10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

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2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

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3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Hot Toddy

4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

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5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

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9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

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10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Time-Saving Party Tips

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The invitations are sent, the guests are excited to attend and the day of the party is about to arrive.  If the thought of balancing the numerous party details and spending time with your guests seems a little impossible, these ideas are for you. Here are 5 helpful, time-saving party tips to make any special occasion run smoothly.  Then all you have to do is have fun!

 

1. Prep the table the night before.  Set out all the serving dishes along with utensils, napkins, glasses, etc. the night before the party. This will give you a quick check to see if anything is missing, and will hopefully avoid that last minute rush to get a needed item. Mark where food that cannot be preset will go on the day of the party by writing each food item on a small piece of paper and putting it on its serving dish or its spot at the table.Wedding-5421

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2. Prep the ice cream.  To avoid a mob of kids waiting impatiently for ice cream, try this fast tip. Before the party, line a muffin tin with paper baking cups. Scoop an individual amount of ice cream into each section and store in the freezer. When cake time arrives, simply place each scoop onto a plate (keeping it in the paper baking cups or not) and serve to the crowd.scoop-icecream_300

3. Forget the knife.  Did you know that using unflavored waxed dental floss is a faster and cleaner way to cut sheet cake than using a knife? Simply take a piece of floss that’s about a foot longer that the cake and hold it taut between your fingers. Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Repeat this step, in a grid pattern, until the whole cake is cut.  No clumpy mess on the knife and no mangled cake pieces!birthdaycake-hand_300

 

4.  Use an unexpected ice chest.  One of the hardest things to keep track of at a party is ensuring there are always cooled beverages ready to go.  This is especially difficult if your fridge is already full of party food and extra drinks.  Here’s an easy solution if you don’t want to lug around a ton of ice chests or coolers.  Use your washing machine!  Fill it with ice and add your bottles or cans.  Clean up is a cinch since the melted ice will simply drain away.52801234dbfa3f4ef30029ca._w.540_s.fit_

5. Accept helping hands.  Don’t be averse to getting help where you needed it!  You don’t have to be superwoman and go it all alone.  Don’t have time to make a dessert?  Pick it up pre-made at your local bakery.  Use a combination of handmade and store bought elements.  Ask a good friend to take on a task – like party photography – so you can focus on other details. Outsourcing is always a great party time saver!MCL_buffet_100172857_Peter_Krumhardt_0

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 To make your party unforgettable, check out these 7 tips!

 

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

7 Fun Bridal Shower Games

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Bridal showers are traditionally for showering a bride with gifts, but bridal shower games add a whole lot of fun to a bridal shower. To make your next bridal shower a success, here are 7 fun bridal shower games that will keep your party exciting and memorable for everyone, especially for the bride!

1. Love Bingo

There are many variations of the “how well do you know the bride and the groom” game, but this Bingo game is interactive and includes props. Give every guest a BINGO card with numbers on them and two paddles in two different colors, with the bride’s name on one and the groom’s name on another. Put various facts about the bride and groom on strips of paper with numbers on them, throw them in a basket, and pick up one at a time. Players guess the correct answer by holding up one of their paddles. It’s a lot of fun to see what others guessed and to learn more about the bride and the groom.

2. Why Do We Do That?

Weddings are full of traditions, from wearing something blue to throwing the bouquet. But how did these traditions start? Find out by playing the Why Do We Do That? game at your next bridal shower! This game is very simple, but educational! If your guests love trivia, you could consider playing a longer game with this Bridal Shower Trivia card game.

3. DIY Wedding Dress

Divide your guests into teams and give them white materials to create a DIY wedding dress on one person in each group, from toilet paper, white tissue paper, feathers, glitter, newspaper, and whatever else you can think of. Don’t forget tape and/or glue. Give them a limited amount of time to create their wedding dress and then have your bride choose the best dress. You could even have every team have “design consultations” with the bride to find what she wants in a dress, for more bride involvement. Another variation on this game is to have every team create an aspect of the wedding dress, like the veil or the skirt, and put them all on the bride for an awesome photo op.

