Friday, July 11, 2014

Almond Butter No-Bake Fudge Oatmeal Cookies


Almond Butter No-Bake Fudge oatmeal Cookie - Easy Life Meal & Party PlanningHave a depleted stock of chocolate and a big craving? Have peanut allergies? Need a quick and easy recipe? Want just a small batch of cookies? I have the cookie for you: Almond Butter No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Cookies.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Four Seasons Party #59


Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Party

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Our host team is taking a summer break and we will resume the Four Seasons Party on September 3rd. To kick off our summer break you will find our Featured Blogger, Featured posts from last week's party and a Sverve Link up party.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings - Easy Life Meal & Party PlanningThese bacon wrapped onion rings are unbelievably delicious. In fact, they are so delicious that they never made it to the buffet table - everyone was picking them right off the smoker! They make a great appetizer but would also be a delicious topping a burger.

My son found a picture of bacon wrapped onion rings and sent them to me via text begging me to make them for the 4th of July. He wanted them so badly that he even bought the ingredients! I had been cooking & baking all day and to be honest it was the last thing I wanted to do so I solicited his help along with his sister and the three of us whipped through this pretty quickly.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Four Seasons Party #58


Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Party

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July - Have fun and be safe!!






Drunken Berries Cocktail

When I was up in Long Island we stopped and had a cocktail at a really cool retro bar. Their cocktails matched their decor, flashy and bold. I had the Drunken Berries made with rye whiskey. I am not a whiskey drinker but this was really good!! So when I got home I went to work to try to make something similar. My husband says I nailed it.

Drunken Berries Cocktail by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning

Drunken Berries
1 oz. - Bullet Rye
2 oz. - 7 up
1 tsp. - Simple Syrup (a splash)
1/2 tsp. - Lemon (light squeeze)
1/4 cup - Mixed Berries
I bought a bag of frozen berries and it made it a lot easier. Place thawed berries in glass, pour simple syrup and lemon juice over and muddle. Add bullet rye, 7 up and ice. Stir and serve.

Authored by +Shawna Williams


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Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread


Ceddar Cheese Beer Bread - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - This is the easiest bread in the world to make and it is so melt in your mouth good!This Cheddar Beer Bread is the easiest bread in the world to make and it is so melt in your mouth good! You can throw this together in less than 5 minutes, bake for 50 minutes and you have warm homemade bread to serve with your meal. I especially love to serve this bread with grilled or smoked meats because the cheddar flavor is a perfect match.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Zucchini Spaghetti

My husband bought a gadget that makes zucchini into a spaghetti. He fixed it for me the other night and I loved it. He actually cooks it in the microwave for about 5 minutes and it was done. If you have a mandolin there are settings to make the spaghetti too. Don't tell my husband though, he loves his new gadget.
Here is the thing, I like about the zucchini spaghetti, you can put pasta sauce on it or dice up fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and peppers saute it and have it as a  meal or side dish and it be done in a matter of minutes.
Zucchini spaghetti by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning

Authored by +Shawna Williams
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Picnics, Cookouts, Summer Fun & Food Poisoning - Oh No!!

Keep Summertime Fun: Helpful Food Safety Tips - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning  Did you know that foodborne illness occurs more often during the summer?Did you know that foodborne illnesses occurs more often during the summer than any other season?  

Why? Because bacteria multiplies faster when it’s warm and people are cooking and eating outside more, away from the refrigerators, thermometers, and washing facilities of a kitchen.

Why am I writing this? Well l just spent two days extremely sick with all the symptoms of a foodborne illness (also called food poisoning) and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I did or where I could have been exposed. As a former public health official I knew better but all judgment must have left my mind the minute I entered our local Farmer's Market. What possessed me to think that taste testing dips outdoors

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop #57


Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 

Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mini Cherry Muffins


This is a scrumptious very cherry and moist muffin recipe that will be a big hit for breakfast or brunch. These muffins also freeze nicely for those mornings when you are in a hurry!














Monday, June 23, 2014

It's A party - Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

It's a Party - Minnie Mouse Birthday Party - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning
Minnie Mouse Cake made with a Wilton cake pan 
My three year old granddaughter wanted Minnie Mouse as her birthday theme so her aunt and I were tasked with bringing the refreshments and balloons. 

This was one of my favorite children's party themes because I love the bright colors and polka dots. Our menu included a Minnie Mouse Cake, cupcakes, candy-coated pretzels, candy-coated marshamallows and molded candy lollipops.

The Minnie Mouse Cake was actually a lot of fun to decorate and the kids loved it. We wanted the bow to stand out so instead of frosting we used red and white fondant.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop #56


Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 

Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week!