easy appetizers!

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The weather is getting crisp and the holidays are knocking on the door. Whether you are hosting or a guest, having a cache of easy appetizers on hand is always a great idea. Wow you guests and lock down that invitation to the next party with these amazing recipes!

Pull it apart
Why not have a sweet appetizer? Why not have it be pull apart breads? There's no reason not to. This recipe is for a pumpkin cheesecake monkey bread, and this is for a pumpkin spice pull apart loaf. YUM!

Re-do a classic
There is nothing wrong with the classics when it comes to the holidays and appetizers...but with a twist. Try these pigs-in-a-pretzel, or maple Chex Mix that you can make in a crockpot!   

Skewer it
Whats easier than putting a bunch of food on a stick? Not much, and this anitpasto skewer looks divine and super easy. 


For more appetizer inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.

get your grill on

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Has the mundane act of grilling burgers getting you down? Do you feel tired at the thought of cooking another hotdog? Lets get excited about grilling again. The weather is right and our stomachs are ready. 


Different Meats
Everyone has had a burger and hotdog, but what about a pork chopFlank steak wrapped veggies!? A whole pork tenderloin on the grill! 

Don't Forget Your Veggies
There are endless possibilities to the veggies you can grill. From tomatoesmushroom skewers, to cauliflower steaks. And a twist on a summer classic: grilled Mexican street corn!

Don't Be Afraid to Be Different
Have you ever heard of grilled nachos? Well us either. TRY THEM!!! Other great, and odd, grilled options could be pizza, peaches, watermelon. And for dessert - grilled donuts

For more grilling ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

easy appetizers

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With a whirlwind of activity happening during these holiday times, we wanted to make a board of quick and easy appetizers. Whether it's your turn to host or you've been invited to an event, all of these dishes will be crowd pleasers, and quick to make!

Sausage Pineapple Bites
This might be the easiest appetizer next to store bought dips and chips. Sausage, pineapple chunks and toothpicks are all you need to wow guests with a spicy sweet bite!

Classic Cheese Ball
Make your guests nostalgic with this crowd-pleasing cheese ball. With a little work and a pretty plate, this appetizer won't take long to disappear.

Apple Pie Bites
If you are a fan of something sweet, this twist on dessert will make you happy. Keeping it simple with just crescent rolls, apple slices, pecans and a few spices. Guaranteed to make any sweet tooth satisfied. 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more appetizer suggestions.

foodie smoothies

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I love that smoothies are a quick way to get a fruit and veggie boost in the morning, but often get bored of the typical fruit plus ice and milk combo. These three recipes have some unexpected ingredients that really take your everyday smoothie to a new level. Hope you like them as much as I do!  ~ Martha

Peach ginger smoothie
Frozen peaches
Handful spinach
1/4 tsp bottled grated ginger
Your favorite milk
1 scoop protein powder or 1/2 cup greek yogurt

Strawberry basil smoothie
Frozen strawberries
4-5 fresh basil leaves
2 TBSP bottled key lime juice 
Your favorite milk
1 scoop protein powder or 1/2 cup greek yogurt

Blueberry muffin smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
Frozen blueberries
Lemon zest
1/4 cup raw oats
Your favorite milk
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
Ice

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more smoothie inspiration.