Glazed Nut & Pretzel Mix – Sweet & Spicy!

This nut and pretzel mix is addictive! It’s perfect for cocktail nibbles or that upcoming Super Bowl party. It’s super easy and customizable to your favorite nut combinations.

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Makes 5 cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3 cups mixed (unsalted) nuts, fancy whole almonds, fancy whole cashews, pecan halves, whole hazelnuts, walnut halves (Miss Party’s favorite combination is pecans, cashews and almonds)

2 cups mini pretzel twists

2 Tablespoons melted butter
4 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt

1) Spread nuts on baking sheet and warm them for 5 minutes.

2) In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, brown sugar, syrup, all spices EXCEPT SALT.

3) Add nuts to the mixture, stirring until completely coated. Add the pretzel twists and salt and gently mix together.

4) Spread the mixture back onto the baking sheet in one even layer. Roast for 15-18 minutes. Stir twice during baking time. Remove sheet from the oven and cool. Break up and separate the pretzel/nut mixture several times during the cooling time.

Store nut mix in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Adaptation of a recipe from David Leibovitz.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins – Best friends forever!

Miss Party is a HUGE peanut butter lover and has eaten more than her fair share of PB & J’s over the years. Thanks to her darling daughter, she has added these delicious Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins to her running list of favorite ways to consume more peanut butter. Boy, do they smell delicious baking in the oven!

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PB & J Muffins are a fun, throw-back addition to an adult brunch or lunch buffet spread; they travel well in a plastic container for a summer picnic, and are perfectly adorable party food for a retro or outdoor themed kids party. Of course, clearly label them for those with peanut allergies.

Makes 12 regular-size muffins, or 8 large muffins (large muffins pictured)

Ingredients:

Non-stick cooking spray or 12 paper cupcake/muffin liners (liners recommended)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons sugar to sprinkle on top prior to baking
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup natural or regular creamy peanut butter (stirred if natural-style)
1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen’s Black Raspberry Jam (Miss Party’s favorite, but you could experiment with other flavors) or other high-quality jam that is mostly fruit

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1) Spray muffin pans with cooking spray or use paper cupcake/muffin liners; set aside.

2) In a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar.

3) To dry ingredients, add milk, eggs, peanut butter, and oil. Beat until just moistened, with few lumps. Do not over beat.

4) Using a small scoop and a teaspoon, evenly fill prepared muffin cups with HALF of the batter.

5) Layer 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of each muffin cup (2 tsp. for large muffins).

6) Evenly divide the remaining half of the batter between the muffin cups and sprinkle the tops liberally with the 1/4 cup of sugar (raw cane sugar works nicely if on hand).

7) If making large muffins, place a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below your muffin pans to catch jam drips. Trust Miss Party…

Bake 18-20 minutes for a medium size muffin, 22-24 minutes for large muffins. Place pans on rack positioned in center of oven.

Remove muffin tins from oven and cool in tins for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and continue cooling on wire rack. When completely cool, store in plastic containers. Discard aluminum foil in oven.

‘Mad Tea Party’ Table Centerpiece – The more the merrier and every way is the right way!

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How does one decorate a mad tea party table? Well, to begin at the beginning, it is quite unlike any other! You must think in a different way than you typically would. The more mismatched, odd or whimsical the items on the table, the better. ALL manner of unrelated objects and knick-knacks might work – […]

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Here’s a pretty (and pretty awesome) way to cover up all those miscellaneous tea and coffee tin canisters that are collecting on your kitchen shelves. This is an easy DIY project you can tackle with just a few supplies and an hour or two. It’s also a really nice way to use special paper you […]

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Playoff Football Food – Make some fan favorites!

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Woohoo! It’s playoff football season! We’re fast approaching the big one –Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st. Whether your home team is still in it to win it or you’re watching just to see some great football games like we saw this weekend, your crew will need some good food to keep you going on gameday. […]

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MYO Mini Bar – Roll out the bar cart, it’s cocktail time!

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Want to get into something new? How about learning ‘the art of the cocktail’? How about having a stocked bar that looks amazing? If you haven’t jumped onto the bar cart bandwagon, you must! Miss Party is crazy in love with hers even if she hardly ever mixes a cocktail. It just looks so Don […]

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Miss Party’s Fab 5 New Year’s Resolutions!

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Well, being that it is just a few days into January, Miss Party feels compelled to decree a few resolutions for herself. A few improvements, personally and professionally, to add or subtract from the already very excellent life Miss Party leads. So, here we go! 1. EMBRACE CHANGE AND BE OPEN TO ALL POSSIBILITIES 2015 […]

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Light Lunch with Friends – Tapas-style!

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Here’s an idea–instead of $5 lattes at a cafe or just texting back and forth, how about hosting a nice, light lunch for a girlfriend or two at your home. It’s a kind and refreshing change that no one thinks to do anymore. Once a month (or even every other month), try inviting a different […]

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New Year’s Day Brunch – Celebrate the day with friends!

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New Year’s Day tends to get lost in the shuffle with all the hoopla surrounding New Year’s Eve. If you’re up for it (or have overnight guests), throw togther a delicious and healthy brunch to start the year off right on day one. It’s a great way to go for families with children that aren’t […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR’S! – Pop! Fizz! Cheers!

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Celebrate the new year with a little bubbly, lots of yummy food and a few good friends! Don’t stress, just relax and enjoy whatever you’ve decided to do for New Year’s Eve! By now you’ve likely got an amazing plan but, if not, get one! Don’t go it alone, invite a couple of friends over […]

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MISS PARTY.NET – 2014 IN REVIEW

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see […]

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