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Jason’s Deli Catering For Entertaining

This is a sponsored post with Jason’s Deli, all opinions are my own.

 

 

I love holiday entertaining, the sound of people laughing and getting together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company really warms my heart.

What I don’t love as much is figuring out the food aspect of hosting parties. I never know what to make or how much food I’ll need. To be honest, it stresses me out a little just thinking about it. This time of year it’s so much nicer when get togethers are stress and hassle-free. Don’t you agree??

I’ve teamed up with one of our family favorites, Jason’s Deli on their “Catering for Entertaining” Campaign to share with you how easy it is to host special events and treat your guests.

We love Jason’s Deli’s and their healthy food philosophy and now they’ve turned decades of hospitality, catering and delivery into a new service – Catering for Entertaining. Jason’s Deli brings wholesome, affordable foods directly to your party, so you have one less thing on your to-do list. Their goal is to be your catering service for holidays, retirement parties, birthday parties or any upcoming social events you may have.

 

Placing your order simple. Order with ease on their mobile app, online or call a location near you. When you order on the mobile app or online you have 24/7 access to your account, can create new orders or edit recent orders. You also earn Deli Dollar rewards! Another great option is pick up or delivery, I prefer delivery when I’m hosting so it’s one less thing for me to worry about.

Set up is a breeze, use Jason’s Deli downloadable table tent cards to tell your guests what goodies they will be enjoying and keep food in the catering containers or easily transfer Jason’s Deli to your own serving dishes for a little extra Christmas pizzazz.

My favorite part, besides knowing that we are eating yummy food without all the junk {dyes, artificial trans fats and flavors, processed MSG, and high-fructose corn syrup} is that the clean-up is almost non-existent, leaving me with plenty of time and energy to enjoy my company.

At a recent get-together with friends we were able to enjoy several great catering options.

The Kids Party Pack where children can grab fruit, veggies, and a healthy sandwich {super simple and a crowd-pleaser} for a well-balanced party lunch.

I highly recommend the Italian Pasta Salad was fresh, delicious and brought color to our meals. Plus I feel like this is a dish that everyone will love.

The Modern Meat and Cheese Package is one of my favorite offerings because it’s even better than an antipasto platter, my favorites are the olives, roasted red peppers and the basil pesto aioli is a huge hit with the masses. The crunchy garlic toasties and flatbread complete this platter. It also comes with an amazing Brownie Duo that includes fudge-walnut and peanut butter brownies.

I personally can’t have a gathering without a Fresh Fruit Tray and Fresh Veggie Tray and Jason’s Deli offers an amazing selection for each. These, in my opinion, are fresher and more plentiful with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables than a store-bought version. The trays were overflowing with plump strawberries and the ranch dressing was delicious over crunchy veggies including the zucchini.

Treat your guests with delicious Jason’s Deli’s Cake Bites. Our guests loved the display of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet treats. You could also easily package these up and give them as party favors or deliver a whole tray to your favorite teacher or neighbor.

These are only a few of the many packages that Jason’s Deli has on their Catering For Entertaining menu. If you’re hosting a get together, I strongly encourage you to check out the many different packages and offerings they have. Not only will it save you the stress of figuring out the food details, but it will free you up to enjoy special occasions and gatherings.

Head to jasonsdeli.com/entertaining for more details.Check out their Facebook Page Facebook.com/JasonsDeli for current specials and updates.

 

Check out this Special Introductory Offer {while it lasts}:

Free delivery on weekdays 4-6pm and all day on weekends with your package order*. Please use this online code at checkout: FDSC 

For a Jason’s Deli location near you: Pineville, Woodlawn/Park Rd, Uptown at EpiCentre, University Area, Huntersville/Birkdale and Concord Mills or head to Jason’s Deli’s website HERE

And since it’s the holidays I’m giving you a chance to win a $25 Jason’s Deli Gift Card, feel free to treat yourself or spread the holiday cheer!!

