Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Ready for a simple summer treat that’s fun to make? Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops are such a crowd pleaser for kids and grown ups alike. All it takes is just three ingredients and a few toppings.

Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas, cut in half
  2. 6 oz chocolate chips
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. Popsicle sticks
  5. Toppings
Instructions
  1. Cut bananas in half.
  2. Slide popsicle stick about halfway through each banana.
  3. Place in freezer overnight.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and vegetable oil in microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until chocolate is smooth.
  5. Dip frozen bananas in chocolate.
  6. Roll in toppings before chocolate sets.
  7. Set on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets.
  8. Enjoy!
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This recipe is so easy, we can’t believe we never thought to make Frozen Banana Pops sooner. You’ll definitely want to bring your family and friends in on the fun. Make a party of it!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

First, cut the bananas in half. Then insert popsicle sticks about halfway through each banana. (You can find popsicle sticks at any craft store.) Freeze the bananas overnight.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in the microwave. For best results, heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth. Be sure not to overheat because chocolate will become grainy and lose its smooth consistency.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Immediately dip the bananas in the chocolate while the chocolate is warm. We put our melted chocolate in a Fiesta Tumbler. The shape allows for perfect dipping!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Then dip each chocolate covered banana in your choice of toppings. You’ll want to do this before the chocolate sets or the toppings won’t stick. We dipped our bananas in colorful sprinkles, crushed walnuts, chocolate candies, and shredded coconut. Our Fiesta Fruit/Salsa Bowls made it easy to rolls the bananas in the toppings.

Place bananas on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets. Or you can enjoy right away, but the chocolate will be a little messier.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

That’s all there is to it! We hope you enjoy this summer treat. Be sure to let us know if you make it and what kind of toppings you use.

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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle and Patoodle Recipe

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Now that the air is getting its first hint of crispness, we are oh-so-ready for fall. It’s time for snuggly sweaters, comfort foods and of course that seasonal favorite…pumpkins. Most pumpkin recipes tend to favor the overly sweet side, but this one we’re about to share is uniquely savory and just perfect for a chilly autumn evening.Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The recipe combines goat cheese with pumpkin puree for a seasonal alfredo sauce that’s out of this world. So the dish is not too heavy, we put the sauce on top of a trio of zoodles (zucchini noodles), squoodles (yellow squash) and patoodles (sweet potatoes) — we made up the words squoodles and patoodles, but they kinda work right?!

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If you’ve never tried making noodles out of vegetables, all you need is a simple tool called a spiralizer. Or you can simply julienne your vegetables for similar results. There are a few different ways you can make -oodles: steamed, roasted, sautéed, or boiled.

We’ve tried several methods and we prefer to roast them in the oven (and PS, coconut oil worked the best for us).

Zoodles, Squoodles and Patoodles
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - zucchini
  2. 1 - yellow squash
  3. 1 - sweet potato
  4. 3 tablespoons - coconut oil
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spiralize or julienne vegetables.
  3. Heat coconut oil in microwave just until melted, about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Spread zucchini and yellow squash on a baking sheet.
  5. Spread sweet potato on a separate baking sheet.
  6. Pour 2 tablespoons coconut oil over zucchini and yellow squash and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Pour remaining tablespoon of coconut oil over sweet potato and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Roast zucchini and yellow squash approximately 15-20 minutes, turning ½ way through.
  10. Roast sweet potato approximately 20-30 minutes, turning ½ way through.
Notes
  1. Tip: Because everyone’s oven is different, you’ll need to watch your -oodles carefully the first few times you make them.
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons - unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons - flour
  3. 2 - garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon - thyme, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups - low-fat milk
  6. 3oz - goat cheese, crumbled
  7. 1 cup - pumpkin puree
  8. 1/8 teaspoon - ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon - salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon - pepper
  11. roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, add flour and stir until bubbly, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add milk and thyme. Stir constantly and increase heat if necessary until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add goat cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth and thickened into a sauce.
  3. Once thickened, remove from heat and serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with pepitas!
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
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Served up on colorful Fiesta dishes, like our new 3pc Bistro Place Setting, these noodle alternatives are so much fun. If it’s your first time making zoodles, squoodles, patoodles or you’ve tried any other types of -oodles, let us know how it goes! 

