Adult Halloween Cocktails

Adult Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is a time for kids, costumes, candies, and fun.  But who says it’s just for kids?  Halloween is loved by the big kids too!  Adults love to dress up and act silly too!  And we certainly enjoy the treats too!  My favorites are those bite sized chocolate bars, specially Snickers!  But if that spooky caldron  of Halloween Hawaiian Punch doesn’t quite do it for you, or you’re looking for something a bit boozy here are some fun Halloween Cocktails for you!

So get out your shakers and blenders and break out the booze to mix up some of these fiendishly yummy Halloween Cocktails!  They’ll be a spooktacular addition to your Adult Halloween Party.  Or you can whip some up and snuggle up with your partner once the kids are tucked in after a long night of trick or treating!  However you decide to imbibe please do so responsibly and don’t drink and drive!

halloween cocktailsThe Flavor Bender’s Witches Heart Halloween Cocktail looks ghoulishly lovely![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

halloween cocktailsWalking Dead fans will swoon over this Walker Blood Sangria from Cravings of a Lunatic. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]




halloween cocktailsThe Black Beard Cocktail from Honestly Yum will surely chill your bones.  It looks pretty terrifying but don’t be daunted!  It’s a sweet cocktail made with spiced rum and chocolate stout. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

halloween cocktailsWhip up Tammilee’s (from Tammilee’s Tips) Candy Corn Cocktail.  It uses whipped cream vodka, yum![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


halloween cocktailsSmarty Had a Party mixes up this creamy concoction called Liquified Ghost. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

halloween cocktailsThis Witch’s Brew by Self Proclaimed Foodie is bewitchingly simple and tasty. [spacer

height=”20px” id=”2″] halloween cocktailsThe Tipsy Bartender’s Soul Reaper Cocktail is scary delish and packs quite a punch! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

halloween cocktailsFor Rent’s Green Potion Halloween Cocktail is simple to mix.




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Kroger Cake Review

Kroger Cake Review

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Cake is one of the most important thing when you are having a party or during a holyday. This is why you need to pick the right cake to light up the party. There are a lot of things you should take into consideration from selecting the cake to receiving it at your front door or picking it up from the store. Also, take into consideration the design, the ingredients, and of course, your budget.

In this article we are going to review Kroger in order to find out more about their products and the designs. If you want to learn more about how to order a cake from Kroger and about their prices, you can visit them in person or search for the fees online. Kroger cakes prices are going to help you decide if this store is the best one to order the cake your want.

A Cake for Every Occasion

Kroger offer cakes for every occasion. At this bakery you can find cakes for birthdays, a baby shower, graduation, and even a wedding. For every occasion they have different licensed cakes. They have a vast selection of models and designs to choose from.

Birthday cakes
When it comes to birthday cakes, this is the area where Kroger excels. They have a lot of models for kids and for adults. Also, they have licensed designs for boys and girls. Some of their designs include Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Frozen, and Spiderman. All of these are very interesting and your kid is going to love the bright colors and his or her favorite character on the cake.

They also have simple designs which are great for a birthday cake. You can select a simple white or chocolate cake with a few sugary flowers as decoration. These are suited for anybody and they can even be a great birthday gift. One of the best thing about these cakes is the price. They price range between $24 and $47.

Baby Shower cakes
As we mentioned, Kroger has different cakes for every occasion. What better occasion to have a cake then a baby shower. They have licensed special designs for this event. Some of their most known designs include Baby Special Delivery Stork and Baby Block. The price of these are almost the same as the ones for birthday cakes.

Wedding cakes
If you want to have the perfect wedding but you are on a tight budget, you should pick out a cake from Kroger. They have 2 options: a 2-tier or a 3-tier cake. The designs are going to amaze you. These cakes look exactly like the ones you find at a renowned bakery and they also taste amazing. Also, this way you save some bucks on your wedding cake.

Build-a-Cake Service

One of the best things about Kroger cakes is that you can actually build your own cake just the way you like it. It is a great thing for people who want something special or simply when they don’t find the exact design they were searching for. Also, the best thing is that you can select everything from the cake type to the frosting and the decorations.

This option is great for those who want to celebrate a different event than a wedding or a birthday. With build-a-cake option, they are allowed to make the cake just the way they want. You can customize the cake by selecting the type of cake (sheet or round) and then choosing the icing, flavors, and the decorations. Get creative when purchasing a personalized cake.

