and Lainey was very excited to try them and discuss them (see serious face below).

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

The Mott's® mixed berry was definitely her favorite. She said it still tastes "apple-y" but had more good sourness to it!

Because Lainey has such a sweet tooth, it can be a challenge to come up with healthy alternatives for her go-to favorite treats. That's where a little creativity comes in, like how I came up with my cinnamon applesauce muffins, and how I started making homemade fruit leather.

Fruit leather is so easy to make. Using applesauce as the base, I usually add some berries to give it color, texture, and some complexity.

This polka dot fruit leather not only look cool, but Lainey thinks it tastes great. That's a huge compliment coming from her! And it's an easy way for me to sneak some more nutrition into her diet. Please don't tell her. :)

BLUEBERRY & RASPBERRY FRUIT LEATHER RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup raspberries

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Place blueberries in a small pot with a tablespoon of water. Simmer over low heat. Mash the blueberries with a fork to break the skins. Summer until the pulp breaks down, and it is the consistency of a nice gravy. Strain to get the skins out, and cool.

Place raspberries in a small pot and simmer over low heat stirring occasionally. Cool, strain to get the seeds out, and cool.

Spread applesauce thinly (about 1/8 inch thick) on a silpat or parchment paper.

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using a squeeze bottle, squirt dots of blueberry and raspberry into the applesauce.

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 Bake at 170 degrees for 5-6 hours. You can tell when it is done when the applesauce starts to turn translucent.

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 Peel, cut, and serve!

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Blueberry raspberry fruit leather recipe | CatchMyParty.com

If you'd like to try these new Mott's Snack & Go pouches yourself, I will definitely be buying these for Lainey's lunches and car ride snacks, here's a buy one get one free coupon.

Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott’s is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids’ schools.  Click here to download a buy one get one free Mott’s® Snack & Go coupon.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.

12 Delicious Pie Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

12 Perfect Pie Recipes | CatchMyParty.com

Who doesn't love pie? With my famous sweet tooth, I'm all over it.

I put together this collection of eye candy pies because on a cloudy day like today, nothing picks me up more than looking at gorgeous desserts! I hope these pies make your mouth water a little, too.

The first one I will be trying is the dried cherries and brown sugar streusel pie. With that topping, it looks utterly divine! Enjoy!

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Rose and Vanilla Heart Cookies Recipe

Rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Talk about total sweetness! Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a lovely rose and vanilla heart cookie recipe. I love that the cookies have actual rose water in them and that they're dipped in white chocolate! How gorgeous would these look at a baby shower, bridal shower, or girl birthday!

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Chocolate Dipped Hearts Recipe

Makes approximately 10 large (12cm) hearts Takes 10 minutes to make dough, plus 15 minutes cooling and 45 minutes rolling out and baking

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (7 tablespoons of 2/5ths of a cup)
  • 50g caster sugar (1/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon rose water
  • Pink food colouring
  • 100g flour (1 cup)
  • 50g cornflour (1/3 cup)
  • 200g white chocolate (7 oz)

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 335F/170C. Cream butter and sugar, then add vanilla and rose water, mix well. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Add pink food colouring, a few drops at a time, until desired colour is reached – they will darken a little whilst baking. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Work in flour and cornflour slowly until well combined.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Roll out dough and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Cut out hearts, and reroll the leftover dough until you have used it all. Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com Bake for 35 minutes, keeping an eye on your biscuits (cookies), and turning them halfway through to ensure that they stay nice and pink and don’t over-brown.

Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl by microwaving on medium heat for one minute at a time.

Stir the chocolate in between and ensure it doesn’t overheat and burn.

Half dip your heart biscuits (cookies) in the white chocolate and leave to set on a cooling rack.

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Rose and Vanilla Hearts Recipe | catchmyparty.com

Thank you, Honeywell Bakes, for another delicious-looking and beautiful recipe. To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Scotch Whiskey Cake Recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a sumptuous cake to warm you up this frigid winter!

This cake is not just for whiskey lovers -- we don’t really like to drink whiskey, but this cake is delicious! It's moist, filled raisins and has a sweet, buttery-whiskey flavor that is to die for.

