Thursday, January 15, 2015

It Was My Turn To Play Hostess

hey there. looky here i'm posting again this week. man, i am on a roll. being slow here at work helps though. i'm losing my mind a bit, but at least i can get some blogging done. 
well tuesday night was my turn to host bunko. i left work at noon to go home and make my dinner/dessert and prepare for my guests to arrive. i kept it simple this time and decided just to do pizza, salad and bread sticks. it stressed me out pretty bad the last time i did it, and i think that had a lot to do with the meal i made. this time was easy-breezy and i wasn't the least bit stressed. i had my mom come over an hour before to help me, but in all honesty, i didn't really need any help. i basically had it all under control. i did keep it easy, but i ended up making quite a bit of different yummy things that i wanted to share with you guys. it was all a hit and it was all super easy. 

last time i hosted, everyone wanted to hang out in the kitchen while i was preparing the food. my kitchen is pretty teeny and they stressed me to the MAX being in there, and in the way when i was trying to get dinner ready. so i decided to make some homemade hot chocolate and an appetizer to set out in my living room to try to steer them from hanging in the freakin kitchen. 
and it worked! thank goodness. 

so the hot chocolate was what i made first. 
it really is the best hot chocolate i have ever had. and it was a huge hit.
here's what you need:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 4 oz bar of unsweetened baking chocolate [chopped]
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
8 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
and here's what you do:
add chocolate chips, chopped baking chocolate, and condensed milk in your crockpot and set it on high. let all of the ingredients melt. it takes about 30 minutes. 
once it's melted, turn it on low, and add 2 cups of milk and stir with a whisk until smooth.
then gradually stir in the remaining 6 cups of milk with your whisk.
lastly, had the the tablespoon of vanilla and stir with whisk. 
let it sit on low for 2 hours. when your guests arrive, switch it to the warm setting, and serve it up!

i set up a coffee/hot chocolate bar on the table in my entry hall.
i had all the best fixins. and like i knew it would be, the hot chocolate was the hit of the party.
i was going to just have regular salad, but once again i wanted to keep everything as simple as possible. i figured pasta salad would be a good fit with pizza and it wouldn't be as complicated or messy. i found the recipe here.
unfortunately this is the only picture i took and it doesn't have all the ingredients in it yet, but you guys gets the idea. basically you can add whatever veggies you like. the recipe i found had bell peppers in theirs, but i hate bell peppers so i didn't add them.
this is what you need:
1 package (12oz) tri-color rotini pasta
4 roma tomatoes (quartered)
1 cucumber (slice and quartered)
1/4 red onion (minced)
1 can (2.25oz) sliced black olives
1 bottle (16oz) zesty italian dressing
1 package (2.5oz) bacon bits
1/2 package dried cranberries
what to do:
cook your pasta and then basically add all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
once you have tossed all the ingredients, add the full bottle of italian dressing and toss to coat.
then top it with the bacon bits and cranberries.
super super simple.
and everyone LOVED it! 

like i said, along with the hot chocolate, i had an appetizer, too. i did not take a picture of it, but i made it for a christmas party i went to so i'll just use that picture today.
this appetizer is super easy, too. and it tastes incredible.
here's what you need:
8oz tub of cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded cheese
2 chopped green onions
ritz crackers
bacon bits
captain rodney's glaze
and what you do:
mix together 8oz cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese and onions.
add mix to a small baking dish. and top with crushed ritz crackers. bake on 350 for 15-20 minutes.
once it's baked, top with bacon bits, and pour captain rodney's glaze evenly over top.
serve with crackers.
it's definitely got to be my favorite dip. like, ever.

like i said for the "main course" i did pizza. i got the pizzas from papa murphy's earlier that day, and started cooking them about thirty minutes before my guests arrived.
i did two family sizes of their most popular pizza: the chicken mediterranean. and then i just got a regular pepperoni, too. y'all if you have a party coming up and you want to do something easy, this is what you need to do. i'm so glad i just did pizzas.

alright, last thing. the dessert. holy moly donut shop! it was so so good! i had got a dessert recipe book for christmas, and so that's where i found the recipe. it is super easy, too and it turned out to be amazing looking and tasting. of course
 i made mine in a larger dish than the recipe called for so i just added a little more ingredients then what it told me to add, so i would have enough.
here's what you need:
2 cups sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen) i used two cartons of fresh strawberries
1 package strawberry gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 box white cake mix plus ingredients to make mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups marshmallows i used three cups
and what to do:
cover the bottom of your dish with the sliced strawberries.
sprinkle gelatin evenly over strawberries.
pour 1/4 cup water evenly over top.
then add your marshmallows evenly over top.
make your cake mix according to the instructions on the box.
add your cup of mini chocolate chips to the cake batter. and mix evenly.
pour cake batter evenly over other ingredients.
bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
mine made exactly 13 servings. and seriously though this is a new favorite and i can't wait to make it again. it's so good it's dreamy. i didn't have any left, so you know it was a huge hit!

so that was my bunko night. it took me three days to prepare for it, and it turned out great. i host again in august, so i'm already thinking of easy ideas so i can make it less stressful on myself again. oh and one last awesome thing. we pay dues [$30] at the beginning of the year and then keep a score all year long. at the end, we divide the money into first, second and third place. with the most money being first and then so on. well...guess who won first?
ME, bishes!!!
oh em gee i was SO excited! [who wouldn't be?] this is totes going to come in handy for my wisconsin trip this weekend. which is great, cause yo girl is a little on the broke side right now. i seriously, can't believe i won. this is totally going to be MY YEAR!

well that's right, i leave for wisconsin tomorrow morning at 10:45. ahh i'm nervous, excited, ready, not ready, happy and scared all wrapped into one. i'm not at all looking forward to the plane ride, but it will be a quick trip to chicago and then an even quicker trip to la crosse. plus it's supposed to be pretty clear, weather wise, so i think it should probably be a smooth ride. or i'm hoping so, anyway. say a little prayer for the passengers riding with me. i hope i don't try to hold my neighbor's hand when we take off...i probably will. 
y'all have a good weekend. wish me luck! ;)
"my apologies. i have a nephew named, anfernee, and i know how mad he gets when i call him anthony. almost as mad as i get when i think about the fact that my sister named him anfernee."
[mean girls]


  1. What a fun party! I love hosting...but you have to start prepping days in advance to keep the stress level low for sure! And yay for winning $$!

  2. Wow - everything looks so cute. That hot chocolate looks BOMB! No chocolate flavored powder and hot water for you - this is the real deal. I want you make us some!