Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Before we discuss the Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade, let’s acknowledge that now that the Super Bowl is no longer lingering over our heads, we can shift our attention to more important matters….awards season! My husband and I have a trade off. He can monopolize the television for the big game, and I can toss him out while I take over the big screen and host a Girls Night In Oscar Party.

The Oscars is the perfect opportunity to round up your girlfriends, pull out the glitz and glamor, serve some delicious snacks while sitting back, sipping champagne and chatting about the fashion.

If you’re a fan of sparkles then setting the table for your Girls Night In Oscar Party will be a lot of fun. This is the night to pull out the gold glitter! Going for a rustic glam vibe, I hung black and gold glitter stars from tree branches placed in a decorative vase and used as our centerpiece. The dangling stars lend way to the star studded night.

Oscar Party Girls Night In Decor

Simply draping your dining room table with a black tablecloth instantly increases the classiness of your event and allows your gold confetti to really pop.

Those award envelope napkins you spotted on Pinterest? Now is the time to use them as place cards for your guests of honor. Incredibly easy to make and creates a personal touch….and directs everyone where to sit.

Oscar Party Girls Night In Decor

No men in attendance means Mr. Champagne is the man of the hour. Dress him in his Oscar Night best by hand making a striped satin bow tie. Attach a gold striped straw for easy sipping.

Oscar Party Champagne Bowtie DIY

Now that your table is set, move on to your menu. Appetizer style food is the way to go here, but that doesn’t mean you can toss chips and dip onto the table.

You need at least one option that will be your signature awards night dish. These Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade will win you the award for most memorable hostess.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring  Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

It’s as if anything and everything southern got married and had a baby on a King’s Hawaiian Roll.  We all know that a delicious slider/mini burger starts with the bun and there is no denying the sweet, fluffy, irresistibleness of a King’s Hawaiian roll. It sets the stage for the insanity that is about to occur with our mini burgers.

Begin by cutting in half your desired amount of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and bake in the oven directly on the rack for about 5 minutes, just long enough to get a little bit of a toasted exterior.

Once the buns are toasty, you’ll need to get your assembly line ready. I had the husband work on the mini burgers, shaped to the size of our King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Set those aside.

Saute your thawed, peeled, deveined shrimp in just butter and Creole seasoning and set those aside, too.

Whip together your homemade remoulade sauce.

Easy Homemade Shrimp Remoulade Sauce
 
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Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to use.

Now, let’s get your fried green tomoatoes ready.

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into ⅓-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Combine egg and buttermilk; set aside.
  2. Combine half of the all-purpose flour (1/4 cup), cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ½ teaspoon of cajun seasoning and pour into a shallow pan.
  3. Dredge the tomato slices in the remaining ¼ cup flour and then dip into the egg mixture and then into the cornmeal mixture.
  4. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of ¼ to ½ inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and additional pepper if desired.

I don’t even like tomatoes but there’s something about a fried green tomato on a burger that entices me. And, there’s the movie reference so if you’re one of those that likes to connect a food with a movie, then you could call these the Fried Green Tomato Burgers.

Are you ready to layer?!?

Start with the burger.

Then add your tomato.

Top it with a sauteed shrimp.

Now drizzle your homemade remoulade.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring  Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Top of the roll goes back on and you’re going to want to secure it with a skewer or toothpick to keep that little guy together.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Warning: do not attempt putting these together on an empty stomach. If you do and not all of the mini burgers make it to the party, you will have yourself to blame.

You’re going to need at least 2 per person so keep that in mind when preparing.

Did you know that simply placing your sweet potato fries in a glass juice glass or shot glass container will instantly glamorize your fries?

Oscar Party Girls Night In

It’s an easy and elegant way of serving an otherwise awkward food to serve.

And last but not least, remind your girls how golden their friendship is by sending them home with their very own star cookie wand. Created by simply attaching a lollipop stick to the base of a sugar cookie, icing, sprinkling edible gold glitter and finishing off with a bow. Cookie wands might be my new favorite thing!

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Need more ideas for hosting an Oscar Party bash worthy of rave reviews? Head over to King’s Hawaiian Starring Roll website where you’ll find more party planning inspiration, delicious recipes AND a chance to win $10,000!

Do you know what kind of party you can throw with $10,000?! Please be sure to invite me if you win.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine.

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving for the big game. My husband loves football. All teams of football. All types of football. Football, football, football. Me? I love to entertain. It’s a marriage made in Super Bowl heaven when the two of us combine forces.

