Running 13, 13.1's in 2013 and the thoughts along the way!

Home Sweet Home

on March 3, 2013

IMG_0271My husband is still in bed at 6pm, we have an empty keg on the back porch, and the house is clean…I would say it was a great house warming party!  We had a fun time opening our new house to our family and friends. Drinks were flowing and the food came out great. After a week of prepping I am really happy with how everything turned out and as promised here is what was on the menu:


Main Snacks:

Sandwich Platters from Roche Brothers

This was great to have the sandwiches pre-made, while I like making every thing from scratch, buying these ahead of time was great. Tasty finger sandwiches and reasonably priced. Roche Brothers is a local supermarket in the Boston Area, and while the name may gross you out, its a great store and I will definitely use their catering again.

Mozzie Tomato Skewers

Easy snack! Threaded small mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and a basil leaf on a toothpick and serve! I used marinated mozzarella from Costco which added to the flavor, they were sooo good!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Franks Red Hot dip recipe is a party must, I pretty much make it for every gathering and its an easy make ahead app.

Sun Dried Tomato spirals

This was another pinterest idea that I found several places and ended eye balling the amounts of ingredients.

Take one roll of puff pastry and roll it out on a cookie sheet

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese on the puff pastry, followed by 1 cup shredded basil, and 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes.

Roll up puff pastry and bake at 350 until golden brown (20-25 minutes)

Let cool, and slice into half inch slices and serve

Bacon Scallion Pesto Flat Bread

I make this for dinner often and thought it would be an easy snack to serve, it was a hit!

Check it out over at the food network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli/flatbread-with-bacon-and-scallion-pesto-recipe/index.html

Tex Mex Snack Mix

Thanks to Shugary Sweets, a nice twist on your basic chex mix.

Macaroni Salad



Reeses Peanut Buter Cookie Dough Dip


I can’t take any credit for this, but you need to try this recipe. Head over to Shugary Sweets, for tons of great ideas. (http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/01/reeses-peanut-butter-cookie-dough-dip) It was a hit, everyone loves eating the leftover cookie dough after a batch of cookies. Well this recipes cuts out the cookie part and just lets you eat the dough and not feel guilty about eating raw egg!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 8oz pkg Reese’s peanut butter cup Minis (or about 1 1/2 cup chopped Reeses cups)


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar and butter. Whisk until completely combined and butter is melted. Bring to a boil, remove from heat. Whisk in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar until creamy (about 3-4 minutes. On low, add in brown sugar mixture (that has cooled to near room temp). Mix until combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips and mini Reese’s cups. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy with pretzels, animal cracker and graham sticks.

Chocolate House Keys

I found a key mold on Amazon.com and bought different color melting chocolates to have “House Keys” as a tasty treat!


S’more Pops

This may be my new favorite “easy” dessert. Simply put marshmallows on skewers of lollipop sticks, dip them in melted semi sweet chocolate chips, and roll in graham crackers, and serve. So easy and GOOD!

Magic Bars

Chocolate, Coconut, Graham Crackers, YUM!


“Pirate” Punch

This punch is inspired by our favorite punch served in Key West, so while it is a copy cat of the genuine punch in florida, it does the trick!

1 container orange juice

1 can (big size) pineapple juice

1/4 cup grenadine

1/4 cup simple syrup

Juice of 2-3 limes

We mix ours in a large gatorade container, and add a bag of ice. Mix all together and enjoy!

Kamakzie Shots

Red Velvet Cake Shots

These were a desert in a glass and probably could lead to major trouble if you indulge in too many!

1 oz Creme de Cacao

1 oz Whipped Pinnacle vodka

splash of grenadine

Combine in a shaker and drink!

And of course…BEER!

While I want to keep this post a reasonable length, I won’t share all the recipes, but if you are interested in any of them, just let me know. I must say most of my menu was inspired by Pinterest. If you haven’t gotten on the pinterest bandwagon, check it out. There are so many fun ideas out there, from outfit ideas to recipes. I am hooked! Now back to the grind and another week begins. Ocean’s Half Marathon next weekend, which means back on track with healthy living, but every once in a while a good night of drinking and partying is needed!

Run On-


One response to “Home Sweet Home

  1. Nancy says:

    It was a great time, Shannon and the homemade treats really made it yours. I am so glad we were there!

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