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awonton gooeyI have three words that are gonna rock your world.

Won Ton S’mores.

That’s right, Won Ton S’mores.

If you’ve never had them, run to the store and get the simple ingredients as fast as humanly possible to rectify the situation!

Are you heading to or hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend? If so, you’ll be the MVP if you make a batch of these decadent little devils.

The wonderful folks at Nasoya recently gave me the opportunity to test out their Asian Style Wraps. Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was “how can I make dessert with these?”

Below, you’ll find the Won Ton S’mores recipe along with a few other tasty treats using Nasoya’s Won Ton and Egg Roll Wraps.

awonton ingredients

Ingredients

 

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it's almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it’s almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

 

Moisten the edges and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Moisten the edges (use water or egg whites) and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

Yum! You dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

Yum! You can dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

 Won Ton S’mores

1 package of Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 bag of miniature marshallows

1 bag of miniature chocolate bars

Place one chocolate bar in the center of a wrap then add three marshmallows. Using water or egg white, moisten the edges of the wrap. Fold the corners of the wrap up into the center  and press edges to seal.

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a heavy skillet and warm over medium-heat. When oil is hot, add S’more and fry on each side for just a few seconds, until lightly browned. Remove and drain grease on paper towel, then savor the crispy outside and deliciously gooey inside!

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Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

These are incredibly easy and unbelievably tasty. They’ll score a touchdown with all your football fans!

Four ingredients - that's it!

Four ingredients – that’s it!

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Sausage Cups

1 package Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 pound sausage

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry sausage and drain grease.

Mix sausage with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Set aside.

Line a mini-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps by gently folding a wrap into each muffin cup. Spoon sausage mixture into each wrap and bake for about eight minutes, until edges of the wrap are brown.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

burger roll plated 2If you enjoy a good bacon cheeseburger, give these easy wraps a try. Full of great flavors, you won’t fumble by serving these to your hungry guests!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and  cheese.

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and cheese.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You'll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You’ll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle, then fold in the two ends, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle,  fold in the two side corners, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.)

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

burger roll platedServe with ketchup or barbecue sauce… and don’t forget the pickles!

Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

1 package of Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps

1 pound of hamburger

1 cup of bacon bits

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Season hamburger with your favorite seasonings and brown. Drain. Mix with bacon bits and cheese. Spoon about two tablespoons of meat mixture onto the center of an egg roll wrap in a rectangle. Fold the end of the wrap nearest you into the center. Fold in the two side edges, then roll the wrap, sealing the edges by moistening with water or egg whites (I used water, and it worked fine).

You can either bake or fry these.

If baking, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for about eight minutes or until edges start to brown.

If frying, heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry one side, then the other (takes about a minute total).

Serve with a side of ketchup or barbecue sauce for dipping.

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Fruit Ravioli

a fruit ravioli pile2 It’s a guaranteed score with these little fruit pies!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them up once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them inward once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don't get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don’t get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

 

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Fruit Ravioli

1 package of Won Ton Wraps

1 can of fruit pie filling

powdered sugar

*Note – You can use any flavor of canned pie filling.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of pie filling into the center of a Won Ton wrap. Top with a second wrap. Moisten the edges of the wraps and fold them inward. Moisten the new “edge” and fold it inward a second time. Using a fork, crimp the edges to make sure they are sealed.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each side for about 30 seconds, or until brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Enjoy the Super Bowl and party safely!

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Recently, I hosted the wonderful girls from my Book Club for lunch. Wanting to make the gathering fun, I decided to go with  “Wish It Was Spring” theme and incorporated that in the food and decorations.

I’ll be sharing posts all this week about our spring-y celebration.

For today, though, I thought it would be fun to share this old song. It sure makes me smile.

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As summer starts to wind down and gardens are bursting with fresh goodness just waiting to be harvested, why not host a bright and cheerful Sunflower Theme Party?

Here are some super fun ideas I found on Pinterest

sunflower party table 1A beautiful table from Stylelinx. Absolutely adore the lanterns on the moss with flowers.

sunflower party table 2Sunflowers in Mason Jars by Charlotte Geary Photography

sunflowers table 3Love, love, love sunflowers in a blue Mason jar – from Style Me Pretty.

sunflower party foodI want someone to come do this for my next gathering. Please? Love all these ideas! (Hostess with the Mostess)

sunflower party cheeseCheese and Grape Olives (Hostess with the Mostess)

sunflower party cupcakesLove the name tags in the cupcakes (Hostess with the Mostess)

sunflower party oreos

Sunflower Oreos from Catch My Party

sunflower party cake popCake Pops (Hostess with the Mostess)

She Who Needs to Plan a Party

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If you’re as ready for spring as I am, here are a few fun party ideas to bring it on!

Colorful macaroons

Fabulous colors for a spring party from Punchbowl!

 

cupcake flowers

Cupcake Flowers from Sheek Shindigs. Love, love, love these!

 

tea sandwiches, scones 067Tea Sandwiches from Home Cooking in Montana. These are so fun!

 

nest with flowers

Three of my favorite symbols of spring: a nest, tulips and daffodils – from Martha Stewart.

pink tablescape

From The Party Dress, this amazing tablescape. I want to eat lunch there today, please.

She Who is Ready for Spring

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If you’ve been putting off entertaining because you just don’t have any fun party ideas, why not choose a spring color for your inspiration?

