Have you ever had the wrong time for your own party? I did that yesterday and was frantically running around to get everything ready an hour earlier than I had thought – so silly of me! Anyway, I apologize that my picture quality suffered as a result.

We had all of our Dallas buddies over for a party last night! I tried a few new recipes in addition to my usual pig-in-a-blankets, cheese platter, and salsa trio.


I can’t remember if i was inspired by a specific recipe or not, but I ended up with the avocado chicken salad and sweet potato combo above. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I made my usual greek yogurt chicken salad with avocado instead, and it was fabulous! I’ll have to make the sweet potato disks a little crispier next time, but I loved this overall.


This endive app was inspired by Kath’s jam post. The blue cheese and jalapeno went perfectly with a cranberry jalapeno compote I had in the pantry – I think I received it as a gift and it was great!


I’ve seen a bunch of recipes for zucchini fritters this summer, so I tried one using almond meal instead of flour. I thought they were just ok, but I’m certain they would have been much better if I had not thrown them together in 10 seconds and either burned or undercooked most of them. Whoops.


Dessert was fruit pizza and homemade chocolate bark.


It was one of those crazy nights that ended with a friend chugging the rest of the punch straight from the bowl, a late-night trip to the Ritz, and Matt and I finishing off the fruit pizza and doing tons of dishes at 2:30:)


And another party was going on over on the east coast for my nephew’s first birthday. A belated happy birthday to Mazen!

  • Susan
    September 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    The food looks fabulous!

    • Allyson
      September 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      And enough of it! No freezer burnt scuffins served in mason jars for your guests! Lol

      • Laura
        September 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

        I love scuffins and if you know how to wrap them correctly then they don’t get freezer burned. Please take your subtle anti-KERF comments elsewhere!

        • Tonya
          September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Oh, Laura, you and your sister are so full of tact and grace. Maybe switch to moderating comments? I mean it sucks for those of us who know how to behave but ya know…this is an example of why we can’t have nice things.

          • Allyson
            September 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

            I actually like this blog; Laura has good photos, does not take herself too seriously and has a good attitude about food. Her sister is the opposite in everyway, not full of tact at all. But i should not take it out on this blog, sorry laura.

  • Miranda
    September 10, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I can’t believe you made that just to have friends over!! It is very unlikely that I’d ever go to that much effort.

    PS: I have noticed a few mean commenters here lately, I just can’t understand it. I’m sorry that you’re getting hassled. I will never understand why people bother to read (and comment) on blogs that they don’t enjoy!!!

  • Madison
    September 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

    This looks like such an amazing spread! I love the combination of flavors. There is something for everyone here! What kind of punch did you serve?

  • Celeste
    September 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Love the idea of the sweet potato! Did you brush the m with an oil? How long did you bake them for?

    • Laura
      September 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I used a zip lock to coat them with oil and seasonings – Matt actually cooked them, but I think it was somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes at 350.

  • Alexa
    September 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Would you mind doing a post with your fruit pizza recipe??

  • eliza
    September 12, 2013 at 10:02 am


  • Hope
    September 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The food looks delicious!

  • ella fante
    September 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Did you wash your greens? They look a tad sullied.

    • Laura
      September 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Sure did.