Here’s how to win:

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast – “Inside My Heart” Fried Egg French Toast

“Inside My Heart” Fried Egg French Toast

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I’ve heard it said that you “eat with your eyes” first. I think that’s not only true for adults who instagram pictures of every meal, but also for kids too.

In my experience, children are more likely to eat something that looks fun to them. I remember babysitting a little girl who wouldn’t eat a sandwich unless it was cut in the shape of a star. So, sometimes we have to cater to the kids and get a little creative when it comes to food. That line of thinking inspired me to put together this breakfast recipe, one that might even win the “hearts” of those picky-eaters.

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Ingredients *Recipe is for 4 servings (4 slices of French toast)

1. 4 slices whole wheat or whole grain bread of your choice

2. 5 eggs

3. ¼ cup half & half (or milk)

4. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

5. 1 tbsp honey

6. 1 stick butter (or cooking spray)

7. Heart-shaped cookie cutters

Directions

1. Preheat an electric griddle to 375 (or a griddle pan over medium-high heat)

2. Using a cookie cutter, cut out and remove a heart-shape in the center of each slice of bread. Set aside.

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3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 egg, half & half, honey, and cinnamon

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4. Dip each slice of bread (with the heart cutout removed) into the egg batter

5. Grease the griddle using butter (or cooking spray), and place each slice of bread onto the griddle

6. Crack the remaining eggs into the heart cutouts in the bread (1 egg per slice)

7. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the egg looks set

8. Flip the bread and cook the reverse side for an additional 3-4 minutes

9. Serve with a drizzle of syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a dusting of powdered sugar, as desired

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Bonus Tip Save the heart shapes you removed from the bread slices and use them to make heart- shaped PB&J sandwiches for lunch!

What will you be making your little sweethearts for Valentine’s Day breakfast??

 

About the author:

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes & More Charlotte

Living in Charlotte, I have many opportunities to work with amazing people. I fully enjoy working with those who use their talents and businesses for good and Ines Aranguren at Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes & More is one of those amazing people.

Ines is a very talented baker and artist. Usually you find a cake that will taste great, but look okay or taske okay and look great. This is not the case with Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes and More. I have had the pleasure of working with Ines on a local event, tasted her delicious treats at birthday parties, and most recently was able to share one of her fun creations with my daughter’s class.

This beautiful Christmas/Happy Birthday Jesus cake, complete with fluffy snow frosting, colorful Christmas trees and of course by request, baby Jesus in a manger was made specifically for Miss A’s class party by Ines from Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes and More.

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Not only was everyone impressed with how amazing this cake looked but parents and students alike were digging in for a piece {or two!} and everyone wanted Sky’s the Limits’ information. I of course was happy to recommend because I believe in great businesses, doing good things for others, and that are more than professional in their field of work and Ines and her husband are just that.

Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes and More is known for their gorgeously decorated wedding cakes, and have been nominated for several awards including the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Awards for 2014, and theknot.com’s 2013 Best of Weddings. While she rocks at wedding cakes, Ines excels at anything she does and does not limit her skills to any one dessert type. If you check out her Facebook page you can see beautiful fruit tarts, delectable pies, and scrumptious cookies.

The creations that Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes & More design are above and beyond what you could imagine. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Ines’ realistic looking flowers and intricate designs will blow you away.

Be sure to head to her website for more examples of her work, cake and frosting flavors and prepare to be amazed! skysthelimitcake.com

 

 

Miss A’s class received this cool cake from Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes and More and while I am not obligated to write a blog post for them {at their request}, I can’t help but share with you about brands and businesses my family {and many others} truly enjoy.

A Berry Sweet Holiday

I’ll try to keep this post as un-punny as possible, but I can’t make any promises. However I do promise an honest review of the following products that I received to test out. My taste buds thank you for continuing to read and support my posts so I can enjoy yummy treats like those that Shari’s Berries have to offer.

This season I’ve had the blessing of being able to host a few different play dates and get-togethers and I love figuring out what goodies I’ll be serving my guests. Shari’s Berries makes entertaining so easy!

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Shari’s Berries products arrive at your doorstep and once you open them from their packaging are ready to be plated and eaten with little to no preparation.