Yellow screams spring time, daffodils and sunny days.

You can easily pull together a Mellow Yellow party theme.

Start with yellow card stock for your invitations or choose online invitations with some bright yellow accent like a smiley sun, bright tulips or lemons.

Decorations are simple – pile lemons into clear glass bowls, add a couple of yellow throw pillows to your decor. Fill a vase or two with yellow flowers and use a yellow tablecloth for your table.

Food choices can include anything yellow like pineapple, bananas, lemon (insert your favorite sweet like cake, cookies, tarts, pudding, pie), cheese, crackers, etc. Drinks can include lemonade and, if you want to really carry out your party theme, bottles of Mello Yello.

Of course, the hostess can also be attired in something yellow (unless the hostess is me in which case the hostess would look terribly ill).

Sorry, I digress.

I loved this dress. It just said Savvy Hostess while the shoes screamed  “We’re so cute! You should buy us.” Really, they did.

Have fun with your party theme and remember the most important thing is relaxing and having fun with your guests.

She Who Wants A New Hostess Outfit

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Well, I’m not quite sure how it happened but apparently I have lost track of time and now find myself scrambling for ideas as Mother’s Day approaches.

I’m hoping no one else is like me and running behind, but if you are, today I’m going to share a past post about Mother’s Day Entertaining.

If you volunteered to host the celebration a while back and are just now remembering that it is this coming Sunday, good luck! Hopefully you’ll find some useful tips here.

Mother’s Day Entertaining

Mom

If you are hosting a Mother’s Day get together, think about what you can do to make all the mothers feel extra special in your home.  By implementing a few simple ideas, you will ensure they know how much they are loved and appreciated.

Have a door greeter (one of your children would be great at the job) who hands every Mom a single stem flower as they walk in the door. These can be flowers from the florist or fresh cut from your garden. Have the flowers in a basket with individual water tubes on each stem to keep them fresh. Water tubes are available in craft stores or from a florist.

If you are serving a sit-down meal, have something special for each Mom at her place setting. It can be something as simple as a tiny box with one decadent truffle or a piece of her favorite candy. You could have an individual flower or votive floating in a small bowl. Even a poem hand-written or photocopied on nice card stock would be appreciated.

To truly touch her heart, spend a few minutes writing down the reasons you appreciate her. Put it on nice cardstock or in an inexpensive frame. This will definitely be a keepsake and probably much more appreciated than other gifts you could buy.

And don’t forget those who may not be mothers, but have a mother’s-heart. If you have a special aunt, sister, cousin or friend who goes out of her way to make you or your little ones feel special, make sure you show your appreciation to them as well.

Think with your heart and I know you’ll be able to give your Mom a special memory she’ll always treasure.

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So, you’ve got a houseful of guests arriving and are starting to go into panic mode because you want everything to be beautiful and wonderful and perfect!

Take a deep breath and relax! Remember, the most important thing about upcoming gatherings is building relationships not worrying about dust bunnies.

There are some simple things you can do now to help ease your stress load later this week.

If you will be serving your meal buffet style, here is an easy step-by-step guide to setting up a buffet table. And you can set it up now! No need to wait until the last-minute.

Start with a blank table. Get it positioned where you’d like to have your buffet. If you want the buffet to run down both sides of a table, make sure there is plenty of room for guests to get completely around it. I like to push my table against the wall because it gives me the opportunity to be a bit more creative with how I design the buffet.

Drape your table with a neutral cloth. You can use white or cream, but I like black best. It makes the colors on the table pop and come to life. It also hides spills and stains so your guests won’t worry because they can’t see it!  I use sheets a lot because they are inexpensive, easy care and come in a variety of sizes. Please ignore the fact I did not iron the wrinkles out of this sheet before putting on the table! Promise you will not tell my mother! Please!

Next, you want to add height to your table. Focus the tallest point off-center. I like to put it off to one side and create a bit of a “waterfall” effect. By that, I mean that your height is at the back and on one side and the height decreases as you come toward the other side and to the front. You want the highest point to be where  you will place your centerpiece. Think about what serving pieces you want to use and place height accordingly. For example, you wouldn’t place a huge platter on a small box. If you don’t have sturdy boxes, you can use stacks of books or even cooking pots turned upside down. As you can see, I’ve even used a little storage crate.

You are going to cover up your height elements (boxes) with another cloth that matches your base cloth. Hello beautiful black drape! Don’t worry about making it perfectly smooth. It won’t be. Embrace the lumps and wrinkles and give them a bit of a  fluff to look artistic.

Here is where your colors are going to start to pop. Choose a third cloth that goes with your theme, scheme or matches your serving pieces. The table I’m doing today is heavy on red with some cream accents, so I went with a traditional holiday plaid. You want to drape this casually over the table.

And the next thing you know, you’ve got a beautiful buffet ready to greet your guests. Go ahead and position all your serving pieces, tweak them to just how you like them and leave them there until you are ready to fill them with food. If there is a possibility you will forget what food goes in which serving dish, label them with sticky notes. You can get this table set up now and save yourself oodles of time the day your company is arriving. Just drape the entire table with another sheet to keep any dust (or kiddie fingers) from landing on the dishes.

Wasn’t that easy?

Now, go out there and create your own beautiful holiday buffet table!

Happy Holiday Entertaining!

Shanna

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