Are you a sucker for all things pumpkin? Be sure to check out our other Fiesta pumpkin recipes and some fall favorites: Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Bread, Holiday Butters, Simple Fall Desserts, Thanksgiving Sweet Treats, and Fall “Brinner.” 

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Gourmet S’mores Skillet for National S’mores Day

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

When we noticed there was an entire day dedicated to s’mores, it didn’t take us long to grab our new Individual Skillet and try some sticky marshmallowy recipes.

We created a Gourmet S’mores Skillet that grownups and kids alike will devour. Warning: you might want to double or triple this recipe.

This spin on a campfire classic can be made right at home in the oven, which means it can be made any time of the year. And that’s just fine with us!

 

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

It starts with a layer of a buttery pretzel crust. We subbed pretzels for graham crackers because, let’s face it, sometimes after eating s’mores we’re left craving a bag of chips. And then you need something sweet again. It’s an endless cycle of salty/sweet. We figured, let’s just put the salt in the sweet and save all the trouble and extra calories.

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

Next is a layer of creamy dark chocolate fudgy goodness. We traded the milk chocolate that’s traditionally used in s’mores for decadent dark chocolate because here at Fiesta Dinnerware, we’re colorful and different. Our recipes are a little different too! The saltiness of the pretzels combined with the richness of the dark chocolate is completely divine.

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

The final layer is simply marshmallows. That’s what ultimately makes a s’more a s’more, right? We chose mini marshmallows, but you could use larger marshmallows if you’d like. The marshmallows toasted to a perfect golden brown under the broiler in our Individual Skillet, featured in the new Foundry cast iron-like finish.

Gourmet S'Mores Skillet
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For the pretzel crust
  1. 1 cup finely crushed pretzels (about 3 handfuls)
  2. 4 tablespoons sugar
  3. 12 tablespoons melted butter
For the chocolate filling
  1. 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  2. 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
For the marshmallow layer
  1. 1 (10.5 ounce) bag marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two Fiesta Individual Skillet Bakers or 1 8x8" baking pan with butter.
  2. Make the pretzel crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the pretzel crumbs, sugar and melted butter until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pour half into the prepared Fiesta Individual Skillets or the full amount into an 8x8" pan and press evenly into a tight, compact layer. Bake until it is lightly browned and has a faint toasted smell, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Make the chocolate filling. Place the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a small pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until it is completely melted and smooth. Immediately pour it over the pretzel crust and spread it into an even layer.
  4. Immediately place the marshmallows on top of the chocolate filling, pressing down slightly. When ready to serve, turn on your oven's broiler and place the pan on the center rack. Broil until the marshmallows are puffed and browned, 1-2 minutes. Removed from the oven and let cool briefly.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

While it’s still warm and melty, be sure to share this special treat with someone you really love. It’s a good thing this recipe makes enough to fill two Fiesta skillets! 

 

 

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My Fiesta: Michelle Stanton

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Favorite Fiesta colors: Lemongrass, Poppy, and Turquoise

Favorite Fiesta items:
Tapered Mug, Medium Bistro Bowl, Dinner Plate, and the Deep Dish Pie Baker.

MichelleFavsPNA Fiesta item I have the most of:  Mugs! I love coffee and enjoy having a variety of Fiesta mugs in my cabinet to choose from.

 Most used Fiesta items: The Tapered Mug, of course. I love how these mugs hold a larger amount of coffee.

I always find myself using my 15” Baking Tray when making dinner.  It is perfect for roasting veggies that have been tossed in oil and parmesan cheese.

MichelleRoastPNAGo-to recipe for entertaining:  French Toast Custard Bake is must when hosting a brunch.  You make it the day before in a 9×13 Baker and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. Then, simply slide it in the oven and bake in the morning.

MichelleBakeFB2A I like to give my guests options to accompany this dish: fresh berries, maple syrup, and whipped cream. With a toddler at home, it’s all about effortless, easy entertaining, so make ahead dishes are key for my family.