Getting the Cake

After you selected and ordered the cake the only thing you can do is wait until the cake is ready. One thing you should consider is to pick up the cake a day before the part or at least a few hours before to make sure that the cake is ok. Kroger cake also offers a delivery option but not all Kroger stores have this option.

Unfortunately, cakes need to be picked up from most Kroger stores. It is important to order the cake about 72 hours before the party to make sure that the bakers have time to make it. Also, if the party is during a holiday you will need to plan ahead.

All in all, Kroger cakes have a great quality-price report. Since the price of the cakes are a lot smaller than the ones you will find at a renowned bakery, you should also expect the cakes to have a good design not an amazing one. Kroger makes it simple for you to order the perfect cake from their licensed designs or to build your own model. Just choose the one you like and enjoy it.

Star Wars Party for All Ages

Star Wars Party for All Ages

star wars partyThanks to the recent release of the latest Star Wars movie, Solo, Star Wars Themed parties are popular again.  I have to admit if we had to host a grandkid’s party this summer I’d probably persuade him to pick Star Wars as a party theme.

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Star Wars parties are not exactly limited to kid’s parties, many adults love theme too.  In fact I’ve even heard of a Star Wars themed wedding.  Now that might be going a bit too far for me, but hey a grand entrance thru a tunnel of light sabers would probably be pretty cool!

Having said that here are some fun ideas for a Star Wars Party!  Hope it inspires you to throw one too!

star wars partyInvitations

I absolutely love these light saber invitations by JKW Designs.  You don’t have to be super talented to make them, JKW Designs has a free printable and will walk thru the instructions!

The kids will love them and so will adults!

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star wars partyReception Table

I found this sign on Pinterest.  It’s basically letters pasted on to a project board, you know the one you used for your child’s science project.  Really easy to do with stick on letters and stars.  You can customize it with your child’s age and name!  I’d use at least 1″ letters and 3″ stars in gold or the color of your choice.

star wars partyDecorations

Party decor is only limited by your imagination.  Think of the possibilities!  Lots of characters to choose from to make centerpiece cutouts or standing cutouts for your dessert table.  You can DIY or order from Etsy.

star wars party

star wars party
star wars party I I Just love all the things you can do with paper lanterns!  You can add Yoda ears, turn a couple into BB8, Tie Fighters and more!

star wars party

Photo Booth

I love Photo Booths and so do guests of all ages!  Doesn’t take much to add a Photo Booth to your Star Wars Party.  You can tape a black plastic table cloth to a wall and use it for your background.  Stick on a few stars, you have some leftover from the reception table sign don’t you?

Add a few Star Wars related props and voilá you got a photo booth!

Order photo booth props here!



star wars party

F & B

No party is complete without food and drinks.  Here are some fun recipes and ideas for Star Wars themed food!

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star wars partyFavors

Can’t send guests home without a party favor.  I love these bubble wands, they’re very budget friendly, everyone loves bubbles, and they easily become lighsabers!  Just add a favor tag that says thanks for coming to the party and you’re done!

 Need Star Wars themed invitations and decor?  Click here to order your custom invitations and centerpiece cutouts!





Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

star wars inspired cocktailsBy now many of us have already seen the newest Disney Star Wars movie.  You know Solo: A Star Wars Story.  And we’ve been bombarded with Solo merchandise from Solo Movie cups at Denny’s to action figures at the toy stores.  As expected the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has renewed the movie’s popularity.  We’re watching Star Wars movie marathons and hosting Star Wars themed parties.  Last week I posted a list of Star Wars inspired recipes, so it’s only fair that I post a list of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks.  Believe there is no shortage of these drink ideas!

I’ve decided to divide my roundup of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks into non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  But if one of the alcoholic cocktails catch your fancy but you want to serve it at a kid’s birthday party, just make it a virgin.  You know leave out the booze!  Or you can spike the kiddie version and serve it at an adult party.  However the force inspires you I’m sure your Star Wars inspired cocktails will make you the host or hostess with the mostest this summer!

Whip some up for your kid’s Star Wars birthday party and you’ll rock!  You’re sure to be the parent of the year, or maybe the summer anyway.

star wars inspired cocktails

Han Solo Churro Cocoa

Since the movie is all about Solo I’ll start with My Crafy Life’s Han Solo Churro Cocoa.

I know it’s a bit hot for cocoa, but the kids will love if for breakfast anyway.  Serve it the morning after a summer sleepover.