4. Wedding Poem Contest

This is another team competition that will result in an added entertainment at the wedding, if your bride agrees to this! We did this at a friend’s wedding shower and my team won, so we performed our Wedding Poem at her wedding reception and it was such a hit! Divide your guests into teams and give them a limited time to create a wedding poem, rap, or song. Have each team perform to the bride and let her choose the winner. And then let everyone enjoy the winning poem/rap/song at the wedding reception!

5. Guess Who I Am

This is a great game that will have everyone laughing and becoming more close to each other at the end of the game. Guests write down a favorite memory with the bride without leaving their names and then the bride reads them out loud to everyone. The bride will guess who wrote the memory. If she gets it wrong, the guest gets a prize.

6. What Is She Wearing?

Ask the bride to leave for a few minutes and give a sketching paper and colored pencils to everyone. Have them draw the bride and what she is wearing that day. Guests will have to depend on their memory to draw every detail of the bride’s appearance, from her hairdo down to her shoes! Once everyone is done, have the bride come in and let everyone vote on the best sketch that includes the most correct details. Finally, give all the sketches to the bride to keep as a great memento!

7. My First Kiss

Have everyone tell the story of their first kiss! It can be the story of their first kiss ever or their first kiss with their current boyfriend/husband. Once everyone has told their story, have everyone vote on the best story, funniest story, most romantic story, etc. This game will definitely draw out a lot of laughter and maybe even a few tears.

 

Rather than focusing on the gifts, bridal shower games bring the attention to the bride and the friendships and love she shares with her guests. Have you played some of these bridal shower games before? What are your favorite games to play at a bridal shower?

 

Looking for decor ideas for your bridal shower? Try these succulent DIY ideas  or these mason jar ideas!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home.  Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

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Show your pride for America through the food, decor and more at your next July 4th BBQ party. Here are 10 fun patriotic BBQ ideas for you to try!

 

1. Put up a patriotic banner.

Banners are a hot item in parties these days, so why not hang up a patriotic banner at your BBQ? I love this American flag burlap banner. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, you might like this patriotic bunting.

 

2. Serve cherry pie with a star on top.

You can’t get more American than cherry pie, right? Well, except for apple pie maybe, but cherry pie’s red coloring brings an extra dose of patriotism. Try this easy mini cherry pie recipe that will delight everyone!

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3. Give your kids patriotic hairstyles.

If you have daughter(s) with long hair, have fun with it and give them patriotic hairdos! You can find many cute ideas here.

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4. Dress up your nails in red, white, and blue.

You could always simply paint your nails in a patriotic color, but why not jazz them up with glitter? Or try another one of these 5 patriotic manicure ideas.

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5. Paint mason jars in patriotic colors.

Mason jars are a staple for parties, so hop on the bandwagon and paint yours in red, blue, and white. Here is a great tutorial to turn a trio of mason jars into a cheerful American flag! Then you could use these jars to serve non-food items, such as plastic utensils, drinking straws, napkins, flowers, and unlit sparklers.

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6. Light up the party with patriotic lanterns.

If you don’t want to paint your mason jars, you could decoupage them with tissue paper and put in candles to create fun lanterns for your party! This can be done with just about any glass container you’ve got laying around the house.

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7. Turn fruit into patriotic displays.

Fruit is the perfect refreshing food for the hot weather of July, but why not turn the BBQ staple into something that’s fun and patriotic? Try these delightful patriotic fruit skewers that include marshmallows for added sweetness. Or turn a fruit pie into a beautiful American flag! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a patriotic fruit pie that everyone will ooh and ahh over before eating.

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8. Make American art with pallets and paint.

Have a pallet laying around? Chop it up and create this amazing American pallet art! You can use a scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw for this project.  Hang your finished creation on the front door to welcome your guests to your party or hang a row of three on your fence. Charming and free patriotic BBQ ideas are always best!

