Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO

Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.


So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers fought the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.


That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party -- a party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862.


Here are some yummy recipes to celebrate Cinco De Mayo as well as FREE printables!

Chicken Tostadas with Black Beans and Sweet Corn
   Recipe available here

Guacamole Autentico














Recipe available here.




Margarita with Agave Nectar

















Recipe available here.




Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce
(photo by: Amy Neunsinger)













Recipe available here.





Hosting a Cinco de Mayo party? Click below on the link to download these FREE Printables from Savvy Selebrations. VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!
 

Download here

Saturday, April 9, 2011

PANTRY PARTY - MINI SHEPHERD'S PIES

After a long day at work the last thing most people want to do it think about what to make for dinner.  This year it's our personal goal to use EVERYTHING in the freezer and refrigerator and get creative with cooking and baking with what we already have. Versus always running to the grocery to buy one thing and spending much more time and money on things we don't really need but hey "it's on sale!"


The idea of using what you have in your fridge or freezer is called a Pantry Party. Eat Drink Pretty blogged about doing it recently here. Since we have made many of our meals using existing supplies, we wanted to share some of our Pantry Party meals that you can use to create your own or share ones that you have done!


First up,  MINI SHEPHERD'S PIES


At 380 calories per pie,these little pies are a meal unto themselves. We ate ours with a mixed green salad. 

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes or less
Total time: 45 minutes or less




Ingredients:
• 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 to 4 tablespoons low-fat milk
• Salt
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 small (or 1/2 large) onion, finely chopped
• 1/3 cup ketchup
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mixture


Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Fill a large saucepan with enough water to cover the potatoes by an inch or more and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain and return to the pan. Add the butter and 2 tablespoons of the milk and mash until soft and creamy, adding more milk if necessary. Season with salt.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Sauté the ground beef and onion for 6 to 8 minutes, or until meat is cooked through, stirring frequently to break up the meat. Drain if needed. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and stir well to combine. Add the peas and carrots and stir well to combine.
4. Divide meat mixture evenly between four (1-cup) ramekins or oven-safe teacups. Top with about ½ cup mashed potato, spreading to cover the meat. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


*Shepherd's pie can be baked in a larger dish for family-style eating. An 8-by-8-inch pan or round casserole dish should suffice. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are golden.


Nutritional information:

Per serving (1 pie)
Calories: 380
Total fat: 17 g
Total carbohydrate: 30 g
Dietary fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 26 g
Sodium: 390 mg



Recipe courtesy of usatoday.com.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SAVVY SELEBRATIONS SHOPPE


We are excited to announce that we opened an Etsy Shoppe!  We have a lot of great ideas and products to share so you can create your own Savvy Selebrations at home.

We are just starting out but plan to add more DIY event decor and invitations to our inventory in the coming weeks. Check out our online shop here. Remember to bookmark etsy.com/shop/SavvySelebrations

Have a great day!
xoxo


Sunday, April 3, 2011

PEEP CAKES!

OK - day 2 of our focus on PEEPS as party food. We were in the baking mood today so we made our favorite lemon cupcakes. Recipe can be found here.


But after they were done, they looked great but a little naked.


So we topped them with our favorite cream cheese buttercream frosting. Recipe can be found here.

Ahhh, much better. But something is still missing. What about topping them with a marshmallow PEEP!


Cute, right?!? Such a simple yet, festive idea. We spent most of the day frosting and topping each cupcake with all the colored marshmallow PEEPS we could find. Here are the end results, which are perfect for your Easter dessert table. ENJOY!












Saturday, April 2, 2011

EASTER PEEP POPS

Cake pops, macaron pops, pie pops, even cinnamon bun pops, all these mini treats are the biggest craze in the the event planning industry.  A lot of the reason anything on a lollipop stick has become so popular is all thanks for Bakerella. Check her out at: http://www.bakerella.com/

Images from Bakerella.com


So, we were looking for a quick and easy DIY way to make something a "pop" without having to bake (we love to bake but don't always have the time) and something that would be appropriate for Easter. We happened to come across these well-known lovelies while shopping and running errands last weekend.

You know them well, I am sure. It reminded us how much we LOVE PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies!  And have loved them for a very long time. Always looking forward to them every Easter to show up in our baskets. Hmmmm, why not make these childhood treats into a pop!  Good idea. And here are the DIY steps:

Step 1:
Detach one PEEP. You will also need a lollipop stick and small clear favor bag.



Step 2
Place PEEP on lollipop stick.

Step 3
Place PEEP in small clear favor bag.
Step 4
Add ribbon.




Step 5
And repeat until you have done a few. Add all of them to a cute Easter themed pail with basket filler as  the support.






Enjoy these DIY PEEP pops while they last!