Click here for recipe!


star wars inspired cocktailsBB-8 Punch

Whip up this BB-8 Punch by The Joy of Boys.  It’s a refreshing party of any Star Wars themed event.

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star wars inspired cocktailsYoda Float

Now here’s cool Star Wars drink from Sugar and Soul.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFrosty Bantha Milk

Oooh blue milk!  Awesome!  This is perfect for your next Star Wars movie marathon!

Get the recipe from Baking Mischief![spacer height=”-20px”]






star wars inspired cocktailsRebel Alliance Chocolate Covered Strawberry Float

Wow!  The name’s a mouthful, but it paints a yummy picture!

Here’s the recipe from Nerdy Mama!




star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Party Drink


Now this looks yummy in a sinister sort of way.  The kids and adults will love Midget Momma’s  recipe!

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Now let’s move on to the fun party drinks, alcoholic cocktails!

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Cocktail

Here’s the adult version of the Kylo Ren drink.

Get the recipe from Redhead Baby Mama![spacer height=”-20px”]







star wars inspired cocktailsFloating Yoda Cocktail

Kahlua, milk, and mint ice cream, what’s not to love?

After a couple of these you’ll be floating with Yoda!

Here’s the recipe from Homemade Hooplah! 

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star wars inspired cocktailsChewbacca Cocktail

This spice whiskey based cocktail by Midget Momma is sure to grow hair on your chest just like its namesake Chewbacca the very hairy Wookie!


Click here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]






star wars inspired cocktails

The Dark Side Martini

It’s actually a Black Widow Martini by Eclectic Recipes, but it works if you’re planning on setting up a Star Wars Cantina!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Darth Maultini

Check out this martini by The More You Nerd Podcast!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Han Solo

This list wouldn’t be complete without a drink named for the hero of the lastest Star Wars movie.

Coffee liquer, Irish Cream, and Vodka, this drink packs a punch!

Click here for recipe!




star wars inspired cocktailsJyn & Juice

Here’s a Rogue One Cocktail with pineapple and orange juices.  Yummy!

Get the recipe from Whiskey and Sunshine!


Planning a Star Wars themed event?  Let Savvy Nana Crafts design the perfect party stationary and decor for your event!












Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!



star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

Here’s the recipe from Mom Endeavors![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]









star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]




star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]






Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

Click here for recipe and directions![spacer height=”-20px”]






star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.


star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

This would make an awesome centerpiece for your dessert table![spacer height=”-20px”]





star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!



star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!


Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas & Recipes

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas & Recipes

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas

Memorial Day rings in the first days of summer which means it’s time to fire up the grill!  Many folks like to take advantage of the summer months to bring entertaining outdoors.  I’m fortunate enough to live in Hawaii where it’s always summer so we do most of our entertaining outdoors year round.

Barbecues can be as simple as throwing burgers and dogs on the grill or as elaborate as grilling ethnic specialties.  You can grill just about anything, meats, seafood, and veggies.  If you’re looking to ramp the your barbecues and are looking for something other than burgers and dogs here are some ideas for your next barbecue.  Click on the photos for recipes!

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Real Simple

Before you toss that first steak on the grill you may want to brush up on your grilling skills.  Here’s some grilling tips from Real Simple, it covers everything from grilling burgers to veggies.







Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Proud Italian Cook

Chicken is one of my favorite things to grill, here’s a yummy recipe from the Proud Italian Cook.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Cooking with Sugar

This yummy looking chicken dish is grilled upright on beer cans.  A novel way of grilling a whole chicken by Cooking with Sugar.

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Savvy Nana

Somehow grilled meats, seafood, and veggies always seem tastier when skewered on sticks.
Here’s one of our favorite Greek dishes, Chicken Souvlaki.  This recipe tastes just like the ones we have at a Greek Taverna whenever we’re in Greece.  The chicken is tender, moist, and tasty.  The secret’s in the marinade!

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas

Here’s my easy recipe for Beef Kabobs.  You can whip it up in minutes.

Makes 12 Skewers

3 lbs. Filet Mignon or Sirloin – cut into 1′ cubes
1 container mushrooms – washed and dried
1 Green Pepper – cut in large pieces
1 large onion – cut in chunks
1/2 cup. Olive oil
1 tsp. Rosemary
2 tsp. minced garlic
Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Alternate meat cubes with the veggies on metal or bamboo skewers.
Baste with oil mixture as you grill.  Cook to desired doneness.  Serve immediately.