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French Toast Custard Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 8 to 10 slices day old french bread, 1 inch thick
  2. 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 3 cups milk
  6. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Brush both sides of bread slices with butter and place in a single layer in baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks. Add milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. Remove bake from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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A veggie tray with dill dip is another one of my favorites. I love using the 15” Baking Tray (or the 12” Baking Tray, depending on the amount of guests) to hold an array of freshly cut veggies. In the center, I place the Medium Heart Bowl filled with dill dip. 

MichelleVeggieAFavorite foods:  It’s all about brunch:  breakfast quiches, bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, sweet and savory crepes and gourmet cheeses.  

 Favorite Fiesta items to give as a gift:  The 3 Piece Baking Bowl Set and 2 Piece Prep Bowl Set.  Theses bowl are wonderful for kitchen prep and nest perfectly inside each other.  

Favorite holiday:  Thanksgiving.  I host Thanksgiving every year and do a buffet-style meal with all of my Fiesta dishes.

Favorite memory of Fiesta: When I hosted my sister’s wedding shower, we served her white bridal shower cake on a mix of brightly colored Fiesta Salad Plates.  All of the guests were “oohing” and “awing” over the beautiful presentation.

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Sweet and Smoky Skillet Hash

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In the world of kitchen wares, few objects are as homey as the humble skillet.  With a round body punctuated by a sturdy handle, the skillet evokes sweet memories of breakfast sizzling and the heady scent of bacon filling the air. 

Memories like these, shared by all, across oceans and generations, were the inspiration behind Fiesta® Dinnerware’s most recent addition to the line: the Individual Skillet Baker.  The Skillet Baker’s curvy shape features an oval body and gently sloping sides that extend up to the handle forming a tear-drop-like silhouette.  The handle’s u-shaped contouring is the perfect spot to rest your fork and makes easy work of gripping a piping hot dish straight out of the oven.

To be clear, the Individual Skillet Baker is not to be used on the stovetop or over open flame.  It is a beautiful piece of ceramic ware, and like all Fiesta Dinnerware, it can safely be used in the oven. 

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When considering how best to showcase this new piece, we looked back to the nostalgia of a skillet breakfast, brimming with heart-warming, hearty fare.   To start, a bed of country-style potatoes with crispy skin and a plush, starchy interior.  Add to that a savory onion and the sweet, juicy flavors of maple sausage and you’ve got yourself a good old fashioned breakfast hash.  Top it all off with a couple of oozy, soft-baked eggs and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper to start your morning off with a win.

The beauty of this dish is that it is assembled, baked, and served in the skillet, or four skillets to be exact.  You can choose to scale the recipe up or down to your preferences.

 Skillet Hash 1

Sweet and Smoky Skillet Hash
Serves 4
A classic breakfast hash of potatoes, sweet maple sausage, baked eggs and smoked cheese.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb loose maple sausage
  2. 1.5 lbs petite red potatoes, cubed
  3. 1 large onion, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  4. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  5. 2 teaspoons salt
  6. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. 1/3 lb smoked gouda, cubed*
  8. 8 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and butter four Individual Skillet Bakers.
  2. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium-high heat. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add cubed potatoes to the skillet and cook in the sausage grease. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. When the potatoes are cooked about halfway through, add the sliced onion. Cook until onion is caramelized and potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Add cooked potatoes and onions to the bowl of cooked sausage. Add in cubed cheese and mix well. Distribute evenly among the four greased Skillet Bakers.
  5. With a spoon or your fingers make two shallow wells in the potato and sausage mixture of each skillet. Crack one egg into each well (two per skillet).
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the eggs are at desired doneness.
  7. Garnish with freshly minced herbs, such as parsley or cilantro and serve.
Notes
  1. *You can substitute with your choice of cheese. Smoked cheddar is another great option.
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Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes

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One of our favorite things about Fiesta Dinnerware is the versatility of our pieces. For instance, you can transform a bowl into a cake stand, a pitcher into a vase, but have you ever tried baking in Ramekins? Our Ramekins are designed to be bakeware and able to withstand high oven temperatures, however we have found that many people will use their Ramekins as a small bowl (which is perfectly acceptable!), so we wanted to give you all another reason to use them – for baking cupcakes, of course!

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In our opinion, cupcakes are the perfect dessert; they’re neat, petite, and oh so sweet! Consider the Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes for when you’re craving a little dessert just for yourself, or have guests to entertain and really want to knock their socks off.

