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Peach Earl Grey Cocktail Recipe

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I made this Earl Grey peach cocktail yesterday for Easter because I thought it would be fun to use the Pinnacle Peach Vodka Bevmo sent us to try. If you like sweet iced tea with a kick, you'll love this drink!

EARL GREY PEACH COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup Pinnacle Peach Vodka
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mint leaves to garnish
Directions:
  • Create a simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  • In a pitcher, mix the syrup, tea, and flavored vodka
  • Add a generous amount of ice to your cocktail glasses
  • Add the tea mixture, and garnish with mint
  • Should make 4-6 cocktails
Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 20 min

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Hope you had a Happy Easter, yesterday! We did, and my daughter is still recovering from her sugar high. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

So we decided to try something different. We froze the mini marshmallows, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. And it totally worked! Here's Lainey wrapping the cookie dough around three mini marshmallows.

Also, I added walnuts to the recipe because I like have a nutty crunch to my chocolate cookies, but feel free to leave them out.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

CHOCOLATE WALNUT MINI MARSHMALLOW COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz semi sweet Kraft Baker's Chocolate
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups Kraft Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
Directions:

A few hours before you start, take two cups of mini marshmallows and put them in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter and let them come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a second bowl, add the butter, eggs, brown sugar (firmly packed), granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a double broiler, or microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the wet ingredients, and mix until completely incorporated.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet in thirds.

Crumble the walnuts. and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won't get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These are the perfect cookies for me... they are sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! I don't want to admit how many I ate. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These cookies would be an absolute show-stopper at a milk & cookies party! We have this entire collection of milk & cookies free printables on our site to help you decorate! Just download, print out, and have fun!

Milk & Cookies Party Free Printable | CatchMyParty.com

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.

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Strawberry Lemon Jello Cupcake Recipe

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were asked by Kraft to add our spin to one of their spring dessert recipes. So here's our take on their Luscious Lemon Poke Cake. Instead of "poking" the cake with holes to get the Jell-O flavor inside, we decided to create a cupcake with an actual Jell-O filling surprise inside! I can't wait to serve these to guests to see their reaction!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

STRAWBERRY LEMON JELLO CUPCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • White or yellow cupcakes (homemade or from a mix)
  • 1 pkg.  (6 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup  cold milk
  • 3 cups  thawed Cool Whip
  • Lemon zest for garnish
Directions:

Bake 12 cupcakes and let cool.

Prepare strawberry Jello using the directions on the package. Refrigerate for 5 hours.

Prepare lemon frosting by whisking lemon pudding mix and milk in large bowl, then stirring in Cool Whip.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using a cupcake corer or knife,  carefully remove the center of the cupcakes.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using the cupcake corer or a knife, cut out circular pieces of Jello. Carefully insert your Jello cylinders into your cupcakes. Lainey, my daughter, loved this part!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Frost cupcakes with lemon frosting and top with fresh lemon zest. Refrigerate cupcakes until serving.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And there you have it! Lemon cupcakes with a fun Jell-O surprise inside!

These cupcakes have a sweet and tangy flavor from the light and airy lemon frosting, to the cake-y vanilla cupcake, to the cold and slippery strawberry Jell-O. Total fun in your mouth!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Here's another simple spring dessert recipe to check out... Strawberry Pretzel Squares.

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.

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Cheese Wedge Mice DIY

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We created these cheese mice for our post about what to serve at Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday. They cheese wedges are super cute, super kid-friendly, and super easy to do!

SUPPLIES:

  • Laughing Cow cheese wedges (we used cheddar flavor)
  • Oblong cracker
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried apricots
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chives

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

Place your cheese wedge on a cracker. Add two dried blueberries for eyes. Insert two large sunflower seeds for ears. Slice a small piece of dried apricot for a nose. Slide a piece of chive about 3 inches long in the back of the wedge for a tail. Voila!

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

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
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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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