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9. Set up a patriotic hot dog station.

Hot dogs are as American as baseball, so how fun would it be to set up a hot dog station for your guests to make their own gourmet hot dogs? This great hot dog station also includes four suggested hot dog recipes that hail from four different spots in our country, which is so cool!

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10. Get a patriotic tattoo!

Don’t worry, I don’t mean a permanent tattoo. Pass out these glittery temporary patriotic tattoos to your guests, your friends, and your family to spread the patriotism. And there are so many other ways to use the temporary tattoos other than putting them on your skin! You could put them on balloons, plastic plates and cups, plastic servingware, windows, or anything that’s plastic or glass.

 

What do you think of these patriotic BBQ ideas? Will you use them for your next party? What other patriotic BBQ ideas do you love? Share away!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Patriotic (and Fun!) July 4th Party Activities

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Hosting a July 4th party this year? A good party should have a few activities for guests to enjoy in between all the eating and drinking. Try one of these 7 fun July 4th party activities for your party!

 

1. Make July 4th Shirts

Near the beginning of your party, gather together your guests to create DIY July 4th shirts. Once they’re dry, everyone can wear them for the rest of the party, which could make for a really great group photo. This tutorial makes no-sew tanks with spray paint, but you could get a similar result with kid-safe fabric paint and a couple of paintbrushes. If you only have little kids at your party, this tutorial is a lot easier and faster to make.

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2. Paint Everyone’s Faces

Line everyone up and paint their faces with patriotic images! Use the things you probably already have in your pantry (corn starch, milk, water, and food coloring) to make homemade face paint. Both adults and kids will enjoy sporting their favorite designs on their faces or arms! Here are some face painting ideas: stars, the flag, fireworks, blue-white-red rainbows, Uncle Sam’s hat, eagles, the letters USA, the country USA, and patriotic ribbons. For the superhero fans, what about Captain America’s shield?

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3. Decorate Your Lawn with Stars

Once everyone is decorated with our country’s colors and symbols, work together to decorate the grass and sidewalks of your backyard and front yard with flour stars! This is a fun and easy activity for the kids to do. First, make a large stencil of a star and lay it down where you want the star to go. Spray water on the grass or concrete and then sift flour over it. Ta-da, white stars everywhere!

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4. Create Patriotic Art

A craft for the kids during a party is always a fun idea, but sometimes a craft requires a lot of adult supervision. This freedom collage craft is perfect for a July 4th party because it’s all about creating without restrictions, which makes it perfect for celebrating our free country. Simply provide the materials and set everything up on a table and let the kids have fun! Once everything is dry, you could even hang them up to add more decor to your party. Clip the creations on a string and hang it on your fence, tack them up on a tree, or tape them to the end of a long table, whatever works for your party!

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5. Play a Popcorn Relay Race

This is a fun and silly relay game that everyone can participate in, no matter their age, as long as they know how to walk! Attach a cup to each foot with string and fill it up with popcorn. Have your racers go as fast as they can without spilling the popcorn and fill up a huge basket of popcorn — whoever empties their portion of the popcorn first wins! And then everyone can enjoy chomping down on the popcorn, so there are no losers in this game.

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6. Set Up a Photo Background

Hang up a large American flag and set up a photography backdrop for your guests to get a picture together! You could grab an old school Polaroid camera and give the pictures to your guests right away or email them the photos later with a “Thanks for coming!” note. Everyone will love their little mementos from your party and that’s better than any favor bag!

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7. Have Fun with Glow Sticks

Fireworks are fun, but they’re not the only things that can light up the night. You can do so many fun activities with glow sticks and other glow toys, such as ring toss with glow sticks taped into circles, hopscotch with bigger glow circles, beach ball volleyball with glow sticks inside, and many more. Find more activities to do with glow sticks here!

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What other fun July 4th party activities do you like to participate in? Share your favorite ones in the comments below, including links! I’m always looking for more fun party ideas and I’m sure you are, too!