We like to eat it as part of Burns Night here in the UK.  A "Burns supper" is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. The suppers are on or around the poet's birthday (Burns night), January 25th, and typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns' poetry.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Preparation Time:

Cake - 15 minutes, plus soaking

Icing - 15 minutes

Bakes 1 hour

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons whiskey for several hours, or overnight
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons chopped glace ginger
For the whiskey drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 85g (just over 1/3 cup) brown sugar
For the icing (frosting):
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups fondant icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
Method:

Preheat oven to 170C or 350F

Grease your bundt tin and then lightly dust with flour. Gently knock the sides of the pan and tip any loose flour out.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the eggs, mixing as you add each one.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip in the yoghurt and vanilla essence, then add the flour, spices and baking powder and baking soda. Mix until well combined.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Drain the raisins (save any excess whiskey for the drizzle) and add them to the cake mix along with the ginger pieces stirring gently.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip the mixture into the bundt tin and spread until the mixture is evenly distributed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Make the whiskey drizzle by combining the whiskey and brown sugar and stirring well.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Once the cake is cooked, leave to cool in the pan slightly, then tip onto a cooling wrack.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Poke holes in the top of the cake using a skewer, and then pour the drizzle over whilst still warm. Allow to cool completely.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe To make the icing (frosting), put the butter into a heavy bottomed pan and melt, then, stirring all the time, allow to bubble until it turns golden brown.

Let it cool until just warm, then mix in the icing sugar and whiskey until it forms a smooth paste.

Spoon on top of your cake and let it drip down the sides a bit.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

 My husband definitely wants to try this. He keeps looking at the photos. Thanks, Honeywell Bakes!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin Recipe

My daughter, Lainey, loves applesauce. It is one of her favorite snacks.

So we when we were given two flavors of Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce to try out: their natural applesauce and their strawberry applesauce, Lainey was excited. And as you can see, she was big fan!

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As a mom, I feel good giving her applesauce in her lunches, and in these little pouches, there’s nothing easier.

Cinamon applesauce muffin recipe

I also like to make cinnamon applesauce muffins as a healthy snack for our family. These are simple to make, and by using applesauce, I'm able to cut down on the butter and sugar. Plus I add walnuts to give them crunch, and to add some extra good stuff.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe

CINNAMON APPLESAUCE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until evenly distributed.

Add the eggs, oil, and applesauce to a second mixing bowl, and beat by hand until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixed ingredients into the dry, and stir by hand with wood spoon or spatula until just combined. Fold in the walnuts. The dough will be thick, but don't worry, that's normal.

Coat a muffin tin with nonstick spray or thoroughly coat with butter. For 12 muffins, fill each about 3/4 full. For larger muffins, you can fill to the rim and get about 9 muffins.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dome of the muffin is nicely browned, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Cinnamon applesauce muffin recipe

Happy face eating healthy applesauce muffins, a mom couldn't be happier.

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Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott's is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids' schools. Visit us at motts.com to learn more.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.

Our Soft Pretzel Recipe in the New Foodie App

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Our easy soft pretzel recipe is in the new Foodie Game Day Eats app for iPhone and iPad! Thank you, Foodie, for including us!

If you're looking for delicious food ideas to serve at your football party, you must download the app today! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos.

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Here's a sample of some of the recipes in the app, but there are so many more, perfect for feeding hungry football fans!

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Also, if you need free football party printables to decorate your party, check out what we have on our site!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcakes recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are back with some chocolate gingerbread cupcakes for all your wintery entertaining. Does these look adorable?!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

  • Makes 12 Cupcakes
  • Preparation 45 - 60 minutes, plus cooking time of 30 minutes
Cupcake ingredients:
  • 140g (5/8 cup or 9 tablespoons) butter
  • 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) super fine sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 glass milk
  • 230g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 40g (5 tablespoons) cocoa
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
Buttercream ingredients:
  • 250g (2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100g (6 tablespoons ) butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Gingerbread men:
  • We like this gingerbread men recipe for the mini gingerbread men
  • 50g icing (powdered) sugar
  • Water (approximately 1 teaspoon)

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Method

1. Preheat oven to 170C (340F)

2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs and milk and stir slowly until well combined.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices and mix well. Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

4. Carefully divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cakes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed. Once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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5. Make the buttercream by combining butter, icing sugar, ginger syrup and milk and whisking until pale and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes. Put into a piping bag with a star tip, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

6. Mix the icing sugar and enough water to form a paste similar in texture to toothpaste. Add the water slowly, drop by drop. Put into a piping bag or bottle and add detail to your mini gingerbread men. Place on top of your cupcakes.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

7. Delight the children in your family with the chocolate and gingerbread cupcakes!

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

The cupcakes will keep for about 5 days in an airtight tin, but if you’re not planning to eat them for a few days it’s best to put the gingerbread men on top on the day you plan to eat them. This will make sure they stay nice and crunchy.

Chocolate gingerbread cupcake recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, these look so sweet, and my favorite cupcakes are chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, so I will be making these!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

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