My favorite part of the Super Bowl, besides the commercials, is hands down the FOOD. From savory snacks to delicious desserts, you  will find a little bit of everything at our home and the Super Bowl is the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family around the table to cheer on your chosen team. Or someone else’s team, in our case this year.

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

As much as I love baking and creating treats that look like footballs, when it comes to feeding the men in your life you’re going to want something a little more substantial. This Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe is a game day crowd pleaser. Paired with the delicious and hearty Cobblestone Bread Co. Kaiser rolls, don’t be surprised if you catch the guys piling their sandwiches mile high.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork

I like to keep things a little girly and when I spotted the “real women watch football” napkins, I tossed them into my buggy as a reminder that football can be enjoyable for women.

Super Bowl Napkins for Ladies

The beauty of the recipe is that it’s all done in the slow cooker. You can just fix it and forget it while you prepare the rest of your menu and comes in super handy when you’re pressed for time.

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe:
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt), twine or netting removed
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar)
Instructions
  1. Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker with the chicken stock poured on top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients: sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin and cinnamon. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and rub the spice mixture over the pork, patting to keep it in place. Add the meat to the slow cooker on top of the onions.
  3. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low.
  4. Once the pork has finished cooking, remove to a cutting board to shred. If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it.
  5. Remove the liquid from the slow cooker, reserving ½ cup.
  6. Add the shredded meat back to the slow cooker with the ½ cup of liquid. You can either add your bbq sauce now, or allow guests to control the barbecue sauce proportions and choose their own flavors by providing a variety of sauces.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

My husband picks on me because we live in a state known for their New Orleans style po boys but the traditional french bread they use is not my favorite. It’s crispy throughout and I prefer a softer bread. If we’re at an unfamiliar restaurant, I will literally ask the server what type of bread the sandwich comes on. If it’s a soft bread, I order it, if it’s the hard stuff I ditch the sandwich.

The Cobblestone Bread Co. Corn Dusted Kaiser Roll is my favorite for sandwiches because it is the perfect combination of firm on the outside and soft on the inside. Corn dusted, it’s fluffy and substantial, too. Just look at the size of that thing!

And if you’ve got someone at your party that just can’t get enough of your Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork then stack their sandwich double decker style.

Double Decker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

A Go Team toothpick flag keeps it game day appropriate and helps to keep your sandwich in place.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Super Bowl party heaven right there. Go Team, Go!

Do you have a go to sandwich you like to serve for the Super Bowl?

Need more sandwich inspiration? Check out Kitchen Daily’s top Super Bowl Sandwich selections here: 10 Ultimate Sandwich Recipes

Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co. via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone
Bread Co. or AOL.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Station

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Station

Todays post is brought to you by Keurig® 2.0 on behalf of Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. While compensated, all opinions are completely my own. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias

You guys, we are five days away from Christmas. FIVE! With that being said, there is still time to easily pull together an oh so cozy, holiday hot cocoa & coffee station. You know what else there’s also time for? Time for you to add the Keurig® 2.0 to your Santa list.

Holiday Hot Cocoa Station

And I hear what you’re saying….Buuuuuut I already have a Keurig or I don’t need to invest in yet anooooother Keurig. Or worse, I don’t have a Keurig because I don’t believe it’s all that wonderful.

Here’s my story.

I recently told my husband I wanted to upgrade my Keurig I’ve had for nearly 2 years to the new and improved Keurig 2.0 for the holidays. Do you know what he said to me? “You have a Keurig. You don’t need another Keurig”. I tried, tried, tried to explain to him that while I love my Keurig dearly, each and every time I have multiple people over and the topic of after dinner coffee arises, I cringe. You know why I cringe? Because as wonderful as my current single cup Keurig is for myself, it creates a waiting line when more than 2 people would like some coffee. So my dilemma was to either invest in an inexpensive coffee pot to have on standby for those occasions or to convince him to allow me to upgrade my Keurig.

That was, until, the  Keurig Gods heard my pleas and came to my rescue.

Or, Santa.

Whomever you believe in most.

Say hello to my new best friend, the Keurig 2.0.

Keurig 2.0 with monogrammed crate

With the ability to brew both a single cup or a…..wait for it, wait for it……a four cup carafe of coffee the Keurig 2.0 magically arrived on my doorstep. Not only does it allow for a single cup or multi cup carafe, it also features Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™- simply meaning it reads each lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time.

I was so darn excited that I whipped that carafe right out the box and monogrammed it right away.

Let’s not let anyone mistake that carafe is all mine. I even put a bow on it, because, by golly it’s Christmas.

Here’s Miss Keurig in action.

Keurig 2.0

Select the carafe feature.