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We used a confetti cupcake recipe for these little devils, which we believe is ideal for baking into our Ramekins. The bright sprinkles in the cake look even more appetizing when paired with colorful Fiesta!

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Though we love confetti cake in our Ramekins, if you’re more of a red velvet fan then feel free to try it out! Send us photos of your own Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes on Facebook – we’d love to see your take on them. Until then, happy baking!

Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes
Yields 4
A colorful take on cupcakes.
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For the cupcakes
  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/4 cup Sprinkles
For the icing
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  6. More sprinkles for the top
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 4 Ramekins with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a Small Baking Bowl. Whisk together.
  3. Add melted butter to a Medium Baking Bowl and mix in sugar with hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Add eggs one at at time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately. Stir in sprinkles. Divide batter among Ramekins. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the icing
  1. Beat butter until creamy, then beat in salt and 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Beat in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
  2. Frost cupcakes however you like, but don't forget the rainbow Fiesta sprinkles!
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National Pecan Day

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Happy National Pecan Day! Instead of going with the classic Pecan Pie to celebrate the day, we decided to get a little more creative and make some Pecan turtles! Turtles are perfect for big and little kids alike, and look especially appetizing on our Scarlet Baking/Pizza Tray.

Are you celebrating National Pecan Day with Fiesta? Share a picture with us on Facebook!

 

Pecan Day Turtles
A tasty way to bring in the holiday!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pecan halves
  2. 1 12oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
  3. 1 11oz. bad of wrapped caramel candies
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2 tbsp. whipping cream
  6. Sea salt to top
Instructions
  1. Place pecan halves on baking sheet and bake on 375 for 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Use a double boiler to melt unwrapped caramels, cream, and vanilla. This process will take longer than the chocolate chips.
  3. Use a second double boiler to melt chocolate chips.
  4. Line a Baking/Pizza Tray with parchment paper and add 6 globs of chocolate, spread out evenly over the tray. Place 5 pecan halves in a turtle arrangement in chocolate globs. Put tray in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set.
  5. After chocolate has set, take tray out and add a glob of melted caramel onto each turtle. Return tray to fridge to set caramel.
  6. Once caramel has set, take tray out of fridge and dollop on remaining chocolate so that the caramel is covered.
  7. Add sea salt to each turtle.
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Italian Easter Bread Recipe

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Italian Easter Bread Recipe
(Pane di Pasqua all ‘Uovo)

We all have our traditions, and of course holidays bring out those traditions more than ever. Holiday recipes are some of the most beloved traditions in every family. The tastes, the smells. Just thinking about it takes us back to grandma’s kitchen!

With Easter just around the corner, we’ve decided to share an Italian Easter Bread recipe that’s been a secret for generations. But we feel such a close bond with you, our Fiesta friends, that we feel compelled to share it with you. However, this recipe comes with a fair warning. It’s not for the faint of heart: be prepared to set aside about half a day to prepare it. Trust us when we tell you, it is so worth it!

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

But really, the waiting and preparation is all part of the fun when you turn it into a family group effort. They’re the moments you’ll cherish forever. 

So tie on your Fiesta apron strings, bring out your Baking Bowl Set and get ready to make a family tradition. It’s Easter Bread time!

With the colorful eggs and sprinkles in this recipe, it really is quite Fiesta-y. We like to coordinate the sprinkles with the color of the eggs and our Easter tablescape. For a Fiesta enthusiast, it’s kind of a dream come true.

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

After you dye your eggs, it’s time to activate the yeast and get to the bread baking. If you’ve never made bread using active dry yeast, don’t be afraid! It’s not nearly as daunting as it might seem. 

After some mixing, setting and rising, the next “challenging” moment, if you haven’t done it before, might be kneading the dough. If you don’t have an experienced aunt nearby who can show you the art of kneading dough, a simple look up on YouTube will have you well on your way. 

