Home-made Pita Chips & Hummus

home made chips and hummus

My girlfriend Daryl who has the fabulous blog UnButtoningPants.com shared this easy pita chip recipe with me, while I found this hummus recipe on CookingLight.com {only 39 calories!!}. Bake up these chips to serve at your next app-friendly soiree or take them with you as the perfect on-the-go snack {watch out Stacy’s Pita chips, you have some competition!}

Home-made Pita Chips:

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 4 teaspoons of Sea Salt
  • 4 teaspoons of Oregano
  • 4 teaspoons of Parsley

Ingredients for Home made Pita Chips Recipe

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Slice your pita bread like a pizza. Disperse the pitas on 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle the pita with all of the remaining ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes.

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Hummus:

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed [optional]
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients for Hummus recipe

Directions:

Place beans and garlic in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped. Add 1/2 cup water and remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Serve in a small bowl and garnish with parsley.

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BBQ Recipe Inspiration

SrirachaLimeChickenChoppedSalad
Siracha Lime Chicken Salad  with Grilled Pineapple by http://lexiscleankitchen.com

Nothing says summer like a cookout! The warm, sunny weather is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and family to host an outdoor summer Barbeque. 

If you’re looking forward to hosting a BBQ this summer, then you might be searching for dishes to prepare! Well, I’ve rounded up a few mouthwatering recipes {with vegetarian options} to help make you the culinary star of any summer cookout! 

Hope you are inspired by these colorful summer-friendly picks!


grilled corn salad
Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro-Honey-Lime Vinaigrette by http://carpeseason.com
Chicken skewers with dip
Paleo-Friendly & Gluten Free Chicken Kabobs by http://www.tartineandapronstrings.com
Vegan and Vegetarian sliders
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Black Eyed Peas Sliders by http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
potato wedges
Spicy Potato Wedges by http://ahouseinthehills.com

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Host a Champagne and Desserts Birthday Party

Jonathan Adler vase, C Wonder Pom Poms, Michael Aram Coral Frame

For my mom’s 55th birthday, she decided to gather her ten closest friends and make a girls trip to NYC. On the agenda: fancy dinners, Broadway shows, and even night clubs, but I wanted to make sure to throw some sort of FH element into the mix. I decided the perfect way todo so would be to host a Pre-Theatre Happy Hour – with a gorgeous champagne and desserts spread at Chateau FH for the ladies to enjoy.

To make it extra special I added some personalized touches. Since Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne was on the menu, I loved the idea of custom straws to enhance my bar area. I found an amazing Etsy shop called Sheppardely that made hand calligraphied ones that could be tailored to say whatever you want, so I ordered two sets. On the first set  I had “Leslie’s 55th” on the one side and her birth date on the other. On the second set I had them write “Party Time” on both sides. Mixed together, they were beyond cute!

On my dessert table, which I displayed front and center on my coffee table, I put together a cupcake tower using the most adorable mini cupcakes by Baked by Melissa accompanied by a glass full of C. Wonder Pom Poms. The pom poms were more for show since there weren’t any cocktails to mix. I then took mini Michael Aram picture frames and used them as buffet labels. In my entryway I filled the frames with labels that read “Leslie’s Birthday Bash,” a perfect photo opp.

The evening was an absolute success! The women had a blast sipping champagne and loved the bite size treats, while the decor couldn’t have been more adorable – it was 100% an FH approved soiree!

Birthday Party DecorationsColorful PeoniesBaked By Melissa Cupcake TreeMini Birthday Party DessertsMacaron Cake Stand DisplayMoet & Chandon Rose Champagne on IceAint No Party Like a Champagne PartyPelegrino and Water DisplayCustom Straws from EtsySistersAmanda Saiontz Gluck and Melissa Saiontz LuseCustom Birthday Striped Straws On my coffee table: Jonathan Adler Charade Tiered Studded Vase with an assortment of Peonies, C. Wonder Pom Pom Drink StirrersMichael Aram coral mini framesand a large cake stand filled with Baked by Melissa Cupcakes. Then at the Bar, was a Champagne Party Foil Art Print alongside a bucket of Moet & Chandon Champagne and a display of  Custom Straws.

Get the look:

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