Although Shari’s Berries products are beautifully designed in themselves, if you want to dress up your presentation even more, consider using common holiday food items like peppermints, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, or extra sprinkles.

My favorite products to share {only because it’s the season of giving}, are their Handmade Artisan Sea Salted Caramels, I’m not kidding you when I tell you these delicious pieces of sweet goodness will make you want to regift them to yourself. I love the unique sugars, my favorite is the Classic Salted Caramel with Murray River Pink Flake Salt. This is definitely one you will want to buy for yourself and of course for others too!!

If you’re in the mood for some chilled desserts I highly recommended Shari’s Berries Dipped Strawberries and Cheesecake Trios {the Original NY Cheesecake is my all-time fav, even though I’m a self-proclaimed choco-holic}. All three of the cheesecake trios are creamy and rich and a great, giftable item.

So if you have a party coming up soon and not enough time to make some delicious, holiday inspired treats, think Shari’s Berries for your holiday dessert needs.

Be sure to head to Shari’s Berries here: berries.com to check out their wide selection of affordable treats.

What kinds of parties are you hosting this holiday season??

 

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Shari’s Berries, however my opinions are my own, honest thoughts based on my experiences with the product. Your opinions and experiences may vary.

 

 

No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Thanks to Food Lion and Oreo for helping me bring this yummy recipe to my readers.

Every holiday season we’re invited to a number of get togethers that involve bringing a dish to pass, and of course, one of my favorite events is the holiday cookie-swap! The hard thing about being a busy mom is choosing what to take and trying to figure out how to find time to make it.

I personally love making new treats for my friends to feast on and when I was asked to write about the limited-time Peppermint Oreos, you better believe I was all in.

Last year I made homemade Samoas and mustache shaped shortbreads, but this year, I’m handing out these scrumptious, {and seasonally appropriate}, No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls.

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Prepare to get a little messy, but have a lot of fun making these minty treats. This is a great recipe to make with the kiddos, so grab the following ingredients and get ready to have delicious Oreo cookie balls in about an hour and a half {give or take}.

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I was given a great recipe from Oreo and adjusted it a little, based on ingredients we were able to purchase and techniques I like to use.

Here’s my No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe:

Cooking Tools:

Sheet of wax paper or parchment paper
Cookie sheets or baking pans to hold cookie balls in the freezer
Melon baller or spoons

Ingredients:

1 package (8oz) cream cheese {softened – the softer the better for mixing}
1 package (15.25oz) Oreo Cookies with Peppermint Creme, finely crushed {using my mini Cuisinart after hand breaking the cookies in half}
2 packages (16oz total) milk chocolate chips melted {can also use semi-sweet baking chocolate, our store was out so we made do}
1 Tsbp of vegetable oil
8 starlight mints, coarsely crushed {again using my mini Cuisinart}

Preparation:

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

Using your melon baller or spoons shape mixture into approximately 48 (1-inch) balls (can make them in smaller batches if needed). Freeze for 10 minutes on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

While cookie balls are freezing, melt chocolate in microwave starting with 30 seconds, then 10 second increments stirring each time until chocolate is melted but not burned. Add 1 Tsbp of vegetable oil to make chocolate consistency more fluid like and able to coat cookie balls easier.

Dip frozen cookie balls into melted chocolate using a fork making sure all sides of your cookie ball are covered, and tap excess chocolate back into the bowl.

Place chocolate covered cookie balls on the parchment paper and top with a pinch of your crushed mints.

Place cookie balls back into freezer for an additional 10-15 minutes to set the chocolate.

Wrap in festive bags or place in your favorite holiday dishware and enjoy!!

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Don’t forget Oreo’s Peppermint Creme cookies are only available for a limited time so make sure you visit your local Food Lion {or select stores} while they are available!!

What is your favorite dish to pass to bring to holiday parties? 

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Oreo. Any opinions in this post are swayed by the deliciousness of this recipe, I tried not to be influenced by the yummy goodness but I can’t help it. Your opinions on Oreos, Food Lion stores and melon ballers may vary.