Keurig 2.0

See it telling you that it’s going to brew 3-4 cups? Hear those angels singing???!!!! Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!

Now let’s chat about how easy it is to use the Keurig 2.0 to incorporate a holiday hot cocoa & coffee station into next week’s festivities shall we?

Holiday Hot Cocoal & Coffee Station

For starters, you’re going to want a variety of fun toppings for your hot cocoa. I have some flavored marshmallows, chocolate peppermint dipping sticks, regular peppermint sticks, striped straws, cute mugs and some signage to tell people what to do.

I also have some Keurig K-Cup Packs in a variety of flavors to accommodate anyone not in the mood for hot chocolate. Did you know that Keurig now offers over 400 beverage varieties from 60 brands ? I mean, I knew they were taking up more and more space on the Walmart shelves (also where you can purchase your Keurig 2.0- hint hint) but I had no idea there was that many!

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Station

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Station

Holiday Hot Cocoal & Coffee Station

And sometimes someone might say, “oh, I’m not really in the mood for anything, thanks” until you round the corner with the hot chocolate on a serving tray.

holiday hot cocoa & coffee station

And then, before you know it, everyone is attacking you for the hot chocolate because, honestly,  who is going to pass up hot chocolate with homemade whipped topping (1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1-2 tablespoons of granulated sugar beaten in an ice cold mixing bowl until soft peaks form) and a chocolate hazelnut pirouette sticking out?

Not I.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Station

And don’t worry if you don’t own the 2.0 yet, these simple tips will work for any type of brewing system- even the old-fashioned method of heating hot chocolate on the stove. Sometimes I make a homemade old-fashioned hot chocolate just for the nostalgia alone!

It all comes down to presentation and flavorful enhancements.

Now, if my holiday hot cocoa station hasn’t convinced you that you need the Keurig 2.0, let’s just take another look at how that monogrammed carafe is going to serve multiple people after dinner coffee like a champ!

Monogrammed Keurig Carafe

Incredibly smitten.

Surprisingly, the wonderfully generous Keurig Santa Claus also sent me an extra brewing system to gift to someone special.

Keurig Dog Sitter Gift

I played Santa myself and placed it onto the doorstep of our neighbor and dog sitter with a note basically apologizing for how early my dogs like to wake up in the morning.

Keurig Dog Sitter Tag

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 Do you have a special holiday tradition? I’m hoping to incorporate the hot cocoa station + pajama wearing Christmas lights sight seeing into our routine but the husband isn’t quite having it yet. Yet.

 Like the Keurig 2.0, I typically manage to get my way.

Happy Holidays, Y’all!

Spooky Dinner Party

spooky halloween dinner party

Happy Halloween!

Grab a seat and let’s chat about Halloween decor that doesn’t have to be so, well, Halloween along with how I recently decorated for a Spooky Dinner Party.

spooky halloween dinner party

I think when you’re having guests over for dinner and there’s an impending holiday, whether official or not, you’re tempted to decorate for said “holiday” regardless if you’re hosting it on the actual date. For example, Valentine’s Day. Let’s say you’re having a get together the week before, whether you realize it or not, you’re probably going to gravitate toward decorating with reds and pinks. The same is true with Halloween. No matter how hard I tried, I kept reaching for the spider webs.

I’m not a huge fan of purchasing themed decor- you know, like ceramic serving dishes with the words BOO! on them. While cute and always a challenge to pass up, I like adding in some subtle touches but using things I already have or dishes I will be able to use again- outside of the said occasion.

For my Spooky Dinner Party, I sort of went vintage. I’m obsessed with antique glass. It all started when I traveled the state in search for multi size milk bottles for my wedding rehearsal dinner flower arrangements. But not just “any” milk bottle though. They had to be embossed, and if they said something really unique like “Colorado Dairy Farm” with the city and state included I was all over it. I probably have about 20-25 of them.

spooky halloween dinner party

Recently I’ve  decided I didn’t just want milk bottles, but I wanted embossed liquor type bottles to use as candle holders for taper candles.

What I like the most about old glass is that it’s more than just putting a candle in an old wine bottle. If you can locate the right kind of bottles then it not only creates a centerpiece but also a conversation piece.

My favorite is a Dunbars Molasses & Syrup Co. bottle because it also has New Orleans embossed on it.

spooky halloween dinner party

My second favorite is this Garrett & Co. Virginia Pare Wine bottle from New York seen above. Established in 1835 you talk about fancy for its time & place!

The goal is get to 20 bottles so that the next time I use them as table decor they’ll be a bit more impressive, but it works for now.