Easter Bread Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 5 eggs
  2. 2 packages active dry yeast
  3. 1/2 cup warm water
  4. 1/2 cup warm water
  5. 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
  6. 3/4 cup shortening
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1 egg white
  13. 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted flour
  14. 1 egg yolk
  15. 1 tablespoon milk
  16. Tiny multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Lightly butter a Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray.
  2. Dip 5 uncooked eggs in food dye to color (follow directions on package) and set aside.
  3. Soften 2 packages active dry yeast in ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F). Let stand 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile pour 1/2 cup warm water into a large bowl and blend in 1 ½ cups sifted flour.
  5. Stir softened yeast and add to flour-water mixture, mixing well. Beat until very smooth. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let stand in warm place (about 80 degrees F) for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  6. Cream together until shortening is softened: ¾ cup shortening, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel.
  7. Add gradually, creaming until fluffy after each addition, a mixture of: 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  8. Beat until thick and piled softly: 2 eggs and 1 egg white. Add beaten eggs in thirds to sugar mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add yeast mixture, mixing well.
  9. Measure: 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups sifted flour. Add about one-half the flour to yeast mixture and beat until very smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface.
  10. Select a deep bowl just large enough to allow dough to double. Shape dough into a smooth ball and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough to bring greased surface to top. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let dough rise until doubled (about 1 ½ to 2 hours).
  11. Punch down with fist. Divide dough into two equal balls. Let stand covered for 10 minutes.
  12. Roll each ball out into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Place on the prepared Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray. Place colored eggs into the spaces of braid. Cover loosely with towel. Set dough aside in a warm place until doubled.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  14. Brush bread with a mixture of: 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon milk.
  15. Sprinkle with tiny multicolored candies.
  16. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or more or until bread is golden brown. (Eggs will be hard-cooked.)
Adapted from Italian Cookery
Adapted from Italian Cookery
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Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

You’ll notice a lot of downtime during this process, which is perfect for family games or making Easter baskets. If you do end up making Easter Egg Bread a part your Easter family tradition this year, please share photos with us on Facebook and tell us about some of your Easter traditions too!

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Deviled Eggs Three Ways

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One of our favorite items in our Fiesta product line has to be our Egg Tray. It’s cute, quirky, and so very Fiesta with its miniature rings set into each little egg shaped groove. Though our Egg Trays can look great on display, it’s much more fun to put them to use, and there’s no better way to do that than by whipping up a few batches of deviled eggs!

We’ve always known that deviled eggs make the perfect appetizers; they’re small, savory, and so delicious. Thankfully, we’ve noticed lots of people getting in on the trend lately. We’ve loved the unique spins on the classic deviled egg that have been popping up in restaurants and all over the Internet, so we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you.

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We have to lead with a delicious new recipe we picked up from our friends at A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. They put together a Smoky Tomato Deviled Egg that is to die for. If you’re looking to change up your normal recipe, then you definitely need to try this one out.

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Smoky Tomato Deviled Eggs
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  2. 12 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  3. 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  4. 1/4 c. sour cream
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
  9. 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  10. smoked Spanish paprika
  11. 1 tbsp. minced Italian parsley
Instructions
  1. Drain petite diced tomatoes in a colander. When ready to use, press on the tomatoes gently with a paper towel to absorb any remaining excess liquid.
  2. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Place yolks in a medium bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, and salt. Continue to mash with a fork until fully combined and smooth. Fold in tomatoes. With a small spoon, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. Garnish with a good sprinkle of smoked paprika and a bit of the minced parsley. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
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Okay, we think we’ve already gotten it across to you that we LOVE deviled eggs. The only problem is that they can be a tad on the heavy side with all of that mayo. Luckily, we found a healthy Avocado Deviled Egg Recipe that exceeded our taste standards and had us begging for more. We know some of you might be a little hesitant to try such a different spin on a timeless recipe. After all, we’re pretty sure the saying goes “if it ain’t cracked, don’t fix it,” but trust us, you’ll want to get cracking on these.

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Avocado Deviled Eggs
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs, hardboiled and peeled
  2. 1 large avocado
  3. 2 tsp lime juice
  4. 2 tbsp. red onion
  5. 1 tsp cilantro
  6. Pinch of garlic powder
  7. Pinch of salt and pepper
  8. Cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut hard boiled eggs in half, remove the yolks and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mash the avocado and 3 whole egg yolks with a fork until desired consistency. Discard extra yolk.
  3. Mix in lime juice, red onion, cilantro, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.
  4. With a small spoon, scoop the mixture into the egg white halves.
  5. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper (optional).
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Last, but certainly not least, we have the tried and true, classic Deviled Egg recipe for all of you purists out there. We know sometimes you just need that traditional tangy taste to remind you of holiday gatherings and Easter Sunday brunches. However, if you’re still craving more adventure with your eggs, we recommend topping these with chopped dill pickle for an added crunch!