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Menu Musings 

This Korean BBQ Shish Kabobs from Menu Musings is one of my favorites.  Served with white rice it’s delicious!

I’ve also made this into mini tacos, they taste just like my favorite Korean Beef Tacos from the food truck in LA!

To make into tacos marinate the whole flank steak and grill without cutting.  Cut into small pieces after it’s cooked, place in fresh small corn tortilla and garnish with shredded raw cabbage.  Yum!

For more tender meat I use boneless beef shortribs.  Click here for my kalbi kebobs!



Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen

Or skip the sticks and grill bone-in beef shortribs.  Here’s a recipe from Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Bitz N Giggles

If chops are more your thing try this Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops from Bitz N Giggles.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Cool Cat Hot Food

Moo Ping, grilled pork, is a popular Thai street food.  Here’s a recipe from Cool Cat Hot Food.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Spiced Blog

If pork tenderloin is more your thing try out this Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Pork Loin from Spiced Blog.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
In Sock Monkey Slippers

Expecting company?  Impress them with this Grilled Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb from In Sock Monkey Slippers.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Rock Recipes

These Garlic Balsamic Lamb Chops from Rock Recipes look tender and tasty.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Jo Cooks

I don’t eat lamb, I don’t even like to prepare it, but my family all love lamb.  This Lamb Souvlaki recipe from Jo Cooks may have changed my mind.  It’s marinated in Greek spices then grilled, taking away some of the gaminess I smell when preparing.  It looks just like the ones my family eats in Greece!




Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Lobster Lovers Blog

I may not like lamb, but I sure do love lobsters!  This simple recipe for grilled lobster from Lobster Lovers Blog is one of my favorites!









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Savvy Nana’s Parties

Another on of my favorites is grilled shrimp.  This super easy pShrimp Kebob goes great with my Beef Kebobs for a Surf n’ Turf dinner.  Here’s the recipe!

Makes 6 Kebobs

1/2 lbs. jumbo shrimp – shelled and deveined, leave tail on
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

Marinate shrimp in dressing overnight.
Put marinated shrimp on skewers.
Grill until they turn pink.  Do not over cook, shrimp will shrivel up and get hard.
Serve immediate.  Totally yummy!



Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Simply Recipes

For lighter fare try this Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter from Simply Recipes.







Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Stay at Home Chef

Here’s an interesting way to eat watermelon from Stay at Home Chef.  Cilantro – Lime Grilled Watermelon.  Looks fabulous!









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Kalyn’s Kitchen

Try this grilled Halloumi Cheese Skewers from Kalyn’s Kitchen as a side dish or main course.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Found on Pinterest

If you’re grilling steaks then mushrooms are a must.  These Mushroom Skewers by Dinners and Dreams would be perfect!










Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Kraft Recipes

Don’t think you can only grill meats and Kabobs, you can grill whole meals.  These foil wrapped shrimp and rice dinners from Kraft Recipes are not only yummy they make clean up a breeze.






Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Life Made Delicious

Take a page from a camper’s recipe book and grill meals wrapped in foil.  Try this Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Pack from Life Made Delicious.





Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Savvy Nana’s Corner

Sometimes even the best steaks need a little sauce. Try
my Balsamic Vinegar & Mushroom Steak Sauce, it is delish!

Balsamic Vinegar & Mushroom Steak Sauce
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Balsamic Vinegar & Mushroom Steak Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions until they start to turn translucent.
  3. Add garlic, saute until they start to brown.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms; cook until the edges start to turn brown and mushrooms soften.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar and 3/4 of the can of beef broth; reserve the rest for later.
  6. Lower heat and simmer mushrooms until the liquid is reduced by a quarter or more. About 15 minutes. Stir constantly scrapping the bottom of the pan so keep sauce from burning.
  7. Dissolve corn starch in the remaining beef broth and slowly stir in to the mushroom mixture. It should thicken slightly.
  8. Remove from heat, pour into bowl or gravy boat. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Savory Sweet Life

Don’t forget dessert, yes you can grill dessert too!
Try this grilled pound cake with cherry compote from Savory Sweet Life.









Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
The Serious Eats

Go ahead grill your favorite donut!  Easy and delish!







Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas
Eclectic Recipes

Grilled Blueberry Lemon Pie from Electic Recipes, sure looks like summer to me!

Share some of your favorite grilling recipes with me!  I love to try new things!