I debated adding black colored water to the bottles but didn’t want to take away from the appeal of the glass. However, I think might add red and play with it a bit for the Christmas holidays.

spooky halloween dinner party

Continuing with the black & white vibe, I also kept my cupcakes looking a bit classy too. Just chocolate cupcakes with almond butter cream frosting adorned with some spiders. Because, you know….Halloween spiders. Need em.

I also ordered this Voodoo Bones Half Apron because once I saw it I knew that it would go well with my very subtle black & white Spooky Dinner Party.

spooky halloween dinner party

And while I could’ve made an apron myself, this one was incredibly well made and of super cute fabric. No point in wasting time on sewing when Wayfair has just about anything you might need already made for you.

Speaking of Wayfair, currently they are having a Halloween Photo contest. You simply upload your amazing Halloween decor on their site and their editors will chose a favorite to award a $500 gift card to!

You’ll need to be QUICK though. The contest ends Nov. 1 (tomorrow!).

Here’s the link: Wayfair Halloween Decor Contest

Good luck!

This post was sponsored on behalf of Wayfair in conjunction with my participation in the Wayfair Homemakers Program. All opinions are my own. 

Skinnygirl Low Calorie Popcorn Cups

Skinny Girl Pumpkin Supplies
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, however, all opinions are mine alone. #skinnygirlsnacks #collectivebias
 

Just out of curiosity have you ever wondered how many calories are in that delicious and buttery movie theatre popcorn? I’ve always wondered but I never did anything about it until I googled it one day. Go ahead, google it for yourself….I’ll wait.

You back?

Are you light headed and need to lie down after realizing that your popcorn is the equivalent of 2 Big Macs? And you can’t even eat 2 Big Macs in one sitting, yet you can down a medium tub of popcorn like no one’s business?

Watching a movie, whether it be at the theatre or at home, I need one of two things: popcorn or ice cream. Or popcorn AND ice cream. But blowing a day’s worth of calories while watching a movie just cannot happen any longer especially now that I have a clue about what I’m eating.

Now that there’s a low calorie butter blend popcorn by the Skinnygirl brand, I was super excited to try it out.

Skinny Girl Popcorn

I spotted it on the snack aisle at Walmart right next to all of the other popcorn options.

Skinny Girl Popcorn Aisle

The box of Butter & Sea Salt flavor caught my attention and the fact that a mini bag contains only 25 calories? Intrigued.

There’s also a Lime & Salt flavor available and I’m hoping my local Walmart gets it soon.

Reminds me of a margarita.

Speaking of margaritas, I’m also a fan of the Skinnygirl cocktails, but there’s always the fear that something that promises to be lower in calories, contain no artificial flavors or colors, no artificial sweeteners, and no high fructose corn syrup would be, well, you know, good?

And would I be satisfied with a mini bag?

But then I got to thinking. I could have 4 mini bags and still be no where near the calorie consumption of regular popcorn. Not that I ate 4, but if I did, I’d still be coming in at only 100 calories.

And let me tell you that when you do in fact pop 4 bags (ok, ok I popped 4 bags) it’s PLENTY of popcorn to share during movie night. And the best part is that while healthier, it tastes great! It’s not slathered in butter like at the movies, but you don’t NEED all that butter.

Let’s take our tasty popcorn a step further.

Let’s make cute Halloween Skinnygirl Low Calorie Popcorn Cups with our new popcorn friends!

Halloween is traditionally a time of handing out candy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be that way.

Let me show how cute popcorn can be.

Skinny Girl Pumpkin Supplies

You’ll need the following:

1 box of Skinnygirl Popcorn

1 bag of Tootsie Pops (pull out all the brown ones)

Inexpensive metal tins (I found these in the Target $1 bin)

Cellophane

Green curly ribbon

Favor tags + chalkboard marker (optional)

You’ll need to pop one bag of popcorn for each tin. You’ll have leftover popcorn so you’re free to snack as you decorate. Bonus!

I used tins with pumpkin faces and knew that I wanted to wrap to look like actual pumpkins- you know with a stem and all.

You use whatever kind of tins you would like.

Simply fill your tin with the popcorn, wrap in cellophane, then stick a chocolate Tootsie pop in the center for the pumpkin stem and attach curly green ribbon for the “vine”.

Easy peasey.

Skinny Girl Popcorn Cups

Attach a favor tag and call it a day!

Skinny Girl Popcorn Tray

And if your kid complains that popcorn isn’t “Halloween” enough, believe me, I understand. My husband is the same way.

You politely remind them that 1. there’s a Tootsie Pop involved, and 2. long after they’ve eaten that Snickers and have nothing to show for it, they’ll have a cute pumpkin tin!