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Classic Deviled Eggs
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  2. 2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  4. 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  6. Pinch of salt and pepper
  7. Paprika
Instructions
  1. Cut hard boiled eggs in half and put yolks in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, mustard, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Use a small spoon to scoop the filling into the cut egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika.
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Bring one, or all three recipes to your next gathering. We promise they’ll be a hit, especially when displayed in a colorful Fiesta Egg Tray!

 

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A Sweet New Years Eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2016? Where did this year go!?

The life cycle of the New Year’s Eve celebration began with watching Dick Clark in Times Square and counting down for the ball drop, then it was all about the party which eventually gave way to sitting up with brave kids who couldn’t quite make it to midnight. Now, we love to gather with friends, play cards, and enjoy yummy food while we ring in the New Year. Does this sound like your NYE? How do you celebrate?

This year is especially exciting since we’ll have our family home. I hope the games run past midnight and the conversation even longer. No celebration at our house would be complete without a dessert table with a treat for everyone.

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When Fiesta Dinnerware introduced Slate, I fell in love! It’s classy and timeless and incredibly adaptive. It was very easy to reach for the White and Slate with an accent of Turquoise; it’s a classic combination that works every time, the unanticipated bonus? It was so much fun creating only black and white desserts! Establishing these parameters was a terrific exercise in producing a cohesive and delicious dessert table for a new years eve.

Without a doubt, the star of this dessert table is the Three Tier Server in Turquoise, and why not? It’s gorgeous. This dramatic piece can be used in so many ways. From all three plates to just one plate or combining different colors of servers makes this piece one of my favorites.

Choosing which sweets to place on each tier, I went by size: smaller items on top and the largest desserts on the bottom. It looks good and feels like a natural choice. Coconut and almond bonbons on the top shelf are creamy and delicious. I baked the brownies and piped on cream cheese frosting then paired them with white chocolate covered pretzels. Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream anchor the base.

The sparkly snowflake on top came from a local art supply shop; I love how it looks and compliments the piece.

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When I visit with friends, sometimes they tell me, they can’t make a dessert table for a party or say they just don’t have time to make all those sweets from scratch. Well, neither do I!

It’s totally acceptable to mix store bought favorites with homemade dishes. Hosting a party is more about genuinely welcoming guests and not standing in the stress of desserts.

Let’s take a look…

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I love the versatility of the Omni Serving Trays – I don’t have to present four sections if what I really need is two. Also, every component of this presentation is store bought – graham crackers, bonbons, and sandwich cookies. And each one is a favorite – that’s a win!

I wasn’t sure how the dark cookies would look in a dark tray, but it totally works. It was fun finding a bonbon wrapped in Turquoise and knew instantly it would be the star of the Omni trays.

As I shared before, popcorn balls are the hot hot hot dessert right now. A variation on that is caramel corn, but I wanted to stay with the color scheme of black and white, so what did I do?

Say hello to my Popcorn and Oreo Gooey Delight.

It was too easy. I popped about ¾ cup white popcorn kernels (I use a hot air popper) and poured onto a baking sheet (with 1” sides). It broke my heart to deliberately break 1 sleeve of cookies and scatter over the popcorn. I melted 4T of butter in a pan, added a bag of marshmallows. Working quickly, I poured the melted marshmallows over the popcorn/cookie mix and using my bare hands (coated liberally with butter – the mix is hot, give yourself permission to use a wooden spoon, wear gloves, wait a moment, etc), I stirred until I couldn’t effectively combine any longer.

Caution: Your mileage may vary, but contents are likely to disappear upon impact.

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The White Pie Plate is sitting on top of a White Bouillon Bowl – it’s a perfect way to raise something off the surface of the table to create visual balance. These two pieces go well together based on shape, size, and silhouette.