For more 4th of July ideas, check out this top ten list by Remodelaholic.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable

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1. Be thoughtful when creating your guest list. Invite people you think will mesh well, who will enjoy each other and bring a pleasant atmosphere to your dinner party. Balance out a reserved friend with one who is particularly good at making new friends, or simply invite people who you feel will have a lot in common and naturally converse.

2. Keep the menu simple. Now is probably not the time to try out foods you haven’t made before. Avoid foods that require complex preparation so that you are more likely to be ready on time and enjoy a stress-free evening. It’s a good idea to serve things that are crowd-pleasing and basic. A variety of tried-and-true favorites at the table ensures that every guest will find at least one dish to enjoy.

3. Set the mood with music, lighting, and comfortable, cozy spaces. A personalized playlist vibrating softly in the background gives people permission to use their voices rather than keep a thoughtful silence. Low light and candles tend to make people more comfortable too. Cozy groupings of chairs and cushions ensure that your guests aren’t too far apart to start socializing.

4. Provide a fun appetizer and a drink. Rather than leaving your guests to entertain themselves while you finish up with the meal preparation, give them something to put in their mouth and get them talking. For some great ideas, try one or two of these fun finger foods from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.

5. Set the table. You are the host/hostess, and it’s your job to choose the theme and the formality. Paper plates and plastic utensils can be great for casual gatherings and barbecues, but if you’re looking for something a bit more organized, take a look at these 5 tips for a great tablescape at Remodelaholic.  A classy centerpiece can also add to the conversation and mood of the party. Candles and a bit of greenery are all you need to get started, but you can take it to the next level with these super-simple ideas for centerpieces.

6. Enjoy your own party. Nothing can dampen the spirit of a party like having the host or hostess running to and fro throughout the night and never stopping to socialize. Remember, you invited them, and as much as your guests may seem to be enjoying each other’s company, they came to see you. Besides, after all your hard work, you deserve to put your feet up and enjoy the food and the friendship.

7. Send your guests home with something. A simple party favor puts the finishing touches on your evening together. A ceramic dip bowl with a recipe for your favorite dip attached, a mini-dessert to enjoy the next day, or a small piece of jewelry for female friends is a great way to send them off. Go here for more great ideas!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

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Keep your group’s bellies happy and their fingers busy. Choose one or two of these quick appetizers and you’ll start the party off right!

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Dinner party, birthday party, holiday party, superbowl party… if there’s a reason to get together and celebrate, we do it! And regardless of the occasion, the best part of an event is often the amazing food. As a host or hostess of a good party, you may have realized that one way to get your guests in the spirit of things while they wait for the main course is to start feeding them before the feast even begins, but who has the time for appetizers during the hustle and bustle of meal preparations? You do – because these 10 delectable easy appetizers are the fastest, easiest starter foods you’ll ever make, all with 4 ingredients or less!

1. Chicken Parmesan Bites (picture: slide 1)

2. Lime Yogurt Fruit Dip (picture: slide 2)

3. Salami Tomato Skewers (picture: slide 3)

4. Cranberry Brie Bites (picture: slide 4)

5. Bacon Wrapped Smokies (picture: slide 5)

6. Watermelon Ricotta Bites (picture: slide 6)

7. Ranch Bread (picture: slide 7)

8. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (picture: slide 8)

9. Cucumber Sandwich Bites (picture: slide 9)

10. Bacon Ranch Chip Dip (picture: slide 10)

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

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On game day, we all know that the real star of the show is the food. Score some big points at your March Madness party with this crowd-pleasing line-up of all-star appetizers. These are all quick and easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the party — whoops, I mean the game, of course. Even better? Many of these appetizer recipes are actually healthy!

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  1. Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Spread

  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

  3. Red Pepper Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

  4. Pizza Monkey Bread

  5. Low-Fat Ranch Dip

  6. Spicy Sausage Balls

  7. Cheese Straws

  8. Dill Pickle Dip

  9. Sweet Potato Hummus

  10. Badass Nachos

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.