When thinking about a theme, clocks felt like a natural choice, to symbolize the passing of time. When I was visiting my BFF in Missouri, we spent the better part of a day visiting antique malls in the area. She took me to lunch and we never stopped laughing. We spotted this larger vintage clock and knew right away I need to bring it home with me. The tag was marked, “as is”, I didn’t need it to work and the price reflected its condition. Unfortunately, a clerk wound it up and it started to tick and was still ticking as I drove myself to the airport. How does this happen with a broken clock? I love my life!

If you don’t have a BFF, find one. My life partner is everything to me. And my best girlfriend tells me when my slip is showing.

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And why not add more clock faces? How about on a cake?! I love a fancy cake. Most of my layer cakes have a simple, rustic but appealing look to them. Rosettes are so lovely for special celebrations and New Year’s Eve is one such occasion.

This triple-layer Vanilla Bean Cake is filled with vanilla buttercream tinted black. Since I already had chocolate cupcakes on the table, I didn’t want to add another chocolate cake. The vanilla is crazy good and worth it to process the whole bean. And I’m in love with this cake!

The roses are made using a large open-star piping tip. I start in the center, draw the buttercream over to the 3 o’clock position, and then continue in a counter-clockwise circle until I reach the 4. Overlapping the roses just a wee bit ensures complete coverage of the crumb coat.

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Because things don’t always work out, my plan for Panda Cupcakes became Panda Inspired Cupcakes. I lost my panda googly eyes, which were found immediately upon completion of the photo shoot, of course. I’m sold on the look.You see pandas, right?

 

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I don’t always prepare party favors or take-home gifts, but I did this time. These little jars are stellar! There is 5.5 Tablespoons of M&Ms in each jar, which becomes the perfect snack for the bus/car/tram on the way home.

We were traveling recently and made it a point to stop in a candy store that offers every color of M&M candies. So an ombre of fun was designed.

After I got these made, I tried several different types of bows/ribbon/string – but nothing worked. I think the ombre look is bold enough and doesn’t need anything else.

How adorable is this for a wedding/shower/birthday party favor?

Go green – reuse it.

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All of the food – delicious! While your guests prepare their own plates, enjoy your own party. It’s a win having friends and family who like spending time together.

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How I use my Fiesta Dinnerware on a daily basis is influenced by what I’m doing – fancy or every day, the Medium Flared Vase is a staple. We have this vase on our Dining Room table almost all the time and certainly when we’re entertaining. It can anchor a dessert table without stealing limelight from the star. This vase is a workhorse and I love it.

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Celebrations mark the passing of time, seasons, change and growth. Traditions, like the NYC Times Square Ball Drop are cultural norms that bind us to a larger group. Or, family traditions like card night and ringing in the New Year cements us to our smaller, inclusive group, that says, “my people, my family”. Traditions and rituals draw us together.

When our kids started going out with friends for New Year’s Eve, I was afraid they’d make the same mistakes I had made as a young person. We’re so fortunate they haven’t done that; I’m grateful they learned from my mistakes. That’s part of change too, parenting adult kids, loving them and being present in their lives.

For now, I get to create and love and experience my little corner of the world. Time keeps on ticking…Happy New Year!

Vanilla Bean Layer Cake
A light and delicious Vanilla flavored cake
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1tsp Baking Soda
  2. 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1tsp Salt
  4. 1 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  5. 2 2/3 Cup Cake Flower
  6. 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  7. 1 Cup Buttermilk
  8. 2 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract
  9. 6 Egg Whites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium sized mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. Process Vanilla Beans - add seeds to milk, stir. Add vanilla pods to milk and gently warm up to slightly warmer than room temperature. Tend carefully if in the microwave.
  4. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites. Add sugar – beat thoroughly until smooth. Add oil and vanilla – beat on high until frothy.
  5. Alternating…add flour mix and buttermilk; set mixer to low.
  6. Divide batter among cake pans.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  8. Cool completely. Frost with luscious Vanilla Buttercream.
Notes
  1. Note: Batter will be thin
  2. Hot Tip: This doesn't lend itself to substituting half of the oil with applesauce - some of the sparkly vanilla flavor is lost. The cake turns out wonderfully, but the flavor is diminished a wee bit.
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